On this final gratitude post on the day of Thanksgiving I wanted to reflect on reflection. Reflection should never be about self incrimination for failings or what went wrong since that is a part of life. What is is for me is something that comes out of quiet and solitude. In Oklahoma City I like to start the day with quiet time that gives me the silence to reflect and let my mind wonder. It always seems to know where to go without me trying to control it. When I am in Florida at our home by the ocean it is different. My reflection comes on the beach as I walk with Charlene and Henri. We do not fill up the time with talk, instead we let the sound of the waves be like chanting a mantra that let's the mind run free. It is a form of silence and makes me think of the old saying of the sound of one hand clapping.
I remember a line of dialog from the movie Kundun which was about the life of the Dalai Lama. The Chinese had overrun Tibet and the speakers we constantly playing nationalistic Chinese songs of propaganda. The Dalai Lama says to his chief advisor, "they have taken away our silence". We are filled with so much noise with angry politics, the inane rants on social media, and of course the constant noise of the television. To be sane and to reflect we need to be one with nature and all that is natural. I am not saying that it means only look on the bright side of life. Today I reflected on one of my investors who is a pain in the ass always looking for what is wrong to criticize. Tomorrow I will inform him we will be glad to refund his earnest money and best wishes. We have five core values and the first one is gratitude. We are grateful for those who put their trust in us and we want to work with people who are grateful for our expertise and quality care.
In this 2018 holiday season let us hope we have the time and the silence to reflect on what life provides for us. We can do this in a non-judgemental way and we do have the ability to control at least a part of our destiny within ourselves and that which we can't control we can be like the Laughing Buddha and reflect on the absurdity of it all. The picture I have is an entry we tool this morning to Jupiter Beach through the sea grapes. It is a bit jungle like, a touch dark, but what i would like you to do is use your imagination. You hear the noise of the waves crashing in, and you emerge to a bright sunlight that is making the coastal water turquoise. I smile comes to your face and your body is filled with good feelings. All the issues of the past, all the problems in the present, and any foreboding for the future is lost in the light, the sound, and the colors. The only thought filling you up is kindness. Hopefully this is a day where we can reflect and be glad. I wish you peace.