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THE RENTED ROOM

Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to outpatients at the clinic.

One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. "Why, he's hardly taller than my eight-year-old," I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body. But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw.

Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, "Good evening. I've come to see if you've a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'til morning."

He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success; no one seemed to have a room. "I guess it's my face. I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments..."

For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: "I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning."

I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch. I went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us. "No thank you. I have plenty." And he held up a brown paper bag.

When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes. It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her five children and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury.

He didn't tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was prefaced with a thanks for a blessing. He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer. He thanked The Creator for giving him the strength to keep going.

At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for him. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded, and the little man was out on the porch. He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, "Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a chair."

He paused a moment and then added, "Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind." I told him he was welcome to come again.

And on his next trip he arrived a little after seven in the morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen. He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh. I knew his bus left at 4 a.m., and I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.

In the years he came to stay overnight with us there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden.

Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk three miles to mail these and knowing how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious.

When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning. "Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!"

Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice. But, oh! If only they could have known him, perhaps their illness' would have been easier to bear. I know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude.

Recently I was visiting a friend who has a greenhouse. As she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. I thought to myself, "If this were my plant, I'd put it in the loveliest container I had!"

My friend changed my mind. "I ran short of pots," she explained, "and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail. It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden."

She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven. "Here's an ESPECIALLY BEAUTIFUL one," The Creator might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman. "He won't mind starting in this small body."

All this happened long ago — and now, in the Celestial Garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand.


~ aka "The Old Fisherman" by Mary Bartels Bray in Guideposts, June 1965
(Source Thanks to Sharon at www.MyFavoriteEzines.com )
~ Contributed by Chris who lives in Denver, Colorado


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"Most people are other people," Oscar Wilde once remarked. "Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." As he so wryly observed, the vast majority of us are not who we've been pretending to be, and the lives we've been living until now are molded according to rules and values that are not our own. Most of humanity is stuck in someone else's discarded chewing gum and has yet to break free.

Unless you have been brave enough to forsake this trap, here is your likely portrait: your religious convictions are those of your parents or community; you root for your hometown sports teams; your political allegiances conform to the party system that society offers; you are an avid observer of the cultural pageantry, like the Super Bowl and the Oscars; your holidays are the standard ones, such as Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Independence Day; you look to your political and religious leaders for guidance and protection; you feel driven to succeed—to make more money, to live a better life.

These are worthy and desirable choices that hold families and societies together. They make you who you are, you might argue. True, but only if you are content with admiring the wrapping and never looking inside the box. If you dared to look, you'd discover how these basic thoughts originate in a fundamental belief formed during the first years of your life: that survival depends on obeying the rules. Children typically bend their perceptions and interpretations of reality to match those of their parents and others who care for them. They find clever ways to please in order to receive attention and belong. As they grow up, the people and issues may change over time, but the initial patterns of conformity remain deeply ingrained in the subconscious.

The price for surrendering to consensus is steep. It is nothing less than the loss of individuality and curiosity. Without these two magnificent attributes, you disengage from the grandness of the creation and implode into the holographic illusion humans have come to call reality. You become one of Oscar Wilde's other people, thinking someone else's opinions and assuming they are your own.

We are trapped in the daily drama that the culture and the media feed us: mortgages, sporting events, tsunamis, sex offenders, AIDS, terrorism, global warming, corrupt governments, and economic inequities . . . all demanding our attention. The matrix plays us like an instrument. A thirty-second news bite can push our buttons. We get hooked and riled, liberally lacing our collective guts with corrosive biochemicals unleashed by our righteous indignation.

This condition is virtually universal. It is also the underlying cause of the world as we know it. People cling so tightly to their personal and social identities that they are blinded to anything that does not validate them. The inevitable product is a world of war, greed, and competition, driven by paranoia and fear.

The way out is easier than anyone might imagine. However, very few summon the courage, for it requires them to leave the comfort of their known world and walk alone, unaided by the crutch of belief and dogma, into the domain of pure consciousness. Most people would rather get caught up in the business of earning a living, raising a family, or helping their community than deal with the unsettling immensity of All That Is.

