Why do some people suffer from motion sickness and others don’t? For some people it happens in buses, planes, boats and trains – and for many it happens in cars, particularly when riding in the back seat. There is evidence to say that even the ancient Greeks and Romans suffered from motion sickness, or at least they were aware of it, so I suppose you can get it riding in a chariot!
Of all the wonder-full quotes from A.A. Milne’s ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ books, this one is perhaps my favourite. Although I will admit that for most of my life I didn’t truly ‘get’ the wisdom that was being offered to us. It seemed silly, and yet wasn’t funny. It also seemed non-sensical. and I’ve always been in favour of making sense, so this little quote just didn’t do it for me. However, now it makes perfect sense and it makes me laugh no matter how many times I see it. What’s the difference? Well…
Do you feel you are willing to see what is going on in the world? If you had asked me this question last month, I would have said, “Yes, absolutely, of course I am.” I would have felt this was true. But if you asked me that question today, I would have to say, “Apparently not!”
A few weeks ago, I was presented with information that I did not want to know. I didn’t want the world to be this way. In that moment, it hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks, it came to me totally out of left field, so to speak and threw me into outer orbit. I didn’t even feel like I had the opportunity to decide how to respond or to react. My body took over and I went into shock and basically shut down. I was incapable of discussion or perhaps I was just refusing to discuss the matter that had been revealed, although to me it felt out of my control.
I’m still in the mountains of Montana as I write this. Even back when I was planning this trip, people would ask me, “Won’t it be kind of lonely up there in the mountains all by yourself?” Being lonely is not something I’ve ever experienced so I would reassure my friends that I would be fine. Others came from a slightly different angle, “Are you running away from something?” Uh, well not that I know of! I like being in the mountains, in the summer anyway, and I still intended to keep up, as much as possible, with my regular commitments to myself, and others. I like group work and so I am an active member of several teams working on different projects. By installing a modem, bringing the Internet to the cabin, I reckoned everyone would hardly notice I was away from home.
What does ‘Letting Go’ mean to you? It’s a common phrase; you’ve no doubt heard it many times. It applies to animate and inanimate objects. It applies to family relationships, jobs, homes, friends, pets and food cravings. It even applies to beliefs and ideals. I suspect the longer you’ve been attached to something, the harder it is to let go.
Is it a matter of detaching, of no longer caring? Is it a physical action, a mental construct or an emotional state? Maybe it is a combination of all of this. It seems to me that the incentive to let go is the freedom that replaces the attachment. Trying to hang on can be hard work. Letting go opens up space for something new to come in.
Do you notice the Magic of God moments when they are happening? Or perhaps you have a measurement of how big something has to be before it qualifies as the Magic of God?
I used to feel that to call something the Magic of God, meant that it had to be BIG – like one of those stories you read about in the newspaper where a stranger finds superhuman strength and lifts a car off of an injured person following an accident.
Gayle Cue loves writing about life, reflecting on every day miracles and pondering on the big picture.
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