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Be kind

New tunes are in rotation on my inner guidance channel the last couple of days.

You have nothing to worry about. Be kind.

After eight years with the company, my manager finally had all she could take from Bob and others, as well as recent policy changes, and yesterday was her last day.

With more responsibility on my shoulders, I’m feeling frustrated with one or two people seemingly giving less than their best effort, with finding urgent tasks left undone that could easily have been completed, with blow-back from the narcissist on our team, and with my own set of well-nigh impossible tasks.

Predict the future with only extremely limited and inaccurate information available? Of course … why not? I’m on it, your estimates are coming right up.

Be kind.

I know that we all have different abilities, that patience, gentle coaxing, well-thought-out strategies, not to mention well-targeted prayers, will bring out everyone’s best. The tortoise and the hare have different gifts, both no doubt essential.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. –Jesus, as quoted in Matthew 10:16 (King James)

Breathe. Take time out for a cup of tea. Tune in to a helpful mantra. Ask for the help I need. Be grateful for all that’s right in my world. Be willing to be in non-judgment of others. Smile like the sun. These are my baby steps on the path to Zen.

What I know for sure

Today I thought I’d take a page from Oprah’s book (based on Gene Siskel’s original question), and write what I know … for sure.

  1. God is Love.
  2. Central heat in November is a beautiful thing.
  3. Old things have soul.
  4. No such thing as “loyal to a fault.”
  5. It’s not necessary to believe in God; God believes in you.
  6. But a world with a God you can believe in is a much, much nicer place to be.
  7. Kindness cannot be overrated.
  8. Intelligence can be.
  9. Following the crowd definitely is.
  10. Beauty is everywhere. Appreciating it is one of the best things in life.
  11. The hard things in life, the things that require effort most people aren’t up for, are among the best things I’ve done.
  12. Yield to overcome.
  13. Negativity sucks.
  14. Smile. It’s a good thing.
  15. Laugh. It’s even better.
  16. You never know what’s going on with other people. When people are having the worst days of their lives, no neon sign lights up. Imagine what could be going on, and give people a break–it’s free.
  17. Expect respect and you’ll get it.
  18. It takes all kinds. One kind would be not just boring, but dangerous.
  19. Wear sunscreen. The fairest of them all wrinkle first.
  20. Help is always available for the asking.

What do you know for sure?

After the rain

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. –William Morris

Finally, after the drought, the rains came–and today it is cool. I have the window in my bedroom open for the first time in many months, since the springtime. It feels like a miracle, the cool air as I walk outside–and of course it is. I appreciate my air conditioner, but how lovely it is to experience air cooled by Mother Nature.

The plants are content. They know the difference between the water I give them, and the rain. They can survive on city water, but lately some of them have been looking peaked. There’s nothing like the real thing, the gift from the heavens. They turn their faces upward, stretch toward the sun, and smile their leafy little smiles. I smile back.

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