Sunday, August 31, 2014

PART III WHAT WE HAVE IS ALL WE NEED

I believe that in all areas of life we need to consider the source. Buddhists, probably monks, likely created this saying. For them, the external world and all its materialistic pursuits, were not important.Their inner spirituality was all that mattered. If they had a meal and a place to sleep they had what they needed—even if the meal was sparse and they rested on a hayloft.

Most of us haven't followed their strict self-sacrificing beliefs or ideals. In some cases, what one has is never enough as the grass is always greener and the next newer car, house, trip, pair of shoes, etc. etc. is always better. Or at least it seems that way.

For our physical and emotional health we need to strike a balance between the material and spiritual worlds, blending the two together in a way that helps us keep our stress levels under control.

By spiritual, I do not mean religious; I am referring to an inner peace facilitated by rest, relaxation, meditation, exercise, time outs, etc.

From my observation perch, I see a world drowning in stress—on call 24/7—striving all too hard for personal success, while families strive to raise perfect children, often at their own and their marriages detriment.

The question remains as to what you can gain from embracing this statement? Is "What you have all you need?" Might it help you to continue to pursue your dreams,while helping you to appreciate and value what you already have?

Bye for now,

Bill

Friday, August 29, 2014

PART II


Obvious, if taken literally, the statement What You Have is All You Need is not a “one size fits all” embraceable mantra. One might need more money, a life partner, better health, friends, a job, or all of the above. One might need peace of mind, comfort, relaxation, freedom from depression, sobriety, etc. The anxiously depressed, lonely, addict needs a lot more than s/he has!!

Clearly, this statement is not about those kinds of needs. So what else might it be addressing? In one sense, I believe it is focusing on self-related issues. I think it is saying that we can rely on our selves to get what we need; that we possess the qualities and abilities to achieve our goals and fulfill our needs—from basic to complex. It reassures us that we are not dependent on other people or forces to “lean in” and bring our game on.

But what if we can’t or at least don’t feel as if we can? Then we need help to overcome that which inhibits our accomplishment. Or we need to talk ourselves into stronger spaces of self-actualization. That we may need to draw from both sources of inspiration, however, means that what we might have now is not all we need now.

Let’s keep thinking about this simple but complicated statement.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I CAME ACROSS AN INTERESTING QUOTE



                                        "WHAT YOU HAVE IS ALL YOU NEED"

It is inscribed on a rock garden in Kyoto, Japan—a very peaceful place. Like most quotes of this type it has many different meanings. What, if anything, does it mean for you? Think about what it might mean for you. Over the next week or so I will share my own ideas.

And if what you have is NOT all you need right now then what do you need for the statement to fit. And do you really need what you think you need or is that just an illusion blocking your path to peace of mind and contentment today? And if you really need what you feel is missing in your life, what can you do to get it?

Fascinating how rock gardens can speak so strongly to us while whispering softly in the sunshine!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, August 25, 2014

WE CAN ALL USE SOME GOOD NEWS

IN THE JULY 28 ISSUE OF TIME MAGAZINE Roger Altman wrote an article that was titled, "Seven Signs America Has Turned the Corner." Here are his conclusions:

Americans are spending like they mean it.

Housing has come back to life.

American made makes sense again.

Energy production is booming.

Our environment is getting healthier.

American schools are working smarter.

Social trends are moving in the right direction... which includes very large drops in crime.

Bad news travels too fast. Hope this good news travels at any speed.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, August 24, 2014

POSTSCRIPT

There is a beautiful tribute to Robin Williams in the August 25th edition of Time Magazine. Clearly and undeniably he was a really good man, except perhaps to himself.

Unfortunately, there are many people like that, and perhaps his passing is a wake up call for us to take a little better care of us.

May he rest in peace and may we find peace here on earth.


Bye for now,

Bill

Saturday, August 23, 2014

3 JOKES FROM CONAN O'BRIAN TO MAKE YOU LAUGH

Scrabble is adding 3000 new words including "chillax" and "selfie." So kids, there's never been a better time to challenge your grandparents to a game of scrabble.

This week a giant tortoise was on the loose here in Southern California. Drivers on the freeway were shocked to see something moving so quickly.

LinkedIn has agreed to pay a $6 million settlement to employees. Unfortunately, the employees haven't heard about it because like everyone else they automatically delete all emails from LinkedIn.

The latter is funny because it is so true for me. Just last week i asked my tech helper to help me add LinkedIn requests because i feel badly ignoring them. His response was "I'm working on this myself so I will get back to you." Never heard back. Must be the curse of LinkedIn!! So, if you know a LinkedIn employee, call them from the nearest pay phone to let them know about the 6 mill.

Bye for NOW,

BILL

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

IN A RECENT RESEARCH STUDY

Those who high-fived reduced bacterial contamination by 50% over hand shakes. Those who fist-bumped reduced by 90%. I guess Howie has been right all along.


Bye for Now via Fist-bump,

Bill


Friday, August 15, 2014

ON A LIGHTER NOTE




Did you ever wonder why the people facebook says you might know are not known to you? I mean like it gets you thinking. Where do i know them from? Is my mind/memory slipping? They look vaguely familiar, but i don't know them and frankly don't want to.

Oh, the algorithms of agony and angst, and the algoryrithims of de feet and pseudo friendship!!

