On the Mountain of Transfiguration
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Blame Few; Praise Many


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It is human, far too human or less than what we aspire to be as humans, to deny our humanity. With humanity comes the dignity of responsibility for our own choice.

We take a risk knowing that things could go well or not so well. But we calculate the risk and take it with the understanding that the outcome will land in our lap. We will have no one to blame if it foes poorly. Great risk-takers are not great blamer-givers.

How odd that so many surrender their dignity in a desperate attempt to avoid responsibility.]

Some of our risks are not calculated. They have little potential long-term benefit, even in best case scenarios. They are simply poor choices from the start.

They may be obviously poor.

There is a strange commentary on this side of humanity in the biblical Apocalypse;

" ... People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds." - - Revelation 16:10-11 (ESV)

We see no relationship, in our addictive blindness, between our persistent choices and our consistent consequences. We swim in the river of denial cursing God or the universe, or the people out to get us rather than changing our course to float with the flow of grace.

How odd.

What are we to do?

First, we could decide to make better choices. what a concept! We could actually take the time to think through our moves and words before we make or utter them. what sort of difference would it make to seek and consider good advice? What would it cost to take a moent and think?

Next, we could practice taking responsibility for our choices. It is helpful if we do not insist on always being right or smelling like a rose. A little humility helps. A lot of humility helps even more. Humor tastes good on top of humility and brings out the best flavors of it.

Then, we could try reflecting and learning from our choices and consequences. Frankly, some things that did not turn out well were possibly the best choices to make given the information. Responsibility does not require self-condemnation. But all circumstances are apart of the curriculum of life.

Finally, realize that when things go well, you had some help. Be grateful and acknowledge those who have helped you, taught you, advised you, and encouraged you along the way.

Blame few; Praise many.

There is great power in a moment well done.
Moments create momentum without being obvious or ostentatious.
Momentous moments motion us over and envelop us like a cloud and then ...
Pass over.
Missing moments is a mournful sorrow.
Magnificent moments multiply in some invisible space called influence, but ...
Muddling moments may move us on to the next and the next and the next ...
Move in and with the moment or meddle with the muck.
Lots of luck with that ...
Rather, just be in that moment and be what you are intended to be for you ...
You were made for this moment and ...
This moment was made for you.
Who knows what it will bring to you and more ...
What it will bring through you and by that, I mean ...
But KNOW that NO moment well lived is ever lost and
Nothing, nothing, nothing is ever lost to God.