Monday, October 28, 2013

The View From Here


Recently, Mr. Rosenberg was wondering aloud what it might take for him to become a Rabbi. He thought that first he needed to better grasp his world-view before he could counsel others. It made me question my own world view or as I like to think of it, my Miss America platform. 

I believe in the power of family and the many ways that they are grown and packaged. I also believe in the power of building a family of friends.

I believe in the power of prayer, good vibes, and mojo as healing balms. I also believe in the terrible power of disease, decay, and physical disrepair that cannot be helped though we pray with all our might. I believe we can push for our will in a situation but God’s will is what’s going to happen anyway.

I believe in the power of a good dermatologist, a good psychiatrist, and rice pudding with raisins.

I believe in the power of a loving God. I do not believe that God is like Santa, rewarding the virtuous and punishing those on the naughty list. I know that sometimes terrible things happen to stellar people and that sometimes enormous good happens to those who seem to least deserve it. I don’t pretend to understand why this is true. God knows. I believe that too.

I believe in the power of drugs and alcohol as an option to save people from themselves for a time, until they don’t. I believe in the powerful grace of recovery from those, and other addictions, that can be found in following the map charted by brave souls who have passed that way before.

I believe in the power of humor to get us through even the most excrutiating of times and that Tina Fey and Will Farrell and Patton Oswalt are seraphim zipped into people suits.

I believe in the power of animals. I believe that they, like all of us, are divine creatures and should be treated as such. I believe that the longer I think like this, the closer I am to becoming a vegetarian. 

I believe in the power of forgiveness especially when I am caught in the clenched fist of not forgiving. 

I believe in the power of compliments, giving them and also learning to receive them. I believe that compliments are a spiritual high five.

I believe in the power of time. I believe that time is relative and that someone we know for an hour can change our lives as much as someone we know for a decade. I do not believe that time heals all wounds but it will at least scab them over if you allow it.

I believe in the power of help: Accepting it and also giving it without keeping a scorecard of who did what when for how long. I believe that kindness and attention and the offering of help to others can be our simple ministry to the world.

I believe in the power of music and poetry as communication and communion and that reading Rumi or listening to Nina Simone is way God has of letting us peek behind the spiritual curtain.

I believe in the power of mystery to shape our days and keep us interested to see what’s next. We can have a routine and believe we know what to expect but it rarely goes the way and that is a wonder and a blessing.

I believe in the power of teachers and that each person, each situation we encounter will teach us something. I believe that each day holds one sacred lesson for us and if we listen closely, we will hear God’s voice in some most unlikely places.

I believe in the power of the past and the importance of learning to look back but not stare. I believe in the power of this moment. And this one.

I believe in the power of each of us to bring our unique story and brand of special sauce to this life and our ability to use that power for good instead of evil. I believe you are doing the best you know how. I believe today is a good day.  




59 comments:

  1. Can you become a rabbi? That's all good, kind, rational stuff that others could benefit from.

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  2. I loved this reminder of the goodness around us. Thank you.

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  3. Oh, this is the best thing I've read in a long time. Love it. Thank you for sharing your view with all of us.

    XO
    A.

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  4. Yes. I love the view from your Miss America platform. Lots of wisdom there.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. (I bailed before the swimsuit competition.) xoxo

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  5. Just beautiful.

    Except for the part about rice pudding with raisins.

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    1. Thanks, Heather. Tapioca can stand in on occasion. xo

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  6. I think there's a reason you meet people. And I'm so glad I've met you. xo

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  7. "I believe in the power of teachers and that each person, each situation we encounter will teach us something. I believe that each day holds one sacred lesson for us and if we listen closely, we will hear God’s voice in some most unlikely places." You are one of my teachers. And this is a beautiful lesson.

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  8. Why aren't you Miss America? This inspires me, and I"d love to see it done by so many, to clarify... for us to refer to when we begin to feel lost... really remarkable, Lisa. Thank you.

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  9. I believe I'll share this with like-minded friends.

    Gm.

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  10. great manifesto. I particularly like the phrase "seraphim zipped into people suits" it is a great way to imagine angels among us and really really funny people must be just shy of angels.

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  11. Today isn't a good day for me. But your voice here... it will carry me for at least a few moments more. I will grasp onto each moment and not worry about the next. We are all doing the best we can. <3

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    1. Wishing you an ass-load of grace in your day. xoxo

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  12. Thank you for your words. I believe they made my day even better.

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  13. WOW!!! This blew me away.
    Here I was looking at cooking blogs and the rest of my favorites (Bob is right at the top) and then this
    Marvelous. Especially 2nd from the last

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous. You have the most beautiful spirit, Lisa.

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  15. Beautifully said. A friend shared this on FB. I rarely have time to read blogs anymore. So glad that I took the two minutes. Each sentence/thought could be the page of a lovely inspirational book. Lots to chew on here. :)

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  16. Lisa, I was going to write this yesterday, but I added to my nascent blog instead. You and your blog have helped me so much - likely more than even I realize. Because of you I found Marc and Angel and the Bloggess and Brene Brown and untold other goodies. Because of you and them I am reclaiming a life that felt over and done. I am Daring Greatly and not doing the Seven Things That Keep People Stuck and have spit tea on my keyboard over something Jenny has said, or listened to her when she talks about the magic of being broken. I have launched a new and magical career.
    This was the perfect post for the perfect time, as so many of yours are. I am not sure if anyone will ever read any of the words I write when it is time for me to show them, but I hope that I can help to heal one other soul the way that you have helped to heal mine. Many blessing to you.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with me. It means the world. Best to you - xoxo L

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  17. Wonderful, wonderful. Thank you.

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  18. This is gorgeous and riveting and hope-filled. Thank you so much!

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  19. You inspire me! I love your vision, it truly is a wonderful world.

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  20. Wow, just found your blog and came across this post... really awesome and inspirational.

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  21. Thank you. I so agree. It hits real close to home when I look at my daughter. My wife and I (lesbian couple) had to try so hard to have her. And in the end fertility didn't work and got way too expensive. A somewhat close college friend from way when offered to help us. And everyday I thank him in my prayers for what he gave us. She is more than wonderful, she is a miracle. Humanity... love... commitment... *hugs to you and your family*

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  22. "I believe in the power of drugs and alcohol as an option to save people from themselves for a time, until they don’t."

    THIS.

    Such a great post.

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  23. I would totally put this in my fridge if it wasn't stainless steel. So I'm sending it to everyone I know. Love this. And you.

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  24. I love this! I think I believe everything you wrote here.

    And you titled this post the same as a guest post series I am currently running. I wonder Very cool.

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  25. I love, love, love your long and heartfelt posts. And every other day as well. Sometimes I don't get to read more than once a week, but every time I do you do not disappoint. This one was magnificent.

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  26. Hey, Lisa! I came back to read this again after VOTY because I couldn't hear very well backstage. Lovely! I especially like how you called attention to this moment...and this one.

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  27. I found you via Kristen Shaw at Two Cannoli. :)
    Could you please stitch this on a pillow or maybe iron it on a t-shirt? I don't ever want to be without these words. Such a beautiful way to believe.
    Spiritual hi-five <3

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