Thursday, April 30, 2009

The world is a mountain

The world is a mountain
Whatever you say, good or bad,
it will echo it back to you.
Don't say I sang nicely
and mountain echoed an ugly voice...
That is not possible.

~ Rumi

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Life is a challenge, meet it!

Life is a dream, realize it!

Life is a game, play it!

Life is Love, enjoy it!

~Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Smell, an amazing sense. A brief sniff and the smell you breath in transports you back to a specific moment and feeling. To pause, take in the moment, be in that moment and appreciate the feeling that is generated. If only it could be bottled up so you can relive it at any moment.

Friday, April 17, 2009

New Eyes

I drive by the same place every day and have for 13 years - an industrial complex surrounded by oil tanks, broken down buildings and garbage. I have always thought of it as just an ugly dirty industrial park. I've never given it much thought other than the days that it has a distinct odor.

Today as I drove past the sun was just starting to rise and there was a beautiful pink and purple hue to the sky. As I looked off to the left I saw a completely different scene. The broken windows were reflecting these gorgeous colors, the lights were reflecting in the water and everything was glistening. It looked as magical as the NY skyline can look.

Sometimes we just need to look at things with new eyes to find the beauty,

Saturday, April 11, 2009

kindness from a stranger

The local market gives each person who purchases $25 a small item as a thank you - a melon, grape tomatoes, flowers. As the woman in front of me was finishing checking out the cashier told her that she could choose a bunch of tulips as her free item since she had spent more than $25. The woman looked at the tulips, looked at her cart filled with lillies she was purchasing and then looked at me with my one item. She spoke to the cashier and said she really didn't need them since she had already purchased flowers, could she give them to me. In a small 30 second exchange she was able to brighten my day and make me feel special. She didn't need to take the time to look around and offer to someone else. She could have done what so many others would have done and just simply said no thank you. Instead she embraced the moment and offered kindness and generosity to a perfect stranger.

As I left the store and continued on with other errands I kept going back to this simple act of kindness by a stranger. She was fully present in the moment and chose to give to someone else. How often are we wrapped up in the past or the future that we miss the present moment and an opportunity to shine out and brighten someone's elses day.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
~ Maya Angelou

Friday, April 10, 2009

Pause and appreciate each moment

As I pause and watch the sunrise, the sky turns amazing colors of purple and pink with hints of gold. I am awestruck by this beautiful natural creation. I step away for a moment and when I return the sky as turned to dismal gray. How quickly it changes.

It is so important to pause, be in the present and appreciate what is in front of you. It all can change so quickly.
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