Howdy folk

Howdy folk

In my Texas neighborhood, I always looked in wonder at the carefree cute little squirrels flitting about playfully enjoying their acorn meal πŸ™‚ Light on their feet and mischievous taking a photo was always an exciting challenge. This lovely poem (by AB) brings out my true feelings of those moments.Β  πŸ™‚

As I walked, my head bowed down,
With the weight of all worldly matters,
I saw this squirrel merrily running around as if the world belonged to him,
But it did belong to him.

I saw him going about his task joyfully without a care in the world.
He was performing the most mundane task of searching for something to eat, or perhaps playing around after he had his fill,
But he, just like me is God’s creature. I marveled at the difference between him and me.
He lived on trust, knowing he will be taken care of.

As he scampered, climbed trees, ran down again, performing in his own little theater as he was the actor and also the audience. He knew the secret of the universe and practiced it,
Whereas I, despite knowing the secret of the universe still believed it was I, who was doing everything, 😦
And instead of walking joyfully without a care in the world, I was dragging my feet as if they were in chains.

Oh, to take some life lessons from a squirrel; for he is as much His creation as I am.

I'm relaxing

I’m relaxing

Howdy

Enjoying my acorn feast

Have a wonderful weekend all you lovely folk πŸ™‚

 

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About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Mylène says:

    I would love to have these cute little squirrels hanging out in my neighbourhood. I love the poem, love the meaning of it and love reading your blog. πŸ™‚

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Ah Mylène welcome to my space. Having seen your blog I know your lovely words come straight from the heart.

      With kindest regards and a Happy Sunday πŸ™‚

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  2. sindhoooo says:

    Awww! He is really very cute! And, it is a lovely and meaningful poem!

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  3. Semra Polat says:

    MaşaAllah & Nice post πŸ™‚

    i wishing you a beautiful sunday and week ahead πŸ™‚

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  4. Dilip, I will think of you the next time I see a squirrel in the backyard πŸ™‚ You have such an uplifting soul and I am proud to call you my friend! Great post.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Your kind words Christy are warmly reciprocated and I feel truly blessed.
      Ha ha maybe I’ll come to know when you spot a squirrel πŸ™‚

      And for me your inspiring words mean a lot and make me realize to live-up to your friendship.

      With kindest regards and a lovely December month to you.

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  5. zambianlady says:

    I always knew there were squirrels in other parts of the world, but actually see one was really exciting. They were light on their feet as you so rightly put it.

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  6. Beautifully written and I loved the first pic:-)

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  7. dilipnaidu says:

    Profound and beautiful observations. Yes we can learn a lot from animals and birds. And you are right humans though blessed with an intellect do not use it wisely and make a simple n happy life unnecessarily complicated and unhappy.

    Thank you and wish you a lovely week. πŸ™‹

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  8. chicasl10 says:

    The playing squirrel reminds me of the Lena’s in sri Lanka Same expierence with those small sweet animals. we can learn from them
    we can learn from a lot of animals. Even kill for survival or kill for joy.
    Humans a wierd kind of anima;

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  9. dilipnaidu says:

    Many thanks for all the lovely music you share. πŸ“―πŸŽΊπŸŽ» I enjoy them. Regards my friend be well always. πŸ™Œ

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  10. Aliosa says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my blogs! πŸ™‚
    Have a blessed day ! πŸ™‚

    Regards,
    Aliosa.

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  11. Allexyanna says:

    Beautiful pictures, interesting lessons! πŸ™‚

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  12. Simona says:

    Dolce serata by Simona πŸ™‚

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  13. MΓ©lanie says:

    @”In my Texas neighborhood…” nice and pleasant memories, as I lived in Houston-Clear Lake(NASA area) for 5 years and I used to feed those cute “creatures” with my cat’s dry food… πŸ™‚

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh wow its good to know you fed these little fellows with cat food. I did the same some times with acorns and love to see them enjoying. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by and many good wishes!

