I’ve been given some lovely silver trays, bowls, and serving pieces that have been passed down through generations. This time of the year I begin to think how I would love to use them for holiday dinners…but then I think of the polishing…and the polishing…and the polishing and then it never really looking like the shiny version of what I imagine my great grandmother would have used.
What is it in us that always wants the shiny version?
Tarnish is a chemical reaction that can leave a dull finish on silver after being exposed to air. It is rather simple to clean. But the patina of the silver is a lustrous finish that well used, loved and cared for silver pieces develop over time. It is a living finish of sorts that reveals marks of history from all the uses prior. Just think of the personal history each silver piece could reveal…all the joys and sorrows that mark all the times families come together.
So, what is it in us that always wants the shiny version? …
Each of us is an accumulation of a lifetime of experiences and history…our personal patina is the wisdom we wear and share. Our personal patina is nothing to be overzealously stripped…it’s what makes each of us unique.
Are you striving to be a shiny version of yourself? …
Or are you allowing your personal patina to be the wisdom you wear?
“Let the beauty radiate from inside your heart to the outside world.” Imania Margria
A friend once told me that one of the most lasting lessons of wisdom her father taught her was,
“Everywhere you go, leave it a better place”
This has always stuck with me. What if we all adopted this mentality? …
“Everywhere you go leave it a better place”.
What would this look like? Remembering to say thank you to someone who has assisted you in any way, smiling at those who cross your path, pausing to say a kind word to someone whose day is troubled, offering to help when an extra set of hands is needed, really listening to another without any distractions, telling someone you love them when they least expect it…leaving everywhere you go a better place could take on so many different directions. It’s certainly something to think about…
“Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.” Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium
“I am only a little pencil in the hand of our Lord. He may cut or sharpen the pencil. He may write or draw whatever and whenever He wants. If the writing or drawing is good, we do not honor the pencil or the material that is used, but rather the one who used it. “