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What lasts?

January 11, 2016

At our family Christmas gathering many of us got Henna tattoos.

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Mine was this gorgeous butterfly.  I actually had forgotten it was on my arm. Someone mentioned it last week and it was mostly still visible.  Today after my shower, I realized it is almost gone.

I don’t know when it left.  At first it seemed as if it would last forever, even as I know they are temporary.  In life there are things we think we will remember forever.  In life there are things that we think we will always carry with us.  Some of them are good, some bad and some are “oh well”.

It made me think of:  A Cherokee Legend

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

What lasts in your memory depends on how you feed the memory and what you do with it.  The good and the bad will disappear like the henna tattoo over time and be worn away and out of your life.  Take time to nurture yourself and your memories that will lift you and others up.  Take time to let go of those things that would bring you or others down or destroy you.  Be mindful of what you do and don’t do.  Be intentional and caring.  Be a blessing and bless others.  It isn’t being perfect but looking to that which will bring life and caring and hope to yourself and others.

 

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2 Comments
  1. I particularly loved the last paragraph of your post! Very inspiring! 🙂

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