Thanks to my buddy Kelly Z. Conrad for suggesting I post this parable:
“There was a man walking across an open field, when suddenly a tiger appeared and began to give chase. The man began to run, but the tiger was closing in. As he approached a cliff at the edge of the field, the man grabbed a vine and jumped over the cliff. Holding on as tight as he could, he looked up and saw the angry tiger prowling out of range ten feet above him. He looked down. In the gully below, there were two tigers also angry and prowling. He had to wait it out. He looked up again and saw that two mice, one white, the other black, had come out of the bushes and had begun gnawing on the vine, his lifeline. As they chewed the vine thinner and thinner, he knew that he could break at any time. Then, he saw a single strawberry growing just an arms length away. Holding the vine with one hand, he reached out, picked the strawberry, and put it in his mouth. It was delicious.”
I read this parable years ago. The moral of the story seems to be that all we have is the present moment, and we should strive to enjoy what we have. It also brings to mind the following poem:
Two Days We Should Not Worry Author Unknown
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed;
we cannot erase a single word we said.
Yesterday is gone forever.
The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow
with all its possible adversities, its burdens,
its large promise and its poor performance;
Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.
Tomorrow's sun will rise,
either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow,
for it is yet to be born.
This leaves only one day, Today.
Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.
It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad,
it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.
Let us, therefore, Live but one day at a time.
I am susceptible to worry and anxiety, and need to be reminded often that it does no good to worry about the past or the future and to be thankful for the present moment. The above are 2 good reminders that, especially in this time of uncertainty, all we have is now.
Conversely is Aesop's fable of The Ant and The Grasshopper:
In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.
"Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?"
"I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."
"Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper; "We have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil.
When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger - while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew: It is best to prepare for days of need.
But being prepared for eventualities and worrying about eventualities are not the same thing. It's WISE to prepare, and take comfort in fact you have set aside resources for the future. But spending every present moment obsessing about "what if" ruins the precious gift of now, and although I still struggle with this myself I am glad for the progress I have made.
As the Autumnal Equinox approaches and day and night are once again balanced out, I hope you find the time to appreciate each individual moment, Draw from it as much as you can, because you'll never experience it again.
"How is the new book going?"
The good news is; multidimensional characters keep introducing themselves, with intriguing backstories that could very well lead into books of their own.
The bad news is, I am unable to weave all these great backstories into the MAIN PLOT. So my current obstacle is trying to tie everyone's stories together.
So what does this have to do with a color-fluctuating reptile?
That's how I feel about this story, which will probably be my creative chew toy for many years to come. It keeps CHANGING! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I can't get a handle on the plot. Just when I think I know where' I'm going, a new character prances onto the stage and I have to figure out where he or she fits in!
I also have to be careful not to overpopulate my story because readers can get confused when there are too many characters to keep track of.
But I'm not giving up! This will be great novel once everything gets figured out--I promise! :)
Check out my new wheels. Yep. That is not a stock image of a walker; that is MY walker we bought and brought home today.
As soon as we returned from vacation last month and Dave went back to work, our lives have been bombarded by unexpected surprises. Mainly, Dave has decided to retire after 28 years of being a state employee. One of my best friends, as I write this, is moving from one state to another. A niece is getting married next month. Another niece and hubby are expecting TRIPLETS in February. Fires, hurricanes and other natural disasters make the daily news lately. And me? My left knee's osteoarthritis has finally progressed so that I have graduated from using a cane to this contraption, until I get knee replacement surgery. So many people I know are suddenly having these major life changes.
Now, it may be a flaw in my way of thinking but for some strange reason I am not at all depressed about this turn of events in my life. In a way, it's kind of exhilarating--a jolt out of the sleepy mundane existence we've grown accustomed to. I just hope it doesn't get TOO intense for any of us, and I hope we all see safely through this incredible period of transitions.
Stay safe all, and remember--attitude is everything! *Smile*
Autumn is almost upon us. As of this time next month my husband will be retired from the State of Maryland! We are both SO looking forward to his retirement!
I feel like we are about to embark on a new chapter in our lives. This is a little scary and A LOT exciting. This means my daily routine will have to be tweaked a little, but I'm happy to do it.
We have been keeping happily busy. Earlier this month we visited some wonderful friends of ours in Quebec. Just gotta say, I LOVE Quebec!
This coming week is filled with social engagements, and Dave is busy getting all his retirement paperwork in order. Somewhere in a back room in my mind the Muses are congregating, whispering to themselves ideas for book #4. I need to make time to go over the chapters I have so far, light my candle, slap on my tiara, and get busy!
Just wanted to send out good wishes to any and all who read my blog. May September bless you real good!