Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self. - Millicent Fenwick
He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles. - Harry Emerson Fosdick
Good Morning Digital Neighbors and Friends! Happy Thursday to all! It was as warm in New Melle as it was in Maui yesterday. More of the same today - winter is coming, but not today!🌞🌞🌞
Regarding the first quote from Millicent Fenwick, Momma Peg always said that if you sit on the pity pot, you sit alone. Self-pity robs us of so much. Not giving into its pull in dark moments is so difficult, but necessary if we want to maintain the balance that allows us to stage engaged with life. The squirrel cage of self - if you have ever seem one cornered in a garage or box, her description of the panic and racing back & forth is spot on. Sadly it also contributed to the high number of them squashed on the roadside, only possums rack up more treats for the crows. buzzards & coyotes.
Regarding the second - enough challenges or troubles to keep the edge somewhat sharp and not too many to break the proverbial blade as it were. The challenge for myself is always trying to keep perspective and not letting fears; real, imagined or exaggerated overwhelm me. Good friends offer the best grounding, good communities foster similar opportunities where there is healthy conversation, and finally the cultivation of a practice of reflection, meditation or prayer that takes us beyond self & self-interest. Reflection, meditation or prayer that becomes wrapped up in self invites the caged squirrel back into the box. Happy Thursday my friends!
Meanwhile somewhere in Iowa someone took this photo.
Hey @SEPTUAGENARIAN, hope they make you smile
Thank you @MinaH for the posting by Neil Oliver, scroll down to find it. It is worth the 10 minutes it takes. I offer my feedback on on the issue of trust and forgiveness.
Welcome guests and digital neighbors! I hope you enjoy your visits here. May this little spot become a haven for those who want to connect with others away from the toxicity of many sites. Locals is a great experience for me and I hope it is a good experience for you. Any community is only as good as its members, so please see the community "About" section for guidelines as to what I hope will help us enjoy our visits here.😇
Dues to changes @LOCALS this community is no longer a free community if you want to participate. I believe you can lurk about and read things, but you will be unable to post without signing up for $2.00 monthly charge. Since this changed has happened, I want all of you to know that any funds that come as a result of this community will be given to charity. I came here for community - not for profit.
The two charities I want to sponsor at the beginning will be our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry that services our New Melle Community. The other charity will...