Bird Droppings January 2, 2012
It is so hard to type 2012
Sitting here coming to school in the dark alone thinking back after skipping a day of writing. I received a small book for Christmas about five years ago from my wife, “It isn’t easy being green” by Jim Henson Jr., the son of the great puppeteer. As I looked through this simple book of quotes and thoughts from Jim Henson and Kermit among others the overlying thought is one of positivism and optimism. How about starting the New Year, and what a better a way than on a positive and optimistic note.
“I believe that we form our own lives, that we create our own reality, and that everything works out for the best. I know I drive some people crazy with what seems to be ridiculous optimism, but it has always worked out for me.” Jim Henson, page 11, It isn’t easy being green
I started looking at this book again last night and of course immediately had several ideas for my daily Droppings along the way. My wife and I actually went to bed early New Year’s Eve as we have for several years but my granddaughter was visiting and keeping us company. So no party, no celebration for New Year’s Eve; it had been a long holiday and one of many memories. My wife and I both go back to work tomorrow and another sleepless night was not really a good idea. As I cleaned my emails I found several additional thoughts to build on today.
“Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity. We are dependent on each other in so many ways that we can no longer live in isolated communities and ignore what is happening outside those communities.” The Dalai Lama
So often we get absorbed in the now. I recall a few years back seeing a large church along the interstate outsideAtlantacalled The Church of the Now. We do indeed to pay attention to today yet we also need to take a peek at how we are impacting the future. Environmentalists try to help us focus on the future, some like Al Gore gave it a try and put a bit of fear in us to give us a realization of how we are impacting the earth. I find it amazing how so many try and push the future aside for profits today and the anti-greenhouse effect people do. Growing up in a house where industrial safety was discussed for over sixty year I find it amazing how so many want to do away with regulations. In industry millions of lives have been saved by regulations. Did it cost more to save a person’s life possibly so but to that person’s family what is the worth.
Why do children so easily understand life? When I am talking with little children they seem to know how we are hurting the earth and that we should do otherwise. Recently I read the president of Bolivia has passed a law equating nature to human status in order to protect the natural world of Bolivia from exploitation. I find indigenous peoples and children often have similar thought patterns in terms of nature.
Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don’t usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.” The Dalai Lama, “Imagine All The People”
I think it is empathy that children have and seem too loose as they get older and become educated. Children so often can sense feelings and emotions from others. As we age we seem to put that aside in lieu of learned responses and behaviors. I wonder if as adults we can attempt to be more empathetic. Perhaps fell a bit more with our hearts that with our intellect.
“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.” The Dalai Lama
So often in life it is our response and our attitude when we face adversity that determines the next step in our live. Can we learn from problems we encounter and then rise above that issue? It is a matter of cultivation as the Dalai Lama states. Can we cultivate a better attitude and understanding? I woke up this morning early and had the opportunity to see the sun rising. A beautiful orange and red horizon band across the sky greeted me.
“Indeed one’s faith in one’s plans and methods is truly tested when the horizon before one is the blackest.” Mahatma Gandhi, 1924
For several days we have had rain off and on but warm, and I should not complain since we desperately need the water in the ground and in our lakes and reservoirs. But this last front has brought cold which I do not like except for killing fire ants. It is Gandhi’s words of when the horizon is the blackest that our faith is tested. Many the times that I have looked out across the way with black clouds billowing and heaving as storms approach, and changed plans. It is seeing that blackness and believing in you that is the real test. A new year is ahead and there are so many challenges and so much work to complete, in our country and in the world. Maybe we can all make a resolve for the New Year to see a little different and hear a little better so the world can reach towards peace and harmony.
“General standards of human rights apply to the people of all countries because, regardless of their cultural background, all humans share an inherent yearning for freedom, equality and dignity. Democracy and respect for fundamental human rights are as important to Africans and Asians as they are to Europeans and Americans.” The Dalai Lama, “Harvard International Review,” 1995
Perhaps I have borrowed a bit much from the learned man who goes by the title of the Dalai Lama, the fourteenth Dalai Lama since 1391. He was chosen in 1935 and currently resides inIndiain exile. I have read several of his books and always find his words comforting and enlightening. So for this first day of 2008 please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your heart and always give thanks.