Does It Matter?

Does it Matter?

It’s Saturday. The early morning air is still, muggy, the kind of weather that in time will make my sweat cling to my body like PAM on a skillet.

I’ll let you in on a secret, but you’ll have to read this post to the very end to get to the truth of the matter. But the hint surrounds the not so mysterious matter of; perspective.  Perspective; whether it is of our own accord, or of someone else who influences us; enriches our lives or disables it.  You’ll understand.

Is this a true story or not?

If you look at me, I don’t think you would think that I am wealthy. I try not to look rich. I try hard to down play my good luck. I dress down mostly. I wear T-shirts with pukas in it. But sometimes, I wear a nice Aloha Shirt on special occassions. Most time I go shirtless because it’s cooler, and there’s less to wash.

You see, I am a product of inheritence. When I was young, I was a beneficiary of a corporate payout from my grand parents who owned several enterprises which through decades afforded a lifetime of hard cash for them as well as those they loved whom they generously shared their tiddings. These tiddings made life comfortable and less stresssful. Less distracting. But along with these tiddings, came lessons of perspective.

Which kind of life would you choose if you had been a beneficiary of exuberant wealth?

Obviously, if you’re like most people, I know what you’re thinking. Afterall, many people pursue the Golden Egg in many ways, mostly amounting to tokens of glamour and glitter. Opulence isn’t easy to come by. For some people, it is the result of bone crushing work with tons of sacrifice. For some people, it is elusive. Humbling.

For some other people, I think you would agree: opulence, comes easier than we would imagine. But this isn’t simplistic story about stereo-typed “haves” and “have nots”. This is a story about perspective.

Being in the company of friends who are wealthy is no different than being in the company of friends of humble lives. No, let me correct myself. Being in the company of the former is more expensive, but no less demanding or with less expectations. But either way, whether we are wealthy or not, we all have our share and variations of strength, courage, distractions, weaknesses, fears, vice, sin, desperation, identify, fantasy, urge and urgency, want, and wont. 

We also have every opportunity to live clean and fruitful lives or decadent and impoverish lives.

“Everyone creates realities based on their own personal beliefs. These beliefs are so powerful that they can create [expansive or entrapping] realities over and over.~Kuan Yin”
― Hope BradfordBeneficial Law of Attraction: The Manifestation Teachings

I’ve read a few books about people’s perspective about life, frequently the topic is about being rich and poor. You may have read some of these yourself?

Here’s a small sampling of what people have to say:

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, but let me say, life is better being rich.”

“Give dry bread to a rich kid and he will throw it into the dustbin, give it to the poor kid and he will remember your name for the rest of his days”
― Bangambiki HabyarimanaPearls Of Eternity

“Differences about poor and rich people: Poor people ask me where’s my money from; Rich people invite me for a coffee and never ask it.”
― Robin Sacredfire

“People who advocate simplicity have money in the bank; the money came first, not the simplicity.”
― Douglas CouplandThe Gum Thief

“Pain does not differentiate between rich and poor or Christian and Buddhist. It brings the same feelings to everyone.”
― Debasish Mridha

“It’s strange how money seems to silence a neighborhood,” I say quietly. “On my street, where no one has money, it’s so loud. Sirens blaring, people shouting, car doors slamming, stereos thumping. There’s always someone, somewhere, making noise.”
― Colleen HooverNever Never

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
― Oprah Winfrey

“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”
― Pablo Picasso

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”
― Emma Goldman

“The discontent and frustration that you feel is entirely your own creation.”
― Stephen RichardsThink Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.”
― Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged

“Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important.”
― Jaachynma N.E. AguThe Prince and the Pauper

Finally, a perspective to ponder:

The Seven Social Sins are: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce

“The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.

From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.”
― Frederick Lewis Donaldson

So you’ve come to the end of this post. And you’re wondering if this is all true, partially true or just a story with a lesson?  And truth of this matter is, it is the truth of perspective.
The truth of the matter is, does it really matter?
I’ve struggled with life, until I’ve lived a life of perspective.

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The Lineman

I am a lineman for the county….

I woke up this morning with this haunting song playing around and around in my mind. Isn’t it true that every so often, haunting songs hit us when we least expect? Deep within our soul. Aching to get out.

I admit, I am a stickler for sentimental songs. Yep, I get teary eyes when I hear songs of life. Ya’ll remember Country singer Glenn Campbell right? The song he made famous called, “Whichita Lineman” written by Jimmy Webb.

Glenn Campbell’s soulful voice still resonates within the mind as ya’ll all remember this too…

I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main road
Searchin’ in the sun for another overload
I hear you singin’ in the wire, I can hear you through the whine
And the Wichita Lineman is still on the line.

