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Archive for January, 2012

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Stripped & Cleaned

Do you ever think about what our “World” would be like if we were  relieved of all our baggage, then thrown in together to work side by side on some important project? Forget about your wealth or poverty, your high standing in the community or your seemingly unimportant status. Kick out all of the sexual labels, gay or transexual, permissive or even uninterested in the struggle. Put aside prejudices of all kinds!

Now, Jump into the Pool of Humanity!

 

Without our secured identities we would all look, Oh so similar. I’m talking about “Getting Down” to the basics of life! We definitely need one another. No doubt we would end up depending upon each other, if for nothing else, Companionship!

Yep, we were meant to be……. Together!

 

When put together, stripped of our titles, successes or lack thereof, our possessions, you know, the junk we like to collect, We will begin to look on one another with a new set of eyes! Did I say throw out all religions? Oh, Dear No! Yes that stuff has got to go, but once we’re aware of what the real deal is all about, we’ll be able to relax! Seriously it will be as dust, once all the clouds clear in our minds. The upside is the “Freedom” we will have to start relating to each other on a much higher plane.

We will begin to actually start, Caring!

 

When we Care, we experience “Love”,  in a new and special way! Apart from attraction, we will witness our spirits uniting with each one we are involved with. Not looking to gain something from one another, but finding ways to comfort and possibly ease the load from someone with the scars from their earlier time.

This is beginning to sound like a spiritual…Journey!

 

You got it! We all will eventually be at that Intersection of Life, but there is no other alternative direction, only speed limits.We will be with so many others in the same place, but from so many different “Time Zones” as well as Backgrounds and Starting Points. If you haven’t noticed, it’s a pretty big world out there, which has been home to, Hmm, should I even guess at the population of humanity up to date?

Nah, Let’s leave that for the Others to figure out!

 

 

But it’s Big, in both ways, take my word for it!  The sooner we find out our similarities and start putting aside our differences, we will be able to proceed at a leisurely pace, and it’s worth the sacrifice to shed some of the lofty ideas we have allowed to come into our house and slant the way we look at one another. That stuff is slowing us down,

Big Time!

Now back to Religion! There are plenty of them and we all made it happen! I’m speaking collectively as a Human Race here. If you remember the mass of the human race to date, Hmm, I’m still waiting for the numbers, but if you take a little peek at the world map as we know it today, you can see how it all came about. Then consider how we all seem to have our own wiring scheme in our heads that dictates to us what makes sense and what seems eschewed.

It’s no wonder we’re in the predicament we’re in!

 

So what’s the Solution? Maybe it’s a multitude of them, but I think it starts with Us, In this pool! You might be treading water next to one of the earliest inhabitants on Earth who somehow is able to speak your language now. He is tickled pink to meet us, not hung up on the semantics, but more! He’s just plain Happy to have our……Company!

 

We are  Definitely a Lucky and ……….

Strange Brew!.

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FAN FORGIVENESS

If you have ever learned the trick of “Fanning the Flame”, it’s one that if not always, but usually it achieves it’s goal. I still get on my knees and blow into the fire, hoping to incite more action into a weak attempt at a fire to take the chill off our cold house. Well I’m here to put some heat on a different kind of chill!

It’s the hurt and pain we keep in our soul that chills our spirit toward ones that have hurt us. Holding onto the pain of a relationship that failed caused by any number of things like deception, an unkind word, maybe just being ignored by someone you felt close to was all it took. Open the door and allow forgiveness to, Come on In!

This is where it’s probably going to take some “Fanning of the Flame”, since it’s very likely the fire of anger has already been stoked up good, but in the wrong direction.  We’re all pretty good at getting that kind of fire going. None of this is easy either and without careful attention a forgiveness fire easily goes out!

 

Forgiveness is typically defined as the process of concluding resentmentindignation or anger as a result of a perceived offense, difference or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution.[1][2] The Oxford English Dictionary defines forgiveness as ‘to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offense or debt’.

 

I have plenty of experience with this, some from being an employer and most from being a knucklehead for a long time. And as an employer under pressure with time schedules and quality expectations, it’s easy to lose patience and terminate a work relationship, rather hastily, I might add. Some of the terminated don’t take it quite as well as others, which can cause a bit of looking over the shoulder and some terrible nights for sleeping.

Since we’re all connected in this life, one has to consider very carefully, when ending a work relationship, know you are most likely ending a friendship at the same time. It came to the point for me that I got to thinking of my relationships from work were more crash and burn scenarios. From the rear-view mirror of life, all I could see was the carnage on the side of the road. While I might have felt justified at the time, now I see so many missed opportunities at actually building friendships, rather than tearing them apart.

