Door to Door Soul Salesmen

**Reposting from July 2008**

RANT alert!

True story.

The phone rings and I check caller ID. Hmmm… I don’t KNOW the person listed, but it IS a local number.

“Hello?”

“Is this Miz Fencepostings?”

“Yes?”

“Hi. This is SomeRandomName and I’m a Jehova’s Witness and recently while in your neighborhood we stopped by your house, but you weren’t home – so we’re calling you instead. May we talk to you about some scriptures important to the salvation of your soul?”

Seriously?!

What makes them think that they hold the answer to my soul’s longevity? If I’d not ever been Soul Solicited by them through the years, I would have answered the door to begin with. I’ve listened before, when caught unaware doing some gardening in my front yard on a weekend. To be polite. Maybe I would learn something, who knew?

I’m not opposed to soul saving. Really. I just don’t want someone coming to my home and trying to convince me of their point of view…especially when they feel as though everyone else requires “saving” and they are just the ones to lead the way.

And how did they get my phone #? Isn’t that just a little presumptuous? I mean, I have to give them kudos for their tenacity, but really? Seriously? Could it be that the fact that there were cars in the driveway and obvious signs and sounds of occupancy present when they knocked (not once, but three times! Yes, I saw them through the window coming down the road), yet nobody answered the door -could it be a sign? Is a literal sign on the door saying “No Solicitations” really going to be necessary?

If I were a different person, or if I gave in to my baser nature, I could EASILY imagine a scenario where I call the number that called me and say something along the lines of

“Hi! My name is FillInTheBlank and I’m with the Southern Branch of the Souls Without Borders(sort of catchy, no?).

I’d like to talk to you about privacy and respect of people’s personal beliefs. How about if me and several of my fellows come by your house, oh, say right around dinnertime? Maybe on a beautiful Saturday while you’re trying to catch up on yard work or spending some time with your family? We’d like to enlighten you as to the error of your ways of believing – SAVE you from your current state of spiritual ignorance.”

Sigh….

I get the idea. I really do acknowledge all the people who so loudly have an opinion about this subject which they’ve seemingly done so little to try to understand. An “open mind” doesn’t come from one source you draw all your knowledge from. An open mind comes with realizing that the universe is full of countless ineffable things that defy our limited understanding, as everyday people.

And an open mind implies a somewhat open heart. Maybe outside of the boxed and neatly tied package? How can so many just walk around, spouting that they know the truth about all of it?

I do sincerely believe that the Bible is full of eternally relevant thoughts, beautiful teachings, and spiritually valuable lessons. So is the Torah. Metaphorically, it allows for a vast range of interpretations, like many other similar religious and faith-based tomes. Yet so many have used it to divide, to ridicule or criticize, to justify a reason for their way of life, without considering the possibility of an alternative being just as right, sometime even to the point of war. My understanding is that is not what that book, or any of the books, were meant for. I’m not arguing the things many people say are aimed to “save” their fellow people. Really. But is it possible that it may be more helpful to listen than to speak over? Or to live by example according to the principles laid out and be a LIVING example of your beliefs?

To be humble is to know that you know nothing. To realize that even though your beliefs say you are somehow superior to the person beside you, you are the same, made of flesh and bone. And you can keep your faith without espousing it to the people you have not begun to try to know. The Truth, however well you think you may know it, is too far beyond you to fall from your lips. It’s too simple and infinite for we mere mortals.

Mantras?

Keep it simple.

Listen rather than convince.

Respect rather than besiege.

Live and let live.

Accept people as they are, knowing you can’t know everything.

Be open to possibilities.

And finally,

Treat them as you wish to be treated.

Peace,

~me

Patterns and Circles

My Zen thought of the day:

10. Change

Life repeats itself mindlessly – unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel. That’s why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death, the wheel of time. It moves like a wheel:

  • birth is followed by death, death is followed by birth;
  • love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
  • success is followed by failure, failure is followed by success.

Just see! If you can watch just for a few days, you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern. One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy, and another day you are so dull, so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide. And just the other day you were so full of life, so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God, that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness, and today there is great complaint and you don’t see the point why one should go on living…. And it goes on and on, but you don’t see the pattern. Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.

Osho Take it Easy, Volume 1 Chapter 7

The symbol in this card is an enormous wheel representing time, fate, karma. Galaxies spin around this constantly moving circle, and the twelve signs of the zodiac appear on its circumference. .. closer to the center are the four directions, each illuminated by the energy of lightning. The spinning triangle is at this moment pointed upward, toward the Divine, and the Chinese symbol of Yin and Yang, male and female, creative and receptive, lies at the center.

It has often been said that the only unchanging thing in the world is change itself. Life is continuously changing, evolving, dying and being reborn. All opposites play a part in this vast circular pattern. If you cling to the edge of the wheel you can get dizzy! Move toward the center of the cyclone and relax, knowing that this too will pass.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve wondered why doing the exact same thing on any given day gives such vastly different results, with no discernible difference in the things I do! Why it is that some days I just wake up and am in love with life! And like a person who is in love, I find beauty everywhere – joy in the most mundane things – gratitude for everyone and everything that is part of my world!  And upon waking the next day, I have to push myself to move through the day – gurumping and hurumping about everyone and everything  and wishing the day would hurry up and end! Go to sleep and see what tomorrow will bring…alchemy

But when I realize its just a repeating pattern and has always been one since I first drew breath, then I realize that however it is that I feel today, it will be different tomorrow – the good, the bad, and the ugly. As long as my heart is beating and I’m breathing in and out, it will change. “This too shall pass” becomes a comfort on a darker day or a catalyst for being more aware of the transient nature of even the best of moods and feelings.

