Reggie Rust: Faith
Inspiration: “Reggie Rust serves to protect us. Be grateful he is there, for you are being protected.”
The fable of Reggie Rust begins with the story of two young men out for a fun day of hiking. The character of the adventure changes when suddenly and from out of nowhere Their path is blocked by the mythical and at first annoying figure of Reggie Rust. There’s simply no way around him. Attempts to move forward prove futile. The young men take a few steps; Reggie blocks them. They complain and stomp around; Reggie remains immobile. They make camp for a couple of days; there’s no movement from Reggie, even when they try tomove on one last time.
They are going nowhere, at least not the way they thought they were going.
What to do? As the young menconfront their confusion,
their surprise and their anger, they make two decisions that become key to their overall success.
For one, they manage to settle themselves down enough to trust their faith and their intuition. That is, after screaming and stomping and expressing what can only be described as justifyable upset about the literal physical impasse, , they simply decide to switch gears. They decide to sit and simply wait for a new plan to emerge.What they’re doing isn’t working so what’s the best way to re-route? After all the futility of their complaining, they become quiet enough to trust that their intuition will help.
Second, in the process of waiting for new ideas to come,
they come to the important realization that perhaps Reggie is there more as a protector than a path blocker. After all, he has actually stopped them before,even leading them to find a better way. They remember that, long ago, their uncle too had a path blocked by Reggie—after being denied the factory job he thought he wanted, Uncle Sylvester found a better life through his discoveries of oil.
What if whenconfronted by blocks whether in our physical or emotional lives, we could substitute faith and intuition for the understandable and normal impatience and frustration? What if in the face of feeling stuck, we could remember that maybe the universe is protecting us and actually keeping us safe? What If we could really trust, at a gut level, that when things aren’t going the way we want them to, we have the knowing inside of us and maybe even a shout out of support from mythical Reggie Rust, to come up with a better way?
At least for me, if I remembered these things more often, I’d make my life a lot easier. Trusting that Reggie is on my side would help me feel more of the time lot safer.
1. What are some businesses with brown prominent in their logo?
2. Howmany cities can you name with the word orange a part of the name?
Brown City, Michigan
Brown Streak, Pennsylvania
Brownfield, Maine, Texas
Browns Valley, Minnesota
Brownsboro Farm, Kentucky
Brownsville, (Kentucky, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Minnesota)
3.How many songs can you name with brown in the title?
Sweet Georgia Brown………………….…....Django Reinhardt
Old Brown Shoe……………………….….…George Harrison
Big, Bad Leroy Brown………………….……Jim Croce
Brown Eyed Girl………………………….….Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Handsome Man……….…….….Chuck Berry
Brown Sugar……………………………….… Rolling Stones
Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter…. Herman’s Hermits
Doesn’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue……….Crystal Gayle
Little Brown Jug……………………………….Glenn Miller
4. Howmany famous people with Brown as their last name can you name?
Elizabeth Bering Browning-Author
Les Brown- Band Leader
5. What are the primary colors needed to produce brown?
Blue, Yellow, Red (the three primary colors)
6. Howmany shades of brown can you name?
7. Did you know?
Dr .Browns Soda
Brown vs. Board of education Linda
Brown sugar: partially refined sugar
Brown bagging: to bring a homemade packed lunch to work
Brown out: a partial loss of electrical power
Brownstone: a building made out of dark colored sandstone
In a brown study: describing someone as being in deep thought
Card of the Month, November 2012
Key Sentence: "This path is obstructed. Re-route."
“Reggie only blocks the path, not the goal.”
How do you handle those inevitable frustrations? On the one hand there are the momentary ones which are pretty minor in the broad scheme of things, such as getting stuck in traffic or failing to find what you want at the grocery store. There are also of course the major ones: your career prospects aren’t what you want them to be; the quality of your relationships doesn’t feel right, or even your own internal self esteem seems like it needs a boost. As even the small ones can be pretty aggravating, they’re each in their own right important.
The fable of Reggie Rus serves as a reminder that not only might these frustrations be relatively minor blocks in your forward movement but more often than you might expect and as corny as it might sound, they may actually serve as opportunities.
Reggie Rust, the fable, is the story of two mountain climbers whose path is blocked by the somewhat mythical character of the fable’s title. They simply aren’t allowed to keep going. Every forward move is thwarted. Reggi just won’t get out of the way. Ah, those best laid plans?
After failed attempt after failed attempt, finally, the climbers just sit back on their log to think and wait. They want to see what will come, and they remember family history. Their uncle too long ago had been blocked by Reggie Rust; by not taking the offered job at the local factory, he did better: he became wealthy due to the discovery of heretofore hidden oil reserves!
The climbers,deciding to change plan, walk away. Come to find out they have been saved by Reggie from an impending mountain cave-in!
So, again, how do you handle those inevitable frustrations? Reggie Rust serves as a reminder that instead of being taken as annoyances, they might highlight the importance of slowing down to re-route in favor of coming up with something that will serve you better. It’s one of my favorite fables.
*All quotes from tori Hartman
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The color for November is …
With summer fading into the background, it is easy to dwell on the chill in the air and the approaching “darkness” of the
winter season. Instead, as we celebrate the harvest of the summer plantings and as wetake time at the end of the month to give thanks for the good things in our lives, let’s take time to appreciate our connection to the earth and reflect on the bounty we receive.
The November color of the month is brown, rich and warm.
Article: The Words of the Color Brown "Brown, the color of earth, wood, stone, wholesomeness, reliability, elegance,
security, healing, home, grounding, foundations, stability, warmth, and honesty, is a natural, neutral color that is typically associated with the seasons of fall and winter.”
You might want to take some time to reflect on each of the words in the above quote more carefully? It’s easy to gloss them over, but, if you think about it, individually and collectively, they highlight some pretty profound concepts and connections. When is the last time you thought about some of these ideas: How much stability and security and groundedness do you experience in your life? What value do you put on your connection to the earth—to experience on the one hand physical groundedness and on the other as a metaphor for emotional or financial or other forms of security? Stepping back, what in the first place do qualities about “security”, “stability”or “groundedness” means to you, and if these qualities are important to you, what can you do to experience more of them in your life?
The season of Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to think about these questions and to take time to appreciate the good things in our lives. But those good things begin with our foundation and with our sense of security and solidity, our connections to the physical earth, to the places and people around us, and yes, at an even deeper level, , to, as the quote indicates, what we value as “home”.
Brown reminds us in the first place how important it is to bring to consciousness these often taken for granted fundamentals. The starting point for our self esteem and success really does depend on the foundation we build for ourselves and the sense of stability, security and safety that follow. What people, things and places are currently most important to you, what helps you feel grounded, and what needs to happen for you to build an even stronger foundation?At the risk of sounding corny, the words of
Brown also remind us how precious the elements contributing to our foundation and feelings of security really are. As we approach the holidays, take time to reflect on and give thanks for the good things/people in your life-- not
just perfunctorily before you sit down to a good meal or not just because you feel obligated to when the calendar says it’s time -- but because in the words of Brown, the things and places of “home” have, operating even under the radar
and behind the scenes, provided an incredibly strong foundation for our lives.
What thoughts come forward to you?
What do you learn from these ideas?
What is one specific thing you could do immediately to enhance some aspect of your foundation or thankfulness?
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