ADVICE TO MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN Notice the way stars seem to rustle when you see them from a field. Find the place where sunsets disappear, and visit it when you're sad. Listen to the breezes when they organize themselves and sing together. And keep your eyes on other faces. Notice the kindness that often blossoms in these faces like crowds of flowers. Be like water, just waiting and watching and choosing patience over chancy things like tenaciousness, and work with thoroughness and silkiness like water does, doing the singing and dancing of the universe with serenity and acquiescence. See mist as something special, and downpours too, and suffering also, because it causes understanding and flows beside us forever and ever.
WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Saturday, June 25, 2022
In these days of my retirement, I still have a somewhat busy life, and do a fair amount of ‘racing around’, but I guess I’m racing around more slowly and patiently — more willing, you might say, to good-naturedly participate in the race while letting the race actually run itself. On a given day, I’m going here and there and back and forth, checking off my list of to-do’s and to-get’s, but now I’m running a gentler, more warmhearted race. You might say I’m slowly racing from task to task, and with more composure, perhaps the way sparrows seem to collect their seeds at the feeder with both quickness and calmness. I’ve noticed that the wind sometimes blows on our street in a similar way – rushing among the houses, but in a somehow stress-free manner, doing its to-do’s with both enthusiasm and restfulness. As a senior now, I’m seeing the benefits in that kind of racing around. With my white beard and bald head, I’m breaking new records for getting things done with a cozy and patient kind of speed.
WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Friday, March 11, 2022
Sometimes, it seems almost fanciful to believe that a power like patience can truly overcome any difficult circumstance and level out the roughest of roads – and that’s when I need some proof. Sometimes, I just sit quietly and try to ‘see’ patience and its powers, and soon it seems clear to me, once again, that it is not a physical, material entity – not a ‘thing’ I can measure and weigh. I can’t ‘study’ patience the way I might study a car engine, seeing how all its parts fit and work together. No, I soon realize that patience is as immeasurable as the wind, as boundless as the sky, and thus is able to easily show hospitality to, and work with, any situation that arises in life. It’s like a shoreless, bottomless ocean that heartily welcomes even enormous stones thrown into it. And it is always present for me – always waiting and willing to show me how to be an easygoing host to whatever arises, be it triumphs or fears, sorrows or wonders.
IN PATIENCE, S.C. In Patience, South Carolina, people show tolerance even for raving storms. Sometimes their self-restraint when facing problems seems similar to trees kindly caring for high winds by waving to them. People in this uncomplaining town are almost imperturbable, particularly when trouble blows through. Somehow, they effortlessly find a way to welcome the trouble as an affable consultant able to advise on a new trail to take. You can't believe the calmness that almost constantly comes over people in Patience, as if calmness is a gift that keeps on giving in this town, as if serenity always streams through them like light breezes in trees. Doggedness doesn't come any tougher than in Patience, where even death is endured with indefatigable kindness. If you visit Patience, perseverance and composure will walk around town with you.
WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Thursday, September 2, 2021
In terms of dollars, I don’t have money to burn, but in terms of real riches, I am a wealthy man. I am actually an heir – a beneficiary of assets that can never be exhausted. I have access, 24/7, to funds that can keep me continually healthy and happy. These funds are not dollars, not coins or cash or any kind of material currency. No, my wealth is the wealth that all of us share – the wealth of intangible – and therefore inexhaustible – qualities, like caring and calmness and quietness and patience. Like all of us, I have a bottomless ‘bank account’ of these qualities. I can withdraw them at any time, and amazingly, the account instantly refills with more than I withdrew. I get wealthier with kindness the more I spend it, and patience produces more patience the more I practice it!
IN WEALTH In Wealth, WA, USA, there's prosperity in every moment, even in sorrow, which makes mounds of wisdom for those who wait for it. Even confusion has riches to bestow when clarity comes back, and hard work always shows where treasures lie. In Wealth, the true valuables are kindness and caring, of which there are mountains in this little town's treasury, and patience always produces resources folks had never noticed before. This town has cash hidden in breezes and sunshine and shadows, there are stacks of securities called 'quietness' in every resident's portfolio, and every street is called 'Easy'. If you visit well-off Wealth, you're in for a surprise, for you'll discover how filthy-rich you, too, have always been!