I know. It seems like a “Well, duh!” sort of thing, but reading that Osho Thought of the Day reminds me. Reassures me that there is a rhythm to this life and once I find the rhythm, I can dance my way through. 🙂

Peace,

~me

What Great Things

“My father warned me that sadness cleaves to sadness, and that depressed people go around in hangdog packs.

Common disaster is the worst reason for a friendship.

In picking your friends, he said, you should consider what great things you can do together. You are assembling a team, he told me, not a teatime cozy of crybabies

he made me promise never to become part of any orphans’ or bereaved sons’ club,

because sitting around in a circle of pity getting your worst qualities praised and reinforced was no way to move forward with a great life.

That is the way down, he said, making a roller-coaster motion with his hand,

but you shall go up.

Chris Adrian, A Better Angel

Floating On Thru

All day, my cell phone beeps. Chirps. Whatever you want to call it. That musical-esque noise it makes whenever I receive a text or picture message.

When its my hubby, its a “MUWHAHAHAHAHAAAAA”  evil laugh. That always makes me smile! 😉 When its my youngest, its a theme called “Twilight” that sorta reminds me of part of the “House, MD” theme. When my eldest calls, its an Incubus song. When my other oldest calls, its a acoustic guitar piece.

But I get some Twitter tweets sent to my phone. They just plain ole beep…or chirp…or whatever the sound is that notifies me of incoming message without being TOO disruptive to the environment it finds me in. It lets me know I just received a tweet from somebody I’m following on Twitter.

Let me be straight: I don’t “get” Twitter.

I mean, I understand that people tweet all sorts of stuff. Within the context of 140 characters, of course.  They tweet mundane things, pictures from their phone, interesting links, etc. I have a Twitter account and yes, I even do occasionally tweet.  I’m usually replying to somebody else’s tweet, posting a picture from my phone, and occasionally just saying “HOLLA!”

I don’t get ALL the tweets of people I follow on my phone. I tried that for, oh, maybe about an hour when I first started. Came to realize that my phone would be going off so much that I wouldn’t know if it was a CRISIS from a family member or a random, “Work is hell” type of tweet. Luckily for me, you can choose who you want to receive updates from on your phone under settings. And WHY oh why would I want tweets interrupting my day?

My phone receives a few, selective tweets – tweets that I actually want to read. Like for example,  I have a couple of friends that have moved away – across the country or across town. I like to hear how things are going for them. They tweet about it and I listen. I keep up with their lives that way.

And then there’s the ones I listen for. That I love. That punctuate my day with moments of consideration for what is going on right this red-hot second in my life. Sort of a pause button for the day! 🙂

Today, for example, I received these, all from the same Twitter account:

12:16pm “Take a moment to look up and sit in awe…then read the newest blog post”

1:16pm “Dressing room QOD (quote of the day): Its never too late to start the day over”

2:12pm Affirmation: “The work I do on myself is not a goal, it is a process-a lifetime process. I choose to enjoy the process.

I really enJOY these reminders to slow down and take a look around me! Staying in the moment as I stop and measure my pace through my day. I like to think of it as refocusing my attention on what I take for granted and APPRECIATE it, whatever it is, for what it brings to my life.

Buoy My Life

Buoy My Life

They buoy me. Lift me up and keep me floating on the surface of life instead of drowning in the undertow of self-pity or discontent. These silly, little, beep/chirping words sent out to the world – they make their way to me. 🙂

So what and who do YOU listen to throughout your day? Does it drown you or send you sailing along the currents of life?

Peace,

~me

Dancing on Through

Michele showing c.a. how to FLY

dance

“You will find meaning in life only if you create it.

It is not lying there somewhere behind the bushes, so you can go and you search a little bit and find it.

It is not there like a rock that you will find.

It is a poetry to be composed,

it is a song to be sung,

it is a dance to be danced.”

– Osho

When you stumble… make it part of the dance.

~Author Unknown
But Very Much Appreciated!

MMMmmmotivate ;)

I had a WONDERFUL weekend, finished off with a seat at the Gratitude Cafe Tour’s Atlanta stop. Jason Mraz was AMAZING and inspiring, as always! Here’s a photo from the show and a quote on motivation.

Showin’ some love! 🙂

Peace,

~me

With L-L-L-La La Love

With L-L-L-La La Love

For me, when I need motivation, it often means I’ve been putting something off and the time has come to get it done. To do that, I know I’ll have to lean into the discomfort somewhere. Here’s a powerful quote that expresses just that:

“Feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, anger, jealousy, and fear, Instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we are holding back…

…Usually, we think that brave people have no fear.

The truth is that they are intimate with fear.” –Pema Chodron

From the Freshness Factor Five Thousand, by Jason Mraz


Pearls and Seaweed

smal

Seaweed or Pearls

Have no mean hours, but be grateful for every hour, and accept what it brings. The reality will make any sincere record respectable.

No day will have been wholly misspent, if one sincere, thoughtful page has been written.

Let the daily tide leave some deposit on these pages, as it leaves sand and shells on the shore. So much increase of terra firma.

This may be a calendar of the ebbs and flows of the soul; and on these sheets as a beach, the waves may cast up pearls and seaweed.

~H.D. Thoreau, Journal entry July 6,1840

Write On!

At the Gulf enjoying some Pearls and Seaweed and much needed R & R.

Peace!

~me