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There's really not much more to say here, as anything mildly interesting is either down below or written in my Armadillo section above.
Hope you can relate to some of my thoughts and situations, even if they tend to be strange sometimes

Monday, November 24, 2014

Two Monks

On Sunday, my parents were having a dinner with a few family friends before a story telling event in town. My mom and her friend were in general discussing how at some point, we need to just let go of people. The friend then told a story about letting go. Here it is in full form.
Two monks were making a pilgrimage to venerate the relics of a great Saint. During the course of their journey, they came to a river where they met a beautiful young woman -- an apparently worldly creature, dressed in expensive finery and with her hair done up in the latest fashion. She was afraid of the current and afraid of ruining her lovely clothing, so asked the brothers if they might carry her across the river.

The younger and more exacting of the brothers was offended at the very idea and turned away with an attitude of disgust. The older brother didn't hesitate, and quickly picked the woman up on his shoulders, carried her across the river, and set her down on the other side. She thanked him and went on her way, and the brother waded back through the waters.

The monks resumed their walk, the older one in perfect equanimity and enjoying the beautiful countryside, while the younger one grew more and more brooding and distracted, so much so that he could keep his silence no longer and suddenly burst out, "Brother, we are taught to avoid contact with women, and there you were, not just touching a woman, but carrying her on your shoulders!"

The older monk looked at the younger with a loving, pitiful smile and said, "Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river; you are still carrying her." 


I'm not always "great" at releasing a grudge. There's a lingering bitterness over The Pie Shop Of Horrors that I hope will one day go away permanently.  But that probably wont happen until their inevitable demise of their business. Opps. There I go again. 

When do we get to let go of our past? When do we get to put down our past regrets, mistakes, downfalls and bitterness? 

No long post here. Just an opened ended question to reflect upon. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November Charity: Operation Christmas Child

Continuing on with my Early New Year's Resolution. I know it's November and my charity for this month is Christmas related, but I know these boxes are on a dead line.Operation Christmas Child is a charity through the Samaritans Purse. For $25, you can put together a box for a child of varying ages and it gets sent anywhere around the world with God's love. For my box, I chose a box for a Girl between 10-14, as I assumed that age group probably doesn't get much attention.

I heard a lot about it in the South. My sister-in-law's Church were assembling many, many boxes in South Carolina and in Virginia my Uncle and Aunt's Church were doing the same thing.  I had known about it before the trip, but hearing about it twice in two different states sealed the deal for me.

I try to stay out of religion topics. It's a touchy subject for most people. But to get a little Religious without getting too deep into it, I believe in God and that Jesus loves us. I believe in Jesus' work in helping others. We need to do our part to be more "Christ Like" Whether that be just being kinder and more patient, or donating time, things or money. There's always something we can do to be better people.  I know religion is much more complicated than that. But faith, love and compassion are essential to living a good life. 

If you don't want to dabble in religious organizations, there are plenty of other options for Christmas giving. The Red Kettles for the Salvation Army is my husband's and I most favored and most frequented Holiday time charity. Toys for Tots is also excellent. Of course, there are always food banks to donate to and warm clothes to give anywhere in your town.

Holidays really are a time of giving. Please consider donating this year in lieu of buying someone a gift. Because that $20 you spend on a sweater can go and change someone's life.