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  14. Allison says:

    Wow! How sweet! I’m so happy to connect with you, Dilip! πŸ™‚ I’m SO happily following you now! πŸ™‚

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  15. Swetank says:

    Hi Dilip, Very beautiful and vibrant pictures and the poem is one of its kind. Learned many things from you. You words are an inspiration to me. Yes!

    Regards from India!
    Best to you!
    Swetank. Be Bettr, Stay Bettr! πŸ™‚

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  16. Ankur Mithal says:

    Apt poem to go with the picture. Makes you wonder if the faculties that we think make us superior are, in reality, the ones that make us the most vulnerable, the most stupid.

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  17. Paula says:

    I have only seen them a couple of times in my life (in person). What would I give to have them in my neighbourhood. This is a lovely post, Dilip!

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  18. Cute squirrel, and an apt poem.

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  19. dilipnaidu says:

    It’s always so refreshing to read your comments. I am amazed how you make time to keep up and inspire your well wishers and friends.

    Glad you liked this post dear Sue. Have a lovely weekend. πŸ™‹

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  20. I think Nature is always teaching us lessons Dilip.. and loved your post.. AB writes some wonderful poetry..
    Its always good to walk in nature, and the little squirrel came along to lift your spirits I am certain.. And I think he achieved his aim..

    Wishing you a restful uplifted weekend..
    Blessings Sue

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  21. Aquileana says:

    Great post. The squirrel is besides such a beautiful creature… A joy to read your post Dilip. Thank you!. Happy weekend. Aquileana πŸ˜€

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  22. BD says:

    I thank the above commentator for the Video bhajan of the American guru Bhagavan Das Master of Nadi Yoga. I have added the following information for our readers from the Wikipedia.

    Bhagavan Das is the last living cultural icon of the 60’s. As Ram Das’s mentor (author of Be Here Now) he ushered in the New Age Spiritual Movement being the first Kirtan Artist in America. His groundbreaking album β€œAh” (1971) produced by Jimi Hendrix’s manager Michael Jeffrey’s was the first World Music album from Electric Ladyland. Bhagavan Das has also toured with Allen Ginsburg, opened for the Grateful Dead and sang with Bob Dylan.

    Living as a sadhu in India for six years Bhagavan Das studied the ancient science of Nada Yoga under the guidance and direction of his Guru Neem Karoli Baba. Nada Yoga is the path of devotion to the inner sound current as a means to God Realization. Alan Watts himself saying in a Rolling Stone review of the Album β€œAh” that β€œBhagavan Das is truly a Master of Nada Yoga”

    To experience Bhagavan Das in concert is to receive Darshan of the Guru himself, to touch and be touched by the immortal essence of his Guru Neem Karoli Baba- as the Light of the Guru is delivered through the mystical and potent voice of Bhagavan Das.His devotion to his Guru as that living inner sound is what he shares and transmits to all that wish to receive this blessing.

    Bhagavan Das’s rare and sacred offering to this world is like a singing open heart heralding the Guru’s Grace through the vehicle of Sound.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      I thank the commentator for the Video bhajan of Bhagawan Das the last living cultural icon of the 60’s. As Ram Das’s mentor (author of Be Here Now) he ushered in the New Age Spiritual Movement being the first Kirtan Artist in America.

      The playlist of Kirtan shows up some more kirtankaars such as David Newman aka Durga Das who is a sacred chant master, recording artist, singer/songwriter, best-selling author, and inspirational teacher. David, also known as Durga Das, travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening.

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  23. Harbans says:

    The difference in the squirrel and us is that we are having ego the squirrel has non. It could go any place with joy abandon, without care, what others around it will say for it. But we humans discriminate and that is our undoing.

    Thanks sharing

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  24. If you have a group that you feed regularly you will see they have individual personalities.

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  25. VEDANT says:

    hello sir

    hope you are doing great!!

    cute creature of nature.. and poem.

    regards
    vedant

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  26. Binky says:

    We have a great deal to learn from nature. Squirrels are quite amazing athletes, and very entertaining creatures. There are some hilarious videos of them trying to get food from bird feeders on Youtube..

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  27. aFrankAngle says:

    We can see a lot and appreciate even more when we take the time to look and think … thus what a grand creation it is.

