Do You Have the Right Bucket?
I had a huge surprise phone call the other day. One of those calls that after it is over I wonder “did that just happen?” Then my mind went into so what do I “do” about it. It was like holding a hot potato and looking for a place to put it. The usual speeding train of thoughts going all over the map. That was getting me nowhere so I moved on to calling friends and seeing their reaction. That was helpful and slowed the train down a bit but still my mind was trying to figure out what the next step was. Until one of my friends said “Why don’t you put it in a neutral bucket? It was just a phone call.”
That stopped the train immediately. I don’t have to do anything with this information. I can just call it what it is. So I did. I plopped the phone call in the neutral bucket for a few days and let it cool off for a while. When I went back to it the energy has dissipated and I could see it in a whole new light.
As I am tempted to multitask, fix or create a great fantasy around life I am finding the neutral bucket quite helpful. This bucket has actually turned into the Divine hands. I say a little prayer "Source of My Being, this happened could you hold it for a while?" Then I come back and the conversation begins. This conversation has included everything from phone calls to senseless killings, from how to use my time to why is there homelessness. As I have practiced this form of waiting and watching during I find I am trusting in the wonder of God in a whole new way.
Practice: Find a container of some kind. Label it Neutral. When the opportunitycomes up place your “hot potatoes” in it for a while. When you come back take it out and talk with God about it.