a simple smile

Perry's Orchard Christmas trees, $15

Jack told me the other day that the place where we buy our apples, Perry’s Orchard, also sells Christmas trees, and that I had to see them for myself. We both really like the man who owns and runs this orchard/farm. He is friendly, kind and honest.  Even though there are places closer to us to buy apples, Jack always takes the drive out to Perry’s, because it makes him feel good. We don’t get our trees there, but I have to say that seeing his trees made me smile.

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness“. Dalai Lama

14 thoughts on “a simple smile”

  1. Yes! Yes! Yes!
    Thank you so much Mary.
    Between “A Simple Smile”, and “A Simpler Head” on Jon’s post today, I can go forth, reflecting what is important in my heart. Kindness, especially!
    Love from Fran

    PS I loved seeing Eleanor enjoying your tree.

  2. I have always liked a tree that you could reach into and fill up with ornaments and lights. The tree is one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. Yesterdays post about striving for perfection and then stepping back to see, it’s about the love we share and the togetherness with family and friends that is most important. Today these simple little trees seem to be saying “love me, accept me as I am” and the message of Christmas comes through these humble little fellows for me. I want to send to you Mary and all of my friends at WFF blessings and much Christmas love. Thanks for all the sharing, it’s the best present of all!

  3. Ah, yes….a simple smile. And that’s what this picture brought to me this morning, Mary. I love these little trees, in all their baldness, sitting there, giving us a lesson in acceptance, if we will just really “see” them. How many lessons do we miss by being too focused on our own paths?

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Winter Solstice Blessings….to one and all.

  4. Well, Charlie Brown would love those trees! So sweet, so simple. Isn’t it just amazing how even the smallest of nature’s wonders can bring warmth to our hearts if we let them? Thanks again Mary for your tenderness and depth.

    1. Thank you Debra…..”sweet and simple” seems to be what i am loving lately.

  5. Hahaha definitely good for a smile. We went to Kuzmich’s near Willard Mtn and cut down our first tree this December. It’s small and I have to fill in a few holes with ornaments, but in our home, it’s the most beautiful tree ever. I think with a little work (and many many ornaments), those trees in the pic could be beautiful too hahaha

  6. Fran, you beat me to it! As I read Mary’s post, having just read Jon Katz’s morning news from Bedlam Farm, I thought, Mary and Jon are in cahoots today with this beautiful message of finding peace within, a calm mind and calm heart, the most beautiful temple of all. I hope Jon will not mind if I share below his beautiful poem for those of you not familiar with the Bedlam Farm blog.

    If you keep a simpler head, you will live in a simpler world.
    If you keep an easier head, you will live in a simpler world.
    What you are, inside your head, is what you will be in the world.
    Is what will be drawn to you.
    Is what you will mirror and believe.
    If you head is  frantic, you will live a frantic life.
    If your head is in chaos, then chaos will stalk you
    every day of your life.
    If your mind runs to fear, then fear will find you,
    in one form or another, and hug you close.
    It your head is filled with love, then love
    will find you, and fill your life.
    Such a simple thing,
    a simpler head.
    So difficult to see.
    – Jon Katz

  7. Susan A., thanks for sharing that~ I hadn’t been on Jon’s blog yet today.

    Mary, your message of simplicity rings a bell today, too. My son is home sick from school (irrespective of my prior, holiday-bustle plans): we are having a quiet mother-son day at home and there are “simply” things that I won’t get done. So what? I am settling into enjoying the day with him. Blessings to all.

    1. exactly Kelly T – so what, so what, so what. I hope you had a lovely day with your son, and that he is better soon – had two of those days last week and they were both a blessing.

    2. Hope your son is feeling better. Mother son tonic is the best medicine, and those moments spent together are “simply” the best. Wasn’t it last week Mary Solomon reminded us of the Shaker tune, “Tis a gift to be simple” – now its sweet refrain is buzzing around inside of my hopefully simple head. Love to all!

    3. Wonderful Kelly…just to be home with your little guy. Sometimes I think we get “sick days” from the Universe to make us stay put. Blessings to you too!

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