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Ecuador Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving.  If you are in Ecuador or just thinking of being there, be thankful for nature’s way.

Thank you for joining us.

No turkeys at this site today… and no specials at this site on Black Friday.

Instead this shot of our hound Mahatu (Mah) showing us nature’s way… totally focused on a squirrel sitting in one of the palm trees growing in our back yard… who by the way enjoy taunting her…. the squirrels that is not the palms.

That seems to be their part of nature’s way… superior squirrels.


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First, congratulate Mah… she was recently award the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Award.  Way to go Mah!  She was the only one in the entire class that was not a pure bred and the only won who was granted the award.

We are really thankful for this because it’s hard for a hound to sit still when her nose is telling her go… go… go.

Anyway she did stay in a sit for three minutes after I left the room… and passed the other nine obedience tests.  I like this discipline as it’s good for the hound… but even better for the master.   The hound learns a bit.

The master learns a lot about all living things and how we all follow nature’s way. If you can understand a hound on scent.. you can communicate with just about anything.

This is one thing I love about Ecuador’s constitution.  It gives rights to all living things plants and animals… not just humans.  Way to go Ecuador!

Back to Mah in this photo.  She had been sitting for some time under a palm tree in our back yard trying to catch a squirrel when I took this shot.

She doesn’t have a chance… I don’t think. Yet she never gives up.

She’ll sit focused like that for hours.

The squirrels high above chant… chatter and scold and they leave her sitting.

In this hopeless domain, she remains focused…. patient and waiting.

Eventually she leaves the spot… maybe a little discouraged but not for long!

Soon she is back in stealth mode… stalking like a cat (though I am not sure she would like me using that comparison) after yet another…  superior squirrel.


Mah on stealth mode.

Tomorrow morning despite all the failures she’ll experience today… she’ll come down about 6:30… right at the crack of dawn (just as I am finishing my yoga and meditation).   She’ll be really excited, enthusiastic about life and eager to get out the door so she can… chase the squirrels.

That’s nature’s way.  We are intended to try more times than we succeed. In fact nature gives us failure to hone us, make us better… more focused… determined and strong.  Everyone has a phase in life when achievement only seems to come with great effort.   Yet the hardest lessons and trials lead to the richest, most hard-won rewards.

This is how nature leads us with pressure that keeps us focused on our individual, unique purpose.   This heaviness is a force that keeps us plodding through dread so we  generate more inner discipline, faith, optimism and trust.

Nature does not promise success, but by forcing us to learn how to stick to our passion and purpose despite  distractions and doubts, we gain mastery of fulfillment that brings us unshakable self-esteem.

The great Sufi poet Rumi says this in his poem Chickpea that says:

A chickpea in a pot leaps from the flame,
out from the boiling water,
Crying, “Why do you set fire to me?

You chose me, bought me, brought me home for this?”
The cook hits it with her spoon into the pot.

“No! Boil nicely, don’t jump away from the one who makes the fire.
I don’t boil you out of hatred.
Through boiling you may grow flavorful, nourishing,
and united with vital human spirit.”

The chickpea speaks, “If this is so, then help me to boil!
By this boiling you elevate me.

Hit me with the spoon; delight me!
Let me gladly submit to this boiling
that I may be embraced by the Beloved.”

So whatever you are feeling today… be thankful!

The journey really is what counts and if the path you are on is a purpose you have a passion for (as Mah has one for chasing squirrels) the days when you miss your goals won’t hurt you.  They will make you better…. more a part of everything and happier, because this really is nature’s way.

Albert Schweitzer summed this fact so well when he said:

“Success is not the key to happiness
Happiness is the key to success
If you love what you are doing
You will be successful

Merri, David, Cheri and I are thankful that you have tuned in. You are our purpose and our inspiration and wish you happiness and a lot to be thankful for every day.


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