once upon a time

Once upon a time there was a bored god and it wondered what it could do and it decided to make existence more interesting by blowing something up and billions of years later while in the presence of a visiting god it looks down toward its creation and says what a clever fool I was and I’m only able to watch a tiny bit of what’s happening down there and it’s such a tremendous show but I want you to know that I’m sorry and yet proud to say that I’m not able to change a thing and I wish I could but they are on their own. Would you care to watch a while?


Does a procrastinator say “Don’t fix me I’m not broken, I’m just in the habit of making bad decisions.”?

What is the bit of data that has been passed down to me that can help me put an end to putting off the things I know I should do? Is this the wisdom I avoid?

Is the wisdom I avoid “Why wait until I feel like doing something, to do it.”? Is this because it’s too easy to say “I’ll probably feel like doing it tomorrow. Yes, by golly that’s the ticket.”?

So, do I do it immediately or schedule it? Will creating a picture in my mind of me working on a project and then picturing the results of my beautifully mown lawn help start the process of getting it done?

Should I remember and hanker for those good feelings which come with having started something and then the feelings of getting the project actually done? Is it all up to me not to make it so hard on myself? Are we all perfectly imperfect?

Can anything be a project? Even doing the dishes?


gut feelings

Is it that life is amazing but it may not work out? How does one live life to its fullest? Will common sense help us understand our fear of change?

What can lead us? Is one of the things noticing our gut feelings while paying attention to what’s happening around us? Is this one of our greatest talents? And do we waste it by not paying attention?


the third option

Is it that duality is part of existence? Creation and destruction, Yin and Yang, hot and cold, description and judgment, etc. etc.?

Is the huge playing field between the extremes waiting on us? Well, maybe it’s not waiting, but if it’s there, why do we mostly hang around the edges?

Is it that we are addicted to something close to black-or-white thinking because this type of thinking makes things simpler and easier to explain?

Out of habit, do we think the following: “If it’s not this, it’s probably that”— as in, “If a person is not going to heaven forever then he or she is going to hell forever.”?

Is the third option the road to take? Is this lifetime here on this planet the only chance we will ever have to know anything heavenly or hellish and what’s in-between?


fairy tale

Is it that we humans have the power to alter or maintain the direction of the change that is happening right under our noses? Is the only thing we can control concerning change is its direction? If change is maintaining a less than desirable direction, what are the actions that might alter the present course of change?

Is it that once one knows what to do, it gets done? If “yes” were the answer, could we all celebrate? Is it that often we are not willing to act? Or unwilling to quit? Can we alter the direction of change when it comes to war? If so, what needs to be done? Could we start by getting the United Nations to support the human rights of all the women on Earth?

Is it that this is already the case, but there’s no will to enforce or penalize the perpetrators for what the world knows should be categorized as torture and slavery? 

What would happen if there were enough people willing to enforce the world-wide rights of women (and all people while we are at it). Would there have to be a world government for this to happen? Could the people of the world do for women what they did for the people of South Africa: Isolate the perpetrators? Shame and/or make life hard for them even if they claim what they are doing is a religious practice?

Should there be a separation between religious rules and the political and social rules that govern all the citizens of the world such as the separation between church and state but with the churches subject to the rules and laws of the state when it comes to the rights of individuals?

What about a worldwide rule or law that religious teachings and religious conduct cannot be forced upon individuals? Does this sound like a fairy tale? A fairy tale that could actually happen in the future?

Why do we put up with the present torturing and slavery of women?

Is it that there are so many people who are banking on an afterlife of joy and pleasure forever that these same religious folks think all that’s needed is for these suffering women to believe and trust in _________ then they too will have an eternity to recover and live in peace and happiness while their slave holders will be punished forever in a fiery hell?

Is magical thinking to blame?



Is it that we are not as healthy as we could be because of all the sugar we ingest? Is it that sugar (and potatoes, pasta, white bread, etc.) doesn’t keep us feeling full because we aren’t getting the nutrients we need? Does this stress the body by its trying to keep a healthy level of sugar in our blood?

So is now the only time we can invest in the future? Should we paint as vivid and detailed a picture of the future we desire as we are able to create? Will this picture, if vivid and detailed enough, give us the patience it will take to make our vision come true?

To get ahead in life, do we need an education good enough to allow us to find out what we will need to know in the future? To get this education do we have to pay the price in trust and patience?

Is this where a long-term vision which is vivid and detailed plays an important role? Is this the most important step in creating the patience that is necessary to make a desired future happen?

Is it that patience is the thing that will keep us working hard and giving up things we value for something in the future that we regard as more important or worthy?


magical thinking

What is meant by magical? Is magical thinking believing something which is not real to be something which is real? Is a religious faith filled with comforting beliefs such as surviving death on earth to live an eternal future filled with eternal pleasures the longest of long shots because the believing is magical?

If so, is magical thinking believing something will happen when the odds are that the something has almost a 100% chance of not happening such as making an elephant actually disappear from existence or believing the guarantee of spending an eternity filled with a bliss that never grows old and participating in unbelievable joys and games in and around the mansions of heaven as permanent guests of the creator of the universe and were selected by the creator before they were born because the creator knew they would be the ones who would love and trust it?

Does the story promising the joys of heaven and avoiding the eternal sufferings of hell substitute for a magician’s smoke and mirrors?