Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Being grateful

The view from where I sit to read at the end of the afternoon, in my garden - if I look up, of course.

My 'Insight from the Dalai Lama' calendar today was as follows:

"Consider that in order for you to become enlightened, the practice of patience is essential. See that in order to practice patience, you need an enemy. Understand that in this way enemies are very valuable for the opportunities they provide. Decide that instead of getting angry at those who block your wishes, you will inwardly respond with gratitude."

And of course enemies are not always people, sometimes they are attitudes, circumstances, or even just incidents - like the blocked drain I discovered today - tomorrow I'll get it sorted.

Kahlil Gibran wrote, "Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking."

But I do think that being thoughtful - as opposed to thinking - can help when the problems in life crop up - even those a little more serious than a blocked drain. I am not just musing on the concept of being thoughtful towards others, or mindful of them and their needs, though that is important, of course. I am considering the need to just be faithful - full of faith.

As my wise older bother says. "Either what you are worrying about won't happen (in which case you have wasted energy worrying about it), or it will, and you will find a way to deal with it." To which I might add, or someone to help you.

Grateful to the drain? Well no, but as much as I wish for a peaceful life, with no problems, it's more important to be tested from time to time, so you don't get too err lax.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

on the window sill

These are the jugs on my kitchen window sill - all charity shop finds. There is also teapot from my student days! Amazing this has survived given my legendary clumsiness. Can't remember where I got it originally but it has travelled quite a bit since 1975.

Outside the window is the rain butt! Well used this summer ...

It's been a quiet, rainy day but I'm feeling fairly peaceful - which is nice :-)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

An Unexpected Trip

Had the chance to go to Paris and Orleans a bit out of the blue this weekend (Friday eve arrived midnight! and back Sunday eve so less than 48 hours, 8 trains, 3 Metro trips, 1 tram and a few taxis!). Smashing time and coffee ice cream twice (why can't you get this easily in the UK?). Also lucky enough to watch GB vs France basketball - great match. However, my limited French was shown up at dinner with 6 very nice people who tried hard to include me.

A few snaps of course follow!

typical French door in St Germain area

at the risk of sounding like The Man from Uncle - somewhere in Paris

at Gare Austerlitz - I love these old stations; the ticket hall wasmazing (sorry I didn't get a photo) and I had a conversation all in French here about the trains being full or not (I think)

Orleans Cathedral in the sunshine after an amazing electric storm the night before

the medieval part of Orleans is wonderful