Laugh a lot

“The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.” ~ Enid Blyton


It is a perfect day

Image by Yuga Kurita

                                                                                         Image by Yuga Kurita


It is a perfect day, such as makes one in love with the earth.
~ James Russell Lowell


Blessing the boats (at st. mary’s)


(at St. Mary’s)

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that”

~ Lucille Clifton, 1936 – 2010

Artist~Joseph Fettingis

            Artist~Joseph Fettingis

The Oak and the Reeds

There was once an oak tree growing beside a river, and there was also a reed growing beside that same river. The oak tree was very proud and boastful, while the reed was very modest. Even when the oak tree insulted the little reed, the reed remained cheerful, refusing to argue with the sturdy tree.

“You are such a puny and small plant,” the oak tree said to the reed. “Just look at how tall I am and how hard my trunk and branches are! You, on the other hand, are tiny, weak, and worthless.” The reed simply smiled at the oak tree but said nothing in reply.

Then one day the sky grew dark with thunderclouds. Rain began to pour down from the sky and mighty winds began to blow. The reed was able to bend and sway in the wind, but the oak tree was torn up by the roots and fell to the ground. In the end, it was the reed, not the oak, who survived. – Aesop

The Oak and the Reed by Achille Michallon, 1816 © Fitzwilliam Museum

The Oak and the Reed by Achille Michallon, 1816
                      © Fitzwilliam Museum

The moral of the story is that it is better to be flexible like the reed instead of rigid like the oak tree. 

One Taste

You simply are everything arising moment to moment. You do not see the sky, you are the sky. You do not touch the earth, you are the earth. You do not hear the rain, you are the rain. You and the universe are what the mystics call “One Taste.” ~ Ken Wilber

Earth and the moon From Nasa