That’s Not What I Meant…

Bertha…just gave me a phrase…which is a good thing…because I had nothing to write about…anyway…here’s what she reminded me of…

It’s not what you say…it’s how you say it…

I’m immediately reminded of my high school economics teacher…she told us one day that she did an experiment to prove that dogs don’t understand words…just tone of voice…

So…in a very sweet voice…she said to a dog…go away…shoo…go away…and…it wagged its tail and came to her…then later she said in a very gruff voice…come here you sweet little puppy…but…the dog wouldn’t come…

Thus…proving her theory…

Now…I’m not sure what this lesson had to do with economics…but…it had a whole lot to do with life…

So…today…Bertha…is prompting me to pay attention to the way I say things…to the tone of my voice…to my body language…not just to the words that I speak…especially…when I interact with the children at school…because…they are very astute at hearing exactly what I mean…not what I say…

Hmmm…

Jane

PS…sadly…that’s the only thing I remember from that class…

Seeing Magic…

I love visiting our Kindergarten class…they get so excited about…everything…and…they get so excited about…nothing…

Everything is…magical

I wish I could be more like them…seeing life as a fun adventure…without thinking about the…practical…things…

Bertha…says…I can…she says it’s a choice…that I can choose to see things as adventures or struggles…she says I can look for the magic in my days…

But…I argue…if I focus on adventure and magic…what about the bills…

She reminds me…the bills are paid…

Okay…they are…then how do I do it…how do I see adventure and magic…

She says to start with…oddly enough…forgiveness…she says that harboring anger…towards others or myself…blinds me to magic…blinds me to adventure…makes things be obligations…

Then…she says…to look at things through the eyes of my Spirit…and…as I do…she says…I will let go of my expectations…of what is…of what should be…of what can’t be…and…I will see only…adventure and magic…

Hmmm…sounds like some time in the contemplation chair is in order…

Jane