The power of kindness is overwhelming .. I thank you all so much for the kind words and good wishes sent to me yesterday, and to my friends here in the city who rallied around lending support. I had no idea that the surgeon would require that I have constant attention after the surgery, I expected I would come home and go to bed. But no, the curve ball was that I had to have someone with me until the sedation had gone and I no longer had dressing in my mouth. Bonnie my efficient and very capable friend who was with me, was given the instructions.. I was totally ( my attention span) not present.
With Bonnie in charge, she had everyone knowing what was happening with me, and what was to happen. LOL I was too busy trying to deal with the freezing and my body’s reaction to what had just happened to it. Anyway, my heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you who wrote, texted, (everyone except me I guess knew I wouldn’t be talking) My friends coordinated their visits, food was prepared/and or arrived ready for me to try and eat, my dearest friend Christianne stayed the night to make sure I behaved, I’m sure.
It was after nine before I could consider actually lying down. No lying down while dressing was being used.. sigh.. after all the pain meds had disappeared into my body, I slept.
Today I will listen to the wise and rest, my mind on waking thought it was going to get going again, but my body had another thought, one that has over ruled the mind. REST is what it will be. Thanks again everyone.. I do appreciate each and every one of YOU.
Kindness – Yesterday I was blown away by the kindness of friends who wanted to “touch base”, and came by. With the Chinese New year soon to be at our doorstep, I was surprised by a visit from one of my cherished friends that I have not seen much of because of the pandemic .. yes we can chat on the phone, but to get to actually see her and experience her smile and vibrant personality at close range was a true JOY for me. I feel a silent tear slipping down my cheek, but I assure you it is one of happiness.
As you know, I left home with out my cell yesterday, it happens, I am focused on getting the food ready for the crows, feeding the dogs etc. before I leave.. and the cell is not on my mind. This of course means, not only was it not there for me to use when I wanted it, but friends calling me, could not reach me. Knowing I had not had my phone with me, didn’t mean much to me except the inconvenience of not being able to use the camera when I wanted to.
What I didn’t think of, was that family, friends trying to reach me were unable to …. that is not a problem in itself, but eventually one sees the messages and calls back. However, I am of a generation where a phone was not in my life at all, and then when it was, it was attached to the building, and the one setting on it .. was a loud ring if someone called your number. So of course I came home and went about doing my “business” unaware that I had had calls and that there were messages I should be addressing.
I was therefore surprised and delighted early evening to find my niece and nephew at the door with my wild and wonderful dog niece Lily… again there had been a message and I had not responded. Their thoughtfulness, kindness was doubled when Lily came barging in (she is almost 5 months now and probably 50 pounds of furry energy) and took no listen to her “parents” as she charged in wanting to ensure that all was well. Both my dogs, one more senior than the other I think were taken back by such highly charged activity. It was a fun delightful 15- 20 minutes of chasing, hugging and kissing (the puppy and I )
Kindness should never be under estimated or taken for granted. My visitors and callers yesterday, made my day a truly sensational event. I am filled with gratitude that I have family and friends who are such genuine delights. I truly am blessed.
My friend Shirley (whose pictures I often share with you)… lives in NZ, altho’ we have never met in person, we have been in each others lives since very early days. Probably over 50 years. We began as penpals. Yes before internet, when people communicated by writing letters and using stamps. You would wait impatiently for mail to arrive from distant places, to hear news from friends who you corresponded with .. then when the letter arrived you read about what your friend had been doing and saw pictures (yes, black and white or colour) taken with cameras where you had to wait to finish a roll, get the film developed.. and then wait for that service to be provided to get your pictures..) Our friendship has endured. She takes wonderful pictures of her hometown, and her interests, I am blessed with her kindness, she gives me permission to share her world with you (my friends).
Experience the JOY of being KIND to others. The Joy of expressing kindness to others is much greater than when someone does something kind for you. Always strive to be a person who can be kind to others.
When we make something is it for us, or the pleasure of giving. Some of both, yes. We love doing things that we enjoy, but when it gives pleasure to someone else, or it makes their day, Double blessings!
Be kind, be considerate, share happiness, and positive thinking.
Live in Perfect Liberty.
Perfect Liberty, Precept 21
Smiles and a kind word, go a long way in making someone’s day.
