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Simplicity, patience and compassion

We are constantly seeking an identity in all that we do, so knowing  that we are love incarnate,  we can relax our effort towards self aggrandizement and silently bestow what we are to everyone and each task that we undertake.  Bringing the light hearted into what would be considered hardship or a serious endeavor allows us all to take sneak peeks behind the veil.


My sister, Dr. aimee, is an incredible human being, a powerhouse of energy, creativity and concern.  She is an amazing audiologist and has her practice at a holistic, therapeutic, pediatric collective called Therapeeds*, which provides positive results without zombifiying their patients with medications.

One day aimee was reading a Roald Dahl book with a boy who was autistic.  They were discussing the book and witches and the boy looked at aimee and said, “You look like a witch.”  Aimee asked him why he thought she looked like a witch.  “Because you have a nose like a witch.”

Now, not only is aimee beautiful and much more like Mary Poppins on the magic side of the spectrum than a witch in one of Mr. Dahl’s books but she is also patient.  The next day they were reading the Ugly Duckling and discussed the brother and sister ducks teasing the young swan in their midst.  The boy said it was mean the way they were talking to the swan. “Like telling someone they looked like a witch?” my sister asked him, not unkindly.  His eyes grew wide, “Oh, that was mean of me to say that to you,” he said.  She told him he could think whatever he liked, his thoughts were his own but that he didn’t always have to share if it might hurt someone’s feelings.  He got it without shame.

Rabbi Hillel was once rudely asked by a man if he could teach the whole of the Torah while standing on one foot and he replied, ” “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow: this is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.”

There were also two men who had a bet that they could make Hillel angry.  They insulted his Babylonian origin, but they both lost the bet. Hillel had simplicity, patience and compassion.

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

May the victory of simplicity, patience and compassion be ours, even periodically through the week.