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Posts tagged “Appreciation

“Wishing you…………..”

 

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Wishing you a relaxing and productive day Jampa full sky

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I received this kind wish a few years ago…
A wish for each and every one of us…

wishing for an increasing balance and integration of ….
relaxation and productivity

a sky-wide, light, bright and graceful dance of…
happiness and contentment

and the increasing developing of….
a peaceful, steady and stable mind…

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And so I continue to pass this wish along….
A lovely wish…
a wonderful aspiration and daily intention….
may we nourish and develop these qualities
each and every day of our lives….

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Encouraging you to use to its fullest, this precious life we have been given

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to use to its fullest this precious life we have been given motivation intention

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appreciation of this tiny moment in time bill bryson

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appreciation of this privilege to exist

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to use to its fullest this precious life we have been given

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The blossoming of…. “The Six Perfections”….

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The blossoming of… “The Six Perfections”

Generosity
Patience
Ethical Choices
Joyful Effort
Concentration
Wisdom

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the blossoming of the six perfections...wisteria

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And…
“The Immeasurables”
Living with…
Loving kindness
Compassion
Empathetic Joy
Equanimity

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perfections immeasurables and the perfections

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May there be abundant blossoming of….positive qualities…

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Wisteria the blossoming of...abundant blossoms

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Generating a really happy and joyful mind…..

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advice to end each day with a happy and joyful mind for what you were able to achieve

 

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To really use to its fullest…this precious life we have been given….

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to really use to its fullest this precious life

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Rejoice in what we were able to complete or achieve

 

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Originally posted, 1/14/12: These ideas were written in the comments section of the 1/2/12  post: “Set a positive intention…”

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“Friday Wishes”…to develop an appreciation of this wonderful life we have…. warmth, love and appreciation

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warmth, love and appreciation of this wonderful live we have

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One of my very favorite “cards”…one  of the first I ever “made”
with an inspiring and encouraging message

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“A Friday Wish” for us all…
several years ago,  I received this lovely wish…
passing along this encouraging wish to friends, family, loved ones, all beings,
nurturing an appreciation of this wonderful life that we have,
so many opportunities,
so much happiness and generosity,
overflowing with warmth, love and appreciation,
“Friday Wishes”

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“There’s so much you can rejoice in…..”

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rejoice there's so much you can rejoice in

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The term “rejoice” refers to generating and feeling a warm sense of happiness or celebration when we notice  happiness, compassion, kindness, generosity or a sense of well being in others or ourselves….isn’t that a wonderful word?…and a wonderful kind of celebration!

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Some of my (Kathy’s) very favorite pages…. “rejoicing”

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rejoice ideas from Easy Path book

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A few days ago, I wanted to print out a few copies of one of these pages…to take to “Engaging with Life,” a class that nurtures, supports and encourages these ideas.

I was going to print out 2 or 3 color copies of that one page….BUT…the printer started printing out more and more copies of the page!…one after another after another!… and I couldn’t stop the printer!…it just kept printing until there were 15 copies of that one page!  Can you believe that???  The printer seemed to be doing it’s own kind of “rejoicing!”  I was standing there in awe of what had happened!

So, I took those many bright, colorful, happy pages to the class and shared them with others in the class…a shared celebration of a “rejoicing printer!”

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rejoice in happiness of others

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Here’s the page, below,  that just “kept on printing!”… a celebration by the printer!

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rejoice rejoicing as we nurture ourselves and each other

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rejoice throughout each day

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rejoice so much we can rejoice in

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“the rejoicing printer”… now dressed up in a bit of joy-ful colors…. as pretty as can be!

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rejoicing printer

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This past weekend, I was rejoicing in the generosity of Gelek Rimpoche, as he was offering his time, energy, kindness and wisdom to those of us at a teaching with him at the Gyuto Center in California. (Gyuto Center is where I’ve heard inspiring teachings by Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche, the author of  The Easy Path, the book that those “rejoice” quotations were actually from!  )   I’m also so thankful to Ven. Donyo for his ongoing welcome and hospitality at Gyuto Center and for offering us all such delicious, unexpected (!!)  lunches on Saturday and Sunday!   It was also so special to  spend time with the friendly and sincere people who shared in that teachings on those 2 days.   Yes, indeed! There really is so much to “rejoice” in!

