My Granddaddy owned a general store in a small town in South Carolina. Because people sometimes didn’t have the money for the necessities that they needed to buy in his store, he would often trade with them instead of using currency. He would come home with chickens or eggs, once even a goat, from the farmers who needed to buy flour etc. The story goes that he never let anyone leave without what they needed even when they lacked money.
“You gotta live and let live,” was his motto even back then. He has long since passed, but the refrain still sticks in my head. I was talking with one of my cousins today and we were reminiscing about our family and the memories that we shared were priceless. When I told him the motto above, he chuckled and said it was one of his favorite sayings from AA and he never knew why. It was simply one that stuck in his brain.
~ Live and Let Live ~
What a lovely way to look at life, don’t you think? Allow others to be who they are, don’t judge and just look after your own self. Do what’s right. Be a good person. Be yourself. Be kind and loving towards everyone. Just remember you can only change yourself and you need to accept everyone else as who they are. Be a blessing in someone else’s life. Allow your hardships to help others and not to harden your heart. Look up and embrace life. Be joyful that you are here to hold someone else’s hand. When it’s your turn to need help, embrace the kindness given to you. Pay it forward. Don’t hoard your lessons, but share the experiences. We are all battling something ~ patience and understanding go far when we connect with others on our life journey. It helps to share when you connect with understanding and embrace others in a kind, loving way. Be grateful that you can help someone else, even in a small way. That’s what we are all here for on this life’s journey.
Finding peace within sometimes take a little help from Mother Nature. I watch as the koi swim in the pond, allowing each fish his own path, intersecting, bumping and swimming, always on the go. Small chipmunks and lively squirrels come by to rest and refresh themselves ~ a sip of the cool water from the pond is all that it takes to quench their thirst and off they go on their merry way. Birds stop in for a little bath now and again. Some even perch on the side to sip before flying off to parts unknown. Spiders build a web to catch some of the little bugs that fly by. Zipping by the water to catch a drink, dragonflies skim the surface before taking their leave. Suddenly there’s a splash from nowhere and up pops a little frog’s head. He’s hopped there into the mix as well, floating lazily on the fountain’s current as the koi swim serenely underneath the surface.
It’s a lively oasis and a peaceful one as well. Everyone’s busy on their own agenda, yet living in peace and harmony. Live and let live. There’s love, survival and beauty in our little pond I hope you find a little peace and koi here along with me.
P.S. I tried to upload a video of the scene, but it wouldn’t work because it was an imovie. Anyone know how to change the format so I could include it? I just thought I’d ask…have a lovely day!