Don’t pretend

“Don’t pretend to be what you are not, don’t refuse to be what you are. Your love of others is the result of self-knowledge, not its cause. Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine. When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously.” ~  Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj


“If we want things that are always changing to stay the same, we get disappointed and we suffer. Trying to hold onto “how it was” will only create suffering and disappointment, because life is a river and everything changes. When we start to see the laws of nature – that things are impermanent, that attachment causes pain – we can also sense that there must be some other way. And there is. It is the way that can be called “the wisdom of insecurity.”  This is the ability to flow with the changes, to see everything as a process of change, to relax with uncertainty. Meditation teaches us how to let go, how to stay centered in the midst of change.” ~ Jack Kornfield

Many thanks

Many thanks to Penny at “The Why About This”  ( for the Sunshine Award. What a wonderful award!


Link the award to the person who gave it to me.

Answer the questions about myself.

Nominate bloggers for the award.

Link my nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.


Favorite philosopher: Socrates

Favorite bad habit: Good wine . . .

Age: Forever young

Favorite time of day:  Early morning

Favorite time of year:  Fall

Favorite dead celebrity: Probably Buddy Holley, the singer. I grew up with his music and still will listen to him at times. Another would be Warren Zevon, whose lyrics were not only edgy but spot on as a social observer

Favorite Christmas movie:  “It’s a Wonderful Life!”

Favorite vacation: All of them

Physical activity: Bicycling, Bicycling

Favorite thing: Life!

I’m going to nominate here a few bloggers that I’ve recently visited and find their blog sites compelling or I’ve come to know and think are amazing. I could list many more than these that I follow daily but I think you will enjoy these

The Heroic Way  A great blog about myth and legend, archetypes, and the Heroic Journey

Two Regular Guys Talking about Food, Exercise and Men’s Health    A wonderful blog full of great health information

Marina Artemis Kanavaki  If you love beautiful art and design, this a must see.

ManoliRizoFotografi  Great photography.

Waiting for the Karma Truck This is one of my favorite blogs. I always have a smile when I read Mimi’s post

The Bard on the Hill  A thoughtful collection of poems, writings and observations on life.

Twenty Lines or Less  An amazing group of writers

Free Penny Press  Always interesting

The Memories Project  A poignant blog by Joy Johnson about dealing with her father’s dementia

Through the Healing Lens  A beautiful blog by Robyn Lee