Promises made
Promises kept
Never this way was it meant

Dying here
Dying there
My dreams have gone nowhere

Hard work
Work hard
Success will be yours

Mrs Fader said.

She lied or didn’t tell the truth
Standing up there in front of the class with
Her pea green skirt (hanging just below the knees)
Not long enough to save us
From her ugly veins!

Mrs Fader

The world isn’t as you said
The streets are made of lead
No gold in sight

Hard work
Broken back
A trailer and two rug rats

Promises made
Promises kept
A big legged woman on my back

Dying here
Dying there
Dying in my TV chair

– Clay Lowe 

sex 

(Picture, an original digital print I made entitled, why gentlemen really prefer whores) 

In keeping with my friend Tisha’s post today, I thought I’d add a few reason why we should all be out there romping in the sack with our favorite guy or gal.  Sex, when practiced safely, contributes greatly to our sanity, stability, and serenity.  Here are the top five benefits of keeping the equipment well used.

1.  Reduced risk of heart disease – the increased cardio you get from an intense round of sex can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

2.  Weight loss/Improved fitness – If you do it right, you can burn up to 200 calories and workout a variety of muscles.

3.  Depression and stress reduction – The relief following orgasm results in profound relaxation, better sleep, and improved circulation.

4.  Fewer colds and flus – Regular sex increases the production of immunogloblin A, an antibody that boosts the immune system.

5.  Pain relief – Regular sex also increases the levels of oxytocin floating around in your system which in turn releases endorphins that can alleviate a multitude of physical pains, from headaches to joint pain.

Ok so now you have 5 good reasons to jump your guy or girl’s bones tonight! (like you really needed a reason other than to satisfy your lust) oh and don’t forget to wear your jim hat.

freedom 

Three ways to increase your intelligence:

1.  Cultivate a thirst for information and continually expand the source, scope and intensity of the information you receive.

2.  Revise your reality often.  Test and retest your reality maps and seek new metaphors to understand what is happening now and how it will affect your future.

3.  Develop external networks to increase your intelligence, in particular spend all your time with people who are as smart or smarter than you.

 

In See You at the Top, Zig Ziglar tells a story about a young business executive who took some work home to complete for an important meeting the next day.  Every few minutes his five-year-old son would interrupt his chain of thought.  After several such interruptions, the young executive spotted the evening paper with a map of the world on it.  He took the map, tore it into a number of pieces, and told his son to put the map together again.  He figured this would keep his son busy for a long time and he could complete his work.  However, in about three minutes the boy excitedly told his dad he had finished.  The young executive was astonished and asked the boy how he had done it so quickly.  The boy said, “There was a picture of a man on the other side, so I just turned it over and put the man together.  When I got the man right, the world was right.” 

snowfall

We had our first snowfall this morning.  I wasn’t expecting it so when I walked out into the garden for my morning tea and meditation session, I was both shocked and excited.  I love first snowfalls.  It’s like nature has laid down a fresh coat of white paint on everything and at once I get this feeling of endless possibilities.  Whiteness does that for me.  When I look at a blank canvas, I think of all the possibilities that blank canvas can represents.  When I sit down to write, and I am staring at a blank sheet of white paper, I am terrified and excited – terrified because I don’t know what I am going to write or where my writing will take me, and excited because it can take me anywhere, the infinite possibilities of a blank sheet of paper.

 

The trail as a metaphor is a wonderful concept. Each person must walk his or her own path through life, and is ultimately responsible for the direction that path may take. Life, like any trail, is a matter of ups and downs. When one is going up, and the way is steep and tiring, the idea that there will ever be an easier time of it is only a belief. It is not real. What is real is the feel of aching muscles and burning lungs as you head up the trail. Yet when you reach the top and your breath returns to normal, the pain is soon forgotten and the misery of the climb has been left behind. Where I have been seems immaterial. Where I am going is what engages me. The top is like the goals we set in life that, when achieved, sometimes seem unimportant. It is the process, the steps, the getting there, the human effort that is important. Inspired by Hugh Swift Hugh Swifts paints a wonderful metaphor for the way we proceed through life in search of our dreams and goals.  I have humped up and down many mountains over the years.  Always it starts the same.  I see a mountain peak.  It is a peak I have not climbed before, and I suddenly get the urge to climb to the top.  I tell myself the view from the top must be fantastic.  And so I gather up my resources – rucksack, map and compass – and start up the trail with only a vague if idea of where I’m going.

When I think about it, this is exactly the way I tackle the big goals in my life.  I get an idea, buy a few books, or attend a course, and then I start off in pursuit of my goal with only a vague idea of how I’m actually going to achieve it.  So what can the mountain trail teach us about our goals?
The trail teaches us that we must have a plan even if it’s a loosely devised plan.  Looking at a map of Snowdon there are many marked paths to top of the mountain.  Paths that others have trodden and left sign posts and guides to aid us on journey.  However upon closer inspection there are literally an infinite number of paths to the top.  Some are harder then others.  And some seem all but impossible.  Which path should I choose? Should I take the one that many have done before and thus have left an easy trail to follow?  Or should I take a little known more secluded trail? Robert Frost reflected upon coming to a fork in the road that he took the path less travelled and that made all the difference

.If we think of the mountain top as our goal, we look upon it from the start and think to ourselves that we will never be able to get to the top.  The climb is too difficult.  We don’t have adequate training to attempt such a feat.  But then slowly, gradually we start to engage with the mountain.  The trail starts off gentle at first and then the incline to increase.  Our legs and our lungs burn and our bodies cry out stop.  Turn back. You can’t possible make it to the top.  We think we will never see the end. Some turn back and give.  Others seek a less strenuous path.

Another lesson is the map seldom looks like the territory.  Jean Baudrillard tells us that the map is not the territory.  We can sit and plan for days and weeks which route we will take to get to the top of the mountain.  We note our grid references and mark our waypoints confident that we have a rock solid plan and should reach the top with few distractions.

The moment our feet touch the ground then the territory itself changes.  And we exclaim that’s not how it looks on the map.  We must make some adjustments based on what we see before us in the real.  We must trust our own instincts our own judgements.

The mountain trail can teach us a lot about ourselves and our lives.  The ancients believed that there was something called the mountain spirit – a spirit of purity and isolation. Even though the Tao was everywhere, spiritual wisdom was too easily lost in the cares and consideration of the plains. In the isolation of the mountains, with the voices of the throng stilled, the whispers of the Tao could finally be heard. This was what the ancients called the mountain spirit… and it’s what we call Ascent.