Interesting Ted Talk. I enjoyed Michael Norton’s look at how when we spend on others…there is a happy pay-off! Check it out.
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The sun is extremely hot today, filling the air with healing vitamin D and purging the body of all the water I have been retaining…so when I stole away a moment, I allowed my mind to find a cooler spot and absorb some words of William Butler Yeats. The poem/verse that arrested my scanning mind, wondering what to ponder over, was titled To The Secret Rose. Let me encourage you to find a quite space and read his words with your heart…
To The Secret Rose
Far-off, most secret, and inviolate Rose,
Enfold me in my hour of hours; where those
Who sought thee in the Holy Sepulchre,
Or in the wine-vat, dwell beyond the stir
And tumult of defeated dreams; and deep
Among pale eyelids, heavy with the sleep
Men have named beauty. Thy great leaves enfold
The ancient beards, the helms of ruby and gold
Of the crowned Magi; and the king whose eyes
Saw the pierced Hands and Rood of elder rise
In druid vapour and make the torches dim;
Till vain frenzy awoke and he died; and him
Who met Fand walking among flaming dew
By a grey shore where the wind never blew,
And lost the world and Emir for a kiss;
And him who drove the gods out of their liss,
And till a hundred morns had flowered red
Feasted, and wept the barrows of his dead;
And the proud dreaming king who flung the crown
And sorrow away, and calling bard and clown
Dwelt among wine-stained wanderers in deep woods:
And him who sold tillage, and house, and goods,
And sought through lands and islands numberless years,
Until he found, with laughter and with tears,
A woman of so shining loveliness
That men threshed corn at midnight by a tress,
A little stolen tress. I, too, await
The hour of thy great wind of love and hate.
When shall the stars be blown about the sky,
Like the sparks blown out of a smithy, and die?
Surely thine hour has come, thy great wind blows,
Far-off, most secret, and inviolate Rose?
Intelligent design…Theistic evolution…Gap Theory…Creationism…not only have I had to write many papers on these subjects, but the conversation about how we got here is still a major question I am asked about often. A few years back I taught a series called, “Is Christianity Believable?” In that talk we looked at science and faith and how they are actually protagonists, not antagonists.
If you are currently wondering about, or dealing with this issue, I would encourage you to watch a movie that was put out by Ben Stein called Expelled. It is definitely worth a viewing. He honestly asks good questions and allows everyone to speak in his quest for what is true. Below is an extended trailer for the movie and a link to snag a copy of your own to watch with your family.