Always delighting vs. peevish bemoaning


Sunrise 6:43 a.m. Chatham, MA

“Those who can repress complaints, murmurs and peevish bemoaning will really find that their little daily worries are turning into blessings.” – H.L. Sidney Lear

Release it here… toss it among the waves, hand it over to God and let him handle the business of life, which He tends to so much better.

So human.

So lacking.

So small in this big world.


And paradoxically, though this a seems self-deprecating and “weak” description, there is no better way to be here. There is no greater joy than to delight in the smallness of being human and enjoy the vastness of God.

In this Lenten season (February 13 – March 31) believers are reminded of the beauty of letting go… the grace involved in delicately releasing problems to the source of all love.

Believers are consoled that Jesus Christ, Himself, who came for people – preaching, teaching and healing – was drawn into the desert, tempted and disciplined in order to complete the calling on his life. He was not without human suffering – he was not without challenges – but he was obedient unto them… even unto death on a cross. So obedient was he to follow after the Lord that he turned all of Himself over so that others could see his submission to the Lord and it would live on and on as a testament to God. Whether one believes Christian theology or  not, one cannot deny it’s persistent presence throughout the ages and it’s ability to continue shedding light and mercy to those who would choose to better understand.


Whether you are a believer or not, you can take this example of Christ’s life as a metaphor for the daily strife and life struggles that no human is immune to. We often run away from our pain (avoidance) or seek to heal our own pain (self-medication) or cover-up our pain (over-compensation, denial, manipulation.)

A positive coping skill for dealing with pain would be a tactic employed to produce greater feelings of flexibility and positive health.

Positive copings skils:

A beloved hobby (sports, art, music, creative expression.)

Taking time outs from stress through a quick walk, relaxing stretches, short mediations or prayer, silent counting, calling a beloved friend or relative, writing in a journal.


Other ideas for positive coping skills when dealing with life stress and change… anything that creates a feeling of spaciousness or peace in your life without negatively deteriorating your health or the well-being of those around you. 

Sun5When tempted in the wilderness…

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39


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