Friday, October 22, 2010

Status Talisman. . .

Or Stratus Talisman?


Beauty in all it's forms
heals me.

"Those disabled from work - the aged,
 and invalids -
 have a well-grounded claim
 to care from the state."

Otto von Bismarck, 1881,
 proposing a social insurance program.

"An onion can make people cry,
 but there has never been a vegetable invented
 to make them laugh." 

Will Rogers

"Clothes make the man.
 Naked people have little or no influence on society."

Mark Twain

"The pine stays green in winter...
 wisdom in hardship." 

Norman Douglas 


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We are designed to look for faces
and patterns in behavior.

We interpret the actions of others
without even realizing it.

What we "see"
seems as self evident
as sports teams do
when they are winning.

But leads can be lost;
Momentum is always shifting.

Don't remain moored
to past patterns, habits,
automatic responses.

Cleanse your windows of perception.
Invite a few "what ifs"
to the party.
with the real possibilities
that a shift in attitude
can begin.

O Lord
grant me the wisdom
to discern between
whole, healthy habits,
and stultifying routines -

Help me to be more able
to swim in the cataract of abundance
that surrounds me.


Bonus Tip:

We assume that our friends
or partners
are making a decision,
or sending a message,
when they are simply on auto-pilot
(as we are).

Remembering that they
are as lost & searching
as yourself
Allows compassion
to blanket and quench
the hot coals of hurt
in cool,

      Warmly, cloudia