Everyone's a Philosopher.. aka "Ramblings"


Cookie maker & sage
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Life is difficult.

This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult - once we truly understand and accept it - then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

OK, deep breath, and repeat after me:

Life is difficult.

Now that we we've gotten that out of the way, let's enjoy our life.

That was simple, wasn't it?

At one time or another everyone is filled with fear; the only difference between those who are successful and those who are not is that successful people keep going anyway-despite their fear.
Feel the fear and do it anyway!
That could be one of the best bits of advice you'll ever hear.
Recognition of fear diminishes its capacity to impact our thoughts and actions.
Understanding your fear allows you to take action despite its presence.

To quote the great Mary Manin Morrissey,

"You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith."


Cookie maker & sage
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My Mom & I had a very good relationship. We shared a lot with each other. She was in NY and I was in CT, and we talked almost every day. I visited when I could.
Shortly after my Dad died, I was given the opportunity to move out here and run my own department. I wasn't going to go, because I was worried about her, but she told me to follow my dream. So I went.
I continued to call her just about every day, and flew back home whenever I could. Some years later, my mom died too.. and among other things I was given her suitcase of photos. It tool a while, but one day, I opened the suitcase. On the top was a batch of envelopes, not too many, and seeing how worn they were, from years of reading over and over, I opened one to see. And then I looked at the rest. I never cried so hard in my life. They were from ME. She had kept every card letter and note I ever sent. And then I realized, the phone calls were wonderful while they lasted, but at some point she forgot what we talked about, and had nothing tangible.
I so wish I had taken the time to write.

Writing paper letters is a thing of the past now, but I urge you all to bring it back. Real letters. Not just emails. For your parents, grandparents, anyone you love. They will treasure it, and for you, it will make the suitcase easier to open.


Cookie maker & sage
Staff member
Choose your mountain not for its summit, but for the climb. Enjoy the adventure!

A Chinese proverb states: "The journey is the reward."

When I take a close look at this quote and relate it to my own life, I very much agree.
My life's journey has not always been easy, and I've not always been up to the challenge. But those statements are nothing more than a negative way of saying what I really feel about it, and that is: I wouldn't trade my life's journey for anything in the world!
Whether I perceive events as good or bad, easy or difficult, fruitful or fruitless, the journey has been exhilarating and it continues to get better every second of each new day.

What we think of or contemplate develops into reality. We radiate our thoughts, perhaps unconsciously, to others, and we affect them. We give forth vibrations of dislike or hatred which we engender in ourselves-and, bingo, they come right back and floor us. All one needs to do is to study and understand the law of cause and effect and it all becomes plain.

You wake up one January morning to find two feet of snow in the driveway, so you bundle up and grab the shovel and out you go. Unfortunately, the wind is whipping in all directions, causing snow drifts and complicating the process of clearing the driveway. You scoop a shovel full of snow, toss it the side, and half the snow blows back into your face, leaving you frustrated, and effectively doubling the time and effort needed to clear off the driveway.

That is precisely what happens when you send out negative vibrations, hatred, or resentment. You radiate the negative energy outward and it comes right back to you. In metaphysical terms, this is known as the Law of Psychological Reciprocity. Send out positive energy and it will come back, but usually not right away. Send out negative energy, and you'll get it right back. YOU are the beneficiary of whatever energy you send out. So, what'll it be?


Cookie maker & sage
Staff member

How Do You Treat People?

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.
During my second month of college, our professor
Gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student
And had breezed through the questions until I read
The last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"
Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the
Cleaning woman several times. She was tall,
Dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?
I handed in my paper, leaving the last question
Blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if
The last question would count toward our quiz grade.
"Absolutely, " said the professor.. "In your careers,
You will meet many people. All are significant.. They
Deserve your attention and care, even if all you do
Is smile and say "hello.."
I've never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her
Name was Dorothy.
2.. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American
Woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway
Trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had
Broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally
Unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man
Took her to safety, helped her get assistance and
Put her into a taxicab.
She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his
Address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a
Knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a
Giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A
Special note was attached.
It read:
"Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway
The other night. The rain drenched not only my
Clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying
Husband's bedside just before he passed away... God
Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving
Mrs. Nat King Cole.
3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those
Who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less,
A 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and
Sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in
Front of him.
"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and
Studied the coins in it.
"Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the
Waitress was growing impatient..
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins.
"I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on
The table and walked away The boy finished the ice
Cream, paid the cashier and left.. When the waitress
Came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the
Table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,
Were two nickels and five pennies..
You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had
To have enough left to leave her a tip.
4 - Fourth Important Lesson. - The obstacle in Our Path.
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a
Roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if
Anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the
Lings' wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by
And simply walked around it.. Many loudly blamed the
King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did
Anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of
Vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the
peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the
stone to the side of the road. After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded. After the
peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse lying in the road where the boulder had
been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note
from the King indicating that the gold was for the
person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The
peasant learned what many of us never understand!
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve
our condition.
5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts...
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a
hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who
was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only
chance of recovery appeared to be a blood
transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had
miraculously survived the same disease and had
developed the antibodies needed to combat the
illness. The doctor explained the situation to her
little brother, and asked the little boy if he would
be willing to give his blood to his sister.
I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a
deep breath and saying, "Yes, I'll do it if it will save
her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed
next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing
the color returning to her cheek. Then his face
grew pale and his smile faded.
He looked up at the doctor and asked with a
trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the
doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his
sister all of his blood in order to save her.
Most importantly.... ”Live with no regrets, Treat people the way you want to be treated, Work like you don't need the money, Love like you've never been hurt, and Dance like you do when nobody’s watching.”;