“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
I realize I have a tendency to put too much water on the brush.
I’m learning and it’s fun. Posting just to hold myself accountable for daily practice.
Isn’t she gorgeous?
Judi Dench has worked for over 60 years and tattooed “Carpe Diem” on her inner wrist when she was 81.
You can read the interview here.
A Walk in the Desert
I love how the branches are just resting on the rocks.
Daughter of mine,
please cease to dine –
you must watch your diet
and be very quiet
For to be plump is no longer considered fair
economics dictates wealth=beauty=thinner than air
I’ll admonish you at the refrigerator
for I am your fat extinguisher
I dream of food
but have not chewed
anything for hours
this, the secret to my powers
Listen to me, my lean baby
can’t you see, I’m happy
follow my suit and you will be
as happy and as thin as me
Every time I come home and walk through my door, my pitbull-mix dog Opal runs to greet me. She has done this every time I’ve walked in the door since I adopted her on February 16, 2013. Every. single. time. She loves me, this is true, but she also does not tire of routine or sameness. She doesn’t get jaded or bummed out because she’s been missing me all day.
I walked into a bank today and the young man who greeted me was very enthusiastic about everything: greeting me, asking me if I needed help, guiding me to my appointment, and then going on to greet others. I later learned that he just started working at the bank. Do you remember being new at your job? I do. I loved everything about my day. Nothing could get me down. Everything excited me.
Buddhists have a saying: “Happiness is a choice, not a result.”
Sometimes our most important challenge is to keep life new and choose to not be jaded by things.
I started to lose my way when I learned that our school superintendent did something (it has not been revealed to the public) and will be fired and be paid out several hundreds of thousands of dollars. We just passed a tax hike for education. I’ve been pretty down about it, thinking that certainly, the next expenditure for education will not pass because of this. I got angry thinking about all those tax dollars going to this one woman and not to the thousands of students in our district. But I can’t worry about that. I need to choose to be happy because I have students in front of me now.
I am more productive when I’m happy than when I’m frustrated/disappointed/sad/angry.