The Value of Nothing

Whether its psychological space, social space or physical space, if its occupied there may be little if any room for anything new to enter the space. Implication: practice sweeping with whatever is available.

Cognitive Aid

Sometimes I don't know what I'm thinking until I try to say it (or in some way express it). In the act of expression, the externalization of thought, there is opportunity for increased refinement, clarity and understanding.

Holy Fellow

Thomas Keating - Christian monk and former Abbot, Author, Chairman of the Board, Roman Catholic priest, an architect of Centering Prayer.

Residence: St. Benedict's Monastary, Snowmass, CO, USA

Quote: "Here, would you like to have it?"

Interview (3 parts): http://moourl.com/Keating

Sent from Ron's iPhone

Threads

Follow the threads though at first they feel thin, coarse and unrefined and one day a coat that warms will magically form. Such threads are true and cannot unravel.

No Eagles

There is a lake near my home where two mature bald eagles have made their home for the winter. I've seen them sitting several times in a dead tree by the water but never in flight. Two days ago, however, one seemed to drop from nowhere and flew low over my car, and then disappeared beyond the woods. I went to the lake today hoping to see the eagles in the dead tree and to capture an image of the national symbol of freedom to bring here. They were nowhere to be seen but I'm glad I looked.

Swim and a Soak

Montogomery Aquatic Center. I went to the pool for a swim and a short soak before watching the big event on TV.

Konrad sends peace in the 3rd photo. Konrad is a regular at the pool, works in produce at a local grocery and from whom I learn which is the good fruit.

Inaugural Quotes

Here are a few things I overhead on inauguraton day that caught my attention.

  • "I just don't know what's going to come out of my body today"  - African-American lady speaking of her excitment.
  • "God bless America, and the world"  - musical performer at pre inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial.
  • "...we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again..."  - from Barack Obama's inauguaraton speech.
  • "In today's sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun.  - Elizabeth Alexander, inaugural poet, from "Praise Song for the Day".
  • “What we were there for was to really serve the moment.” - Yo-Yo Ma, celloist, on why he didn't want to draw attention to himself or his instrument.

Do you have a favorite quote from this historic event? If so, you're invited to leave it below in Comments.

Night

Reflecting on the following during the pre dawn hours of inauguration day.

"It is night.
The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.

 It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
What has not been done has not been done;
let it be.

 The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.

 The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us, and all who have no peace.

 The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys, new possibilities.

 In your name we pray. Amen" (so be it).

 From: From Night Prayer (Compline) in A New Zealand Prayer Book/He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearo, the prayer book of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia.