One of my favorite podcasts is Krista Tippett’s On Being. She broadcasts a new episode, or sometimes a popular previous episode, nearly every week. Last week she published her conversation with Martin Sheen which revealed a whole new side of this actor to me. A devout Catholic and activist, not just an actor, Martin Sheen was good friends with Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit priest, poet and activist, and often stood side-by-side with him at demonstrations and rallies for peace and justice. (I bet he also knew Corita Kent!) What surprised me the most is that he has been arrested over 60 times as part of his activism. It’s a good listen. I recommend the unedited version. It contains a few extra morsels of thought.
This part of the conversation totally relates to what I wrote about yesterday:
I have another phrase I use so often when I’m faced with having to do something that I know I have to do and yet I want to put it off, procrastinate a bit. It’s, “We must accept the cup as offered, not altered.” And so, you know, we always want — “Could you pour some out, please? It’s too full,” or, “Could you put a little sugar in there, please?” “Maybe not today. Can I take some tomorrow?” No, no, afraid not. We have to accept it as it’s offered.
I feel quite blessed to have found these words today and the whole conversation between Krista Tippett and Martin Sheen. I hope you find the time to listen to it, especially on this day of looking to the light. So much of this is about getting to this day, moving through it and then beginning the great anticipation back to the summer solstice. We wait and we listen, and hopefully accept what is given, with as much gratitude as we can muster, when it is good and when it is bad. Happy Solstice. Look to the light.