Since we all feel like we have spent way too much of our lives on the job, the workplace is a common and fertile place to start fanning the flame of forgiveness. It will go against everything we hold dear to our selfish pride, to reconsider our hardline stance toward someone who mistreated us or failed us in some way. Even ramp it up a notch more and apply it to a close relationship that has soured.

While there are times to stop the pain, more times it will be looked upon as an unfortunate ending to a one-time close friendship. Those are the kind that should not slip by. A popular group from the 80’s, The Human League, spelled it out quite well for us, “I’m only Human, Born to make Mistakes”,. Boy, am I!

While I encourage you, I’m encouraging myself to not only look back, but also look at the present and hold onto friendships. Forgive often, be willing to forget the painful time and…..Move On!

 

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Musically-Built Racial Freedom?

I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a period of time where music of all kinds was delivered on the radio leaving behind the race card. At least for me it was? It was in the early to mid 60’s, long before the segregation of the day had a chance at destroying the innocence of it all. I know segregation was alive and well during that time, but somehow many musicians didn’t  cop to it. I miss that kind of deposit to my being, though I get a taste of it listening to a 60’s and 70’s oldies station.

 

Whether it was Little Richard, Elvis, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and so many others, we had it all. Even after getting my driver’s license and trying to afford gas and insurance at the age of 16, doing a paper delivery route that unfortunately was a losing deal, the joy to be on the road at 4 in the morning hearing music that even included performers my parents liked, made it an enjoying time.

I, at this point must reveal that I was as white-bread as could be, growing up in a small eastern Washington state town that unfortunately was very conservative and predominately white-bread too. Thankfully the tunes we got to hear were not all necessarily that way either, they must have been piped in from San Fransico or parts unknown to me, but I loved it.

The Ed Sullivan Show also was a great weekly program that broke  with the racial prejudice that at the time was one of the saddest periods to live in. His show was a break from the rest of the pathetic stuff going on and a chance to see some of the greatest performers ever, regardless of color.

The privilege to watch some of the greatest Soul groups like the Four Tops not only singing but dancing in a synchronized  fashion, let’s face it fans, we were treated to history on B&W TV. Makes one wonder a bit where Michael Jackson picked up some of his moves, Ya think?

I don’t know if there will ever be another time in history concerning music such as what we witnessed back then. So much has changed, a different station for every conceivable difference in musical style now exists. I think it almost makes us prefer one over the other more because of it. It’s so easy to become so selective now. Changing channels on the radio is so quick, some of us don’t even have to do much at all. With our pre-set channels of our favorites, we have made a conscious decision that our selective choices in music far outweigh the chance to hear  artists we had no idea they even existed. Time doesn’t go backward, I know, but I miss some of the old days, with limited choices, but unlimited  surprises!.

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Face Lift!

What kind of face can we use to represent our lives? Is it one of disease, fortune, unhappiness, faithfulness or sadness? I know there are so many facsimiles of the faces we could all wear given the experiences of our adventure called living, but how we wear that experience affects our health, our relationships with others as well as it can make us hard to be around, or pure joy to be with!

Tragedy and sadness get involved in each one of our lives, you could say those two brutes are no respecter of persons. If you live long enough you will get to know some of them as well as the gang they hang out with. Our choice is to either mask ourselves in some fictitious persona  or try and be real about what we’re dealing with. Insert friends here! Even the most solitary one of us should not go through tough times alone.

Another thing we can do is, DO BATTLE!  The Beastie Boys have a battle cry song, Fight for your Right. I know it’s a Party Cry, but deep things come out of the consciousness of young performers. It’s that attitude that can help us get over the experience or bad news we received.

One way to take the Battle to the Streets is, do a kindness to another, anyone, especially someone possibly in more need of cheering up than yourself! We can all perfect the pity party when necessary, but taking our eyes off ourselves and  planting a nice big good deed on an unsuspecting bystander can have enormous side effects on us!

We might notice a slight smile breaking out on our face, maybe a little warm fuzzy taking up residence in a cavern of despair. Throw open the windows in there and let your own acts of selflessness not only change the way you feel, but put a new look on the home you reside in, YOU!

 

Loneliness could be one of the gangs biggest Banchos, a very delinquent one at that. It requires tons of attention, but gives nothing back in return!

We need each other in this life! A key reason we are here is to care for one another. Try the good medicine of compassion for others and you’ll soon find there are so many hurt and needy new friends out there hoping for you to take notice and just do one thing,

 

CARE!.