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SAFETY FIRST (among giants)

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SAFETY FIRST

 

Life among giants is tricky.

We begin by staying close to Mom.

We venture out.

We crawl.

We rise up on our hind legs and we stumble.

We cry out for Mom but before she reaches us we are up again and on the move.

From Birth till Ever we search for safety.

We measure that safety with terms of approval.

We shout to the horizon “I am not afraid”.

And even when disappointed beyond words we seek additional measures of approval.

We had begun one person at a time until one day we decided “more is better”.

More approval meant  more cooperation but less emphasis on being right.

We stopped experimenting.

We adopted the attitudes and belief systems of the  group.

We rebelled occasionally, unhappy with having opted to be less true to ourselves in favor of what? Safety? Fairness? Fairness? Why had we abdicated our Freedom?

We had a cup of coffee in the most popular coffee shop and thought about it.

This isn’t so bad… is it?

Is it?

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WATCHING MY CHILDREN

 

WATCHING MY CHILDREN
(edited from yesterday)

Watching my children loving their children and their children’s children almost encourages me to stop beating myself for  all my meanness when drinking during The Fifties & Sixties..

But wait…there’s more…

Whenever there is a video from my son and his grandkids, I recognize his words; as he talks to the shorties; Billy Bob is copying his Papa.

 

“What is forgiveness?”

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Lee Broom        January 14 2014

 

“From a recent conversation:

He had searched for advice on how to handle one of the most troubling experience of his life. It was worse than losing a client. It was worse than losing a wife. it was worse than being told he had a life threatening disease. “What do I do?” he asked. (How could he not know the answer?) The answer came from an old friend; it was in the form of a question:

Q: “What is forgiveness?” came the ‘answer’ posing as a question. A: “Forgiveness is Love” he replied.     “Forgiveness is the operative description of Love. Love is not a human thing. The human thing is Fear also known as Dishonesty.

The Source for Love (and Forgiveness) is God. So, to experience Love (Forgiveness) is to Accept Love. (But according to Lao Tzu and the first Buddha, even an atheist can experience Love simply by doing Loving things for others). 

Still, to lose the Love of one’s children is incredibly painful. And though pain feels like a gift from The Liar of All Things, it  is in reality a ‘ Gift’ from The Giver of All Things.”

The bias of a lynch mob brought his  family together And He began again To write.

The bias is the memory of a family not together And He began again To right… Wrongs.”

THE STRANGELING (another update)

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I wrote a play last year; and then another; And then a very long essay. Each of these creations bore the same title…

THE STRANGELING.

One afternoon while visiting on my patio with the quail family that periodically comes to check on me, I fell into an experiment; I took a few recent posts of different ideas and searched within them for one line which would say it all.

Out of seven hundred or so words I trimmed this creation down to…

The truth of Now is that it never, ever leaves us. The same is often said of God.”

Entertainment,

 

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ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment is a major priority in life.

Anything with a nervous system yearns to have fun.

Animals don’t smile with their faces but who can mistake the joy of the family dog when the family comes home for the evening or the purr of a kitten or the baby who has learned to laugh?

Those of us who fail to get our share of joy and
laughter may eat or drink ourselves into near sedation; we watch an imaginary world flash before us on large screen TV or we go to the mall – anything to be entertained.

And then one day we become the entertainer, the child laughs as we punch the laughter button,  the family dog leaps with delight as we enter the room, the Love of our Life has a bigger smile than usual because of something we said with enthusiasm in our voice and the world is suddenly better, our waistline relaxes as the need for a drink or a handful of cookies is forgotten and the sun comes up in the East.

And we say
to ourselves, “Wowie – Zowie – Leapin’ Wolliwogers, what’s going on here”?

And we began to seek new opportunities to entertain someone; we are eager to say to anyone who will listen, “you won’t believe what just happened……….”

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ENTERTAINMENT

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ENTERTAINMENT

 

Entertainment is a major priority in life; anything with a nervous system yearns to have fun.”

Animals don’t smile with their faces but who can mistake the joy of the family dog when the family comes home for the evening or the purr of a kitten or the baby who has learned to giggle.

Those who miss the joy and laughter, eat or drink ourselves into near sedation; we watch an imaginary world flash before us on large screen TV, we go to the mall and we become watchers.

And then one day we become the entertainer, a child laughs as we punch the laughter button and we laugh along with her and the memory of a sad event becomes nought  but a shadow;  the family dog leaps with delight as we enter the room and we know we are important , the Love of our Life has a bigger smile than usual because of something we said with unmeasured  enthusiasm and the world is suddenly better; our abdominal muscles relax as the need for a drink is forgotten and the sun comes up in the East  and we ask our inquisitive self ”“ what just happened.??? I can’t believe what just happened…”.

And you look for additional  opportunities to entertain someone; you are eager to say to anyone who will listen, “you won’t believe what just happened…” But you don’t because as you look around at the happy faces, you know that they know and you do whatever comes next.

 

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