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!
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 ;-)
About choosing to focus on the positives of a given situation.
The big stones are the priorities in your life...get them sorted FIRST!
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:
Friday's card was inspired by a story I read about cholesterol not being the bad guy it's made out to be:
And today, I have started reading a new book, Noah Levine's "The Heart of the Revolution":
Yes, I do like to read :-)