(PLUS!….an additional great big rejoice… Ven. Jampa, who most of the quotes in this blog “Reflections from a Friend” are from, ( NOT  the author of the book Easy Path) will be visiting California soon…. what a very happy thought that is! )

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This post was originally on Pocket Perspectives, one of Kathy’s other blogs: “How wonderful that you…..there’s so much we can rejoice in”

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5/25/2014 May your heart always be joyful…may your spirit always be true…. forever “young”

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Have you ever noticed how vibrant and joyful some people are…
seeming to embody the potential for one’s outlook to be….
“forever young”

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For all of us…

the body, of course, ages…
impermanence, of course, reigns,
but, may each of our hearts, minds and spirits
continue to be…
forever “young”…

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a birthday wish to all who were born on this day
May 25

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 forever young happy birthday 2014

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“forever young,”
a twinkle in the eye,
a kind, open, flexible, forgiving and loving heart,
a mind that is curious, explores, investigates,
one that discovers and experiences
“forever young….”
“forever true….”

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Forever young show up and choose to be present

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may you stay forever “young”…
with a twinkle in the eye, curiosity in the mind,  love in the heart,
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
forever  “young”

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Pete Seger, at 91 years old, speaking the inspiring and aspirational words of “Forever Young”
with his children’s chorus as background…
….forever young…

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Joan Baez….simply lovely…

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“To celebrate her life through how you live your own life….”

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Angeles Arrien, a very special person

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Angeles Arrien, a very special person in many people’s lives, Kathy’s included, passed away unexpectedly on April 24, 2014.  Angeles wrote a number of wonderful, insightful books, including The Second Half of Life, Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom and The Four Fold Way, The Path of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary.

Angeles also offered wonderful workshops, 2 of which Kathy had recently taken and was participating in this entire year, helping people to integrate the wonderful, useful ideas from her books into to our everyday lives.

Jampa wrote these words of encouragement to me, Kathy,  soon after Angeles had died.  I’m sharing these words because I  thought some of the ideas might be helpful to others who might also be adjusting to loss of special people in their own lives.

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Angeles flower wall

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 Angeles excerpts

 

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 Angeles flower wall

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“Wishing you a relaxing and productive day, full of happiness and a peaceful and stable mind…”

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wishing you a relaxing and productive day filled with happiness and a peaceful and stable mind

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This is a kind wish that Kathy received a few years ago…
and one  that’s now hanging as a “suncatcher”
in windows of  her home….

  illuminating a “wish”…

for a balance of ….
relaxation and productivity,

a blossoming of…
happiness,

and the developing of….
a peaceful, steady and stable mind…

And so I pass this wish along to every one of us….
may we nourish and develop all of these qualities
as much, and as often, as possible
throughout each day of our lives

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“Life is so generous a giver….” Fra. Giocondo, Christmas Eve, 1513

A selection, below,  from Weekly Quotes, from Linda Graham, Recovering Resilience

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“Fra Giovanni Giocondo (c.1435-1515) was a Renaissance pioneer, accomplished as an architect, engineer, antiquary, archaeologist, classical scholar, and Franciscan friar. Today we remember him most for his reassuring letter to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi on Christmas Eve, 1513, a perennial favorite in these weekly quotes.” weekly quotes, Resources for Recovering Resilience, Linda Graham

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life is so generous a giver Fra Giocondo

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life is so generous fra Giocondo explanation

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life is so generous fra Giocondo beseech you to look

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added several hours later…
a photo of some rainbow lights shining on one of the printed pages…
that page was hanging from a lamp, next to a chair I was sitting in…
the light was coming through a crystal, hanging in the south facing window behind me…
a continuing fascination each day,  as I  watch where the rainbow lights light…
ahhhhhh…the joys of watching the meandering path of the rainbow lights,
honoring and appreciating the wisdom of the lighting lights…
ahhhhh….the de-lightful rainbow lights…
“to see we only have to look…I beseech you to look!”

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life is so generous crystal light friend

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Added 2/14 …
several wonderful “places” I looked….
“Three Principal Aspects of the Path,”  teachings from Je Tsong Khapa,
the transcript of teachings by Ven. Jampa’s teacher, Khensur Rinpoche
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“The Easy Path,”
teachings from Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa, edited by Lorne Ladner
Several very special months of “study” and reflection

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Rinpoche's book cover and rainbow lights 44

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“There’s so much you can rejoice in!”

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The Easy Path, rejoice...there is so much you can rejoice in

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Rejoice in what we were able to complete or achieve

Originally posted, 1/14/12: These ideas were written in the comments section of the 1/2/12  post: “Set a positive intention…”


Nelson Mandela … a truly great man

Nelson Mandela…a truly great man
A video release on his birthday…July 18,2013
born July 18, 1918

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A few inspiring quotes from that video….

