The Alphabet of Us: Z is for Zeal… June 1st, 2015

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All human beings possess a heart, soul, mind and strength. Nothing of any true significance can be achieved unless this is understood.

“Be careful.”

I think it’s safe to say that all parents mouth that sentiment at least a thousand times to their child from birth to high school graduation.

It’s sound advice if it’s defined correctly and backed up with suitable examples. What we’re really trying to tell our offspring is to be smart.

But sometimes it’s not smart to tread carefully.A greater danger sneaks into the picture, creating a fuzzy outlook on life. Because careful can easily become cautious.

The difference between careful and cautious is that careful is a profile to be ready for trouble and cautious is a decision to look for it.

Ultimately, caution tends to lead the over-protected soul into a pathway of suspicion. And of course, when you think that everything or everyone is out to get you, you not only miss out on many blessings, but eventually something or someone does get you–merely to mock your defenses.

Here is the truth of the matter–human beings cannot live without passion. Even if we become passionate about being suspicious, we are still engaging ourselves in an active profile.

So without abandoning the position of being careful, how can we unleash the energy of our faith and talent into the world around us?

Zeal.

  • “I am ready.”
  • “I am not hesitant.”
  • “I am not fearful.”
  • “I also am not stupid.”
  • “I’m ready to believe that something good can come my way.”

Without zeal, we become encumbered by conspiracy theories and absorb the available doom and gloom in the room.

As careful leads to cautious, zeal opens the door to zealous. Matter of fact, the Good Book tells us to be zealously affected by a good thing. Zealous is when we take our “ready” status, select a favored cause and become excited.

I’m not completely sure what the Father in heaven dislikes, but I will tell you–He is deeply enthralled with human beings who are excited.

Zealous contains two important parts:

1. “I believe it’s possible for something good to happen.”

2. “I believe I’ve found it.”

Zealous is the opposite of cautious.

It is walking into a room knowing that you’ll be looking for a light switch instead of cursing the darkness. This culminates in the word “zealot.”

It is most unfortunate that this word has such negative ramifications. Actually, a zealot is someone who is committed and has become excited because he or she is ready for something good to happen.

We can’t live our lives like pre-teen girls who see a small spider in the corner of the bedroom and spend the rest of the night believing that hairy-legged varmints are crawling all over them.

Zeal makes us ready to be zealous, excited about possibilities, which gives us the opportunity to become committed zealots–chasing down a miracle that will change our world.

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The Alphabet of Us: Y is for You… May 25th, 2015

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All human beings possess a heart, soul, mind and strength. Nothing of any true significance can be achieved unless this is understood.

Y-O-U.

Or is it Why Owe You?

Here’s the truth. If you don’t find personal satisfaction in the reality of your own life, then your discontentment will trickle down to me whether I like it or not. So I have to ask you a question. Why owe you?

Why would you want to leave yourself absent of the qualities, necessities and feelings that create an atmosphere for happiness?

Why would you listen to a generation of naysayers who portray human life as complicated, festering with tribulation, instead of looking for solutions and avenues for completion?

Why do you owe yourself, instead of paying the debt which allows you to feel free of unnecessary naggings?

First of all, recognize the symptoms. Since we are heart, soul, mind and strength people, start with your heart:

How can you tell if you’re emotionally balanced, or if you owe yourself something?

The first symptom of “heart trouble” is always frustration. If you find yourself snapping at other people, honking in traffic or feeling overwhelmed by circumstances, then realize there is some desire or yearning which you’re ignoring because you either feel it’s unrealistic or undeserved.

Yes, frustration is the clue that you owe your emotions a gift.

How can you tell if you’re spiritually in debt?

Doubt. I’m not talking about the kind of doubt that creeps into all of us when encompassed by undesirable situations. I mean self-doubt which leads to human doubt, culminating in God-doubt–when the only spiritual thing you find yourself saying is, “What the hell?”

Moving along, when we are mentally short on funding for our ideas, confusion sets in.

There are folks who think they have the first signs of dementia simply because their brains are so cluttered with doubt and frustration from the heart and soul that they can’t get traction in their thinking.

