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Who Are You?

Who are you?”   They asked, as I walked by.  “Can you tell us about yourself?”

I without a sound nod my approval and almost instantaneously the first question is posed.

“You have to live somewhere.”  They begin.   “Where do you live?”

 Smiling, I answer.  “Where else? “  And, continue.  “I live in the only place there is.  I live in the moment.”

Looking a bit confused, but undeterred, they ask the next.

“You have to like something.  What you like to do?”

Smiling, I answer.  “What else?”  And, continue.  “I like to do all there really is. I like to be.

There is yet even more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“You have to be living your passion.  You must.  You need to be playing a bigger game, so what do you do for work?”

Smiling, I answer.   “What else?”   And, continue.   “Every day, I wake up working on making today better than yesterday.”

There is even more confusion, but that is fleeting, as the questions are not intended to gain insight, to listen and to find meaning, but rather they are about more questions, and they continue undeterred and on to the next.

“You have to know what is going on in the world.  Don’t you see how scary it is?   What are your political views?”

Smiling, I answer. “What else?”  And, continue.   “Every day, I wake up and view today as the most amazing time to be alive in all of history since today is all that there is.  I am scared to think that I may miss one day of living by giving into my, or someone else’s, fears.”

There is still more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“Are you married?  Single? You need to be with someone.  You must have someone special in your life.”

Smiling, I answer. “What else?”  And, continue.   “I am married to this moment, committed to living life and singly focused on loving every second of it as I am with my soul mate, always, and that someone is very special.”

There is still more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“But, who?  Who? You must tell me who that is?”

Smiling, I answer. “Who else?”  And, continue.   “I see them every day smiling back at me when I look in the mirror.”

 There is still more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“You must want more.  You cannot be satisfied.  What more do you want?”

 Smiling, I answer. “What else?”  And, continue.   “I want to continue living the life I live, giving myself completely to each and every day satisfied and equally grateful for all that I have, and all that I am right now in this moment, because that really is all I have and all I want.”

Who are you?”   They asked, as they walked away.

We Are All Someone’s Crazy

Recently, I was stopped at a stop light with two passengers in the car driving on Federal Highway. The light turned green, but I did not turn. Why? Because, there was a line of cars in front of me along with a disabled vehicle making everyone merge into one lane. Behind me, I hear a honk. I, and the others in the car, look back. The driver is signalling both verbally and with their hands, “GO!” We all look at each other. “Go where?”

The honking continues. We laugh, and our laughter continues. Then, I noticed something as the woman in the back seat proclaims, “They are CRAZY!!!” That was our perception, but in reality, they at the same time thought WE were the crazy ones.

Driving is such a beautiful analogy for life, anyway.

X is driving too slow = CRAZY
Y is driving too fast = CRAZY

Insert whatever word best fits for “crazy”, but the point is the same. We may all be going to meet up at the same place, but we most likely are not all going to take the same route. Some will take the interstate. Others will take the side roads. Some will leave early, while others will leave late.

95% of the people, if asked, will say they are a better driver than the other 95% people on the road. It is as if everyone else is “CRAZY” but, the point is:

No matter who you are,
you are someone’s crazy…..

There is always something to be thankful for. (3)

Today, what will be our history?

Today, we celebrate the legacy of a man who brought about change through his philosophies, his words and his actions.   While the work of Martin Luther King is a lasting testament to conviction, courage, commitment, and others, there is much work left to be done in the fight against inequality.   Not limited to race, but to poverty, to human rights, and much more, the world has as many questions as we move forward each and every day trying to right wrongs and move forward in a way that treats everyone with mutual respect.

With that being said, when we look back on history we tend to applaud those that were auspiciously unpopular doing what was deemed as rather inappropriate, even illegal, at the time.  Likewise, after years of unraveling that what was hailed as being so great is often seen much differently.   History has a way of filling in the gaps that are not always visible in the present moment.

Martin Luther King addressed injustice in a society that did not necessarily want to hear what he had to say.   Today, who are the most monumental leaders and what events will stand the test of time?   Today, who will history treat as kindly?

Today, are their injustices, in if so, which ones are worth fighting for?  Today, what is the appropriate platform for public discourse?  Today, when is it appropriate to protest and at what point is it not only your right but your duty?  Today, what is pushing us forward and what is pulling us backwards?

In remembrance, and in reflection, may we find the conviction to do what is right even if it is wildly unpopular.   May we have the courage to seek love, because love is too much of a burden to carry.  And, may we have the commitment to better not only ourselves, but our neighbors, our cities, our states, and our country, and the world in which we all share together in one large global community.

 

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AMERICA THE GREAT

Make America Great Again

Make American Great Again?

The question is really twofold:  when?  And, for who?

Or, said differently, when was this truth and for who?

President-Elect, Trump, will do great things (for some and not as much for others).  This much is true. The same is equally true for sitting President, Obama.  There are some who benefited greatly and others who did not.

America’s greatness (or lack thereof) though is bigger than any one person.  Success and failure is relative and a moving target.  What is today may not be tomorrow, or 100 years from now.  History is often a much different story than today’s front page headlines.

Unfortunately, in our present world there is either 1 or 100 with very little in between.  Too often, it is a Love or Hate relationship with an individual (that has never been met in person), with a group, or a party, or an affiliation.

Truth wears many colors even for those that are colorblind.   There are many facets to what is reality, all based upon one’s own reality.  We do not see life as it is, but rather, we see life as we are.

Love (Me)

Love Me

Above and Beyond

Your Existing Paradigm

Love Me

For Me, As Me

Having heard that a particular individual has divided the country, has not social media done as much, or more, to divide than any one person?

Information is not necessarily power. More information is not necessarily better. Was it not that long ago before the advent of “friends” did we not connect in a far different way?

We connected because of a common bond that transcended politics and religion, in part, because those were more private. Now, everything is public information. Maybe, just maybe, we know too much about each other? And, at the same time, not enough?

When we label ourselves, and others, that brand becomes who they are (and who we are), but all of us are much more than those brands. We have so much in common, more than we will ever know, as “friends”. It was when we were the friends who met out for dinner, got together at each other’s house, we broke bread. We did not as we see today as “friends” set out to break one other.