Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Open: An Autobiography
This book [that I have not read] has gotten so much press over the past few days due to the truth that it's author has chosen to include within it depicting his own experience.  But that's not what this post is about.  That's right this is not about Andre Agassi or his book at all, I have only chosen the book as one visual to get your attention. Now that I have it,THIS POST is about something pretty wonderful that I experienced today.

Several months ago I was told about a woman named Rekha who specializes in eyebrow threading here in the valley.
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I am a woman who is on a limited budget these days and grooms herself regularly. Today I finally called her to get my brows in shape [$5.00 rather than the commanded $23.00].  To make a long story short, I got to her house early this afternoon and as I pulled up her front door was wide OPEN.  I looked down at the address on my lap and looked at the address of the house about two times, yup it was the right house.  I parked walked to the front door and rang the bell [of course I didn't just walk into the house of a complete stranger, I have better manners] and Rekha motioned for me to enter and follow her to her salon. As she was threading way my stomach began to growl.  I apologized and after she finished she invited me to stay for lunch. Very sweet right? With my embarrassment squelched, flawless brows and empty stomach
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I accepted her generous offer. It turns out Rekha cooks homemade Indian food everyday.  So over whole wheat pita, lentils, spicy eggplant and yogurt we chatted about the difference in cooking cultural foods [how easterners love super spicy food and we westerners prefer it milder.] meditation, and other girly stuff about which I won't bore you.  She then complimented my bindi

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and told me that she had tons for me to choose and take with me.  She gave me about 20 packs.  She then invited me to come back to her home with friends any time I wanted.  My response was, "Thank you but you don't know me why would you extend such hospitality?"  Her answer, "We are all God's children, no matter what race, sex, culture or spiritual beliefs.  So as you saw when you pulled up my door is always OPEN.  Please it will be my pleasure to have you back." And she continued, "You can also visit our Temple any time you'd like we welcome any and everyone.  There you can continue to learn about meditation plus there we always serve homemade food."  At first my thought was negative that this woman must think I can't feed myself but then I realized much like my experience at the Vedic Temple two weeks ago the eastern culture [like several others] is based around food and socialization.  So concluding my appointment I paid her, hugged her, thanked her for beautiful brows and a delicious meal and gave her my contact information as she scurried to her next appointment.

In conclusion it is always great to be OPEN to new experiences because you never know how God is going to bless you.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another (Isaiah 2:5, Psalm 104:2; 1 Tim 6:16)

The friendship [Or The secret counsel] of the LORD is for those who fear him,and he makes known to them his covenant (Amos 3:7; Job 29:4)

Wealth brings many new friends,but a poor man is deserted by his friend. (Proverbs 14:20)

And I tell you, make friends for yourselves...(Luke 12:33; Matt 6:20; 19:21; 1 Tim 6:10, 17-19)

It was a great day because the way it unfolded was unexpected and because I made a new friend.

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You never know how God is going to build and expand his kingdom.

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Peace out until the next time...
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  1. This was a great story and I like the honesty with which you told it. Funny how we always feel suspicious of someone else's unspoken motivations for their kindness, isn't it?

    I also enjoyed how you caught everyone's attention with Agassi's book. I laughed!

    The red print that is below the post is illegible because it's so dark. Some of us are, uh, um, middle-aged and maybe our eyesight is faltering a tad.... ;) I think lighter print on a dark background is better.

    The music is great and blog background is really lovely; the only thing I might caution against is keeping the page from getting too busy looking because I get the feeling that you want to provide a relaxing, zen place for the reader. Maybe all the extra stuff in the side bar could be moved to a link page within the blog? I don't even know if it's possible to do that on blogger. It's just a thought.

    Will you ultimately close your other blog? Because another option is to morph your present blog into something like this. I say that because I don't know how someone can keep up with two blogs. It's so much work!!!

    Keep it up. I enjoy reading you. :)

  2. P.J. - I removed the background theme and changed the color of the 'disclaimer' type. No, I don't plan on fusing the two blogs into one. The plan is to keep them separate. Hopefully as you read on the cleaner look will draw you into my writings.

  3. That's exactly it! Your words will be what is important on the page...and spiritual words are always important. I like what you've done with the place! ;)


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