It’s been a slow week as far as writing is concerned. Maybe the ten-day photography challenge wore me out or perhaps it’s simply one of those weeks when words stagger across the computer screen, trip over each other and refuse to form a coherent sentence.
Instead of worrying, we can see these dry periods as an opportunity to doodle about on the page instead of trying to write something ‘serious’. Maybe I should heed the words of the Dalai Lama:
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
LESSONS FROM A THREE YEAR OLD
The day before I completed the #developingyoureye photography challenge I handed my grand-daughter my compact, point-and-shoot, carry in your purse, camera. It’s fairly indestructible, so once I showed her how to turn the camera on and what happens when she puts her finger over the lens, I handed her the camera and took her out into our small garden and let her play. Here are some of the results:
A three year old doesn’t compare herself to others, she knows nothing about ‘should’ or ‘ought’ but she does know a lot about play, the sheer delight that comes from doing something because it’s fun.
As I watched my grand-daughter run from one object to the other I was confronted by my desire to ‘make art’ instead of letting myself play and discover. A small garden and a precious child taught me a lot about perspective and how to frame my world.
KINDNESS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
The Buddha tells us that,
A generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.
I received a package this morning from my daughter-in-law-who-lives-interstate. Inside were four jars of gluten-free muesli, a loving gift of unexpected kindness. I’ve not been able to spend as much time as I would like with this new addition to our family but this morning I learned she has a kind and generous heart. I am lucky to have her in my life.
The dry (writing) time will end but I expect I’ll continue to learn more valuable lessons from my grand-daughter and my daughter in law. To rephrase the Dalai Lama, not getting what I want made me appreciate what I have.
When was the last time not getting what you wanted turned out to be a stroke of luck?