Pedestal’s Perfection and the Kintsukuroi pieces

A Journey of a Thousand Miles (Tao Te Ching)

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
Non-being penetrates that in which there is no space.
Through this I know the advantage of taking no action.
One may know the world without going out of doors.
One may see the way of Heaven without looking through the windows.
The further one goes, the less one knows.
Therefore the sage knows without going about,
Understands without seeing,
And accomplishes without any action.
Lao-Tzu

 

Life’s a bitch

Life’s a bitch. Life’s a struggle. Life’s hard. It’s not worth living.

You think so? If this is how you see life, chances are that it keeps proving that to you. So stop! Think carefully about the words you use here, for your words create your life. If your definition of life is a less than totally positive one, choose one of these instead.

Life’s

…a beach…
…an adventure…
…a learning experience for the soul…
…a privilege…
…a feast …
…a game …
…a gift…
…a party…
…a box of chocolates…
..a dance…

Or, as I asked my husband…it’s a map – a journey – where you choose your own path. Sometimes you will hit a dead end, and you have to retrace your steps, reflect and make a different choice. Sometimes you will know where you are going and how to get there. Other times you will park your wee overnight bag and say “right, where are we going today?” You might choose your own path and sometimes you will hit roadworks and you then have to take a different way. Or you might come to a roundabout or a fork in the road where you have to make a choice and then make the best choice that day.

Today, choose your definition – and enjoy the journey to all you were meant to be. And do let me know what your definition is…or might be now…

 

IN PRAISE OF THE EXUBERANT

Every now and again, you read something that resonates so strongly with you that you just want to shout “yes!”  I don’t just love this poem.  I adore it! I want to live my life like this, and I’m so grateful for those who choose to Sunshine over my Rain Parades !

Thank you, Samantha for allowing me to share it 🙂 (check out her site here)

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 IN PRAISE OF THE EXUBERANT  
And as you stand there
Sunshining all over our Rain Parade
Voice cheering
Toes tapping
Eyes dancing
 
Let us now praise you.
 
You, the mango-coconut in our vanilla world.
You, the red balloon in our blue sky.
You, the hooray-for-your-new-job (or hooray-for-your-engagement or hooray-for-your-wedding or hooray-for-your-new-baby or hooray-for-your-divorce) party-throwing friend.
 
Your door is always open
And don’t think we don’t take advantage of it.
Your heart is always open
And don’t think we don’t take advantage of it.
You have a particular kind of bravery:
 
The not-being-afraid-of-feelings kind of brave
The stand-up-and-be-counted kind of brave
The jump-off-the-high-dive (again) (naked) kind of brave.
 
We always know when you’re in the audience, because
We recognize your laugh.
 
And as you sit us down and give us your full-beam attention and as you ask us for every detail of our latest adventure (how do you always lead us to the conclusion that our life is an adventure?) and as we, flattered by your unwavering, bright-eyed gaze, end up going on and on and on and on, we have to mentally waft away the annoying, fluttering thought,
 
“Yes, but: Who takes care of you?”
 
Because we know that underneath the nonstop carnival 
there is a lot of
Damn hard work and that some of
Your sparkle
Is the glitter from the parts that got
Broken.
 
We’ve seen you fall and get right back up and assumed 
that it must  not have been that much of a 
Tumble but the truth is
 
You alone have the
 
Strength to Rise.
 
And so it is from you we learn that while we may not always
Feel happy
We can always feel
Joy.
 
And as you Gush and Exclaim and Twist and Shout and Wiggle with pleasure and Yelp and Hoot and Swear out loud and Burst into tears and Rush in and Hug and Holler across the room in a way that some might think of as
 
Embarrassing, we
Bask in your fearless conviction that
No human experience is unlovable.
 
Thank you for that.
So let’s break out the
Sequins and the feather boas and
Have dessert first and
Grin at strangers and
Let’s do the Hokey-Pokey and really
Put our Whole Self in
And order one more bottle because it’s so nice to all be together
 
Under the Abundant Sun.
  
  © 2009 Samantha Bennett