Chop wood and carry water….

Pause and repeat; there were more gladioli at the supermarket, in a bucket without water, and they found their way home with me. As they revived and opened, these glorious blooms have brought beautiful hope into each room.

A lovely friend and I discovered that we have been saying the same phrase recently; ‘Chop wood and carry water’. ❤ Valerie.

Each day we flow with our daily round and do what needs to be done. Amidst it all, instinctive wisdom has had space to float up and I am grateful for that. Knitting helps; as my hands are busy, I can hear my inner self in the silence.

A monthly craft stall is arranged for the creativity that is pouring forth from my hands. When did we get so busy that doing the things that come naturally, that love and nurture us, became relegated to a hobby?

The flyers for my cleaning care project are at the printers.

Each day I chop wood and carry water, yet the stirrings of the 'new' are there as they take shape. Naturally making themselves heard, without judgment, as I learn to cease judging myself. Loving care and support from beloved connections flows daily.

I feel that if we try and hold on to anything that does not balance for us; ways, people, patterns, roles, thoughts, actions, judgment and labels….we tear.

On a light note; when I talked to a friend about my cleaning care project, her immediate response had us creased with laughter.

'I always knew you were a scrubber.'

68 Responses to “Chop wood and carry water….”

  1. 1 Eric Alagan October 22, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Chopping wood and carry water – says it all and it’s been quite some time since I last heard that phrase 🙂
    Luv and hugz,

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  2. 3 Lakota Grace September 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    One of my favorite flowers, the glads. My father, although he was a “practical” gardener, with plenty of potatoes and carrots, always made room for a row of them, right in front!

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  3. 5 smzang September 11, 2018 at 10:24 am


    You were born with a natural wisdom.

    “I feel that if we try and hold on to anything that does not balance for us; ways, people, patterns, roles, thoughts, actions, judgment and labels….we tear. ”

    Yes, it is so true and yet we constantly forget. Your loving words serve as a grand reminder.

    I have a little prayer on the bulletin board in front of me. Whenever I read it I think of you:

    Dear God,

    I have two requests:
    1- To always be able to empathize with those who suffer.

    2- To never suffer myself…
    Ok, God, I realize those two are mutually exclusive.
    Your will be done.


    I am reminded that the tuition for your intuitive grace has sometimes been steep for you. Just wanted to let you know you make a difference.

    Thank you!


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    • 6 Jane Sturgeon September 11, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Oh Sarah, your comment has touched me so. Thank you, my lovely. I was talking to my Dad this morning, about how I feel love and people matter. The energy that cannot be measured. Much love flowing to you, with hugs, dear Sarah. ❤ xXx


  4. 7 Nancy September 10, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Indeed! …our busy ways somehow forge through… why is that?

    I try on a daily basis to stop and try to feel the moment. Whether it’s a busy project or something I truly enjoy. Because if we intertwine them… it makes life so much more special.

    Your words of wisdom will definitely make you the perfect Scrubber! (Light hearted humor there.) You are going to do well in your project!

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  5. 10 frederick anderson September 8, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Ah yes – some people save cats, we, too, are saviours of flora, and there is no richer vein for horticultural neglect than our local tribe of supermarkets (with B&Q a class winner: cactus, abuse of, ). Our little garden is a sanctuary or possibly a refugee camp for hundreds of lost souls wanting only an hour or two of sunshine and an inch or two of John Innes. Bon chance on your voyage in the quest for inner peace, Jane, yet I cannot help but feel that those things and people that jar with you are those that need your love the most…hugs, heartfelt, as always.

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    • 11 Jane Sturgeon September 9, 2018 at 8:35 am

      Ahh, I love that you rescue plants too. It’s a tough call I face, because it’s not the souls I struggle with, it’s the financial recompense. The need to cover my bills ( and debt from my marriage) drives me to work longer hours, as the pay is pitiful, Fred. I get exhausted then. Maybe I will get to flow care in a different way and I hold that hope. Huge hugs for you. I am on Anglesey for a week, with Mum and Dad and this is a beautiful place. Sending you a loving dollop of the energy here. xXx

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      • 12 frederick anderson September 9, 2018 at 9:10 am

        I concede sooner or later the need for money must open the window on the real world. In which case no better place than Anglesey to heal your woes. Have a very good visit, Jane, and return refreshed! I’ll do my best to match your energy. Huge hugs!

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  6. 13 earthwalking13 September 7, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Love that phrase, and it can be applied universally 🙂

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  7. 15 Damyanti Biswas September 5, 2018 at 12:36 am

    “Each day I chop wood and carry water, yet the stirrings of the ‘new’ are there as they take shape. Naturally making themselves heard, without judgment, as I learn to cease judging myself. Loving care and support from beloved connections flows daily.”

