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Monday, August 26, 2013

Dogs and Cats plus other Animals that we Love

I was struck recently observing how many people I know who have pets. They are everywhere from family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. I see people all around me with pets.

Think about it. We not only have jobs, homes and children to take care of, and that’s a lot already, but we purposely take on caring for pets.  We buy food, toys and cozy place to rest its head. We take them to the vet to make sure they’re okay. We take dogs on walks and play with our cats. They’re like family with each having its own personality. And what do we get out of it?

This may come as a shock but they bring us joy.  Just like children they are a lot of work but they put a smile on our face and warm our hearts.  As a dog owner there’s nothing like my dog’s reaction when I come home for the day. It’s like she’s saying, “I’m so happy to see you. I miss you so much.  Pet me.  Pet me.” Of course I always do. I’m a bit of a sap that way.

But why do we have pets? I believe it’s because our true nature is to love whether it be a person or an animal. Some people don’t want the responsibility of raising children but they can handle a pet. To me they have compelling need to demonstrate their capacity to love and a pet fits the bill.

It’s amazing isn’t it, our enormous capacity to love? Even when our lives are full enough the way it is we still have more love to give.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Money Promotes Greed. Guns Promote Violence

Now that’s a pessimistic viewpoint!  Money and guns are tools. How you use them determines the outcome. It’s no different than a knife. A knife in a kitchen is a tool to cut, dice, and chop food. In a chef’s hand it’s skillfully used to create magnificent dishes. However in threatening situations, it could be used as a means of defense. In the hands of a thief or robber it could be used as a weapon of destruction.  The knife hasn’t changed only the person and situation it’s used in.

Money and guns are no different they are tools. Money in the hands of a generous person only compels the person to be more generous. If you ask people what they would do if they won millions of dollars from the lottery, they say they’ll buy this or that but after that it’s to take care or help out people they know.

Even the people who are currently millionaires give thousands if not millions of dollars to their favorite charities and causes. Sure there are people who are greedy. Unfortunately they are the ones who are spotlighted in the various forms of media while the vast majority of generous people remain private.

The same principle applies to guns. Guns can be used for hunting and protection but the same guns can also be used by robber and thieves in threatening ways. Money, guns and knives are just there. It’s the person behind it who decides how it will be used.

These tools just make you MORE of who you already are. Therefore, if you don’t want to become rich because you think it will make you greedy, ask yourself if you’re already greedy people, if not, go ahead and become rich. Do the amazing things you want with it. It’s just a tool.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Happiness in the Moment

My Mom has been slowly forgetting things. We always were aware that she had trouble from time to time finding the right word to use and that it took her longer to tell a story. We had assumed it was because she had a stoke a few years back

But then other signs started to emerge like paying twice on the same bill, not remembering what drawer she kept her shorts in and forgetting if she put salt in what she was cooking.

It’s been rather sad seeing a rather independent vibrant women become so dependent on even the simple things.  However, one thing hasn’t changed her upbeat, happy disposition.  Even though she’s losing her memory she still is in a good mood. She has no other choice.

If there’s one thing loss of memory has taught me it’s that living in the moment is a happy place to be. My Mom has no worries - she can’t remember them, which forces to be in the only place she can be, in the moment. Lesson learned.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Sounds of Silence

I’m not referring to the song by Simon and Garfunkel but responding to the message.

I once heard a rather distinguished person say it’s good to spend time in silence every day.  I took it to mean meditate which didn’t appeal to me. A little bit maybe but hours doing it? I have way too much to do.  Then I realized what the person meant was to spend the day without outside noise like TV or radio. Heck, I do that all the time. 

I remember when I was a kid my Mom would yell “Turn that “blank” down.  I can’t hear myself think”.  I didn’t get what she was talking about but now I do. I thought she was just getting old but now I realize I get a lot of information when I just listen to my thoughts.  I’m able to hash out the day’s events, think about my next move and every once in awhile I get a random thought to take action or see something from a different perspective.

The sounds of silence really aren’t silent.  Your thoughts have a lot to say if you just listen.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Your 6th Sense Saves the Day

Your 6th sense, aka your gut instinct, to me is another innate survival tool to protect you. It’s similar to the flight and fight response you have.  However as a society we’ve tended to down play its existence. 

It’s that inner knowingness that tells you to this or don’t do that.  In fact, it’s said that when taking a test you should always go with you initial choice.

You see, subconsciously you’re always picking up information and storing it whether it be something you’ve glanced at or a mannerism you witnessed. You’ve attached meaning and a feeling to it. That’s your gut instinct telling you what to do. However, your conscious mind can’t always recall where you got the solution or answer but your subconscious mind never forgets. It’s a warehouse of information.

You should listen to it more often. It’s trying to protect you by stirring you in the right direction.