A Thousand Summers 5



Saturday Evening Posts
February 7-13 Edition

A Thousand Summers 5

A friend from way back asked in Facebook how I was.

I told him I was living quietly, with a clear conscience and no enemies, and that I have been blessed with peace of mind.

The office was almost deserted when I went that night. People came in trickles. One of the bemusing things about holidays is that people who normally ignore you will greet you with enthusiasm and big smiles.

I was pleasantly surprised there was free food, catered. I had a long call, over an hour, when I went for my first 15-minute break.

It was 11:57 p.m., just three minutes to go. I went to the pantry to get some coffee, and on TV was German Moreno about to lead an all-star countdown.

As I went outside, it was already the Big Event. I love the sense of renewal during New Year: there is that evanescent whiff of a new beginning. It seems my life had been a series of chapters, having lived in various places, a book about a gypsy boy whose spirit has also passed from one lifetime to another for thousands of years.

I also see New Year differently now: I follow my own agenda for change. Crossing over is just a passage in time but I still enjoy the season, with a heightened sense of gratitude from all my blessings with their mesmerizing array of appearances.

The Northgate skyline blazed with fireworks, the sounds of celebrations echoing off the buildings. I was leaning on a lamp post, having myself a merry little New Year, welcoming 2013 with "Auld Lang Syne" on my head, joy in my heart and thanksgiving in my soul.


To Be Continued Next Saturday

Auld Lang Syne 
(from "It's A Wondeful Life")


"Should old acquaintance be forgot 
and never brought to mind..."


Comments

"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." ~ Saint Francis de Sales
"If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life." ~ Abraham Maslow
"What happens when a person becomes enlightened? They conquer their ignorance. What does that mean? That means they develop their Spirit rather than their altered ego, their personality, their body. And they work everyday in embodiment of that (spirit) energy. They don’t ever really grow old. They have dynamic energy. They can create and their level of acceptance is extraordinary..." ~ Ramtha
“Circumstances do not determine your state of being. Your state of being determines your circumstances.” ~ Bashar
You
turned me inside out and you showed me.
What life was about,
only you,
the only one that stole my heart away..." ~ Lionel Richie, The Only One
"Attain the ultimate emptiness
Hold on to the truest tranquility
The myriad things are all active
I therefore watch their return..."

Everything flourishes; each returns to its root
Returning to the root is called tranquility
Tranquility is called returning to one's nature
Returning to one's nature is called constancy
Knowing constancy is called clarity..."

Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble
Knowing constancy is acceptance
Acceptance is impartiality
Impartiality is sovereign
Sovereign is Heaven
Heaven is Tao
Tao is eternal
The self is no more, without danger..." ~ Lao Tzu
“To let life happen to you is irresponsible. To create your day is your divine right.” ~ Ramtha
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Huggybear said…
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“I was living quietly, with a clear conscience and no enemies, and that I have been blessed with peace of mind..."

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