Minister’s Musings – Opening Ourselves to New Insights

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each day, we are given a choice. We can remain in a place of comfort and stability, where all we know is familiar. Or we can seek out new ideas, thoughts, or actions that challenge us and shake up our familiar world. 

The Summer of 2014 did not lend itself to remaining with the familiar. Whether we wanted to or not, our familiar world was shaken up. Locally, we had forest fires that impacted many people in our community, who are still recovering. Nationally, we had police officers shattering the images of protect and serve as well as people refusing to sit by idly while it happened. Worldwide, there have been tragedies involving ISIS and Israeli/Palestine, just to name a few.

When the world around us is shaking up what we know, it is difficult to step into a place of curiosity and feel comfortable with shaking it up even more. However, life moves on, and we have the choice each day to decide how we can embrace what life has to offer. 

I sent all three of my children off to school today. Each of them excited about what the new year will bring. Let’s remember to tap into that innocent excitement in our life and seek out what new insights we can uncover. Don’t wait for the world to stop shaking, for you to start experimenting.

Peace & Grace,
Rev. Laura

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