Sunday, December 11, 2022
When you feel overwhelmed, bummed, or just fine, repeat the “Prime Directives” below (yes I’m a Trekkie). Say the first three out loud. I’ll start with these three and add a couple more as I contemplate us.
Everything is going to be OK.
A lot of times, life can seem overwhelming, or your problems insurmountable. But think back in your life how many times life felt like that and a week later you don’t even remember the situation.
Never stop flying the plane.
This saying comes from my time as a pilot, when my flight instructor told me to never, ever, stop flying the plane. This gets a lot of pilots killed during an emergency, they stop flying, stall the wing, or run into something. My instructor told me “If you are heading for the runway and the aircraft is damaged and on fire, they better find your nose wheel on the centerline." It applies to your life though. Your life is the plane, and you are the captain. You may want to crawl into bed and not get up, but YOU HAVE TO KEEP FLYING THE PLANE. You may want to crawl into a whiskey bottle, do drugs, etc, but YOU HAVE TO KEEP FLYING THE PLANE.
People love you.
You need to know this. We all need to know this. There are people out there who love you, no matter what your situation is. No strings attached.
If things don’t feel the greatest, just trying to get rid of that feeling isn’t the way. Imagine if I, the author, could wave a wand and make sure you don’t have any difficult time, or experience bad feelings. I would be cheating you out of a fully lived life. Sure things suck, you might be in pain, but don’t try to escape. Escaping is just going to cheat yourself out of the full experience of life. Like the good stuff, you need to experience the bad stuff. And, the bad stuff makes the good stuff even better. Besides, if you escape, you aren’t flying the plane.
Aka christian claborne
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Clipped from the article "Nietzsche Made Me Do It", by John Kaag
Sunday, July 29, 2018
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Friday, September 9, 2016
You can bow to others with a smile from your eyes, holding the door for them, or giving them your undivided attention.
When you bow to others you bow to yourself... because are are all part of the same one thing, what we call "universe".
Friday, September 2, 2016
I’m just a few hours into my vacation at my summer home. My neighbor, Colonel Cal Phillips Retired, stopped in to see me. I didn’t get to see him the last time I was up so we both enjoyed catching up and making plans for a sundowner. Before he left, he mentioned that his internet wasn’t working and would I mind if he used my WiFi connection. Of course I wouldn’t mind, I would do anything for that guy… Then he wondered if I could come over and get it working on his laptop for him. ?
** We belong to multiple communities, work, home, vacation, planet…. I really enjoy that.
** Before I got too perturbed (I wanted to get home), I realized that this is really the way things are supposed to be. We rush from meeting to meeting, then soccer, then dinner, then to the store…
Enjoy your weekend, immerse yourself in your community, and slow down.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
All the while, forgetting to “enjoy the process”.
I was out photographing a barn a few weeks ago in the high country of Arizona with an “Urban Sketcher”. I’ve photographed it several times over the years but had a different vision of the outcome for this trip. She relayed that she often needs to coach herself to “enjoy the process” when she’s doing something that isn’t as much fun while sketching. I think we also need to combine this with patience.