What I learned from My Dogs

Take joy in simple pleasures, even when you are sick or in pain.
It can help you heal, or at least forget your problems for a while.

Do the best you can with what you’ve got instead of complaining
about what you don’t have.

Welcome loved ones home, even when they have only been gone for a short time.

Let others know how important they are to you and you will be important to them.

Don’t be embarrassed to seek aid or comfort from others. 
You will make them feel good by helping you.

It’s easier and more rewarding to make a new friend instead of an enemy.

Every living thing has something it can teach us.  We just have to be willing to be students.


The Present

What is the present?  How long does it last?  Does it even exist?
    It seems to me that what we call the present is just the borderline between the past and the future and what we think of as the present is really the information out our brain has processed in the past few hundredths of a second, so is really the recent past.  Fifty years ago the best time pieces could only divide a second into hundreds.  Now we can divide a second into billionths.  Every time an atomic clock “ticks”, it is now in the past and the next one is in the future.
    So the present is really not measuring time so much as measuring thought.  The present is what is in our mind now (unless we are reminiscing about the past or speculating about the future). 
     In ancient Rome, the god Janus represented gates, doors, borders and the Present.  He is depicted as having two faces, one looking back at the past and one looking forward to the future, with essentially nothing between.  A perfect depiction of Now!


Scripture: The Gospel of Thomas 50

Jesus said, “If some say to you, ‘Where have you come from?’ say to them,
‘We have come from the Light, where the Light came into being by itself,
established itself, and appeared in an image of Light.’
If they say to you ‘Are you the Light?’ say, ‘We are it’s children,
and we are the chosen of the Living Father.’
If they ask you, ‘What is the evidence of your Father in you?’ tell them,
‘It is motion and rest'”.

The Light referred to here is God,the self created Light, who created Himself and
the image of himself (which may refer to Christ, the first creation, or the Spiritual Sun).
Jesus tells the disciples they are not the Light, they are the children of the Light:
They are not God, they are part of God.  The distinction is important.
The last sentence is saying that life is proof of God because without God there can be no life.