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bridges

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sometimes I find myself standing by a bridge

not sure whether or not to cross to the other side

I wonder, should I stand and  enjoy the view from where I am

even while I hesitate, I know I want to see the other side

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others are seen crossing bridges every day

why do I hesitate

why is it that I seem to be cast in stone

my feet not moving, my arms by my side

I appear to be still, but I’m all a muddle inside

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by day it does seem so inviting

and really, we can walk back if the other side is not to our liking

or can we…

having crossed over, we are looking ahead

coming back, we would once more  be starting from the other side

and the way forward, would be a totally different path

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why, because, day is day and night is night

and try as you might

we can never go back to where we started

nothing would be the same

yes it is a shame, but such is life

if you fail to live the moment, when it happens

tomorrow it will be gone

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is it wrong to want to cross every bridge we see

when your heart is strong, and your head is clear

you will know what to do

your feet will fly like the wind

and you will meet your destiny

happily and cheerfully

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bridges were built to be crossed

and we were born to live our lives

crossing bridges, learning and growing

each step of the way

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

Rakotzbrucke,Germany

The Moses Bridge,Nederlands

ancient bridge,Southern France

moon bridge,Taipei,Taiwan

tree root bridge,India

bridge into the clouds,mt.Rainier,USA

Changes

d9931e0e6e451b9573ebf462182c50b9Changes, every day we encounter a change in our lives.  It is no different with a church. the church of PL is headquartered in Japan as you all know.  In Japan the fiscal year is from April 1 – till March 31st of the following year.   Thus when changes occur, they are announced at the end of the year with the changes taking place immediately (almost).  Ministers are transferred to new communities, and this includes the churches in North American, South  America etc.

Change will occur in our church, Rev. Tiago has been transferred to the church in Los Angeles.  Rev. Atsushi Tsuji  a young minister from Japan will be coming to Canada.  What wonderful adventures for these two young men.  Rev. Tiago and his young family are not long in Canada having come here from Brazil.   He has learned to live in the extreme cold of a Canadian winter, and now will head for the dry heat of Los Angeles, California.

Rev. Tsuji will not only experience a change from his Native Japan, but he will be coming to his first assignment here in Canada,  And no, dear readers, he does not speak English, never mind French.  Fortunately he will arrive during the spring season, and will grow into his new home with the delights of a Canadian spring with the multitude of early spring flowers, tulips, crocus and the like..  In Canada, especially here in Ottawa, we have a bond with Holland, that is expressed with a magnificent show of Tulips in parks and in private gardens.

Picture below were  taken during the Ottawa tulip festival, where the tulips are planted to offer up the photographer, tourists and visitors a chance to admire and enjoy their beauty.  smiles, and of course to showcase our beautiful city.

So it is, we wish these two young men much success and adventure on this new journey in life that they are embarking on..Changes although at times a challenge, with packing, paperwork, and organizing in such a short period of time, we work through it, step by step, and when tackled with enthusiasm and sincerity (makoto) the rewards are a million fold.

For those of us who are not leaving, there will be a gap, a new personality will enter the community, and we will all have to adjust.  Again, it is how we will meet this new opportunity that will determine our temporary disruption to “daily living” God/Universe is always going to ensure that we grow in spirit28601a77418f0fdc87a3750dc7a02245changes are what make us better people.

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

Church of Perfect Liberty is a non denominational Church that welcomes everyone in community, our goal is World Peace

PL Precept #1      Life is Art

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happiness, mine or yours

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Sometimes we have to decide

which path will lead to our own happiness

we want to please, or accommodate

but know that in doing so

we will chip away at our own sense of Self

and well BEing

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PL Precept #10   –   Love yourself and Others.

When two people want different results,

when the communication is one way

Then you must think for yourself, and do what is right for you

PL Precept #7  Everything exists in Relativity

You cannot change another person

The only person you can change, is your-Self

PL Precept #5   One’s Self is lost by Being Emotional

I truly believe that

PL Precept #18   Each Moment is a Turning Point

I retain my peace of mind,

and instead of suppressing a sadness/disappointment

I acknowledge it and move on

PL Precept # 19    Begin Once you Perceive

I can appreciate what was,

but I move in the direction that will nurture my spiritual needs

I want always to be ONE with the Universe/God

To love and feel love in my heart

PL Precept # 11    –   Always be with God

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PL  Precept # 20      Live Maintaining Equilibrium Between Mind and Matter

It can be sad when friendships end,

but if you remember the good in what was

the happiness is always be

we don’t stop caring because a person turns away

love is unconditional

however, we sometimes have to accept

that the other person’s needs

were not something you could provide

you can only love them and pray for their happiness

PL Precept #10  Love Yourself and Others

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Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

PL Precept #1         LIFE IS ART

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etsy.com  Dutch serene pastoral scene

de Efteling, Nederlands

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We are in de Efteling, Nederlands, following the whimsical adventure of the little elf in me who wants simply to stroll and play under the mushrooms on this snowy day.

