Thinking Out Loud ~ Take Time to Reflect on What is Important

Today’s Thinking Out Loud reflection is on Aesop’s Fable, The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs.

The Fable

A Man and his Wife had the good fortune to possess a Goose which laid a Golden Egg every day. Lucky though they were, they soon began to think they were not getting rich fast enough, and, imagining the bird must be made of gold inside, they decided to kill it in order to secure the whole store of precious metal at once. But when they cut it open they found it was just like any other goose. Thus, they neither got rich all at once, as they had hoped, nor enjoyed any longer the daily addition to their wealth.

Note: It’s easy to get caught in the trap of wanting more and not being satisfied with what we have. It’s all around us; it may be happening to us and we don’t even know it. We may be sacrificing our relationships it to get more and give up the time we once enjoyed with the people we love. We may acquire what we are chasing and lose everything we have. Take time to reflect on what is important. It will make all the difference in your life.

Poem for Today ~

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.

Feel Good Tip ~ Enjoying the Morning Air

The early mornings are dark in south Texas. I stepped outside this morning at 5:30. It was dark and the night sky was hanging around. I saw Venus and Orion. The air was refreshing. I was there alone. My neighbor’s homes were all dark. My only company was a deer a bit down the street nibbling on a neighbor’s plants. I took a deep breath of the fresh air and new that I was ,  going to have a great day.

Thinking Out Loud ~ Learning to Adjust and Adapt

Today’s Thinking Out Loud reflection on Richard Bach’s, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Jonathon Livingston Seagull finds himself ostracized and banned from the flock. He doesn’t sulk, he decides to keep following his dream.

What he had once hoped for the flock, he now gained for himself alone; he learned to fly, and was not sorry for the price that he had paid. Jonathan Livingston seagull discovered that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gulls’ life is so short, and with those gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life indeed.

Note: Paying more attention to other people than to ourselves and trying to control their lives instead of worrying about our own life creates a great angst both for the other person and for ourselves. Instead of criticizing those who are different from us why not encourage them? Why not look at our own lives and discern what it is that we are meant to do and be. I think what we are meant to do and be is something that is always evolving. What we were meant to be at one stage in our life will not be the same at another stage of our lives. Wise people understand this and adjust and adapt and continue to learn and grow. And those who don’t, like the gulls in the story, discover that their lives are filled with boredom and fear and anger.

Thinking Out Loud ~ Listen to Your Intuition

Today’s Thinking Out Loud reflection on Richard Bach’s, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

Jonathon Livingston Seagull has an intuitive insight and follows it.

The moon and the lights twinkling in the water throwing a little beacon trails through the night, and all so peaceful and still. . . .

Get down! Seagulls never fly in the dark! If you were meant to fly in the dark you’d have the eyes of an owl! You’d have charts for brains! You’d have a falcon’s short wings!

 There in the night, a hundred feet in the air, Jonathan Livingston seagull blinked. His pain, his resolutions, vanished.

 Short wings. A Falcon’s short wings. That’s the answer. What a fool I’ve been. All I need is tiny little wings. All I need is to fold most of my wings and fly just on the tips alone! Short wings!

Note: Listen to your intuition. It’s working for you 24/7. Your intuition sees what your mind refuses to see. Your intuition is not filtered by biases and other people’s opinions. Your intuition knows how your heart thinks and it is connected in a very deep way to your destiny. Silence helps us to hear what our intuition is telling us. It may come when you are walking, riding, or taking a shower. Our intuition has a habit of showing up when we least expect it. But when it does listen.

Poem for Today ~ Pirate Story

Pirate Story

Robert Louis Stevenson

Three of us afloat in the meadow by the swing,   
  Three of us aboard in the basket on the lea.   
Winds are in the air, they are blowing in the spring,   
  And waves are on the meadow like the waves there are at sea.   
Where shall we adventure, to-day that we’re afloat,
  Wary of the weather and steering by a star?   
Shall it be to Africa, a-steering of the boat,   
  To Providence, or Babylon, or off to Malabar?   
Hi! but here’s a squadron a-rowing on the sea—   
  Cattle on the meadow a-charging with a roar!
Quick, and we’ll escape them, they’re as mad as they can be,   
  The wicket is the harbour and the garden is the shore.

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