my jam! Jam-a-la-ram!” instead of offering a tentatively tilted: “Change is for certain, ok… (inhale, exhale) pull back the curtain.”. Though I’ve actively spent the last three decades pursuing a parallel course to that bold, ‘jam-a-la ram’ attitude towards change, I still experience a ‘hitch in my giddy-up’ when a change opportunity reveals itself. So, with this continuing reaction gap between ‘fearful’ to ‘hopeful’, I’ve been focusing on an intermediate step: transforming feelings of anxiety about change into expectations of hope for the possibilities within change.
Today it is my intention to share a few sources of wisdom I have come to appreciate in my attempts to span this gap. I’m excited to share readings that I find delightful and which speak to change in a simple, clear way. I hope they might also offer you a moment of inspiration to see ‘change’ from a more anticipatory viewpoint.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (HarperCollins Publishers 2019)
This is a beautifully illustrated book that speaks of love, kindness and courage through acts of friendship. *There are no page numbers. I have simply counted the pages from the start and notated in front of the quote.
Big Panda and Tiny Dragon by James Norbury (Mandala Publishing 2021)
Spring p.14 Big Panda and Tiny Dragon are together under the cherry tree. Tiny Dragon is busily writing (probably a draft for an e-blog). Big Panda is contemplating the cherry blossoms.
Summer p. 62 Big Panda and Tiny Dragon are sitting at the pond’s edge. Big Panda sits facing the center. Tiny Dragon sits facing Big Panda, his chin supported in the left hand of his bent front leg. (I don’t know if dragons have arms.)
Autumn p. 97 Tiny Dragon and Big Panda are sharing tea under the cherry tree.
Winter p.136 Big Panda and Tiny Dragon, under the bare the cherry tree, during a beautiful snow fall.
Spring p.150 & 151 Big Panda sits below a bamboo from which hangs a quivering chrysalis. Tiny Dragon is perched on a rock nearby, staring. (He looks mesmerized.) The caption reads: ‘Butterflies struggle most just before they emerge.’
The TAO of POOH and the TE of PIGLET The Principles of Taoism demonstrated by Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet, inspired by the original works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard (Methuen & Co. Ltd 1994) pp. 24-26
Intelligence can get in the way of wisdom and the power of solving a logical problem that requires a changed sense of logic. The excerpt that follows shows how a Bear of Little Brain manages simple wisdom to effect a desired change.
While I do love books that speak to the hearts and understanding of children and express the truth of ideas simply, I am very excited to share the mature wisdom and encouragement to be found in the link below:
Richard Rohr's Daily Meditations from the Center for Action and Contemplation
Week One Summary: December 31, 2023 – January 5, 2024
We humans as a species are not attracted to change. We like things the way we like things. And yet the first words out of Jesus’ mouth tell us that he’s come to give us a philosophy of change: “Repent,”--change your mind— “for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (Matthew 3:2).
Peace and every good, Yvette
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