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Three FiltersIs it True? Is it Kind? Is it Necessary?
Mark TwainThe two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.
Thich Nhat HanhWhen you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet, if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them,they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.
Abraham MaslowA musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.
Lao TzuTo a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders.
Category Archives: observation
I like to think of myself as a positive person. I actively avoid negativism whenever I possibly can. I try to look for the twist of any situation that will allow me to accept it without judgement. And yet I’ve … Continue reading
As a young boy growing up in a reasonably large family, I understood that there were some things that just happened, repeatedly. It wasn’t until later in life that I learned these repeated events were traditions. They were just … Continue reading
The Alaskan winter reminds me daily that life is all about shades of grey. It is a gradient world never reaching absolute white or absolute black. There are infinite variations capable of melting massive mountains into clouds and hiding all … Continue reading
Before my wife and I made a final decision to move to Alaska, we visited for 10 days last Christmas, to check out the lack of sunlight we had heard so much about. Actually, we came to be with … Continue reading
November has come and gone and with it, this year’s Nanowrimo. For the past month it’s been a mindful daily activity to sit down and put words on paper. For me this year, it was a successful activity in the … Continue reading
The holiday season is the perfect time to get hundreds of artists and craftsmen together to show their wares. For those of us who want to give a few special gifts that are not cookie cutter items from a some … Continue reading