Tuesday, June 28, 2005
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Monday, June 13, 2005
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Perhaps it's time to really fight the ridiculous security of our government.(that does little except turn us into a police state) For example: They have never caught the person distributing anthrax, have they? How many agencies and dollars were spent pre-9/11 without the effect of protecting us? How many person-hours, how much money have we spent on airport security? When you think about it, the terrorists have won! We've given in to fear and given up part of the freedom we fought so hard to obtain. We have chosen to spend BILLIONS of dollars on security that could better be spent curing and solving the injustices that cause the terrorism in the first place!
Maybe it's time for al little peaceful, respectful, civil disobedience. I'm pretty sure I'd be willing to go to jail a few times for a few days, if it would help to restore our pre-9/11 freedoms!!!
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Let's mend each other, support each other's becoming, trust that together we can conquer fear, and see the world as a place of possibility.
Friday, June 10, 2005
I’ve used FranklinCoveys stuff for 11 years, and I know it’s effective. It has always helped me focus on my values, goals, and the tasks I need to accomplish to meet those goals. I've slacked off during the last four years, as I've struggled with illness, but I'm ready to methodically use each day as effectively as I can again.
See more progress on: Concentrate on a manageable number of projects and goals
Thursday, June 09, 2005
I found out today while scanning slides that I have just enough time after I push the “scan” button to sit and play a song on my guitar, have a short conversation with my wife, listen to a song on the CD player, etc. That’s helping to keep the process from being a drag.
The second part of the process – retouching the photos, adjusting levels, chroma, contrast, color, is fun because of the immediate improvement I can make on these old slides. I feel like I’m restoring old art.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
- make the appointment for August this week - that throws it into the future with a deadline.
- buy a Tenor solo Karaoke tape at Schlattinger’s music store (that’s one thing I didn’t know existed)
- take some voice lessons between now and then
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Monday, June 06, 2005
Artists (musicians, dancers, painters, etc.) experience being in what Diane calls “the flow” more frequently than most, I’d guess. It’s that feeling that what you are doing or creating is just happening, and you happen to be there at the time it is shaping itself. It’s a sense of being completely in the present, completely involved, completely in love with the process.
Meditation and solitude are ways of reaching that “flow” without anything actually happening, being created, or done. In fact, it is getting in touch with BEING pure and simple.
Before doing something worthwhile, we must BE someone worthwhile. And one step is to meditate, pray, or read something inspirational – alone.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self needs strength.
He who knows he has enough is rich.
Perseverance is a sign of will power.
He who stays where he is endures.
To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.
I achieved a state of wealth 7 years ago when I realized that I had all I needed:
a lovely, kind, sensitive wife
a house that was paid for (a simple house, yet secure)
no financial debts, only debts of gratitude to others
many caring and supportive friends
a deep sense that I am loved, and worth it.
enough money and time to give away money and time to others.
a job that I loved and that requires constantly improving my sills.
A sense of plenty rather than scarcity. A feeling of abundance and generosity rather than fear and grasping for more.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
I was 237 and now am 214. Can you imagine? Have you ever picked up a 25 lb. bag of sugar or rice? I was carrying that around all the time. Ridiculous! My next goals are:
- get down to less than 200 by the next 3 months (Labor Day).
- get down to 185 (29 lbs. to go)
- stay there in the 180s for at least a year.
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