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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Get True Love in Writing

At least that’s what I’m in the process of doing because there are things about true love that aren’t true. It’s not emotions, devotions and notions tied to another person; however, it is romantic, intimate, passionate, intense and trustworthy.

True love is not limiting, it’s expansive.
True love is the spirit breathing.
True love shows others it’s okay and possible.
True love is the art of self love.

True love identifies who I am and allows me to become more like myself.
True love does not force itself upon me but is the force that nurtures me.
Accepting this true love is what completes me.

Truth is, true love is just waiting on me. Perhaps I Corinthians 13 is writing enough.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Humanity, Spirituality & Creativity

Inspired by discussions regarding life-altering experiences. First posted 7/18/07 to CRPS/RSD taking control,

There is a universalness in human challenge, human conquering and human creativity that is spirit-revealing. Our ability to make public our experiences and ponder the experiences of others, keeps us linked through this universal nature of our humanity. This is the true human condition, this connectedness to each other through the same source.

This condition of being connected allows us to tap into a rich reservoir of lessons. Lessons that help us know things and navigate a customized course with a better understanding of the signs of how weaknesses and obstacles viewed with the inner true light can expose unknown strengths and obscured openings. This is a testament to the evolving and expansive nature of our spirit that cannot be contained or cornered. If our temporary physical selves can sometimes adapt to changes in circumstance and environment, the everlasting spirit, the constant force and presence throughout ages, always can.

One thing is certain: Magnificence is composed of minutia. We already believe the essence of this statement from truisms such as “day by day” and “step by step.” Now all we need to do is connect the rest. Can greatness come from one grain at a time, one portion, one person? The answer is in the fields and granaries of time and in the perseverance of single souls drawing upon the common silo of strength and single souls who understand entire energy is the consummation of working through processes and praying that unleashes sacred energy into our endeavors.

When we acknowledge the spirit self, we can comprehend any circumstance, in part, in terms of our own existence because every experience is tied to one or more basic truths. Stated concisely, these truths are equality of life and its liberties. Stated in more detail, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs explains these truths which apply throughout the realm and range of creation. Since we all have the same needs and share a commonality in the core of our existence (which is our basic, most powerful, spiritual state) what we succeed at or succumb to individually, affects the momentum and magnificence of the world. If we want to understand the state of the world we must seek to understand ourselves, each other and reflect on the state of individuals over time.

Bottom Lines:

All things have not been accomplished, but all tests and triumphs of the spirit have occurred. Once we tap into the spiritual element of our human nature, unleash the unlimited within and connect this power to understanding gained through our collective experiences, we can recreate Planet Earth, one small world at a time.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Blogging For Babies - Part II

With over 70 million blogs and growing and millions of websites with content, what makes me think anything other than a behemoth, all-consuming effort will land my writing blog anywhere near the top 40, unless I live, eat and breathe in the blogosphere. I created a blog to enhance my writing objectives, not take over. I’ve found myself trying to create a blogdom and my ambition, long since gone awry. Along the way, I have found a few things that don’t take much time:

  1. Google Analytics helps me measure my website’s traffic.

  2. I created a list of favorite websites using “Template,” “Add a Page Element,” “Link List.”

  3. I maximized my ability to add page elements by going to “Template,” “Edit HTML” and searching for all occurrences of “showaddelement.” Then changing “no” to “yes.” I verified the results under “Template,” “Page Element.”

  4. I’ve saved notes to refer to each time I post using “Settings,” “Formatting,” “Post Template.” Notes to “Read Aloud,” “Spell Check,” “Check Links,” etc. have been helpful reminders. This is the perfect place to save frequently used HTML code, copies of basic links, links opening in new pages, picture links and anchor text links.

  5. I periodically type my name, user name, blog name, post titles and keywords into search engines to see what others see.

  6. Google Alerts helps me monitor words, phrases and topics of my choice.

  7. After accumulating content, I set up a Google AdSense Account. This allows advertisements related to my blog to be placed on my blog. In return I might earn money.

I love technology but hate technical stuff. Blogging is something I can do without an HTML degree as long as a steady, long-term perspective is maintained. I definitely can’t put all my energy into one blogsket. Ultimately, I am a wordsmith not a widget maker.

