Sunday, August 27, 2017
These discussion questions refer to the article below entitled " Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in acting compassionately". Use this quiz for your own reflection or in your small group discussion group.
You asked me whether you should help your demented mother or not and I replied why would you want to help and you started to cry and get upset and I decided to wait to listen to what you would say. You cried all the harder and I continued to wait and then you calmed down and said to me, "I'm pretty messed up aren't I?"
I said, "What do you mean?" And you said, "I don't know what I'm doing so I drink and you must be so disappointed with me."
I didn't know what to do so I asked the Holy Spirit to help me know what to say to you. I thought of the second UU principle which asks us to affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in our human relations and I wondered what this principle would have me do in this situation to help you.
The thought that came to me was that whatever I said or did should be to strengthen your sense of empowerment and well being and not weaken it. I think you are stronger than you give yourself credit for and that deep down you already know what the right thing to do is. You just have to get past the drama in you life, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and then follow your instincts.
I finally said, "I'm not disappointed in you. You got to do what you've got to do and if drinking is your way of dealing with your confusion, grief, anger, and fears then what I want to ask is 'How is that working for you'?"
I remember what you said to me. Do you remember? You said with gritted teeth and half laughing, "Shitty."
I laughed with you and asked, "What else could you do?" You started to share some other ideas you had.
Then I had to go, said goodbye, and have wondered ever since how things have been going for you. If you are interested and willing, drop me a line or give me a call because I'd like to know what happened next.
I wish you the best,