Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Trick or Treat 

Don't be afraid of doing good. It's another name for happiness, for all that is dear and delightful--this phrase "doing good." Whoever would live well, Long lasting, bringing bliss-- Let him be generous, be calm, And cultivate the doing of good. By practicing these three, These three bliss-bringing things, The wise one lives without regret His world infused with happiness. -Itivuttaka Sutta From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2001. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston,

Life is an opportunity for us to love, to serve and to remember what is good.
To Love, serve and remember is to increase, expand and attract.
To Love, serve and remember is to pay attention, encourage and participate.
To love, serve and remember is to teach, contribute and value.

Love unconditionally.
Serve from the heart.
Remember Goodness and God.

Some teach: Life is an opportunity to fear, to protect what we have and to ignore the Good.
Some teach: Love only those special ones who prove themselves.
Some teach: Only give when you will get in return.
Some teach: Remember the wrong done to you, so you don't let it happen again.

Life is seen from the point of view we hold.
We can look to the Light and see only Light.
Or we can look at the Dark and see only Darkness.
Life is the experimental lab in which we get to choose the result we want.

Loving you, Betty Lue

October 31 is "Hallowed evening" and the Wiccan New Year's Eve.
November 1 is "All Saint's Day".
For Robert and I it was a joy to celebrate the twins first Halloween with a visit to their Dad's law firm at lunchtime. Robert and I decorated their house with cobwebs, a large singing spider over the front door and two pumpkins I carved. We had an opportunity to participate in the neighborhood parade, to be home for the "trick or treater's" and to hand out candy to over 400 kids. This was the first time in many years that we were in a family neighborhood with lots of kids and celebration. We loved it all.