HOW PLANTS ARE BETTER AT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING THAN HUMANS

 

Oh shucks!  I just got home and just realized that I overbooked myself today that I missed a talk by Dr. Steven Frankel:  How Plants Are Better at Just About Everything than Humans.  

He says that, “Humans think we are better than plants, mostly because we know that plants cannot move about. However, the lack of movement has caused plants to compensate by becoming really good at just about everything.”

The talk looked at how plants are better at all sorts of things including extreme living, working with others, changing the planet and even enslaving the human race to their will.  

If you know anything about this, please do share.  Thanks!

 

KINDNESS IS THE COOLEST

 

 

WARM PRODUCTS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ALWAYS RIDICULOUSLY COLD

 

 

THE LAW OF THE RUBBISH BINS repost

 

“How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood?  Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive colleague ruin your day?

Of course, for an instant you will probably be set back on your heels.

However, the mark of a happy & successful person is how quickly one can get one's focus back to what is important.

I learned it in the back of a London black cab.  Here's what happened.

I hopped in a taxi at the Bank and we took off for Moorgate tube Station.  We had been driving about 200 yards when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.  My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!*

What happened next:  The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and instead of apologizing, started yelling bad words at us. 

Now, what took me by surprise was:  Instead of getting angry or annoyed, my taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.  He was actually friendly towards the other man.

I said, “Why did you just do that?  This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!”   And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, 'The Law of the Rubbish Bins.'*

Many people are like rubbish bins.  They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.  As their bin piles up, they need a place to dump it.  And if you let them, they will dump it straight on you.

When someone wants to dump on you, do not take it personally.  Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.

So this was it: The 'Law of the Rubbish Bins’.”

How often do we let 'Rubbish Bins' Run right over us?  How often do we Take their rubbish and Spread it to other people: at home, at work, on the streets?

Become aware of Rubbish Bins.  See the load they are carrying.  See them coming to drop it off.  

With the grace of God, I have learned just to smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.  Sometimes we don’t have that much time.  All we have time for is to react.  Try not to add to the Rubbish Bin.

We are LIGHT (Jyoti).  Not garbage.

 

VOYAGE CHICAGO 2018

 

 

LENT

 

Lent started on Wednesday, also known as Ash Wednesday.  It is 6 weeks of self-discipline (or repentance) before Easter Sunday (Christ’s Resurrection).  

During Lent, observants practice moderation, fasting, and self-denial.

I gave up chocolate once for Lent and it went on for 3 more years.  Imagine that!  No chocolate for 3 years!  Now, of course, my home is always stocked.  I sometimes even eat my oatmeal with chocolate chips, and LOTS of it.  It’s more like having oatmeal with my chocolate chips (vegan of course, since I’m dairy-free).  

Since then, I’ve done juice fast and such.  For other reasons than self-denial.

Now I’m not into dieting.  I Never diet.  But I do cherish those moments of self-discipline.  They Have changed my relationship with food.  I don’t reach for food to comfort me anymore.  I don’t much reach for anything but the Silence WithIn — whatever that might bring. 

I don’t much deny myself of suffering, for it doesn’t last.  Nothing lasts.  Life is made up of an abundance of everything.

 

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

 

Be kind to all!

 

 

NOT A LIFETIME

 

"Watch what you're thinking. You don't know who's listening“, a friend of mine was told.  

Apparently, the person who said it knew what he was thinking, and possibly knew that he should Not be thinking it.  

I believe that all the answers are WithIn.  If we take a moment to LISTEN.  Though it may take more than a moment.  It may sometimes take a Lifetime, but I hope not that long for you and me.  

Stop and Listen.  Slow down.  Do Nothing.  Breath deeply.  Eat slowly.  Listen intently.

I’m sure we can all hear what each other is thinking.

 

 

FAITH, HOPE, LOVE

 

“Three things will last forever — Faith, Hope, and Love — and the greatest of these is LOVE.” - 1 Corinthians 13:13.

I hope you had (or are having) a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  

And Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers…  It is also for Friends, who love each other.  It is also for Ourselves, to remind us to love ourselves. 

I don’t listen to music on popular radio much.  Though I have written many “love songs”, I do think they mislead us into thinking that love is only for lovers. 

Today, I listened to John Legend’s “All of Me” differently.  Replacing the thought of a lover to “God”:  

                You’re my end and my beginning

                Even when I lose, I’m winning

                Cause I give you all of me

                And you give me all of you

I was exalted.

 

CONNECTING HEAVEN AND EARTH