When Frustration Keeps Coming

scaffolding

scaffolding (Photo credit: Webgol)

We must remind ourselves as often as possible that our true life is not this external, material life that passes before our eyes her on Earth, but that it is the inner life of our spirit for which the visible life serves only as a scaffolding — a necessary aid to our spiritual growth . . .  We must remind ourselves and one another that the scaffolding has no meaning or importance, expect to make possible the erection of the building itself.

Leo Tolstoy

We were supposed to go to a “closing” for the mortgage today to what we hope will be our new home.  The sellers cancelled the meeting about an hour before the meeting this morning and pushed the closing out to Friday.

Waiting to purchase and move into a new home is not a life or death issue, at least in our case. It’s just frustrating.

Our progress through the purchase of a new home has been a series of hoops to jump through or a type of scaffolding as Tolstoy would say.

My mother and I have felt that it has been a test of our character that feels like its own kind of spiritual journey.

Daily Contemplation:

Are there any events in your life that would be best treated as the scaffolding of your life, not to be taken too seriously except in support of your inner life or spiritual growth?

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Your Gifts to the Future

Albert Camus, head-and-shoulders portrait, fac...

Albert Camus, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the temptations of the artist is to believe himself solitary, and in truth he hears this shouted at him with a certain base delight.  But this is not true. He stands in the midst of all, in the same rank, neither higher nor lower, with all those who are working and struggling.  His very vocation, in the face of oppression, is to open the prisons and to give a voice to the sorrows and joys of all. This is where art, against its enemies, justifies itself by proving precisely that it is no one’s enemy.  By itself art could probably not produce the renascence which implies justice and liberty. But without it, that renascence would be without forms and,  consequently, would be nothing.  Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society even when perfect is but a jungle.  That is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

Albert Camus

Daily Contemplation:

What authentic creation does the art of your life give to the future?

Get in the Swing

Boy on a tree swing

Boy on a tree swing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re wondering what to do this summer . . .

Maybe it’s time to simply get in a swing and be a kid again if only for a few minutes.

Give yourself permission to swing back and forth in your:

  • Opinions
  • Beliefs
  • Moods
  • Ideas about how life should be

Just swing and feel the joy of swinging!

And then maybe write down how it feels to be alive in these special times or another time when you had the freedom to swing with abandon.