Monthly Archives: September 2017

Being Well

Everyone on the whole Earth, with the exception of babies that have just been born, have probably gotten sick at one time or another; nearly everyone on the planet has gotten a cold. Colds are frustrating, sometimes, and inconvenient at other times, but they can also be a time to rest and think, or at least rest and just be with yourself. But why do so many people tell you to get over it, or to work when you’re sick?

In the old days, say, a hundred or two-hundred years ago and even before that, it used to be that you either worked on a farm or you lived in the city. IF you lived on a farm, several things had to be done every day, and sometimes twice a day: milking/feeding/herding the cows, or getting eggs form the chickens and feeding them, working in the fields or the orchards. A big farm needed a lot of people to make it work well, so this meant that the farm family’s children working in the fields, working hard to plant things in the spring and then hurrying to get things done before the fall, when the weather turned too cold for things to grow. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat: it was as simple as that.

This was also true in the cities, of course: if you didn’t work you could not afford food or a place to live, We have many laws now that keep younger children from being put to work in either the city or the country: some children had their health ruined from working too hard in the city mill, or in the family farm, and some of them had their lived cut short. 

But these days, you can actually have a cold, and most of you can take time off from work or school. At least there are medications you can take that make working easier. But the old feelings remain: if you are sick, you should keep working, and if you’re sick, you aren’t helping the family. Yet when you are exhausted, you can’t work very well. When you are sick, you can’t do your best. So it might be better to rest, since you can, and when you’re resting, think of those children who had to work all day, every day, or they wouldn’t be able to eat. 

Perfection?

If you can, try and see some pieces of rock crystal, or something similar, such as two pebbles from the beach that are of the same kind of material, only one of the crystals or mineral samples is particularly perfect. The crystal should be perfectly clear, perfectly shaped, of a perfect size so that it looks as clear as fresh water. The other crystal should have bubbles in it, and bits of mineral in it, it should have other little crystals growing from it, and perhaps it even has a broken place.

The pieces of mineral should be similar: A piece of limestone, quartzite, granite or schist. It doesn’t matter what kind of mineral, just that one piece seems perfect and the other one doesn’t. One piece of granite is an even gray; the other has a red streak running across it. or it has brown spots, or maybe white lines. 

Look at both pieces of whatever stone you have, the perfect one and the one that has damage, funny parts to it or weird lumps. Enjoy the beauty of the perfect piece: see how the light shines on it or through it; see how perfect and elegant the “good” piece of stone is. Put it aside when you’ve seen it enough and then pick up the “bad” piece, the one with all the flaws, broken places, cloudiness if it’s a crystal, or lumpiness if it’s a mineral.

Put them both away for a while, and forget about them. Do something else. Then, a few days later, think about them again and watch what you’re thinking. Was the damaged crystal or the damaged piece of limestone that came to mind first, or the perfect one? Did you feel good about the perfect one, or did it make you feel unhappy? How did you feel about the piece with all the flaws?

And then you can ask yourself why you feel that way. There are a lot of things you can learn about yourself this way. Do you find perfection to be something that makes you feel good, or bad? Does imperfection make you feel good, or bad? Ask yourself why.

The most dangerous animal?

To me, the most dangerous animal on earth is not a lion or a tiger, not a poisonous snake or spider: the most dangerous animal is really a mosquito, because mosquitoes carry so many diseases that many, many people have died from their bites.

But there is another dangerous type of animal: it can be unpredictable and vicious, deceptive and selfish, hurtful and unkind. Because this animal has a lot of energy, it can do a lot of things, but because this animal has no sense, it can damage many, many things by its ignorance. This animal is most dangerous when it travels in packs; because it wants something it will do anything to get it and cannot even guess that it would hurt anything by making itself feel what it wants to feel.

This animal is a young, adolescent male. This can be an adolescent cougar, monkey, moose or a human being. A 15-yr-old male human being has a lot of strength and has learned a few things, yet mostly he only knows that he wants something. That’s all: he wants something. He wants to do something that will make him feel good, or have something that will make him feel special, and better than anyone else. He wants to make everyone notice him and tell him he is the best or he wants to change something that he thinks is wrong because it makes him unhappy.

Most of those things are not wrong. But because this adolescent does not have any experience, he often does not have any sense: he has no sense of what other people will feel like if he does or gets what he wants. Since he has no sense, he will set off fireworks in the summer when the grass is dry just because he wants to set off fireworks. But he cannot even imagine that he might start a fire that could burn down trees, houses and people. Because he’s bored, he drives stupidly, and he doesn’t realize that he could kill whole families. Because he wants something, he might lie and cheat and steal, but he will never understand how he could hurt anyone else.

After all, he got what he wanted, didn’t he? That was all that mattered. 

To be continued…