Joyful Participation…


     …in the sorrows of the world.  

     The world is a beautiful place.  Every tree a jewel shining brightly in the noontime sun, every cloud a ship on a vast ocean.  Every blade of grass a wonder to behold, every living breathing human a joy beyond comprehension.  Don’t forget to smile.  You get to experience all of these wonders every day.

     Enjoy.

Not a bad place to be.

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   If the troops can work through Christmas, so can the Senate.  I like it.  It’ll be hard work making the best legislation possible, good luck to them all, Democrat and Republican alike.  Though they have vast differences in viewpoint, and seem in and endless ideological war of words and ideas that plays out every day in front of our very eyes, they do have one end in mind, the betterment of America. 

   Both sides are strong, and both sides have weaknesses, and that much is evident from watching them.  I prefer the Democrats viewpoints here, but that’s just me. 

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   Unemployment numbers surprised the hell out of everyone. The numbers were expected to drop between 150 and 160 thousand.  The actual numbers only dropped 11,000.  Wow. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.  Let’s all hope that this means that unemployment, the lagging indicator that it has been, is finally pulling itself out of the doldrums. 

   I am in so much a better mood today than I was yesterday as a consequence.  I wrote about why I was in such a bad mood yesterday in today’s Rhino nugget, but I can tell you without being overly repetitive that I was just having a plain bad day, and it felt like the world wanted me to explode.  But rather than do that, and take out my anger in the wrong direction, I wrote yesterday’s blog.  I felt better five minutes after I wrote it. 

     Ya wanna know what makes me even happier? My personal job prospects are looking better today than yesterday.  I got a call today, this time a call actually setting up an actual job interview for Monday.  And it looks to be an upgrade in pay if i get it.  Nice.  Wish me luck!

     Mind you it still drives me nuts the way things are going in the world.  The layoffs, all the other people out there suffering because of someone else’s foolishness, it hurts to watch all these people suffer needlessly.  All this “looking out for #1” that happens in the business culture in this nation, is irresponsible and destructive of the American dream.  I don’t mind competitiveness.  I push hard.  You push hard.  Those who push hardest win.  I get that, but when it hurts the economy, local or otherwise, your competitiveness becomes detrimental to all of us.  Business thinking of the bottom line should think of the world around them as well of themselves.  All too often that fails to happen. 

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     That’s it from here.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, by Joseph Campbell, Via Wikiquote:   We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us — the labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.

People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That’s what it’s all finally about.

Our life evokes our character and you find out more about yourself as you go on.

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