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Kindness

photo Shirley Keen, NZ

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.

Perfect Liberty 2012.5

Oyashikiri

Photo art

another time – another place
a reckless heart
the invitation to dream

Past, present or future, always remember to be sincere and honest. At any time, the place where you are standing at that moment is the stage upon which you must express yourself. At each moment in time, there is sure to be a way to express yourself in relation to your position or status.

Perfect Liberty 2019.6

Each of the above pictures, I created to be the visual to a story line. I got as far as doing the photos, but never got around to doing the story, or piece to go with them. Years later, and I still feel that I will do it. Time will tell.

Oyashikiri

snow Saturday

outside my bedroom window at 7:30 a.m YES it is still snowing.
guess my little Garden spirit will be smoothened under the snow. (see PS below)

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

Perfect Liberty 2021.16

Value those who are nearest to you. It is especially easy to overlook how wonderful your spouse or other family members really are. Always remember to respect and value one another.

Perfect Liberty 2014.22

Oyashikiri

PS. the sculpture using driftwood and apoxie sculpt is one of my earlier pieces.

oh for a buffet

Sometimes when one is going back through one’s inventory, one discovers memories of “another time” I admit that when I came across these pictures. I lingered. Gone are the days when we were were able to delight over the many dishes being offered. Pick what tickled our fancy, go back for seconds… now it all seems so distant. We were spoiled. It seems like another lifetime.

Because it was available, I sought out places that would offer me a selection of choices that would not only appeal to me, but would satisfy my desire for some “pampering”. these past months this has all been taken away … we not only do not have access to Buffets, we have limited access to restaurants, cafes, lounges, any place actually where we can be with, or around other people while we dine.

In most cultures, sitting around a table with family and or friends was an “occasion”… How often did you take someone out for their birthday, anniversary, new job, promotion, whatever, we dined, we shared a meal, we toasted, we celebrated even mourned, but together, and almost always with food.

Now many of us, eat alone, sit alone, and basically live our lives in a state of solitude. Our churches are not available to us, younger people are away from places of learning, teachers, social gatherings where they can expand their knowledge and social skills. Makes for an interesting situation, yes?

It is interesting because its different. Even if someone totally disagrees with you or does things differently, you may learn something from them. Avoid getting trapped in the mindset “This is the way it has to be” and free your mind to consider other possibilities.

Perfect Liberty 2019.9

Avoid having too many “likes or “dislikes”. Whether it is food, people or anything else in life, be careful not to overly like or dislike something. Things tend to get complicated when you allow yourself to be overly one-sided.

Perfect Liberty 2016.9

Oyashikiri

Dec 30

My friend had enough. We were getting along swimmingly, then people started to gather, ohhhing and ahhhing and in a huff, he just turned and walked away.

New encounters can help you change. Be up for anything, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. This is a chance for you to improve yourself as a human being.

Perfect Liberty, 2020.30

I was going to delete the last picture, but then, it was what it was… he/she simply after being happy posing, just turned and left. Like us, birds know when they have had enough of “people”.. If ever you have occasion to see the program Nova on your telly, there is a whole segment devoted to the “bird brain”. I watched fascinated as birds worked out how to get food using “tools” or by observation and then working out how to get what they wanted. They have memories! Researchers have been able to prove, that some birds will pass on information to their offspring or others in their “group”… so that years later, when that bird is not around, other birds will have knowledge learned from that original bird’s experience.

Smile… tomorrow is the last day of year 2020. You ready?

Oyashikiri

So….. imagine… what we, you and I can learn, if we open our minds to all the possibilities that are available to us.. PL Precept #17 Grasp what is most essential.

PL Precept #18 Each moment is a turning point.

Oyashikiri

hello !

hey, you are not going to scare me off

No one can take away the joy you get from putting your whole heart into something. The joy you feel when you’ve put your all into something is yours and yours alone, Nobody can take that way from you.

Perfect Liberty 2020.29

This little creature was not going to be put off. He/she waited patiently for me to fill the feeder. There was a bit of hesitation at first, but after a moment or two of considering the situation, he/she made his/her decision and with determination, looked me in the eye, said “thank you” and dug in.

Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter.

PL Precept # 20

Oyashikiri

22nd

He waited, until he could wait no more….

then quietly he turned and walked away….

now, was not the time

the day would come when the opportunity would come again…

maybe then, the wait would not be in vain

You will find joy when you immerse yourself in your task. When you face your tasks with a can do attitude, you will be filled with enthusiasm and inspiration.

Perfect Liberty 2020.22

Words once said, are hard to take back. Think before you rush into speech. Listen to what is said, assimilate, take it in. Change is the only constant. the intensity of a moment, can change in a heart beat.

Turn your intuitions into actions. appreciate each intuition you receive and take action right away. By doing so will invite good fortune.

Perfect Liberty 2017.5
How far are you willing to travel in your journey, is there a limit, have you a goal? Are you open to what is around the bend.? It is the journey itself that counts!

silence that wasn’t

trees all around me, standing waiting
the trees filled the woodland

from the pictures, all looks stark and bare – however that is not what was, what could not be capture in the frame, were the sounds of children laughing, crying out in glee at their discoveries. The happy songs of the chickadees that were swooping and landing with graceful delight at the offered treats.

I captured the trees in the late autumn wardrobes, as they patiently waited for the forecasted snow. There were people all around, dressed for the November chill, colourful jackets and scarves could be seen dotting the skyline as they emerged from their cars in the parking lot some yards away.

It was a happy day, everyone knew what was coming this way. You could feel the icy fingers of the teasing taunting wind… oh yes… snow would be here later that day.*

One should never assume that what you see at first glance, is what IS.

It is easy to misinterpret the situation and jump to conclusions. Always have a humble attitude and double check to make sure.

Perfect Liberty 2020.13

Be easy going and live your life cheerfully and flexibly. Strong emotions can be the cause of various troubles. Always strive to have a cheerful and calm state of mind.

Perfect Liberty 2015,24

Oyashikiri

*It snowed in abundance later that afternoon =^_^=

today 22nd.

a taste of lace

The forecast said, snow this afternoon, and snow it did. I got out for one more wander ..

the peat moss is covered with all the fallen “leaves”

I could feel the stillness in the air. there was a thin layer of ice on most of the water.

There was a delicious sense of anticipation, it was cold, but not an angry cold, my fingers sought warmth in my pockets, I enjoyed the fresh air, and the brisk stirring of the teasing breeze as it tousled my hair.

From no snow to inches deep on the deck around the supper hour. Already I have been out twice to clear the deck and patio area where the dogs can run. Yes.. I will delight in snuggling down under the covers tonight.

You will find joy when you immerse yourself in your task. When you face your tasks with a can do attitude, you will be filled with enthusiasm and inspiration.

Perfect Liberty 2020.22

Oyashikiri

take out? tap tap tap

what busy bird(s) came by and left its mark while having a tasty slice of tree
these little devils I just discovered love stucco too..! there are a few in the neighbourhood who are wrecking havoc on my neighbour’s new home. The little beggar(s) comes daily to dine … the upper corner of the house, right under the eaves. I’ve never seen the like. so far nothing he(neighbour) has done has deterred the bird(s) from coming to dine.

What can give artistic pleasure to see the designs of “age” ” on an aging tree standing in the forest, does not incur the same reaction when the same craving for food and substance is applied to a home in an urban setting.

In Taoist philosophy, and in PL, there are always two sides to a coin, there is a positive/negative… just look at your hand, there is a top/bottom. the two are ONE. some difference are readily accepted, they just are. no more…no less. Your hand would not be whole without the top/bottom.

It is only natural that you are different from others. Each of us has our own way of thinking and our own individual lifestyles. That’s what makes life interesting.

Perfect Liberty 2020.20

Oyashikiri

I had a sculpture (still have) on the roof outside the back porch, the same little “beggar(s) ” kept coming back, nothing I did deterred it. now I have a male head(bust) with many “openings” guarding my property. Totally unique and different. =^_^=

LIFE IS ART

Perfect Liberty, Precept #1

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