GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
We play these little games with ourselves from time to time. Humans are funny that way.
We mentally justify all sorts of things that we know, in our heart of hearts, are kinda bogus, no?
"I am starving because I haven't eaten ALL day," we say. But then, that's not really true. Maybe we have eaten less or lighter than usual but it's really quite rare that you arrive at dinnertime having consumed absolutely nothing since opening your eyes in the morning, right?
"I weigh a little more but it's only water," we claim. It might be, occasionally--especially if we've had tons of salt the day before stepping on that scale. But -- what about the other 14 or 18 or 47 times we were a few pounds heavy and made the same declaration?
"She didn't mean it like that; she's really quite kindhearted and doesn't mean to come across so gruff." Oh boy, this is so me. I'm actually a champion at defending folks who are sharp-tongued and missing an empathy gene; not many folks know that I won an Olympic gold medal for it back in '76. And, while many simply lack self-awareness about some of our characteristics and actions and the perceptions that correspond to them - the fact is: lots of grown men and women unabashedly hurt others with their words with full malice and wanton abandon.
They just don't give a rooty patootie how they make others feel. Harsh but true.
Don't confirm or deny any of this aloud; just think about it. And then consider this:
Most of the time, you know the difference between what's true and what are the little white lies we tell ourselves. And much more importantly, you usually can tell when someone's being genuine and when they are not.
Opt for the truth; the good guy; the right answer. Follow your gut -- even if it's a little bigger than you want it to be. Hee!
Bottonw line: You know what the right street is...turn down that one and stay on it, yo.
Alleluia, alleluia. The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower; All who come to him will live for ever. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Mt 13:1-9 On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea...and he spoke to (a great crowd) at length in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear."