The Future and the Past Aren’t Real; Not Yet and Not Anymore

Instead of worrying about the future, do the now well and the future will unfold accordingly. Sort of paraphrased by Sadhguru.    The only reality that exists is now.  Now is the time for action.  That’s where karma comes in.  Literally translated from Sanskrit, karma is action.  Good, bad, indifferent, or even if that action … Continue reading The Future and the Past Aren’t Real; Not Yet and Not Anymore

If at First You Do Succeed, Try, Try Again

Somewhere, back in the early 1800’s, Thomas Palmer, in an effort to encourage American schoolchildren to do their homework, he wrote in his teacher’s manual, “’Tis a lesson you should heed, try, try again.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Shortly after that, Edward Hickson put the phrase in his ‘Moral Song’ … Continue reading If at First You Do Succeed, Try, Try Again

I Can’t Swim the Lake if I’m Chained to the Dock

There was a time in my life when the people around me encouraged me to, just sign up for welfare.  Imagine that!  This was the atmosphere I grew up in.  It was not a nice neighborhood. I have a library full of “excuses” I could legitimately claim, but this is not an origin story, so … Continue reading I Can’t Swim the Lake if I’m Chained to the Dock

The Case for Care in the Face of Sympathy

I come from a rough neighborhood; that’s no secret.  Where I grew up, people were gruff, rough, and tough.  In fact, here’s a typical greeting; and seriously, no bullshit, verbatim: “Joe!  How the hell are you, you f**king fat bastard?  Life treating you good or what?” Yep, pretty typical.  Crazy right?  But, you know this … Continue reading The Case for Care in the Face of Sympathy