We live on to pass it on-- to pass life on. Not only physical life, but spiritual life as well. And spiritual life has nothing to do with beliefs, ideology, theology, doctrine, dogma, creeds, catechisms, words, thinking, reason, logic, rationality. Spiritual life has to do with dancing, playing, laughing, singing, drumming, poetry, metaphor, symbol... What is a metaphor for you? You are a metaphor for what? My father knew nothing of these things. He could not pass any of them along to me. Just as his father had nothing of spiritual substance to pass along to him. Just as his grandfather had nothing to pass along to his father... My mother was as bereft as her mother, as her grandmother... Not a breath of real life in the whole lot. The line stretches far back into the dense fog of the very beginning. Nothing but the physical side from the start. Our spirit is shriveled from lack of attention. Our heart is dried out, the juices of life are depleted. Where shall we go to restore our soul? Who has passed on the secrets of full life, pouring over, spilling out? I know that some have. I have found mine in the writings of those who speak of things no one in my family knew of. I have adopted spiritual fathers and mothers who have nourished me back to life, who lived on to pass it on, and where would we be without them? And now it is our turn, living on to pass it on-- what do we have worth passing on? Perspective, kindness, compassion, questioning, seeking, playfulness, laughter, gentleness, generosity, ... How long is your list of things that need passing on? Live to add to it everyday, and pass them around for all to enjoy and pass on!
Here is my fool-proof, never-fail, method for changing your mind about something-- anything-- all things (And by changing your mind, I mean changing the way you think about something [etc.], the way you feel about something [etc.], the way something [etc.] impacts you, affects you, effects you [etc.] forever. There is absolutely nothing to it. All you have to do is start living as though your mind has changed. The old psychological saw at work here is "Feelings follow actions." If you want to change the way you feel about something, change the way you act in relation to it. Start acting the way you want to feel/think/perceive. Pretend your way to a different reality. "Fake it 'til you make it," as the folks in AA like to say. The catch is that you have to fake it with your heart in what you are doing. You have to fake it so well you begin to trick yourself, and you catch yourself being unsure how you "really feel." Of course, you will have to work through all of the barriers your put in your own way-- the thoughts about not being genuine, not being authentic, not being real, not being true to yourself, etc. Do not pause to think about it or to argue the point. Just get back to work acting as though you feel as you wish you felt about whatever it is that needs to be changed about your attitude and your life. Maybe it's washing dishes. Start washing dishes as you would if you wanted to wash dishes. Put your whole heart into it. All the way. This approach to being alive will transform your world, and the world of everyone who knows you. In no time at all.
If it is good for people, I'm for it-- why is that bad? Why can't Republicans use that statement as their identifying motto/slogan? What is bad about being good for people? Why do Republicans not call it socialism when their taxes pay for roads and highways and libraries and the first twelve years of school, and their own salaries (If they work for the government), but call it socialism when their taxes pay for health care and the next four or five or six years of school and unemployment stipends and child care? Why don't Republicans want the government to be on the side of the people? Particularly when the government's own rules say it is "of the people, by the people, for the people"? Why would anybody want to be a Republican? Besides being well-paid by wealthy corporation to keep their taxes low-- Or to make their taxes non-existent? Republicans are in it for the money, and will promise you anything to get your vote, then do what they want to do when elected. Republicans are not on the side of the people because corporations pay them to not be on the side of the people, because that would increase corporate taxes. No one has ever been called "a bleeding heart Republican" for as long as there have been Republicans. Republicans are shepherds of corporation. They don't care about the people. Look it up.