Leslie said, “this is how it’s done.”
No Mom! Said Jake, THIS is how it’s done!”
Now wait, says Grandma, this is how it’s REALLY done!”
(Videography by Joscelyn Studios)
Did anyone see 60 Minutes last night? There was this great article regarding our smart phones and an interview with a millenial about programming our brains, needing assurance that there are people out there paying attention to us.
Here is the link. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/brain-hacking-tech-insiders-60-minutes/
I’ll say no more, let the article speak for itself! Let me wake up from my sleep, like Rip Van Winkle, and understand our world. Now I know why the pings from my followers are so important to me. And to you.
One wouldn’t think that the simple act of changing out a drawer could change one’s world. But it is one step closer to the freedom of love and belonging.
Our utensils have “lived” in a pellmell world. A large drawer with two molded plastic trays and no room for any one thing in each, ruling this little kingdom called Drawer in almost complete anarchy. Until yesterday. We took the drawer out and cleaned it out. Completely. The goal, to get rid of those things that weigh us down. Plastic spoons from early childhood days, grapefruit knives that no longer even look like grapefruit knives, blades that fall out of old wooden handles. Butter knives. Many many butter knives. Last count was eight and I kept two out (just in case), there could be more hidden in these kitchen drawers.
And, what did we do with the remains of the kingdom of Drawer? We gave them a new look. An old utensil mold that had no more use, except that it was enormous, went into Drawer.
I entered the Kingdom of Drawer this morning in search of a spoon for my coffee, and the peace I found inside of this little drawer kingdom was of such comfort, I felt the need to spread this good news. Everything was right. Everything was neat and tidy, and all knew their place. They are happy.
Life is about being happy, even if it is only one drawer at a time. Keep your pace, find your peace, even if it is only one drawer at a time. The rest will come.
Skipping through social media, as best as I could this morning, waiting for the ads to load so I could scroll, I stumbled across the word “emoji,” and have thought about it some. As I scroll, I hit these little icons of like, love, thankful, wow. I rarely do any of the others, I just keep scrolling. Sometimes I remember to delete the ads I’ve seen way too much, for fear of saying something spiteful, we shouldn’t dwell in a negative world.
Then my break comes. Gracie, the black lab. She gets up in the morning, and while I am hovering over the laptop and a cuppa joe, she wants her hugs. “You are the best puppy ever!” I state, and she shudders and chatters her teeth, her happy sign. I wish I had an emoji for that. Wait. No I don’t. She is alive and affectionate. We step outside, where her “babies” wait for her (a stuffed bone, and a stuffed skunk, she takes her pick). The morning birds announce the morning, despite the dark rain clouds that keep the sun from shining.
And the birds, we keep the bird feeders full, despite instruction that they need to now find food on their own. We are enjoying them way too much. We even saw Baltimore orioles the other day!
We found her crying in the box of sawdust. The stray kitten that wandered from mama’s nest, somewhere in that haymow. She cried and cried. Barn kittens, we leave them for mama to find. (She did find her!)
All signs of life, a full life, and in the circle of life. Life in signs: the apple blossoms, the dogwood trees, the daffodils and tulips as they awaken, and now, the lilacs. (As soon as the sweet honeysuckle blooms, I am reminded that heaven exists.)
Stop and listen. Just for a moment. The world goes on. It’s a better place.
It’s been a quiet winter, writing, that is. My life has been full of family, paint, and work. Those things are not bad, they are things that keep me busy, keep me from thinking deep within. Which is fine, we all need a break from ourselves, don’t we?
Those that do follow me, you’ve seen us painting. The painting continues because we are interrupted by life happening! My goal is the end of this month! Then little things can be accomplished, but the massive undertaking will be done and I can live my life again, in rooms that need to be experienced by me. I see the sun shining in my large living room, and it needs me to enjoy it! (weekend project–the dining room!)
I spent an exciting evening watching my son, the principal, do a “shoot out” with the competitor school principal between basketball games (yes, it was basketballs!).
Oh what fun! My family brings me great joy.
I babysat last weekend and the little ones were so absolutely adorable! Little Miss thought she would really “be really bored” while the old folks watched 1963 (I believe) “Great Race” with Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood. Surprise! She couldn’t wait to see what Professor Fate would do next! And, one of the highlights of our weekend was the trip to McDonald’s. It is, after all, “our kind of place.”
Little Boy loves his boots from Grandma and Ross
So, as you can see, it’s been a very busy winter. It’s March 11th, and for the second weekend in a row, we are experiencing the brutal temperatures of winter! I sure do look forward to spring. I hope my British Soldiers can hang in there!
I have been showing a series of the Tsz Shan Monastery – the environs, the big Guanyin statue, the water lilies, the places of meditation etc. I will continue to show some of the architecture of the temples which are of timber construction. The architecture is based on the style of the Tang Dynasty. The […]
I read this this morning and was inspired by it. I have noticed that, while I still do my “computer studies,” I have turned it to MUTE,so I can hear the birds. Multi-tasking, something that Zen monks do not do. (oh well…more to work on…)
Enjoy the reading.