What’s Your Style?
- Last Updated on 23 August 2014
The room is quiet. Not quite silent, but quiet. There are sounds of course. There always are, when thirty people share a space together without talking. There’s the sound of people breathing. There is an occasional cough, someone shifts in their seat and the well-worn wooden bench creaks ever so slightly. A latecomer arrives, and you can hear the sound of his footsteps as he crosses through the sunlight sparkling through the windows to an empty seat and settles in. But those sounds place all the more emphasis on the overall quiet, the stillness, the experience of just being. Some Quaker meetings have more frequent speakers, speakers who stand and share what God is calling them to say, but not this one. This one has evolved over the years towards less speaking and more silence. The being together without speaking, in most cases for the full sixty minutes, that is the experience of worship.
Good Enough Is Good Enough: A Spiritual Reflection for Perfectionists
- Last Updated on 10 August 2014
I first heard the phrase “Good enough Is good enough” from my husband’s daughter, either soon after Tom and I married or perhaps even before. So this column, like June’s, is a celebration of wisdom gained from daughters. As I recall, what was at issue in that conversation was hair, and letting it be as it is without trying to make it behave in a way that isn’t natural to it.