Friday, February 25, 2011

Open Your Heart

Hopefully, I will know something about my car this morning. I truly wish I was not so sensitive to unexpected or unpleasant situations.

I am thankful that the dealership brought me home and will pick me up when car is ready. A service like this usually available in big cities but in this smaller town it is truly welcome.


Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition, if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we like to dream about. The off-center, in-between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit. It's a very tender, non-aggressive, open-ended state of affairs...

Tricycle - Buddhist Review ----------- read this early morning

13 comments:

Tabor said...

I think in retirement we get settled and can be assured of predictability and have forgotten how every day was a challenge when we were raising children and working. We think we are owed days of sameness...just don't let emergencies or unexpected events get to you and look at it as a creative exercise for your mind and emotions to move you out of your rut. That is how I am looking at my daughters challenges for me.

One Woman's Journey said...

Tabor, thank you for your comment
I truly missed you. Take care of yourself at this time - plus daughter and little ones.
All is well and too lengthy to go in to. I will at this as a physical for my car. All happening is part of it getting older. The wisdom will come - when I am to buy another vehicle. Thankful it is not now. I can live with a small leak - newspaper on garage floor and a light flashin in car - which I can turn off. Not worth the expense to have repaired...

judemiller1 said...

I think Tabor has it correct. We lead a nice quiet retired life then something like the car in trouble or people in trouble and it tosses us seventy-eleven different ways. I know it does me and in my other life, I was always on the run with a crisis a day and it never bothered me.

Sharon said...

I do know what you mean about issues with the car. They have always thrown me for a loop because I don't know how cars work and cannot do anything to fix the problem. I handle things I can understand much better:) Keeping a good thought that repair costs will be minimal and that you are able to enjoy these "stranded" moments at home.

aneverydaylife.com said...

I like how we seem to run across that right bit of wisdom, just when we need it.

And yes, I'm with everyone else in affirming that change (especially unexpected), while not always easy, is still good for us. It exercises our mind and body and spirits -- keeping us limber -- where a life of lovely vanilla sameness cannot. I've always believed this so.

Yet, until today, I've never put 2 and 2 together -- to arrive at the sum that our being in an 'in-between' state was actually a good place to be. And maybe, going a step further, perhaps one we should aspire to?

Beverly said...

You can really find the right quotes to go with your mood, and your post....

mermaid said...

I think you found your own healing words in this post. Maybe your 'sensitivity' is your heart's gentle way of offering love when you need it.

One Woman's Journey said...

Judy, Sharon, Beverly, everydaylife, thank you for commenting.
Kaveri - always you have such special words that make me stop and think and then smile.

the wild magnolia said...

The exact words I needed to hear this evening!

The good news of the repair shop taking care of you and the Buddhist quote.

Thank you for sharing.

Blessings!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi dear,

The off center in transition seems to be my life lately. I guess the secret is going with it and not fighting the current, which can only weaken us and make us unhappy.

Sending love across the miles,

Sharon

Sky said...

sorry you are in transition, but perhaps the challenge will help you shift your persepctive? at some point we have to give in to the moment and know instinctively that we will be ok. for me it is about examining my priorties. when I identified what things were truly important to me (safey of life and home, health, family, friends, etc.) my material possessions, my schedule, an unexpected detour in my day or the next few days began to pale in comparison. it was when i began to look at my life through this filter that i was able to let things go that once had been upsetting. a kink in my day suddenly looked unimportant, and i was finally able to give thanks for what WAS instead. of course, i get irritated at inconvenience like anyone else, but the level of annoyance changed. i bet it will for you, too. it is about the stories we tell ourselves, ernestine. when we tell ourselves what we NEED to hear, the old "horror" stories begin to disappear. :) hugs from me to you.

One Woman's Journey said...

Sharon, Sandra and Sky, thanks for writing me. All is well. Have a great Sunday....

LauraX said...

We are all sensitive to life's unpredictable nature...more sensitive some days than others. Perhaps this is a gift, holding us in the reality of what we are feeling in a moment, without running from it, even though it is uncomfortable. I think ultimately it brings more ease because our awareness allows the anxiety to pass more quickly than if we avoided seeing it directly...it would come at us with more ferocity, don't you think?