Sunday, January 30, 2011

Goose Story

The Goose Story

by Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes
ARCS NEWS, Vol. 7, No. 1, January 1992

Next
fall, when
you see Geese
heading South for
the Winter, flying along
in V formation, you might
consider what science has dis-
covered as to why they fly that way:
as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an
uplift for the bird immediately following. By
flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least
71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community
can get where they are going more quickly and easily
because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When
a goose falls
out of formation,
it suddenly feels the drag
and resistance of trying to go it alone
and quickly gets back into formation to take
advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

If we have as much sense as a goose,
we will stay in formation
with those who are headed the same way we are.

When
the Head Goose
gets tired, it rotates back
in the wing and another goose flies point.

It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs
with people or with geese flying South.

Geese
honk from behind to
encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

What do we say when we honk from behind?

Finally,
and this is important,
when a goose gets sick, or is
wounded by gunshots and falls out
of formation, two other geese fall out with that
goose and follow it down to lend help and protection.
They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until
it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation
to catch up with their group.

IF WE HAVE THE SENSE OF A GOOSE,
WE WILL STAND BY EACH OTHER
LIKE THAT.

Friday, January 28, 2011

more pages

been coloring and practicing my lettering


sticker


i liked that sticker.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

on the economy

i got this via email probably 2 years ago and just found it again. . . still good advice.

By Alan Cohen

An ancient Chinese blessing wishes recipients; "May you live in interesting times." Well, we now have the answer to that prayer. Actually, all times are interesting, just in different ways.

During the last week and month the economy seems to be at the top of most people's list of urgent issues to think and talk about. Today the U.S. government is issuing a new policy to deal with the economic upsets of late. Below are some suggestions on how to get to a better feeling place about the economy, and generate practical results for yourself and others.

Here is my six-point plan. I am not an economist, and frankly I don't understand all of the complexities of the current market. I do, however, understand the relationship between thought, belief, feeling, attitude, expectation, identity, and practical prosperity. So here is my six-point plan, which will surely work if you apply it:

1. Vision. A visionary sees and remembers the Big Picture in the face of current appearances to the contrary. The Big Picture of life is utter abundance. There are vast resources, economic and otherwise, for those who recognize and claim them. A visionary thrives under all conditions. There are always people who do well in difficult economic times, as well as those who flounder in prosperous times. It is not the economy at large that determines your well being; it is the consciousness you hold in relation to it. So you have the power to create a prosperous personal economy — and as you do, you will uplift the economy at large. The two greatest achievements of the twentieth century — the Golden Gate Bridge and the Empire State Building — were funded and built at the height of the great depression. Some individuals with a broad perspective were not limited by the prevalent beliefs of the masses. There are, and will be, people who prosper now and in the near future. I know people whose businesses are booming now. So can yours, and by your example you can manifest abundance that will inspire others and help them in material ways.

2. Trust. When human affairs appear to falter, the hand of the divine becomes very real and practical. A Higher Power is currently running the universe far more intelligently and successfully than even the best economists. The more you stay connected to that Higher Power, the richer will be your inner peace and your ability to make healthy, productive decisions. In a Greek myth, the King of Crete sent Theseus through the labyrinth to kill or be killed by the dreaded monster Minotaur. The king's daughter Ariadne fell in love with Theseus and gave him a thread that he let unwind on his way into the labyrinth, which guided him out once he slayed the monster. Whenever you feel trapped or lost in the labyrinth of worldly life, your strongest move is to take hold of the thread of your connection to Spirit, hold firm to it, and let it lead you back to well-being. One of Dr. Wayne Dyer's books is entitled, There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and no advice could be more appropriate than the economic situation we face at the moment.

3. Reframe. The Chinese written symbol for "crisis" is a combination of two other symbols: "Danger" and "Opportunity." Yes, there is a danger in our current position. And yes, there is an opportunity. Perhaps we are receiving a wake-up call to live within our means rather than leverage ourselves and our institutions beyond a healthy level. Or we are being invited to recognize that money does not make us rich, or its temporary absence of restriction make us poor. Perhaps this situation will influence the upcoming election in a way that will help us in the long run. Maybe there is a natural balancing occurring that will make our economy stronger. I cannot say exactly how this crisis will serve, but I do know that whenever I have faced and handled the experience of crisis in my personal life, I have been moved to make decisions that have made improved my world. A Course in Miracles tells us that "All change is good," and this should be no exception.

4. Reset Priorities. In an episode of the popular television series, Fantasy Island, called, "The Luckiest Man in the World," a gambler achieved his fantasy to create an unstoppable winning streak. True to form, Mr. Roark arranged for the man's young son to visit him at the same time. When the gambler became hypnotized by winning, he distanced himself from his son, and the boy was about to leave him. Finally the father realized he is the luckiest man in the world — not for his gambling winnings, but for his family. When money seems tight, we have a window of insight to recognize how rich we are, no matter how much we have in the bank. If many of us use this time to grow closer to our families, homes, nature, activities that truly bring us joy, ourselves, and our Higher Power, this upheaval will have served us well.