So, if you think u know me the odds are you don't. Let's keep it that way. The last friends I need are the one's I don't know! If you don't believe me check out the wikipedia definition of a friend. Make sure you get the correct one, not a pseudo one that is untrue.

The world has gotten oh so complicated and so so  impersonal. Or should I say soooo to make the point. Very confusing times i must say.

Bye for Now,

Bill




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THE DAY THE MAN WHO MADE US ALL LAUGH MADE US ALL CRY


Though it’s not easy these days, I try to keep this blog positive, inspiring, and hopeful.

Unfortunately, not all news is good news. Sometimes it is painfully sad. Such was the case yesterday when we all learned that Robin Williams, an icon among icons, was gone—intentionally self-induced. The old adage that “bad news travels fast,” has never been truer in our age of social media.

Looking from afar, or sometimes even from up close, one never really knows what demons lurk in the minds of others, especially the super-talented, super-successful, super-wealthy, seemingly super-upbeat special people. Most wear their masks all too well. They go from off to “the show must go on” in a flash.

We look upon such folks with admiration and envy wishing to be them or to enjoy equal fame and fortune. Most of us don’t ever achieve that, and perhaps that is a blessing after all. There is something to be said for living a small and anonymous life, especially since that is stressful enough these days. Many who have achieved fame and fortune, and who have lived our very fantasies, are often dealing with nightmares hidden from view. In making such people our super-heroes, we view them from a distorted prism that only sees the light and never sees the dark that lurks quietly but powerfully beneath the surface.

It is well known that many comedians, comedy writers, and superstars of all types use their medium to cover and convert their sadness and pain. Their very artistic talents may strongly spring from transforming their personal angst into publically lauded and applauded assets. Apparently, such was the case for one of the funniest and zaniest people of all times.

I am reminded of the 1997 lyrics of another icon whose dark clouds have been following him for fifty years or so. Bob Dylan sang:

I was born here and I will die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet but it’s getting there

Emotional trauma from earlier years can spawn addictions that can last for all of our years. Over time they wear people down—body, mind, spirit, and soul. All the tumult, torture, and turbulence ultimately take their toll and ultimately take a life. One could argue that people really aren’t built to withstand such intense levels of stress, tension, and always being “on stage!”

Though he leaves behind a richly colored tapestry that forms his legacy, all who knew him personally as well as those who admired him from afar will sorely miss Mr. Williams—entertainer extraordinaire. One can’t help but feel that Robin robbed himself, his family, friends, and his fans of all that was left behind on the table of his yet unlived life.

Perhaps the lesson he leaves us all with is that we need to keep seeking peace within ourselves while we are still here. Hopefully and prayerfully he has finally found his peace; the man who gave us so much rightfully deserves that.

Bye For Now,
Bill


Thursday, August 7, 2014

PEANUTS WISDOM

" Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good."


Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

JERSEY BOYS: THE MOVIE

is well done and worth seeing.

The music, for those of us growing up in the 50's and 60's is upbeat and uplifting, while the back story is a downer all the way. Frankie starts out lost and in trouble and doesn't seem to ever really find himself.

It shows that fame is not all it is cracked up to be and like so many other successful musicians, these guys lost their way over and over. They sang many love songs, but didn't find it easily or hold onto it for long.

Sort of a sweet and sour story, but definitely worth the price of admission. I guarantee that you won't leave till the credits conclude.


Bye for now,


Bill

Sunday, August 3, 2014

FUNNY WORDS

"A new study found that most Internet-connected home gadgets and appliances are vulnerable to hackers. It's only a matter of time before your blender steals your credit card number."

—Jimmy Kimmel

"Immortality is a long shot, I admit; but somebody has to be first."
—Bill Cosby

"I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware."
—Joan Rivers

"You know you're old when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them."
—Harrison Ford

"You know you're old when you still have a black book!"
—WNP

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, August 2, 2014

SORRY FOR THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE

But I was in NYC.

I am so impressed with what former Mayor Bloomberg did to create a suburban feel to the very urban landscape. His goal was to design spaces of comfort and calm for city dwellers and visitors. I read that he sent staff all over the world to get ideas from other large cities. And that they did.

Within less than a square mile of our daughter's Chelsea digs there must be at least 6 parks. Two have summer music programs for kids. One has a beautiful carousel on the Hudson with green grass everywhere.

They also built the high line from an abandoned rail station on 10th Avenue that stretches some 20+ blocks, which makes for a lovely, albeit crowded walking space filled with interesting plants and shrubs. High rises are going up that overlook the high line so he stimulated the economy while he stimulated our senses. Brilliant really. Further north on the Hudson they build a park space over the river. And of course there is central park, more resplendent and majestic than ever.

Then there are the cafe-esque sit abouts, seemingly in the middle of heavily trafficked areas, but totally safe. All that is missing is a mustached Parisian waiter in a black apron serving cappuccinos and glasses of wine.

Bravo to Bloomberg who has left his signature carved into the Big Apple. He not only knows how to make money, but also to make pretty special spaces amid a vast metropolis of people, cars, and congestion. And, my sense is he was an excellent Mayor for 12 years, now devoted to doing good around the world by improving health care.

It is always lovely to find a really good person and politician among the scoundrels that so disappoint us.

I, for one, hope his "pride bank" is as full, if not fuller, than his piggy bank.


Bye for Now,

Bill