According to Buddha Be patient. You’ll know when it’s time for you to wake up and move ahead. i fell backi lost my trackas my chin sagsand my eyes go blacki want all my senses back *** a day or so ago South Thompson River Valley, July 2021World’s first emergency number — sloppybuddhist
I have followed Hedy for some time, enjoying her quotes from The Buddha and accompanying photography and poetry. She playfully entitled her about page Nearly Me and describes what it means to be a Sloppy Buddhist. We are always becoming, partially able to follow Buddhist precepts in the process of becoming, and incomplete in how we are to be defined.
The post reminded me of poem, Imperfection by Elizabeth Carlson, in Teaching with Fire (Edited by Sam Intrator and Megan Scribner). The poem was written as Elizabeth Carlson who died at a young age. Perhaps it was that experience, which allowed her to grow to love her imperfections. Despite the sadness, there is a playfulness in the poem e.g., learning to purr as she lays under her cat.
I am falling in love
with my imperfections
The way I never get the sink really clean,
forget to check my oil,
lose my car in parking lots,
miss appointments I have written down,
am just a little late.
I am learning to love
the small bumps on my face
the big bump of my nose,
my hairless scalp,
chipped nail polish,
toes that overlap.
Learning to love
the open-ended mystery
of not knowing why
I am learning to fail
to make lists,
use my time wisely,
read the books I should.
Instead I practice inconsistency,
Probably I should
hang my clothes neatly in the closet
all the shirts together, then the pants,
send Christmas cards, or better yet
a letter telling of
my perfect family.
But I’d rather waste time
listening to the rain,
or lying underneath my cat
learning to purr.
I used to fill every moment
with something I could
cross off later.
the laundry done and folded
all my papers graded
the whole truth and nothing but
Now the empty mind is what I seek
the formless shape
the strange off center
The quote Hedy used was one about being patient and realizing we will each understand when it is time to wake up and move ahead. She shared some images from nature and they reminded me of the passage from Mattew 6:28-29: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Nature understands the process of patience and just being, waiting to awaken and move forward at the right time. Too often, we do not show ourselves the patience we need to grow and be ready to move forward.
I leave you with the following video by Seasick Steve. That is his his stage name and that and the song share a sense of playfulness in them, too.
Coming to terms and accepting – and adoring – all ends of the spectrum. This is the role of we modern elders. Shine on Ivor – new generations are ready for this.
It is part of becoming an elder. Thank you Val
We have to learn to live with what life hands our way. Each day is a new experience. It’s time to quit worrying about the small stuff.
I agree Bev. Each day brings new experiences that inform our lives
Thanks kindly Ivon for sharing some of my work here 🙏🕊appreciated smiles and joy your way hedy 💫
You are welcome Hedy. Have a wonderful week.
We love Hedy’s, the Sloppy Bhuddist’s ideas as well. She is a great teacher like you are.
Thanks for honouring her
The Fab Four of Cley
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Yes, she is a wonderful teacher. Take care and be well
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Thank you Jonathan
YOU ARE MOST WELCOME, ESTEEMED SIR!
This is so fine.
Thank you Micheline. All the credit goes to Hedy who began the process with a wonderful quote and photography
But you wrote the post. My kindest regards 🙂
I did, so I will take that credit. Thank you Micheline
Wonderful post, Ivan ~ and Hedy is one of those great talents here on WP. Wishing you well, and enjoy what remains of this fine autumn ~
Thank you. Yes, Hedy is an exceptional talent and her quotes, poetry, and photography are so inviting to share. Take care and be well
Oh boy, did I need this one today! Thanks Ivon! Hugs, C
Hedy draws on The Buddha, writes wonderful poetry, and takes photos to complement in a way that brings things to life and gives them meaning.
I love this song…great words.
I started out with nothing, and still got most of it left!
Seasick Steve has a way with putting together a song that resonates with many people
I so love this… “Mattew 6:28-29: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Nature understands the process of patience and just being…”