Road trip, 4

Salem, the capital of Oregon, was our next stop, to visit an uncle and cousin, father and son. The father is in a senior center and has been required to eat alone in his room since March 2020. The son lives with his family nearby and shops for his dad and was able to visit when lockdown relaxed. We were able to meet in a room down the hall as long as we wore masks and passed a temperature test at the front desk.

As with many cities, Salem is challenged by homelessness. The covid epidemic makes homelessness all the more visible and demanding to remember we are all human beings working out the spiritual in ways we understand. A homeless individual is no less human than an individual who owns one, two, or three houses.

Houses don’t make or break us, hopefully, and we can use the situations attributed to houses or lack thereof, to demonstrate kindness and cleanliness and security.

Rather than sympathize with a physical situation and assume we know the answer to the problem, we can use our power to express, gracefully, the element of humanity that listens to meet immediate human needs.

I’ve found that when I house my consciousness in modest expectations, human needs are met more regularly, and grandiose, unrealistic expectations fade.

“During the sensualist age, absolute divine Science may not be achieved prior to the change called death, for we have not the power of demonstrate what we do not understand. The human self must be evangelized. This task God demands us to accept gracefully, and to abandon as fast as practical the temporal, and to work out the spiritual which determines the outward and actual.”—21st Century Science and Health

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