Plants and Animals


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This is actually a misleading title. Because plants and animals are nature. It’s all we have, everything else are extras we could do without. Then again, this is about nature after all-the nature of people, or the attitude of some people.


When I was young I had some cacti. Cacti have these sharp spines to protect their soft inside from being eaten. It’s pretty effective in most cases. They also often live in very dry places. I was a bit like a cactus as well-not very sociable, but quite soft underneath.


Then there are mimosas. They are quite regular plants, they even have pretty little flowers, but the moment you touch them they close up. Nothing to get here, move on, goodbye, that’s it. Hmm.

Venus fly trap

More seriously I have to warn you about the Venus fly traps. They lay themselves wide open, even display a certain kind of sticky sweetness. Hi, so good to see you, I’m ready for you. But once you get on their trail they close in on you and suck you dry, take all you’ve got. And then they spit you out.

Okay, okay, people aren’t flies, but in one clip I saw one of these plants devour a frog! Avoid the flytraps, being sweet doesn’t necessarily show someone’s true character.


Let’s move on to the animal kingdom. One dangerous species is the octopus and its bigger relative the kraken. They grab you wrapping their arms around like it’s the eternal love. But they have suction cups on their tentacles and you will have a hard time to get away if you ever want to. Or you become unable to breathe. And since they have eight arms they might hold a few others with some of those arms as well.

Of course, people aren’t plants or animals, although I’m sure you can find some more parallels with other earthly life forms. Some humans are way above earthly life forms, though. My sweetheart, for example, is an absolute angel.

And me? I guess I’m a sunflower. All day I turn my face to the sun like a sunflower. Sunflowers actually look like a picture of the sun and they produce very useful seeds. They look like they are happy as well. (I feel like a Haiku coming:)

Sunflower fireld


Face the light all day

You can brighten up the world

Light is even more

Beautiful in its reflection

Well, it’s not a haiku, it has an extra line. I call it Haiku plus. The Haiku Purity Committee Watch will probably ostracize me and ban me from their club.

sunflower with sunglasses

So what!? I’ll just keep facing the sun and still be happy.







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‘Cactus’     Image courtesy of tuelekza at

‘Soft Nature Greenery Background Of Mimosa Bud Flowers On Green G…’  Image courtesy of KAZITAFAHNIZEER at

‘Venus Fly Trap’   Image courtesy of lobster20 at

‘Beautiful Landscape With Sunflower Field Over Cloudy Blue Sky’ Image courtesy of pixtawan at

‘Sunflower with sunglasses’  Image courtesy of jiggoja at

‘Octopus’    from Wikipedia  Creative Commons License Attribution: ma photo   Albert Kok



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Be truly human

Respect the one before you

And see with your heart


Can you really love everyone? You must be a saint or God himself.

So what can we do? We can give everyone respect. For what they are, not what they’ve done. Some people have done terrible things.

Maybe you could have done terrible things.

Be thankful you didn’t. Be human. Have compassion.

And see with your heart…For most of us it takes time to learn that. We see with our eyes, we see with our minds. Our minds judge. Right or wrong, we like them or we despise them. We love, we hate, or we are indifferent.

Only when we learn to see with our hearts we understand.



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Bird of Happiness


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Well, we stay with birds, but besides the title and the picture this haiku isn’t really about birds. ‘Bird of happiness’ here is a hidden metaphor.

I don’t even know if such a bird exists, nor can I say for sure, if the bird in the picture is happy or not. It probably is, if it can find enough food and can avoid all predators.


Bird of happiness

Fly across the world so wide

Return for the night


The bird of happiness in this case is our soul in a happy state. During the day we should let it go, share our happiness, spirit, joy, and whatever else we can offer with the world. Or wherever and with whoever we can. (And we assume that our life is set out to be more than just a job to make money and spend the rest of the day finding ways to spend it.)

At night birds return to rest, find solace, regain their strength. And so should we. Then the next day we can ‘fly’ again.




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Birds 3


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Isn’t it amazing that there are birds? How else would we raise our heads towards the sky? How else would we know that there is more than the same old path? How else would we dream of flying away into new worlds?

How else would we hope that one day, too, our soul will be free from Earth and find a new horizon?

Birds comfort me with their melodies. Birds touch my heart, so small, so light, so seemingly insignificant, but they love life and they are full of life themselves. Birds inspire me when they soar into the sky.

