Thank you Sue “Dreamwalker,” for this awesome award.
The rules for this Award are
1-Select the blog(s) you think deserve the Blog Of The Year 2013 Award.
2-Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen- there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required- and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.
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So There are a few Blogs I enjoy which I think deserve award which are the following. I have picked out 5 for Blog of the Year Award….. But I could have picked out many more… If time would Allow I would mention you all as I love each and every blog I visit…
Darren Poke’s blog, “Better life coaching blog.” is filled with stories to inspire and teach us how to live a better life.
willowdot … is creative and poetic.
CatForley... an artist, musician and diva who shares her ‘stardom’ world with us.
Wordsfallfrommyeyes … is probably what a true blog is, a post with personal thoughts as life.
2013 was a year filled with events in our home and I always try and find zen in each aspect of it. I could mention a lot more blogs and probably should but if you blog at all, your putting your heart out there for others to read, keep it up. Looking forward to a wonderful 2014 to read each and every one of you. (~_~)
Sometimes in life we make make wrong choices for the right reasons & sometimes right choices for the wrong reasons. Either way the choices we make will define how our lives play out because we are in charge of our own destiny …
reblogged from Darren Poke’s “Better Life Coaching blog“
One day, on the plains of Africa, a young buffalo named Walter approached his dad and asked him if there was anything that he should be afraid of.
“Only lions my son,” his dad responded.
“Oh yes, I’ve heard about lions. If I ever see one, I’ll turn and run as fast as I can,” said Walter.
“No, that’s the worst thing you can do,” said the large male.
“Why? They are scary and will try to kill me.”
The dad smiled and explained, “Walter, if you run away, the lions will chase you and catch you. And when they do, they will jump on your unprotected back and bring you down.”
“So what should I do?” asked Walter.
“If you ever see a lion, stand your ground to show him that you’re not afraid. If he doesn’t move away, show him your sharp horns and stomp the ground with your hooves. If that doesn’t work, move slowly towards him. If that doesn’t work, charge him and hit him with everything you’ve got!”
“That’s crazy, I’ll be too scared to do that. What if he attacks me back?” said the startled young buffalo.
“Look around, Walter. What do you see?”
Walter looked around at the rest of his herd. There were about 200 massive beasts all armed with sharp horns and huge shoulders.
“If ever you’re afraid, know that we are here. If you panic and run from your fears, we can’t save you, but if you charge towards them, we’ll be right behind you.”
The young buffalo breathed deeply and nodded.
“Thanks dad, I think I understand.”
We all have lions in our worlds.
There are aspects of life that scare us and make us want to run, but if we do, they will chase us down and take over our lives. Our thoughts will become dominated by the things that we are afraid of and our actions will become timid and cautious, not allowing us to reach our full potential.
James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
So face your fears.
Show them that you’re not afraid.
Show them how powerful you really are.
And run towards them with courage and boldness, knowing that we are supporting you and cheering you on.
What fears do you need to face at the moment?
growing up, my step-father “George” always said “hit’em head on, charge’em like a bull.” Most of the time he meant hit your problems head on and don’t wait or run from them. This was a valuble lesson that I carry in life and am grateful for the lesson and the man who taught such things to me. I have been busier than a beaver in a flood, but I plan on 2014 being another year to fill this blog with zen. (~_~)
ambition without knowledge is like a ship on the desert
In a small village there lived a lazy Brahmin Ramdas. He would do nothing but daydream whole day. Whenever he was hungry, he would out, beg for food, come back and laze.
One sunny afternoon, Ramdas was very hungry. With great difficulty, he got up and stretched his arms. Stepping out of his hut, he exclaimed, “What a beautiful day. How I wish I could go back to sleep. But then, I will have to go out and get my food.”
After bathing, Ramdas took out a bowl and out to beg.
“Knock! Knock! Is anybody at home?”
“Who is there?”
“Give me something to eat, good lady of the house and God will fulfill all your dreams!”
By begging the whole day he managed to get a pot full of milk. He hung this pot on the ceiling above, lay down on his bed and started day dreaming again.
“It is this pot of milk that is going to make me rich,” he thought. “I will churn the curds and make butter. From the butter, I will be able to make ghee. I really am clever!”
“I will then go to the market and sell the ghee ” his dream continued. “With the money I get, I will buy a pair of goats. They will have kids after six months. Soon I would have an entire herd of goats.”
“Then I will continue my business. I will barter the goats for cattle. I will buy some more cows and own a farmhouse. I will start a dairy farm. Once I earn a handsome amount I will employ people in my farm. I can also open a sweet shop in the middle of the village. I will make sweets out of the cow’s milk.” The Brahmin kept smiling to himself.
