Rev. Cassandra Howe – August 4, 2019
When the going gets rough we often react judgmentally more than respond compassionately. When we feel threatened it makes sense that we would want to label something as good versus bad, right versus wrong, to distance ourselves through the use of judgment rather than stay in the muddy middle. But, when we “return to wonder,” as Quaker author and teacher Parker Palmer says, we cease judging and begin wondering. “I wonder how this person came to have that belief.” “I wonder what my emotional reaction is teaching me about myself?” And when we start turning towards wonder in our words we realize how we can turn towards wonder in our relationships, how to stay in that muddy middle, and ultimately, how to love.
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