A friend was naming some painful truths from her childhood. As I listened, I believed her, but only partially because I sensed that there was more. Naming what is is important. Yet, it is also important to look again and again because along with disappointment, pain, judgment, or fear we may be able to discover mercy, compassion, kindness, or care.
Last week my husband and I traveled to the mid west to be with family and friends. We spent time at a cottage that has been in the family for more than 40 years. For the first time in our memory we came in October. We had never seen the autumn colors there. We had an overcast day, one partly sunny, and then the third was this bright.
I have been reminded that what appears to be good and that which appears to be bad are always present. When I relax and observe both realities, I am calmed. So, I will show you one image from an overcast day, the kind of day that can depress me when I yearn for color, followed by a photo taken when the sun shone brightly.
A mantra in spiritual formation is "notice, name, and change." Too often I have run to change. Slowing down to notice and even not notice is good for me.
How about you? How do you experience what's good and what's bad?