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