together this year. We bought parsley, green onions, and tomatoes, the makings for tabouli.
Back at home, I stood at the sink for an hour or two getting it ready—washing all the parsley
and trimming the green onions. Tomorrow he’ll put it all together for the Perron family picnic
I’ll be going to.
This didn’t fall in the category of “doing.” It might have last month and might tomorrow.
But yesterday I just emptied the greens into the sink, filled it with water and began.
When I use the word “doing,” I’m almost invariably speaking of something I’m “trying” to
get done. “I’ve got to do that.” That’s about right, I think. How many times have I told myself
I’ve got to do one thing or another? It’s a subtle thing, hard to realize. You don’t see it until you
When I’m not trying, there’s no ‘thought’ of doing. An action commences spontaneously. I
realize, then, that it’s the way of my writings and dialogues, and with a sort of wonder and
surprise, that this way has been joining me in “regular life” a lot more than usual lately. “I” am
Did you know that spontaneous comes from the Latin word sponte – or free will? I didn’t.
What a surprise.
Living with my two year old great grandson gives me lots of spontaneous moments that make my life so full of sweet experiences that I treasure at this ripe old age of 95. My 2 year old great granddaughter visits quite often and the two of them together so full of activity, love and joy are such a treasure. Hope I can hang in for a few more years!
So good to hear from you again Betty Lou! I’ll always remember visiting you in California and so can imagine you there with your little ones. They are Spontaneity in action. I admire you being able to keep up with them! Bless you!
Hi Betty Lou, It’s so good to hear from you and about your grandchildren. You have spontaneity going on constantly. I’m glad I was able to visit you in your home. Now I can imagine you sharing it with your little ones. Bless you!
Yes, I know what you mean. Lots of very subtle ” things ” go unoticed before we notice them.
Love always to you ( and everyone ).
Thanks Claudia. Noticing is a good word. We don’t have to “try” but just to notice! We come to be at ease. Love you too (and all)!
Thank you Mari, Glad to see you here. Thanks for all the love unendng
Nice to see you here, too, Miguel, and to be sharing love.
this is one of the harder places to get to yes?, right along with letting each moment be what it is…If I declare “I don’t know what anything is for” and then just let whatever is being, just be and then go to silence, I will get the answer to what it (whatever it is) is for and how to then proceed. I think we’re all learning how to be the Christ in proportion to how much we really want it.
Hi Laurie. Thank you for your response. I wonder if it isn’t “hard” because it is so easy. So natural. So accepting of the unknown knowing that is already “in us.” As you say, “let whatever is being … be.”
Beautiful musing, Mari. I noticed when I am being spontaneous, it gives me such a pleasure and a sense to be free. I am just being my real self. Lots of love to you Mari.
I know! It was that I had to notice it before I realized it, if you know what I mean. Lots of love to you too, Claudia.