Follow your heart while also thinking about the happiness of others
Always be true to yourself in your words and actions. Strive to make others happy with a sincere heart.
I came across the above photo this morning. I enjoyed revisiting it, so I am sharing it with you. Some expressions of mine.. I enjoy at the time, they are calming and relaxing when I am working with them… then… fickle as I am.. I move on. Each step leads to another. So maybe not fickle, maybe it is more, I let go and go forward. I just finished several small requests for greeting cards, I enjoy doing them, I sit myself down, focus on project cards. When that is done, I put the card making supplies away and return to my art journals.
Sage sentiment. Follow your heart while thinking of the happiness of others.
I know it is impossible to be happy and full of glee 24/7, but I do so enjoy thinking of you all living in happy states of mind.. Productivity, creativity and accomplishments filling your days with rewarding moments of pure satisfaction. Positive and loving energy to all. Share a smile today!
Dogs are capable and knowledgeable, and it is not unusual to see Dog people in high demand in the job market. Dogs like to work at whatever career they choose. Prince William, Elvis, Cher, George Gershwin, Mother Teresa, were born in Dog years
As a partner Dogs are extremely loyal although they think they know best, it is fortunate that they are usually open-minded. and will be open to advice. Generally speaking with their sensitive and compassionate heart, they do well in occupations or careers that “serve” or work in the best interest of others. ie. teachers, charity workers, doctors etc.
Unlike other Dog years the Earth Dog is less idealistic than most Dogs, the Earth element makes them practical enough they don’t lose sight of reality.
In China dogs are usually associated with justice and compassion.
We are living at a time, when the plus, positive characteristics of the Dog, could stand us in good staid.
HAVE A HAPPY START TO THE NEW YEAR. BLESSINGS, GOOD HEALTH, AND PROSPERITY always.
ohhhh, you’ve heard the news.. We have a new way to get around, Canada Day is going to be a lot of fun. There will be so much to do. We can gather all our friends, maybe play a game or two.
The girls set out to find their friends, so that they could travel all together.
Ohhh dear, I think that we are not all going to get in the car. that’s OK, we’ll draw straws to see who gets to ride in the car, and who takes the bus.
Hey guys I’m not able to go today, I still have to clean my room, but, I’ll be thinking of you, Take pictures, let me see the fun.
Ohhhhhhh the car is ready to ride, but somehow, I can’t see how I’ll get too many of my friends inside. Dad may have to use the truck. or not =^_^= (he just took time to put my car together)
Ohhhhh non, dit Veronique je suis seule, but my friends they are many… it will never do, we will need to find another way to get downtown. Ginger’s generous offer to drive, was well intended, but, it will be best for us to go by bus. Travel is free today. Some times our friends, mean well, but the situation calls for another way to resolve the challenge at hand. Be grateful, show appreciation and explain why you are deciding another course of action. L’amour et la gentillesse (love and kindness) always work in keeping harmony amongst friends.
Told of the situation, they looked from one another, and began to giggle…all saw the impossibility of riding in the car.. Ahhhhhhhhhhh.. was all they could say between the chortling and giggling… ohhhhhhh c’est drole ahhhhhhhhhh
Let’s rumble they cheered, and headed for the bus stop, giggling all the way.
PL Precept # 4 Being annoyed limits your expression
Have fun in all you do, be flexible, there is always a way…
NB* my first attempt to join in Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SOCS
It is the start of a new month. A new beginning. In PL (Perfect LIberty) on the 1st of each month we have a ceremony, we pray for World Peace and rededicate ourselves to live as peaceful human beings in our own worlds. That means anywhere we are “present”
PL Principle #21 I will live with the spirit of “Misasage” (devotion) working for the happiness of others.
PL precept #10 Love yourself and Others
When I feel one thing, and do another, then I am not being true to myself or to the person or situation I am interacting with. It is not always easy to think before we speak, and, unfortunately, once the words leave our mouths, they can’t easily be taken back.
Let us begin this month, with a prayer in our hearts that extends out to all whose lives we touch. Let us work towards acceptance and understanding when we are faced with something that is unfamiliar to us, or not in our comfort zone. In the end, we may decide that we simply will have to agree to disagree, but at least, we listened to the option. BEFORE making our decision, (choices)
PL Precept #20 Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter
Today I would like to thank the Nature Ripe Farms in BC for the delicious fat plump blueberries I had for breakfast. I started out rinsing them, and was only going to have a couple, but some how the hand at the end of my arm, kept popping them into my mouth. What a mouth-watering treat. The now almost empty container sports the Canadian flag.. Pl Principle # 8 says “I will not have a mind to be greedy” hmmmmm I see I will have to practice more restraint around the little beauties.