I love birds.


Birds outside my window

Telling me to rise above

Promise of the sky



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Birds 2


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More on birds. Just one of those everyday occurrences, which mostly go unnoticed. But life is in the trivial as much as in the great moments. In fact, every moment can become great if we give it our attention.


Raindrops dripping down

Gather in a little pool

Birds enjoy a bath


(At least this one did.)


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I like birds, at least the songbirds and other little creatures like sparrows. There are also other birds, like birds of prey and vultures and flightless birds; I’m not talking about those here.

But I like the little birds that flit about and that we always take for granted, like these sparrows. They remind us that our soul can fly and our thoughts can soar as high as the sky or maybe much, much further. And yet they seem so insignificant, just like us.

Jesus talked about birds and compared them to human lives, so I’m not alone in talking about birds, and sometimes talking with them.


Talking with the birds

Chattering all the day long

’bout our little lives



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A Child’s Smile


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I smiled at a child

Its happiness reflecting

Back into my heart


There’s a reason why children and especially very young children and babies evoke so much love in so many people. They are almost perfect reflectors of the emotions you pour into them, because they have very little personal history. (They do have received some prenatal influences and some claim they also carry over burdens from ancestry and former lives.)

Be that as it may, compared with us grown-ups they are comparatively pure in their reactions. They trust you and and if you smile they smile with you and reflect your love for them and even can make you feel loved.

However, if they are not loved and cared for their positiveness soon seems to fade and they will become ‘problems’. Even when they are loved life’s problems sooner or later will catch up with them, yet, as far as we are concerned we want to give them our best.

Children may be the greatest responsibility we will ever have; their life and their happiness are in our hands.



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Passage into Now


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Link to the eternal

While we are passing through time

There is only Now

Passage into Now.

– These words seem to contradict each other, but all our life we’re passing, while we stay in the moment. I think most of us never contemplate the nature of time; firstly, it’s too difficult, and secondly, paradoxically, we don’t have time for it.

From experience we know one moment follows the next and to survive we need to prepare for it, we need to plan, we need to anticipate, and so we end up giving a lot of our attention to the future, a future that we can’t live yet, for it hasn’t arrived yet.

Getting older sooner or later you realize the future is diminishing for you and you are left with a choice: to live in the past or to live in the now. The moment you are in becomes all-important, it’s all you have. It’s always been like this, only now you are more aware of it.

Capture the moment…



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Dreams of Reality – Reality of Dreams


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We could be dreaming

Life we live could be a dream

And still we’re dreaming


It’s impossible not to dream. And I’m not talking about the little movies we see when we’re asleep. I’m talking about the imaginations and fantasies we make up when we are-more or less- awake. Dreams, imaginations, and fantasies color our lives, they are part of our reality. Is it because we can always think of a better life, we always desire a better life or at least more of the good things in our lives?

Somebody once wrote that this life is an illusion and when we die, leave this world or dimension, we awake and all will be clear and we will be our true self. Without judging this as true or false I can contemplate this as a possibility. There are many other ideas about life after this one, many constructs, which you can contemplate and believe in if you want.

There’s also one that states that this reality we live in now is the only one and after, there is nothing. It’s not my belief and if it’s so, I would feel rather disappointed, but of course we would never know.

Imagination, fantasies, and dreams make us different, bring creative thought into the world. Sometimes they become reality.  Without them our life would only be a hum-drum struggle for survival like the life of animals- but who knows? Maybe they are dreaming as well.

Build your dreams-believe in them.



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Loving Life


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Moon shines on the sea

Wind gently kisses my cheek

I am loving life


Can you love life? Can you be romantic without addressing a specific person? Can you feel loved by life or by an invisible force that some people call the universe or God or whatever else they may say?

My first take on this was “I’m in love with life”. But ‘in love’ indicates a passive state. Something or somebody triggered a deep feeling, which we call ‘in love’, though different people may define it in various ways.

Yet, ‘loving’ is so much more than being in love. It’s something we do, it’s active, and it’s limitless in its possibilities. And if we love life, when we make love the motivation of our decisions and actions, we are opening ourselves to love, we are letting love flow through us, and there will always be more than enough for ourselves and others.



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Picture: Special thanks to Justin Kelafas for allowing me to use his picture. He’s got lots more, see his website