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Testimony Tuesday: Everything is awful!

Testimony Tuesday: Everything is awful!

spiritual growth, spiritual practice, Spirituality, story
I finally thought of an appropriate name for Tuesdays. It is Testimony Tuesdays! A time to share stories or really whatever is moving. Testimony has evolved from the Latin root of "witness" to its current meaning of presenting truth. And yet we know that it doesn't present truth in any form as we watch youtube videos extolling the virtues of some obscure vinegar purge or testimonies attesting to the rightness of whiteness *yuck.* Testimony has lost its virtue. As I type that, I wonder why even use the name above and beyond alliteration? Maybe it is time to reclaim it? To approach TRUTH with a lower-case "t" rather than to bring it trying to proclaim truth for all. In my tradition, witness was the testimony regarding spiritual matters. Well, we are all about spirit here! So, test...
Tuesday’s Temptation: Relitigating

Tuesday’s Temptation: Relitigating

prayer, Prayer Practice, spirit, spiritual growth, spiritual practice
Relitigating. Well, that's what I call it. That moment when you replay an event or conversation over-and-over-and-over again in your mind. As if you could find some escape clause that didn't exist! I have a tendency to get caught in these loops. I am not sure why, but I think it has to do with being shamed. By myself or by others or both. I have always been "that" student at school. Straight A student, over-achiever, even working ahead in some grade level activities.  I don't exactly where the shame comes in but I distinctly remember a few shaping activities: In elementary school, third grade, our reading books were dispersed. Our teacher wrote our names on masking tape and stuck them to the front of the book. My teacher wrote "Terrible Terri" on mine. I could not believe it. I did,
Tuesday’s Temptation: Rushing Ahead

Tuesday’s Temptation: Rushing Ahead

prayer, Prayer Practice, spiritual practice, Spirituality
It is the US way, isn't it? Rushing ahead? Being more productive with less resources in a shorter amount of time? Working longer hours with less vacation? At least that is the story we tell ourselves. The US isn't quite tops in most hours worked and being most productive, but we are definitely up there. Today, I will make this entry short and sweet. The actual most productive country in the world works an average of 10 hours less than the US per worker. Luxembourg tops the charts and has an average of 29 hours per week worked. The contribution per worker is $93.4 per hour worked vs $68.3 for the US. Luxembourg doesn't need to work amount the US is working because they trounce us in productivity. Which just goes to show that sometimes less is more. Slowing down can cause increase. And se...