Friday, May 30, 2008

Tomato Reality: Silent Roars

I find that I am often given to long moments of silence. It comes after the continued giving that tends to leave you empty. It becomes a time of replinishment and self examination and even pruning. Its a gift; its a curse; the ability to immediately change drasticly. Sometimes it makes reality spin dizzily.

Maybe its a sign that I talk too much; but my silence tends to not go unnoticed. I dont know if thats good or bad and have stopped caring. It is what it is. I have often said that things capable of great good are also capable of monumental destruction. That is the nature of being born human; we are but coins who's thoughts can immediately flip us from one side to the other; providing blessing or damnation. It is written that blessings and curses shouldnt be able to come from the same place. NOTE: An orange tree only makes oranges. An apple tree only apples; so it is with a tomato plant. Here's the crux; the tomato plant DOES produce ripe and rotten tomatoes! I tend to cast people toward the tomato; not the tree; free to be ripe and rotten — the best of both. It is much like now; it only lasts for an instant and then becomes then, shortly followed by the past and logged into history. Even the presence of the worm on the tomato plant is ultimately irrelevant. Were it not there, the tomatoes would still rot on the very vine of life. Is TOO much life still death? Too much freedom enslavement? Too much intelligence the juice of fools? away

...and why would we choose to throw a rotten tomato over anything else...we cant wait to get our stink on somebody else......???? If everybody stinks then noone smells.....


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lazy: the rule; not the exception....

carefree habits

To put it short; there are few things I hate more than laziness. Laziness tends to overshadow every part of a person; from habits, to hygine, to lifestyle. Some people legitimately need help. Others live to be supported by the rest of the world. Maybe there is a point that enough negative things break a person and hope is completely gone. But what of the young; those who havent lived long enough to be hopeless.... Will we forever coddle them for a day without us into a world that will have no regard for teaching its lessons far more efficiently.

The Bible warns against laziness many times, as does it many things.

1. Proverbs 12:24
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor.
Proverbs 12:23-25 (in Context) Proverbs 12 (Whole Chapter)
2. Proverbs 19:15
Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry.
Proverbs 19:14-16 (in Context) Proverbs 19 (Whole Chapter)
Proverbs 10:4
Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.
Proverbs 10:3-5 (in Context) Proverbs 10 (Whole Chapter)
4. Proverbs 12:27
The lazy man does not roast his game, but the diligent man prizes his possessions.
Proverbs 12:26-28 (in Context) Proverbs 12 (Whole Chapter)
5. Proverbs 26:15
The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
Proverbs 26:14-16 (in Context) Proverbs 26 (Whole Chapter)
6. Ecclesiastes 10:18
If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.

Anyway, laziness is usually pretty obvious. You can see it in one's posture. Every step they take, it hangs off them like thick wet mud saturated with stagnate water. Oh yes, it has an odor too. I was never allowed to sleep in as a kid; maybe good or bad. The ole man always said if the sun was up, you should be too. (Glad he never lived in Alaska) If it beats you up; you're late. Sure everyone needs a day off; but some have more off than on; that's the problem. I am always willing to help a working hand so long as its not being sat on at the time.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What We Do For Others!

Neck deep in work, I am taking 15 minutes to release this thought. As some of you know, I have been moving for the past month which has nothing to do with being settled in; thats another months to a year blog. It struck me that few things are done for ourselves. For instance, if you want the house cleaned or to look clean, invite company over. Isnt it odd that we eagerly cleanup for company; but are quite content to live in it ourselves. Is it because its ours? or something more sinister? I spent Saturday cleaning out the garage, dusting the baseboard and clearing spiderwebs from corners. It dawned on me that I would have probably never done this had I not been moving. There are corners and shadows I had never seen since the first time I moved in. Evenmoreso; I thought of all the things that didnt matter to me about me or my life unless it was on display for the eyes of others. How is it that we will do more for others than ourselves? Don't I deserve optimal conditions at all times too? .... obviously not.

