Will I see you tomorrow?
There is no greater indicator of future behavior than the answer to this question.
Fly-by, drive-by, anonymous, see-you-sucker interactions are easy to start, easy to be disappointed by, hard to count on when it comes to civility or a career.
We work to create the alternative. Masks off, snarkiness set aside, committed to long haul. That's the connection that the connection economy is built on.
-- Seth Godin
It can take an instant, if you're willing; it took me a couple years because I wasn't. When I finally became willing, things shifted very quickly.
For me, it had everything to do with the two-sided coin of: 1) self acceptance, and 2) unknowingly needing something from someone else, that being "acceptance". When I came to understand that it was my job to accept myself, the opinions of others just didn't matter.
With regard to food, you can get fast and convenient foods versus gourmet meals that take careful and timely preparation. You can also eat nutritious ingredients compared to things with empty calories. Then there's the realm of things that are simply unhealthy for you.
All of these qualities can be quite independent of cost. More important, these analogies can be applied to other aspects of life.
Is competing against monkeys inspiring to you? Perhaps you've said to yourself, "if a monkey can do it, then I can!" Well, here's something to step up to.
According to Philippens and Vanwersch (link), in their studies to test "neurofeedback and other brain-training treatments for epilepsy or ADHD", they were able to coax monkeys to deliberately replicate the brain activity of meditation, resulting in the monkeys looking "restful [with] focus."
I love re-watching great movies as I get older. So much to behold and learn. It reminds me of a simple truth...
There are Truths.
A teacher of mine made me aware of the fact that there are some things in life that are true, regardless of time or circumstance. Once I became willing to believe that, and became willing to learn from others, I started seeing the truth (sic) in that statement.
My mind and spirit are on fire! I've been shown so many important ideas lately, and the fun of synthesizing and refining them is very exciting to me. In addition to that, I've felt an upwelling of support from so many of you, that I wanted to give a shout out to you all.
Everything in this physical world has a tolerance; in fact, there are ranges of tolerances, depending on the factors involved. One of the most obvious tolerances is the "breaking point", that threshold where something can no longer maintain its integrity. A steel girder collapses, a glass breaks, fruits bruise, etc... There are numerous influences, contributors to stress: heat or cold and age to the steel girder collapsing, speed and thickness to the glass breaking, height or pressure for the fruit bruising.
There are many people that unconsciously live on a shoestring budget, and this is regardless of their level of income. They're running on fumes, and often stressed, uncomfortable, or just plain unhappy. It's clear that they're interested in improving, as they'll attend schools even into adulthood, excel at work or apply themselves diligently, or pursue wide varieties of interests, just to name a few examples. Yet, there's a hunger and an emptiness -- a restlessness -- that is ever present, and while it may subside for a time, it comes back, fueling the next pursuit.
If you know me, you know that I've seen a lot, yet I was just witness to some of the most amazing community building ever. I wish I could share the story, but it's not really mine to tell. Suffice to say, there's a lot of love in this world.
If you don't believe that, or if you can't feel that, then come closer.
This also helped me say out loud a truth that I'm recognizing about this holiday season; that Christ has already risen again, that the Second Coming is already here, that we _are_ living in a Christ consciousness.