The Money Tree

“The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds everything back.”
Ram Dass 

 

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A Money Tree further down the driveway

 

 

Hello and welcome,

As my hubby and I prepare to leave Melbourne for London in just over a week, we are making good progress with our ‘to-do’ list…
until a small bush between our driveway and the next door neighbour’s fell onto our side. It wasn’t a high priority to tend to it immediately, and became something else to add to the growing list of things to finalise before departure day.

I decided this particular sunny lunch time I would sneak out to begin breaking off the branches that had toppled over.

I was all set to dive into one of my beloved podcasts while I performed the operation, when my lovely neighbour appeared. She came over onto my side to have a chat and noticed what I was about to do.
She offered to help me and I reassured her I would be able to manage it on my own. I didn’t want her to put herself out, as she was still carrying her handbag…and after all, I was all set for some good listening while I was busy in the lovely winter sun, before scurrying back inside to pack and fill in forms.

She insisted she help, and promptly began breaking up some of the softer branches.
I watched on as she took control of the situation, initially disappointed that my ‘quiet time’ outside was disappearing.
As I watched her, I suddenly became overwhelmed with a feeling…

A feeling of ‘no, this is happening exactly as it should be. Just allow the moment to unfold…Give her space to help if she insisted on doing so.’

And so I did.

After proceeding to fetch the garden waste bin and wheeling it out to the driveway, we both worked together, chatting as we went.

Two neighbours home at the same time on a sunny lunch time.

It was more special because we haven’t had a lot to do with them, although we were always on friendly terms whenever we would cross paths- everyone seems to keep to themselves a lot more now days.

May, my neighbour, referred to the bush as a Money Tree. I’m not very strong with botanical names or common names for many plants and flowers so I took her word for this.
A feeling that pervaded this story was of a moment that was ‘off my script’…the script being my ‘to-do’ list for the day.

A keen sense that I will perhaps never share time like this again with my lovely neighbour enabled me to just ‘be’, knowing I was preparing to fly off for a long period of time. I remained enveloped in the contentment that everything is unfolding as it should, the acceptance and surrendering that sometimes the most magical of moments occur when we least expect them.

It proffered new meaning for the ‘Money Tree’ experience…

…Perhaps we both became richer that afternoon.

…Perhaps the pruning of the tree gave us greater insight into each other, the chance to pause and appreciate.

It have me reason to think that sometimes the most beautiful moments are the ones that take us off course…
The moments that don’t match our script…
The moments we aren’t expecting…
We have to make room for these moments because this is where the love lies,
in the micro-moments,
through the fostering of connection.

And you know what? I still managed to do all my other chores I had planned for the afternoon. Sometimes I find if I proceed slowly, I actually get more done. It seems to be a little paradox of Time I have noticed.

May we all grant ourselves permission to things to take us off course,
to leave the script from time to time,
to be mindful of these moments occurring before our eyes…
and simply share the gift of our presence.

“Remember then: There is only one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it’s the only time when we have any power.”
Leo Tolstoy


Thank you for being here,
Much love,
Di

 

89 thoughts on “The Money Tree

    1. Hello dear Kate,
      What a lovely surprise!
      Thank you for connecting. I’ve been thinking of you and things are certainly busy here. I’m pondering about what to do next with my writing.
      I am having trouble keeping up with reading blogs and if I can’t give back, I’m hesitant to write posts myself. I began to go through my ‘following’ list yesterday and only managed one!
      I’m going to look into avenues for just writing for its own sake.
      I still do Insta and that takes up a lot of time.
      I hope you have had a great time doing what you were called to do.
      Perhaps we can email again and explore further.
      Great to hear from you, truly.
      Warmest regards,
      Di 🙋🏻💐💐

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      1. Glad to know you’re okay, settled yet? Is it the dream you expected?

        I was super busy with groups 20-260, average being 150 .. too big for me. Learnt that I’d prefer to connect with my local community once I’ve moved and see what I can offer there.

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      2. Hello again Kate,
        Yes, we are now settled after a hectic few months and then planning for Christmas. Things may settle again in the New Year. Well, as for your question, my dream was to immerse in normal London life and to get to know her in all her quirks and beauty as well. And we are certainly doing that, and just living a different life.
        And you have really been placed out of your comfort zone with such large groups by the sound of it. That itself has been worthwhile so to know where your preferences lie. As well as knowing ‘if I can do it with such a big group, I can do it for anyone…’ It sounds like a move is in your future too?
        I’ll certainly catch up with some of your posts soon.
        Until next time,
        Di 💐🙋🏻

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      3. I wouldn’t say ‘out of my comfort zone’ but that mass scale was a real hinderance to getting to know my students individually. I have taught/lead meditations for decades but readily concluded that local is better 😉 I totally appreciated the mix of ages and nationalities and met some totally delightful people but I’ve always preferred ongoing relationships rather than the transience that is a part of travel … something you may get to know in London

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    1. Hello Denzil,
      How very kind of you to check in and ask how things are. Thank you so much.
      Yes, it’s been a month now and we are feeling more settled every day. My hubby is busy at work and we are just now in the place we will be calling home for the time we are here.
      I hope all is going well with you ‘just over there’ from here.
      Thank you again Denzil,
      Best wishes from Di 💐

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  1. It’s such a wise advise to not get tangled up in a script completely, but allow for things to take us out of course. It’s very easy to feel rushed though, when things are piling up and you have a deadline to meet, such as going to London. I wish you all the best with the journey.