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  28. Thank you for the excellent reminder that we are all in God’s care and should worry less and appreciate more.

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  29. Madhu says:

    A beautiful post that opens our eyes to the simplicity of nature and the conceit of humans! Thanks for the inspiration Dilip.

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  30. Beautiful pictures and grt writing

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  31. Ah, my dear Dilip, this is part of awareness, being open and learning from anyone / anything. Everything is out there – free, as long as we have the eyes to see.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend and a dawning to a wonderful week! πŸ™‚

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  32. Love the sweet, little poem and the squirrel is so very cute… πŸ˜€ Thanks for sharing…

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  33. Kamila Pala says:

    Very nice! πŸ™‚

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  34. Adorable creature and you capture its moment very well! I am smiling when reading your post. Thank you so much for sharing the photos and beautiful poem!

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  35. This is so true! We would all be so much happier if we could live in the moment always, as opposed to thinking about the past or worrying about the future πŸ™‚

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  36. seeker says:

    Thank you for sharing the poem and your kinship with the squirrel. We can say, he does what he does even someone is looking. πŸ™‚ Very entertaining.

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  37. ssbonsor says:

    Please see my Reblog. Thanks

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  38. Aquileana says:

    Great poem and I love the squirrel’s photographs… Very beautiful dear Dilip… Wishing you a wonderful sunday and week ahead ⭐
    Aquileana πŸ˜€

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      That’s truly nice of you dear Aquileana and yes the little poem is simple but it reflects the futility of caring our mental load.
      Kindest regards and have a lovely Sunday in your beautiful country πŸ™‚

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  39. ssbonsor says:

    Reblogged this on God and Love and commented:
    This poem is a beautiful illustration of how Nature and all other beings are “Care=free” while Man has himself chosen to be burdened with problems and worries. He just won’t let go of his ‘doer-ship’, his Ego. Am interested to know who the Author is?
    Love and Blessings.
    Surinder

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Your are spot on dear Surinder sir. ‘Doer-ship’ is right word and the poem brings out futility of us folk in carrying the unnecessary burden. I had made note of this poem in a small magazine some time back and the author did not reveal his name.
      Thanks and regards.
      I will surely visit the re-blog. I am honored sir.

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  40. parth893 says:

    Your post is very thoughtful. Loved the squirrel pictures. I so strongly agree with the poem and the cute squirrel, Being a nature enthusiast I have learnt that worrying about worldly things is just not worth it. *Peace & Love* ^.^

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  41. renu says:

    liked the pictures and lesson both!

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  42. nanami20 says:

    Loved Your Post :there is A quranic verse that I would like to share πŸ™‚

    β€œAnd whoever places his trust in Allah, He is sufficient for him.” (Surah At-Talaq: 3)”

    Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)( The Last PropHet Of GOD ) has said: β€œIf you have proper and sincere tawakkul (reliance) on Allah Ta’ala. He will grant you rizq like the birds are given rizq, who come out of their nests in the morning with empty stomachs and return to their nests in the evening with a full stomach.
    Try reading the Quran you’ll love it πŸ™‚

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  43. Ajay says:

    Dilip you have wonderfully proved in the squirrel story that existence takes care of all the living species. Only human feels he/she is special and have come into this word for something special. Life after life continue repeating the same story adding mask over the previous mask loosing contact with self. Fails to be in the present moment. In a moment wanders all over forgetting about all the gifts of existence. Living less seriously also creates tension, you are dragged out of the present moment creating anxiety which creates hope. When hope turn sour you are frustrated. When one is in the present without thinking one is really relaxed. OSHO, a great mystic of this century says” use the mind as servant of the heart”. Not allowing mind to over power the heart is real art of relaxation.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Ajay a beautiful response emanating from faraway beautiful New Zealand πŸ‘Œyes you have reinforced the wisdom of the Great Master Osho beautifully.

      It is when we are in awareness we witness the happenings around and realise the presence of the Supreme Power. Makes us feel we too are being taken care off and we ought release our anxieties and reaffirm our faith.

      I am truly blessed to have a friend in you βœ‹

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