March 14, 2018, Prescott-
We each put up with a certain amount of nonsense, on any given day. Whether it is following a ridiculous instruction, from someone who is in charge of us (parent, teacher, boss, police officer, or random Joe who has connections); waiting in a line, whilst the person at the head finishes a casual conversation or adjusts the money in his wallet; instinctively speeding up a bit, when the driver behind comes rushing towards your car’s rear end, or toots the horn or pumps his fist/shouts/point to her watch.
These are accommodations and we can either continue to put up with them, get our backs up and “fight back” or get creative, as in the person who responds to an impatient person behind him, by slowing down to the posted speed limit. (Oh, the HORROR!”)
The Divine, however, may test us with these scenarios, or with far more serious woes (disease, bankruptcy, divorce, ostracism- catastrophes of a Jobian magnitude). Job was a model of radiant acquiescence. He could see the eventual end of all his troubles, as horrific as they were.
Those who’ve been here a while know that I have been through several such troubles. They’ve been balanced, of course, with good fortune: A stormy, but loving, marriage; a fine young man for a son; a stable, and basically loving, extended family; a checkered, but honestly driven, career; a small, but stable, financial base; a wealth of experiences, both at various Home Bases and on the road/trail.
Radiant acquiescence means enduring the downs of life, whilst knowing the silver lining defines the cloud.