PL Calendar day 31 Don’t hesitate to show kindness to others
Do you ever find yourself hesitating to show kindness to someone? It is when you put your thoughts into action that you can show others what is in your heart.
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Back from our short stint into the States. We had damp weather, some rain, not much, but I had a new experience that had me talking to myself and the strangers around me, who were wondering about my state of mind, Although I have seen the signs, as we have driven by other locations in the States, I have never before stopped and gone in.
What I was wishing was that I had thought to whip out my camera and take a picture. I missed the moment, because I was totally awed by the sight of wall to wall cartons of cigarettes. When we drove in, we did see the long and I mean long line of cars, driving up to the “take out” window. Still I was unprepared for the sight that greeted me when I walked in.
I have never seen that many different kinds of cigarettes, it was so well-organized, a whole wall of cigarettes, with people channeled through lines so that they went through designated lines picked out what they wanted, and then followed the queue to the cashier. The lines are well-defined, keeping the buyers between metal type fencing, Once in the lineup, you have no where else to go but follow the buyer in front of you.
It was amazing how efficient they were at getting customers in and out. No being a smoker, it was like watching a foreign film No smoking inside but the air outside was blue with smoke.
Life offers us new experiences when we least expect it. I went in there for information on the Native territory we were on, but was so “blown away” with what I did find… I left, without the needed information, and didn’t care. I had a super “holy smokes artichokes” WOW moment.
I wish I could have given you a visual, wishing won’t make it so… but believe me… I was thrilled…. (ok ok, it doesn’t take much.. I know.. =^_^= ) If you are ever in the NY,Onadaga area… have a look…
Tomorrow is Wordless Wednesday… and yup I did get great picture to share, I liked it enough to holler…stop the truck!!
PL Precept #18 Each moment is a turning point
Life is a wonderful experience…. you never know what is around the corner!
dance like you own it
create your own rhythms
PL Precept # 1 Life is Art
I knew no one was home
so I took time to roam
explore, and enjoy the decor
she’s had her doors done up out of wood
I turned to the Ford
I admit it had a charm
and, it wasn’t in a barn
this is the babe
who welcomed us in
when these ladies, give with the charm
I can’t help but beam
I raise a glass to the bad ass
owners who track them down
and give them new life
PL Precept #7 Everything exists in relativity
each picture, shows a piece of art, someone made time, to reconstruct, or build
these gems for us to enjoy.
on my part, appreciation, and gratitude is sent out to them for their time and efforts
just reliving my visit brought back a big smile.
Still revisiting pictures of Sharon Springs. NY while I have my breakfast. Wondering what I’ll find this year when we head out on another road trip. I’m drawn to landscapes with a “story”, at least one that speaks to me. When I take the picture, I’m trying to capture the thoughts, or story line that came to mind when I came across the “scene” Some are just my artistic expression, of a time and space, and others are like visual bookmarks for my “gray matter”
We are all different in how we catalogue information, for me .. I know… I’m visual… my desk always looks like gremlins came in the night and tossed everything looking for hidden treasures. Of course, it is the work of my lazy mind and my easily distracted attention. Smiles sweetly, and looks up with innocent eyes. Of course I know it’s a mess… but it is my mess, and I like it. that is what having one’s own space is all about. =^_^=
Now breakfast – small bowl of steamed rice, small helping of pickled cucumber (Japanese) and one lightly poached egg (omega) on my rice.
PL Precept #2
To Live is to Express One’s Self
We will each do this in our own unique way. Life will continually present you with new moments of wonder, awe, and surprises. Some you will delight in and other’s may not charm you as much, but each and every one of the moments, are moments we are living.. and part of. It is your choice, to live happy, when challenged, find a new creative way to overcome, to surpass, and go beyond.
PL Precept #15
All is a mirror
PL Precept #17
Grasp what is most Essential
Have a great day everyone!!
There are times, when no matter which direction we turn,life throws us a curve. We can see these times as tough times, or as opportunities to challenge our creativity. Countless books, and lectures have been given on “how to deal with adversity”.
PL Precept #1 – Life is Art
It really truly is. Each time we’ve driven by this little display in Potsdam, NY, I wonder out loud, what, why, and where, the whole idea came from. This time, we stopped so I could take some pictures. The display has been there for some time, flowers are weather faded, and weeds well established. There is also a similar display in another part of the town. It is a University/College town, so I’m guessing, that it was some kind of project. Whatever, it is most fun and interesting.
