Saturday, August 27, 2016

With A Little Bit Of Luck

The notion of “luck” means different things to different people. To a regular working joe, it might mean winning the lottery, to a gambler, it might mean going on a hot streak at Las Vegas. To any guy like me, “getting lucky”, has a whole different connotation.
Whatever luck is, everybody wants some; and they want it to be good luck. Whether it’s a lucky break, a lucky throw of the dice, or a lucky encounter, luck is something everyone hopes for when they are down on their luck.
Luck is the answer to despair. Every cloud has a silver lining so to speak. No matter how bad things may get, we know that with just a stroke of luck, everything can change and we can be riding high on the hog instead of wallowing in the slop.
In these tough times it is good to have something to be optimistic about, because you never know when lady luck will smile on you. Some people make their own luck, and some just fall into it. The important thing, is that people keep on thinking that today may just be their lucky day…because it could be.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sliding Down the Razor Blade Of Life

When I was a young lad, my life was one game after another; not figuratively, but literally. During the baseball season my friends, and brothers, and I, played baseball everyday. During football season, we played football, and during the winter we played hockey. It was a great childhood. When I got older, I played sports in high school. I wrestled, played football, ran track and cross country, and even lettered in golf. Those were good years also.

When I went to college I still played some inter-mural sports, but because I was paying my own way through school, I also had to work. My sports career ended on a bad note, when during a co-ed broom ball game, I caught a broom stick in the mouth by a girl who didn't know you can't throw high sticks. With two real teeth less than before, I started my working career full time.

Life has been kind of down hill ever since. Not that it has been all bad, I've raised two great kids; but now I have to face the pressures of being a grownup...everyday. My life is like a pinball machine, I bounce from one challenge, to another, to another, ad infinitum. As soon as I fix one problem, sure enough, another one comes along to take its place. I seek a respite, a break in the action, but I'm too old to play anything except cards and my TV remote.

Fortunately, I have two outlets to help me stay young in body and mind. I still run, (not as much as before 9/11, when I could put five miles in during lunch time, until airport security got too restrictive); and I still log between 12-20 miles a week. I also write a blog. Between thinking about what the hell I'm going to write about, and thinking about what the hell I'm actually writing, its a great way to get my mind off today's problems.

Well, Doc, I see my time's about up. Time to get off your couch until our next session. Thanks for listening to me, I'll see you in a couple of days.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet

An oldie but a goodie from November 2008; still guaranteed to make you think.

Here we go again.

Time once again to try to talk some common sense concerning the Federal bailout of the nation's lending institutions. This is very difficult to do, because the elitists, under the guise of the President, the Congress, the Treasury Secretary, and the Federal Reserve Chairman, have brain washed the average American, into believing that they have the best interests in heart, for the average American.
Nothing could be further from the truth.

Who in their right mind would borrow money, that would take the next three generations to pay off through higher taxes, only to give that money to the banks, in hope, that the banks would lend that money back, at interest, so that he can buy the things he needs to survive?

No one.

But that's exactly what the leaders of our country have convinced us we need to do in order to avoid financial apocalypse. We have bought their lies, lock, stock, and barrel. If we don't wise up soon, that is all we will have to wear...barrels!

The banks have already been given 350 billion dollars of our money. They are now clamoring that they need the other 350 billion dollars, that had been set aside for future use in the Obama administration. What did they do with the original 350 billion? They gave their CEOs multi-million dollar bonuses, gave themselves expensive vacations, and they are sitting on the remainder. They are not even lending that money out in order to kick start the economy! Why in the name of God, should we give them another 350 billion?

Now General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, are claiming that if they don't receive a 30 billion dollar loan, they will go belly up. All of this amounts to extortion on a grand scale.

As previously stated in three past posts, (The Center Cannot Hold, 9-21; Bend Over, Here It Comes Again, 9-23; and Sundown You Better Take Care, 10-1) that 700 billion dollars, divided by 150 million families, amounts to almost $47,000 per family! If we the people had demanded that we lend that money to ourselves, instead of giving it to the banks, people would have got their houses out of foreclosure, they would have bought new cars; the economy would be surging as companies hire new workers to produce the products people could now afford. Everyone, would have been happy.

The reason the lending institutions are on the verge of collapse, is because workers pay has been slashed so low (under Bushs' climate of corporate greed) that the only way they can survive, is by going heavily in debt. People are defaulting on these loans, causing the banks to fail. The answer is to reduce people's debt. Giving money to the banks, does nothing to alleviate this problem.

Why then, is the government pushing financing the banks? The elitists goal, is to put every American into financial servitude to them. It is not too late, the remaining 350 billion dollars of our money, would still amount to $23,300 per family! The American people need to demand accountability! They need to demand that money of ours, be divided fairly among ourselves, not just given to the banks!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

How Do You Pray To God?

How do you pray to God?

