The Gift of Spirit

Yesterday was Pentecost, the day we celebrate the Holy Spirit descending upon the Earth. No, we didn’t make it to church; having the little one wear a mask the whole time, a requirement, is just not happening.

Anyway, the day made me wonder what, exactly, I am doing with this gift.

This Spirit if Wisdom, the Messenger of the Lord . . . freely given to the word and for what?

For what?

To argue. To get angry. To get sad. To despair. To fight vicarious battles you cannot affect the outcome of. To receive second-hand emotion, echoes of importance, by observing and commenting on things other people are doing. To feel like you’re making a difference without actually making a difference.

To howl into the void in a desperate bid to let the world know that you matter.

The world is smaller than ever, and all of it’s ugliness is available 24/7. But it’s only there for the taking if you seek it. No one forces you to wallow in it and react. And when you do, the pleasure is bitter and fleeting, the dopamine rush of an addict who doesn’t even enjoy his poison of choice.

There’s a saying I love, widely attributed to Nelson Mandela. Paraphrased, it is “Envy is like drinking poison and hoping it will kill the other person.”

These are the feelings and thoughts I’ve been having as of late. This past Sunday really put me into the right mood to think about them. You could say, in a subtle way, the Spirit descended on me too.

There are so many lies. Rely upon the Spirit to guide you to the truth. It’s the only way to stay sane.


The Spirit helps guide my writing. Buy The Last Ancestor here as I work on book two.

4 comments

  1. –You are correct in that wasting time on the things above instead of focusing on the good in one’s life is a mistake. I’m guilty of it too, I generally find life better when I am grateful for all the good in my life, Thank God for the many blessings I have.

    —-The internet is very addictive and for whatever reason, the negative is easy to focus on. A weekend ago I spent or wasted time watching riots and all that chaos and had to put it off and go outside. It’s a fine line between “…wallowing…” and being informed.

    —-take care

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    • It’s so easy to focus on the bad stuff. I don’t know if negativity itself provides a dopamine rush, or if the illusory feeling that you’re actually “fighting back” and “making a difference” is what does it. Either way, it’s always important to periodically remind yourself that the internet isn’t real life.

      Not yet, at least.

      Being grateful is a great antidote to all of this.

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  2. Alexander wrote: “….To fight vicarious battles you cannot affect the outcome of. To receive second-hand emotion, echoes of importance, by observing and commenting on things other people are doing…..”

    —-Improving one’s self, writing a novel, learning guitar, working out, building something, you name it helps and is better for you.

    cheers

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