Yet it seems that all humans are meant to take this epic journey of discovery at some point in their series of lives on this planet. If you choose to walk this path, you will find yourself gaining a new perspective—that of consciousness, where the mind, with its judgments and emotions, ceases to dominate and the heart is your only reliable guide. The great issues of your daily life that once commanded your attention now seem wondrously arbitrary and irrelevant—simply interesting experiences that lasted far too long and became unnecessarily weighty.

You now see the illusion for what it is: a game-board projection designed so aspects of the Oneness can experience duality, fear, and separation. It is no more real than a programmed matrix in a computer game. You and I are merely units of awareness projected into the matrix, defining ourselves by the points through which we view, and believing what we see to be reality. Who did the projecting? You. Who is the projection? You. There is only you.

How do you get to this liberating place from which you can see the larger picture?

The cosmic formula of creation is gloriously simple: Attention + Intention = Manifestation. Nothing in the universe evades this law. The reality you perceive is entirely a function of the only two forces at your command: your attention and your intention. Bring conscious awareness to this equation—consciously monitor your attention and intention and what you are manifesting—and everything changes.

Through this ongoing process of self-observation it will become increasingly clear that the part of you that is projected into the illusion is in trouble. This realization, in fact, marks the beginning of your journey out of the illusion. Once you begin to couple the law of Attention + Intention = Manifestation with the concept of Oneness, you begin to see a completely different picture. You are All That Is. There is nowhere for you to go, nothing to attain, no lessons to learn.

If you buy into the reality that you are an earthbound human stuck in the struggle of life, presto!, there you are. If you focus on the part of you that is watching you flounder in the illusion, snap!, you're free. It can't get much easier than that. Yet why are so few of us awake?

The written or spoken word can do no more than point the way. And trading one belief system for another accomplishes nothing. The answer lies elsewhere. Waking up is a consequence of induction. Just a few years ago you might have placed yourself in the presence of a guru or master and, through devotion, discipline, or some other practice, gradually assumed some of his or her enlightenment. Now, using the law of A + I = M, you become your own master. By focusing your attention on the part of you that is watching the rest of you floundering in the illusion, you are taking a giant step in restoring control over how your attention is commanded. If you add the intention of reclaiming your essence, you complete the formula that can only result in the manifestation of whatever your curiosity seeks to explore.

The payoff of having been so deeply mired in the illusion that you nearly succumbed is compassion for those still stuck in the matrix, coupled with a large dose of humility. You have learned that the illusion is perfect exactly as it is. The only thing that needs to change is the point from which we view it. Now all that's left is for you to summon the courage to begin the journey home.

© 2005 Jean-Claude Koven is a writer and speaker based in Rancho Mirage, CA and the author of Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense, selected by both the Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Board and USABookNews.com as the best metaphysical book of the year. For more information, please visit www.GoingDeeper.org.




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1. I will try to figure out why I "really" need 12 e-mail addresses.

2. I will stop sending e-mail to my husband (wife). A phone call every now and then would be appreciated.

3. I resolve to work with neglected children — my own.

4. I will answer my snail mail with the same enthusiasm with which I answer my e-mail.

5. I will stop sending e-mail, ICQ, Instant Messages while on the phone at the same time with the same person.

6. I resolve to back up my 12 GB hard drive daily... well, once a week... okay, monthly then... or maybe... at least once a year.

7. I will spend less than one hour a day on the Internet. This, of course, will be hard to estimate since I'm not a clock watcher.

8. I will stop checking my e-mail at 3:00 in the morning... 4:30 is much more practical since my friends overseas already had time to answer me by then.

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THE NEW YEAR'S MIRROR

I recently connected with Rhiannon Waits, author, columnist and motivational speaker, who wrote an insightful piece on New Year's Resolutions — an article so VERY close to my own daily improvement philosophy and simply-make-up-my-mind-and-do-it approach that I'm pleased to share it with you today. Be sure to visit Rhia's Corner for more wisdom from Rhiannon.