” my admiration….a great man…Nelson Mandela”
“perseverance, forgiveness, strength, wisdom and grace…”
“the embodiment of magnanimity and reconciliation …”
“dedication to others…his inspiration to serve, as he did, to build a more just and peaceful world…”
” to celebrate by following his example…by doing your best to help others, with a full,  happy, grateful heart…”
“take action, inspire change, make everyday a Mandela Day…”
“for one another, together we can create a better world…”
“thank you for your example….”

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May we all live our lives….
inspired by, and living with,  the heartfelt qualities of this great man…
Nelson Mandela

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“May the road rise to meet you….”

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Sung by Roger McGuinn, originally from the singing group, the Byrds
(the Byrds also sang “To everything there is a season….”)

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~ A traditional Irish Blessing  ~

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand

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Whatever “road” or “path” each of us may be upon…
may it rise to meet each one of us…
May we each feel held with gentleness, kindness and care,
may we hold each other with tenderness, generosity and love…
as we all travel along our way

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may we meet each moment….may we meet it with ease…

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To end each day by really generating a happy and joyful mind…

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Some questions that were suggested during several wonderful workshops, lead by Angeles Arrien, author of The Four Fold Way and The Second Half of Life

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Angeles Arrien questions at the end of the day

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Reflecting upon practicing the qualities in  The Six Perfections today…recognizing more positives

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reflecting on practice of Six Perfections toda

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To really develop a joyful mind, and grow and be the best you can be

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advice joyful mind to grow and be the best you can be

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Interactions with like minded people… inspiration, perspective and encouragement

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advice interactions with like minded people... inspiration

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To really use to it’s fullest this precious life we have been given….

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to really use to its fullest this precious life

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Friday Wishes… be still and know you are loved, valued, appreciated, resourceful and strong

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know that you are loved valued appreciated resourceful strong Friday Wishes

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A “Friday Wish” for all of us…
the wish for us to take in and to realize
that each of us is
loved, valued, appreciated, resourceful and strong…

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That our positive and loving thoughts, words and actions
are contributing to the happiness and well being of others,
To persist in living with that goodness…
to realize the loving, positive contribution each of us is making,
each day of our lives
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~ Friday Wishes ~
for each of  us to realize and take in these ideas

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thank you to those who have offered so much

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A photo of a newly created and constructed  “windspinner mobile”…
…hanging outside our window…
blowing gently and gracefully in the breezes

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know that you are loved valued appreciated resourceful and strong... windspinner mobile blowing  gracefully

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spanish estar quietos y saber que eres amado valorado apreciado

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Becoming more aware and present… the least we can do is try to be there….

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beauty and grace are performed  Annie Dillard increasing our presence and awareness

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Learning to increase our own sense of presence and awareness,
again and again, reminding ourselves to come back to the present moment…
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“Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them.
The least we can do is try to be there.”
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim on Tinker Creek.

I read this quote in a wonderful book
“Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment”
by Katrina Kenison.

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beauty and grace….
in our thoughts, words and actions,
in our hearts and minds,
in ourselves, our practice, others, nature….

“the least we can do is try to be there”

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increasing our sense of awareness and presence  The least we can do is try to be there

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Expanded post on Pocket Perspectives “Beauty and grace are performed…”

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Flexibility….such a wonderful mind state

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flexibility... such a wonderful mindstate...and including kindness, acceptance and compassion

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Spanish la flexibilidad la aceptance, la bondad, la compasion, la comprension 2


“Smile….Muskaan” a gentle, lovely song… sung by Ani Choying Drolma, a Buddhist nun….

 

“smile…”
“Muskaan”
A gentle, lovely song…
a song that feels so encouraging and nurturing,
sung beautifully by Buddhist nun Ani Choying Drolma

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Buddhist nun, Ani Choying Drolma…singing “Smile, Muskaan.”

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I don’t know what the actual words are… they’re in another language…but the soothing melody…. and the gentle and tender kindness in her eyes, smile, intonations, postures, actions and interactions “speak” so clearly…of gentleness, caring, kindness, generosity, acceptance… all presented with  a small, gentle and loving smile on her face… lovely.

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I saw this wonderful video on the blog, This Time, This Space, where there are further descriptions about Ani Choying and the Ani Foundation.

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“You think this is just another day in your life…it’s not just another day…it’s a gift” …excerpts from the video “A Good Day” and inspirational TED video “Gratitude”

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The following  is from the inspiring video “A Good Day”
by Benedictine monk, Br. David Steindl-Rast
and part of the wonderful TED video
 Gratitude, by Louis Schwartzberg

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“A Good Day”
a video filled with inspiration,
encouraging us to open up our senses of awareness, appreciation and gratitude
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