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    1. Hello Otto.
      Thank you so much for visiting my post.
      Yes, it is easy to feel rushed so it was a happy reminder for me to just relax.
      Thank you too for your kind wishes about our move. We have been here a week now and gradually catching our breath.
      Please excuse my absence on reading your blog. I’ll be back soon, Otto 💐✨✨

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    1. Hello Lisa,
      Thank you so much for your kind message about my post and my move. You have made my day.
      Yes, it is easy isn’t it? Like keeping in a cocoon. I understand that.
      I’m here now so hello from a very long way away…
      Hope all is going well with you.
      Best wishes and gratitude,
      Di 💐🌺💐

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  2. Dear Di,
    I was sitting here wondering if you might be in London so I took a look at your latest blog.
    Beautiful words which we should all take on board to enrich our busy lives.
    So.Welcome to London and I do hope you slept well.Long haul is so tiring and takes me days to recover from now.
    I hope the weather is not to bad and you enjoy your first day exploring a little bit.
    I wish your husband all the best in his new job.He must be a little nervous.
    Anyway,I won’t take to much of your time as you must have loads to do.
    Take care my dear friend.
    Will speak soon,
    Edward.🙂🌟🌟✨✨🙋🏻‍♂️
    Ps.Autumn can be one of the best and prettiest time in London.🍁🍂🌱

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    1. Hello dear Edward,
      What a beautiful surprise and special message from you. Thank you so much.
      Yes, we had our first full day today. Tony went to work and I started a new life gadding around London like a starry eyed teenager…
      He says thank you for your kind wishes, and he was a little nervous.
      We are just about to head out for dinner but we are thrilled to be here and appreciate your kind comments so much.
      (Ps. I’ve had the afternoon with our dear friend Maggie!)
      Thank you again and I hope to do your lovely city a great justice.
      In gratitude to you Edward,
      Di 🙋🏻🌍😍

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      1. Hello Edward,
        I know how upsetting that is…
        I’m sorry about that. This is a tricky app.
        That’s ok, yes, we feel quite at home already.
        Thank you for your lovely reply here anyway 🙋🏻💐💐✨

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  3. Di, I am sorry I missed this post, and am just seeing it now. I love it….all of it. So often I seek alone time and avoid people so I can get lost in my music or my thoughts, but your post has made me realize what I might be missing out on by doing that. There is so much to be gained through connections and moments. You have articulated that beautifully here and this will sit with me as I move forward. I am so thankful you had this experience and shared it with us. Are you in London now?? If you are, I hope your travel went well and you are settling in!! xo

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    1. Hello dear Tanya,
      I’m here about to have the first sleep here in London 🙋🏻
      Thank you for your remembering, and also for your wonderful words on this post. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
      Here’s to those unexpected moments and the treasures they hold…
      Thank you, as always Tanya.
      Hugs from me 💕💐

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      1. Hello lovely Tanya, thank you so much for your kind encouragement as always…
        I love this city…
        ‘See’ you soon (and I haven’t forgotten about linking to your blog post…I’m just not sure when I’ll write my next one, but it’ll be there…😍🙋🏻💕💕

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      2. Yes….you do…😍😍
        And thank you, that’s a nice way to see it, Tanya. Maybe next week also at a cafe…that was something I had in my mind to do too 🙋🏻💕🇬🇧

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      3. It’s a lovely way to be alone but with people isn’t it Tanya? I’ve done it in Melbourne and wanted to find the right cafe here too. I think I found one…☕️☕️🙋🏻💕

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  4. Very wonderful advice, Di. I totally agree. When I am traveling, it is easier to accept the off-script moments (so wise of you to call them this!). At home or work it is so much harder. I really respect you for recognizing this moment for what it was…I will remember this the next time this happens to me, and hopefully be more patient. Thank you. 🙂

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    1. Hello Peggy,
      Thank you for reading and commenting on this. I really appreciate your kind words.
      I can be a challenge to keep this in mind, I agree. That was why it meant so much to me that day.

      Until soon,
      Take care,
      Di 💐

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    1. Hello Barbara,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post. I was happy to see your name here.
      I appreciate your kind words very much.
      It was a lovely piece of time spent.

      All the best to you from Di 💐🌈

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  5. Ahhh beautiful Di .it lifts up my soul and brightens my day..you know i must say that today is one of those days when i wished it never happen but well….who are we to stop things from happening…and reading your post made me say “yay..who cares i’m gonna sieze the day regardless of”..

