During difficult times in my life, I have reminded myself that today is not forever. In fact, I used to keep this message on my refrigerator door to remind me of this fact. It gave me hope during bad times and was a warning during good times.
Tibetan meditation master, Kalu Rinpoche states:
Nothing is permanent. The sun and the moon rise and then set; the bright, clear day is followed by the deep dark night. From hour to hour, everything changes.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
Faulkner was onto something important when he made that statement. Of course, his fiction was about the American South and how its past affected the South in his lifetime, in the lives of his characters, and the lives of all of us.
The past is always with us whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we remember it or not. All the hurts we experienced as children and as teenagers still bite, still hurt. Abuse, bullying, being excluded, being made to feel stupid: these things do not just go…
Most people don’t want advice, but that has never stopped philosophers and writers or parents or grandparents or teachers or our friends from giving us advice. More palatable than advice is wisdom. In a number of my articles, I have shared the wisdom of writers, philosophers, and supposed authorities from the past.
I have written several articles about ancient philosophers whose works contain much wisdom that applies as well today as it did thousands of years ago. I am fond of ancient Persian philosophy.
Most people don’t want advice, but that has never stopped philosophers and writers or parents or…
I’m on the inside now
Knowledge, power, belonging
Now that I have been inducted into The Secret Society, I am anxious to learn all the Society secrets such as the oath, the rituals, a secret language, the secret handshakes, symbols, knowledge, and rituals. Do we meet at midnight under a Full Wolf Moon in the woods wearing outlandish costumes? Please don’t tell me we’re meeting at Starbucks, not that I couldn’t do with a Mocha Frappuccino Grande right now.
Some are easy, some are not.
If you are you unhappy with your life right now, there are ways to make it better. Try any one of these suggestions and see if it makes your life better.
Quarantining, the move to online work or school, the isolation required to stay safe, boredom, and depression may be negatively impacting your life. You may feel like there’s nothing you can do about it, but I am going to suggest some ways to improve your life.
You may not have been one of the popular kids in high school or college. Popularity and being cool at that age was generally based on physical appearance, wealth, fashion, sports, the right friends, skills such as acting or singing or playing an instrument, or your family connections.
The standards for being popular once you pass the age of 70 are quite different. Slightly cool seniors can answer in the affirmative at least 10 of the following definitions of being cool. Somewhat cooler seniors can check off at least 15 of the following markers of being cool. …
My Advice: Take It or Leave It
I’m not giving you advice because I think I know it all and want to tell you what to do. I am no authority, but I want to share with you three movies that I think will have an impact on you personally and on your worldview.
I must warn you that these movies are not the type of films you are most likely to watch or to perhaps have even heard of.
Each of these films, in part or in whole, are available free on You Tube, so I encourage you to…
To-day is thine to spend, but not to-morrow; Counting on morrows breedeth bankrupt sorrow: O squander not this breath that Heaven hath lent thee; Make not too sure another breath to borrow. Omar Khayyam
Another day wasted. Nothing accomplished toward your goals. Another day gone forever. We think we will do it when we have more time or when we are in the right situation or when we are inspired, but Omar Khayyam warns us not to count on tomorrow.
Khayyam tells us:
Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
Our bodies, ourselves
The body is a private thing. It belongs to us. We identify with our body and sense ourselves within it. Our body is us. We cannot separate who we are from our bodies. It is for this reason that humans are so concerned about their bodies. We want our bodies to appear attractive to others or, at least, to appear the way we want them to appear. We want control over our bodies.
We want to be able to control how much of our bodies to reveal to others. Americans views the sight of the naked body…
Do not open until 2120
In light of this momentous year, I propose that historians create a time capsule, sealed, and interred somewhere safe with a marker that says Do Not Open Until 2120. The trauma of 2020 needs time be distilled to be fully appreciated by humans in the future.
The events of this year will go down in history books, but history is the stories told most often by those in power and the occasional everyman who leaves behind some written documentation.
This year, with its many horrors, should be fully documented for posterity, supposing there is any…