Wednesday, July 27, 2011

nuggets of wisdom

It's been a bit since my last post. Life has been busy but in that good, succulent way. I have been working outside everyday at camp which has been fantastic-tiny humans running around with big smiles, playing in the dirt, taking hikes, and eating lunches in the sun. I have also been getting to yoga almost everyday and coming home blissed out on good "om-ness." One night during class after flowing through shoulderstand and fish, I came up into the full expression of wheel pose for the first time without pain or fear and thought to myself, "This is some good shit." :) I have been in the garden, reading great books, journaling a lot, and just taking it easy. Can't complain on the Seattle homefront.

I was thinking about what to post and lately, I have been getting some good nuggets of wisdom in my inbox through various e-mail subscriptions. Wisdom is no good unless shared so I thought I would copy and paste these juicy little words into a post for you to enjoy!

From an anusara yoga newsletter:
A story...
 "An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.  At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.  For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream, "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."  The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.  For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."  Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!                                           ~Anonymous 

From a forwarded e-mail from a family member, some good advice:

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.  

2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.  

3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.  

4. When you say, 'I love you,' mean it.  

5. When you say, 'I'm sorry,' look the person in the eye.  

6. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.  

7. Believe in love at first sight.  

8. Never laugh at anyone's dream. People who don't have dreams don't have much.  

9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.  

10. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling..  

11. Don't judge people by their relatives.  

12. Talk slowly but think quickly.  

13. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, 'Why do you want to know?'  

14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.  

15. Say 'bless you' when you hear someone sneeze.  

16. When you lose, don't lose the lesson! 

17. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.  

18. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship..  

19. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.  

20. Smile when picking up the phone.. The caller will hear it in your voice.  

21. Spend some time alone. 

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