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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Rooting Around....


Ran into this little hog while out Geocaching with Nick just last week.
Didn't particularly want us around with a piglet nearby, and it made that very clear. :)
All in all, we survived and didn't even end up with any nice ham or bacon.

So, I guess the hog is still happy too.... :P
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Nothing Constant but Change...


All things change. All things come to an end and all things can bring us closer to sadness or happiness.
That is the problem with being able to feel, being trapped by your emotions. We all believe that one day, somehow, someway we will be happier. We need to develop the peace in our walk that puts us at peace regardless of our external events that transpire in our lives. I recall reading that success was as dangerous as failure --- I believe that it is entirely true. If we rely on anything inside of our own lives to bring us happiness, to fulfill our purpose, to make us believe that the world is perfect, then we are not believing in our faith nor in our walk.

We all enjoy labelling and marking every event in our lives with an emotion, with a feeling, with a powerful meaningful word. Sometimes, it is truly best to have no labels, no fear, no emotion...just trust and peace.

The tree does not cry when its leaves fall, nor would the river grow in joy when its banks rise with the rains, it is simply life and death, growth and decay, abundance & poverty, it cannot change...and we cannot affect the natural tides of change...the natural ups and downs of life.

Let it go, and just live.

Today, I trade in my car for something else...a change, a chance to just live life. I am guilty of building inanimate relationships with objects, a childhood sense of imaginary friendship & anthropomorphism. I have learned a lot about myself in the last 35 years, and I know the greatest freedom is simply living without regrets, living without fear, living with peace --- in spite of the reality nor the pressures of the moment.

I only regret not learning this earlier in my life, not realizing the pure pleasures of the present.

Some more carefully chosen words:

Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.

What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
your position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.

What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don't see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?

See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.
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Saturday, April 4, 2009

King Nick


Nick - 4/4/09 (Click on pic for large photo)

Nick wanted to be part of my blog story. Here is Nick today lifting a 20' pine branch over his head.
He had to struggle with this one and he is quite proud of his amazing strength. ;)

(simple joys!)


What a nice day. :)
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Checking in....


Sugar Snap Beans - 2 weeks old

Well, 11 of my 12 Sugar Snap pea seeds germinated - 91.666% :)
These little guys are about 2 weeks old today and are ready to be transplanted to my bamboo trellis.

Picked up my son this weekend...Here is a recent pic of Katey (13) and Nick (6)

Katey & Nick - 2009

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