I owe you all, and everyone I know and have known, a heartfelt apology, for I have short-changed everyone by being less than I might have been with you. I could have done better, just by being more awake, aware, alive to what was what and what needed to be done about it, and doing it, for the true good of all. I'm sorry that's the way it is. And. You owe me and everyone you know the exact same apology for the exact same reason. We all are let-downs and disappointments, if only to ourselves. And we all need rites and rituals of cleansing and redemption on a regular basis. And it does not need to be "a corporate prayer of confession"! There is nothing corporate about our confession! It is wholly individual through and through. We have failed ourselves as only we could. There is not a "we" here, it is all "me and mine" around the circle for the entire globe. And we need to own it as our own, not to be shared with anyone. Our cleansing and our redemption is a private matter between us and ourselves alone. And it must come from, and be received by, the heart--both as cleansing and as redemption. No one can redeem us but us. You telling me I am redeemed (or forgiven) means nothing! It has to come from me to me! From myself to me! I have to know it is so, not because someone tells me, or a lot of someone's, but because I say it is so-- because I know it is so. And so, I suggest we make our daily, or however often, bath/shower a conscious, deliberate, rite/ritual of cleansing and redemption-- as elaborate as you like-- remembering and sending down the drain all we have done and left undone, all we might have done if only we had seen, all we needed to know and did not know... Remember and let go, washed away-- to be remembered again, and washed away again, perhaps-- and allowing redemption to rest easy upon us, grounded in our determination to do better in the time that is left to us, even now, even yet, even so, nonetheless. To be repeated as needed for as long as it is so.
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Not corporate! Oh, wonderful “heresy”! Jackson Hole is a great destination for spiritual ablution, but so is my shower. You are right on, friend!
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