I have returned. You may find my new blog, The Hawk’s Tail,” at:
Hope to see you there!
It is hard for me to imagine when I think about it, but this is the 400th time I have sat down at the computer and produced a blog entry.
Sure, there were a few that I recycled, that I had written some time in the past but, for the most part they were all original little essays. This one, number 400, will stand as my last entry on this blog.
That sounds a bit cryptic, so let me assure you that I am not going off to kill myself or something, nor is my death imminent, (as far as anyone can assume such a thing). And, sadly, I’m not moving to old town Key West to wile away my days sipping exquisite Margaritas . . . not yet, anyway No, I’m just done.
The blog won’t go anywhere. It will still be floating around in cyberspace like a piece of space debris hurtling through orbit, awaiting its inevitable, fiery re-entry. Every now and then, some wandering cyber cowboy may stumble upon it on a Web search and will be free to read to his/her heart’s content.
I am glad that some of what is written here helped some people, and grateful to every soul that took a moment of their precious time to stop by and read what I wrote. I am honored.
For those of you who read this particular post, and want to have a way to get in touch with me in the future, I will do the unthinkable and leave you an e-mail on a public post – firstname.lastname@example.org.
I might pop-up again with a new blog sometime . . . who knows? Until then, well . . . be kind to one another. That’s about it.
Adios, my friends! That’s a wrap!
Many Blessings To All…
He’s here. Actually, she’s here. No forget that, this physician has no gender – it is a spirit that inhabits bodies at will; you could call it a possession of sorts. It can even take over entire computer networks, and has grasped me by the collar more than once.
Contrary to what we usually think when we hear the word “possession,” though, this shape-shifting physician is mostly harmless. Who, or what, is this roaming “healer?”
Introducing Dr. Plenteous Platitudes, or “PP,” as I like to call him, (I’m just going to use “him” from here on out for simplicity).
PP is a specialist, dealing totally in non-invasive, homeopathic, warm and fuzzy thoughts and feelings – usually overlaid on pretty pictures and widely distributed without a prescription.
Like most general practitioners, PP doesn’t create his medicinal words, he just passes them along from whatever book or source that he learned them from. He likely has no experience whatsoever of what he has promulgated, but wishes to experience it, and really hopes that it is true, and loves the way that it sounds and feels to say it or see it, and sincerely desires that it benefits someone to be exposed to it.
I saw him once. He had the head of an adorable puppy, but with the piercing and wise eyes of a mystic, and the smile of a giggling infant. His body was that of a cute stuffed animal, (very “Winnie-the-Pooh” like). And his feet? Well, he never touched the ground, as he floated about on an awe-inspiring little cloud that was like a window, within which were scenes of majestic landscapes and vistas to make one’s heart soar.
That’s PP – Dr. Plenteous Platitudes, that is.
Well, it seems that PP has taken over my Facebook wall – and I helped him do it – and I have “liked” just about everything he has presented, through whatever source he has used. Well, I got to thinking about it, and realized that some of his blanket prescriptions just weren’t true.
First, you CANNOT do whatever you set your mind to do. I know, I know – PP says you can, (and I have said it for him more than once), but it isn’t true. As an example, I am 49 years old. If I wanted to be a starting linebacker in the NFL, there is no amount of training and effort that I could exert, over any length of time, that would ever enable me to accomplish that. I would be “following my dream” right to the ICU, (assuming I lived).
AND, (and this one is gonna’ hurt), love does NOT conquer all. Love, in its pure form, (i.e., not possessive love, not romantic love, not conditional love), can conquer YOU, and that is magnificent. When that kind of love conquers you, then everlasting peace is yours. Unfortunately, though, every individual has to get to that place on their own in order for love to conquer “all.” So, until each and every person reaches that sublime state, the wars and death and hatred will continue. There is more to this subject, but that is the thumbnail sketch of it [the concept of real love can be surprisingly complex].
That is just a couple of examples of misdirected PP. Nevertheless, Dr. Platitudes is on the right track – his heart is in the right place. The world needs more positivity and hope. I guess my struggle with his practice is born from the knowledge that he has no real personal experience with most of what he spreads – Ole’ PP knows what to say, with great hope, but doesn’t live in the health and wisdom of his prescriptions. It isn’t hypocrisy in my mind, just wishful thinking. Maybe the theory of, “If I say it often enough, maybe it will happen in my life, or someone else’s,” is the principle at work. And maybe it will – I hope all the PP hits its mark.
As for me, I have decided that there is a bit too much PP in my life, and that I need less lofty ideals, and a little more solid earth under my feet and between my fingers. With that in mind, I’ll be refusing most of the doctor’s attempts to use me to pass along his PP for a little while. The good news is that I don’t have to worry, because the Dr. is always on call, and I can be bathed by his balm again whenever I am ready.
Many Blessings To All…
Michael Wood. Do you know his name?
He is a British historian, the man behind such magnificent documentaries as “Legacy,” and “Myths and Heroes.” You can find them both on Netflix. He is amazing. Just like me, he has a childlike exuberance for history. I cannot imagine that it would be possible to watch his documentaries and not feel his passion.
I would love to have his job. Problem is . . . if I am being honest . . . I lack the drive to get the education necessary to do it. There is no shame in that – but it shines a light on something that we need to be aware of, and that is this: you can accomplish anything in life – but ONLY if you have the drive and commitment.
There is no magic bullet that will do it – you have to physically commit to going all the way.
For me – well, I live vicariously through the amazing commentary of Michael Wood. Yes, it could be me, IF I possessed the ambition.
Remember “The Secret?” It was such a big deal, such a watershed – but it failed in one respect [it did not take into account the intense PHYSICAL drive that is necessary to combine with the belief]. There IS a way, but don’t think that it is an easy way . . . .that you can just imagine it and that it will fall in your lap. Belief MUST be combined with action. Without action, you are just playing with “magical thinking,” which, on its own, will get you nowhere.
You CAN do it – whatever IT is – BUT you must ACT in conjunction with your faith. Don’t be a fool and think that if you just imagine it that it will arrive. Set your intention, which is critical, but then ACT. THIS will ensure your success.
Many Blessings To All…
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.