I so love and respect nature for all she reveals too us if we are willing to look upon her as a teacher with great wisdom. In this fast paced world we live in today, we do miss much as we are caught up in our own busy lives.
Far to often we pass up taking the time to sit with a senior a listen. It is possible we look upon them as being too old to contribute anything as they are so far behind the times we live in. How wrong is our thinking really, after all has their knowledge and wisdom they gained meant nothing. Did their suffering not stand for anything and can it apply to us today.
Look at the picture above and allow yourself to view it as someone who has gone before. Lets pretend that stump is a senior sitting and showing us a better way of life. Look at the scars they display, they are plenty are they not. Their hardship has opened the door for this new world we live in. Their sacrifices have offered us the freedoms we take for granted.
Man has come and stolen from nature with little or no regard for her. Life has done much the same too people, we do much the same when we bypass the chance to spend time with our elderly. Even though nature has been robbed, she has blessed in many ways over the years. This tree may have been a part of a home built, hopefully filled with love.There is still hope of new life coming from the pain of the past. The picture says it all, even through all of the suffering there comes new growth, new life and it comes from the decay of growing older.
Take the time to sit with someone your senior today, after trust has been established listen to what is taught. Pay attention as there are some lessons in life that technology will never teach as they can.
© Rolly A. Chabot
Hugs and Blessings from Canada
I have been dabbling in the stock market for a number of years. Some investments have been exceptional and others well I will leave it there. The secret to successful trading is to buy low and sell high. The last few years has seen the economy fluctuate a great deal and it has been an investors rollercoaster. Yes it is risky but the dividends can be well worth the risk.
As I was out walking the other day I thought of the people in and out of our lives and what we invest in them. We have the well do so people, the people who are popular and seem to have it all together. We lavish a great deal of time into them them do we not. Sometimes they are gracious and return the favour to us. A kind word of encouragement can go along way for us. I am very thankful to all the people who invested in me. Not the financial investment, but emotional investments they have made. Their contributions have been a powerful testimony at times when no one else seemed to care.
What would happen if we took the same strategies we use in the marketplace into the relationships we have. What if we invested more time into people when they were down. After all we do buy low in the marketplace. What would result if we stepped in and helped people when they are at their lowest. I do not necessarily mean helping financially so much as helping emotionally. Coming along side of someone who is going through some hard times can pay back many times over as you watch them slowly climb from the pit of despair. Just to let them know you care and love them is an investment.
It may not be a financial gain but the end result is we see others once again being more productive and in turn investing in others. Once you have been to the rock bottom of life you will never forget what it is like. The looniness is overwhelming, you may not realize it at the time, but people will come around you and comfort. It is from that place you again learn to love, love not only others but yourself.
Take the time today to invest in another person, someone you know whom is struggling and trust me you will become a much better person yourself. That in itself should be incentive enough for you, after all the better we are the better the world….
© Rolly A. Chabot
Place a fairly large sheet of plastic into a bowl. Fill it full of water, gather up the ends and begin to twist all the edges together making a ball.
On a clear sunny day hold it over something combustable, raise and lower it until the light passing through the water is focused onto a very small point. In seconds the spot will begin to smoke, a few puffs of breath will ignite the material. Then all you need to do is add fuel.
The same principle can be used with a water bottle or any container that holds water as long as it is clear. This idea is derived from using a magnifying glass.
I have as well used my eyeglasses to do the same… have fun.