When I was a young lad I said my prayers every night before I went to bed. My prayers were mostly me asking God for something or another, like a long life, to be rich one day, my teacher would forget to check the homework assignments tomorrow, etc. etc. My prayers to God were always all about me and not about God. I felt guilty that I could not pray to God without asking for something. So what did I do? I stopped praying to God. I figured it was better not to pray at all instead always asking for something.

I am no longer a young lad, and I have grown both spiritually, and in maturity since those days. I do pray to God now, and those prayers are still all about me. My prayers now are all about how thankful I am.

I now say my prayers in the morning before I start my day. I start off by declaring my intent to be an agent of God all day long. This is my way of giving God permission to use me as he sees fit for doing his will in this world. I then give thanks for all of the gifts that God has bestowed on me. I thank God for the gift of life and all of the happiness, sadness, and challenges that life entails.

I thank God for all of the blessings he has bestowed on me; my wife, my children, my parents, my house, my car that got me to work safely, my job, and anyone who has ever shown me love. I cap off my morning prayer by singing HU for a few minutes as a song of love to my Father.

I no longer feel guilty about praying to God; in fact I feel closer to God than ever before. I now know that God knows everything I need so there is no need to ask for anything. If I do feel the need to ask my Father for anything I start my request by saying “If it be thy will”.

When you stop and think about it what do any of us really need? We all have been given eternal life as the sons, and daughters of the Father. The only thing we truly need is to learn how to love as the Father loves us.

May the blessings be.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

"Dumbing Down" America

One thing I have noticed in my life is that most people really can’t be bothered to think for themselves. In fact I find that most people don’t want to be bothered to think at all.

Perhaps I am being too hard on the majority of Americans; maybe they have been conditioned by the government and the major religions not to think for themselves. Perhaps they have not been taught how to think for themselves.

Why is it that so many people are not only willing to let others think for them, but want someone else to think for them? The herd mentality has always been very popular among the masses, whether it manifests as fads, religious dogma, popular TV shows, or blind acceptance of the words of people in a position of authority, but never as much as it is today. “The Bible tells me so”, “He’s my President, right or wrong”, are the mantra of today’s sheep.

Television and radio are filled with folks who are more than happy to tell the masses what, and how they should think. This does not bother me as much as the fact that there are way too many people out there who eat up this “knowledge” as if it were a box of chocolates, without consideration that they are getting fat…in the head.

The “dumbing down” of America has been going on for some time now. America’s schools were once the finest in the world, but are now nothing more than rote memorization factories, that teach nothing about logic, and reasoning. Most television today is entertainment, or contrived reality shows that encourage the viewer to turn his brain off. Even the commercials are geared for people with an I.Q. of 90.

I believe this “dumbing down” is an action of the global power elite who are out for world domination. They have been intentionally creating a generation of sheep craving for leadership, leadership that they will provide. The only problem is… we all know what happens to a herd of sheep in the end.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Importance Of Enemies

I am not Christian, However, I like to quote Jesus on occasion. "Love thy enemies" he said. Why? Especially in Jesus' time when barbarity, was high in popularity.

Let's face it, the reason someone is an enemy is because that person is an a-hole. But for some strange reason, that person thinks you are an a-hole, and that's why he treats you that way. I have had people decide not to like me that I had never spoken to.

Is it karma that brings two enemies together? Very possibly, but not for the reason you might think. The logical thought would be that the two souls are old enemies from a past life. The truth is that the two souls are extremely close, so close that one is willing to antagonize the other. In other words, one soul accepts his "role" in order to help his friend soul grow.

In life, friends, loved ones, teachers, clergy, all teach us the lessons we need to learn. But, it is the a-holes, demons, and even Satan, that check to see if you have passed the test. Your enemies are the ones that test your true meddle. They are as important to your overall spiritual growth as the teachers, and Saints.

In the grand view of God we are all one, and helping each other evolve up the spiritual scale.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

I Am Man, Hear Me Whine

Back in the early '70's, Helen Reddy had a hit song called, "I Am Woman", in which she starts out, "I am woman, hear me roar", which I thought was hokey, and all. I still do. But now that I am older, I realize that she was right. Women do all the roaring, while us guys do all the whining.

I should know. I am a man.

Why do men whine? I don't know, but I believe it has something to do with the male DNA. I remember when I was nine, and my mom wouldn't let me go over to Doug's house because his parent's both worked, and we may get into trouble. I'd say, "Come on, Mom, I'll be good!"

It didn't work.

When I was fourteen, I asked my dad if I could go to Woodstock. After a few seconds of contemplation he said, "No, you're too young." I responded, "Dad, I'm almost fifteen. Please let me go!" Unfortunately, it still didn't work.

Almost forty years later, I still whine when I don't get my way -- and it still doesn't work. You would think that I would adjust, change my game plan, so to speak. But no, I'm not that smart. You see, I am married. You ladies can laugh (which I know you are), but how else can a guy get his needs met?
"Honey, I have no clean shirts for work tomorrow." "Why didn't anyone make coffee this morning?" "C'mon, honey, it's Monday night!" "I have no cookies for bedtime!" "Your Lifetime Movie channel is turned up too loud!" ...
If whining were an art form, I'd be Picasso.

