Although I don’t think attending is a superpower, some days I wish it was. On those days, I think if one more person promises that he or she has the superpower to right all wrongs and save US from THEM, I daydream about sticking a pencil in my (or someone else’s) eye. On my better days, however, I choose to acknowledge that while I have no superpowers and am responsible TO the World – I’m not responsible FOR it. I’m responsible FOR my life and how I choose to live it.
To that end, I will attend to what and whom I can. And I’ll remember that I don’t have to attend every argument, drama or political whack-o-doodleness to which I’m invited. Each Sunday, I’ll share something here – an image, a poem, a song or maybe even a story that’s helped me attend to what I can that week.
This week, I’m sharing a poem by Rumi. It reminds me that Stuff is GOING to happen – to arrive at my door. I can choose to try to hide from it; deny its presence; use-up my energy and health trying to kick it out – OR I can invite it in – attend to it, giving it only the attention it deserves and.move.on.
Hope this reminder from Rumi helps you take attendance, too. I look forward to hearing from you! Special thanks to www.theSilverPen.com for this fabulous image!
5 thoughts on “taking attendance ~ week 1”
I’ve been waiting to hear what you would choose for this year. First, thanks for the poem. Rumi as always so radically wise. Next, ;you call to mind “Attention must be paid!” (Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman). This line moves me greatly when i encounter the terrible struggles to which ordinary people are brought every day.
And, to encourage myself to get to work: “80 percent of success is just showing up.”
Looking forward to this new year and self-awareness sparked by your thoughts! Thank you so much for doing all you do!!!!
glad to know we’ll be on this ride together, Judi!
Penny, so happy to know the Rumi reminder spoke to you, too. and thanks for the great ‘attention must be paid’ reminder😜
HUGE thanks to all who commented here, on Facebook and more privately about Attending. as we all know, attending is much easier, when done in community.