It is a Happy Monday for me — I got to sleep in my own bed last night and all was well. If you’re wondering what that’s about, our area here in the BC Interior is wracked with fires, and more are starting up all too quickly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have to evacuate their homes, not knowing what they’ll come back to. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the firefighters, and all the emergency crews who help to support those affected.
The reason why where I would sleep last night was in question was that I got a bunch of texts letting me know that a fire had started on the mountain where Kenn and I live. Yikes! My daughter called and said: “Grab what’s important and just come to my house.” Grab what’s important? Everything is important; and in that moment not much is that important. I grabbed my computer, phone, file box with passports, birth certificates and other important documents; our wedding picture; my make-up, curling iron and pajamas. It’s so interesting to see what I think is important! I was so happy to read a short while later that the fire had been doused.
With ALL that’s happening in our world right now, it’s easy to get so involved in the circumstances and conditions of life. I think (and not everyone agrees with me on this) it is important to be aware of what’s happening. (Yes, I watch the news.)
But how do we cope with this level of anxiety and stress?
I don’t have the absolute answer. From what I’m seeing around the planet, it doesn’t look like anyone really does. However, I have a little ‘story’ in my head that I try to remember to help me through the difficulties. It’s very simple and it works for me. A word of caution (to myself and all of us): I’m very aware of not using this as a by-pass or a denial of what we might be going through (because if they’re here, they need to be dealt with); but sometimes we just need something to get us through the night.
So, quite a few years ago when Kenn was the Spiritual Leader for Centers for Spiritual Living, we went to Italy on a tour with the Association for New Thought in Italy. We were there with the likes of Michael Beckwith, Jack Canfield, Mary Morrissey — those were the days! We all travelled together on a tour bus with lots of people and a lovely tour guide named Silvio.
Silvio was a man with tremendous patience. He had to coordinate all of these people, along with a copious amount of luggage. Every night, we’d reach a new destination, and all the luggage came out. Every morning, we’d move on down the road and the luggage had to go back in.
The first time Silvio was faced with loading these suitcases, there were about a dozen pieces that didn’t seem to fit in the bus, two of which were mine. Of course, I was concerned! (You know me, I’m the queen of ‘stuff’, and I was even more so back then!) So I went over to Sylvio and said, “Oh my gosh, what are we going to do? I can’t live without my stuff!” He said these golden words to me, “Don’t worry, it always, always fits.” I’m looking at the baggage and thinking: no way, he’s really underestimated what’s possible.
And of course, you know what happened. Even though he had to take everything out of the cargo hold and re-arranged everything, and even had to ask a few people to hold something on their laps, it all did eventually fit.
It all works out.
It all works out, because at the centre of our being, regardless of the storms, issues, conflicts, and troubles around us we have a constant life within. Even though things in our lives or the world may feel chaotic and changing in ways we can’t fathom, at our core, we have the changeless life of the Infinite making sure that eventually, it all fits.
Which brings me around to reminding us of our in-person and virtual service this coming Sunday, August 22nd at 10:30am at The Vibrant Vine Winery. All the information is on this event page. Because of the changing tides all around us, please make sure you check for any real-time updates. Please RSVP so we know you’re coming.
I so look forward to seeing you there or on Facebook Live.
Knowing it all fits, Dr. Deborah
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— Vaclav Havel
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