e-qua-nim-i-ty (e kwe nim e ti)n. A personality trait or quality in short supply in these days of 24 hour cable news and talk radio programs.
Equanimity is the capacity, the ability, the quality to remain calm, undisturbed, composed. As much as we would say that equanimity is a thing, a possession of some sort, we also realize that composure is a choice. Remaining calm when everything and everyone around you isn’t, is a choice. We choose equanimity. It doesn’t choose us.
The latest edition of Time Magazine claims to be the “Answers Issue.” Inside you will learn the answers to all sorts of questions, many of which I suspect, never were or ever will be important. But then again, maybe I just need to calm down. At any rate, you will learn such things as: why don’t we get heart cancer? Heart cells don’t divide like other cells in our bodies, so the mechanism of run-away cell division (cancer) will not occur. How do you get a Goldendoodle? A goldendoodle is the offspring of a Golden Lab and a Poodle, a goldendoodle. Exotic crossbreds are all the rage among dog owners these days.
Here’s one I like. There were 1.96 million “likes” for the Facebook page, Just Falafel. Just Falafel is a fast food chain that features the signature sandwich, a deep fried patty of ground chickpeas, stuffed into a pita pocket, known throughout the Middle East simply as “falafel.” The texture, taste and appearance make it every bit as appealing as any hamburger. When you consider that you can find falafel from Italy to Egypt and every country in between maybe peace in the Middle East isn’t a product of diplomacy as much as a function of eating. Maybe we all need to concentrate on feeding the hungry, like Jesus did.
The final question asks: What is the Good Life? David Von Drehle, the author of the essay, tells the story of his friendship with Dr. Charlie White, of suburban Kansas City. Dr. White died on August 17th, his 109th birthday. Von Drehle writes: This rich life endowed him with equanimity, inner peace, Charlie learned to separate those things he could control from the things he could not; he didn’t fret about matters beyond his power. One of his daughters complained once about a certain insufferable someone. You can’t change people like that, Charlie schooled her. If I let people irritate me, he said, I would have been dead a long time ago…
It seems to me—if I understand the article—the secret to a good life, a long life is knowing the difference between things I can control, and the things I can’t. That sounds a lot like something else I’ve heard: Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference…
Now that the shrubs have been removed from the courtyard, the brick Celtic cross is much more visible—and so is the damage to the existing bricks. When the fountain is removed and this area is refinished with new brickwork and other hardscape, it will be both more attractive and more usable for outdoor events.
If you like to sing, come to the Westminster (choir) room at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September17. Meet Bill Gleason and see if you would enjoy being a part of the choir. You don't have to have a perfect voice to join; it's all about making a joyful noise to the Lord.
The first practice session for the handbells will be Thursday, September 18, at 10:00 am in the Sanctuary. Call Sherrill Tyacke at 623.238.1811 to find out more. You don't need to be able to read music to learn how to ring!
Effective October 1, 2014, Boswell Hospital will no longer give out patient lists. For this reason, we ask that if you or anyone you know is in the hospital, please notify Beth Mabee in the church office (623.974.3605). This is the only way that the church staff will know who is hospitalized.
Today (Tuesday, September 9), join us in Swain Hall at 10:30 am for free popcorn and a movie! This month's movie is The Butler, inspired by a true story. Forrest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who serves 8
presidents while witnessing the progress of the Civil Rights Movement, the
Vietnam War, and other crucial events affecting American society and his own
family. Also starring Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Cuba Gooding Jr., Robin
Williams, Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Redgrave. Guests are welcome!
Since 1970, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest has ministered to the urgent needs of people in communities throughout Arizona and the Southwest. A willing hand and a sense of serving the community with joy are reflected in the quality of human care services they are proud to deliver.
Programs are developed and services delivered through partnerships with Lutheran congregations, other faith-based and community organizations, and federal and state organizations.
Lutheran Socal Services provides progams and services to aid the homeless, the jobless, the poor, the disabled, and those in need of counseling or quality assistance for seniors.
For more general information on Lutheran Social Services, visit their website at http://www.lss-sw.org/. For information on getting assistance in the Phoenix area, call 480.654.4539.