I saw my therapist, Phil, yesterday. We discussed all the little crises that have been throwing me off, and that they have not been throwing me off like they used to… he was really impressed with how well I’m holding together.  We printed out and discussed my latest article for http://PaganPages.org and how reality is created by each of us, and talked about how and why I was creating these crises.  I am working at healing myself, without blame for anyone else.  It’s a hard thing to do, but I’m getting the message.

I will be visiting the new apartment with my housing coordinator, Teri, at 2 pm today.  It may not work out — they want me to move much faster than I believe is proper, since I have not yet given formal notice to my current landlord.  If we can’t work out the details, then I may just stay where I am.  Might have to do a complete cleanup of the apartment in order to stay here.  The new apartment would be larger, although not as large as the property manager thinks it is.  Also a problem with the new manager, she keeps treating me like I’m some low-function mentally handicapped person.  She’s no better, but she seems to think she is.  Wish me luck… whatever is supposed to happen is what will happen.  It will either be a smooth move or no move at all.

I haven’t heard from Kayla for a day or so.  Hope she’s doing all right.  But I have to take care of me first (thanks, Flamez, for keeping me on track on this).

My parents came through in a very generous way for my birthday and Christmas money.  I think I got everything on my wishlist and still have money to pay bills and even overpay a couple of them.  Not enough to get out of debt, but that’s not their job.  I need to get my holiday cards out soon.

Hope y’all are doing well.

Hugs,
Me

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The most destructive habit…………………………Worry
The greatest Joy…………………………………Giving
The greatest loss……………………Loss of self-respect

The most satisfying work…………………..Helping others
The ugliest personality trait…………………Selfishness
The most endangered species……………..Dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource…………………..Our youth
The greatest “shot in the arm”………………Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome…………………….Fear

The most effective sleeping pill…………….Peace of mind
The most crippling failure disease………………..Excuses
The most powerful force in life……………………..Love

The most dangerous pariah……………………..A gossiper
The world’s most incredible computer…………….The brain
The worst thing to be without…. ……………….. Hope

The deadliest weapon………………………….The tongue
The two most power-filled words…………………..”I Can”
The greatest asset………………………………..Faith

The most worthless emotion……………………..Self-pity
The most beautiful attire…………………………SMILE!
The most prized possession……………………. Integrity

The most powerful channel of communication………….Prayer
The most contagious spirit…………………….Enthusiasm

– anonymous

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A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

— Albert Einstein – (1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921

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Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about his religion. Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and of service to your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place. Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

— Tecumseh -(1768-1813) Shawnee Chief

Our only political party has two right wings, one called Republican, the other Democratic. But Henry Adams figured all that out back in the 1890s. ‘We have a single system,’ he wrote, and ‘in that system the only question is the price at which the proletariat is to be bought and sold, the bread and circuses.’

— Gore Vidal – The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

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The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to the point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group or any controlling private power.

— President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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We stand for the maintenance of private property… We shall protect free enterprise as the most expedient, or rather the sole possible economic order.

— Adolph Hitler

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If a baseball player slides into home plate and, right before the umpire rules if he is safe or out, the player says to the umpire — ‘Here is $1,000.’ What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. If a lawyer was arguing a case before a judge and said, ‘Your honor before you decide on the guilt or innocence of my client, here is $1,000.’ What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. But if an industry lobbyist walks into the office of a key legislator and hands her or him a check for $1,000, we call that a campaign contribution. We should call it a bribe.

— Janice Fine – Dollars and Sense magazine

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