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Buenos dias, bonjour, c’est jeudi matin!

Thursday and the start of the spring season.  LOL Mother Nature is still not decided in our neck of the woods.  We are going to have a mixed bag of weather.  No matter, I’m sure there will be a lot for us to enjoy and friends to greet, new places to explore.  What is on  your agenda today?

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I just heard a car drive by, it sounds wet out there, the snow must have turned to rain, just like it was predicted.  The drive to work today could be very sloppy, not to mention slippery in places.  Today’s lesson in Pl is about how we do things, how we use materials and events to express ourselves.  What value to we put on things and money. Hmmm, I confess to being someone who is not necessarily money driven, my creative side leans more towards activity and productivity. On a day like today, I would get up earlier so that I could miss the other commuters and if I was walking enjoy the walk through whatever weather was being offered up on that day, of drive through the silent streets towards my destination.  I would enjoy the pelting rain, or freezing ice for what it was, an expression of Mother Natures many forms of artistic displays.

The other day, a friend told me he’d gone snowshoeing in the woodlands behind his home.  It had been a day of clear blue skies, and fresh fallen snow.  His little adventure had sounded so peaceful.  This morning when I heard that car drive by, I was  taken back to the days I would walk several miles from my home into the office through the downtown of one city, (Hull,Quebec) in one Province over a bridge  past E.B.Eddy ( an  operating paper mill, with frozen water along one wall, which  tempted me to  do some ice climbing.(which I never followed through on).  My feet would make crunching sounds in the snow, since I was early and most others who would walk this way, had yet to make their way across into  Ottawa. Other days it was like walking over shards of ice some parts of the journey required ice cleats,  or the really wet days when you walked through  big wet puddles) =^_^=.

In this same location there is  the sound of rushing water  where the rapids churn and gurgle over the rocks.  It is a beautiful spot at any time of year.  When you got over the bridge, you were in Ontario, and in Ottawa (Canada’s capital). The trek led me across open fields where buildings that had been, were now long gone, and the buildings that were to come, were still ideas on some drafting table.   On the left there was a hidden gorge, where below the rapids provided a training ground for kayak enthusiast. If time permitted, I would stop to watch the activities.

There was/is a definite difference in the two cities, yet in their differences they merged into one giving this area a diversity that is both charming and inviting. Sophisticated,yet in many ways, so “down home”.  Those walks were peaceful for me, they  allowed me time to commune with nature and my thoughts .. by the time I walked through the now busier downtown core of the waking city, and got to the office, I was ready for my day. How do you prepare for your day?  Whatever you do, remember to practice using full Makoto (sincere effort).

ecc9d7464cfa4399c63d593fc9341e58Hey, wow, I enjoyed my walk down memory lane with you this morning, but of course, I enjoy all my time with you.  smiles at you  and offers up these pretty flowers to brighten your day.  Blessings..  today, tomorrow and always…      Oyashikiri

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The great escape

Tired of all that snow, ice and weather roulette that Mother Nature has been throwing our way. In many places in North America, she has been having her fun doling out a droll mixture of nasty and nice.  While cities and towns around NY city were being bombarded with a nasty snow and ice storm, NY city itself was a balmy 70 degrees.   Totally unexpected for the unlucky tourists who arrived in their winter togs for Christmas in New York.  That is what life is, isn’t it. One adventure after another. No matter how well we think we have prepared for the day, something usually crops up that is totally not in the plans.

Instead of snow, I went in search of some tropical holiday ambiance.  Since it wasn’t practical for me to try to actually travel at this time of year,  like you I’ve seen the television coverage of the over crowded airports and all the delayed and cancelled flights, I went into the virtual world of Second Life.  In SL I can listen and watch the world go by in the comfort of my home.  Today I visited Eliza Wierwight’s Art of Christmas at PATRON,  it was my first time to visit her build , it won’t be the last.   She is a gifted artist.  Her art works are available for sale, with some items shown as 100% profit to one of her causes.

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She not only creates an amazing world for you to visit, she has an interest in saving the elephants of Asia.  There are places one can donate all through her build. Save the elephant Foundation.  http://www.saveelephant.org/index.html   (a Thai non profit organization)

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I went in to escape from the snow and the constant talk about the weather.  In doing so, I spent a pleasant half hour exploring the creativity of an artist till today that was unknown to me, and discovering  a cause that was also new to me.  In Canada, elephants are not top of mind.

December is a month of STRESS in capital letters.  Whether it is happy stress or anxious, sad, worrisome stress, no matter how you cut the cake, it is stress.  It seems everyone around me is being “stressed” about something,  There are warnings galore about making sure you don’t over exert when shoveling, that seniors dress properly for the cold weather, children and adults are being warned about the dangers of catching a virus/flu,  Of course a biggie is “don’t drink and drive”.  My two cents.  Remember to take time to pray/ meditate.    Make time for YOU.   Stay mindful and present.  No one else can do these things for you. You are the master/mistress of your life.

It isn’t enough to just do things that make us happy, we need to find outcomes that include those around us.  Like that little pebble that drops into pond.  It creates a little plop, and slowly one ripple begins, then two, three and soon the pond has many expanding ripples that reach out and merge  till all the water has felt the impact of the little pebble.   Be the catalyst of a  happy day.  Share your smile, keep your internal batteries charged, stay tuned to GOD/TAO and bring your mega watt smile along with you in all you do.   LIFE IS ART

smilePencilThe challenges we deal with in life make us stronger!

PL Precept # 11  Always be with God   (PL Church of Perfect Liberty)

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World of wonder

World of Snow

Sometimes, we have to really look to see something.

When we do take the time to be present in our surroundings, we are often blessed with a deeper understanding of the moment we are living.

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http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Slightly%20Twisted/136/92/21

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Oophs, sometimes we fall down

Oophs, sometimes we fall down

Not careful, too busy talking, or looking around, and oophs we land on our laurels. After the initial shock of the jarring thud when you land, usually you have to take a few minutes to regroup before getting up. If you are on ice, like I was here, you have to navigate carefully or you’ll go down again.
You’ll also note that I wasn’t wearing the proper footwear to be walking across a frozen pond.
I’m a visual person. Seeing the results of my fall, imprints the lesson – prepare for an outing, dress properly.
Be mindful of your surroundings.
Yes, look around, but be aware of where you are, and think before you embark on what could be a tricky situation.

Dec 4 pm_010This little bit of a winter wonderland is in Haven Shire, I will give you the taxi to the Wind and the Willows build (by Sweecah), next door to her is Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, andbeside Snow white is Weilo Bailey’s Winter Wonderland. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Haven%20Shire/173/90/21.  You can also see more pictures on my other blog http://virtualluna.blogspot.ca

When you fall down in life, dust yourself off and get on with what you wanted to do.  Sometimes the fall was meant to slow you down so that you  would take notice of the world around you.    smilePencil

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