July 9, 2017, Wilmette-
To reiterate, as I am drastically revamping the earlier version of this post: I will recap the past several, enjoyable days, July 5-8, in my next several posts.
I was somewhat relieved, and gratified, to actually meet a person who had been rather skittish, with regard to such a handshake. Turns out, she does seem overbooked. It is either sink or swim, for most of us, so she is swimming, furiously.
I am still frightened by people who pretend to be friends, and exhort the rest of us, with intense, challenging inspirational rhetoric. Someone posted online, about Mother Teresa. I remember her as a rather somber, sad woman, not so comfortable with the adulation of an unskeptical public. I mention this, because we do tend to move in on people who look shiny, on the surface. Europeans look at Americans, and are stunned by the glad-handing and false promises that occupy many of us, who are out to get a leg up. So, motivational speakers and preachers get caught with their pants down, some of them literally so. That’s the thing that frightens me most: Not traffic, not thugs, but the duplicitous.
I feel much better, this afternoon, having had an extended conversation with my online friend- far from duplicitous, and the epitome of real. It could not have ended, any other way. I look forward to continually learning from her, and other correspondents. This is about purification, and strengthening- a process that lasts a lifetime.
Some tremors are necessary in life.