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The Villager and the Happy Man

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The Villager and the Happy Man

By Remez Sasson

In a small village, in the valley, lived a man who was always happy, kind, and well disposed to everyone he met. He always smiled, and had kind and encouraging words to say, whenever it was necessary. Everyone who met him, left feeling better, happier and elated. People knew they could count on him, and regarded him as a great friend.

One of the village dwellers was curious to know what his secret was, and how he could always be so kind and helpful. He wondered, how is it that he held no grudge toward anyone, and always was happy.

Once, upon meeting him in the street he asked him: “Most people are selfish and unsatisfied. They do not smile as often as you do; neither are they as helpful or kind as you are. How do you explain it?”

The man smiled at him and replied, “When you make peace with yourself, you can be in peace with the rest of the world. If you can recognize the spirit in yourself, you can recognize the spirit in everyone, and then you find it natural to be kind and well disposed to all. If your thoughts are under your control, you become strong and firm. The personality is like a robot programmed to do certain tasks. Your habits and thoughts are the tools and programs that control your personality. Become free from being programmed, and then the inner good and the happiness that reside within you will be revealed.”

“But a lot of work is necessary. Good habits have to be developed. The ability to concentrate and to control the thoughts has to be strengthened. The work is difficult and endless. There are many walls that need to be to climbed. It is not an easy task.” Lamented the villager.

“Do not think about the difficulties, otherwise this is what you will see and experience. Just quieten your feelings and thoughts, and try to stay in this peace. Just try to be calm, and do not let yourself be carried away by your thoughts.”

“Is that all?” Asked the villager.

“Try to watch your thoughts and see how they come and go. Stay in the quietness that arises. The moments of peace will be brief at first, but in time they will get longer. This peace is also strength, power, kindness, and love. In time, you will realize that you are one with the Universal Power, and this will lead you to act from a different dimension – point of view -consciousness, not from the selfish, small, limited ego.”

“I will try to remember your words,” said the villager, and continued, “there is another thing that I am curious about. You do not seem to be influenced by the environment. You have a kind word for everyone, and you are helpful. People treat you well, and never exploit your goodness.”

“Being good and being kind do not necessarily point to weakness. When you are good, you can also be strong. People sense your inner strength, and therefore, do not impose on you. When you are strong and calm inside, you help people, because you can, and you want to. You act from strength, not from weakness. Goodness is not a sign of weakness, as some people erroneously think. It can manifest together with power and strength.”

“Thank you very much for your advice and explanations”, said the villager, and went away happy and satisfied.

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Fuzzy Friday: A Very Fuzzy Farewell to Buddy The Wonder Dog

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photo courtesy of cityrag.com

Before my two most wonderful pupsters pawed their way into my life I would spend a lot of time online looking at dogs to adopt.  During this time I would also find myself following different stories of  bloggers relationships with their own special furry friends.  Yet Of all the tails (get it TAILS) I read, there was one I found myself particularly drawn to each week and it was the loving accounts written about Buddy the Wonder Dog on cityrag.com.   Buddy was part Corgi and part Chihuahua and a city dog, a rescue NYC dog at that, who belonged to the blogger behind the ever so awesome and entertaining blog cityrag.com and her partner. When the blog began in 2004, the stories and pictures of Buddy’s adventures in the city, at the beach, or just lying around just being Buddy would put a smile on my face and a warm fuzzy in my heart every time.  Longing for a dog of my own, I intently followed the stories of Buddy and in some strange way I felt a connection with the Wonder Dog that went beyond just reading another blog post.

As the years past I was blessed with the opportunity to adopt not one, but two furry friends of my own, the ever so wonderful Bella and Coppertop!! Although I would still check cityrag.com from time to time to see what Buddy was up to, after a while the posts about Buddy stopped and my visits became farther and farther apart. Not that cityrag.com isn’t a great blog to stop by on your daily internet browsing, it is, they have great stuff, however what I loved the most about Cityrag.com was Buddy the Wonder Dog.  I would often wonder where the little corgi/Chihuahua mix who had captured my heart so many years ago had gone, hoping for the best but fearing the worst.

Then this week I received an email from a friend of mine I had “turned on” to Buddy back in the day saying, “Buddy, the corgi form Cityrag has died.”  Immediately I went though a series of emotions from sadness to wondering where the little Wonder Dog had been all these years.  In a letter to the readers from the writer of cityrag.com would be where I would find the answers to my questions about Buddy.  Buddy was 20 years old when he passed away this past year and up until his passing he was still living the doggy life in NYC.  Posts about his daily goings on had ceased to be after his health began to decline because the writer of cityrag and owner of Buddy explained in her letter that, “Blogging can change your relationship to things and I wanted to keep it real with him. Or maybe I just didn’t want to blog his decline. Buddy was an amazing dog – sweet, funny, loyal, always up for an adventure, and a badass to the end.”

It is strange the connections we make to animals and people that we have never met but read about and follow online.  Even today, as I wrote this post, I found myself often with a lump in my throat and watery eyes, needing to take breaks to keep my “work face” on.  It could very well be I feel so emotional because the passing of Buddy reminds me that one day I too will have to say goodbye to my own furry friends however I think its something more.  When I really think about it and look back I realize that when I first began reading about Buddy the Wonder Dog it was during a very hard time in of my life, and I was lonely and so badly wanted a dog of my own and the adventures of Buddy really brought some light and happiness into some pretty dark days.  RIP Buddy the Wonder Dog, thanks for all the laughs and the smiles, you will forever be remembered in my mind as truly one badass Buddy!

Badass Buddy Tribute!

 

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Inspirational Lucky Pennies!!!

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