Preparing by gathering late-summer elements: elderberries!


Published in: on August 31, 2016 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Simplicity, Service, and the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg

IMG_0455In the story of “The Goose That Lays the Golden Egg,” that poor goose is always cut open by greedy folks who think that there will be a treasure trove of golden eggs inside; but instead, once opened it’s just a regular — and now, dead — goose.  There are no golden eggs inside.

I think about this cautionary tale often, and lately I’ve been thinking of how it relates to my own desire to “do it all” — not because I am wildly productive, but because I want to plan possible, rather than impossible, days; and to feel encouraged at the end of the day; to feel patient and realistic, optimistic and humble; and live gratefully within the means of my energetic output that is the equivalent of one small golden egg per day, keeping my promises to myself and others.

I have to rediscover this attitude every day, throughout the day.  Simplicity and “not doing” is the preparation that makes whole-hearted, loving participation with others, as well as creative work, possible.

Published in: on August 8, 2016 at 9:22 pm  Leave a Comment