<Friday AM> Early morning thoughts…
We’re ALL at war, aren’t we?
at war with each other
at war with the Earth
at war inside ourselves … with ourselves
It’s war here on Planet Earth
(& no “winners” in sight)
About the chaos I am living in. Will I ever get sorted out??
Relationships … endless challenges.
Fukushima. Those rods gonna blow?? Don’t look so good.
The bees. No bees, no me’s…
Back to sleep feeling despondent
Resigned to one of those head-under-the-covers sorts of days.
Woke up later – sun shining
I have much. Not the bank-able kind, you understand
- Awesome friends. (Truly, truly awesome friends! & you know what Plato said: “Your wealth is where your friends are.” It’s true.)
- Great kids. (Motherhood is pretty wonderful, gotta say.**)
- Bounce-back-ability. I don’t usually stay down for long.
- Worthwhile work. Always always always.
Sun is shining!
Worthy chores I am keen to do/get done
Going to really relish that strawberry. ***
*** Pema Chödrön on joy: “Joy has to do with seeing how big, how completely unobstructed, and how precious things are. Resenting what happens to you and complaining about your life are like refusing to smell the wild roses when you go for a morning walk, or like being so blind that you don’t see a huge black raven when it lands in the tree that you’re sitting under. We can get so caught up in our own personal pain or worries that we don’t notice that the wind has come up or that somebody has put flowers on the dining room table or that when we walked out in the morning, the flags weren’t up, and that when we came back, they were flying. Resentment, bitterness, and holding a grudge prevent us from seeing and hearing and tasting and delighting.
There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs, and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.
Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life, it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our lives.” ~ The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness, Pema Chödrön, Shambhala, 1991
** much as I am crazy about babies & toddlers & "kids" of all ages in general, & about motherhood/parenthood (which has been a highly wonderful experience in my own life!), this is not a recommendation to anyone to bring children into the world at this time. While I am not permitted to say so in all venues, on all occasions, I do not personally recommend embarking on new parenthood at this time in human history. There, I said it. (My 'Let's Be Honest' post has a few things to say on this matter...)
Quote of the day’ with this post: “Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” ~ Sarah Bernhardt, actress (1844-1923)
p.s. My own personal favourite mantra, the one that so often helps get me through? I don’t have to figure that out right now…