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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
I'm a Fortune Teller on a street next to Jackson Square in New Orleans next to the mighty, muddy Mississippi. A slow, sticky day; black cat rubbing against my leg under the table. I use the tarot as a prop, but I can actually SEE into people, see what they want to hear.
I give them reassurances and lies about loved ones, make up stories about future success and triumphs and happiness on the way.
Sometimes I see truths about their future, but they never want the truth. I give them what they pay me for. Reassurances that mistakes they made in the past did not ruin lives, that they are truly Good people. Those hurting from The Big Loss and wanting assurance that they will be reunited in heaven with their loved one.
I see the muddy river that flows through each person and I attempt to clear it up a bit. My younger sister was born blind, and fortune telling reminds me of trying to describe the beauty of a sunset to her.
It is late in the afternoon and I'm about to pack it up for the day when a woman approaches my table. A celebrity? I recognize her from the movies or television. Gina Gershon.
Then I wake up thinking 'Who the fuck is Gina Gershon?'
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let not this blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.
~ Max Ehrmann, 1927
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
"There was a big bang at the beginning of things and it spread. And you and I, sitting here in this room, as complicated human beings, are way, way out on the fringe of that bang. We are the complicated little patterns on the end of it. Very interesting.
But so we define ourselves as being only that. If you think that you are only inside your skin, you define yourself as one very complicated little curlique, way out on the edge of that explosion. Way out in space, and way out in time. Billions of years ago, you were a big bang, but now you're a complicated human being.
And then we cut ourselves off, and don't feel that we're still the big bang. But you are. Depends how you define yourself. You are actually--if this is the way things started, if there was a big bang in the beginning-- you're not something that's a result of the big bang. You're not something that is a sort of puppet on the end of the process. You are still the process.
You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are. When I meet you, I see not just what you define yourself as--Mr so-and- so, Ms so-and-so, Mrs so-and-so--I see every one of you as the primordial energy of the universe coming on at me in this particular way. I know I'm that, too. But we've learned to define ourselves as separate from it.”
― Alan W. Watts
Monday, January 22, 2018
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