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“I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.'”
That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from that leaf.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Rainbows and boobs
I’ve previously mentioned my love of my Rainbow Symphony decals. I was at the plant store with my friend Kristen a few weeks ago, and I came across another package of decals that I “needed” because I had to have all the rainbows.
Winter is coming, and rainbows will be my version of a happy lamp.
It was a package of groovy 70s decals with flowers, butterflies, and two yoga boob ladies.
Right on, man.
They’d have to go on the south-facing windows, I determined. Why? For starters, the south facing windows provide you with rainbows all day.
But most importantly, our obnoxious neighbor lives there. His kitchen window, in fact, looks right into that window.
The open window that looks into our family room. Facing the boob lady. He doesn’t appear to be the evolved type, if you get my drift.
So, just in case you think I’ve evolved into a great, soulful human being? I still have a lot of work ahead of me.
Perfect start to October
On Fridays, my friend Kristen and I have a tradition of getting out of the house together. It all started in 2019 with a monthly cup of coffee. We realized we needed each other more than once a month following the lockdown, so we decided once a week was necessary.
We both have a lot going on in our lives, and Friday’s replenish our souls.
We went to The Baha’i House of Worship last Friday. The message of this spiritual temple’s hallowed grounds is that everyone is welcome. You are invited to come here to pray, reflect, and meditate regardless of your beliefs, religion, or God.
I even brought my soul homework materials with me to do some spiritual work of my own. Of course, I didn’t get much done because we were too busy admiring the beautiful flowers, the butterflies, etched sayings on the building, and the large wall built across the street from the temple to obscure the view of Lake Michigan.
Regardless, it was a lovely experience. If you live in the Chicago area, I would definitely make time to visit. It’s open all year and offers a much greater experience than The Bean or Sears Tower. It’s also free.
After cleansing our souls, we traveled into the city to get biscuits and pie for lunch.
Our day dates aren’t usually this spectacular, but they’re always enjoyable because we’re together.
What I’ve Been Reading
Devotions by Mary Oliver
Menopause: A Comic Treatment by MK Czerwiec
Post Secret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren
You Don’t Owe Anyone by Caroline Garnet McGraw
A Year to Live by Stephen Levine
What I’m listening to
What I’m watching
If you only watch one show on Netflix, make it this one. These people are so genuine and lovely, and Australia is absolutely stunning.
Ella and I watched all five films in the Twilight Saga in two days.
What I’m clicking on
What I’m quoting