Category Archives: Approval

IN SEARCH OF LEADERSHIP

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It is impossible from head-nodders to learn the subject of their gossip.  But gossip they do, nod they do, smile and frown and clap they do like starlings at early dawn; they flap, they rustle, they cling together and rise from the grasses and fly together, this way and that, seeking the leader whose randomness fails them.

At sundown the murmeration ceases and together they rustle, they rhyme with the rhythm of the restless till darkness overcomes. Tomorrow they will rise again and like starlings everywhere they will rise as one and heads will nod and the bloated carcasses of their forgotten comrades will add nourishment to the earth and one or two will say do you remember whats-his-name. Oh yes comes the answer, he was always coming up with strange, new ideas.

And the head-nodders bestow their final, limited approval in measured doses and their world continues at break neck speed.

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ARPS: THE APPROVAL RATING POINT SYSTEM

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ARPS: THE APPROVAL RATING POINT SYSTEM

 

We can stay sane simply by seeking approval. Approval, in varying degrees is ours for the asking. Let’s assume that the nod of approval is worth two points; a hug is twenty and a smile, two million.

We can offer approval; for that we get four million points which we must split with our approve.

Who knows how the Approval Rating Point System (let’s call it ARPS) works but it does…up to a point. We aren’t aware of this system because it is done below the level of awareness. But however elusive the ARPS data is, we know when it’s no longer working; we know instantly when we think we are getting less than we are giving.

Where the confusion comes in is when we discover that we don’t know the difference between Approval and Love; we don’t realize that one is sought and the other is offered until someone points that out.

We don’t know until we are told that approval is conditional and Love is not.

We don’t know that approval is part of what makes all living things interact and that it can actually be measured to some degree in a laboratory environment while Love remains a Mystery.

We don’t know on our own that the key to unlocking this Mystery is the key of Willingness and Awareness.

And then we discover Love;

We Accept The Love and We Pass it On.

Some say Love is the function of the universe. Some say it is The Job Description for God. And some say “help me, I’m falling…”

No need to fall…

Accept the Love and pass it on.

Accept the Love and pass it on.

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Lee Broom

 

HIGH APPROVAL RATINGS

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People form groups, hoping to fulfill that which is perceived to address a common need; a measure of safety in a dangerous world. These groups may family, schools, sources of employment and institutions which build religions and serve our spiritual needs,

Soon thereafter and for as long as the group exists, the individual’s major role is to support the group. Negotiations ensue. The group offers a measure of approval in return for Compliance; the higher the quality of Compliance, the higher the approval rating. The higher the approval rating the more likely it is to be confused with Love. Approval is condition dependent; Love is not.

Love’s only aim is to Heal.

Wishing is not a substitute for Hope.

Hope is not a substitute for Faith.

Faith is not a substitute for Truth.

Approval is not a substitute for Love.

Love is not a substitute for Safety.

Safety is not a substitute for Fear.

ACCEPT THE LOVE AND PASS IT ON.

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Lee Broom

IN SEARCH OF LEADERSHIP

012

It is impossible from head-nodders to learn the subject of their gossip.  But gossip they do, nod they do, smile and frown and clap they do like starlings at early dawn; they flap, they rustle, they cling together and rise from the grasses and fly together, this way and that, seeking the leader whose randomness fails them.

At sundown the murmeration ceases and together they rustle, they rhyme with the rhythm of the restless till darkness overcomes. Tomorrow they will rise again and like starlings everywhere they will rise as one and heads will nod and the bloated carcasses of their forgotten comrades will add nourishment to the earth and one or two will say do you remember whatsisname. Oh yes comes the answer, he was always coming up with strange, new ideas.

And the head-nodders bestow their final, limited approval in measured doses and their world continues at break neck speed.

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Lee Broom

 

GROUP APPROVAL

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GROUP APPROVAL is important to us all. It is the first and perhaps the only visible key to finding the safest way to live in a very dangerous world. There is a problem with this though. Groups do not rate the validity of a common held belief by its authenticity but by its popularity. That’s one problem; here’s another.

PROBLEM NUMBER TWO is the real zinger. Those of us who are aware that the group’s only concern is group safety, may turn to thinking for ourselves. Perhaps we learn a truth that rates very high, authentically speaking. And then we learn that some of the Truths of the group are obvious truths and others are not. Do we pretend to repeat the mantras of the group or do we look for others who have run into the same problem? And then we realize that looking for approval for a different truth is just creating another group.

AND NOW…

NOW we CHOOSE between living life as a GROUPY or as a LEADER and then we realize that a Leader may have only the SELF to lead.

The Zwilight Tone

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The Zwilight Tone

We can stay sane simply by seeking approval. Approval, in varying degrees is ours for the asking. Let’s assume that the nod of approval is worth two points; a hug is twenty and a smile, two million.

We can offer approval; for that we get four million points which we must split with our approvee.

Who knows how the Approval Rating Point System (let’s call it ARPS) works but it does…up to a point. We aren’t aware of this system because it is done below the level of awareness. But however elusive the ARPS data is, we know when it’s no longer working; we know instantly when we think we are getting less than we are giving.

Where the confusion comes in is when we discover that we don’t know the difference between Approval and Love; we don’t realize that one is sought and the other is offered until someone points that out. We don’t know until we are told that approval is conditional and Love is not. We don’t know that approval is part of what makes all living things interact and that it can actually be measured to some degree in a laboratory environment while Love remains a Mystery; we do not realize on our own that the key to unlocking this Mystery is the key of Willingness and Awareness. We Accept The Love and We Pass it On.

Some say Love is the function of the universe. Some say it is the job description for God. And some say “help me, I’m falling…”

No need to fall…Accept the Love and pass it on. Accept the Love and pass it on.