Sunday, December 5, 2021

Find the Light


Consider a window: it is just
a hole in the wall, but because of it
the whole room is filled with light.
Thus when the mind is open
and free of its own thoughts,
life unfolds effortlessly,
and the whole world is filled with light.  
    The Second Book of the Tao by Stephen Mitchell

The Great White Egret with its posture in the water provides a window of openness. Illusions surround the bird. Its reflection provides a quality beyond grasp. A mystery of light trails appear in its presence as water ripples away and back again.

Another fellow stands on the bank feathered in gray with a silly expression. Called a shoe bill, he wriggles and makes unbirdlike sounds bouncing on one leg, then the other.

Light penetrates and leads if we permit it.  Even those without wings will fly.

What light travels for you today?  

Discover ideas that lurk in unlikely connections.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time for Wonders and Play


There are not seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. 
- Walt Streightiff

A television advertisement stars comedian, Beck Bennett who sits at a table with several children. He chats with them and asks questions. They respond with fun and their youthful truths.

Innovators like Albert Einstein did not feel encumbered by convention. "A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way. That means it is not reached by conscious logical conclusions, " Einstein said.

Discoveries begin in curiosity and abound in playtime. As Einstein claimed, "Intuition is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience."

Spend more time grabbing unexpected ideas in wonder and play.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Rule with Imperfection

'The saxophone is an imperfect instrument, especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes. The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument that is outside of your body." - Stan Getz

As human beings, we often feel the goal of life involves the race for "perfection."  It sounds like such a great achievement when charging toward quality and excellence serves us better.  

Nature provides beauty as designs with angles, colors, and fragrances. Birds reveal their differences in feathers.

All sport their imperfections.

“I hog the covers, and my second toe is longer than my big one. My hair has its own zip code...You don't love someone because they're perfect. You love them in spite of the fact that they're not.” - Jodi Picoult

Accept your perfect imperfections. 

It takes a good heart to discover the wonder that's hidden within them.

"Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty.” - Amit Ray