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Walking the trail this morning, I found a lot of interesting “pieces” it took me forever to walk any great distance. I did get to the row of what I call the “giant” trees. Enough leaves have fallen, and brush cleared that we can now see the trees, soon we will be able to get a much better view. I will do my best to practice patience.

Express your appreciation with enthusiasm. appreciation is the driving force for progress and development.

Perfect Liberty 2021.21

Q – do you create an image for yourself,? This procedure presumes a difference between public image and who we really are. Outwardly we project an image, but it is not who we really are…. What lies behind the image? what is the substance.. I don’t want to know the answer, it is one I ask you to think about, and answer for yourself.

I was recently on a road trip with a friend, and as we always do, we chatted and got caught up on what had been happening in our lives. During the trip I met with family that I don’t often get to see.. I found myself in a social situation that was “different” from my daily day to day .. ie when I go about my activities when I’m home… I felt different, I saw myself differently. It has given me pause. I found myself reflecting on how different it was for me, and how seeing myself in a different “circumstance/environment” also gave me different perspective on other aspects of my life.

PL Precept #7 Everything exists in relativity

PL Precept #15 All is a mirror.

PL Precept # 18 each moment is a turning point.

Everything happens for a reason. Certainly a time for reflection.

Till soon
just picked*

Change your mind, thinking “it will be alright” Do the best you can without being overly attached.

Perfect Liberty 2021.20

The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor and no one can tell what becomes of its influence.

Henry Ward Beecher
Have a great day!

Oyashikiri

*photo H.T.

surprise visit

Seems I’m not the only one with a BD this month. Happy Birthday wishes to all other September “babies”! I know some don’t like to celebrate or even acknowledge the birthday, however, for me, I feel it is our day, not a declared holiday by another source, it is OUR day, it is the anniversary of OUR OWN PERSONAL JOURNEY.

In honour of my birthday, today I started the morning with something new. I made mashed potatoes for breakfast. LOL… I can see the eyes rolling .. I’m not a big fan of mashed potatoes in fact I seldom have them. But a friend suggested when I had the oral surgery that I should stock up on soft foods, one of the items suggested was the packaged instant potatoes. Mashed Puree butter and herb potatoes, comes in individual packages. Not bad. Just didn’t want an egg. Why not. I’m a grown up. I can have what I want for breakfast.. smiles.. that what being an adult is all about right.. we can make choices.. whenever and however.. just remember there are always consequences.

Ed took this one last winter. I’m looking forward to seeing more woodpeckers as the colder weather starts to settle in

Let’s live without compromise – No compromise means that you don’t lie to yourself and you’re honest. when you deal with things without compromise, everything will be more efficient and you will surely see remarkable results.

translated from Japanese, PL 09.19

It’s Okay! God is watchin over you. Things turn out for the best. don’t be captured by momentary troubles but continue doing everything with sincerity.

Perfect Liberty 2021.19

Reminder – do things with makato (sincerity) willingly and joyfully.

Till soon – love YOU

day after

hello! HELLO! pinches self.. yup.. still here… Not what I expected, I got to have wonderful long uninterrupted conversation with my sister-in-law who lives away, and a friend who has been playing telephone tag with me for months. It was great!

Yesterday in my travels as you already know I ventured down an unknown path, tried some video software .. it was a day of exploring.. Today, well… being retired… guess I’ll get out to check the feeders and replace one that needs repair. Are you taking advantage of this wonderful late summer, early fall weather. The picture above is an area I will often photograph depending on the sun/shadows.. I like the possibilities, and I always wonder.. what stories this location could tell.

This location I visited yesterday is one where it is not a big area compared to others nearby, but it has a certain feel, it holds enchantment, and places that I can easily envision little wee ones “holding community”… I keep telling myself, to bring a notebook, and flesh out a storyline… but I don’t do it.. Guess the idea is still forming.. or… I want to keep it a secret. =^_^=

Do everything willingly and joyfully. Your upbeat attitude will make things more cheerful and enjoyable.

Perfect Liberty 2021.18

Thank you to my very talented friends who left me fun greetings on my cell. I won’t name you, but the singing was something else!!!! I loved it! we’re all nuts, but two of you are “cracked”..

Have a great day everyone!

Oyashikiri

THANK YOU flowers arrived (from down under)… beautiful!

walk with me

Today I took another path, one I had never been on before. I saw it when I got out of my car, it has been there, I guess I’ve just not been inclined to explore it. Today I did. I thought I’d try to present some of my findings today in video format.. my first attempt =^_^=

Sept.17 video from Sarsaparilla Woods

Will wonders never cease. Tried something new. Now I’ll post and see how it comes out. Thanks everyone for your patience while I learn.

Oyashikii

Good morning everyone.. I think it is safe to say that if you are reading this, you’ve had a birthday along the way. =^_^=, one or two likely stand out from other birthdays. We all have them and we all get to experience the milestones along the way.

Todays quote translated as best we could from Japanese.

Form is the basis of art – No matter how good the content is, it takes form to express it. It is impossible to say “As long a the content is good the format doesn’t matter” It is only when the content and the form are the same that things are accomplished.

PL Friday Sept. 17.2021

Make today a different day. Instead of doing the same old thing, be creative and do things to improve your day.