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Conflicts, Creativity & Gifts

First posted 6/24 to CRPS/RSD taking control, Poetry and Writing page. Some changes made. “Gift Wrapping” is from the book, "Eloquence: Rhythm & Renaissance"

Conflicts will generally arise when the mind and body take even the slightest precedence and control over the heart, soul and spirit. Each person has intuitive gifts of discernment and intuitive gifts of creativity. We just have to slow down, quiet down and achieve stillness to be in communion with these gifts.

Creativity in some form comes naturally to each of us because it is a naturally occurring event (not a phenomenon) in the Universe and why the Universe exists at all. Creativity is the blood and breath of all we know. It is the nurturing force and the nutritional fullness of living on purpose.

Apart from Life itself being a gift, the safari of life is a bountiful realm in the gift department that supplies each of us with more than enough creativity to navigate and participate. All we have to do is come into the knowledge of these blessings.

Gift Wrapping

in sunlit spaces after raining
goodness and grace,
the unchangeable spirit
flashes colorful smiles,
continues accentuating, grooving
extending the line of true passion
from where God knows
to where aimers go,
manifesting into us along the way
with stylish, bold strokes,
a never-ending, free-flowing fountain
of thriving, rejuvenating potential,
enough for every thirst,
enough for every vessel.

Call someone a prodigy, gifted, talented, good, a natural, having a knack or a sixth sense if you want. These descriptions belong to everyone. We are born to create. These blessings come with breathing, gift-wrapped in our spirits by the Great Giver of Gifts.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Shopping Conspiracy and Depression

When all I’m trying to do is go to the store, get my stuff, a few gifts, pay a fair price and get out, why does everything about shopping seem to be a conspiracy?

The retail experience is like a shell game on a massive bass ackwards, overproduced scale, making shopping a gambler’s paradise. There is nothing fair about supply and demand except laissez-faire. Also, I have yet to find a single free market in this economy not even between fish and fruit.

I’m convinced stores rearrange products frequently to make customers focus on the hunt rather than how much. You can’t find items or the employees who hid them. This is known as merchandising; but for humans weaned on consumption, it’s antagonizing. Go color code the floor or something.

Newsflash to retailers: Shoppers move items all over because you do. Parents lose children in stores because shopping requires so much concentration and retaliation. Do you think all those clean ups are accidents? It’s to coax your child labor out of hiding.

If it’s all about the endcaps just make the entire store a bunch of square pods with an endcap on each side. Aisles of endcaps and one big dizzying square dance.

All these pricing schemes seem unnecessary. If you’re trying to trick or depress customers, just state prices using minimum wage work hours and quote quantities in handfuls. By the way, please limit my options to five or less per product. When I automatically go into “Eenie Meenie Minie” mode using fingers and toes, it’s embarrassing.

“Give me more at the store” is the newest customer movement and mantra. Here’s the customer service we want:

  • Unlock both doors to prevent the double door dilemma, eliminate the bounce back effect and reduce our need to sue.

  • Carts with something other than luggage or stagecoach wheels.

  • Carts that can be size adjusted depending on how much I’m buying or to match my mood. (See Hasbro’s transformer technology.)

  • Carts with heel guards, car avoidance systems and that can find their own way back home.

  • Free carwashes while we roam and free shoe shines, manicures, pedicures, massages, mimes, magicians…while customers wait in congestion at check out.

  • Check out lines with big screen TV’s, cable, couches, hors d’oeuvre...Dinner and a thirty minute movie at checkout would make the wait worthwhile and make me shop more.

  • These services will fit into the same space occupied by the twenty closed check out lines.

  • Lastly, we will continue to mail-in for rebates only if you will bill us for the purchase, include a copy of the receipt, mail it to the bill payment fulfillment center “BPFC” nearest my zip code and not expect payment until we get our rebate checks. Contact the BPFC if you don’t get paid within 8 to 12 weeks after we receive our rebates. Sounds criminally insane doesn’t it?

Note to retailers: Aldi solved two cart problems for a quarter. Common sense and creativity doesn’t cost much unless they’re overridden by greed. (See Daffy Duck syndrome).

I’ve concluded, shopping is not simply linked to depression, it’s the reason for depression. Going shopping must also be the precursor to going postal and can probably be linked to all craziness and all crime. The conspiracy goes deeper still…

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