Tuesday, January 31, 2023

A monk decides to meditate alone.


"A monk decides to meditate alone. Away from his monastery, he takes a boat and goes to the middle of the lake, closes his eyes and begins to meditate.
After a few hours of unperturbed silence, he suddenly feels the blow of another boat hitting his.
With his eyes still closed, he feels his anger rising and, when he opens his eyes, he is ready to shout at the boatman who dared to disturb his meditation.
But when he opened his eyes, he saw that it was an empty boat, not tied up, floating in the middle of the lake…
At that moment, the monk achieves self-realization and understands that anger is within him; it simply needs to hit an external object to provoke it.
After that, whenever he meets someone who irritates or provokes his anger, he remembers: “The other person is just an empty boat. Anger is inside me.“
~Thich Nhat Hanh

Have A Great day...

Monday, January 30, 2023

Billy Graham for a chauffeur


Before he died, Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine waiting to transport him to his home. As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver .
"You know," he said, "I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?"
The driver said, "No problem. Be my guest!" Billy gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway. A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.
The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone. The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo and he got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure.
The young trooper walked up to the driver's door and when the glass was rolled down, he was surprised to see who was driving.
He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor. He told the supervisor, "I know we are supposed to enforce the law, but I also know that important people are given certain courtesies. I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person."
The supervisor asked, "Is it the governor?" The young trooper said, "No, he's more important than that." The supervisor said, "Oh, so it's the president." The young trooper said, "No, he's even more important than that."
The supervisor finally asked, "Well then, who is it?"
The young trooper said, "I think it's Jesus, because he's got Billy Graham for a chauffeur!"

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023



Today's Quotes...  “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt


Canada Time.... From the "Sudbury Then and Now" page.
Dan and Betty Brown. Betty and Dan Brown return from the trap line, Lake Penage/Panache (March 1948)
Source: “Fur - The Trade That Put Upper Canada on the Map” by Ralph Bice
I had the chance to meet the Browns many years ago.

These photos are from the 30's. I had the chance to spend a few afternoons with the Browns in the 60's.. So many stories...
What a blessing...

This camp was just a few miles from the Brown's Camp.. Great memories.... Have A Great Day... Joe Todd...

Joe Todd at Lake Penage in 60's

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