great words for a Wednesday, from one of the new books I bought this weekend called Five Good Minutes, 100 morning practices to help you stay calm and focused all day long (by Jeffrey Brantley MD and Wendy Millstine)
Nobel peace laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu imparted in his writing an ancient African term to our Western culture, "ubuntu," which encompasses the concept of who we are within the global community. Ubuntu is the essence of all humanity. Western culture thinks almost exclusively in temrs of "I" at the unfortunate loss of "we." You can learn to expand your notions of "I" to include "we." Take the next five minutes to see yourself in the greater web of life, intertwined with each and every person, plant, and species on earth. Your existence is inextricably interwoven with their existence. When we can step out of our individualized and compartmentalized lives, we free ourselves to see the bigger picture, to feel more connected with the intoxicating pulse of life and all its wonder. To belong in the greater goodness of all life can bring perspective and compassion to your spirit on a daily basis.
ok, Wow — good stuff.
Trey wanted to know why I only shared a Taft picture (oops)
Here’s one from my other "artist." Think about it in terms of the words above. My kids are learning about rain forests, so we’ve been reading books on the topic and I just think Desmond is right, "we" are all connected with all creation, dependent on it and responsible for it. Chase’s field trip was to "the outdoor learning center" and it was such a nice wake-up call for Spring and the little things we can do to preserve and protect our natural resources.
and … can’t believe so many of you are taking me up on the challenge (yay!!!) Click here to send me a photo (jpeg) put CHALLENGE in the subject line and indicate your level and the individual components you are accepting. This will be FUN.