PSALMS OF MY SOUL
GEVURAH sh b'CHESED
At times I must remember that it is important to hold back from being too generous. Giving too much does not always help a person, whether financially, psychologically, or physically, and prevents them from doing for themselves, when they are capable.
I remember about a decade ago when at that time my husband, z'l, was a parapalegic. I'd bought a new couch better designed for his needs. He was angry with me when I caringly tried to assist him out of the wheelchair into the new couch. Immediately with his strength of spirit, he got himself out of the couch and back into the wheelchair, and then back to the couch to prove that he was somewhat independent.
NO PRAISE or YES PRAISE
I know that my friend offered her criticism teaching out of love to me, but not only did it hurt (although not as painfully piercing as the first time), I believe the teaching is truly misguided.
I used Gevurah after I was home, never said a word to my elder friend, although I was getting more upset by the minute. I was upset that I hadn't explained myself well in 'defending' myself, and upset with myself that I felt I had to defend myself from the attack.
Maybe share harsh opinion where it is needed to be shared, and surely not when one is being honored with a published "Featured Artist Interview" after five decades of being an artist, teacher, and administrator as I was. I had felt the 'joy' of this "Interview" and I was attacked by my friend for feeling the joy and others' praise. She never made a comment about my 'Interview."
I don't know if "not being humble brings destruction" or not.
I would much rather focus on what 'joy' brings. I'd rather focus on what reaching for potential brings, other than consequences of success.
I am appreciative that writer Oriah Mountain Dreamer guides us with her words and quotes by others, for our healthy hearts and souls. Thank you Oriah for setting a straight and loving path.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
If anyone every thinks that I am 'puffed up' with ego, do please let me know so I can correct my blemish.