Wednesday, April 20, 2011

good or ill

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. ~Frederick Buechner

This quote reminded me of the movie "Babel". I did not like this movie; it haunted me for days and nights, still does. How every single thing we do and say has a rippling effect that never stops.

If only the negative things I say and do would not affect a soul. I read something a while ago by Max Lucado; he said there is never an excuse good enough for saying or doing something hurtful. Ouch!

Lately, I have been tired, drained, worried, scared, confused, etc... Dealing with things I do not want to deal with or have to take care of... but I have no choice, and I have been very edgy with people. I want life, the planet, everything around me to feel normal. It doesn't. I want my faith to be enough so that things will fall into place. It's not... but, LIFE goes on... and on… So, when I am ready to release my Irish temper on the next poor victim, I will TRY and remind myself of this quote.


LadyCat said...

The ripple effect is so real. I understand what you are saying here. It is so hard not to let stress and frustration keep us from lashing out sometimes. This was part of my goal for lent and I failed miserably. All we can do is start fresh and try to do better the next day. You are human and I know from what you say here that you have the best of intentions. You would be surprised at how many kindness ripples you also spread...even here in the blog world. So don't be so hard on yourself : )

Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

LadyCat, I always have good intentions when it comes to this, I just do not always succeed at implementing it. Your words are kind and...send healing vibes, thank you. :) xOx

mother of purl said...

rest assured that the people around you who really matter will understand that you're not yourself at the moment. Hope thing become more normal for you soon xx


and today i'm harboring angry/hurt feelings - overwhelming ones - so am trying to not communicate with others until i am less angry/hurt - there is always that ripple effect - always - great post - and i love the image!

adrielleroyale said...

All we can do is our very best. While it is true that there really is no excuse for saying hurtful things, there is still the ever standing fact that we are all human and we make mistakes. No one is perfect. Even the bible says that "None are righteous, no, not one, save Jesus". While we can and should certainly strive for the very best, we must be careful not beat ourselves too much with guilt. (As my grandma likes to say, "Who needs the devil when you beat yourself so well without him?") Like the lovely LadyCat said, kindness also sends ripple effects...Everything in moderation... :) <3

Jo said...

Sixpence, I just read your sweet comment, and I fear I didn't present myself now there's an edit on my blog. Avi and I are still together. I was sketching from a memory of another time and place. Your comment touched me so much...I just had to race over here and tell you that all is well in my little corner of the world. And, I wanted to tell you, after reading this post especially, that you always have, touched me in a way, with your kind words, that have had a positive effect on the way I then go and speak to others. I see your comments on blogs that we mutually visit, and they always make me smile. I just want you to know that, even though we only know one another through blog land, when I see "Sixpence" has commented on a blog, I get that feeling of seeing a friend. It's that feeling of, "Oh, Sixpence was just here too!" And it makes me feel warm.

I hope that things look up on your end. It sounds like a lot is going on. And, if I'm honest, I guess things have been a little darkish here or my sketches would not have gone to a darker place. My thoughts are with you, my blog friend. And thank you for posting this quote...I think I needed the reminder as well. :)

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Sixpence and A Blue Moon said...

mother of purl, thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your kind and thoughtful words. Have a beautiful weekend. xOx

Girl, I do the same thing. I retreat into my shell when I feel hurt, and it's always better if I keep my mouth shut during hurtful times.:) Sweetie, I hope things are looking sunnier today...and have a lovely weekend. Sending warm hugs to you. xOx

Adrielle, this is my problem, I never do anything in moderation.:) No, for sure we all make mistakes, and I make my fair share of them.:) You're such a sweetie! xOx

Jo, I apologize for misreading your blog. However, I am thrilled I did and that you are not tending to a broken heart. I am at a loss as to your kind words, I want to cry, it made me feels so special. I am thrilled we are getting to know each other through our blogs. I do believe, that mostly, blogs tell a lot about a person...and yours sure does tell me that you are a wonderful, loving woman. Thank you for all your visits, for sharing your wonderful, creative self with me and others. You always brighten my day. xOx Enjoy this wonderful weekend!!!

Hi Daniel, it is wonderful to have a new visitor...and your words are so kind. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed the visit and that, you bookmarked my blog. Hopefully, you visit often. Have a wonderful weekend! xOx

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