Simplicity, Patience, Compassion

I have just three things to teach:

simplicity, patience, compassion.

These three are your greatest treasure. — Lao Tzu

Simplicity, patience and compassion are the greatest things we can possess. We may spend years of struggle seeking after them only to discover there were right there waiting for us all along.

Opportunities to Decide

“All of life exists as a tool of your own creation, and all of its events merely present themselves as opportunities for you to decide and be, who you are.” — Neale Donald Walsh

This is powerful. Sit and ponder it for a minute. All of life — all of it, is a tool — for us to use, and all events are opportunities to help us decide and be, who we are. If you put this into use how would it change your life?

My Favorite Season

 “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” – Lauren DeStefano

My favorite thing about Fall here at the lake is that things start to slow down and get quiet. The traffic through the community slows down, there aren’t as many people here. There are fewer building project going on. Life in general slows down and calms down. It’s a time to start focus more on being than doing.

What is your favorite thing about Fall? Share your thoughts and let’s talk!

The Ones who Do

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” — Steve Jobs

It really annoys me when someone tells me there is nothing I can do to change the way our world is. Why? Because the only way to change the world is to not give in to despair and the idea that there is nothing to be done. If we give up on the dream of creating a world that works for all we become the problem.

So, what do we do? We keep living, loving, dreaming and believing. It all starts with one person brave enough to love their neighbor, dream a new dream, hope, share a new idea, and see a new way of doing things.

Be crazy enough to think you can change the world. You just might.

It’s Okay to Just be Happy

“It’s okay to be happy with yourself for all that you are and aren’t. It’s okay to accept that life will not always be a “win-win”. Its okay to fall and pick yourself back up. It’s okay to be different and not be accepted by the crowd. Its okay to be on that journey of little beginnings. Your happiness should never be overburdened or compromised by none of your life choices. It’s okay to just be happy”
― Chinonye J. Chidolue

We hear a lot that it is okay to not be okay. And of course that is true. No one should have to pretend to be doing okay if they really aren’t and there is no shame in asking for help when needed.

But it is also okay to be happy. In times of darkness and struggle we all need those little sparks of joy to keep us going. Happiness is contagious. Be a carrier.

Walking into Autumn

Fall at Chalco #8 Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Fall at Chalco #8
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

We celebrated the Autumnal Equinox earlier this week. I am reposting an oldie but goodie originally posted in 2013 but just a relevant as ever.

With the Autumnal Equinox the journey toward winter began.  For many this is a time of planning and preparation, making sure homes and vehicles are ready for the impending cold.  Squirrels are busily burying nuts so they will have food for winter.  Our daily lives begin to change as we dig out the winter clothes and soup recipes.  This flurry of activity is in preparation to settle in and hunker down as the weather gets colder and colder.

As the earth prepares to slow down, this is our chance to slow down as well.  With the cooler weather we can now begin cooking meals requiring lengthy times in the oven.  The smell of fresh baked bread may begin to fill the kitchen.  We are more inclined to settle in with a good book and a piping hot beverage.

This year especially, I hope we will heed the lessons of Autumn. Mother Earth has much to teach us if we will only slow down and take the time to listen.

Blessings to you during this beautiful season.

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