August, 2010 Archives

28
Aug

FOOTLOOSE

by Pj in Random

After spraining my ankle this morning trying to get some exercise I ran across this. If there is one thing I wish I could do well it would be dancing. It just makes me happy to do it, to watch it, to imagine it. Hope you enjoy it. If you don’t….bah hum bug you poor soul.

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYL3j27sSH8]

16
Aug

Worth It

by Pj in Family

It has been two months since Ben and Breann got married. It is fun watching them figure things out and loving each other more everyday. Life is tough. It’s good when you have someone to share the joy and divide the not so joyous. Remember to laugh everyday. It always ends up funny in the end anyhow!

13
Aug

Seven Sins Seven Virtues

by Pj in Random

As the world seems to be spinning out of control…. As if we could ever control the earths spinning…. I have pondered a great deal about what is causing the chaos.

I decided to do some research. I began with the seven sins. All of which, at one point or another, I concluded was the straw that broke the proverbial back. I put them in alpha order.

Envy – to desire others traits, status, abilities or situation.
Gluttony – To have and consume more than you need.
Greed – the desire for material wealth or gain
Lust – inordinate craving of bodily pleasures.
Pride – Excessive belief in one’s own abilities.
Sloth – to avoid work.
Wrath – anger that spurns love and opt for fury.

Now it isn’t all bad. There is also a list of seven virtues too. That old ying yang thing ya know!

Kindness – Empathy and trust without prejudice or resentment
Temperance – moderation between self-interest versus public interest.
Charity – love
Chastity – Moral wholesomeness and purity of thought
Humility – Ability to confront fear and acknowledge personal weaknesses.
Diligence – Decisive work ethic
Patience – resolving conflicts and injustice peacefully

I like how Mahatma Gandhi listed the sins.

Worship without Sacrifice
Science without Humanity
Commerce without Morality
Knowledge without Character
Pleasure without Conscience
Politics without Principle
Wealth without Work

I believe we can find evidence within ourselves of each of those sins and each of those virtues. That might require humility. Ah, oh.

I read a book recently that suggested the following. “The health of the planet is affected by the health of every individual on it. As long as even two souls are locked in conflict, the whole of the world is contaminated by it” Elizabeth Gilbert

I thought about that and am still thinking about it.

Is it possible that the conflict that rages in each individual is contributing to the conflicts swirling around all of usl? And if that is possible, and I believe it is more than possible but real, how much more are the conflicts we have with others polluting our planet with more of those deadly sins.

Even those little moments, like when you realize someone has broken into your Tahoe and stolen your brand new iphone. If one were to harbor ill feelings for such a greedy, slothful, envious, gluttonous, lustful, proud and angry individual wouldn’t one be guilty of those same sins?

Now your thinking… but you can’t just let people take advantage of you! (please reread the virtue list)

I once had a teacher who asked if every time our babies cried for “attention” what would happen if we gave it to them? If every time we came home from work to hear the ramblings of teen-agers and we listened to them? If every time our spouse sought peaceful silence we were actually quiet what would be the result? Initially, the students said you would have a society of spoiled babies, indulgent teen-agers and non- communicative relationships. But after patient teaching and careful consideration this teacher opened our minds to the idea that love will never spoil, but only empower the individual.

So whatever your conflict, interior or exterior, let it go. Release it and discover the planet is spinning with or without you, but it would be so much nicer if we all were… nicer.

PS… I would still like my phone back.

7
Aug

Destiny

by Pj in Family, Random

Oregon Park walk way- very GREEN. Ciera- That monster will eat us!!.
Ciera got drenched on the boat ride. We all got drenched on the boat ride!
What a cute and funny girl!! Loved sitting outside by the water!
Loved jumping the waves! The sand was warm and inviting!
Not sure what the sunglasses were about. Yea, babe! that is my city in the background  
I again won the wet shirt contest. Ciera was embarrassed. Bummer!
The roads were so beautiful! Got to stop. Just too gorgeous!.
I must admit that this trip felt a little odd. With only Ciera and I trotting around the west coast without her siblings or other parental in toe sometimes I felt like a naked emperor.

With just two of us we managed to eat too much and find many things to entertain us.
What quickly became apparent is the desire of this 15-year-old was the destination-not the journey.

I remember feeling that way once upon a time. My parents would take us to all sorts of historical monuments or natural wonders and all I ever wanted to do was get to where we were going so I could play and swim and eat. Good to know we are alike in many ways.

Ciera did take her nature pics!
For instance, I often get frustrated and storm around when I am unable to comprehend a task or master software. On this trip Ciera was in charge of the GPS and getting us to our destination. It was like watching a mirror as she would angrily throw the phone down only to pick it up a few minutes later and begin again trying tp figure out how to work it so we could figure out where the heck we were.
We managed to get lost most everyday and it was okay because sometimes we discovered places we had not known about and sometimes we discovered more about each other. I hope someday she will take her daughter or son on a road trip and maybe stop along the way to enjoy a sunset or the bright stars in the midnight sky or a new born baby deer following it’s mother up the mountain side. If she gets lucky she will learn to enjoy the journey.
 
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