This little guy was not going to give, not an inch. fresh sunflower seeds, peanuts .. come on give me a break woman, no way am I going to let you chase me away.
Such was the dialog I had with little ms. uppity here. I had not been to Mer Bleue for a bit, so after Dewberry, I went to see how things were .. I had food for the crows and now I think grackles… Today was the opposite of other times, there were more birds, and a good variety at Mer Bleue… while Dewberry was quiet.
Pl Precept #17 Grasp what is most essential Capte el punto central
“I’ll do it later. No, I’ll do it now” – To make progress do anything while it is still fresh.
Perfect Liberty 2021.25
When fresh snow falls, it lies clean and crisp. As the day progresses, it no longer has the same quality or look, its been walked on, trod on, run across, dropped on…. that initial moment of newness disappears with the passage of time.
No baile das nuvens no ceu
Na lue a clarear, vejo no raio e trovao, na estrela a briilhar
In the warn morning sunm in the newly fallen snow, in the thunder and lightening
and in a sudden rainbow.
verse taken from PL song book Deus Natureza (God and Nature)
PL Precept #11 Always be with God Confie todo a Dios
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.