Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 14

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 14

This entry is part 11 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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I Gave Up Anger

About a year and a half ago I gave up anger.

That might sound crazy, but it’s true. I made a conscious decision that I would not allow anger to control my life anymore.

 

Starting Small

I started by eliminating anger while I was driving. I used to engage in road rage like it was my job. Screaming, cursing, gesturing, tailgating—all day, every day. When I made the decision I started small. I would take short drives and consciously keep myself calm no matter what. If someone cut me off I took a deep breath. If they did not use a blinker I took another breath. If they were driving too slow I took several breaths. It took a couple of weeks, but eventually, I noticed that driving was almost a pleasant experience. After that, I started expanding the experiment into other facets of my life.

 

Forgiveness

I forgave every provocation, every slight, the moment it happened. I took stock of my day before I went to sleep and made sure I had settled every angry thought that passed through my mind that day. That is the trick to it. You cannot stop anger from happening. You can stop it from festering.

 

Dark Forces Aligning

The material world does not like to be ignored. You will find (as I did) that your resolve on this matter will be tested repeatedly—sometimes viciously. It seems an unwinnable war because you will never achieve a situation where everything goes your way and every person acts the way you would like them to. Every battle you win makes the next one easier though and eventually realize that—while you cannot control everyone and everything around you—controlling your environment by controlling yourself is much easier than you thought it could be.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 14

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 15

This entry is part 12 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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See something say something…what about see something do something?

It’s been the mantra of people in crowded streets, malls, tall buildings, and airplanes since 9/11/11. It makes sense. It’s a good practice. It could save lives. It is also built on fear and an expectation of negative intent.

That is the world we live in, unfortunately. But what if we took that negative mantra and flipped it to the positive? I mean, keep it in mind and (of course) still say something if you see something that is off, but what if we engrained ‘see something — DO something’ into our collective unconscious as well?

Think about it. If all of us had ‘see something — do something’ playing on repeat in the back of our minds how many families would spend less time stuck on the side of the road? How many children would escape a life of abuse? How many makeshift nooses would go untied and way-to-fucking-early funerals go unplanned?

Just do something. If you see someone in need, help them. If you see someone low, lift them. If you see someone in tears hug them.

Just.

DO.

Something.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 14

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 20

This entry is part 13 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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Decision Making

Decision making used to paralyze me. I have gotten better at it over the years, but when I was younger the smallest decision could bind me up for hours — even days.

Now (for the most part) I make decisions with confidence and move on. I think the reason it comes so easy now is that I have finally been around long enough to know that — one way or the other — things always work out the way they should.

 

Should vs. Would

The key word is ‘should’. Shit rarely works out the way I (we) want it to, but it always works out the way it should. The clarity that comes with understanding this concept at the core of your being is a freedom that cannot be expressed.

Of course, the only way to know this is to be around long enough, get knocked down enough, and (most importantly) get back up enough. Eventually — and only if you can shed the victim mentality that we are all born with — you get the beautiful gift that hindsight was meant to give you.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 14

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 21

This entry is part 14 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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A New Novel?

I spent the past week working day and night on a new novel inspired by the Tiny Tommy story. Then I spent the last eight minutes deleting everything I’d come up with thus far.

It is unfortunate, but it had to be done. Sometimes the story gets away from you. When that happens there are two choices; you can try to wrangle it in or kill it. I chose the latter in this case because it was too far gone.

 

Blessing and The Curse

In a way that is the blessing and the curse of the clarity that I have gained over the years. I spend a lot less time working on lost causes, but a little more time lamenting the time put into those causes.

It needs to be done though. Life is to short to agonize over decisions. As I said before I am certain that everything will work out the way it needs to in the end. Continuously moving forward is the best way to make use of that knowledge.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 14

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 22

This entry is part 15 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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The Truth About Me

The truth about me is that I do not know anything important.

I am an intelligent person. I know a lot of things about our physical reality. I can hold an intelligent conversation with just about anyone, regarding just about anything.

All of that means nothing when it comes to our spiritual reality. I do not know anything, for certain, about that. My guess is that is the way it is supposed to be — a never-ending journey tailor-made for each of us to help us find our way to the light.

The Truth In The Place It Matters Most

It is hard to admit that — especially in this venue. Here I am trying to build a site that encourages people to seek the truth and ask God into their lives, and stating that I do not know anything at the same time. I think it is important though and here is the reason why:

Anyone who tells you that they KNOW the answer is lying to themselves, and, by extension, lying to you. Our spiritual journey is intensely personal while we are still ruled by ego. Some things need to be fixed, and others that need to be changed. We can (and will be) helped along the way, but the work to be done is all ours — individual, intimate, and personal. Once the ego is no longer in control there is no-one in our physical reality that can be of any assistance — especially those who are still controlled by the ego.

Your Faith, Your Path — YOU

The truth is that — no matter what I or anyone else says — you have to find ways to develop your faith. Your faith will lead you to God, and God will lead the way. Everything else you encounter — books, religions, gurus, priests, rituals, etc. — are just signs leading to faith. It is up to you to read them and head in the right direction.

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