When we know we don’t know we open ourselves to leaning from others and our experiences. It’s always better to be an empty vessel wanting to be filled than to be a vessel filled with itself.
I saw a short YouTube video where the famous musician, Quincy Jones, was sharing the best advice he ever heard. He quoted Mark Twain, “Anger is an acid that does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to the vessel to which it is poured.” Holding on to anger is like holding on to a stick of dynamite with a burning fuse. When we turn our minds from anger, we create a space for constructive thoughts. There is an inverse proportion between our sense of peace and and our sense of anger. As one goes up, the other goes down. I know which one I want to choose, how about you?
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“You have to be what you are. Whatever you are, you gotta be it”. ~ Johnny Cash
Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaveb
W. B. Yeats
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
We’re having a drought in south Texas. We’ve been placed on stage two water restrictions. It’s been this way before. It will pass and Texas style we’ll get ten inches of rain in a day. Everything comes and goes in life, there is a constant birthing and dying. It’s all part of life. Learning to roll with the ebb and flow of life is an important part of our learning. There’s lessons from all parts of this process if we’re willing to see them. Roll on.
Calm – Def: (1) peaceful, quiet, and without worry; (2) without hurried movement or noise.
I like to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park. When I visit I find my way to Bear Lake. Bear Lake is at 9449 (2880 m) feet of elevation. The lake’s surface is calm without so much as a ripple. One feels one could walk across the lake without getting wet. I like to sit on a bench and gaze at the calm surface. The lake reflects the images of the surrounding mountains. Sitting there gives me a sense of peace and calm. My thinking slows down, my heart rate drops. We all need a Bear Lake in our lives. We need to find that special spot that helps us to regain a sense of calm. I hope you have one where you can sit and close your eyes and go to your personal version of Bear Lake.
It’s summer in south Texas. The temperatures are stuck in the mid 90’s and flirting with going over 100 (32 – 38 C). It’s important to stay hydrated.
Remember to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Your body is made up of 80% water, and water is necessary for regular bowel function, optimal muscle performance, and immune and skin health. Not drinking enough water can cause dehydration, fatigue, headache, dry skin, and weakened immunity.
Joe: “Playing poker has really helped me get back on my feet.”
Pete: “Did you win big?”
Joe: “No, I lost my car.”