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Instructions

Sent to me by my old college friend Paul W.:

Date: Apr 19, 2012 10:32 AM
Instructions

Give up the world; give up self; finally, give up God.
Find god in rhododendrons and rocks,
passers-by, your cat.
Pare your beliefs, your absolutes.
Make it simple; make it clean.
No carry-on luggage allowed.
Examine all you have
with a loving and critical eye, then
throw away some more.
Repeat. Repeat.
Keep this and only this:
what your heart beats loudly for
what feels heavy and full in your gut.
There will only be one or two
things you will keep,
and they will fit lightly
in your pocket.

~ Sheri Hostetler ~

(A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry)

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  1. Cyndy Consentino
    April 19th, 2012 at 14:02 | #1

    Dear Jorma,
    Powerful !
    Needed that today
    Thanks,
    Cyndy

  2. Joe Moore
    April 19th, 2012 at 17:01 | #2

    True and Powerful . I won’t give up Music !

  3. carlo pagliano
    April 19th, 2012 at 18:10 | #3

    Peacefully instructed indeed, needed it so badly now that it’s visible.
    Thanks Jorma and thanks to Sheri Hostetler for drawing a rainbow in nowadays life and make it become much lighter and so serene, with a poem!
    Big Wanee Festival
    HOT TUNA Elec. at the starting blocks

  4. Michael Sumski
    April 21st, 2012 at 16:06 | #4

    Just got back from Wannee and was guided to your post.No big mystery how that happened like a crack in the sky and a hand reaching down to me.Had a case of candles I was trying to get on your bus,but for some reason things got confusing there.I’ll see ya all soon in Tampa,Try try again.Thanks for stopping for me and now posting these sweet poems,printed those to remind me to use my time wisely.
    Love Love
    “Candleman”

  5. David Brick
    June 8th, 2012 at 14:25 | #5

    I would agree with most of the sentiment expressed but for one thing: With each passing year experienced, what my heart beats increasingly loudly for is God. As I see the end of this life coming nearer, the “things” of this world seem less and less real — or really important. But Jesus and his love for me keep getting louder and louder. So while I will give up this world, and am gradually giving up self, no, I won’t be giving up God. Not even close.