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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Miscellaneous thoughts

The 7/6/2013 Quote of the day was Thor Heyerdahl's, "For every minute, the future is becoming the past."
I remember having that thought when I was very young. Even to think "Now!" takes a second that will never come back. When people finish something unpleasant and say, "Well, there's an hour of my life I'll never get back!" I know exactly what they mean.

I have a book on my shelf called, "Living Through Breast Cancer." Every single time I catch it out of the corner of my eye, I think "Better Living Through Breast Cancer," and smile to myself at the silliness of the thought.

For me, lying on the grass with my dog is like yoga. I feel my spine click around, feel my shoulder and neck muscles relax... I become aware that my skin is an organ of my body, and I pay attention to its messages. All that is among the reasons I like warm weather. It isn't as much fun lying on crusty snow with an icy wind blowing over me. I have tried it and I know.

I read the other day that everybody in Europe is genetically related to every other European, as close as cousins. I can't now find the article but it didn't surprise me. It's about the same as the village I work for: if you start counting through people you know, you'll shortly come to a relative of the person you're speaking to. Europe's the same way, just bigger. It's a "six degrees from Kevin Bacon" thing. We are all related. Depending on one's feeling for Family, that's either good or bad.

Perfectionists learn to take time to do a thing properly. I always used to think I was a perfectionist because I was always frustrated with my mistakes. I have, however, always hurried through chores because I wanted to get to the "sitting and reading" part of my life. Morning job and observing Morning Boss have begun to teach me that it's all right to take a little more time to make sure I'm on the right course.  Removes a lot of the tension from any task.

I wish I liked myself better. I have accused so many people of thinking I'm not good enough, when, really, it is I who has no use for myself. (Should that be "I who have no use...?") 

The really good thing about mowing the lawn on the tractor is that I'm creating my own breeze while I'm accomplishing something that needs to be done.


Carolynn Anctil said...

Every animal companion I've had the honour of sharing my time with has been a teacher of how best to live in the moment and in a state of contentment and has led by example.

We are all far too critical of ourselves.

Olga said...

I like the thought of you spread out on the grass with your dog. Relaxing.

John M said...

I like the quote about the future becoming the past. Enjoyed your post.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Oh June, what a lovely post and no, there is nothing on earth to compare with laying on the grass with one's dog/s. Nothing.

Hildred said...

I think that before we can begin to love others (agape) we must first learn to love ourselves, and our humanness, which also includes our imperfections. Our dear animal friends teach us to accept ourselves and relax and enjoy life.

Linda Myers said...

I watch my cat sleep for hours, completely relaxed. In the daytime, too!

Barb said...

Your random thoughts are so interesting - I can see you both on the grass and on the tractor, enjoying your day. Perhaps I'm related to you! (Are you still walking?)