In the summer, when fresh produce is in abundance, I find blueberries and other fresh products I like, hard to resist. I will go most fall, winter and spring, and not give a blueberry a glance, but when these big fat round ones appear. I succumb to the bliss of a melting blueberry on the tongue as I savour the moments of pleasure they give me.
PL Principle # 3 – Appreciation – I will live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things.
This is a saying that I think should be posted on billboards all over the place. Speaks for itself. Networking is not kindness. It is important in today’s world, for connecting, sharing ideas, and it is super effective, I am a believer of networking. But, there is a difference between networking and kindness.
Although I would like to say that life is rolling along, at its usual pace, it hasn’t. Since my decision to follow through and go to Japan for Kyososai * it has been a merry ride of excitement and new discoveries. Who knew, that one seemingly every day decision to return to Japan, could spur such initiative, and possibilities! Not I. But in PL, it isn’t unusual, and I should be used to it by now, but, I’m not, I ever cease to be amazed at how far-reaching goodwill, friendships, and kindness can reach. What is coming home to me is that miles do not separate kindred spirits, true connections are universal and heartfelt.
PL Precepts # 11 Always be with God
The teachings of Perfect Liberty unite us where-ever we are.
PL Precept # 10 Love yourself and Others
In PL, we learn to appreciate and be thankful for all that happens in our lives. There are no failures, there are opportunities to grow and learn. If one path is not open to us, it is because, we have to redirect our energy and find another way to reach our objective. In TAO, we say, …… the only constant in life is change …….
When a company,church, group or individual, refuses to look at and accept that changes are sometimes necessary to progress and unite, there is disharmony, Life can become stagnant. When we open our hearts and embrace and appreciate the world arround us, we recognize that the unique differences or really sometimes our own perceptions.
PL Principle # 3 I will live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things.
Kyososai: is a special celebration . It is celebrated annually on August 1 with a ceremony at all churches in the world. Kyososai (PL Founders’ Day) in Japan, is HUGE, people come in the 1000s for the celebrations there, it is very famous for “the Art of Fireworks”
Musubi – Oneness, togetherness with Others.
the funny was sent to me by a friend, I found the picture adorable, and my oddball sense of humour, laughed at the caption. =^_^=
When the Lakota leader Sitting Bull was asked by a white reporter why his people loved and respected him, Sitting Bull replied by asking if it was not true that among white people a man is respected because he has many horses, many houses? When the reporter replied that was indeed true, Sitting Bull then said that his people respected him because he kept nothing for himself.” –Joseph Bruchac – Photograph: Orlando Scott GoffGood
Good morning everyone, I found this in my research today. It was posted 4 years ago on the Parabola (The Search for Meaning) site on tumblr.
How well said, and so simply .. it brings us back once more to the individuality of each of us, and how our cultures shape our thinking.
However that said, we are not back living in a time when the differences were not known, researched, studied, and documented. This is 2016 an electronic age, we can sit in our homes and watch documented reports of what is going on around us. There are thousands of published reports, books, magazines, videos and spoken story books. There is no reason for us to not know about our neighbours.
“Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men, we didn’t have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents. Without a prison, there can be no delinquents. We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves. When someone was so poor that he couldn’t afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift. We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property. We didn’t know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being was not determined by his wealth. We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians, therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another. We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don’t know how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.”
— John (Fire) Lame Deer.
This also was found on tumblr,in a post, Desert Dreamer, from Cape Town, South Africa
Just some food for thought to go along with your coffee. I find it extremely interesting and thought provoking that no matter who we are, or what our backgrounds are, we ALL strive for peace and want it in our lives.
Everyone we meet, lives with us, under the same sky, reach out with an act of kindness today. A smiles goes a long way…….
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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--- there are two energies, Yin and Yang = ONE
---to have balance we must live each moment
of our lives.. with Makoto (sincerity)
The only constant in life is change. I am grounded in the reality of Living.
This is true, in all worlds. RL or virtual. I am me and only me.