Toilets, flush away waste, bath tubs, wash away daily grim. At one time, the display would have been fresh and innovative. Today it is obviously still a source of interest or it wouldn’t be there, taking up such prime real estate. Some day, perhaps I’ll hear what prompted such a display of tongue in cheek creativity. Does anyone out there know?
No matter how tough times get, we all have the potential and possibility to achieve something positive. The whole project here, was about waste being recycled, and what “fun” it is.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
PL Precept # Everything exists in Relativity
Jet lag- stuck in two realities, your body is physically in one place, but the mind,spirit and other sundries are the void somewhere between the two. In Japan I was up in the wee hours because back home it was daytime. Now I’m back home and I’m up in the wee hours because in Japan it is daytime. PL Precept # 15 All is a Mirror
I travelled miles, spent hours in the airports, wandered what seems days from one terminal to another. I was in a constant state of “now” yet days later, after finally touching ground and being back on familiar ground, my “now” is still in Japan. PL Precept # 7 Everything exists in Relativity.
Is this the answer at 2:26 in the morning, spaghetti with anchovies, garlic and olive oil. NO. One thing that was made clear to me in Japan, was that I needed to cultivate a healthier way of eating, for me that is portion control.
hmmm, I think its time for me to try to go back to bed and find the door to slumber land. Or I could stay here and be silly with you. For sanity all around, I will go try to catch some zzzzz’s. Although my mind is turning over with thoughts on how jet lag is so much like a state of being in another world, one that is parallel to the one we are in. If only it could be as simple as walking from one room to another, the two worlds are so similar, yet so different. they really are worlds apart. NOW I’m embraced by both, and physically I can only be in one place at a time.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
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The sign points the way to the ladies bathing area
this time around, I didn’t get the sliding doors into the area
once inside, we remove our shoes
and put them in the slots allotted for guests
On entering into the first room, there are sinks on the left
to the right an area to remove and put your clothes in a designated shelf box
once you have removed all your clothes
you can enter into the bathing area,
it is again through a pair of sliding doors.
the chair you see in the back corner
is a massage chair,
I regret to say, I never had the opportunity to try it
on entering there is one north american type stall
next to it is a sauna,
which again, I did not get to use
the next picture will show you the most popular way
to shower and remove the day’s “grime”
I have found that this is the most comfortable and practical
way to wash. You do your hair, and rinse off well
before you can get into the bath itself.
Soaps, shampoo and conditioner is provided
Once you are all cleaned and rinsed off,
only then, do you enter the bath.
then it is back to the dorm
refreshed and relaxed
ready to roll out your futon
and tuck yourself in
This picture was taken after
some of the participants had gone
we were 12 to a room
what you see is what was in front of me,
from my little “home” while there
this little nook, is where we could get hot/cold water
or cold drinks (vending machines)
just outside our room. Where the two ladies
are looking is into another smaller bathing area
International visitors are welcomed once a year
we came from North American, Brazil, Argentina
Spain, and, and….. the North American participants were from the States
except for moi, the only Canadian.
This delightful woman was like our “den” Mother, she
and her crew, manned the International Office,
took our keys, gave out the keys.. rooms were always
locked when no one was in the room
The staff worked from the wee hours till late into the evening
answering questions, helping with our needs,
ensuring we got to meals on time
We always knew we had them there to look out for us.
Even though the majority of them could not speak English
it is amazing how efficient they were
and how we all managed to communicate
it is a VERY long journey from where I live
to Osaka, Japan, and from there to PL headquarters, about another hour away.
was it worth it
yes, every minute, second of the pilgrimage
was a blessing
my sincere gratitude and love goes to all
who shared this journey with me
making it an unforgetable experience.
In life, if we are present in our daily activities, we soon discover that all in life is a mirror. When we are faced with a choice, the easiest way is not always the choice that will make you happy. Just because you think you know something, doesn’t mean that you do.
I took my camera to Japan, intending to come home with pictures galore. I barely had time to think of having my camera out, nor had I the inclination when time was available to me. C’est la vie. I had a wonderful time, even though the long traveling time and the change in atmosphere/weather proved to be a challenge for me. More once the jet lagged has moved on. With no internet I have missed your visits, I will look forward to catching up when I can.