Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sweet Alice (aka "circus girl"),

I have updated your picture here on the blog. 
You are so pretty in that green! 
That color just seems to suit you. 

But so does red, blue, white and a lot of other colors. 

So do the colors make you shine or do you make the colors shine?

Is it what you do with the colors or is it what the colors do with you?

We can ask the same question about our lives.

Is it what we do with our lives or is it what life does with us?

As you get older Alice you will be deciding what colors you want to wear (I hope you still like green).
And also as you get older you will be deciding what to do with this life you have been given.

There will be times when it feels like life is doing you instead of you doing life.

It's those times when it "feels" like life is doing you that I want you to remember the color green.

It's you who makes that green so vivid !


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Leaving On a Jet Plane

So the word is, Circus Girl, you are leaving on a jet plane today. 

Grampa wishes you and your mother travelling mercies!

Both of you will be in my heart today in a special way. But both of you are already in my heart in a special way. So what’s new?

When Grampa flies he gets a little nervous but that’s Grampa. I think I get a little nervous because I don’t have any control over flying that plane and I have to trust those pilots to do what they are trained to do.

Control, now there’s a word to contemplate in your life.
The power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events.

Do you want that kind of power? That seems like an awful lot of responsibility and a lot of stress.

Truth is Alice,
We don’t have control over most things.

But one thing we always have control over is :
How we respond to this life that has been given.

So much of life is “just given”.

In the Book of Ecclesiastes it says there is a season for everything. A time for everything under the sun.
And this would suggest that seasons come and go, whether we like it or not.
So that is kind of like “so much of life is just given”

Ecclesiastes 3
Everything Has Its Time
3For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Maybe Part of our job in our spiritual journey is to know what “time” or “season” we are in.
And knowing what “time” we are in requires a certain amount of self-awareness.
And self-awareness comes from doing our own spiritual and emotional work.
And doing our spiritual and emotional work is something we can be in control of.

But today is your time to “FLY”
Be safe precious granddaughter!
And daughter-in-law!


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Corrals and Boundaries

Sweet Alice,
It’s been a month since Grampa has written, but like I told your cousin Caroline, I just decided to take a break. But I’m back now to share some thoughts with you about life, love, relationships, peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, pimento cheese and whatever else comes to my mind as I try in my own little way to love you with these words.
First of all, I cannot tell you what a joy it was to watch you at my house during the Christmas holidays. Your agility far exceeds the norm for your age.
It seems your mom and dad had to build a corral at home just to keep you from running away to the circus.
But actually they just wanted to keep you safe, keep you from hurting yourself because at this age you just don’t know any better. So the boundaries are a good thing, even though they may frustrate you sometimes.
You will come to find out as you get older that your parents will continue to have boundaries for you. Now you won't be able to see them like the corral you have now but you will need to understand them. And you will simply need to trust that even then, they are trying to protect you and keep you from being hurt.
And later, when you are on your own you will have to take the adult step and set your on boundaries for your own protection.
Something to ponder.
Just for the record, my love for you has no boundaries!