Thursday, September 12, 2013
What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.
Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.
Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.
Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
She remains as calm
at the end as at the beginning.
She has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What she desires is non-desire;
what she learns is to unlearn.
She simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
She cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus she can care for all things.
The Tao te Ching, by Lao-Tzu, circa 500 BC
-as translated by Stephen Mitchell
Monday, September 09, 2013
So weird to be away from you all!!! I got a virus on my home computer which disabled me from SPARKing this weekend. It's so nice to be back online!! :-)
And there have been developments! It was decided after the feedback from customers and my Landlord, that I shall continue to have The Soap Box...only in a limited capacity!
My little shop is directly next a little niche where there is a 12' gazebo, tropical plants and lots of shade. It is HERE that I will continue my little soap business on Saturdays, from 9-1-ish :-). It will be like my own personal Green Market :-). Everyone will still find me in essentially the same spot, with the same love and products...and I'll be freed up the rest of the week to go make real money...lolol. It's a win-win for everyone :-). I'm discovering...this may be way more lucrative!
And I learned a really valuable lesson during all of this...
When I hang on to people, places and things that the Universe is obviously transitioning away from my experience, I LOSE the ability to reach out and grab hold of what is NEXT on the agenda.
I know in my past I have held on for dear life to things whose time was over...and I just marvel at the notion that I probably didn't do myself a single bit of good...lololol. All in spite of the fact that I would have sworn I KNEW what was best for me. I literally crack myself up with that mental image...lolol. Me and god in a tug of war...with me thinking I could, would or should win...lololol.
So here's to letting go of what I think...and being open to and accepting of WHAT IS!!! :-).
Today, I apply this lesson to my journey here on Spark. My job is to show up every day and recover by working a plan I know works. That's all I get to know. If and when and how I lose weight is not up to me. I am here for the journey. I see now that the destination has very little to do with me. And to be honest...I really like it better this way :-). I feel free. I AM FREE!
Friday, September 06, 2013
Today I had people in The Soap Box crying because it was closing.
I am a little fragile right now, as I don't know how to respond to that. I want to cry too...lolol...and yet, I know deep down in my heart and soul, where only REAL things exist, that this is not anything over which I should cry.
Some of you have lost someone dear to you recently.
Some of you have cancer.
Some of you are suffering in utter silence with illness that is AS debilitating as cancer...just not as well understood...so you keep it to yourselves.
Some of you are struggling with poverty.
Some of my SPark Friends struggle with not knowing who they are and why they're here.
I cannot cry over The Soap Box. It is and shall continue to be a blessing to me. It is a blessing, apparently to my community, based on the feedback I've received since delivering the news of its closing via email yesterday. NONE OF THAT CAN BE DESTROYED OR TAKEN AWAY!
But I have to admit...I'm in kind of a weird place right now. I'm still smiling...but it's just strange.
You don't have to explain it, Honey....she says in my ear. Some things have no words...
I know. :-) This is one.
I love EACH of you for the love you share with me! IT saves me...from food...from ego...from self destruction. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! And those are good words to end on! :-)
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Today my youngest brother and my niece were here in Florida, visiting from their home in NJ. We had a lovely time together! :-)
Once again...still somewhat surprisingly...food was NOT the focus, as it would usually be during any joyous, family gathering.
I am SOOOOO GRATEFUL I get to live my life this way. I actually got to spend PRESENT time with my family. It was WONDERFUL :-).
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