Preoccupation: The Absence of Consciousness?

Consciousness, Communication, Life, Trance

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Imagine walking down a crowded street of people who are sitting, standing idly, texting or merely walking in a trance where verbal conversation is absent or invasive. Suppose you walk down that crowded street where observation is an alien occurrence and the only sounds you hear is an occasional honk of a horn, the roaring engine of a transit bus or garbage truck emptying a dumpster, or the periodic sounds of steam hissing from an outdoor pipe?

Imagine walking down a crowded street where some people are facing forward but aren’t really looking at anything in particular. Others may be looking down at their digital devices or trying to avoid eye contact as much as possible. Have we been easily swayed into becoming accustomed to a misguided trance of life? Has preoccupation become the norm in the absence of consciousness?

How do you know where you’re going if you are unaware of where you are, and forgot where you’ve been? When there is no one to ask because no one is talking, do you discover they too are oblivious to where they are going because they have no idea where they are?

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So, do you really think you can cheat death?

Death, Life, Living, Dying

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Even when a situation may give the impression that you did cheat death, trust me you didn’t. You cannot cheat death. When it’s time for your spirit to depart your body and leave this world, there is nothing you can do to prevent its inevitability.

Death has an uncanny way of making you look in the mirror and reflect, in order to discover how to truly live, what you need to let go of or how to look through a new lens so you can embrace the gift of life.

We reflect on death, how it ends and what it begins. More often than not, death makes us realize how precious ‘living’ truly is. Let go, breathe, and live!

A Time for Every Purpose Under the Heavens

Purpose, Life, A Dog's Purpose

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Everything has its season, and every part of creation has a purpose.

I believe there is a higher power whom I call God, giving everything created in this universe a purpose. Scientific evidence may be explanation enough for some, but there is a curiosity indwelling inside of me that speaks of a power greater than you and I, giving instruction to the realm of creation in which we are a critical member of. This power, telling the sun when to rise and set every day or when the seasons of the year are to be rotated, fills me with curiosity and excitement. Every human being, tree, flower, insect, animal, foul of the air, and creatures of the sea has a purpose.

I watched the movie “A Dog’s Purpose” and while the movie is classified as a comedy-drama it was like viewing a “Hallmark” movie. The premise of the movie involves a dog who is reincarnated multiple times, trying to understand the meaning of his existence. With each new birth, he is introduced to a new family, with varied lifestyles. Some good, some not. In the end, as the dog narrates his multiple journeys, he remembers certain smells and associates them with familiar circumstances and people. In the end, the dog discovers his purpose: “Be here now!”

Whatever ‘here’ is and wherever ‘here’ maybe, just “Be here now!” That is sometimes all the purpose you need to do what must be done in this present moment.

Our Personal Change: Is it Authentic, Natural, Adapted or Distorted?

Life, Distortion

Change occurs every single day, whether we want it or are prepared for it. Are we really the well-oiled machine we think we are? At some point and time, perhaps by the news of someone’s sudden death, we hear the reverberating old adage, “Life is too short.” Sometimes when you take time to meditate and reflect on life, do you see things differently, feel a heightened awareness in your spirit about creation, and then wonder and ask yourself, “What’s really going on here?”

Whether or not we realize our apparent willingness to accept, adapt and normalize a life whose RPM’s are revved up like the engine of a race car, just because these are fast and abbreviated times we are living in, should we? Are we dummying down our human logic, deep learning, individuality and manual reasoning by turning over our humanness and humanity into the hands of artificial intelligence and a life of truncated virtual or augmented reality?

As we contemplate and take into account the facets of our lives and life that abounds around us, we must ask if our images of change fall in the natural order of things, or are we becoming like a text message, short and distorted reflections as seen in a funhouse or carnival mirror.

What If Wednesday: The Value of People

What If Wednesday, Jewels, The Value of People

What if we valued people like we place value on precious gems and other treasures? So often, we hear the cry about not getting paid fairly or for what we think we are worth. Guess what, you will never be. We have impressive resumes and loads of experience that seem obsolete to many HR Managers in the world we currently live in. It leaves us scratching our heads in confusion about the devaluing of our accomplishments and embracing what appears to be flippant, nonchalant attitudes from the inexperienced with a poor work ethic.

As our elders live in their winter season, so many are tucked away and forgotten, because we are too busy and there are too many other more important things to attend to. Little do we realize, they hold many valuable stories and lessons that will help us to rise with grace in our technologically advanced society. When our children are curious and ask many questions, do we merely give them a smartphone or computer notepad and tell them to go somewhere because you are busy?

When we finally realize that we devalued the valuable, will it be too late?

What If Wednesday: The Value of Time

Watch, Time

What if we valued time the way we value materialistic things? Time keeps moving on. There is no stopwatch in life, just a ticking clock. Do you put great emphasis on trying to predict the years, months or days left in the sands of your lifetime hourglass? Do you value time by making the most of what you do with it? What if we genuinely treasured time and not squander it? What if?

There is a movie that I suggest you watch if you haven’t seen it before. It is called “In Time” starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy. The film is an American dystopian science fiction action thriller that takes place in a society where people stop aging at 25. Each person has a clock on their arm that counts down how long they have to live. I think it is a must see and a theme that makes you think about how we truly value our time.

Happy #WhatIfWednesday!