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Mourning

I am in mourning for the loss of my best friend, Donna. A friend I have known for over 30 years. A friend who saved my life at least three times. A friend who was my sister-by-choice. I receive condolences from others, most saying, “I’m sorry for your loss,” which respects my mourning, my sorrow, and shares compassion, caring, and love for both my friend and me. If someone told me, “Yeah, it hurts when anyone dies,” I wouldn’t feel any compassion from them or any understanding of the depth of my pain – in fact, it trivializes her death as just something that happens all the time. Right now, People of Color are mourning a death – actually, a brutal murder. Their pain is deep, endless. This death is added to countless other deaths of People of Color. The compassionate response to their mourning is “I’m sorry for your loss, Black Lives Matter.” Responding to their pain, their mourning, with “All Lives Matter” is like someone telling me “Yeah, it hurts when anyone dies.” Please have compassion for others suffering a loss, others mourning a death. Yes, I am Caucasian, White, and I have not experienced the racism People of Color have. I share my compassion and support of people grieving a death, just as others who don’t understand the depth of my loss, my pain, my mourning, compassionately tell me “I am sorry for your loss.”

Blessings,

Jo

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What If?

What If?
What If?

 

“What if I should discover that the poorest of the beggars and the most impudent of offenders are all within me; and that I stand in need of the alms of my own kindness, that I, myself, am the enemy who must be loved — what then?”

– Carl Jung

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The Christmas Spirit

Red and green silk flower boutonniere
Red and green silk flower boutonniere

 

As the days following the Winter Solstice are considered the rebirth of the light, Christmas is the day to celebrate the birth of Jesus and the spiritual rebirth of us all. Jesus reached out to the lonely, the sick, and the poor, teaching them to live in the Light.

Christmas is our annual reminder that the Light, whatever we choose to name it, is always there for us, providing the perfect opportunity to explore our spirituality, share hospitality and generosity, and bring out the best of human nature. The messages are to give without the expectation of receiving, and that love and peace have the power to create a better world, if they were practiced more. Let’s keep the “Christmas Spirit” of generosity, love, and peace alive throughout the year and celebrate our Peace on Earth every year on Christmas Day.

 

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you joy, happiness, and contentment now and into the future.

May you carry peace and compassion within your heart and share it with everyone you meet.

May you let love fill you with such joy that it overflows onto others.

May you feel all the joy, love, peace, and compassion within you, and bring it forth throughout the coming year and beyond.

Choose to be happy.

Choose to be grateful.

Choose to feel, express, and share  love and joy.

 

With Blessings and Love,

Jo

 

Red-and-Green Boutonniere hand-made by Donna Morris, DJ’s Tartan Creations