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TILTING AT WINDMILLS

It’s not in my nature to do nothing.

  • When I see a wrong, I want to right it.

  • When I see an injustice, I want to see justice.

  • When someone stumbles, I want to hold their hand.

  • When someone falls, I want to help them up.

  • When someone cries, I want to wipe their tears.

  • When there’s a need, I want to fulfill it.

  • When I see an injured bird, I want to it fly again.

  • When someone writes something I don’t agree with, I grab my pen, ready to retaliate.

Facebook, oh Facebook! The times I’ve furiously reacted to something only to, thankfully, step back, breathe, re-read, and erase.

Heck! Even a stranger’s garden isn’t safe. When I see a weed I have an uncontrollable urge to pull it out.

Yup, I’m a doer.

Then, one morning while reading my Advent reflections, I was pulled up short.

“….raring to fight for a worthy cause du jour, at the risk of missing the “daily cases” God places before me in which it is difficult, boring and tiresome to love.” (Elizabeth Hansen.)

Daily cases. I dwelt on this for a while.

There are, of course, those small irritations and perceived faults of your nearest and dearest (Unfortunately I believe he has those same cases to deal with, me being the nearest and dearest…)

But I spread my net a little wider. Beyond Facebook. Beyond my nearest and dearest.

And regarded in horror the haul my net yielded.

Daily newscasts. Newspaper. Radio. Television. Politicians. Dignitaries. Celebrities.   

It’s hard. Really hard. I want to yell, scream and lash out at the utter stupidity, thoughtlessness, inconsideration and selfishness I’m confronted with.  From people I should be able to look up to and respect.

A daily case load heavier than I’m able to deal with.

But acting Don Quixote and tilting at windmills won’t get me anywhere.

Thus, with a sigh that could shake the pyramids, I turn to that so difficult to obey commandment.

Mark 12:31 – “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

I don’t need to like them. Or respect them. Or approve. Or disapprove. I just need to love them.

I believe I can do that.

Cyber Hugs and Blessings All. May your Daily Cases in this coming week be easy to love.

 

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