    So much beauty and truth in these lines. I’m so glad I came by this post today, Jane.

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  8. 17 da-AL September 4, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    beautiful post — now you’ll have us all using the phrase 🙂

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  9. 19 ShimonZ September 4, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    It’s from the bible; Deuteronomy, old testament, meaning common laborers, and there too it refers to our relationship to god… the simplicity of life. I like the phrase. Best wishes to you always, dear Jane. Keep it up, and enjoy the peace of daily life. xxx

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  10. 21 Clare Pooley September 4, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Best of luck with all your projects; the creative ones and the scrubbing one! The gladioli are lovely! After many years of obscurity, gladioli are becoming popular again and rightly so, for they are wonderful flowers.
    I do understand about that self-critical voice! Mine has stopped me from doing so much and has made me feel shame and embarrassment where there has probably been no need. I am glad you are learning to cease judging yourself. You are a marvel, dear Jane! So hard-working, kind and thoughtful, wise and imaginative and a thoroughly beautiful lady. Love you! xxXXxx ❤ ❤ xxXXxx

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  11. 24 ianscyberspace September 3, 2018 at 12:56 am

    I haven’t heard that phrase before but it does sum up life doesn’t it.

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  12. 26 Cecilia Mary Gunther September 2, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Yes. What a lovely read. ( I could do with some if your cleaning care but I am sure you are far away. Everyone is far away from here.

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  13. 28 Baydreamer September 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Loved this post, Jane, and those gorgeous flowers were lucky to go home with you. They knew they’d get the best care from your loving heart. I also love that phrase, “chop wood and carry water” and I wish you great success in all your creativity. Have a wonderful weekend, too. Much love and big hugs, Lauren 💗🌷

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  14. 30 Loretta September 1, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Reminds me of Van Morrisons song, “Enlightenment” – chop that wood, carry water, what’s the sound of one man clapping…

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  15. 34 dgkaye September 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    You are a beam of light Jane. Your beautiful gladioli represent what a kind gesture (or word) has the power to do. Light and love to you my friend. ❤ xoxo

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  16. 37 LooneyB September 1, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    the photograph is beautiful. Purple is a healing colour and I think the flowers have the power to heal just by looking at them. Your knitting is like my swimming in the sea, I smile to myself when I get it and it clears my mind and relaxes me. Your new venture sounds wonderful. Good for you. A new door always opens if we let it..

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  17. 42 nataliescarberry September 1, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Gorgeous gladiola and photo! Loved your post Jane! 🙂 ❤ xoxoxoxo

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  18. 47 JoAnna September 1, 2018 at 2:14 am

    This line really sang to me: ….as I learn to cease judging myself. Loving care and support from beloved connections flows daily. Speaking of chopping wood, carrying water, and knitting, I’ve always wanted to learn how to make baskets.

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    • 48 Jane Sturgeon September 1, 2018 at 9:35 am

      In sync there JoAnna. I looked into a local basket weaving course and it was eye waterlingly expensive. So, I had a good with making small rolls from newspaper and I wove a little basket with those. The weave is very therapeutic. Let me know how you get on…a lovely farmer friend of mine grows willow. There’s something special about working with natural materials. Hugs for you, ❤

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      • 49 JoAnna September 1, 2018 at 1:57 pm

        Thanks for your encouragement, Jane. I have an overgrown grapevine in my backyard and often find myself weaving wreaths which does feel therapeutic, but I haven’t done much with them so far besides just hang them up here and there with minimal decoration. But I bought a used book on wreath making/decor, so maybe I’m getting ready. Gosh! Thanks again for the encouragement and helping me look at this.

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  19. 50 1smiles August 31, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Love and light to you!

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  20. 52 John W. Howell August 31, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I like the concept of “chop wood, carry water,” Jane. Thanks

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  21. 55 Ken Chawkin August 31, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    You’re referring to the old Zen proverb: “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” Reminds me of what Maharishi used to say: “See the job. Do the job. Stay out of the misery.” Here’s a funny cartoon I saw on Instagram recently about the Buddha Patch. It was a reposting from

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  22. 59 Sue Dreamwalker August 31, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    PS— I love your gladioli… Keep manifesting them.. 😉

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  23. 61 Sue Dreamwalker August 31, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Big smiles at your last sentence.. But joking aside I think we are all of us listening more intently to our inner thoughts as we keep our hands busy what ever we are creating.. We are doing so with love in our hearts..
    Enjoy your weekend Jane and I hope your craft Stall is a huge success…
    Much Love ❤ Sue ❤

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  24. 64 Writing to Freedom August 31, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I like your mantra and the way it helps you focus. Best wishes for your new venture in scrubbing! 🙂

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  25. 67 Jane Stansfeld August 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    If you carry your life’s wisdom into your cleaning care endeavor it is bound to succeed.

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