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HE OFFERED TO PLANT ME A GARDEN

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Recently a friend said to me…

“When I was young I beat my chest about “giving back”; today I give anonymously.

I once voiced group opinion as my own; today my own is my own.

As a young man I learned WHAT to think; today I am more concerned with HOW.

As a young man I jogged, I went to the gym and I rode a bike. I still do those things.

As a young man  I lived within my means; I still do that as well.”

I asked him to lend me some grocery money. He offered to plant me a garden.

And he showed me how to tighten the cable on  my bicycle.

THE BIRTH OF THE BLEUS

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THE BIRTH OF THE BLEUS

Advise me please.

He spoke quietly.

Compliance is not my problem.

I am curious to view your path;

I would discover What you discover,

Your ethics,

Your Loves,

Your Truth.

And that’s how it all began.

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FEALTY TO SELF AND TO OTHERS

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Offering one’s sense of self in exchange for the approval linked with conformity to the agreed-upon beliefs of any given group encourages paralysis of creativity among individuals and discourages growth within the groups to which we pledge fealty. The anticipated rewards are stability and a heightened measure of safety.

Our decision on the matter probably occurred during childhood; some say before our second birthday. The rest of our life will be spent learning to live with our decision and using this information to guide us as we mingle with others.

UNDERSTANDING THE WINDSOR KNOT

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I love the way he expresses himself.
But did you hear what he was saying?

Interesting painting.
Yes but do you like it?

She really stands out in a crowd.
Yes, but have you met her?

 

He was a quiet one; yes he was; always looking for solutions, inventing a better way to get a desired result in less time or with an improvement of some sort. And then John met Cathy.

To bed and beyond, his moments of studious repose, now naught but a memoire, his lab rats mere pets and his need for intellectual stimulation limited to thirty ways to tie a knot in the silk appendage now dangling daily from the collar of his Saville Rowe shirt, John looked around the art gallery  and vowed to change his name, arresting his quest for the old life. He would abandon all and become Rupert the Right.

Goodbye Cathy Dear, here; you may have this as a memoire. Unbuttoning his collar brought a sigh that became a gasp as his lungs inflated with the promise of freedom and new frontiers; “Here is my tie with the Windsor knot; the knot is naught but a naughty memoire. Keep it” he said. “hang it on the bed post” he added.” And Rupert nee John, once left, now right, went shopping.

HE OFFERED TO PLANT ME A GARDEN

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Recently a friend said to me…

“When I was young I beat my chest about “giving back”; today I give anonymously.

I once voiced group opinion as my own; today my own is my own.

As a young man I learned WHAT to think; today I am more concerned with HOW.

As a young man I jogged, I went to the gym and I rode a bike. I still do those things.

As a young man  I lived within my means; I still do that as well.”

I asked him to lend me some grocery money. He offered to plant me a garden.

And he showed me how to tighten the cable on  my bicycle.

AN ENQUIRING MIND IS AN OPEN MIND.

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AN ENQUIRING MIND IS AN OPEN MIND.

 

An enquiring mind is an open mind.

An enquiring mind is a scholarly mind.

An enquiring mind has nothing to prove.

An enquiring mind cherishes freedom.

An enquiring mind will fight to the last breath to defend freedom and the right to refuse to conform.

 

A compliant mind cherishes fairness.

A compliant mind resents those who prioritize freedom over fairness.

A compliant mind places the community before self.

A compliant mind is an obedient mind having abdicated the need for freedom.

A compliant mind is easily controlled having relinquished the responsibility of self.

A compliant mind serves he who comes first. By placing the community first, this self is last in line.

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FREEDOM IS ENOUGH

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FREEDOM IS ENOUGH

 

LOVE

(when accepted from Its Source)

IS,

(as I see it)

the process of restoration.

LOVE

(when accepted from Its Source)

IS

the process of healing.

LOVE IS outbound.

LOVE IS

about BEING.

 

DOING is the work of BACK SCRATCHERS

DOING BETTER is the    BACK SCRATCHERS improvement process

DOING BETTER is not healing, though it promises to be.

The promise of Approval is eventually destructive.

I prefer FREEDOM

The feeling of BEING FREE

IS

(for me)

enough.

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“I’M THINKING…” RECEIVED ANONYMOUSLY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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“I’M THINKING…” received anonymously  during the holidays.

“I’m thinking it might be time to retire from certain recovery influences in my life.

After deciding to switch to public transportation I thought at first, that being without a vehicle in my parking space was the worst possible aspect of a changing life style.

And then I was pompously instructed by a man fifteen years younger, to accept help from others as a permanent feature of this changing way of life.

I was actually told that by removing myself from the roster of possible service commitments that I was robbing those who need such commitments in order to experience a successful recovery, were therefore being robbed of a basic recovery tool.

Really?

What next?

The group has no interest in my message of rejecting group think influences and I’ve none in Chapter Five.

Service to the community at large and the message of non-conformity are my interests; I am discovering new ways of  meeting these commitments, previously established in earlier decades.

Perhaps that is enough…

Perhaps not.”

Anomymous.

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