facebook is a great place to witness righteousness.
it's terrific for support, and kindness, and thoughtfulness........
usually when i bump into it,
i roll my eyes or get annoyed or walk away shaking my head.
today i think i did all three.
and i walked away to go paint a wall.
as i painted i thought about it.
i wanted to make a meme that said something obnoxious.
well, that's not too helpful, i told myself.
and i thought about how the simple minded - know it all - memes make me crazy,
so why would i make one?
so i decided to get beyond my simple minded reaction and think about it.
and i realized that i couldn't think of a time where i witnessed righteousness
and love mixed together.
i'm not saying there isn't.
i'm saying i couldn't think of one.
so going on the premise that all things are either love or fear,
i realized how fearful righteousness is.
why? i wondered.
and as i thought about it, and recalled different instances of it,
it seemed like the righteousness was a fearful way for people to hold on
to worlds that felt safe to them. it was easier to just have the answers
and be all clean and tidy and locked up and 'safe.'
i thought of the examples that i had seen lately.
and suddenly, instead of annoyance, i felt compassion.
how hard it would be to have to hang on to your world so tightly.
i looked at the paint splattered all over me.
i can't even paint tidy.
no wonder i don't have tidy answers for my life.
but i guess i really like it that way.
both with the paint and my life.
i don't think there are any simple answers ever to living -
unless you boil it all down to 'just love.'
and we all know, there ain't nothin' simple about that.
so if you're looking for that simple answer,
if you're feeling like you've got it and you're feeling righteous,
maybe it'd be a good time to stop and see if what you're
really feeling is some kinda fear.
i'm pretty sure we gotta put that down to let the love in.