Yes. You read that right. I am writing this on April 15th in response to a sacred response to taxes that I found written by Diana Butler Bass on Twitter. I am sharing it here:
She prays as she mails her taxes. (Prayer below). I wonder what our world would be like if we approached even taxes as a sacred response?
Thank you, God, that we live in a nation wise enough to understand that when we share goods we create more good, especially for the poor, those suffering, and those in need. Multiply this tax payment so hungry people will be fed, prisoners will be treated justly, students educated, our parks and natural resources cared for.Lift my heart toward gratitude today. That my family can contribute to the good of this land. That we have a small part in making a great country. Forgive...
Well, it looks like I missed the Party! I knew about the Party, all right. But notwithstanding, I missed the Party, anyway. I missed the Party because – quite candidly, and despite being aware of the Party – I honestly didn’t know, still don’t know, what we were supposed to celebrate, rather like being expected to celebrate when your doctor tells you that you need four consecutive colonoscopies on four consecutive days. How happy duzzat make ya?!
OK … not to be obtuse ... the Party I missed was the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. For convenience, many church historians – with quite good reason -- date the Protestant Reformation as having “officially” begun on 31 October, 1517, the date when an Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, nailed his legendary “95 ...
"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."--Aristotle
"I'm not anti-social; I'm pro-solitude."--Beth Buelow
"We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."--C. S. Lewis
"One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude."--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I've been spending a lot of time alone lately. Even though I'm really high on the introvert scale, I've always equated excessive time alone with loneliness. It's only been recently that I've understood that being alone is vital to my well-being. I didn't realize that inspiration is easier to allow in solitude. I didn't realize that I can hear myself think more clearly when I sit alone and quietly.