Monday, May 26, 2014

Contemplative Monday



The following is from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'. (click)

HUMANIZING STRANGERS


"Suppose we spend some time every day bringing the unknown people that we see into focus,


and actually taking an interest in them. We could look at their faces, notice their clothes,
look at their hands.


There are so many chances to do this, particularly if we live in a large town or in a city.


There are panhandlers that we rush by because their predicament makes us feel uncomfortable,


there are the multitudes of people we pass on streets 
and sit next to on buses and in waiting rooms.


The relationship becomes more intimate when someone packs up our groceries 


or takes our blood pressure or comes to our house to fix a leaking pipe.


Then there the people who sit next to us on airplanes.


Suppose you had been on one of the planes that went down on September 11.


Your fellow passengers would have been very important people in your life.


It can become a daily practice to humanize the people that we pass on the street."

These flowers are called 'Bluets' which I found in Point Pleasant Park.
They are very low-to-the -ground spreaders.




22 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your words along with your beautiful flowers!

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    1. Pema's words can really send a message to us.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Very profound post this morning, Jim. Something to really think about. Most of the time we simply ignore the strangers around us, particularly the ones that we deem undesirable. We do this without knowing anything about them. When we bring them into focus, they truly become real, and they even have their own story. Not an easy thing to do, but quite interesting. Lovely photos to accompany today's food for thought.

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    1. Life lessons can be very difficult.
      Thanks Martha.

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  3. What a lovely thing to write about....

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    1. Hi Lorraine. Pema Chodron writes about everyday things that we all encounter or can learn from.

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  4. This post touched my heart greatly
    And your photos are beautiful

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    1. I have found that some of Pema's words can have this effect, Margie.
      Thanks, I really like these flowers when they appear in spring.

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  5. Beautiful post - thank you. And your photos are so lovely. We call the little flowers "Quaker Ladies" where I live - near Philly in PA. I've also heard them called "Innocence." I like the way your writing about people is complimented by the photos - at least to me.
    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary, good to see you.
      I like 'Quaker Ladies' for a name....I can 'see' them now!
      I find photos can help get the point across sometimes.....as they as they don't dominate the content when they aren't supposed to.

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    1. Thank you Pema Chodron.
      But I hear you Janie! You are welcome.

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  7. Jimbo
    Your words are lovely as always
    But your photos are a delight
    I love those flowers

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    1. Not my words John but I understand what you are saying. Thanks. They have to be the cutest little flowers!
      Good to see you Mr.Gray!

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  8. Thank you for sharing these wise words.
    The bluets are so beautiful, You have to smile when you see them.

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  9. You are welcome Pat.
    That's so true! They are very cheerful indeed!

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  10. Thank you for your anniversary wishes. These flowers and the inspirational words are lovely, as is your new cover photo!

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    1. Most welcome, Karen.
      A blogger friend did the header for me on her iphone app....Waterlogue.

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  11. Wisdom is born of reflection. Well said.

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  12. Jim, this is so thought provoking and true! Many times I sit at traffic lights and watch the other cars rush through an intersection. I wonder, "Where are they all going? Who are they? What is their cross to bear in this walk on Earth?" Your post is very insightful. Thanks for stopping by my blog. As you can see, it's been hit or miss lately. I'll get back in the groove soon. Hope all is well with you, Ron, and Sophie!

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    1. Hey Liz! So good to see you here again!! I am happy you liked this. So true that everyone has 'their cross to bear' in life.
      We are all well here and looking forward to summer.

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