“Before you search for inspiration outside, dig for aspiration within.”
-The Little Mermaid, MMXIX
The Little Mermaid posted this on her blog today.
In Central Virginia, today is a bright sunny day with temps that will soar from the mid 30s to the mid 60s. Spring is steadily advancing with birds singing, flowers blooming, and tree pollen rising (along with the temps).
What do you aspire to today? I aspire for peace and contemplation.
I want to sip wine outside in one of my favorite wineries, Cardinal Point. Maybe their Green wine will be ready. Green wine is from the Portuguese Vinho Verde (literally ‘green wine’) that originated in the historic Minho Province in the far north of Portugal. It is not a St. Patrick’s day wine (white wine colored green) but is wine made from young grapes. Picked before the regular wine harvest, it provides fresh wine that is drunk soon after bottling before the other wines are available. It’s a perfect wine to sip on while enjoying the warm Spring sunshine.
If we have no love for ourselves then we have none to give others. At what point does self love become hedonism? Is it when the ego rear’s its head, thumbs its chest and starts proclaiming how wonderful it is? Or is it when our love for ourselves or our needs tramples the love or concern we have for others? Is spending the afternoon sipping a light wine outside in a beautiful environment aspiration or hedonistic?
The day will evolve from soaking up the sun to soaking in some peace. Our church is initiating a new service this evening, Taize Eucharest. “A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons. There is no preaching.” It is ecumenical in nature.