|The Mystery within...|
I was thrilled to come across a pertinent post on Krista Tippett’s On-Being website titled “They Call Us the “Nones,” But We’re So Much More” by Coutney E. Matin. I began my weekly blog posts on April 1, 2013 with the first post titled “Nun, None or None of the Above.” It was the beginning of a promise to reflect and write for three years on what I found significant for me in each week. Though Coutney’s and my path differ significantly in age and life experiences (I left the church of my birth eleven years ago at age 60) we do, however, share a common goal, which in her words is, “looking at the burden and joy of trying to understand how to be a good human.”
Prior to starting my blog there was a period in my life when I reflected and wrote daily for three years as I struggled with a lifetime of dysfunction and my aging parents’ care needs. I ached for truth and was desperate for answers to heart wrenching problems. What I needed to know came from the everyday stuff of life. I learned I could question everything and became aware of the havoc that inappropriate silence wreaks. I came to know my complicity in my troubles, and that I was worthy of good self care. I also became keenly aware of the subtle, systemic oppression of women, through religion. My reflecting taught me how to recycle pain and let darkness illumine the light. Eventually those years of daily reflection and writing turned into my memoir, “God Never Hurries.” Now this blog, “What if… God Never Hurries,” continues to grow me through reflection and connection adding depth to my life.
What if we all reflected on the everyday stuff of life to grow?