Besides, who's been keeping all this junk? Why would it have even been moved here and not thrown away anyhow? I thought I threw that away a long time ago! We havent used that in 10 years. Why are we keeping it now? A million questions for a billion situations....


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ghost in the Center

I heard a great saying on a podcast this morning.
Look out for number 1; but make sure you don't step in number 2.

"You will always find a good opponent in the very last place you would ever look."

I am not sure which podcast I was listening to other than it was one about the incredible human body. The saying stuck with me and I am still thinking about it even now. In continued examination of this thought I am reminded of a movie I saw this weekend, REVOLVER.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Hidden Below Here

seeing from somewhere else

I guess you could say I am somewhat fascinated by DEATH. I dont know if its because I do or I dont understand it. It doesnt matter how famous or rich you are; he comes. Nobody bargains and nobody cheats. If you got away; it wasnt your time. Dont brag; give thanks. Hopefully you will be ready on the reapproach. Today I am trapped inside and there is no rain in the darkness; just unity. WE are all on the same page in the same ink with only one paragraph. Its gonna be hard to leave here...not even sure how I was fortunate enuf to get here. Its raining outside. I can hear it falling. I can see it running from the sky to the ground. I feel its impact on my skin; but I'm dry. The clay isnt muddy. The vibration never reaches the core; rather the tremmors from below bounce them off. Soon this day ends and I will have to exit this warm darkness and crawl back to the surface.

I suppose thats ok to get back to the top. Going under is necessary sometimes to catch your breath. Breathing is easier with the absence of air on some days. Dont get dizzy; its pure. So whats new with you. Not much here, just everything that was the same. If we were all the same would we still be at war trying to create a difference? If there truely was just one love; would hate be abolished or still be the bride of humanity?

Ahhh, down comes the rain; but not below; only bouncing from the surface from the tremmors below.


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Small World of Strangers

Annoying Neighbor-Strangers

It's one of those things you hear and see everyday; "the world is getting smaller," "technology makes the world smaller," or "now everywhere is near." There's hardly a single hour that can go by without seeing someone on a cellphone, ipod, satellite radio, handheld device or any of a hundred digital gadgets that we swear are indespensible. In fact I recall an eTrade commercial of a guy in LA trading stock in Japan with the click of a button without ever leaving his passport required. Through youTUBE and the internet, you can be everywhere at once in a split second. Even your car can tell you where you are, correct your path, paralell park or call Aunt Sally. All of that is pretty astounding stuff.

Consider this: Everyday the world gets smaller; but isnt it ironic that nobody in a room is talking to each other; but someone anywhere else. Yes, technology is making the world smaller; but its also making us farther apart. You dont see people talking and laughing with each other; instead there's some loudly obnoxious person laughing, shouting and dancing over everyone around them while in the checkout line ignoring the attendant and the completely disregarding the comfort of anyone forced to be in his/her presence while they chat with someone miles from here. Instead you see teens sitting at the dinner table barely eating but their fingers are texting with furious intensity to someone nowhere near the dinner table or involved in sacred family time. God forbid you should interupt their thought process and privacy while rudely ignoring the now. Maybe you notice the people driving or in a movie theater completely irritating you by not being there but insisting on being heard. This list could go on forever and sooner or later I could offend everyone...but today I won't.

If you're reading this, the point of the matter is to note the value of being where and when you are now, the missed opportunity to meet the person next to you, the occassion to help someone who isn't expecting it, to notice the invisible people laying on the sidewalk along your morning commute. Isn't it odd that the things we "need" are taking us away from our "necessities"? How small can a planet get with each part far from itself? Do you know your neighbors anymore? Do you know the name of your mailman/woman? Do you know where your family members are tonite at six? Does anybody remember anybody's name next to them? Do we just not like anyone around us anymore?; it allows me to communicate with you now...luckily there is noone being ignored right next to me, at least this time. Its very easy to stick close to the familiar and ignore the unknown. But the unknown remains the juice of mystery and adventure. Someone close to you is watching and worse, very lonely. Maybe I should go update my ipod so I can ignore more people again.....