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Sunday, 16 April 2017 13:49

Mercy: Man & Dog

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A lot of reasons to smile, below.
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If this man does/could have a garden, I know it would be wonderful. He's got the attitude. Garden Design is over 11,000 years old, and has a lot of 'rules', each one meant to be intelligently broke
n with love, simplicity, wit. Proving, afresh, why the ancient Garden Design rules, rule.
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Pic, above, here.
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"Mercy is the conscious choice to be kind when one can be cruel." Mercy...."seeded in scripture yet almost biologically encoded into human nature."
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There is an ineffable secularized mercy, above, from man to dog. Yet that mercy travels in both directions, in giving mercy to his dog, it pours back onto him. And why the pic reeks of love.
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In my garden, without intention or knowledge aforethought I found this secularized mercy, mercy profane. Continuing to garden, decades, hallelujah, epiphany finally arrived and I got the memo, sacred mercy.

"Practicing mercy can be redemptive and rebellious." Mercy can be used as a shield, toward ourselves, above, and others. For years I labeled this the-good-selfishness, until realizing it as grace.
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"Mercy only exists because of and as a counterpoint to our capacity for cruelty." In a garden is the harvest, mercy, against life's cruelty. Ironic the story of man/woman 1st placed on Earth in a garden, sin entered, poof they were sent into the cruel world. It's no wonder I love a garden.
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Before moving away from my 30 year garden, 2 years ago, I knew it would be hard. Deeply hard. There were no words, trying to articulate to Beloved what I was leaving. Now, 2 years later, I have the words. Leaving my 30 year garden I left its unconditional love, and mercy. Beyond reason, beyond doubt, I know unconditional love & mercy need not come from a person. G*d has given myriad resources for those gifts.
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"In denying others mercy, we deny ourselves." Pure Joseph Campbell territory of follow your bliss. Within it you will find mercy profane, and sacred. And, of course the Earth wisdom of Wendell Berry.
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All quotes, above, Anne Lamott. Wendell Berry & Joseph Campbell, below.
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The old and honorable idea of 'vocation' is simply that we each are called, by God, or by our gifts, or by our preference, to a kind of good work for which we are particularly fitted. Wendell Berry
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There are no sacred and unsacred places; there are only sacred and desecrated places. My belief is that the world and our life in it are conditional gifts. Wendell Berry
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Urban conservationists may feel entitled to be unconcerned about food production because they are not farmers. But they can't be let off so easily, for they are all farming by proxy. Wendell Berry
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The primary motive for good care and good use of the land-community is always going to be affection, which is too often lacking. Wendell Berry
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Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. Joseph Campbell
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"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.
The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.
The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure." Joseph Campbell
Love is a friendship set to music." Joseph Campbell.
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Love is a friendship set to music. " Joseph Campbell.
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Garden & Be Well, XO T
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