Feel confused? You owe it to your brain to clear out the fog.

And finally, your body–your strength–shows that you’re indebted to yourself by the gnawing presence of procrastination.

“I’ll do it tomorrow.”

Will you feel better tomorrow? Or will you feel worse because you’re one more day delinquent.

Why owe you? Why do you allow yourself to be a day late and a dollar short in your own being?

It makes you dissatisfied and causes you to come across obnoxious to the world around you.

  • If you’re frustrated, track down the unfulfilled desire in your emotions.
  • If you’re struggling with doubt, simplify your beliefs until you can grab onto something and run with it.
  • If you’re confused, realize that you have a traffic jam of frustration and doubt that prevents you from thinking straight.
  • And if you find yourself procrastinating, realize that it’s the culmination of fear which makes you believe you can’t pull off your purposes.

You should always think about YOU.

When you don’t, you either try to become noble and end up with a persecution complex, or you become overly secretive and end up being diagnosed as neurotic.

 

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The Alphabet of Us: X is for Xerox … May 18th, 2015

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All human beings possess a heart, soul, mind and strength. Nothing of any true significance can be achieved unless this is understood.

“It was my idea.”

A very popular sentiment. Most people enjoy believing that they are powerfully creative, needed and intricately involved.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with that.

Yet when the sense of uniqueness eliminates the ability to receive counsel, take advice, observe excellence and improve your situation, then it is a dangerous piece of stubbornness that can leave you desolate.

So how do we know when we should “go solo” and when we should collaborate?

Growing up, I was introduced to the Xerox machine. It was nearly a god in my world. Having escaped the rigors of mimeograph and carbon paper, we suddenly were able to create a copy of something by pushing a button.

Of course, Xerox machines are nearly extinct today. With all the digital possibilities, the old apparatus has been slid into the corner.

But the need to copy valuable material still exists.

So how do we know what we should Xerox in our lives and what is required to be an original presentation?

1. Copy what is clear.

There was always one rule of working with a Xerox. If you started off with an original that was unclear or fuzzy, the Xerox would be even worse. I often nearly despair over the realization that as bad as politics and religion are today, the “children” of those practices will be worse.

2. Copy what is important.

There is no need to have two of something that’s meaningless. That goes for Democrats, Republicans, Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Establish the quality and integrity before you start spitting out duplicates.

3. Don’t copy a copy.

It’s one of the problems we have in religion. Rather than using Jesus as an example in the Christian faith, we are settling for commentaries and doctrinal books to establish our faith.

They are copies. And when we copy a copy, we end up with a third generation of confusion.

It is important to copy.

Over half of who I am is based upon the wisdom I’ve attained through watching.

Please remember that wisdom is not possessed nor contained. It is acquired through continuing to learn, updating your files and mingling that information with your own experience.

Human beings are meant to be creative, but we’re also intended to be Xerox machines, which copy what is clear and important, making sure we commence our emulation … by honoring the original.

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The Alphabet of Us: W is for Wisdom … May 11th, 2015

 

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All human beings possess a heart, soul, mind and strength. Nothing of any true significance can be achieved unless this is understood.

Wisdom does not come with years. Otherwise all the older folks would be fruitful, faithful and forgiving.

Wisdom is also not knowledge, although information does come in handy.

Wisdom is not opportunity, though an open door is appreciated.

Wisdom is not common sense–yet good answers do apply in many situations.

Wisdom is not patience. We do, however, need to wait on occasion.

Wisdom is the decision to expand your willingness and apply your repentance.

Wisdom is what we do after we make a mistake:

  • Are we defensive?
  • Are we worried?
  • Are we going to lie?
  • Are we cheaters?
  • Are we prone to pretend nothing’s wrong?

Because one thing is certain–the amount of willingness I bring to any endeavor will always be challenged by Mother Nature, to see if I’m ready to give more.

If not, I will fail just as much as the ones who never tried at all.

