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Thought for the Day

Eknath Easwaran’s Thought for the Day


November 14
I think the world today is upside-down and is suffering so
much because there is so very little love in the homes and
in family life. We have no time for our children, we have
no time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each

-Mother Teresa of Calcutta

An obsession with hurry has been so worked into our social
system that we scarcely notice we do not have time to love.
Everywhere the slogan is “Hurry, hurry, hurry.”
Yet to be aware of the needs of others, to spend time with
others, to speak and act with thoughtfulness, patience, and
consideration, we must give time – a lot more time
than most of us are willing to give at present. 

We all need warm, deep, personal relationships to thrive,
but modern life seems to place such a small value on them
– compared with the high value placed on money and
prestige and pleasure. It is so easy to be distracted and to
fritter our attention away in countless ways, until we find
we have little left for family and friends. By simplifying
our lives, dropping less important activities, we allow more
time for what matters most. But it is also essential to slow
down our pace of living, so that we can free ourselves from
the grip of time-driven thinking and behavior. 


The Thought for the Day is today’s entry from
Eknath Easwaran’s book Words to Live By:
(Copyright 1999-2005 by The Blue Mountain Center of

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Jack in the Bowl

Almost two years ago, in May, I made a trip to K-Mart to buy a new vacuum cleaner.  When I walked in the store, the Humane Society was there with several cages of kittens needing homes.  Uh oh.  I’m a cat person, totally.  After talking to, petting and cuddling several kittens, I purchased my sweeper.  I took it out to my car.  I meant to drive away, but no.  I went back in the store, and chose the kitty that was speaking my language.   I didn’t consult the family on bringing in another cat.  We were and still are, laden with pets of all sorts.


We had TWO cats at home already (and now we have 3).   One is 18 and a female.  The other, a male and he’s 16 at least.  My male cat still hates the cute little guy above.  But our dog took to him like crazy!  She mothered this kitten like no tomorrow!  She still plays with him and grooms him on occasion!  I’ve never had a white cat before.  Every now and then, he gets outside, by accident of course.  We play the run and chase me back and forth, hide and seek game, usually until I get tired.  He also turns completely grey/black after these little romps!  He’s really pretty and has an amazing personality, like cats do.  My dad, gave me this huge, stainless steel bowl above.  The only thing we’ve found it really good for, is when someone has the flu!  I know, gross.  But, Jackson disagrees.  When I grabbed the camera to get a shot of him taking up residence, he got curious and I ended up with this as well.

 He’s awesome.  Right now, he’s asleep on top of the hermit crab cage.