|Zendotstudio Buddhas at Rawsome Cafe & Juice Bar|
Four of us have been hard at work around "the farm" this last several weeks so I have had occasion to see different kinds of effort in action. Lots of work has taken place. Some very dirty cedar siding had been washed, many weeds have been pulled, dirt has been moved, logs have been bucked, meadows have been mowed. I myself have been guilty of over- effort, the kind where you unwisely use up all your energy and are reduced to an aching heap. I have witnessed grim effort, where not much fun happens on the job. There have been half efforts and unfocused effort. I have also witnessed bright effort that flowed with enthusiasm and effort meant in part to be an example to encourage others. I never knew there were so many nuances to effort.
In her talk Fella reminds us that wise effort is intertwined with mindfulness and concentration. If we are mindful our effort will be bright and considerate of the task at hand. Concentration supports an effort that is strong and focused. When I think of effort I am often reminded of Jeane's tag line over at ART IT, "you must make an effort to put things into motion". These words have echoed in my ears from the first time I read them. Simple, direct and true. Jeane is an inspiring example of wise effort. She works consistently. Perhaps this is one of the most important and difficult aspects of effort, this ability to unflinchingly sustain effort. And I have been awed by the integrity of her effort. This woman has painted over or burned work I would gladly have hung on my wall! And her new work is an exciting testimony to effort she nourishes on good humour, faith and confidence.
|Chris Gay half of the duo that owns Rawsome Cafe|
|Buddhas watch over cafe customer|
Summer seems the season of energy, filled with sun and light and warmth. So what better season to consider our use of effort, to re-dedicate ourselves to something that is important in our lives? Where will you shine the light of your wise effort this summer?