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Oh Mr Dragon, how are you?

what is that you say

Oh, you want a sunny day,

your roar I know, will make it so

if only I could roar like you

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may I come in to play

I’m looking for a valentine

would you be mine?

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I’ll close my eyes and make a wish

I wish, I wish, with all my might

that I’ll find my valentine

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oh my , Mr. dragon has come to call

maybe you are  my valentine

after all.

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To all my wonderful friends who share this space with me

enjoy this hearts and flowers day

I am truly blessed in every way

When I see you’ve come to visit and stay

you give me joy and bring synchronicity

you really are MY valentine

namaste    –     Oyashikiri

De Efteling Theme park … http://www.efteling.com

The Anton Pieck Museum, the Achterstraat, Hattem,Nederlands http://www.antonpieckmus

Sprookjes van de Effteling/Fairy Tales of the Efteling 2008 PB ed.

 

 

Goedemorgan hoe gaat het met u/jou?

How are you today?

PL Precept #21   Live maintaining equilibrium between mind and matter…

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This lovely picturesque grouping is of Giethoom in the Nederlands where there are no roads.  It is a beautiful and quiet village unique in that you will not find a single road in the entire town. Instead it is connected with paths, bike trails and a canal system. Visitors are welcome to explore by renting a noiseless, electric “whisper boat”.  I have been enchanted with the idea of visiting ever since I read about the place.

We all lead busy, at times hectic lives, and finding that quiet time we need so much often eludes us.  We grab moments here and there, but often they just are not enough. In PL we have a Precept, # 5 that says.. One’s self is lost by being emotional.

The 21 PL Principles help us to achieve the 21 PL Precepts that we live by.  Like everyone we struggle at the best of times to get then right, or to effortlessly follow them, but in following PL Principle #1 – I will live paying careful attention, putting Makoto into all I say and do (Makoto/sincerity)  as best we can, dedication towards that goal helps enormously.

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To be easy going, and to live life constantly in a cheerful and calm state is something to strive for.  When I’m challenged, then I revisit the Holland of my dreams, and let my mind wander effortlessly through the gardens, and sail the waterways.  Care to join me today?   You are all so precious to me, I wish for you a glorious sun filled day , no matter where you are, no matter the weather, let the joy of life, bless you with a soothing balm of love.  Thank you for sharing this moment with me, I really truly appreciate the time you spend with me.  (I would burst out  into song, “love is in the air” but that dear reader would really send you into hiding )  liefde + kus  xxxoo

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

 

 

 

 

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Share the Joy

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I looked outside my kitchen window today and thought, wow there is a rabbit in the backyard. When I looked again, I saw that it was the way the leaves were showing against the snow and not a rabbit at all.  Interesting how the mind can take an image and rearrange it in your brain.

 

Seeing a rabbit, even though it really wasn’t there, brought a smile, and a happy feeling.  I thought of all the furry little wonders that friends  have posted, that led me to think of the friends themselves and my sister who loves rabbits and that in turn made me feel even happier.  Joy can come from anywhere at anytime, recognize it, and appreciate the moment.

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A rabbit sees a treat and checks it out.  Someone captured the moment, they managed a picture..and.. their sharing in turn brought a smile to others. that is what  sharing joy is all about.  When we are happy/ and smile it is contagious, pass it on.

Namaste    –      Oyashikiri

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Sorry my sense of humour at times has flaws.. but I thought that the person in the Nederlands had a moment of creativity here.  This picture got a chuckle from me.. and a kudos to the artist for doing something other than a snowman.

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* found on comfortspringstation.tumblr.com

** etsy.com -The snow winter scene 8×10

*** Telegraph.co.uk

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Dank u, goedendag, good day!

Holland, theVeenpark,Barger-Compascuum  found on flickr by mad_madchen_cards

Recall the expression, “different strokes for different folks” isn’t this adorable,  It’s a little build in Holland, The Veenpark,Banger-Compascuum*

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We are all unique, in our own personal way, that is what is so wonderful about meeting and getting to know another person. I grew up in an age when we were encouraged to have pen pals. With the electronic age, snail mail seems to have gone the way of the 10 cent phone call.

Norway, Alesund, by waynekkorea on Flickr

Yet, the internet now provides us with opportunities that would have been unheard of in days gone by.  The meetings can be more frequent, and more direct if not face to face, they are still person to person. Respect becomes key, we may appear to be different, we may dress, walk, talk in a different manner, but we are still connected,  We all feel, we all have needs and wants, even though our experiences/challenges differ, we came to “be” in the same way.

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Intriguing build  isn’t it.  So are the people around us.  Each person in your life, is a whole new landscape waiting to be discovered.  Accept and respect differences, strive for harmonious relationships.

Namaste      –    Oyashikiri

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*Flickr,mad_madchen

** Zaanse Schans, Holland (full of traditional crafts and architecture) found on goamsterdam.about.com

*** Reflections in Alesund,Norway by waynekorea on Flickr

**** Predjame castle Norway http://www.photopix.co.nz

 

 

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