Fingerless glove

looking for what's missing... I'm a knitting, spinning, mother of teenagers with a big dog, a small cat, minus the lovely rabbit Meliflua.

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Right now I'm listening to "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hanh, reading "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollan, knitting mittens, and thinking about casting on a hat.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

More than enough

I've learned something this Lent. Every year, when it came to the "self-denial" pillar of Lent (prayer, self-denial, charity) I always thought that meant I should give up something that would do some good. Then it hit me. Duh! that's what the charity pillar is for.

So this year I gave up something that wasn't a vice, didn't help or hurt anyone but was just something I knew I'd have a hard time with and would have to focus on. And guess what? I learned a lot.

I learned that I can stick with something (I know. Check back again in 2 weeks.) I learned that giving up something less "noble" but still hard helped me reflect on all the riches in my life, all the things I could give up, could do with out. It helped me let go of other things I thought I really wanted or (gasp!) thought I needed. It gave me a new perspective on what is important to me.

I have more than enough of just about everything a person could name and it took me 4 weeks of concentration to notice.

Now does anyone want to trade some magic beans for a teenager?


Anonymous smf said...

Which one? Unfortunately I don't have any magic beans. Would Mexican jumping beans do? I might be able to locate some of those.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous cassie said...

teenagers are much more valuable than magic beans. if grow magic beans, you'll get a huge bean stalk which you will want to climb to see what's at the top, and then a giant will come to try to kill you and you will fall off the beanstalk and die.
or the giant would kill you.
or if you didnt know they were magic beans and ate them, you'd get like a beanstalk tumor and die.

teenagers don't have vicious giants hidden on top of them, nor can you climb them. eating them probably wouldn't kill you either. unless you ate them raw and got salmonella, which would be your own fault for not cooking them properly. teenagers are in fact, extremely beneficial. teenagers can make fantastic brownies. what beans have you met can do that?

in conclusion, magic beans lead to death. teenagers lead to brownies.

6:07 PM  

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