The Glass is Always Full

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“Is the glass half empty or half full?” a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview.

2017 seems to have begun with 1 of these 2 views, and based on media (both real and social), obviously more of one than the other.

What we tend to forget that Life, is much like the Tao:

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Yin and Yang, are two opposite and complimentary energies that make up a whole; that one is not ever fulfilled without the other. Yin and Yang cannot exist without the other, they are never separate.

Whether we perceive them as freezing and boiling, dark and bright, good and evil, they are but parts that become a sum.

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Exactly how we view a glass in a”simpler” fashion/expression/time.

A Worldview in the making.

The Mind, like an opinion, is a terrible thing to waste, and recent tidings have encouraged me to be much less reliant on the media machine, for what is fed to us through and media “feeds” preys upon our sensitivities and sensibilities to foster what I deem a lot of air in the glass. Substance without weight that doesn’t really feed or nurture us.

Not to say that all is such, that would bring us back to the Yin and Yang, bits of each in all.

Strong wills create strong views and stronger opinions, but a tempered view can cut a swath through the falsehoods, biases, and untruths. Unless (a) we don’t want to, or (b) we trust too much.

This is where faith and intelligence play into the picture, and we once again return to our yin and yang situation.

Thank you 2017.

We are supposed to be entering the year with an air of rebirth and refreshed ideals. Not of dread, not of ill-will, not of contempt, and certainly not of prejudice.

I am Canadian, and regardless of what I would let all Media believe, I live a Good life.

I am happy to drink from a glass that is half-full, I am even more glad with that the love and respect of my family and friends that my cup doth runneth over.

I will also never let one’s glass ever be empty, it is always filled and refilled at my table, regardless of choice of drink. I judge not.

Judging is one thing, and Respect-ing is however another, and when that Yin Yang becoomes Love/Hate, Respect/Disrespect, I am determined to replace the negative with positive, and the perception of “entitlement” with Gratitude.This year has been painted with more of the former of this (than the latter) til now, and is already due for a fresher coat, or some better primer.

I urge anyone reading this to Believe in Good, have Faith in the Just, but moreso, have faith in you and yours 1st. Think before reacting, and respect the views and opinions that others exude, and file them appropriately.

What separataes from the animals, is that we don’t have to react to instinct, we have the ability to ponder our decisions becfore reacting.

Let 2017 be the year of Action, and not a year of re-Action.

I wish you all the best. Fill your cup, drink until satiated.

Your cup will Always be Full.

One Love.

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2014. Pay It Forward.

“How do I thank Mr. Jonas, he wondered, for what he’s done? How do I thank him, how pay him back? No way, no way at all. You just can’t pay. What then? What? Pass it on somehow, he thought, pass it on to someone else. Keep the chain moving. Look around, find someone, and pass it on. That was the only way….” Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Pay it Forward, an idealistic concept, that is simply said, and sometimes even more simply, done.

Each good turn deserves another, and the thought and/or effort that it takes to build someone up rather than knock them down is not just a karmic “kick” or a feather in one’s cap, but rather an indicator as to the true positive nature and impact that we can have on each others lives.

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Education and experience teach us of the historical content that focuses on the reality of life, taking away from the altruistic wants that we can indeed leave this world a better place, and that it doesn’t take any major breakthrough in Life, to make a lasting memory to have repercussions on the generations to follow.

Life is led, one step at a time, in a direction of choice that can take a number of paths.

Some will make us richer, some will make us poorer, but only based on those present perceptions. The result of any journey is that we develop based on our experience(s), and our development is based on those that impact our lives.

Imagine if more people prescribed openly to the “pay it forward” mentality, than the more common “I deserve” mentality.

Leading our lives, and having an impact on those around us, are two separate abilities that are regulated and metered by the previous paragraphs.

Yet even the simplest of impacts can cause (un)bridled reverence and reflection:

A simple phrase, lyric, or photograph, is enough top instill memories fostering the need and want for change, in a positive manner. If we think to our youth, there are defining moments that have caused such “triggers” that have set each and every in of us on the paths we have chosen, and have yet to complete.

That song on the radio, the poster in the window, the frame on the wall, or the smell of your favorite food.

The song will have you humming and remembering the artist, the poster will strike a pensive memory, the framed image a long languished thought, and food always brings us to the basic memory of hearth and home.

Any of these causes have an effect on our memories, and the simple want to share in their history, and the possible repetition of that same nurtured experience. This want “to share” is an indicator of our abilities to share the “good” of what was, that potentially has the ability to have what we share together, equal or enriched for doing so.

We now find ourselves on the cusp of 2014, having made it through year 2013 in a tarnished or shining turn, all set and replete for a fresh start.

January 1st is but a day to reset our calendars (and diets) and look forward to the year that is to be. Yet this “restart” can also signal a change in one’s habits to not just be a witness, but to be a contributor to the very simple of something I’ve held in my head and hands for quite some time, and a value that hope becomes in my son’s values, to “pay it forward”.

Someone does right by you, you do the same for them, AND for someone else.

Poor vernacular, but blatantly blunt.

It takes much less effort to extend a hand than to pull it back, and the rewards are much much more satisfying. Having a positive impact is the chi that keeps everything in motion (regardless of media spin) and the more effort that we can make in this direction, will make us all better in this, the Year of the Horse.

Ask yourself, “Why does a Horse gallop?”

The answer: “Because it Can.”

Do what you can, because You Can, and that is very simply how I look forward to making 2014 my pay-it-forward year, even more than before.

Because I can.

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