Saturday, 2 July 2011

A Truckload of Index Cards

Last week, my index cards reflected what I had been doing. This week, they are more of a reflection on what I have been reading, namely Ajahn Brahm's rather wonderful book "Who Ordered this Truckload of Dung?". Brahm is a Buddhist priest and the book is full of short stories/anecdotes that put across Buddhist principles in an incredibly accessible, warm and funny way. In fact I think that most people could relate to the truths in many of these stories, whatever their religious beliefs. Anyway, here are the cards, with a brief explanation of what they are all about!

Sunday

icad 26 june

Based on a story of an English general in a seemingly doomed position, who decided the best course of action was to take no action but to stay put and make a cup of tea. The wisdom of "when there's nothing to do, do nothing". And a very English answer to a problem ;-)

Monday

icad 27 june

About choosing to focus on the positives of a given situation.

Tuesday

icad 28 june

The big stones are the priorities in your life...get them sorted FIRST!

Wednesday

icad 29 june

Inspired by a story about a newly wed couple arguing over whether a sound was a chicken or a duck, about to come to blows over it before the "correct" party realised the relationship was more important than being right, and conceded that the quacking was, indeed, a chicken!

By Thursday, I had run out of stories I could illustrate, so instead copied out a much loved poem by Kabir:

icad 30 june

Friday's card was inspired by a story I read about cholesterol not being the bad guy it's made out to be:

icad 1 july

And today, I have started reading a new book, Noah Levine's "The Heart of the Revolution":

icad 2 july

Yes, I do like to read :-)

5 comments:

  1. That first one, with the tea, sums up my philosophy perfectly, lol...as I sit here with a cup of tea....great cards, Viv! I'd read a story about stones in a jar awhile back, excellent illustration of it.

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  2. Super cool cards! I like the way you've illustrated the stories/thoughts....and they're good ones. I'm putting that book on my reading list. Thanks for the link.

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  3. Love your cards...the messages on them are so great!

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  4. Great cards! You are really being thoughtful about what you do with this project.

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