by JoMarie Grinkiewicz
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Many of you here have brought back wonderful memories of my family and Catholic upbringing. And you give wise counsel in having us reflect for a moment on why we are really here.
I think as humans we have always looked to the sky as one of our navigational systems through which to find God, or at the very least, to grasp the way in which God does business with us here on earth. We are His divine creations and NONE of us are "just here" or "merely existing" we are here for a reason. And each and every experience we have had - good or bad, and the people we have met on our journey through life, have been part of OUR individual purposes and reason for being. We are Divine Creations and we are all channels of grace.
I know from personal experience that it is very easy to become frightened and slip into dark and shadow-filled thoughts and choices. It does not mean I or anyone else are on a "pity pot", it is just that we were experiencing another part of our greater good. We are all (or need to try to be) a CARE-GIVERS to those in our lives and those that come into or pass through on our journey’s. My faith, my Catholic upbringing, and the spiritual journey I now find myself on have taught and are teaching me about caring and about the importance of paying it forward.
I have worked with and around the elderly for close to fifteen years in resorts and residential communities. My 88 year old mother has been with us since the death of my dad last year. I feel my reason for being here is a passion for compassion, especially with the elderly who are so vulnerable. I also feel I was placed here as a peacemaker. A discoverer of peace. And one needn’t go far to find such peace, only as far as your soul takes you or you allow it to take you.
The point I think I am trying to make here is this: We are far more comfortable in our spiritual skin than in being driven by fear of any kind. We feel more in harmony, more centered with our interior selves, our souls, by having the fortitude to make courageous choices than by collapsing out of fear and compromising ourselves. All of us have a profound need to trust that our life is on a path to purpose, which does not by any means exclude experiences of chaos, loss, disease, pain, and isolation. The purposeful life might well require all such experiences because these are essential to our individual soul journeys. It is easy to be kind among kind people, to love those who love us back, and to share our food while our refrigerator is bursting with leftovers. But the truth is, in your heart of hearts, generating unimaginable goodness is exactly what all of us long to do in this life. People naturally want goodness to defeat evil.
It is unfortunate for that part of us that longs for drama and applause and recognition to learn again and again that at the end of the day, we must work with the same tools to generate unimaginable goodness that we use to generate unimaginable darkness. All we have are the choices we make, one at a time. And from such choices are created the larger events of humanity. Our imaginations cannot grasp that one good choice, one holy choice, one profound choice can make a difference--especially since we long to see, feel, touch, and note in great detail the difference we are making. But we are never to be granted such a vision, lest we be shown the consequences of all the darkness we have set in motion. Could we live without that? I believe it is better that both ends of our handiwork are kept from us. It is simply up to each of us to trust that every choice we make matters.
Love and blessings and may the light of God's presence always beam brightly and guide all of you on your individual journey's.
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