Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ordinary Time

Once again it is late night as I write these thoughts. I have had a pleasant evening. Earlier, after a day at work, I picked up my granddaughter, Chloe, at her day care. We are always happy to see one another. I enjoy these mid week visits and I am very happy that I can be such a part of her life and she a part of mine. Yesterday I shared how spending some of my youth living in a monastery helped form me into who I am. Now, in my middle years, I am being formed by a small, blue eyed girl. She has opened my tired eyes and filled me with renewed zest for living. Sometimes I wonder who's the teacher. It is me or her? Whatever the case I have very happy to have her in my life.

Most of my evening was spent alone. I was very happy and content to clean up the kitchen and finish the laundry. The music room I have sometimes mentioned is nearby so I can easily do these things in the company of music and with my chair close at hand. In between loads of laundry, putting away clean dishes, and loading dirty dishes into the dishwasher, I spent time gathering some of my favorite music to share with a friend. If you are a music fanatic like me, and you meet another music fanatic, it's like finding a brother or sister that you were separated from at birth. There's an immediate connection and it's lots of fun to get to know one another and to share the joy of music.

Although I am sure there are hot days still ahead of us, we have been having wonderfully cool and beautiful mornings. As I walk across the roof of my parking garage on the way into my office I find myself bathing in the beauty of these mornings and dreaming of Autumn.

Just as the waters of the great oceans all have one taste, the taste of salt, so too all true teachings have but one taste, the taste of liberation.

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