There will be moments in your life when all you can do is sit on the bench and wait it out. This is not an easy thing to do. And from what I can tell about your spirit, it may be very difficult for you.
I would like to be able to say , "Don't worry about it, life is just a game" but life is not a game.
Life is not about keeping score, life is not about winning and losing, life is not about being number one.
What is life about, you say?
Maybe part of life is about knowing when to sit one out so you can get a better perspective, rest your body, soul and spirit and realizing that being on the bench might be the best place at the time.
Maybe when life gets tough find a bench and sit it out for a while. This is part of that silence, solitude, contemplative thing I alluded to last week. Bench Prayer! Why not?
Your mom posted this picture with a title that said:
"Lessons In Descending".
As soon I saw that title I was moved to the spiritual meaning.
You will find in your life that there are numerous lessons about "Ascending", making it to the top,
but there's not a lot "in the world" about "Descending".
What do I mean by Descending in a spiritual way?
One thing I mean is the work of dismantling your ego, moving from your head to your heart. It's a stripping away of all the conditioning that shapes us in our lives, all the conditioning that forms our sense of a self. All of us who love you are doing that to your right now, in good ways and unintentionally in bad ways. Our wounds we give you are because we too are still working on this descending and dismantling. It's a life long process Alice and sometimes becoming parents and grandparents brings the best and the broken out of us.
This dismantling is a DESCENDING in spiritual terms. It is going to that place that Thomas Merton calls "the virgin point". That place were we see we are made in the image of God. It's what the Buddhist call "your original face before you where born". Paul Tillich my call that place "the ground of being". So as you get caught up in this world's "ascending" (and you will), remember there is a way to be in this world and not of it. And if you begin that journey of DESCENDING, you just might find your self "on top of the world". There are many paradoxes in the spiritual journey Alice. How is this done? Some hints: Silence, solitude, contemplation. I will, if I haven't already, talk about these later. Love, Grampa