Today, I watched the clouds. I saw a Tyrannosaurus chasing a chicken, though they were both the same size. I think the chicken will be fine in the race across the sky. What is the connection, you might ask. I'm not sure, but I feel there is one. Perhaps, I feel a need to imagine lumps dissolving like clouds, and dropping only the softest rain on those they seem determined to affect.
Jeff went to University High School, and the UHS Journal arrived today. I enjoy reading it, and found these words from the Head of School Mike Diamonti at the 2006 commencement ceremony especially important for all of us to take to heart.
"A number of studies have shown that when we are totally absorbed in what we are doing, we are extremely happy. You must do your life's creative passionate work, whatever that may be. The creative act is the secret of joy. You must ask yourself what is it you really, really want to do. You figure this out by asking what is meaningful and important to me? What do I enjoy doing ... If you do not do this and you submit to the expectations of others or society, then at some point in the not too distant future you will find yourself with a job where you are only motivated by your paycheck, and where you see work as a chore and a necessity ....
The truly fortunate, however, see their life's work as a calling because they are motivated to do it by its intrinsic worth. They see their work as a passion and a privilege and they expect to be fulfilled and to make the world a better place. And they look forward to continuing to do it every day for the rest of their lives. You will never be able to find your life's calling unless you are very still and listen to your imagination and not to the voices around you ... You also will not be able to find your life's calling unless you have a strong sense of belief, not in religion, but in the power of your mind and in yourself. I say this to you because we have ample proof that beliefs shape reality. As the Buddha stated, "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world."
May this knowing and doing, be so, and love and prayers for All!!