Monday, May 10, 2010

Practicing Patience

I woke up on Saturday morning to a very cool day. When I went to bed on Friday night the air conditioning was on. When I got out of bed on Saturday morning I had to turn the heat on. This is spring in Kentucky. My home life is chaos. I have no kitchen or running water on the first floor of my house. In the kitchen every cabinet and appliance is gone. It is just the shell of a room. I cannot wash my dishes or clean my clothes. It gives me a whole new appreciate for refrigerators, dishwashers, sinks, running water, and cooking ranges. Life has gotten a whole lot simpler. One nice thing is a six foot high privacy fences that is being built around my back yard. When it is finished it will be like a monastic enclosure. At some point I will add a small Zen garden with a stature of Buddha. I will also add a few gnomes for the amusement of my granddaughter.

Five of my nieces and nephews graduated from college this past weekend and a couple of them, including my son, completed their first year of graduate school. I think all of them are either continuing their educations or will be starting internships soon. Education is its own reward even if it doesn't make you the big bucks. Education, if you do it right, opens your mind and brings you, not only knowledge, but enlightenment. As you grow older, and you continue your education through living, you also acquire wisdom. The combination of education, knowledge, and wisdom, is very powerful. You are never too old to learn. I am 59 years old and I am still learning. Hopefully I am also a little wiser than I was in my youth.

Life is good, if chaotic and a little stressful. I am really hoping the improvements on the home front will be completed within the next month before I take a week away from work for some vacation time. Until then I will continue trying to develop the art of patience.

1 comment:

wiyono said...

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