3 Things … October 3rd, 2019

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That Can Save Civilization

1. Use less


2. Enjoy it more


3.  Simplify everything

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Three Ways for Me to Promote My New Book, “Within” … May 21st, 2015

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It is too easy to be vain.

To be vain, all you have to do is pretend like you’re able to accomplish something that other people can’t, and then continue to harp on it until everybody wants to kill you.

I wrote a book.

It’s my 12th book. By the way, it is no better than having laid 12 bricks or cleaned 12 rooms at a motel or succeeded in working a 12-hour shift.

It’s what I do.

Writing a book is thrilling because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. What follows writing a book is not such a pleasant experience–because at that point I have to find a way to get people to purchase it and read it.

Just because one is a writer does not mean that one is a marketer.

So when my book arrived last week and I held it in my hands, I realized that possessing my book was not the goal of writing it. The goal was to get my book out of my hands and into the hands of other people without annoying them so much that they declare me “vain.”

So I came up with three ways for me to promote my book, “Within.”

1. Remember why I wrote it.

It’s easy to forget, you know. If we’re not careful, we all forget the important stuff because we get overwhelmed by the dumb stuff.

I wrote the book because it seems to me that somewhere along the way, we’ve forgotten that we’re human. Being human is neither a divine nor a devilish proposition. I wanted to clarify that.

Then, I wanted to simplify the language into accessible “people talk.”

And finally, I wanted to rectify the mistakes of religion and secularism by filling the vacuum evacuated by the absence of a creative Father.

So that’s why I wrote it. I’m feeling better already.

2. Don’t be afraid of reactions.

After all, there really is only one bad reaction: “It was nice.”

If people are either moved to joy or distressed, and it leads to thought, then I have achieved my purpose as a writer.

I must be unafraid of criticism. I’ll work on that.

3. Tell somebody something to help someone.

Yes, I must be willing to tell somebody that I wrote a book.

It is a courageous step. I must risk that the person might think that I’m over-promoting. But if I don’t tell somebody, then the something I put in the book can never help someone.

  • Can I overcome my timidity?
  • Can I escape a fear of being rejected?

Truth of the matter is, if I can’t, I will probably have a whole lot of books sitting in my corner, never distributed to anyone else.

So here’s my announcement:

I have a new book. It clarifies, simplifies and rectifies some of the situations surrounding being a human. It’s not very long, it’s easy to read, it’s cheap–and it is available.

You can check out the details below.

Do I hope you will purchase it and read it?

I hope you will do what’s best for you, and in the process of doing so, might consider my humble offering.


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A meeting place for folks who know they’re human

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$3.99 plus $2.00 S & H

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The Alphabet of Us: F is for Fret … January 12, 2015

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Building Block F bigger

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

Fear tentatively creeps across the stage and cautiously introduces “fret”–then runs and hides. Fret takes over.

Fret has three modes of operation:

1. Hesitation. “I’m not sure.”

2. Procrastination. “Let’s wait a little while.”

3. Frustration. “What the hell is happening?”

Sometimes it’s difficult to remember that fear is what got our fretful show going. Matter of fact, it’s almost impossible to trace it back to a specific apprehension that triggers our nervous twitches and worrisome attitudes.

People spend millions of dollars in therapy attempting to find the lineage of their fret. Honestly, my dear friends, I think it’s time and money wasted.

Since fret has decided to be the front man for the “band of fear,” you might want to deal with the lead singer.

Therefore, the main reason we hesitate is because we either refuse to deal with what we have or we’re convinced it’s insufficient. Here’s a great piece of advice:

What you have you have. What I have, I have.

Waiting for a new shipment to reinforce our supply causes us to fret. We do much better when we assume that no more is coming and we make a plan to use what we have.

Likewise, we procrastinate because we are unsure that what we have can be turned into what we can do, and that it will have any impact in solving our situation. Can we simplify?

What we can do is what we can do, and if more is needed, there is nothing we can do.

And often, developing a sense of humor about our lack causes others, and even God, to want to step in and fill in the gap.

And finally, frustration is when we’re constantly obsessed with the finish line and have lost sight of the steps that get us there.

For if I find out what I have and what I can do, I have the great opportunity to celebrate what is at least a good start.

Fret is an exercise in vanity.

It is the notion that we have achieved some status of importance that should make us pressure-free.

But if we find out what we have, and we discover what we can actually do and we pronounce it to be a good start, then hesitation, procrastination and frustration will be dismissed from our cast and replaced with much better actors.

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