For your consideration…..

We are all vulnerable. We tend to think of vulnerability as childlike because it is children’s vulnerability that we recognize, respect and protect. Often we fail to recognize that we do not lose our vulnerability as we age. What makes us vulnerable may change but the vulnerability is still there.

Our vulnerability is what we are afraid of. As adults we try to hide it to protect ourselves but it is still there. The more we hide it the bigger it gets because our ego is fueling the fear.

The truth is that facing our fear and overcoming it is the only way to live peacefully with our vulnerability. What our ego so fiercely protects is what our authentic self wants to show to the world. Our true self wants us to drop our masks and have the courage to be our true selves. Our true self realizes that it is not the fear that we are hiding that makes us vulnerable. It is the lack of courage to face the fear that makes us vulnerable.

We are asked to drop our vulnerability masks and have the courage to let our true self show.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take……

-Meditate/pray….ask….”What is our next step for our highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Let go of your fear.

What made me smile yesterday……

-Funny Christmas cards from friends.

-My freezer that saves me so many times.

-Talking to Shannon.

-A funny email from Alex.

-So yesterday I taught a 4th grade class. Last week I taught another 4th grade class in the same school and right across the hall from yesterday’s class. When I went to pick up my class from lunch, I see my students from last week. Many of them greeted me and wanted to give me a hug.

One little girl comes close and says, “Mrs. Adams, some kids are starting rumors about you.”

“Oh,” I say “What are they saying?”

She raises her little hand beside her mouth and whispers, “They’re saying that (at this point her little eye brow goes up and she is looking at my chest) your “hoo hoos” aren’t real.” She says it as though it is the biggest insult a girl could have.

I had to fight for laughter control. I whispered back “If only that were true.” and gave her a fun reassuring smile and picked up my students.

-Sharing that story with Bruce and Shannon and hearing their laughter.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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