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    1. Hello kind Mich,
      Your words are truly lovely, and heartfelt from you. Thank you for always being here and always being so encouraging to me and my posts.
      It means such a lot to me.
      I really hope your day improves and I wish you well until we share space here again,
      Di 💐💕

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  6. Oh ! A post with so much of value and hidden secrets. When I look back, the most cherished moments are thoes where I let me flow with the time and less bothered about my planned stuffs. I have a believe that an unexpected mind is more creative as it doesn’t have to cater to the prepared conditionings, thus opening new ways ….or in your words “let yourself 🙂 open up” .
    But yes we play safe as it’s inherent to us.
    Indeed a beautiful post to ponder on for lifelong.
    Have a beautiful journey with many more revelations and joy.
    Love & Care

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    1. Hello dear friend ArtOfMobile,
      I loved seeing what you had to say about this story. It seems you too have experienced the joy of letting go of your plans and allowing something unexpected into your day.
      I think your words ‘an unexpected mind is more creative..’ That speaks volumes and I truly appreciate you contributing your kind and helpful thoughts that offer me food for thought in return…
      I’m touched by your final well wishes…I’m so grateful to have you here…
      Love and care to you too 💐✨✨✨

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  7. Di my friend guess what
    I gave myself permission to look quickly at your blog sooner than I planned to after I filed it in the to read in the future folder in my email . As I started to read it i was feeling guilty since it is Sunday night and I had more serious things to do in preparation for tommorow. Well, your post was so beautiful I could not stop reading it and i loved it and right in it I learned that it is ok if reading your beautiful post took me off my course. Cant wait to have only 5 hours time difference between us. best of luck on your long to do list.
    Rima Jibaly MD

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    1. Hello dear Rima,
      What a beautiful response to my post. Thank you for such kind and encouraging words…you have made my day.
      I am so happy you could take a little time out of your busy schedule to comment and let me know.
      I wish you many lovely things coming your way should you find yourself off course in the future…
      Yes, 5 hours will be such a treat.
      Thank you again,
      Hugs from Di 💐💕

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  8. All the best for you’re move Deej and I must say this reminded me of my mum, she’s quiet a fan of plants and it is through her that I learnt that this is called a money plant, I don’t have the slightest clue why but you’re experience put it together very well. Our experiences can enrich us after all.
    A lovely post Deej, seemed like quiet a soothing afternoon.

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    1. Thank you so much Sobia, for your kind wishes on our move and for your warm, supportive comments about this post.
      I’m really touched you enjoyed it so, and I appreciate you letting me know…
      From your friend, Deej 😍💐

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      1. Thank you so much Sobia. I’ll be absent for a little while as we leave on Sunday. I’ll catch you and your posts when time permits.
        Take care,
        Deej 🙋🏻💕

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  9. A very thoughtful posting, Di. It is so true that as we rush through our days on our own agenda, we don’t appreciate those moments that grab us. I am guilty of being irritated by interruptions to my well made plans and I thank you for reminding me to appreciate all moments, whether planned or unplanned.

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    1. Hello Susan!
      It’s such a pleasure to see you here…thank you so much for visiting. I really appreciate your kind thoughts about this post. It’s so easy to do, to focus on our agendas and this was also a timely reminder for me.
      I wish you some happy unplanned moments ‘in between’ your agenda items…
      Thank you again,
      Di 💐✨✨

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  10. I simply love this, Di. It’s so easy to feel irritated or resentful when someone interrupts our plans, unless it’s an interruption we welcome, but your observation to let it be and allow the connection to happen, really shows how meaningful these interactions can be. You probably never thought that you’d be writing a blog piece about your neighbour and yet look at the ‘lesson’ you’ve gleaned from it. And now that lesson has been shared for us all to benefit from the experience. This is great! Sending love and hugs. 💜💜😘🙏

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    1. Hello dear Kim,
      Thank you so much for your wonderful response to this post. Your thoughts are very kind.
      It’s very easy to feel irritated or resentful for sure Kim. I’m so happy you appreciated the ‘lesson’ I learnt. I really enjoy sharing the things I learn the hard way, so to speak.
      Thank you again,
      and love and hugs to you too 💐💕

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    1. Hello Bella,
      Thank you so much. Your kind thoughts mean a lot.
      Well, we both learnt something new from this lovely neighbour. And I’ve learnt from you that they can also be indoor plants…
      Thank you for being here 💐💕

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    1. Hello Lorelle,
      Thank you for such encouraging words. I’m so happy you enjoyed this story and yes, it was a great example of mindfulness, you are right.
      Thank you again,
      Di 💐✨

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  11. Oh Di, this is beautiful 🙏🏻🌷 how easy is it for us to ‘resist’ the moment, especially when we have our own preconceived ideas of how life should unfold… I’m so glad you surrendered and released so that you could be present in this rare moment with your neighbour 💕 A last farewell it would seem? 🌈🌷 Sending you warm hugs beautiful lady xx

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    1. Hello lovely friend,
      Thank you for being here, and leaving your positive thoughts about my post. Yes, it was like a farewell and who knows if we will return to the same place again…
      I’m happy you enjoyed this story dear Hayley. Thank you for your warm hugs too. Received gratefully 🙏🏼💕

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    1. Hello Brad,
      Thank you for your lovely comments. Funny how you’ve noticed the same thing about not rushing…perhaps time is really ‘on our side’.
      I’m looking forward to many off script moments in London, and thank you for your kind wishes 💐✨💐

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