There are times when there is no time to worry about counting the hours. The hours are not the problem. It’s the minutes that matter. Kind of like quality, not quantity. When those times come it makes sense to work out the difference between wants and needs. Wanting something enough – like wishing with a pure heart – can sometimes bring to you what you desire, but there is no guarantee. Wants are considered greedy, by some, it would seem. They needn’t be seen that way. Like wanting world peace – that is a worthy want, as is wanting food in your stomach every day. Needs are considered more urgent than wants, usually, but this is not necessarily the every case. I’d prefer to want world peace now than to be in a position where we NEED world peace now. There is a distinct difference.
It is important to establish need priorities. Remember, there are fundamental priorities that you perhaps neglect – like finding a place every single day where you can simply sit for a bit and feel safe. Or perhaps giving yourself plenty of space to maintain your dream(s), to see another side to your life and build with it. Those are basic needs and should be first on your priority list. Once you have tended to your necessities you are in a better position to tend to the rest of everything that needs tending these days.
There are too many people on this planet whose needs are not being met. What do they say? When you take care of your employees, your employees will take care of your customers. I think that should be the basic mission statement of every single company on this planet that considers itself to be a part of the ‘service industry’. If you cannot provide the service for which you are charging people your business should be shut down and you should be blacklisted – end of story. People have become too accepting of a lethargy in the marketplace, in life. Like nothing or no one is worth any effort – that life is a chore. That is not a good mindset – so make it change.
If you cannot be bothered to do whatever it is that you do to the best of your ability, then do not do it at all.
Punctuate that. See what every variation means to you. Then describe how each meaning feels in your context. Like you find the same 4 chords in most of the songs you can bring to mind. And because some things do not run according to ABCDE, it does not mean they are chaotic. Shuffle the letters around now and again and you get an interesting new perspective which teaches you to question. In order to question, you first need to think – not to open your mouth the minute a thought pops into your head. Manage your thinking, choose your thoughts. If you know the answer, don’t ask stupid questions. If you don’t – or are confused – then ask for sure. Like asking whether you may or may not gives you at least a 50% chance of getting a yes. If you don’t ask, then it is 100% no. Those are good odds when you have both nothing – and everything – to lose.
Whether you are or are not is not a matter of public opinion, neither is it relative. You are when you decide to be. You do not require the approval of any family that lives vicariously through you, for instance. You do not need anyone’s permission to be true to yourself. Ever. That is your gift to yourself, your authenticity. Those who will inhibit your personal growth are neither authentic friends nor are they remotely trustworthy. Their agendas are their own and can therefore be dispensed with. Any hindrance to self-actualisation along the path you forge for your own feet must be viewed with suspicion. And those that will heap the shame of ages upon the new generations need a fat slap. Inexplicable shame is painful on every level, and it is confusing. It stunts growth and it damages the innocence of children. No child needs to carry for life lies that are not theirs’ to process.
A work ethic is an important aspect of yourself to foster, and nurture, whether or not you get paid or abused for what you do. It speaks of your self-respect. It speaks of your understanding that nothing in this life comes for nothing. Karma sees to it that what you give of your capacity – however you define your capacity – you get. If you are an advocate of Giveology, you will be a recipient of Getology. Like chickens lay eggs, eggs do not lay chickens. Developing a work ethic is a fairly personal process, but it is important to know that we are initially guided by the work ethic of those close to us, those that raise us. The way you work should reflect your ambition, your competitive edge (without one you go nowhere) and your desire to build the kind of life you know you will be most inspired by. Inspiration makes the impossible, possible. It feeds the soul. It allows you to persevere no matter your circumstance. Stimulating your self is vital if you wish to get where you know you must go. And if you do not know where you must go you need to find out what stimulates you.
I saw this today, written on a photo of Mystique from the X-Men. It made me think and I think it should make us all think. What – exactly – is in a name? And what of every slave of old who was forced to carry his ‘owners’ surname as his own? The families of those slaves still carry those names and I would imagine that they’d appreciate knowing their true heritage and the actual heritage of the name they hold. I am not sure whether any of those slaves’ families ever considered themselves to be anything other than what they were to begin with but with the advent of labels many things on this planet changed. Another thing that concerns me, how many of those slaves remembered to tell their grandchildren their real names? Sadly, I am sure that many didn’t. That is why DNA is so important – it can find us all our roots. It cannot perhaps give original ‘names’ back to lost families, but it can make amends to their hearts.
Children need to understand where they came from. And why. If grandparents had to flee their homes and settled elsewhere for reasons of safety, then the family must remember that. Therein lies great trauma that was probably never addressed. That is what concerns me now about the Syrian refugee crisis. That same basic terror is being perpetuated. Myriad children are learning that the world which ‘houses’ them is not a safe place to be, nor is it filled with much humankindness. That – for any child – is absolutely terrifying. Children need three basic things – something to eat, a safe home in which to live, and to know that they are loved. If as a parent you can provide for your children even one of those gifts, it is a good start. When you can offer your children none of those – why have children? And saying ‘I love you’ to a child – or anyone in fact – without any real sentiment carrying the words does not convey to them anything other than a lie. If you will lie to your child – why have one?
It is important to know that a lot of people that live in sunny countries have a vitamin D deficiency. This is because they wear too much sunscreen. Go into the sun in safe hours and supplement your system with nature, just don’t sit in the sun at noon without expecting some serious sunburn. A vitamin D deficiency is not healthy. Neither is a vitamin B deficiency. And did you know? A flame does not have a shadow. Unless you shine a torch on it. Then, it might.
