January 31, 2016

survivor, yes,one more day
The lady bit me when I picked her up. She is a survivor and so are you.

Hi Luv et alii,

See if this sounds familiar. I woke up this morning reaching out with my ears and mind to see if Danger was near. If you understand this feeling it is because you too are a survivor.

You can make it through today. You can continue to survive.

If you are already out of the horror maybe you will even heal a bit today.

If you are still in the horror… I pray you will find a good way out.

Take care, keep on surviving,
The Old Man

Bruce And I Disagree On Many Things ~ What Follows We Agree On So Pay Attention

January 30, 2016
transformation, becoming,being
To be anything requires effort
Hi Luv et alii, (with a special hi how are you to Bruce)
Bruce and I disagree on most things. Clothes, haircuts, beards, motorcycles, movies. You name it our tastes are probably different. 
There are two serious exceptions to this general rule. The first is that we both love Empire Biscuits with red maraschino cherries on top. The second, simply put is:

To Become (fill in the blank)
Takes Work Not Talk

Flying, hockey, teaching, being a member of an organization or a faith. All of these (and anything else you care to name) require dedication, education, fortitude and perseverance to do well. 
As Jane Austen points out so well with Emma, it takes more than creating a reading list of 101 titles to become well read. You actually have to read and think about the books behind the titles.
Here comes the question: Are you an Emma? 
Take care, stay safe,
The Old Man

Wisdom From The Middle East ~ ‘wind they sow, and a hurricane they reap’

January 29, 2016

reality cheque,karma,control,enemies,mercy
My life has created my enemies.
When they offer me harm
Who should I
Be upset with?

Hi Luv et alii,

For wind they sow, and a hurricane they reap, Stalk it hath none — a shoot not yielding grain, If so be it yield — strangers do swallow it up.’

Yesterday our neighbour decided it was time to teach us who’s the boss. This morning she continued the lesson. She seems to have forgotten that the last time she and her friends tried this they lost.

She and her friends will lose again. Between now and then things will get worse.

The difference between this time and the other times is that this time I have taken a sacred vow to my wife that I shall fight the anger, hatred, disgust and vengeance demanding angst that in the past has strongly influenced my behaviour towards her and her friends and family.

With attentiveness and awareness I will control myself. I will realize when I am in a situation where all of my negative emotions can burst upon me. I will stop them.

SWMBO knows how hard it is to destroy old ways of reacting and creating new ways. She understands I am still mired in my old Survivor Habits. She accepts that I will not always react properly. She has vowed to help me live up to my vow. She is a good friend.

A final thought for this letter?

It helps to remember that in the past I was the one who sowed the wind. Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism agree that our thoughts and actions create our future.

Their behaviour has in many ways been caused by my past. This being true should I not be angry with myself and merciful to them?

Take care, stay safe,
The Old Man