An issue I have spoken with my friends about recently concerns free will and “God’s” blessings. The post Manic Screaming touched on the issue. I believed for many years that if a person or event showed up in my life, I had a spiritual responsibility to accept it and look for the teaching or blessing connected with the new happening. I did think sometimes that God had too much of a sense of humour. A number of events have happened in the lives of my friends and frequent discussions have been about options and choices. Did I have a moral responsibility to practice non-attachment to what I (old ego me) wanted to be or happen.
The picture is of one of God’s blessings to which I say NO THANK YOU. My huge oak trees have many acorns and the squirrels rejoice. My flowers beds are littered with tiny oak trees that I weed out every spring.
The following is a comment I left on a blog this morning and realized it was in the same theme.
Issues with food and what is acceptable is learned behavior but at some point you say why. The day I refused to eat a chicken leg with a knife and fork was liberating. I was a teen living in my folks house so picking up food with your fingers would never be acceptable. The downside is when we had chicken, I would just say no thank you. 15 years later my parents had mellowed, I came for a visit, Mom had made fried chicken. She informed me that Emily Post had OKed picking up a chicken leg to eat it. Eating with my fingers at my parents table seemed like running naked in public.