Since Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, it is a good day to set aside for dreaming. That is not to say that dreaming can only be done when you are resting, it just means that the quality of dreams nurtured at rest will be better than those managed whilst you are on the hop. Every day I dream for a new tomorrow. Every single day, without fail. On shit days I spend my time dreaming about what I have that does not exist in this world. That kind of dreaming takes a lot of focus and given that the dream itself is a beautiful construct, no matter how bleak the hours get it fills my heart and my head with hope. And Love. On good days, I dream into this world. It just depends. I can’t say whether I prefer dreaming out, or dreaming in. Perhaps dreaming into this world is more satisfying because living day to day is an actual experience, happening, and it can be decisively influenced by our dreams. Dreams become your actuality if you allow them to manifest themselves, real. Dreams can only become reality, however, when you know who you are and you have the stamina and the passion to follow yourself into the future you have built. Dreaming for the past is not only a pointless pastime, it is a waste of time. The past is done with. It is not on next year’s agenda, for instance, so do not entertain it when you decide to choose your dreams. Dreams take your worlds forwards – remember that. These days they are about the only things that do. Also remember to dream a special dream for all those whom you love. Dreaming for yourself, alone, is selfish and greedy – especially when you are good at dreaming. In any case, what you wish for yourself you should wish for all of humankind. The minute you decide you are deserving of greater dreams than your fellow men is the moment you alienate yourself entirely from humanity.
‘Boredom finds work for the Devil’s hands’. I think the bible says something like that. I think the Devil also gets hairs on his hands whenever you masturbate. That is basically what we know about the Devil. The rest – I do believe he is yet to tell us himself. I think his MO has changed. As has his HO. I know that after a time any Devil gets tired of being demonised and decides to move on to pastures greener. Before he moves on though, he is sure to leave his reputation behind him so that it can precede him. That way, from the other side he can get busy being objective instead of scaring people. He can see the damage having a reputation does in the first place and he can meet it head-on when it comes, with his truth. No one else cares what the Devil’s truth is, so in that he is fortunate. Extremely so. He can build on it in peace without having to impact the opinions of idiots. With the Devil the first thing to learn is to expect the unexpected. When you are expecting the expected he will deliver to you your expectations. Instead, if you trust that even the most monstrous war-mongering and blood-thirsty demon that was stuffed down the Devil’s throat in Purgatory has another name by which it goes then you will know that even the Devil had a specific job to do and deserves his retirement. One thing about the Devil that you should be certain about – however you wish to perceive him – is that he leaves the places he ends up cleaner than when he found them. His tendency towards cleanliness – on the one hand – is obsessively compulsive. His motivation is not entirely altruistic, however. He does enjoy a tidy household, but he cleans with an added insight. He knows that when he enters Heaven, finally, to rest, it will have been left completely empty. So he leaves Hell the same way he would like to find Heaven. As if it is expecting visitors. Incidentally, I don’t believe the Devil – with the list of shit he is supposed to be responsible for – would have time to be even remotely bored. Therefore – boredom does not find work for the Devil’s hands. I am not sure whose hands ‘boredom’ does find a use for, but be sure whatever, whomever: blood never washes out.
And that then begs the question: for whose hands does boredom ‘make’ work?
Being bored is supposed to be some sort of sin. An abomination of human Nature, inconceivable in a ‘world like ours’ so we must pretend it doesn’t exist. Boredom exists. It is a waste of potential energy. The more you do, the more you will find that you can do; a simple antidote providing you are doing those things that you love to do. If you are being battery-farmed for an enterprise in which you have no faith, no wonder you encounter boredom – and usually, unproductivity. The energy needed to get and be busy doing something that bores you takes more out of you than the work itself does, but temporary boredom must not thwart you. Just find yourself a new job.
It is not always easy to find the right words for what you want to say. Unless you make sure that when you spoke the first time there were no misunderstandings. That, too, is not easy. But then *yawn* ‘nothing worth having was ever easy to get’. Like I said once upon a time: Of course doors open in the ‘adjusted’ state. They are just not doors that I would choose to go through. :). Have a nice day.
I am wondering these days about empowerment. How best to empower. I think we all want to be empowered. We’d also all like our own home and nice food to eat. That is our common ground. As is that place across the line. Those of us that crossed it are in a good place. Why? Because we were brave enough to draw it in the first place. That is empowering. All choices are empowering. Even – I suspect – the shit ones, for a short space of time. Like a psychopath chooses to end another’s life. Therein lies their power, their pleasure. But it is fleeting, that kind of power. That warped sort of pleasure. Real empowerment cannot be taken away – ever. And the pleasure it brings is ever-lasting.
There was a race of dragons to the edge of the precipice. The cliff came sooner than expected for many. That is because the cold kept coming and cleaving it – leaving shards of rock falling into the abyss. Its lifespan got shorter and shorter. That happens to mountains that are not adaptable. That is also because they have the predominant aspect of lemmings. You remember what happened to the rats that followed the Pied Piper? They started the plague.
A-tishoo A-tishoo – they all fall down. Confiscate their winged horses. They do not deserve to ride. Nor do they know the little piggy who built the brick house. They built their bullshit castle from cards.
There is a Boys’ and Girls’ Town down the road from me. I think I should like to work there. :). Unless, of course, they abuse children. Then I want to save all the children. :).