Kindness and Decency connect me to others; my life feels at peace and I sense that I am a positive part of the circle of life.
Our little Jack who soldiers on and is a dear companion. The wildlife around us — from all the birds (finches, various woodpeckers including the magnificent pileated), to deer, rabbits, turkeys, and even the occasional visit from a black bear, reminding me always that there is and should be wildness in the world.
You know the phrase, “Be the person your dog thinks you are”? In a way, I try to be the person my little grandchildren think I am. That helps me to get my rear in gear and move into the future with positivity.
Wind in the trees, my grandchildren, being useful in someone else’s life, ripening raspberries for a hoped-for second harvest before the cold settles in.
Helping a friend with Parkinsons figure out what mobility conversions can be made on his vehicle to (possibly) extend his ability to drive his own car….
Whoever it is, I pray that in the moment, I WILL be kind….
Two weeks ago, I bought a hat from the Farmers Almanac store that has a bumble bee on it and the word KIND writ large under it. Bee Kind. And as a fairly literal friend said when he finally figured out that the “bee” pic and “kind” went together, looked at me puzzled and said, “Be kind to bees???” Yes, I said. Definitely.
Pretty much every day, my husband and I make each other laugh with our puns or funny takes on things. And if the other one doesn’t laugh, then we’ll just laugh ourselves at our own jokes because, as we’ll say aloud, “I kill me!”
One of those questions that make me go “Uh….” Maybe just do what I do normally but with intention and mindfulness? Care for my garden and don’t use pesticides; continue with planting for pollinators and rejoicing when I’m in the garden these days and hear the hum of the bees as they work on what I hope will be a second crop of raspberries; pray; have lunch with a widowed friend; keep my body, mind and spirit as healthy and loving as possible. Just keep on. Ju...
One of those questions that make me go “Uh….” Maybe just do what I do normally but with intention and mindfulness? Care for my garden and don’t use pesticides; continue with planting for pollinators and rejoicing when I’m in the garden these days and hear the hum of the bees as they work on what I hope will be a second crop of raspberries; pray; have lunch with a widowed friend; keep my body, mind and spirit as healthy and loving as possible. Just keep on. Just keep on in love and kindness and fierce determination not to give in to the haters.
What inspires me and keeps me saying “Yes” to things is a sense of purpose and usefulness. Small tasks or large – I say Yes. Yes to life, Yes to people, Yes to when my hands can do something for another.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! (Hide it under a bushel – NO! I’m gonna let it shine!)
Walking in the woods. A project. Helping someone. Making delicious and healthy food (and then taking part in eating it, too!). Taking a hike with my small grandkids and watching them find ‘treasures.’ And as many have said: morning coffee. Hello, beautiful!
Sometimes my “higher self” is the one who is calm and non-anxious. In a current situation, I can help my spouse by being that non-anxious presence for him…
A collective will for the common good.
And good wives know they’re being used as a threat for a positive purpose — saving our husbands from themselves!! 🙂
Never give up, Holly, on the entrenched!
“Accepting tasks without complaint and in humility”…. Thank you for those words, Howie. Thank you for stating that “life position”…
I’m in your corner too, Dusty Su! Look at all of us, right here for you!
Thank you for that, Kevin. In my own situation it feels like a circle of the two. Experiences shaped the spiritual life and now the spiritual life shapes every experience.
I’m in line for that book, too, Howie.
Your instinct is right and the answer just perfect. Thank you, Christine.
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