So I have been thinking about practical ways to practice meaning in our everyday lives. One of my sources of inspiration this month came from one of the women who was at our anniversary celebration. She suggested we have a wall in our kitchen/gathering area where people could write inspirational words or phrases. This got me thinking what if we all did this. What if we create a wall or a mural of proverbs? They could come from one faith tradition, or in our space, a myriad of faith traditions. They could come from the Book of Proverbs in the Hebrew Bible or one of numerous other collections of proverbs. Here is a list of three of my favorite collections of proverbs:
- Like a Yeti Catching Marmots: A Little Treasury of Tibetan Proverbs·
- Soul Would Have No Rainbow if the Eyes Had No Tears and Other Native American Proverbs·
- African Proverbs, Parables and Wise Sayings
Do you have one you would like to share?
What if we began fostering ongoing learning in our families? What if as we gathered with friends and family members we shared the most interesting thing we had learned that week based on something we had read, a lecture we had gone to, a presentation we had attended, a documentary we had viewed, or some other source of information. What would our conversations sound like if we focused on sharing the new revelations and wisdom we are learning with others. Writing this has given me inspiration for a new group here at Inspiritual. So stay tuned for details in the October newsletter, if not sooner
Everyday life is filled with meaningful discussion starters. It is important to remember that as we share these meaningful experiences and places with others that we respect that they may not mean the same for us. So may we celebrate what they mean for others and remember that is their truth, just as we would want others to honor our meaningful experiences. So starting today, why not take a moment to share something meaningful to you with someone you love and ask them to do the same with you. Not only will we gain a greater understanding of others, but others will gain a greater understanding of us and together we will gain a greater understanding of our Higher Power, however, we define that.