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The Universe Grabs Our Attention January 21, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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Once on Deal Island we saw a dolphin swimming in the Chesapeake Bay behind our house.

Only once in 8 years.

Intrigued, we followed it into a neighboring yard.  As suddenly as it appeared, it disappeared.

But, in the neighbor’s yard, we found a bird trapped in a discarded crab trap.

Had we not arrived when we did, the bird would not have survived to fly another day.

Coincidence?  I think not.

The Universe attracts our attention in whatever direction we need to face.

Quote:  “I have a perverse attraction to not knowing what’s going to happen next.” ~ Holly Morris

No rules.  Just write!

Related post:  A Garbage Meditation (Faerie Magic)

You Can’t Handle The Truth! January 21, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Mindfulness, People.
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One of my favorite movie lines is Jack Nicholson’s line in A Few Good Men.

During a court-martial proceeding, while being cross-examined by Tom Cruise, Nicholson blurts out:

You want the truth?  You can’t handle the truth!

That quote ties in nicely with the WP Post A Day prompt:

“Can you handle the truth?”

When choosing friends, I value honesty above all other qualities. 

If we cannot be truthful with each other, our “friendship” rests on shaky ground indeed: 

* If I can’t trust you to tell me the truth . . . who can I trust? 

* If you can’t handle the truth, how do you know who I am? 

When those who purport to be “friends” are sneaky, deceitful, two-faced, duplicitous, or otherwise “beat around the bush” rather than “telling it like it is,” it’s hard to have a firm foundation for friendship.

One way people “shade the truth” is by passing out insincere platitudes.  What a waste of time and energy.  Each time we pass along (or absorb) an insincere compliment, we feed our Egos while starving our Spirits. 

People excuse this type of dishonesty with more little lies like, “I was just trying to be nice,” or “I didn’t want to hurt their feelings.” 

Really?! I suspect that people handing out untruths are not protecting the other party to the conversation, they are protecting themselves. 

Instead of telling the truth and being honest, they say what they think the other person wants to hear out of selfish self-preservation.  

They want to be liked for being someone they are not . . . rather than run the risk of being disliked for who they are. 

If ever you find yourself “lying” or “shading the truth,” consider asking yourself who you’re really trying to protect.

When we stop hiding who we are, we have more energy to become more fully who we want to be.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Want to match your wits with Kant, Bentham, and Aristotle? 

Play To Lie, or Not To Lie!

Related posts:    Ignorance, Apathy, and Dishonesty * To Thine Own Self Be True * Kindly Be Honest * Are You OK Right Now?  *  Bending the Rules . . . And the Truth * A Not-So-Quick Quiz: Who Are You? * Toughen Up!