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Read or Condemn Yourself to Death by Ignorance

For those courageous souls brave enough to look and see what is,

who are unwilling to blindly accept

the lies and rules of tyrannical authority.

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.

One word of truth outweighs a world of lies.

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If perchance a post of mine you think extreme

heed this from Kahlil Gibran:

“In battling evil, excess is good;

for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth.

He conceals the other half out of fear of the people’s wrath.”

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One of my goals is to think and act as if I fear no man’s wrath or deed.


Observation And Integrity

Wednesday 24th April 2024


G’day #Name#,

Hope this finds you fit and well.

Here is a sampling of what recently crossed my digital desk.

I hope you get something from it!

Have a great week!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tool Expectations
 
Tool Expectations
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Your Basic Purpose
 
 
 
 

A great quote from Rabindranath Tagore: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

If your service is not joy then chances are what you are doing is not on your basic purpose. I have written an article to help you work out your basic purpose if you don’t yet know it. Please, take advantage of it. Your future self will thank you enormously for the time you invest in finding it.

 
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You Made It
 
You Made It
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Dog Breeds - Pros and Cons
 
Miniature Schnauzers
 
 
 

A great resource if you do not know the characteristics of a particular breed or are looking for one to match your preferences/requirements.

 
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Your Daily Dose of Wisdom
 
 
 
 

I’ve learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
I’ve learned.... That when you’re in love, it shows.
I’ve learned.... That just one person saying to me, ’You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.
I’ve learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I’ve learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I’ve learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.
I’ve learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I’ve learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I’ve learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I’ve learned.... That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
I’ve learned.... That money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned.... That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned.... That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I’ve learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
I’ve learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.
I’ve learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
I’ve learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I’ve learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
I’ve learned.... That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
I’ve learned.... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned.... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I’ve learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I’ve learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

In fact, the entries in this list are not the work of any one person — they're statements gathered from dozens of different people (aged 5 to 95), many of which were collected in the 1995 book, Live and Learn and Pass It On, Volume II.

A lot of wisdom in there!

 
 
 
 
Pooh and Piglet Visit Eeyore
 
Pooh and Piglet Visit Eeyore
 
 
 

“It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s stick house. Inside the house was Eeyore.

“Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh.

“Hello Pooh. Hello Piglet,” said Eeyore, in a Glum Sounding Voice.

“We just thought we’d check in on you,” said Piglet, “because we hadn’t heard from you, and so we wanted to know if you were okay.”

Eeyore was silent for a moment. “Am I okay?” he asked, eventually. “Well, I don’t know, to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That’s what I ask myself. All I can tell you, Pooh and Piglet, is that right now I feel really rather Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. Which is why I haven’t bothered you. Because you wouldn’t want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is Sad, and Alone, and Not Much Fun To Be Around At All, would you now.”

Pooh looked at Piglet, and Piglet looked at Pooh, and they both sat down, one on either side of Eeyore in his stick house.

Eeyore looked at them in surprise. “What are you doing?” “We’re sitting here with you,” said Pooh, “because we are your friends. And true friends don’t care if someone is feeling Sad, or Alone, or Not Much Fun To Be Around At All. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are.“

“Oh,” said Eeyore. “Oh.” And the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at all; somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel a very tiny little bit better.

Because Pooh and Piglet were There.

No more; no less.”

 
 
 
 
The Ending of Blackadder
 
The Ending of Blackadder
 
 
 

The ending of Blackadder was the saddest show ending I’ve ever seen. The show is hysterically funny for four seasons. It’s just, laugh, after laugh, after laugh. Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, all in their prime. It’s magnificent. Then the final episode comes. And humor just… leaves the scene.

Suddenly, it’s dark. And heart-wrenching. There’s still some jokes, but they’re no longer jokes aimed at the public — the men are now just trying to cheer one another up. But it isn’t cheery, it isn’t happy, it’s just, sad. All these episodes, Atkinson’s Captain Blackadder has been trying to avoid “going over”. Baldrick, his dim-witted by overly enthusiastic comrade-in-arms, has come up with what he describes as “a cunning plan” in every episode so far. It never is cunning, of course. And it never works.

This time, Baldrick doesn’t have a cunning plan. He calls it, for the first time, just “a plan”. The men are resigned to their fate. Even the running jokes fall flat, and they no longer take heart from them. Hugh Laurie’s George says “so we are, in fact, going over. This is, as they say… it.” Captain Blackadder wishes his men good luck. Blows his whistle. And over, they go. And as they run over, in slowmotion, a nostalgic tune starts playing. The scene fades. The trenches disappear. And a field of poppies appears.

It’s apparant that they all died in the charge. The final episode of Blackadder was aired around Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom. It was unexpectedly emotional, and the ending was even played as part of a serious commemoration of Armistice Day on it’s 80th anniversary in 1998 — highly unusual for a comedy show. Because in the final three minutes… Blackadder wasn’t comedy anymore; it was more. It was a beautiful, tragic tribute to the futility of war.

 
 
 
 
The Art Of War
 
The Art Of War
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Stenopalmatus
 
Stenopalmatus
 
 
 

Have you seen me in your yard? I’m a Stenopelmatus. Please... DON’T kill me!

I would like to tell you a little about myself. Many people also know me as a potato bug, Jerusalem cricket, Skull Insect, Childface, or Mother of Scorpion. People get scared when they see me and want to kill me. The reality is that I’m running from you.

I’m not a spider nor scorpion nor cricket, and I HAVE NO POISON. My only weapon is my mandibles. With them, I feed off the organic waste that is found next to garden plants.

We have a very important role in the environment, because we help plant growth, thanks to removing the earth and thus allowing soil oxygenation.

My life span is a year.

If you find me at night, don’t kill me. I’m just looking for food and a safe place to hide. Please... DON’T kill me!

With information from Biological Community

 

Tool Expectations

Your Basic Purpose

You Made It

Dog Breeds - Pros and Cons

Your Daily Dose of Wisdom

Pooh and Piglet Visit Eeyore

The Ending of Blackadder

The Art Of War

Stenopalmatus

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Until next time,
dream big dreams,
plan out how to achieve them,
be continually executing your plans,
enlist people to your causes,
travel and/or read widely, preferably both,
all the while observing what you observe
rather than thinking what you are told to think,
think well of your fellow man,
take time to help your fellow man,
he sorely needs it and it will help you too,
eat food that is good for your body,
exercise your body,
take time to destress,
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!

Tom

 
 

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