Perfect Liberty 2021.17

I would like to congratulate my dear friend Eisuke Inagaki who has just been licenced as an official instructor for the PGA (in Japan). He has worked hard and long at his passion… I am very happy for him. He loved golf when he was here in Ottawa, he went out to play as often as he could, nothing deterred him from his passion to play and improve.

With dedication and purpose he applied himself to what he loved best.. and now he is not just watching what is happening in the world of golf, he is part of it.

It seems like I have been celebrating my birthday all month, so far thanks to my wonderful kind and considerate friends, I have had some wonderful outings and they are not over. I head to Quebec on the week-end for a visit with family that I have not seen since what seems “forever” .. and there are other adventures on the calendar before the month comes to an end.

Birthdays are very personal, as we all know, because they are ours and ours alone. It has always been a time of reflection for me, a time where I review the events of the past year, and what is happening NOW. Am I content, is life happening for me in a manner that is comforting and meaningful. When my husband was alive, he would take me away for my birthday so that I could explore different environments, people, places and and and. That is how it came to be that friends celebrated with me on days in the month when I would be around. ( My birthday day itself was usually one when I would not be in the city, it would be only Brian and I and the dogs. )

Of course all that has changed hasn’t it. And then of course we have had the pandemic to deal with, and the changes that has brought into all our lives. I cannot as much as I want to, get back to each and everyone of you who have sent me birthday greetings, but I can assure you that I have looked at, and cherished each and every one. It means much to me and I am humbled that you remember and take the time to connect with me. Believe me when I say, there are days when I feel “down” or my mood is “below the happy line”.. then I get a text, a message, snail mail, and I am lifted and feel the joy of happiness.

I appreciate each and everyone of you.. I truly do. I am blessed with friends who shine bright in my life, and I give thanks everyday that I have been so blessed.

Always remember that your smile, your kind word, action, deed, will return to you 100 fold and more. Never under estimate the power of prayer and the LOVE that embraces the Universe. I love YOU.

Always and forever

Saying good-bye

Once more I have come face to face with the unexpected “goodbye” of a fellow traveler .. someone who brought smiles into your day when he would walk by, share a moment, or simply wave. always a lopsided smile, a big wide eyed grin.. There are such people in the world, they radiate happy… during a winter storm, you are trying to dig through the big dump of snow at the end of the laneway, and along would come Johnny, “not to worry” he’d day, I’ll get that. And he would. He’d stop what he was doing and come over to help you clear the way so you could get out.

He was young, only in his early 50’s. He walked into the bedroom to change (he and his girlfriend were going to paint the bedroom) keeled over and died. Presto! gone! He’d been looking so good, he was walking every day, his colour was wonderful, I saw him just the other day, he was beaming, when he came to the door, I tell you, he was so genuine in his outlook. Now that light is gone, and we, family, friends, neighbours, will miss his delightful energy.

A shared passion .. love of nature, being outdoors, simply taking in life. As I walked along the edges of the forest yesterday, I took in the changes that were taking place… the season is changing, the weather is cooler. Where the big thrasher had gone along and cleared all in its path, new growth was taking over, the remnants of bigger stumps of wood were scattered … I spent time wandering, head down, intent on the wood left behind, looking for clues, messages from beyond.

It is that time of year, for some it is Yom Kippur, for me this time of year, is one where the clock turns over for me and I enter another phase/chapter – so the life long tradition of meditation on what was.. what is.. and how I am doing is all happening .. it has been a lot to take in. So much has been happening around me. As we age, we say goodbye ..far too many times. Unlike in the Jewish tradition there is fasting along with the reflections.. I spend time reflecting, and meditating on how and why I am in the “frame of mind” I’m in.

The time spent in nature helps me a lot. Yesterday I gathered wood, and spent time rearranging pieces (like a puzzle) to build a picture.

Life IS, we ARE no more no less

Oyashikiri

Stand still and consider the wonderous works of God. Job 37:14

Good morning, took many more, but.. this is a sampling, the charm is everywhere. In our walk, we thoroughly enjoyed the parks, what was especially nice was that there were seating areas everywhere along the way for the “explorer” to sit a spell and simply enjoy.

For more doors, please visit Dan’s site.. https://nofacilities.com/2021/09/16/thirsty-pagan-doors/

What is “normal” is different for each individual. Everyone has a different way of thinking and doing. It’s important to understand others’ feelings.

Perfect Liberty 2021.16

Have a good day everyone! give thanks for what is, today is a brand new canvas.

Till soon.. always!

Wednesday

PL Precept #7

Everything exists in relativity.

May you always walk in sunshine. May you never want for more.

Irish blessing

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom

Marcel Proust

My evening meditation that came in from Japan last night, was something I very much needed to read, and contemplate on. I will share it with you.

It is about Listening. To be honest with others is not to do as they say, but to try to understand their feelings with a blank mind. Don’t listen to the other person’s story on the surface, but listen to the other person’s heart.

PL quote translated from Japanese as sent to me.
Oyashikiri

“Mirrrors o the soul” Kahlil Gibran ” One day Gibran asked, “suppose you were compelled to give up – to forget all the words you know except seven – what are the seven words t hat you would keep” Barbara replied ” I named only 5, God, life, love, beauty Earth, ” and then asked Gibran what other words he would select. His answer -“The most important words to keep are: You and I … without these two there would need to be no others.”

Taken from the book A third Treasury of Kahlil Gibran – Citadel press 1978

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly may alight upon you.

Nathanial Hawthorne
always and forever

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