Micah says to do justice – follow the rules, do what you’re supposed to do – but to love mercy, love the warmth within us, that flow of generosity. Love mercy – accept the acceptance; receive the forgiveness, whenever we can, for as long as we can.Then pass it on. We are bread to be served to the poor and the hungry, and some of it is we who need the bread. To give it or receive it we move out of our shells and personas, scooching toward the real. The real is hard, time-consuming, and badly lit. I much prefer fantasy. And by the same token, change is hard. We like familiar. We’re self-centered, and we have a lot of fear – equal fear of love and death. Welcome to the monkey house as Vonnegut wrote. We like breakthroughs, while the changes toward evolution and greater humanity are incremental. We don’t want to grow. It hurts. And yet we do, bravely and scared, bit by bit. – it hangs in the air with its amazingness-we begin to cooperate with kindness, and we remember the good we’ve seen in our own lives. We soften ever so slightly with on to two percent willingness, and I’ll be damned if that isn’t enough. The Spanish poet Antonio Machado wrote, “Anyone who moved forward , even a little, is like Jesus walking on the water.”
~ Anne LaMott b. 1954 United States Writer and Activist
Historical Age, American Era 1950; Astrological Age, Pisces 1 AD – 2000; Sun Sign, Taurus.