You don’t say #4, Friday 30 September, 2016–I love fall.
It’s a time to gather in. Clean up. Breathe the pungent air. Watch the squirrels. Give thanks for the summer past and the future in the wings. Autumn’s here. I savor the moment.
I call this blog Past, Present, Future: Live It Now. “Now” has both before and after parts. What’s behind us has influenced the present. What’s ahead is influenced by the present. We can’t live in the past. We can’t live in the future. We live in the all-present now. The past is now. The future is now. The present, well, at the risk of dah, is now. Past + Future = Present. Live it now.
Photos from Wednesday in South Haven, Michigan
Gather ye pollen while ye may
An obituary that sums up past, present and future
Margaret, a woman who lived most of her life in Elkhart, Indiana, died 24 September 2016 at age 100. She was born in Ontario. Other than that her obituary doesn’t include any further details of growing up or moving to the USA. It’s how she lived her life that I find so engaging.
I quote from the obit: “In keeping with her strong Italian heritage, Margaret lived her life with three basic principles: Eat. Pray. Love.
“Eat: One of her greatest joys in this world was food, either making it or serving it. She received the most joy from baking cookies, cooking a meal for family, and being a waitress for many years at Fisherman’s Wharf in Edwardsburg, where if you were a regular, she might have surprised you on more than one occasion, with a plate of homemade cookies to enjoy on the ride home.
“Pray: Margaret’s religion was prayer. She said her secret to long life was simple: ‘I pray every day.’ Whether you knew her or simply passed by her sitting on her front porch, one thing is certain, she said a prayer for you. If you are reading this now, she is undoubtedly praying for you right now.
“Love: She always said, ‘I never knew a stranger, and if I did, it wasn’t for long.’ To know Margaret was to love her, and to her, love was everything. ‘It always protects, always trusts, always preserves. Love never fails.’ Corinthians 13:7-8.
“Our family couldn’t have loved her more, so we ask you to support us today by doing the following: Love yourself, your family and your neighbor without fail, pray for everyone you meet, and finally gather your family, give thanks and share a meal.
“‘Mangia!’ Now Eat!”
Four quotes from Martin Buber
These quotes are from Martin Buber’s Ten Rungs: Hasidic Sayings, (Schocken Books, 1947, 1973).
“Man [The human] is a ladder placed on the earth and the top of it touches heaven. And all his movements and doings and words leave traces in the upper world.”
“The way of this world is like the edge of a blade. On this side is the underworld, and on that side is the underworld, and the way of life lies between.”
“Rabbi Mikhal gave this command to his sons: ‘Pray for your enemies that all may be well with them. And should you think this is not serving God, rest assured that, more than all our prayers, this love is indeed the service of God.”
“When you talk to people, do not weigh whether or not their thoughts are clinging steadfastly to
God. A soul that weighs suffers harm.”
Calendar Garden on Wednesday
Happy Birthday, Bill!
Be present. -John