And also, mistakes will occur to see how eager I am to repent. Making excuses, trying to share responsibility and acting as if there’s “no problem at all” only aggravates my situation and keeps me from applying wisdom.

Wisdom comes my way when I realize that I will need to expand my willingness and apply my repentance many times over.

If you are unable to achieve this status, you will always end up looking like a childish brat.

As you can see, this has nothing to do with age. It has nothing to do with gender.

It is simply being able to stare life in the face and say, “I am willing to do more…and I am prepared to repent quickly.”

 

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The Alphabet of Us: V is for Virtue…May 4th, 2015

 

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All human beings possess a heart, soul, mind and strength. Nothing of any true significance can be achieved unless this is understood.

“Give me someplace to start.”

If I’ve said that once, I’ve said it a thousand times. I’ve heard people say it to me on an equal number of occasions.

We are human. We are neither vacuous nor voluptuous with wisdom. We require a process.

Every process has a starting point. So what is the starting point in the human experience? What grants us the right and privilege of living our lives in freedom while being perceived as non-threatening to our brothers and sisters?

It is the word “virtue.”

And if you’re trying to find that quality by following ten commandments or the seven habits of successful people, you will drive yourself crazy with failure, constantly bewildered on how to rededicate your efforts.

I am happy to report to one and all that virtue has one, sole principle. Once this principle is in place, everything in life begins to unfold in glorious simplicity.

Virtue is the character we release.

While integrity is the character we possess, virtue is a decision on our part to relinquish to others what we hold dear in our soul.

It is confirmed by one cardinal rule:

I only matter if you matter.

The minute I decide to alienate you or limit your free will, I am setting myself up to be dominated by a tyrant in my future, who feels that he or she has the equal right to be so discriminating.

  • I can be free if you can be free.
  • I can be equal if you can be equal.
  • Yet the power I take from you will be snatched from me.

Virtue is when I realize that I only matter if you matter. And if I believe this with all my heart and honor it when I am tempted to become prejudiced, I become a friend of mankind … and a contributor to Father God and Mother Earth.

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The Alphabet of Us: U is for Understanding …April 27, 2015

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All human beings possess a heart, soul, mind and strength. Nothing of any true significance can be achieved unless this is understood.

When I was a younger man, I believed it was my function and goal to set the world on fire. But now, a bit older and having walked through a few blazes, I realize that the greatest gift I can give to my fellow humans is to put out the fires that were carelessly started by foolish schemers.

I don’t know if I’ll ever have enough time to pursue all of my heart’s desires because there is so much work to be done–clearing away the ignorance, selfishness, short-sightedness and bigotry that was here when I arrived.

This is the spirit of understanding that we must garner as people in order to be of value and continue to maintain our optimism. Otherwise, we stare at the raging fire of stupidity and wonder what we can do with out little cup of water.

Understanding requires three magnificent realizations:

1. “It’s not that bad.”

If you do not develop a kind spirit toward yourself and the world around you, you will begin to view your surroundings as unacceptable and find reasons to alienate your fellow-man instead of coming to the conclusion that peaceful coexistence is possible.

“It’s not that bad”–probably four of the most beautiful words that can fall off of anyone’s lips in the midst of a crisis. They open the door to thinking instead of frantic reacting.

2. “Let’s slow down.”

Instead of a philosophy of “pedal to the metal,” we allow the ointment of understanding to calm our spirits, which allows a realistic pace and also promotes peace of mind.

3. “We can work with this.”

Although thee is a contingency of folks who feel they show their spirit of excellence by being demanding and requiring perfect conditions, the Earth is in a constant state of evolution and therefore can never give you exactly what you want, but merely provides a portion or mutation of your desire.

Can you work with it?

Can you take a little bit and make it more?

Understanding is when we come to the conclusion that changing the world is unlikely, but improving the circumstances of even one soul is viable and necessary.

 

 

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Cracked 5…April 21, 2015

 

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Other Names (Perhaps Better) For Tornadoes

1. FunnelKooks

 

2. WhirleyBrutes

 

3. WizzingtoOz

 

4. Oklahomers

 

5. Twizzlers

 

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