Saturday, April 13, 2019

Empowering Tchotchkes

I photographed these little glass trays
before sending to my nieces for their birthdays,
and my sister Peg gave her blessing:

"I’m sure Anna and Sara will love the little plates.
Empowering tchotchkes
like these are so good for us.
They remind us that we can overcome so much
and handle it with the grace all women possess."

Tchotchkes ~ from the Yiddish:
" . . . bauble, bibelot, curio, curiosity, doodad, gaud, geegaw, gimcrack, kickshaw, knickknack, novelty, ornamental, trinket, whatnot . . . "

Especially: "Whatnots"

[See also ~ Urban Dictionary ~ Haha! ]

Tchotchkes from HoiTEA ToiTEA, Indianapolis

Some Mantras
To go along with our Tchotchkes

I haven't pinpointed the source yet,
but here is some excellent advice:
"The Universe seeks balance. Equilibrium is the only state that does not result in inevitable destruction.

"Seek balance in your relations with others. If you desire the attention of someone who ignores you, understand that they are acting in accordance with their priorities. This does not make them evil, but it does make them a poor choice for emotional attachment.

"Value yourself; do not seek affirmation from those who do not value you. If someone is 'too busy' to reach out to you for weeks or months at a time, they are simply demonstrating that they concluded everything they did during that time was more important than connecting with you.

"Life gives us the freedom to make these choices; make the choice to make yourself important enough not to be imprisoned by the desire for what you can't have. Incompatibility is not rejection; it is correction. Live correctly.

And what Natasha said:
"My teacher in India puts it this way:

'You always have the option to be the greater one. Be the Buddha in your life. Don’t expect the other person to be greater than you – kinder, more loving, more forgiving, more generous.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Learn to access that dimension within yourself where you are the greater one, the one who refuses to enter hell. Remember the gates of hell are always open, but you don’t have to walk through them.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
'The world is full of ignorance. Be the greater presence wherever you are – the wiser one, the non-reactive one. Be the Buddha in your life.'”

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