SERENITY CONNECTION: lemonade

INDIANAPOLIS — Sarah Cummins was supposed to get married this weekend. The 25-year-old Purdue University pharmacy student had been planning her dream wedding for two years, scrimping and working overtime to save for the $30,000 extravaganza.

 A week ago, she called it off (she prefers not to say why) and was left with a broken heart and a nonrefundable contract for a venue and a plated dinner for 170 guests Saturday night at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.

“It was really devastating to me. I called everyone, canceled, apologized, cried, called vendors, cried some more, and then I started feeling really sick about just throwing away all the food I ordered for the reception,” she said. 

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”  Her wedding was scheduled for this weekend.  All the details were arranged, cake was ordered, centerpieces were created, the Ritz Charles garden pavilion was reserved for the reception, and tons of food were ordered.  She planned for 170 guests for a plated dinner to include bourbon-glazed meatballs, goat cheese and roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce, and, of course, wedding cake.

So, what does one do when one’s wedding punch is a bowl full of sour lemons?  Lemonade, of course.  Sarah has contacted local shelters and is hosting her reception, sans husband, for a very special guest list of Indianapolis homeless people, one hundred and seventy of them.  As if that in itself doesn’t speak enough for the this woman’s unflappable heart, she is keeping the honeymoon plan, sans husband, saying, “I’m going by myself. I’m nervous, but I feel like it will be really good strength-building for me. I want that time alone.”

Sweetheart, don’t worry, with your generosity and positivity that time alone will be short-lived.  Some of us cry over our sour lemons; others make lemonade…..or, in your case, a wonderful, memorable lunch for the less fortunate of Indianapolis and Noblesville, Indiana.

America, Sarah Cummins is who we are, what we represent as a nation.  Don’t allow the incessant negativity passing for leadership to tell us otherwise.

Maureen Gilmer http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/bride-to-be-calls-off-wedding-invites-homeless-to-reception/ar-BBEn31d?li=BBnb4R7&ocid=spartandhp

 

send in the clowns

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In the Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music”, Desiree reflects on the ironies and disappointments in her love life. The Chorus “Send In The Clowns” refers to the old circus practice of sending the clowns into the ring to distract from a disaster.

Our world leaders today have no solution for the hastening, downward spiral to a disastrous, fiery finale.  They know the answers, they know the way to a continuation of humanity as an intelligent species, but refuse to accomplish the first steps toward such a revolutionary concept: relinquish the power grab, cherish the earth’s resources, share the wealth and, most importantly,  recognize each individual citizen’s rights to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.

Worldly powers foresee the demise of our planet, the answers are evident, and yet, all we get are more clowns to create a distraction.

live simply

gandhi

Our world today seems overwhelmingly complicated for most of us, especially when we are trying to balance sobriety and its demand for spiritual growth with our social needs in an ego-driven society.  At some point all of us have experienced ‘burn-out’ with our lives.  It happened to me many years ago when my burnout coincided with chairing an AA meeting.  I suggested that very issue as the meeting’s topic of discussion.  Not many in the group participated and I soon realized it was a negativity which was not good fodder for a spiritual conversation.

Living simply, of course, applies to our physical presence on this earth in many ways.  Our consumer habits, our use of natural resources, our food preferences all contribute to the footprint we leave behind as humans.  We are urged by ad councils and corporate America to buy, buy, buy.  Buy this item and you will be beautiful.  Buy our brand and you will be keeping up with the Joneses.  Buy a shiny, new automobile and, baby, you have arrived.

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”  A PROVEN PLAN FOR FINANCIAL FITNESS by Dave Ramsey

As important as these issues are, it is the inner application of “live simply, so that others may simply live” that is extremely challenging.  How do I bring my mind to a place which embraces all humanity as a brotherhood?  How do I simplify and refine my ethics code to a common denominator of tolerance and inclusion?  My inner simplicity determines my outward display of compassion and acceptance.  When my mind analyzes and rationalizes it is not maintaining a core of simplicity.  I am my best self when I become one with you and with all humanity, when I am in solidarity with brothers and sisters worldwide.

rainbow-solidarity

Humility

“……a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become what we could be.”  pg 58  TWELVE STEPS & TWELVE TRADITIONS

http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/twelve-steps-and-twelve-traditions

Humility is not about being a shrinking violet or assuming an attitude of deference.  No, our sobriety literature says humility is an act of celebration followed by stepping out into the world and embracing the restored life our Higher Power has given us thus empowering us with a renewed involvement in the world.

FLASHBACK: 1970

As we move into July 4th celebrations let us remember it’s  ALL OF AMERICA’S PEOPLE , white, Latino, Christian, Muslim, Jew, black, Hindu, atheist, LGBT+, Asian who make this country great and worthy.  I would like to refresh a post from June 14th, Flag Day.

Source: FLASHBACK: 1970