I know I need a small vacation
But it don’t look like rain
And if it snows that stretch down south won’t ever stand the strain
And I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

And I need you more than want you,
And I want you for all time
And the Wichita lineman is still on the line

Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

The story behind this is Webb wrote it for Glenn Campell…

“So it was a character that I worked with in my head. And I had seen a lot of panoramas of highways and guys up on telephone wires … I didn’t want to write another song about a town, but something that would be in the ballpark for him.”

“Well, I didn’t want it to be about a rich guy!” he laughs. “I wanted it to be about an ordinary fellow. Billy Joel came pretty close one time when he said ‘Wichita Lineman’ is ‘a simple song about an ordinary man thinking extraordinary thoughts.’ That got to me; it actually brought tears to my eyes. I had never really told anybody how close to the truth that was.

“What I was really trying to say was, you can see someone working in construction or working in a field, a migrant worker or a truck driver, and you may think you know what’s going on inside him, but you don’t. You can’t assume that just because someone’s in a menial job that they don’t have dreams … or extraordinary concepts going around in their head, like ‘I need you more than want you; and I want you for all time.’ You can’t assume that a man isn’t a poet. And that’s really what the song is about.”

He wasn’t certain they would go for it. “In fact, I thought they hadn’t gone for it,” he says. “They kept calling me back every couple of hours and asking if it was finished. I really didn’t have the last verse written. And finally I said, ‘Well, I’m gonna send it over, and if you want me to finish it, I’ll finish it.”

All rights reserved to Mr. Webb and Mr. Campbell

https://americansongwriter.com/2012/01/behind-the-song-wichita-lineman

So yes, the stories behind these songs have always inspired me. My impressionable years as a lonely kid or periods of being alone set a stage for understanding every person’s innermost soul. We all have our own ballad (a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next as part of the folk culture. A slow sentimenal or romantic song).

We all have a ballad that we started and never finished. And then one day, a lot later. We pick up where we last left it. And chip at it again. And one day, we’ll finish it.

Lessons learned is in the collaborative spirit of reaching out in honest and open terms, with people of like minds, it’s not so hard. When you connect with a person, in fact, it’s often surprisingly easier than you ever imagined. So haunting, so wonderfully inspiring. I know you have song. So does everyone else. I’m willing to listen. I’m willing to cry along with you. That’s what having soul is about!

Prisoner of Time

Nani’s clone.

My day was a long one. From my waking hour to this point in time it’s been a 14-hour day. By the time I hit the sack, it’ll be a usual 17-hour day. A mixture of work, personal commitments and inspiration working on my website. A mix that locks me in a cell of routines, I struggle to escape!

It’s vicious of course. You’ve been there, done that too I would imagine. We eventually hit the wall, fall exhausted, and the next morning we do it all again. In the American psyche, it’s called perceived productivity. If you’re not perceived to be productive, you’re perceived to be lazy, less, perhaps untouchable in some circles.

Never mind that when I am “unproductive” my mind does neat things. I think about stuff that makes me feel good.

I love dogs. I used to be a devote dog to my pet dog. My pet dog loved me. She and I connected. You know how Spock does his Vulcan thing with his fingers?  My dog and I were so advanced, we could do the Vulcan thing by just looking at each other. Smiling, tongue out, huffing and puffing. Really, just so connected. I strived to be an ideal companion to my pet dog. And she was so devoted, so protective, so fun to be with. Unfortunately, a dog’s life span is shorter than humans. So, well, you know. She’s gone, but I still think about her.

Dog’s are nature’s genetic clones. Since then, I’ve seen many clones of my beloved dog! They’re so blatantly cloned,  I can’t help wonder that without them, civilization would not know about devotion, compassion, patience, understanding, unconditional love. If there is such as thing as living many lives, many lifetimes; I’ve definitely been a dog many times over.

 

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Break Out The Champange!

Seek calm and reflective moments alone, or with someone special.  It is always free, and always valuable!

Today, I launched my website, IAMRetiredNowWOT.org !

Because it is a work in progress, it has not gone public yet.

Deep inside, I smashed the Champange Bottle against the gleaming hull of my mother ship! The tiny voices inside me triumphantly cheered, as roses and tulips floated into the air, and the massive hull of my mothership steadily eased itself into the calming, clear waters of my protected harbor.

Has it been that long?

The yearning to be set free.

…To be free once again to create, to express, to inspire; if not me alone, but many others in this world!

The trade winds are blowing, causing ripples over the open sea.

I am happy!

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