5. Circulate. Keep moving your energy, financially and otherwise. The brilliant metaphysician Florence Scovel Shinn noted, "All disease is due to congestion and all healing is due to circulation." This dynamic applies impeccably to an economic congestion. When people are afraid to spend money, there is less money in circulation; then people grow afraid to spend, and the cycle goes on. The dynamics shift when consumers act not from a sense of lack or fear, but from abundance and faith. So now would be a great time to spend your money. When you do, you affirm that you have enough and you keep the circulation moving — not just from you, but to you. If you don't have money to spend, or would rather not, then circulate your energy in other ways. Express your creativity, volunteer, paint, play music, journal, and do anything to move energy rather than let it stagnate. (Pressing buttons on the remote control to watch talking heads discuss the economy does not qualify as circulating energy.)

6. Milk Every Moment. It would be easy to think that you will be able to relax and enjoy your life as soon as the current crisis is averted or offset. But that's the carrot at the end of the stick — the one that you never get to bite. Either life is rewarding now, or it never will be. From the sense of the ego, or small self, if it's not the economy you have to wait to handle, it's something else. So now would be perfect opportunity to practice enjoying your day, regardless of what money is doing. Stop and chat with the clerk in the supermarket, play with your kids, call someone you love, walk in the park, or tinker with your hobby. This is the moment you've been waiting for — don't miss it!

Everything will work out. It always does. Be of good cheer. Be uplifted and be an uplifter, and your contribution to the economy, financial and spiritual, will be paramount.

Quotes and affirmations:

(Sources with known authors acknowledged; other source unknown)

The tide always comes back in. — Norman Vincent Peale

Every dollar I spend enriches the economy, blesses everyone it touches, and returns to me multiplied.

The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. — Psalm 23

I am an abundant being, living in an abundant universe that is capable, willing, and glad to meet all of my needs and the needs of everyone.

I am rich in many, many ways. I always have been, and always will be.

It is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. — Luke 12:32

God does not owe, and as a Child of God, created in God's image and likeness, neither do I.

Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, "You owe me." Look what happens with a love like that; it lights the whole sky. — Hafiz

My cup runneth over. — Psalm 23

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Timothy 1:7

Abundance is right where I stand.

You can afford to be generous because you have access to an unlimited supply.

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.

Thank God for what you have, and you will always have everything you want.

The best way to predict the future is to create it. — Peter Drucker

Friday, January 21, 2011

ring


i want this,

Thursday, January 20, 2011

sexy song

i'm kind of addicted to this song. . . makes me want to slither around



i just want to light you up light you up like a fire
i just want to turn you on turn you on and take you higher

everybody wants a flat screen
everybody wanna be seen
everybody wanna be famous
aint nobody gonna blame us
everybody wants a real deal
everybody wants to cop a good feel
everybody want mo money
everybody wanna taste of yo honey

i just want to light you up light you up like a fire
i just want to turn you on turn you on and take you higher

everybody wants to pick at your guitar
everybody wanna ride in your fast car
everybody wants a puff of your pipe dream
everybody wanna a lick of your ice cream
the preacher wanna tell you how to live life
your mama and daddy got you uptight
your lover gonna go and pick another fight
i just wanna keep you up all night

i just want to light you up light you up like a fire
i just want to turn you on turn you on and take you higher

yeah this old world can bring you down
and turn your smile into a frown
and break your heart and make you sad
drive you stark raving mad

i just want to light you up light you up like a fire
i just want to turn you on turn you on and take you higher

i just want to light you up (light you up) light you up(light you up like a fire) like a fire
i just want to turn you on (turn you on) turn you on and take you higher

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

all the freaky people

love this picture from soulemama's kitchen
i love the freaky people

Monday, January 17, 2011

journaling



i've already been doing a better job this year than last year! go me. . .

Saturday, January 15, 2011

muff

i really want a muff. . . (insert joke here) but i really do. i'm bringing the muff back baby.
(buy this photograph here)

Friday, January 14, 2011

summer 1992

i have been looking through my journal from 1992. i didn't keep ongoing journals all during my youth and lost some when my house burnt down, but it's fun to look back and see what i thought was cool, what i thought i knew and what i still think is coollittle poems from sassy
i still think this is a pretty cool troll doll
cross colours & wayne's world
here is the hug coupons i got in seaside. . .

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

retail therapy

i felt like some retail therapy after work today but have been trying not to spend too much money since kiko's between jobs, so i went thrifting. what i got for $35:
stained glass #1stained glass #2:
a blast from the past. i used to read jane, thought it would inspire me. 1999!
a dansk dutch over. it doesn't look like it's ever been used. i found them in etsy & ebay for $45-90! i got it for 2.99. i also go 2 really cool large ceramic bowls and a cool print vintage flannel sheet i want to make heat packs out of.
books for palmer. . .
i am determined to find the biology golden book illustrated by charley harper. it's so expensive, i must find it in a thrift store for .99. . . but hey i found a 1951 copy of alice in wonderland and i love the 1963 my little golden book of manners. . . just what my little gentleman needed.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

free hug


what do think of this? i designed it myself. for the back of a business card. i used to get these free hug coupons at the beach when i was younger. i still have one taped in my old journal. . .
i thought instead of offering free massage (which i HATE to do) i could offer free hugs, which i love to do.
small print says: good for one hug from any participating human *reusable does not expire

Sunday, January 2, 2011

new years

so we had a great new years, all the pictures came out blurry!
i found the perfect dress though. . .
rita hayworth was my inspiration


it is black velvet and fit perfect.

i can't hardly believe it's 2011.
i need to get my resolutions and intentions written down for the year.
i grabbled a renee locks calender. the quote for january:
"it's wonderful to wake up in the morning knowing you're doing ALL that you can do"