Monday, June 17, 2013

Contemplative Monday


The following quote is taken from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'.

COMMUNICATION WITHOUT AGENDA


"If we really want to communicate, we have to give up knowing what to do.


When we come in with our agendas,


they only block us from seeing the person in front of us.


It's best to drop our five year plans


and accept the awkward sinking feeling 


that we are entering a situation naked.


We don't know what will happen or what we'll do."





20 comments:

  1. I like whatever editing effect you're using on these photos. They look like paintings!

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    1. It's the good ole Picasa editing program to the rescue!! Thanks Debra.

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  2. This made me think of a certain person I have trouble communicating with -- as much as I have tried. Sometimes I think it's best to move on. Lovely photos Jim.

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  3. Good Morning, Jim,
    It has been years since I have planned, I mean really and truly planned, anything. You do not know from one second to the next what can happen to you, your belongings, or your friends. I can try to make plans, but I am fooled most of the time. There is always a different side to whatever and we only have a small chance that all are in agreement.
    Have a most lovely day!

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  4. Lovely photos, Jim...and words of wisdom here!

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  5. this way of thinking is what i try to do in the therapy room with my clients--drop my agenda and really be there with them and see what comes out of that! when it works, it really is lovely! great photo effects.

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    1. Hey Tony. I can this as being very effective for both you and the client. Speaking from experience my favourite therapy sessions were those were 'things' just evolved.

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  6. I love this way of thinking and wish we could implement more of it in business meetings!

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    1. Especially in those situations, Fiona. we all take our agendas to the table and in the end....how much is really accomplished?

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  7. I love the photos, Jim. That's such a cool effect. Please share what you are doing!! And as always, good food for thought.

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    1. Thanks Martha. I use Picasa's editing (free) program. And these photos were 'tuned' first, then 'posterized' and finally I used 'Orton-ish' to finish them off.
      There is so much that can be done through any editing program. Depending on what I want at the time, I try to 'create' something with more depth than the original.

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    1. Will do John. We had a great touring day.

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  9. Lovely images. Jim. And something to think about.

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    1. Just being ourselves and not what others want or what we think they want, that can be tough to accomplish sometimes, Pat.

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  10. So very true - all the best laid plans... Why can't I remember that?

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    1. I know!! lol But we try, barb.

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  11. Jim-- beautiful photos-- you are amazing with the photo editing! I love that effect--
    It's a lovely thought-- I wonder how many people could really drop their agendas-- it would make for such a lovely world!

    Your scarves for the Pink Scarf Project arrived today and I am so humbled by your beautiful gifts. Thank you so much-/ they are truly exquisite and will touch lives in ways that you may not have thought possible. You guys are so generous-- I love you for this-- I just want you to know--

    Xoxoxo
    Vicki

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    1. Imagine Vicki how quiet things would be most of the time if we all got along better and appreciated each others opinion.

      All our pleasure to send these scarves, Vicki. It is such a wonderful project and we are proud to know you, Missy!!

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