There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Welcome to September and to our monthly theme of Expectation! A year ago this month, our theme was Vision, and I asked you to consider what you’d want our beloved community to look like in one year, five years, ten years. Are you moving in the direction of your vision for yourself and for Piedmont UU Church?
Expectations play such an important role in all we do–and all we are–as individuals as well as a church body. As we begin a new church year/school year, I wish you the energy and power of a renewed vision and of positive expectations!
Fall reminds us that seasons come and go. The harsh heat of summer softens into cooler days and welcomed breezes, and the trees show the first signs of their decision to follow the wisdom of their identity as they prepare for a winter rest by letting go of their leaves. Is there anything you need to let go of in this new season to make room for your expectations for the future?
In addition to the approaching season of all things pumpkin, fall is a good time to take inventory of your year thus far. It’s always a good time to soak up the beauty of nature, and it’s always a good time to take moments for yourself–moments of grounding and spiritual renewal. During those moments, consider your expectations in all areas of your life–the expectations you have of yourself, of others, and of our shared community.
Oftentimes, we expect too much of ourselves. If that’s true for you, may you grant yourself the same level of grace you would want for others. At other times, we don’t live into what we’d really hope to do or be. Make room for that, too.
The theme of Expectation also fits well with our Generosity Campaign which begins this week! Our theme is Raise the Sails in 2020! May 2020 be our best year yet. I leave you with the following poem from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Write it on your heart…”.
Expecting great things,
~Rev. Mary Frances
Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt, crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations