‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wisdom seeking, Life is messy, and a Birthday

I am blessed blessed blessed by amazing friends. How'd I get so lucky? Life is quite complicated and yucky today, but then I have friends emailing and facebooking me to say " I'm thinking of you" or " I love you" and it takes the edge right off.

If I told you what I had  on today's agenda, you might accuse me of lying -- it was that crazy and convoluted and awful. But I'm here, at the other end of it, and I'm alive. Isn't that something to sing about?

I'm learning learning learning to let go and be present with what is, and accept that life is often oh-so-messy...and its not going to get easier as I get older ( like I stupidly thought at twenty.) But I'm gaining in wisdom and that is all I've really ever asked of God and this life. I want to gain in wisdom every day and trust the incredible process that our human lives afford us.

Today is my mom's 70th birthday. She'll probably kill me for outing her like this. But I'm sharing it because she is my best friend, my most committed cheerleader and my favorite cook all in one. She's had a hard life, and trudged on through without complaint. She stayed faithful and with her eyes on God the whole time. I admire her for that. Plus, she makes 70 look like a piece of cake, so I'm looking forward to it!

I love you mom.... Happy Birthday and thank you for loving me so much. I'm lucky to have you:)


  1. If that's a recent picture of your mom, she makes 70 look young, too.

  2. That's funny, I was just talking about that with a friend the other day . . . when I was twenty I thought life would get easier as I got older too. Um, it doesn't. Each year we say at the end, wow, that was challenging, or that was hard. I've come to realize they all are but not the 'hard' that 95% of people experience around the world. My 'hard' would be their own nirvana on some days.


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