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Make a rose napkin using store-bought or homemade napkins. The roses pictured above (except for the rose napkin in the tea cup) are made from store-bought napkins.
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Thursday, November 17, 2016
I love Tea Time. I miss Tea Time, with my friends, that is. We share hearts in a safe space. We call that "soulversations."
If I were with my friends, we would talk about us first, of course, right? Then we would talk about the things we see in the world. We share our ideas and what-ifs and whys and why-nots. In that stimulating space, we oftentimes come up with new words because the dictionary doesn't have a word that fully expresses our ideas.
That's a word that was born at Tea Time.
Our new words are not easily defined, but can be understood better in a story, a Tea Time story, that is.
This or That?
A Tea Time Story
To be right. Righteous. What does this mean? If one is right, then the other is wrong? Does this idea serve? Who is right? Who is wrong? Every idea has its purpose. If that group is right, then is the other group wrong?
Such is the world of duality. This or that. Them or us. You or me.
Duality seeing. Looking at opposites helps us see. We collect the information on a subject, then we decide what side fits us--this side or that side.
But are sides really clear, to see, that is. Can you really see what is on one side and what is on the other side? Are there pieces of one side that can be found on the other side too? And if so, what does that mean?
Alike. Not alike. Same but Different.
It seems to me we are still trying to figure all of that out. We don't know yet.
We think it should be this way. They think it should be that way.
Only two ways?
Can someone other than me see that there are many ways -- not just two, that is, ways.
One way can never fit all. If that were so, we would be robots. Are we robots? Are we not robots but moving towards becoming robots?
If this happens, then we should do this. If that happens, then we should do that. This. That. Dualities.
DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO CHOOSE!
Should we choose this way? Or should we choose that way? That is a question we face every day.
What happens once a choice is made? How do you live the choice? How do they live the choice?
I SEE YOU
Seeing all of this reveals who that one is, or that one, or they or them. How we live our choices tell the stories of who we are, presently, that is. Who we are changes depending on what and how we see.
Duality or all? How do you see? Duality, this, that or a combination of some of this, a little of that, a pinch of another, a dash of something else, a sprinkling of LoveJoy.
Oops! Who said that?
There. I said it again.
I don't know the answers to the questions. I'm still looking, observing, trying to figure things out. I'm looking to see not only what fits me, but I'm also making room to see what fits you and that one, and those ones and all. And while I do that, I do so in LoveJoy. Because when we blend things, combine things, unite, and choose Love, how can we not end up with
There. I said it again. LoveJoy.
I am me. You are you. We are One.
We don't know all the answers. But we know LoveJoy.
LOVEJOY NOT HATESAD
LoveJoy. That word is made from two words, combined. It's plain to see. You can change the meaning, but to do so would change the word. It would no longer be LoveJoy if you define that word from the perspective of its opposites: HateSad.
LoveJoy. That's it. There is no space between the two root words. They are One word.
Perhaps we need to see in a new way. Perhaps new will help us see, and, therefore, live Love and Joy.