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I took these photos of the

 Norman Lindsay house and his

 sculptures. At Faulcombridge

in the Blue Mountains of

N.S.W. Australia.

Norman lindsy's sculpture.

Norman Lindsay’s sculpture.

Finding the right partner is not easy.

Home of Norman Lindsy at Faulcombridge.

Home of Norman Lindsy at Faulcombridge.

There are ways to catching the perfect partner. You should have no problem if you are rich and sexy yourself. If not you will have to make yourself more appealing to the opposite sex and mix in the right social circles. You will not find a suitable partner mixing in with unsavory company. To mix with good company you will have to work on any short comings you may have. If you are unfit start an exercise routine and get on a healthy diet. If you lack communication skills join a Toastmasters Club, take elocution lessons. The public library and your computer can assist you to improve your eligibility in achieving a better life. Smile, be kind and gracious do whatever it takes to make you shine in company.

Faulcombridge fountain.

Faulcombridge fountain.

This will increase your circle of friends and friends are invaluable. In the business world this is called networking and leads to valuable profits. Friends are worth more than gold in all walks of life. Understand there are no free gifts in life you have to work on self-improvement to better your prospects in life. Understanding life is not easy it is ever-changing in unpredictable ways. Expecting things to be always as we would like brings disappointment. What brings joy into your life is having the right attitude. Practice thinking clearly and being aware of your emotions. So you can accept a critical remark calmly and rationalize whether it is valid and constructive or destructive and hurtful. It is constructive if it shows you a fault you can work on to fix. If it is designed only to upset you it is better to smile and not acknowledge the insult. This will have a boomerang effect hurting the one who is hurtful. It is our choice how we react to all things if we take the time to consider the matter.

Behind the scenes.

Behind the scenes.

Staying calm under pressure is an important way to impress the right people. You have to put effort into being a nice person to attract nice people. You need the right qualities to succeed in any quest. Being constantly aware of your thoughts, emotions, speech and actions is not easy. You may need to practice meditation to calm those invasive thoughts that come into the mind uninvited like static on the radio. Success in finding the right partner will depend on how successful you are in your self-improvement. As the saying goes, ‘If you want a certain thing, first you must become a certain person. Then that certain thing is of no further concern of yours.’

Up front.

Up front.

If you follow steps in self-improvement you will benefit in many ways and not be disappointed. It is wanting and desires that drives us to great achievement. Unreasonable, greedy wanting can also bring much unhappiness if we are ignorant of the true nature of life. That the nature of life is not stable and it is impartial to our desires. We must go with the flow of nature it will not bend its laws to suit man. Wanting has to be balanced with need, wanting more than we need is greed and greed, laziness and hatred are the three things that destroy our happiness. Life is ever-changing work to stay in balance. If we can work in harmony with life in loving kindness we will find peace and contentment.

Nothing to hide.

Nothing to hide.

Riches and sex are subject to change all pleasures are fleeting. Caring and sharing are more stable. If you are looking for the perfect partner you must realize a perfect person will not tolerate your imperfections. You had better start working on any flaws in your character. I have found my perfect partner she is just perfect for me. She is easily satisfied; all she wants is a person to share life’s twists and turns, someone to share the laughter and the pain. She is wise and knows dependability and sincerity is better than money in the bank. Those handsome looks time erodes and it is hidden beauty in the heart that is important.

Another tail.

Telling tales about a tail.

I love to see beauty and am satisfied I do not need to possess it. As Robbie Burns wrote, ‘for pleasures are like poppies spread, you seize the flower the bloom is shed or like the snow-fall on the river, one moment white then lost forever.’ We can appreciate without owning something. Antique stores are like zoos to look is wonderful and you do not have the responsibility of housing, storing and caring for all you are enjoying.

Another artist took this photo I am in the photo can you see me?

I am somewhere in the picture.

I am somewhere in the picture.

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Defining Love.

Nan Tien Temple statues, Photos and buddhist sayings added by Jack.

Nan Tien Temple statues, Photos and Buddhist sayings added by Jack.

What precisely is love? As a parent it is to cherish, hold dear and protect. As a child it is attachment and need that grows into feelings of affection. Then feelings of longing for and desiring things begins, children know how to love without reservation. Some never grow out of these wanting ways. Their love matures into innocent romantic love, maturing into deep emotions of sexual attraction and intense desire. These feelings are reptilian impulses that need conscious thought to control them. Without mutual understanding and caring fondness it is not love, but lust. Lasting love endures with trust, unselfishly caring and sharing all life’s experiences, the joys and sorrows, helping in every way to promote a priceless friendship.

I love this saying.

I love this saying.

As time passes it is a universal truth that all things change, love is no exception. Like all things without care and attention love will fade and die. Lovelorn and lonely, like in tennis a score of zero is love; you lose because you did not put enough into the game. All games have rules. In the game of love the rules are warmth and kind attention at all times for love to grow and flourish. If you want love you must be a loving person, if you want respect you must be respectable. It is true ‘as you sow so you reap.’ it has been said in many ways by many renowned sages. It is the basic idea of karma in life, your deeds, both good and bad, will automatically rebound in a like manner.

Two joys songs and birds.

Two joys songs and birds.

Love can be described as a great fondness, this could have inherent problems.  We want or desire what we are fond of so, as I mentioned, desires need to be controlled. That romantic puppy love, the embracing, cuddling kissing can lead to problems for the young uninformed. They are not bad; they are ignorant of the gravity and all the ramifications they are in need of understanding. Wanting is not only a problem with sexual desires, many cravings need controlling. All things in excess are harmful. Moderation and balance are needed. To love food and eat in excess of the body’s needs brings health problems. Balance the calories eaten to the calories burning in exercise done.  Wanting more than we need is greed. Ironically love is linked to wanting and greed. Actually it is excessive wanting and greed that brings bad karma.

No judging or adding too.

No judging or adding too.

These are down to earth thoughts on love. I will leave the worship, adoration and devotional love to the believers in a benevolent God to explain. I love the world the way it is. I do not love the way our wanting is changing the world faster than nature intended. Love has both wondrous aspects and adverse features. The word love is stretched beyond its limits we need to qualify all the different forms of love. Then use mindfulness, moderation, balance and understand all the aspects of love. Love is intrinsic to our human needs, we need love to exist. We need to consider love in all our dealings. Most of all we need to understand love, if not we will be deeply hurt. If hurt by love it will be because of lack of understand.

Reflect on this.

Reflect on this.

Love is freedom, needing and possessing is not love this is pain and suffering. Love is being sensitive to all we encounter in life. Life is a love song to enjoy without wanting, clinging or attachment. Let the music play and enjoy the entire performance not only your favorite guitar rift. Nature gives her free gifts out of love for all that appreciate. Nature makes no judgments on who deserves, people either appreciate and enjoy or ignore and miss natures example of love. The sun shines warmth on all of life without favor as the rain falls on both the needy parched earth and the ocean. When one picks up a broken bottle off the beach, it is not known who may be saved from pain. There is no reward other than the joy of knowing someone may benefit. This is a simple act of human love.

 

Buddha, Nan Tien Temple, branch of Fo Gong shan.

Buddha, Nan Tien Temple, branch of Fo Gong shan.

Visit the temple hit this link.

Charming statues of all kinds in these lovely gardens.

Charming statues of all kinds in these lovely gardens.

 

 

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