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This is how the dominoes of my brain work.
Yesterday, someone on my flist made a political post and referenced Sarah Palin with a shudder. Now, I like Sarah Palin (ducks). I think she was an awful choice to run for vice-president, but I really like her t.v. show. The scenery is beautiful
Yes, I know she is among the privileged rich and can traipse off to go mountain climbing or hunting or commercial fishing like there was nothing else to do in the world. But, I like that her husband comes from a family of commercial fishermen and that they are passing down the tradition to their children. I like that they are trying to teach their children husbandry of the land and resources. That life isn’t just given to a person, they work for it.
I know this probably doesn’t mean the same to most of you as it means to me. I live in an area where people hunt and fish, not only because they can but because it is part of our way of life and how we provide for our table. Part of Alaska's population, south Louisiana’s cold sister, still participates in its own food gathering through hunting and fishing, not because they are destitute and poor or stores are not available, but because they want too and have the ability too.
Here in the south, Democrats hunt because it is part of our way of life, but in general, I know that Democrats are anti gun, hunting, and NRA.
Which made me wonder, in other areas, do democrats hunt?
Political post = Sarah Palin = Hunting = Democrats hunting = dominoes
If you’re presently evaluating your level of achievement based on how much you’ve accumulated, here’s a way to make a major shift in your state of personal satisfaction and contentment. Verse 46 of the Tao Te Ching invites you to discover a more peaceful and self-satisfying way of knowing success. “Contentment alone is enough,” says Lao-tzu. “Indeed, the bliss of eternity can be found in contentment.” As you let go of the determination to acquire more, your new views will change the world you’ve known. You’ll find that the experience of inner peace becomes your true gauge of accomplishment.
The “disease of more” has created an environment that personifies Lao-tzu’s observation that there is “no greater tragedy than discontentment.” When you truly understand what it means to live peacefully, satisfaction will begin to replace your desire for more. Your world will begin to become tranquil as you change your own life and then touch the lives of your immediate family, your neighbors, your co-workers, and ultimately your nation and the entire planet. Begin by simply thinking of the opening line of the famous Prayer of Saint Francis when you notice that you’re demanding more of anything.
Silently say, Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace. As that instrument of peace, you’ll radiate tranquility to those in your immediate surroundings, and you’ll feel the flicker of a new and different success in contentment, perhaps for the first time in your life. By refusing to lose the Tao, regardless of what others may be doing and what our world’s governments elect to do, you’re living harmoniously. Your connection to the Tao will make a difference, gradually inching the Earth away from the precipice of discontentment.
When your feet hit the floor every single morning, without exception, say, “Thank you for an opportunity to live in a state of contentment.” Invite the magical energy of the Tao to flow freely through you and inform your responses throughout the day. You’re in harmony with your Source when you’re soliciting gratitude and gratification in these ways. Set aside time each day to consciously send peaceful energy into the world, especially to anyone you see as an opponent or competitor, anyone you disagree with. Find authentic success by practicing gratitude and contentment each day.
Do not go to the garden of flowers!
O friend! go not there;
In your body is the garden of flowers.
Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there gaze on the infinite beauty.
Kabir ~ 15th century Indian mystic
I frequently have these conversations, sometimes whole committee meetings, in my head. Note that I said have conversations not hear voices, there is a difference. So anyway, my head was having a discussion this morning about age and life.
Several years ago, at the end of one of my former lives, I’d come to a cross-road - I had to change professions. The problem being that I’d never finished college. I was over qualified for most non-degreed jobs and had unfortunately discovered that no one was going to hire me without a piece of paper that said “I Know Shit.”
There were many strikes against going back to school: I was in my late thirty’s. I would be an older returning student. I had to change my major. I didn’t know what I wanted to study. I had small children.
I agonized over this decision. I was stuck. I was stuck by my age. I could only go to school part-time so it would take me years to finish. By the time I graduated, I was going to be in my early to mid-forty’s. But I couldn’t get a job I was qualified for otherwise.
I decided to take this to my Buddhist guru and see what he had to say. My father has always been a good sounding board for me and was a past master at starting life over again. He, himself, had been through several. He was also responsible for my then current life as a massage therapist.
I explained everything to him, hopes, dreams, fear of trying to start a new life in my forties, and he said something quite astounding. “You’re going to be that old anyway. You can be forty-five and have a degree or you can be forty-five and not have a degree. Either way, you’re going to be forty-five. What you do with it is up to you.”
Wow. What an epiphany. It has stayed with me these many years. So here I am at forty-five. I haven’t finished my degree, but I have a kick-ass job at a university because I spent a lot of time in school, my choice of major and my previous work experience.
And here I am starting over, again. Not with work, but with life. This year, I started to dance. This year, I decided to start writing again. This year, I decided to see what I could do with my photography. All this year.
So what had stopped me? Opinion. I never danced because I was always too fat, too ugly, too clumsy. I stopped writing because who would want to read any fiction I wrote anyway? I stopped shooting for no good reason. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that a lot of the little hindrances don’t matter anymore; that sometimes, you have to do things just for you, for the sheer joy of doing them.
Today, I write because I like to write and I like to research. It doesn’t matter if I get published or not. Today, I shoot because I want to show people how I see the world and what I find beautiful. Today, I dance because there is joy in movement and I don’t care what other people think about me physically.
I’m forty-five anyway. What I do with it is up to me. Today, I think I’ll dance.