“How smart I am,” he thought. “The day I become a rich businessman I will build a big house right in the middle of the village. There will be a splendid garden and a swimming pool in front of the house. Early morning I will bathe in the blue waters of the pool. Seeing such a lavish lifestyle, the village headman will come to my house and plead for my hand for his beautiful daughter.” “After I get married,” Ramdas continued dreaming. “I’ll make her work throughout the day.
If she fights with me, I will jump up and give her a kick!”
Engrossed in his thoughts, he struck out with his foot, breaking the pot, and drenched himself with the milk.
He saw the broken pot and cried. He lost whatever he had because of his laziness and day dreaming.
My Aunt had posted this on facebook and it really hit home right now, with all that has been going on. It reminded me of the story about the man who watched an ant carry a feather across a driveway. When the ant reached the center where two slabs of concrete meet it had to stop. For the gap between the two slabs was like a canyon to this tiny creature but after several trials and errors, it finally laid the feather down across the gap and walked across on the feather and then once on the other side, it picked the feather up and carried on.
My wife told ne about a bright green spider that was out by the power pole. So, I went to look at what she called a green with orange spot. When I saw the spider, it was having difficulties with its web. Dangling from a strand and trying to pull it back together. I felt as though I understood this, for sometimes the web we weave in life comes undone and we frantically focus on nothing more than putting it back together the way we want it, rather than except the “what is.”
acceptance is the key to tranquility
Once upon a time a fox was roaming in a forest in search of food. Unfortunately he was caught up in a trap. He tried his best to get free. Heaving to get out of the trap, he was able to do so but lost his tail in the struggle. The fox felt very small. He knew that every fox would laugh at him. He was so sad that he thought of killing himself. But then he said to himself, “It is cowardice to kill oneself. I should do something else.”
At last the fox planned to persuade all the foxes to part with their tails. It was sure to divert their attention from his tail less appearance. So, the fox called a meeting of the foxes and advised them to do away with their tails. He said, “They are ugly, heavy and tiresome. We must get rid of them.”
But one clever fox said, “Good,sir ! you wouldn’t be so keen to give us that advice, if you were not tail less. Isn’t it ?”
Hypocrisy seldom works.
Honor, is a way of life
When we were in turnout yesterday (our meeting before starting our work day), our lieutenant touched on being professional while working in the prison and stated the quote above ; “When you argue with an idiot, they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” (I LIKED THAT!)
I was watching the discovery channel the other day and watched, “Doomsday prophets.” It was a group of men discussing the fate of mankind. This one man (sorry that I didn’t take notes and could tell you his name,) but he stated that with our current economical state (spending nearly 20 million dollars an hour for the United States to remain as we know it) that it can not go on for very much longer without a collapse of our economy, or reform.
The problem is ours as americans and we know the problem is there but because we do not know what to do about it, we ignore it. He gave a reference in a little short story:
There was a damn and it was going to burst at any moment. Three miles down river, a village was frantic and trying to decide what they should do. Two miles down river a village was some what worried about the problem and one mile down river, a village was acting as if there was not a problem.
When we can’t figure out how to fix a problem we put it in the back of our minds and go on. Till… like now, our government is in a state and trying desperately to figure out a solution.
a rolling stone gathers no moss
There was once a group of learned Buddhist monks who spent all their time in scholastic
debate. As part of their banter they would often wonder, half-joking, half-seriously, which
one of them would attain enlightenment first. Whenever this topic came up, the only thing
they could all agree on was that it would not be Stupid, the illiterate monk who was capable
only of sweeping the monastery floor and whom nobody has any time for.
Of course, it was Stupid who got enlightened first. The jealous monks went to the Abbot. How come Stupid had attained enlightenment first? Had he been overhearing their intellectual conversations?
“Not at all,” replied the Abbot. “It’s just that while he was sweeping the corners of the
monastery he made sure he was also sweeping the corners of his mind.”
Life is like, watching trees grow
you can never see yourself rise
dancing in the wind at the moment
results bloom when years die
I had been playing with the thought, “Watching trees grow” after I was sitting in contemplation on the river, doing nothing at all. When I realized, I am doing something, even if it is just sitting, or watching trees grow.
a Grasshopper goes
to leap from where it stands
there is no guarantee
where it will be
when it finally lands
it knows not
that death exists
yet jumps to be safe
and rides the wind
to destiny’s whim
in a leap of faith
(I have been very busy lately, but as you see, I never stop seeking zen in life)
a tree limb lay
like thoughts fallen yesterday
have a zen filled day