"The New Year’s Mirror — Is it different from the one in your bathroom? Every year, we make New Year's resolutions in order to better ourselves during the upcoming year. This ritual began long before any of us was born and I have yet to find its true origin. However, in past years I feel we all unknowingly have become part of another ritual group regarding New Year's Resolutions. I'll quickly summarize three groups for your consideration:

"There is group one, comprised of people who spend a large amount of time creating a list of resolutions to adhere to in the New Year. They, in essence, pull out their “New Year's Mirror” to reflect upon, scrutinize their every flaw, and carefully make a list of things they will do to become a better person during the upcoming year.

"The second group haphazardly formulates a mental “Punch List” of things they MAY attempt to improve about themselves in the new year; although, not really taking the time to thoughtfully compose a single serious resolution because it really does not matter what day of the year it is, they will “get around to it ... one of these days”.

"Last, but not least, are those who do not even consider making a list of changes for the New Year. They probably belonged to the first group at one time and failed to follow through with their resolutions; then, eventually slipped into the second group — trying to make a mental punch list and not putting their heart into it. After all, failing to follow your own directions year after year does become disheartening. So, the trend continues with the mental punch list being forgotten — they then quietly take a position among the ranks of those who “IGNORE” the tradition of New Year's Resolutions.

"I suppose I belong to the last two groups. I do not sit down and compose a list of my faults and what improvements I desire to make. I feel that I look in the “New Year's Mirror” EVERY DAY, because, to me every morning I wake up, is the start of a new year. I do not believe that I should only take inventory of myself just ONCE A YEAR, but look at myself each morning and affirm that I will try to correct the mistakes I make each day. I look at myself as a sculptor would look at his art piece as he applies the finishing touches. Every single day I am an "Improved Rhia". I am adding finishing touches DAILY, instead of performing a YEARLY dusting. I will work daily towards perfection, knowing I will never achieve it, yet striving for it with earnest. Do I ignore New Year's Resolutions totally? No, because January first is another day ... just as February the first, March the first and any other first day of the month. It is a new beginning — as with every morning, every breath, and every new thought. So do I ignore resolutions? I would have to say, not at all.

"I try to stay awake on New Year's Eve, to grab a kiss from Steve or my kids — as if I really needed a reason. I pledge to remember to write the New Year on my checks instead of the old year. I will look up the new car models, the new fads and watch the ball drop in Times Square, but I will NOT pledge to be a better me on ONE DAY EACH YEAR. I will pledge to be a better me EACH DAY OF THE YEAR. If I need to lose weight, I will start working on that today and not wait for January the first to put it on a “Punch List”. When Steve and I quit smoking, we did not wait until January first — although, we did talk about having to quit before the attempt — ultimately we stopped smoking when we PUT OUR MIND TO IT. Everything we do in our lives, we can accomplish once we make the decision. I can truthfully say it is not because we put it on a piece of paper, on the first day of the New Year.

"I suppose many of you think I am unrealistic to be working towards perfection each day. I readily admit I will never achieve "perfection, yet I set my goals as such. You could ask yourself, "How could I work towards something unachievable?" Well, here is a Little Lesson on Love and Life: Each day that I work on improving myself is a day that I enjoy better than the day before. I work on my life one day at a time and each day is a new one that is better because of the last one. As a friend of mine often tells me — “Rhia, how do you eat an elephant?” — His answer, “one bite at a time … the same way you eat a mouse.”

"I always smile, because that is how I have always looked at life, one breath, one step, one day, and one adventure at a time. I do not have New Year’s Mirrors or New Year's Resolutions — I have a bathroom mirror I look into each day and I make DAILY resolutions. All my resolutions come to fruition when I MAKE UP MY MIND — not when I make a list. A list is made for remembering and my bathroom mirror is there every day to remind me — not just once a year." ~Rhiannon Waits whose motto is: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, margarita in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming — WOO HOO what a ride!!!"


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