September 1, 2014
Kelli: On Monday mornings I often feel sluggish, uninspired, and resistant to any sort of work. Today’s readings reminded me that even the smallest step forward or the first word written on the page or computer can be the drop of water that inspires the pump from which the flow of living water streams. Today’s meditations are about procrastination and speed. Both of those things, moving too slowly or moving too quickly can keep us from experiencing life the way that God intends.
The rhythm of life is more than just moving from season to season. The rhythm of life is also the rhythm of our days. It is the rhythm of the hours and minutes that we are awake, aware, and attentive. Moving in rhythm with Holy Love, we can be nudged out of our procrastination or slowed down enough in order to stop and smell the roses.
The One who created life is the one who knows best about the rhythm of our days. We are not called to walk in lockstep with God and each other. We are called to live in co-creation working with Holy Love for the transformation of the world.
Upper Room Disciplines 2014: What sacrifices have we experienced in our journey with God as individuals or as a people of faith? In Jesus we received courage to seek justice for others and for ourselves, risking comfort and familiarity in a sacrifice for liberating action. Our willingness for loving sacrifice empowers us to be a doorway, not a doormat, in our relationship with God and others. (Diane Luton Blum. 292)
Rokelle Lerner, Daily Affirmations: Intimacy does not need to happen all at once. I will slowly give of myself and learn about myself by watching, listening, observing, and evaluating.
Kelli : In our instant society, it seems that even something as sacred as intimacy is given as much attention as a bowl of instant rice; or the time we allow ourselves to make, eat and clear up a lunch of ramen noodles. We know, intellectually, that intimate things like friendship and marital love grow slowly across the span of time. We know that the events of our lives, the problems and the resolutions to them, are what give our relationships their unique beauty. And yet, there seems to be this constant push for everything in our lives to be instant. We demand instant gratification from everything. As women, when we put on our make-up we are encouraged to use the system of the 5-minute face. Dinner, even when eaten sitting around the table with family and friends, has more likely taken less time to cook (or pick up from the take-out window) than it will take for us to eat it and go our separate ways.
“Time is money” we hear again and again until it is inscribed on our brains and tattooed under our wristwatches.
When we don’t take the time to take the time, we handicap and shortchange ourselves. The rich tapestry of living becomes a one-dimensional ink and pen drawing of the way we want things to be. It seems we are simply too distracted by the passage of time and the opportunities we might be missing than to give our lives and each other the full attention they deserve.
When things don’t happen exactly as we want them to, and when we want them to, we call it settling for less. In that ‘settling’ there is inherently a sense of loss. Life is full of sacrifices willingly made for the good of the other. Sometimes the consequences of those loving sacrifices are not immediately apparent. That’s not settling for less, it’s being patient and attentive. Is it truly loss when we have turned down the better in our lives to make room for the best?
Can we slow down enough to let our lives unfold? With God’s help and the partnership of the people around us, we can hold back our desire for immediate answers, in order for the best that is within us and within the people around us to be slowly enjoyed and savored.
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way Every Day: Writers procrastinate because they do not feel inspired. Feeling inspired is the luxury. Writing, often excellent writing, can be done without the benefit of feeling inspired. Writers tell themselves they just don’t have enough ideas yet, and when they do, then they’ll start writing. It actually works exactly backward. When we start to write, we prime the pump and the flow of ideas begins to move. It is the act of writing that calls ideas forward, not ideas that call forward writing. (page 273)