Sunday, March 07, 2010
"Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
When you lose don't lose the lesson.
Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Spend some time alone every day.
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back,
you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.
Don't bring up the past.
Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
Be gentle with the earth.
Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other
exceeds your need for each other.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
I also know that dreams really do come true and you have my Best Wishes
and my best efforts in those. Regards, Dalai Lama."
"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it."
I had an interesting experience today. I was looking through some photos of the Dalai Lama with different world leaders and came across a most beautiful black and white photo of two of the people who are most inspirational to me, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa. In the photo, each had hands clasped, and their heads were bent and touching in a warm greeting. Each radiated their spirit of kindness, generosity, and gentleness.
Later, when I wanted to show the photo to my sister, it was no longer on the page where I found it. All of the other photographs were there with the exception of that one.
My first thought was: This is part of my lesson of Impermanence, a lesson I often struggle with.
My second thought was: It's got to be here somewhere!
It is easy for me to forget to accept impermanence. I looked through the same photos several times. It was not there each of the several times I looked. I searched other places for it and found some of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama together, but not with their heads touching.
Why did I keep searching? There was no need to. The warmth and inspiration from taking in that image carries me. It was there. Now it isn't. That is the condition of life... it moves on, and we move with it.
What a wonderful reminder!
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
I am loving having my niece stay with me.
I am exhausted! I am most definitely out of the groove of getting a child ready for school while I'm getting ready for work, which seems like my biggest challenge. I am also not getting the right kind of exercise - mostly a lot of on-my-feet-and-going kind of exercise. I am certain I am burning calories, but it isn't a rejuvenating kind of exercise.
Hannah is loving being here, but missing her mom with whom she is very bonded. Her missing her mom is especially evident at night, as she has a hard time falling asleep. Last night, she slept with me and woke me up a couple of times because Stella had stolen her blankets. She was right - the little stinker had them wadded up under her. A little jealous, maybe?
One of the things Hannah did was to build a little snow baby under Lilee's tree. This was her own idea. She had quite a few questions about how Lilee died, and I realized that at the time of Lilee's death, Hannah was the age Lilee would be today. Hannah had never had the opportunity to meet Lilee, but has always wanted to connect with her. I love her snow baby tribute to her.
Hannah warms my heart. I am so grateful for my time with her!
Monday, March 01, 2010
I must be spending too much time on Spark. I woke up with this nightmare:
I took my sister to a 'Spark Meeting' which was in some public space with chairs lined up and a speaker. She was upset with my taking her, especially if people got points for bringing new people to Spark meetings. Even I didn't know I was going to get 25 points for bringing her, so I was surprised by the public announcement that I got the 25 points for bringing her, and she was angry that I would 'use' her in that way.
Then, smoke started filling the building, and we had to be evacuated. However, after we were all hustled out, I remembered that my laptop was in there, so I ran back in to get it.
Okay, that dream was a hoot! Now I'm going back to bed.
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