Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
The Learning Theme of the Day
We had looked at 'The Gita' this morning from the perspective of seeing the nature of nature. In Chapter Two we were reminded of the ups and downs of life. You learn tolerance from it.
At noon I heard a bit of shouting coming from the temple's foyer. It was two women in a disagreement. "By golly," I thought, "this shouldn't happen in a temple." Yet it does from time to time. A little lack of tolerance perhaps. If I allow for a cool-down period and if I'm given the strength and courage, I dare shoot for making peace between the two as early as tomorrow.
In the evening Nick and I hit a trail with lots of ups and downs. I took the lead as we moved through the ways of the ravine. The intention was to bear the slight inconvenience of the upward and downward mobility. Tolerance, we were imposing it on ourselves.
Both Nick and I had learned of three excellent plum trees. They are rather tucked away from the view of most hikers. The trees had their branches drooping with fruit. Two in particular yielded so many of those juicy and fleshy balls that due to their maturity most of the harvest had fallen to the ground. It was a minor discouraging factor but one nonetheless. Most fruit pickers prefer to pluck whatever is there on the tree as opposed to gathering them from the ground. Ants tend to devour the grounded ones.
Anyways, it's a small lesson in tolerance. It's required to grab them in time. Timing is precise. Three days before they were perfect for the picking.
Our guru used to say, "Strike while the iron is hot!"
May the Source be with you!