Hope

Today, was an incredible day!!

560 male individuals gathered at THE COUNTR CLUB OF ROCHESTER to celebrate 100+ years of tradition, the annual pig roast.   I was taken aback, and fulfilled by its power .  It isn’t often that I see so many men together in one place for so long.

Over the many hours I was there, I had conversations regarding the political conditions around sexual harassment  and  assault and what It means to our world, amongst  others.

It would it appear that we hope to have man’s perspective and opinion yet we want it to be one we agree with.

“Blessings on your journey

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There is no keeping score

There is no scorekeeping.

Everyone lives each day for him or herself, no matter what they did.

No one owes anything to anyone, no matter what happened.

And from this, what I hope we most get, is that whatever we do next, we do it for the joy it brings you.

Rock on,

“Blessings on your journey”

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Am I right?

Can we talk? There is so much to talk about today, but, do we really want to talk about it? And, do we know how to talk about it? Most people I know, want to maintain the status quo, and not rock the proverbial apple cart. I will often find myself becoming more aggressive and start lobbing subjective thoughts or opinions into conversations.  It’s a form of play for me, and I enjoy it. I like the intellectual engagement and sharing of ideas, which can be profoundly interesting and educational.  It can also be destructive and hurtful, depending on the people and the environment.   The key for me to a successful engagement is being open to listen to other viewpoints.  In my experience, most of the discussions that have failed are ones where one or both parties were not able to actively engage in listening to each other. The need to be right, a form of self preservation.

Being right has become such a monumental thing in our world, that I’m not sure we’re going to overcome it, I see it everywhere.

Am I right???

”Blessings on your journey”

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Energetic Joy

Day 18

Children provide us a view of un-restricted love and joy.  Young children don’t learn sadness and fear early on, they are left alone to shine for years.  They see everything for the first time, and are enthralled by the most simplest of things. They don’t get fed the daily news or our negative thoughts and opinions.  It is not hard to see in them this beautiful light shining and we don’t want to extinguish it.  This morning, I feel I need to move out in that light and wanted to share with you this abreviated  post I wrote 20 days ago.

Today, was filled with lots of energy and joy.  Is it because I got a lot done that I had been perseverating over? Or, because I didn’t want to be depressed and scared any more.  Some days I just get up and deal with it because I don’t want to accept feeling depressed and scared all day.  Other days, I like staying home and wallowing in it.  Today, I decided to take the leap, to take the day and achieve some greatness, and boy did it feel that way.  I was up before 6am and didn’t hit the pillow until 11pm, unheard of these past few months.

Today the blessings to me were energy and joy, and I’m just going to accept that and be grateful.

I’d like to make that my new normal!  How you doing with that?

“Blessings on your journey”

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Feeling creative?

“Emptiness is a symptom that you are not living creatively.” ~Maxwell Maltz

Today I received this quote in a daily email I follow. What is it with emptiness?  Yesterday I was feeling a little empty and found solace in some articles I was reading.  I decided to share them with you in my daily post.  With our plans for the day it seemed easier to use others words that resonated with me. I think if I had dug a little deeper or struggled a little longer I could have dug into the well of consciousness that exist within me and all of us.

Here I am now, disappointed that I didn’t do the work of being authentic and honest yesterday.  Spending my morning beating myself up for something that happened in my past.  I am not able to see the opportunity in my future. I’m not living in the moment. I’m caught up in yesterday.

When I read this quote this morning I was taken by its truth, and the lesson in it. I reflected back on the prior months of my life where I believe I’d been empty and hadn’t  lived creatively, then, back to yesterday all within seconds.  I am left here in a state of disappointment for not being “all that I can be” my main purpose and sincere desire in my life.

I believe that we should live in a state of creativity, love and joy all of the time (all that I can be).  For now, I’m going to accept (not judge) that for the past few months and yesterday, I was being “all that I can be”.  I’m going to love that, considering the alternative of not being good enough. Please feel to join me and be “all that you can be” today and love that too!!

”Blessings on your journey”

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Sunday thoughts

Day 16 – Thoughts from things I’m reading!

As a number of my previous posts has reflected, this period of time in history is full of difficulty for a lot of human beings.  Through these reflections you may feel less alone knowing you are not being singled out.  If we keep this in mind, and continue to trust that we are loved even when things are hard, it helps us bear the difficult time with grace.

There are extreme energy changes pulsing through the universe at every level and, of course, we are all part of the growing process and the growing pains. It helps if we remember that life is one phase after another and that this difficult time will inevitably give way to something new and different. Change can be a beautiful thing yet met with resistance. This too shall pass.

At the same time, if you truly feel that nothing is going right for you, it’s never a bad idea to examine your life and see if there are some changes you can make to alleviate some of the difficulty. Gently and compassionately exploring the areas giving you the most trouble may reveal things you are holding onto and need to release: unprocessed emotions, unresolved transitions, or negative ways of looking at yourself or reality. As you take responsibility for the things you can change, you can more easily surrender to the things you can’t, remembering all the while that this phase will, without doubt, give way to another. My book “Living and Dying” is a great example of how this process can work.

If you’ve been following Jim Carrey at all, you would have noticed some significant change in him personally.  From some interesting notes on the documentary Jim and Andy,  documentarian Chris Smith opens the full-length doc posing a question to its star, “So, Jim. How would you start this movie? The now fully-bearded Carrey with an air of calm and serenity more often attributed to Buddhist monks, ponders his reply and aptly turns the question on its head: “Well, if I had my choice, it wouldn’t start at all,” he says into camera. “It would already have been. And it wouldn’t end either,” ending the latter with a grin. “You know?”
The Netflix-VICE Documentary Films production focuses more on Carrey’s portrayal of Andy Kaufman—both on and off camera — during filming of the 1999 Miloš Forman-helmed Man on the Moon. Though fans can catch moments of the actor speaking truthfully to his own life, fame and trajectory.
“Jim Carrey is a great character and I was lucky to get the part.” — Jim Carrey, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2017)
“But I don’t think of that as me anymore.”
A fresh-faced Jim from a 1983 interview eerily reveals a peek into his future. Speaking about the possibility of becoming so famous he’d not be able to walk down the street, the wide-eyed up-and-comer smiles, puts on a goofy voice and says, “Won’t that be fun?” then pulls a face as he laughs. “Where it’ll be impossible to walk anywhere without being recognized.” He then pauses and looks down in subtle reflection.
It’s juxtaposed with a cut to the documentary’s current interview with a now-pensive Carrey where he breaks down the fame game (in regards to Andy playing Latka on Taxi, but also speaking to acting in general): “At some point, when you create yourself to make it, you’re going to have to either let that creation go, and take a chance on being loved or hated for who you really are, or you’re gonna have to kill who you really are…” [a pause as he looks straight into camera] “…and fall into your grave grasping onto a character that you never were.”
Later in the film, he returns to this character vs. real person theme, “I think sometimes people that exist so completely in their character, and maybe not know how to get out of it, or how to take another road, might take the ultimate road, you know? Where they, uh… they have to actually leave the, uh… the planet. You know, to get out.”

Smith gets some sense of closure from his documentary subject, when asking how playing Kaufman changed him and where he feels he stands today. Carrey responds with a glimmer of enlightened hope, “I truly feel like if you ask me where I live right now, where the real me is, I would say that there’s a quiet, gentle seat in the universe that seems to contain everything, and that’s where I am.”

“I don’t have to go anywhere. That’s fascinating to me now, the disappearing.” — Jim Carrey, in Jim & Andy (2017)

“Blessings on your journey”

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