Growth

Today I offer my attention, caring; willingness to suffer.

Love, empathy, patience, strength,  compassion, generosity, grattitude, Bliss.

Love, empathy, patience, strength,  compassion, generosity, grattitude, Bliss.

Love, empathy, patience, strength,  compassion, generosity, grattitude, Bliss.

The end of suffering.



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51



Fifty-one.

Woke up in the middle of the night with no idea who I was.  Only consciousness - no identity, no age, no birthday.

Annie was next to me when morning came.  A cup of coffee and a smile.  Fifty-one.

Listened to some of my favorite music, got a few birthday wishes, and ate some eggs.

Put on a gift - no uniform today.

Packed my lunch in a paper bag, kissed my wife good-bye, not the dog.

My birthday wishes for myself:

More quiet, less noise.
Deeper relationships with more trust and understanding.
More presence, less distraction.
More flow, less resistance.
More patience, less frustration.
More gratitude, less craving.

Off to work.  Blessings to you all.

For as long as space endures
And for as long as living beings remain
Until then may I too abide
To dispel the misery of the world.

                            ~ Shantideva, The Way of  the Bodhisattva




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Patience



Have patience and compassion.

You never know another person's heart, their reasons, nor their potential.

Despite the pain or strength required, I hope you never give up on a fellow human being.  Truly, we are all interconnected.  When you give up on another, you give up on yourself.



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It's Following You

There is an old story of a monk who carries a sack of horse shit around with him. Each time he goes to a monastery, he puts his sack down, looks around, and says, “Boy, this place stinks! I’m not staying here.” Then he picks up his sack, and carries it with him to the next place and—surprise!—that place stinks too.

From job to job, relationship to relationship, and day to day; this empty set of thoughts, limitations,  and beliefs called self follows you...until you set it down.

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Mind...Adventure

Your mind ...Your thoughts...Your speech...Your actions...Your life.





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Reality, Television, Grandstanding, and Vulgarity

In our day of television vulgarity and grand-standing are very effective means of attracting an audience.  Reality shows have taken this a step further.  The characters are given scripts, conflicts are staged, and entertainment follows; however, the shows are presented as real life and we often believe them to be authentic.  We begin to believe that life really is a show of dramatic proportions and yearn for the adrenaline rush, despite the outcome.

In politics, we see the result of this plight.  Politicians become outrageous to grab our attention.  Their outlandish remarks are spread by the media.  People get swept up in the emotional surge, opinions are formed, policies created, and laws are passed.

In T.V. land we all go to bed when the show is over.  In real life - where people eat, breathe, work,bleed, and live - we must pick up the pieces.  Words, actions, laws, and policies have real consequences.  Everything matters.


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