There is a wonderful part to each of us – as well as at least 200 pounds of psychic toxic waste burying that wonderful part. It is necessary for us to learn to draw nourishment into the core of all that – into what is wonderful – and slowly cultivate it and allow it to emerge.
This will happen as we operate in an environment of love and respect. It requires an attitude of service, which in no way depreciates us.
Rather, it uplifts everybody because we are clear-headed, practical and coming from and understanding of the unity of life.
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Featured art work
William Blake (1757-1827)
The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun
Watercolor, graphite and incised lines
43.7 x 34.8 cm
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A Truth thats told with bad intent
Beats all the Lies you can invent
It is right it should be so
Man was made for Joy & Woe
And when this we rightly know
Thro the World we safely go
Joy & Woe are woven fine
A Clothing for the soul divine . . .
William Blake’s true God was the Human Imagination. He did not need to be saved by Christ. Rather, through the salvation of his own imagination, which allowed him to engage in right-thinking and proper actions, he was his own Christ. While Blake was a scholar of the Bible, he was a highly original thinker who created his own mythology and his own human-centered religion.
I have a mile high list of many, many books I want to read this fall and winter. This is just a few stories up. If you’ve read any of them, let me know why you think they should be on my list (or why I should take a pass). Or better yet, maybe you have another book that I should read first. Do share.
Book 1. Influence by Robert B. Cialdini because I need/want to stockpile my weapons of persuasion and it’s one of Scott Adam’s favorites. Scott is the creator of the comic strip Dilbert above.
Read: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition
Because I have read the teachings of Lucius Annaeus Seneca and Marcus Aurelius and I’m just crushin’ on these great stoic thinkers. Show me the way.
Book 2. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
Book 3. Super Better – because who doesn’t want to be? Read: SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient–Powered by the Science of Games
As Victor Frankl once said: “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.
The Purpose Driven Life is on my list because, I’m always seeking. The question of existence….. Why am I alive? The question of significance…..Does my life matter? The question of purpose……What on earth am I here for?
Book 4. Read: The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?
The master’s journey can begin when you try to learn any new skill.
Book 5. Read: Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment
I love to cook and I have a thing for vegetables.
Book 6. Read and Eat: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why
I heard an interview with Derek Sivers and even though he didn’t email me back, I am still very impressed with his brain.
Book 7. Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
Book 8. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. Dale shares simple wisdom that really makes you think good and hard about why you’re worrying and if those things are really worth worrying about at all. And God help me do I worry about everything.
Read: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living