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Writing is part of my meditative process to clarify my thoughts, to align my actions and to focus on my purpose. I write about my emotions, my shortcomings, and my ideas for a better world through poetry, prose, and what I call rantifestos every day, some of which I post here on my blog and on social media. I share them to help others move along their paths to live and lead with compassion.

Okagesama and Ubuntu

When we are open to one another, when we embrace one another we become one another. I am because we are. I am what I am because of who we all are.

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Let your fire burn brightly in 2023!

Each of us has this incredible flame within us, this fire that we’ve either nurtured or ignored. But there’s a fire within, that is unique to each of us. It’s the essence of who we are. It is something that has been determined by the generations, by the genetics, by the generosity of others. And gratitude is an essential fuel for that fire.

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Let that shit go

Disappointment and achievement are inextricably tied together. They are complementary. You can not have one without the other. There is no real disappointment without passion and love. When you care deeply about something, and you construct a trajectory of expectations, you are destined for the land of disappointment.

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What if this is the best time? Because it is.

We say things to impress ourselves and others. We blow smoke where there will never be any fire. We verbalize our aspirations to show we off the breadth of our interests. But interest without intention and ultimately investment is just irresponsible illusion without integrity.

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A cup is more valuable chipped

We justify in our own minds doing things that are counter to our own health and wellbeing, ironically all in search of some shred of “normalcy” or even self-care. Sometimes it feels like we are self-administering some weird unnecessary chemotherapy we think will cure us. But there are massive side effects that could be iatrogenic, where the cure is far worse than that the disease. Suppressing who you are, hurts.

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Potential of a Potted Plant

Took me so long to learn this. Never too late to do what you love. To do it while you “work”. To do it to energize everything else you do. 

Doing what you love now, even in small dosages–is the way to break out of that restrictive pot. Talking about what you love connects your heart to the world. And you begin to plant seeds, nurture a little garden driven by your interests, ideas, and passions.  

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The Game of Life

The ego interferes with your full presence. The craving for status needs to be monitored and minimized. This opens your mind, your heart and eyes to a much bigger world that can never be reduced to dollars. Compassion and love become new scripts. Discovering who you are and what you want provides moral clarity and makes the game of life worth living.

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The astonishing fire of your own being

Like a big scavenger hunt. Hiding inside you somewhere is your passion, your purpose, your special powers……. Buried beneath the layers of expectations, below the materialistic impulses, down under the desire to meet and exceed what everyone else wants you to be, are your God-given talents.

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Koi before the ambiguity

My friend’s fishes are dying. One a day. Eleven so far. These are beautiful Koi that have been with his family for 10 to 15 years. The experts have tested the water, medicines have been dispensed, and even autopsies performed. No cause has been discerned. I know this is a first world problem. But the ambiguity of death, when the grim reaper knocks and why others are spared, is a fascinating mystery.

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Personal renewable energy plan

From the root vocare—to be called or a calling. Your vocation is your work, your day job that YOU called, your external calling. You are being defined by this work whether you like it or not. It is the way you are making a living, growing, and building a life. Your vocation may not be as serious as you hope it will be.

We need an avocation too! Most people miss this. Avocation, often the stepchild to vocation, is the internal calling, the calling from within. Some people mistakenly think an avocation is a “hobby.”

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