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OF MICE AND MEN
Issue 92

I’m sure many of you have heard a quote from one of Robert Burns poems, “To a Mouse” which, translated to easily understood language, goes like this:

The best laid schemes of mice and men / Often go awry.

Which is close to John Lennon’s “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

As you can see, I’ve been thinking a lot about plans and their usefulness as I prepare for my move in early January.

I do not know what my life will look like when I get to Arizona.  I am moving in with my son and his family so I will have lovely and loving people around me which is wonderful.

But I do not know what will happen with the Prison Outreach Program I run for the Conversations with God Foundation or with this newsletter.  My feeling is that if I am able to publish another one after this one, it would be a very rare occurrence.

I do intend to continue running the Outreach program from Arizona, though, which means I will still receive your letters and answer those I feel the need to as well as send used books to whomever is interested in reading some the of CwG material.

Which means that I am using this opportunity to bid you all farewell.

One of the joys I received from publishing Freedom Inside is that  it gave me the opportunity to receive many letters from readers who wanted to discuss some issues that were touched on either in the newsletter or in one of the books.  I loved that.

I love writing letters to people who wish to live a life that reflects Who They Really Are and not who they have been for most of their lives.

I love showing another perspective on how to view the situations we find ourselves in, how to view the problems as opportunities, the challenges as steps up on the way to becoming somehow more than we had ever been before.

I am happy to know that I will be able to continue responding to such letters with the best part of me.  You guys have been a great motivator to me, a constant reminder, a beautiful mirror for me to see , to show, to experience Who I Really Am.

So those of you who have enjoyed reading FI, please stay in touch.  It will be my greatest pleasure to light the way to a better world by all of us working at being better than who we were.

Whatever happens in my life or yours, whatever situations come up, whatever we have to face in the future, none of the plans we are making now could reasonably be expected to solve or avoid them all.  We all know that.

Still, making plans feels good,  like we have some kind of control over our lives, like we can help avoid most if not all of the most painful things that could happen.  Making plans feels like a sound way to prepare for the future.

But I believe plans, in order to be effective ways of living, must be flexible.  So flexible as to be fluid.  And our hold on them must be very light in order not to get stuck continuing with a plan that is showing signs of not working out as we had wanted.

I remember an exercise I heard once.  The speaker asked his audience to hold on tight to the table where they were sitting.  Then, while doing so, he asked them to stand up and go to the other side of the room where the solution to their problems could be found.

 

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Obviously, they couldn’t.  And that’s what happens when we stick to choices that don’t work for us.  The very definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing over and over again, wishing for a different outcome.  It doesn’t work for us but still, we keep to our past decisions.

It’s like all the New Year’s resolutions we’ve made in our lives that didn’t last even to February.

It’s like all the Monday morning diets that last till lunch time.

It’s like so many promises we have made and received that were not kept.

And every time we do that, we are telling ourselves that we are not worthy of being our very best.

I’ve chosen to have what could possibly be the last issue of FI be a bit different from the ones before. I have chosen to have a series of Neale’s articles published here.

In them, he describes the whole Conversations with God philosophy.  I thought reading this would give you all something to think about.  Something to help you define your own beliefs.  Choose what feels right for you and leave the rest.

Choose well.  Define Who You Really Are. This could be the most important thing you ever do.

I wish you all the best, now, always and in all ways.

Love and Light, Peace and Joy, and

Happy Holidays!

Janine