Thought For The Day
“I went to the woods
because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn
what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die,
discover that I had not lived.”
The Four Reliances
First, rely on the spirit
and meaning of the teachings,
not on the words;
Second, rely on the teachings,
not on the personality of the teacher;
Third, rely on real wisdom,
not superficial interpretation;
And fourth, rely on the essence
of your pure Wisdom Mind,
not on judgmental perceptions.
Traditional Buddhist teaching
Two Wolves – A Cherokee Parable
“An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…
‘A fight is going on inside me,’ he said to the boy.
‘It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope,
serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy,
generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you
and inside every other person, too.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather,
‘Which wolf will win?’
The old chief simply replied,
‘The one you feed.”
Thought for Today
“I think dogs
are the most amazing creatures;
they give unconditional love.
For me they are the role model
for being alive.”
– Gilda Radner
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Thought for Today
“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
~ Bertrand Russell
With the coming of summer we have been very busy. The garden is in great shape and we shall have a bountiful harvest this year. The blueberries are getting plump and soon will change from green to blue. The chicken coop is nearly complete and the hen house is ready for fresh eggs. The early wildflowers are at their peak and the summer wildflowers are coming on strong. Yesterday we had a wonderful much needed slow rain. I truly love this time of year.
The biggest problem I have right now is my days are spent outside in the fresh air and enjoying the experiences of nature. I can sit for hours on the creek bank watching the water go by, marveling at the occasional antics of the Kingfisher.
Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday
I’ll be gone away from you.
Thought for Today
“Live neither in the past nor in the future,
but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies,
and satisfy your widest ambition.”
Sir William Osler
Jimmy was a couple years older than I was. We attended the same high school though I knew little about him. Not long after he graduated, he came to work in the family business. Only able to work summer months because of school I was not aware. When I found out, I was a little surprised, although I did not really know Jimmy; I just did not picture him as a construction laborer. In high school, he was a basketball star and I always thought of him as prim and proper. Even digging ditches, I do not recall ever seeing a hair on his head out of place.
After working with Jimmy for a week or so, I noticed that he did not have much “get up and go” about him. He seemed to have a pace and no matter what, he worked that pace. I found this odd because my dad was all about “get up and go”. He made sure that was a part of our upbringing. “Get it done today” he used to say, “Tomorrow ain’t promised.” And of course I couldn’t resist and would say something smart like, “Well if tomorrow ain’t coming then it don’t matter any how.”
I questioned dad about why he had hired Jimmy and he replied, “Well son, Jimmy ain’t got much git up and go, this is true. But what the boy doesn’t have in ambition he makes up for in loyalty.” “He works hard and is dedicated as long as he knows what is expected of him.” “Jimmy is the type of fellow that you could give a hammer and a chisel and instruct him to make pebbles out of a bolder. He will stay there until the job is complete, and then wait, for further instructions”.
Jimmy continued to work for the family until the business sold years later. Never missing a day, he tended his responsibilities, worked his pace, and never complained. I would imagine that wherever Jimmy is today he still has that hammer and chisel.