The truth is, I whine because it does work (once in a while). She'll do almost anything to get me to shut up.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Always and Forever

True love is forever. This is not a metaphor, or the writing of a poet. True love is what we all receive from God 24-7, always and forever. No matter whom you are; no matter what you do, you will always have God’s love.
Many religions teach that if you do not follow their path you will lose God’s love and be damned to eternal misery in hell. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
We all need to be mindful of our actions, and take responsibility for them, but they are not, nor will they ever become the parameters to decide whether or not God loves us. Anytime you hear someone telling you that you will go to hell if you don't follow their religion, realize that they are subtly trying to control you.
There are repercussions from our actions, whether good or bad, and that is accomplished through karma. Karma is what all souls in the worlds of duality have to contend with. The purpose of karma is to teach all souls the lessons they must learn before they can graduate from these lower worlds. If you have lived a particularly evil life, the effects of karma can be very harsh in one of your next lifetimes, but you are never cut off from God’s love.
The belief that you have been cut off from God’s love is called despair. The Catholic Church has always taught that the one true mortal sin is despair. The reason for this is that if you believe you have been cut off from God’s love, you will needlessly cut yourself off from God because you believe you are not worthy.
We all make mistakes; it is part of the human make up. We learn through trial and error, with karma showing us how we erred. Learning in this method is slow, and it takes many lifetimes to earn your degree to leave these worlds of duality.
If you screw up, try not to get down on yourself too hard, and definitely don't try to hide from God.
God understands these things.
God’s love is always and forever.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This Is Only A Test

This world is nothing more than one large school for the maturation of the souls that inhabit it. Sin, as we have been taught by the religions of this world, in fact does not exist. Instead of thinking of our transgression as sins, it would spiritually be more correct to call them mistakes.
I mean no insult to my fundamentalist readers, but my words are based on the immortality of soul, karma, and reincarnation. The notion that each of us is a body, that owns a soul; and has but one lifetime to determine whether we go to heaven or hell, is incorrect, and propagated by the religions of the world, in order to control the masses. The truth is that we ARE soul, and we take on various bodies, from lifetime to lifetime, in order to gain the experiences necessary in order to earn knowledge of our divinity.
These are not easy lessons to learn, and for most of us, we have spent multiple lifetimes in order to learn just one of the lessons. We learn through the accumulation of karma. Karma from the view point of eternity is not punishment, but rather a chance to realize past mistakes, and to learn from them. For example, say you as soul, have been working on overcoming prejudice. In a past lifetime, you were prejudiced against black people, and cruel to them. Chances are, in your next lifetime you will be a black man, under going what you did to others previously. As you can see, learning is a slow arduous journey for each individual soul.
Each one of us is here because we still have lessons to master. We are constantly being tested to assess our progress. Sometimes we pass the test and move on to something else, other times we fail. Failing a test is something we all do quite a bit, because none of us are perfect. If we were perfect, we would not be here, unless it was as a teacher for others. When we fail a test, we go through the karma involved, and then get retested.
So if you make a transgression, don’t regret it, and don’t fuss about it. You will be retested again soon.
Learn from everything, regret nothing.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Ain't That Peculiar

Its kind of funny how life is now a days. One day you are told one thing, then the next day, they tell you something different. Who they are I'm not quite sure, but whoever they are, they can't seem to be able to make up their minds.

I remember when I was young, growing up a Catholic, the nuns told us that it was a mortal sin to eat meat on Friday. This meant that if you deliberately ate meat on a Friday, and knew that it was a mortal sin, and did not confess that sin to the nice priest, (who then had you say fifty "Hail Marys", twenty "Our Fathers", and fifteen "Act of Contritions",) and died; you would spend all of eternity being one of Satan's minions.

Then around 1971, the Church did an about face on the eating meat on Friday thing; now it was no longer a sin to eat meat on a Friday. I always wondered about the poor souls burning in hell for eating a lousy baloney sandwich on a Friday. Did St. Peter take the elevator down to hell, and proclaim, "Hey, all you guys down here on the eating meat on Friday rap, come on up!" The nuns I questioned about this denied that they ever said it was a mortal sin to eat meat on a Friday. Hmmmmmm.

Last Fall, gasoline was averaging $4.00/gal. We were being told that oil, being a fossil fuel, was limited in supply; and that the cost to explore, drill, import, etc. etc. was the reason for the ever increasing prices. Then the shit hit the fan with the economy; people couldn't afford to pay exorbitant prices for gas. The oil companies weren't selling enough gas to keep their profit margins up. Now gasoline is averaging $1.70/gal! Maybe oil wasn't so scarce after all. Hmmmmmm.

Maybe I am too skeptical, but it seems to me that we are being told whatever lie is convenient, to persuade us to do what they want. Want to talk about the bailout for the banks? Hmmmmm. How about the erosion of personal freedoms to keep America safe? Hmmmmm. It seems to me, that the next time they tell us the truth about anything, it will be the first time.

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