Tarot, career change
The number of times the Tower has come up with this career change decision may be unnerving for some (including me), but it's also very apropos for a career transition. I can't become a new person unless I'm willing to overcome (destroy) past limitations and beliefs of who I thought I was and what I was capable of.
Or perhaps I'm stubbornly clinging to the path I believe I'm supposed to be on and heading straight to ruin.
Covid denialism research question
Is anybody tracking various anti-public-health memeplexes? I've been seeing (and removing) stickers and placards for one such, in my neighborhood, for maybe a year now. Curious what the landscape looks like and if there's any usefulness in documenting or submitting sightings to, like, SPLC or whoever.
I've often described myself as a spiritual nomad. Which is complicated when you're trying to be an active member of religious communities, because some times I need to explore other paths and so I go MIA for a bit.
I expect I'll be away from church and sangha for the rest of the year (probably go to church for Christmas though).
Sunday is typically church or sangha. Everything is zoom or hybrid now. Some Sundays I just can't bring myself to zoom any more. So I do introvert "church" for one at home.
Reading a book this morning by someone I went to seminary with, who is now one of the ministers of the church I belonged to in NYC. I feel like I should reach out to him.
Kind of missing NYC this morning, which is a strange feeling.
Shrove Tuesday at seminary we would hold a drag themed chapel service.
My final year I had the privilege of preaching at that service. Here's the sermon I gave. I found myself thinking about this again, because sometimes I feel like all of me is just "too much" for most people. So I have to filter, context-switch, and put on different masks. There's only one living person right now I feel I can trust with all of me. Hopefully one day I'll find a few more.
TIL: the original version of the Serenity Prayer was very different, and much stronger! the modern version that everyone knows goes
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference"
but the original version, as written by Reinhold Niebuhr, is
"Father, give us courage to change what must be altered, serenity to accept what cannot be helped, and the insight to know the one from the other"
three key changes weakened it substantially:
* us -> me
* what *must* be altered -> what i *can* change
* switching the first two clauses, placing the emphasis on serene acceptance rather than reforming courage
If I do end up deciding to go that path, it's going to be a part-time thing as I do something more fiscally sustainable.
Two days in a row I've been asked in different ways by different people if I had considered restarting the discernment process for ordained ministry.
Today I printed out the Manual on Ministry for my denomination, and I'm going to read through it and figure out if I'm right in that it's not quite the path I'm supposed to be following now.
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