Sunday, January 20, 2008
I bought a Simon Dewey calendar this past week (also a Jim Shore one). The Dewey is had for the pictures, not the dates (the Shore is cuz I really want a few of his pieces of art...I want them badly!). So January's picture is entitled "To Be With God" and it is now hanging over my monitor, right in front of my eyes and I think it's a good place for it. I don't need to broadcast how I feel all over my house but in this room, where I so often go to think things through I do need it. Especially today. This is what I should be doing and it most certainly is how I am feeling.
Last night I happened upon the meanest person I think I have ever met....hmmmm....meanest? Yes! I've known one more cruel but this one was the meanest. Everything out of her mouth was mean and unkind and so uncalled for. Her physical actions in a couple of instances were at variance with what came out of her mouth earlier in the evening when everything was light and lovely and happy (and PUT ON!). I came home and all the way home, I felt grimy. I felt stuff sticking on me. And I was never so happy to come into this room and look at this picture and remind myself that some people are just this way. I don't know what makes them this way but they are. And I do not have to be with these people. I do not have to be anything more than civil and courteous. I can stop their influence of me by setting myself apart from them as much as possible. And 'when the evening came, I can be found alone(Mt 14:23)....with the right Person, and good friends....and I can have peace.' The peace that only He and they can give.
Today I will not be mean in word or deed...not murmur....not see the negative (altho it is pretty frigid...only 1 degree F. now and I am sure to say something about that). Today Pollyanna will having nothing on me! And it will be the first day of the rest of my life.