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Happy New Year

Well, I finally got around to posting my first blog of 2015.  I’ve been falling down on the job where blogging is concerned lately.  I just haven’t had much to say.  I’m a little overwhelmed by what’s been going on in the world these days.

May you live in interesting times, indeed.

My life’s motto came from a silly t-shirt I saw years ago — I used to be disgusted but now I’m just amused.  Yep, that’s me in a nutshell.

Humanity is a joke.  We really aren’t playing the long game here.  Occasionally, you’ll find someone who can see beyond all the bullshit and envision a brighter tomorrow.  I’m finding I’m just not that person any more.

Bill Hicks Virus With ShoesI don’t need to have my faith in humanity restored.  I get it.  This is all there is and that’s what’s so.  Pour me another round, please.

It doesn’t have to remain this way.  Nothing has to stay the way it is.  That’s the great thing about life.  It’s always changing, always moving, always evolving.  It probably took hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of years for humans to evolve into upright walking, opposable thumbs-having creatures.  Expecting civilization to get its shit together in less than 10,000 is just extremely wishful thinking.  I keep forgetting how new all of this is, cosmically speaking.

All there is to do is nurture and encourage the parts of life that we’d like to see grow and develop while neglecting to foster any of the stuff we’d really like to see eradicated.  There were animals who moved into deep, dark caves and over time lost their eyesight since it was no longer needed.  No light, no eyes.

Perhaps we’ll start to lose parts of ourselves when they cease to be necessary or useful.  Like our tendency towards the violent expression of our emotions.  Or our need to control everything and everyone around us.  Better still, we could drop that knee jerk reaction of fear to anything new and unfamiliar, or anything not like us.  Those things are really getting in our way.  Stop feeding the trolls, so to speak.

While I don’t actually believe in one, I do like to entertain the notion of an afterlife.  Sitting up in Heaven looking down on this silly little ball of mud long after I’m gone watching the goings-on.  I have much more faith in evolution than I do in anything humans can come up with.  We’ll be what we need to be when we need to be it, or we’ll just not be any longer.

“Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving.” –Albert Einstein

 

 

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It’s a New Year!

Dec. 31, 2008

Dec. 31, 2008

When the calendar flips over to a new number, it often causes people to take stock of their lives.  Where have I been and where do I want to go?  The one thing that I’ve been made acutely aware of in the last few weeks is how quickly life can turn on a dime.

Sometimes these changes can be fun and exciting, exactly what we had been hoping and striving to bring about.  For me personally, I moved into a great new apartment over the holidays and I will be getting married in a few months.  But with some of the changes I’m witnessing in the lives of those around me, I’m feeling a little bit sad.  It puts a little bit of a damper on my ability to fully enjoy my current good fortune.

I am aware of so much loss and fear around me.  Cancer diagnoses (yes, I mean several), loss of jobs and businesses, relationships ending and even one suicide that I’ve still not completely processed and accepted.

I have no words of wisdom and I don’t feel like making any statements to put a positive spin on any of this.  I’m just being aware of all of it.  This is life.

Whatever you’ve been going through in 2013 can change on a dime, for better or for worse.  Don’t take any of it personally, though.  I don’t believe the Universe picks sides.

Well, maybe sometimes it does.

Well, maybe sometimes it does.

That’s just the way it is

Some things will never change.  That’s just the way it is.

Oh, but don’t you believe it.

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Happy 2013!  I have returned to my blog.  Hope you will too.  I don’t know what this year will bring and I like that.

So what’s been on my mind as of late is the idea that people don’t really change.  Not really, deep down.  We spend lots of time, money and effort to change but often end up with the same shit, different day.  We got 99 problems but a new outlook on life ain’t one of ‘em.

Day after day, I hear people proclaim how much they’ve changed, how different they are and then I watch them go through the same motions.  They get upset about the same things.  They fall back into the same patterns.

I have always wanted to believe that people can change, really want to change and eventually will change.  If we are to survive the mess we’ve created (or the one that has been handed to us), we’re going to have to change… and quickly.

But how can we change who and what we are if we don’t really know what that is or what we would like to become?  This is the crux of the matter.  If change is only in reaction to a problem, it will be superficial and probably not lasting.

Someday we may change the energy we use if we either run out of fossil fuels or other sources become more cost-effective and profitable.  But at some point that may end up creating a new problem to solve.

So in order to get off of the Problem-Reaction-Solution merry-go-round, it’s time we start asking ourselves, “What kind of world would I like to create?  What kind of world would I like to live in?”

That’s exactly what I intend to do this year and in this blog.  And as a great man once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  That great man was Gandhi and he was a huge influence on another great man that we are celebrating today, Martin Luther King, Jr.  Then someday perhaps MLK’s dream will come true.

Here’s looking at you, kid.  What’s your dream for the world?

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