Monthly Archive: October 2005

I just had to post this… it is a series of emails…

Date:      Sun, 2 Oct 2005
From:     vlad imir <abnormalvlad@hotmail.com>
Subject:  Hi!
To:        “Moss Bliss” <zaivalananda@yahoo.com>

Your poems suck.
 
-Vlad.

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Date:     Sun, 2 Oct 2005 19:55:49 -0700 (PDT)
From:    “Moss Bliss” <zaivalananda@yahoo.com>
Subject:    Re: hi!
To:    “vlad imir” <abnormalvlad@hotmail.com>

Thanks for your incisive comment.  I have just been named one of
the top 200 poets of 2005.  I’ve had over 2 dozen requests for my
poems, including requests to post them to the file areas of fairly
large groups.  I guess you know better.  Might as well end it
all now.

Moss

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From:    “vlad imir” <abnormalvlad@hotmail.com>
To:    zaivalananda@yahoo.com
Subject:    Re: hi!
Date:    Tue, 04 Oct 2005 12:58:20 -0700

OK! Maybe I was wrong. Sorry about that.

The ego wants what it wants, and it wants it now. If it is not
satisfied, it will convince you of what a rotten place this is and how
you cannot trust anything but you differentiated self, even though that
self has produced the feelings of lack all along. If you do satisfy the
ego, a new list of demands will appear the next day. The anxiety level
will increase as you complete these new demands. This continues as long
as the ego is in charge of your life.
– Wayne Dyer, Manifest Your Destiny

It is a lie — any talk of God that does not comfort you.
– Meister Eckhart

I
was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about
beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I
saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was
seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and
the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And
I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made
one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew
one mighty flowering tree to shelter all children of one mother and one
father. And I saw that it was holy.
– Wallace Black Elk

Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.
– Don Talayesva, Hopi

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Fulfilling Your Promises

Promises are merely empty words if they aren’t backed up by
action.  And action is generally proceeded first by deliberate
resolve, then verbalized commitment (often to someone besides
ourselves) , and finally, a carefullylaid out plan of steps to be
taken. Promises that are made, but not kept, quickly hamper any
progress we dream of making. They hang like weights on our shoulders,
reminding us if our weak resolve.

Only actions can fulfill our
promises. Perhaps we’d do well to make a promise, any promise, only for
a day. We can always renew it tomorrow.

The additional and
unexpected gift is that a promise kept no matter its magnitude,
enhances our self-image. And since we can only live one day at a time,
no promise need be made for longer. All of us can manage to fulfill one
promise, for one day, if we believe in it and in ourselves.

And
to this I quote Frances Marion: “Promises that you make to yourself are
often like the Japanese plum tree — they bear no fruit.”

– Miguel Angel