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February 24, 2024

Don't Misunderstand Your Problem


Make sure you know which way the wind is blowing.  Don’t stare into the sun. Don’t misunderstand your problem. Make sure you look in the mirror first. The worst mistake you can make is continuing the first one. Stop at nothing. Don’t settle for L E S S. Problems can be hard. Answers can be easy. Just think, think real hard, or maybe just a little. Something simple might just do it.

Don’t put yourself into unnecessary problems. Steer clear. Take the path of least resistance. Take care of the small while it is small. Don’t let it get big. Easy problems are easy to fix. Just take your time and do it right the first time. Nothing good ever happens after midnight. Stay out of the freeway. Stay out of dark streets and alleys. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

Avoid those people that are trouble. Pay attention to your dog. Dogs know. We see eyes. We don’t see hearts. The kindest face can hide an evil mind. Walk slowly and pay attention. Don’t let emotions blind you or guide you. Stay on the way. Don’t get sidetracked. 


February 20, 2024

Keep It Simple


Life really wouldn’t be so hard for most people if they stopped complicating things. Keep it simple. Keep it easy. There will be challenges from time to time, but you’ll want to see if you can meet them. My guess is that you can.

Thoreau said ‘simplify, simplify, simplify. It just isn’t that hard if you put your mind to it. Work smart and easy instead of hard and dumb. Choose the path of least resistance when you can. Sometimes you gotta take the other path, but keep it simple and you’ll be alright. People always want to complicate things for some reason. Maybe to try to show off how ‘smart’ they are. That’s not the way! Even the worst times can be met with a simple understanding.

Lurk, lurk, lurk. Don’t join the conversation. Talk always ruins everything. Sometimes the longcut is shorter than the supposed shortcut. Let things pass. Don’t get caught up in the trivial stuff that goes around and doesn’t matter. Work, work, work. Work at being simple. Doing the simple can seem complex at first, but you’ll get the hang of it. 

Return to the simple. Walk in the rain. Play in the snow. Listen to the leaves rustling. Returning to the simple is returning to the Way. The Way is in the rain falling and the snow falling. It is in the trees and the wind. It is no more difficult than that. The sound of falling rain needs no translation. There is no need to make the easy difficult. No need to make the wet dry. Be simple like the moon crossing the night sky. Fall like the raindrop to earth that has no agenda.  Welcome what floats in over the mountains. Welcome the snowflakes that fall in the forest.

Go sit in the sun. Read a book outside. That’s reality. Look to the clouds. Look to the ocean and see it come in with the morning tide. It is there for you. It always has been. Why were you looking elsewhere? 


February 17, 2024

Limitations


A man has got to know his limitations---- Stop trying to be what you’re not if you’re not. Stop trying to be something someone wants you to be. Be what you want to be. Know your limitations. Get to know your limitations. Shake hands with them. Give them a hug. You gotta know what you can do and what you can’t. You can’t be what you’re not.

Find a place. Sit down and have a cup of tea or coffee. Realize what is, and what isn’t and what can never be, or what could be. Limitations can be stretched. Never chase the end of the rainbow cause there’s no pot of gold there. Just know what you are. Know what you’re capable of. Throw the dice. Spin the wheel. You can’t win if you don’t play. Just figure out what to play.

You decide what your limitations are. Don’t let someone else decide what they are for you. Don’t let anyone put limitations on you. You know what you can do. You know how to do it. If they try, throw them off. It’s up to you, all up to you. Don’t listen to the naysayers, the “you’ll never make it” crowd. The only way to find out if you can is to try. Then, if you can’t, you make your own call on what is what can’t be.