Tag Archives: Existence

For the brotherhood of madmen

13 Dec

In nature we feel no self doubt, only the oneness of existence and peace.

The mystery of life abounds and we are no longer separate specks, foreign,

but integral parts of the whole.

In society there is competition and segregation,

one consumes another in bitterness

without hope.

In nature consumption is merely symbiosis,

energy trading one form for another.

There we never let anyone down,

and the chaos around us makes sense.

We are as it is, and that is enough.

Such is the purpose of life we seek,

to be good enough for ourselves and others,

to belong somewhere like we used to,

and simply to be.

Images of the day and comfort food

9 Dec

Tuna, noodles, cheese, and peas in a pot, that’s what I made for lunch today. It’s comfort food, just like corned beef hash, ham potpie, chicken and dumplings, and hamburger surprise – all things I grew up eating when there were ten of us living in the same house. They are also the things I ate when I was poor and on my own, things I ate when I had enough money for food anyway. Our mother loved food but taught us all how to eat cheap if need be. And at different times in my life, it needed be. My family and I don’t have to live like that any more, and I’ve enjoyed more than one exotic specialty in five star restaurants in far flung places.

…But it’s only sustenance and I love people more, even the ones who are hard for me to take. Besides, eating simpler is healthy. And over the years I’ve learned to be pretty imaginative in spicing up anything the body can digest. Eating doesn’t have to be unpleasant, but it shouldn’t be the center of your world either. I like my food like I like people – straight forward, honest, and real. Too much processing and you have to wonder what you’re really putting in your body. Too much of anything and you end up unhealthy. Not enough salt and whatever you’re consuming loses its appeal.

Sometimes I get the taste for those childhood favorites. Most of the ingredients are the kinds of things it’s good to keep around the house – dried noodles, canned goods, milk, you know the deal. After taking a year long sabbatical to get my head straight, I need to live simpler and cheaper anyway. Five star restaurants definitely aren’t the norm any more. But I like this simpler life, it’s rewarding. It’s full of beautiful sunrises and sunsets, imperfect people helping other imperfect people, time with family, simple natural food, and being true to myself.

This isn’t a poor man’s lament, it’s a rich man’s paradise because over the past year I’ve learned again what it truly means to be rich and free …and money isn’t part of the equation. That’s hard to appreciate when you’re working for big business, or reading the paper, watching TV, cruising pop culture, or paying attention to any thing else that distracts you from the here and now. Peace isn’t out there, it’s in you. God isn’t at church or temple, He’s right beside you every step of the way and in every breath you take. Well, there’s no closing to this, because life goes on. Think I’ll go enjoy a bowl of the chicken corn soup I just made – yet another comfort food from my childhood. It’s one my kids enjoy too… and they think mine’s the best, there’s a definite reward in that too. 😉 Here are some pictures from the beauty of the day. May your evening and your life be filled with peace.

Together To Be

15 Sep

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There are times we get lost in our own thoughts.
Out of our routine
We lose track of time, drifting out of place,
And we begin to question who and why we bother.

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Though unproductive by societal standards,
These times can be an excellent source of renewal,
A chance to re-evaluate what our life has become.
They allows us to reflect,
To find perspective,
And make sense of where we are.

But don’t drift too long.

Man is a social being,
Independent and apart, yes,
But without value alone.
The universe by itself is cold and desolate,
Showing us that existence alone has no meaning.
But to exist with another –
You and the universe together
In harmony, peace,
And the chaos of it all –
That has purpose.

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Thoughts, words, ideas, and reason,
Have no significance in and of themselves,
For one can easily imagine something contradictory
Without consequence.
But with shared experience,
Action and reaction,
Every cause has an effect
And ideas shape reality.
When acted on, they make a tangible difference.

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Thus a word alone is nothing,
The Word shared requires meaning.
So it is with the creative force of the universe.
Alone it is merely potential –
One of countless possibilities.
Through creating It becomes real,
And shares existence with Its creation,
Giving both meaning.
It is what It Is,
I am that I Am.
Together we exist,
And that is our reason to be.
Peace.
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