I'm working on getting myself ready to lead a workshop on "Forgiveness" for the Mastery Foundation in Teaneck, NJ next Saturday. It's a new, one-day workshop that's only been done once and I didn't help lead that one.
But here's the thing: since I've been prepping on Forgiveness, 'forgiveness' has shown up over and over in my life. Most of the moments are with people I serve as priest and not to be shared. But one, just for me, came yesterday.
I realized I needed to forgive my dog, Bela, for getting old.
He's an annoying dog--being a Puli and stubborn as hell itself--but I love him so that normally I can handle being annoyed.
But recently, because he has trouble jumping in my car and dislikes going up and down the steps in our house and seems to forget how to get on our bed, I've been really impatient with him.
Well, he's 12--an advanced age for a dog--and I'm angry with him for getting old and need to forgive him.
Plus, his age, I believe, reveals my own to me. I'll be 70 in April. I'm of the "live fast, love hard, die young' generation. How did I get to be 70!!!
So, Bela's limitations simply illuminate my own, especially since I had knee surgery at the end of last September and have been limited in so many ways for so long.
So, I need, also, to forgive myself for aging.
Forgiveness is showing up in my life left and right as I prepare to lead a workshop of that name.
I'm not surprised, actually.
When you're 'creating' a possibility, stuff flows into the space you create.
- Spring can't read
- Something from the past
- visit to a sweet soul
- On my wall
- Waiting for Godot
- Lent 4 sermon--the man born blind
- Forgiveness (again)
- Hope springs etern....well, at least annually
- The Fake President
- Spring has sprung???
- oh, sweet sixteen...
- Last two chapters of the Igloo Factory
- Here's who I envy least in the whole world.
- The Igloo Factory--Chapter 11
- Winter Storm Stella
- The Igloo Factory--chapters 9 and 10
- Let's Goooo, Mountaineers!
- war against the 'world'
- Lent 1 sermon
- Igloo Factory--8
- so much to learn
- Happy Birthday, Bela!
- The Igloo Factory--chapter 7
- odd but touching
- The Igloo Factory--Chapter 6
- Weirded out
- Igloo Factory--Chapter five
- I got out of my car!!!!
- igloo factory--chapter 4
- Igloo Factory--chapter 3
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