Monday, December 2, 2013
An online daily putting "Hooray!" in your day
We continue our Happy Hanukkah wishes on this 5th day of celebration! Hag sameach! May your days be bright!
Yesterday: The Old Watering Hole
Yesterday does not have the power to determine today. If it did, we'd be powerless. Our collective well-being would be in the dumpster. There would be no innovation. Creativity and hope would be barren and childless. Much of our personal success would be non-existent.
By our very nature, however, we are filled with hope and possibility, creativity and life.
Lewis Carroll (pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) wrote of the ego's ability to keep us bound up by yesterday and yesterday's mistakes or difficulties. In Alice in Wonderland, the Queen with great insight, reminds the King of his power. "The horror of that moment," the King went on, "I shall never forget." "You will, though," the Queen said, "if you don't make a memorandum of it." How many of us pull out our chisels and stone and carve our mistakes and history upon the hard surface of our lives? We make it indelible so that it messes with our present moment, and thus our future. How many memos have you written? My ego LOVES it when I do this! "Bad, Lee Ann...Bad, bad, BAD!"
It's a real struggle sometimes to wake up with fresh eyes and thoughts, to take a broom to the cobwebs in my early morning brain. I think I've mentioned before that I'm an attorney and that it doesn't always feed my soul, though it puts food on the table and provides me with the ability to afford some pleasures in this life. What I've not mentioned, is that at present I am not practicing law as I had originally intended. Less than two years ago, I lost my favorite attorney work as the Executive Director of a legal pro bono non-profit that fed my soul, and have been doing "temporary-contract" work on big litigation cases in DC ever since. My early morning brain wakes in a fog and I sometimes fight the onset of my day with, "once upon a time, you were somebody..." Youza!!! OUCCCCCHHHHHHH!!...That's real helpful...NOT!
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Let the past drift away with the water.
I demolish my bridges behind me...
then there is no choice but forward.
-- Firdtjof Nansen
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
-- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Kid President: 20 Things We Should Say More Often
Get your corn dogs and BBQ sauce and listen up to Kid President. I just love the duo that creates these Kid President videos: Brad Montague and his little brother-in-law, Robby ("Kid President"). Robby is 9 years old. He's full of life and ideas. Robby has Osteogenesis Imperfect (OI), a brittle bone condition which has resulted in him having over 70 breaks since birth. What's inspiring about Robby isn't his condition, but the fact that his condition doesn't define who he is. In spite of all he's been through he not only keeps going -- he dances!
Here Are the Books On Our Bedside Table
What are you reading? Check out these wonderful titles. (By the way, some of these "on our bedside table" are actually on our Kindles and Nooks, and other reading devices! What a world we live in, huh? Simply amazing!)
Here lies my past,
Goodbye I have kissed it;
Thank you kids,
I wouldn't have missed it.
-- Ogden Nash
The past is a guidepost,
not a hitching post.
-- L. Thomas Holdcroft
I like the dreams of the future
better than the history of the past.
-- Thomas Jefferson