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is the beginning of creation;
you imagine what you desire; you will
what you imagine;
and at last you create what you will."
~ George Bernard Shaw...
January 31, 2005
THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
From the Inside Out...
Just Keep Planting
Yes You Can!...
Find the Pearls
in Your Life
Untangling the Web...
What a Site!
Just for YOU...
Still 'Younger than Dirt'
Laughing It Off...
Daily Security Alerts
BE the World
You Want to See!
determination, intent, focus,
resolve ... these human traits
can create everyday
miracles in our lives!
~ Chelle ~
From the Inside Out
JUST KEEP PLANTING
When Paul was a boy growing up in Utah, he happened to live near
an old copper smelter, and the sulfur dioxide that poured out of
the refinery had made a desolate wasteland out of what used to be
a beautiful forest.
a young visitor one day looked at this wasteland and saw that there
was nothing living there no animals, no trees, no grass,
no bushes, no birds ... nothing but fourteen thousand acres of black
and barren land that even smelled bad well, this kid looked
at the land and said, This place is crummy. Paul knocked
him down. He felt insulted. But he looked around him and something
happened inside him. He made a decision: Paul Rokich vowed that
some day he would bring back the life to this land.
years later Paul was in the area, and he went to the smelter office.
He asked if they had any plans to bring the trees back. The answer
was No. He asked if they would let him try to bring
the trees back. Again, the answer was No. They didnt
want him on their land. He realized he needed to be more knowledgeable
before anyone would listen to him, so he went to college to study
the college he met a professor who was an expert in Utahs
ecology. Unfortunately, this expert told Paul that the wasteland
he wanted to bring back was beyond hope. He was told that his goal
was foolish because even if he planted trees, and even if they grew,
the wind would only blow the seeds forty feet per year, and thats
all youd get because there werent any birds or squirrels
to spread the seeds, and the seeds from those trees would need another
thirty years before they started producing seeds of their own. Therefore,
it would take approximately twenty thousand years to revegetate
that six-square-mile piece of earth. His teachers told him it would
be a waste of his life to try to do it. It just couldnt be
he tried to go on with his life. He got a job operating heavy equipment,
got married, and had some kids. But his dream would not die. He
kept studying up on the subject, and he kept thinking about it.
And then one night he got up and took some action. He did what he
could with what he had. This was an important turning point. As
Samuel Johnson wrote, It is common to overlook what is near
by keeping the eye fixed on something remote. In the same manner,
present opportunities are neglected and attainable good is slighted
by minds busied in extensive ranges. Paul stopped busying
his mind in extensive ranges and looked at what opportunities for
attainable good were right in front of him. Under the cover of darkness,
he sneaked out into the wasteland with a backpack full of seedlings
and started planting. For seven hours he planted seedlings. He did
it again a week later.
every week, he made his secret journey into the wasteland and planted
trees and shrubs and grass. But most of it died. For fifteen years
he did this. When a whole valley of his fir seedlings burned to
the ground because of a careless sheepherder, Paul broke down and
wept. Then he got up and kept planting.
winds and blistering heat, landslides and floods and fires destroyed
his work time and time again. But he kept planting. One night he
found a highway crew had come and taken tons of dirt for a road
grade, and all the plants he had painstakingly planted in that area
were gone. But he just kept planting.
after week, year after year he kept at it, against the opinion of
the authorities, against the trespassing laws, against the devastation
of road crews, against the wind and rain and heat ... even against
plain common sense. He just kept planting. Slowly, very slowly,
things began to take root. Then gophers appeared. Then rabbits.
old copper smelter eventually gave him permission, and later, as
times were changing and there was political pressure to clean up
the environment, the company actually hired Paul to do what he was
already doing, and they provided him with machinery and crews to
work with. Progress accelerated. Now the place is fourteen thousand
acres of trees and grass and bushes, rich with elk and eagles, and
Paul Rokich has received almost every environmental award Utah has.
says, I thought that if I got this started, when I was dead
and gone people would come and see it. I never thought Id
live to see it myself! It took him until his hair turned white,
but he managed to keep that impossible vow he made to himself as
a child. Read
More about Paul & the Bingham Canyon Copper Mine
was it you wanted to do that you thought was impossible? Pauls
story sure gives a perspective on things, doesnt it? The
way you get something accomplished in this world is to just keep
planting. Just keep working. Just keep plugging away at it one day
at a time for a long time, no matter who criticizes you, no matter
how long it takes, no matter how many times you fall. Get back up
again. And just keep planting.
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Yes You Can!
FIND THE PEARLS
IN YOUR LIFE
time comes when we finally awaken and start finding the "Pearls"
in our life. When in the midst of all our fears and insanity, we
stop dead in our tracks, and
realize that it's time to stop hoping and waiting for something
to change, or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping
over the next horizon. We awaken to the fact that we are not perfect,
that not everyone will always love, appreciate, or approve of who
or what we are, and that's okay. (They're entitled to their own
views and opinions.) And we learn the importance of loving and championing
ourselves; and in the process a sense of new-found confidence is
born of self-approval.
learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what they
say, and sometimes they don't even know themselves. We also learn
that not everyone will always be there for us; and that it's not
always about us. So, we learn to stand on our own, and to take care
of ourselves, and in the process, a sense of safety and security
is born of self-reliance.
stop judging and pointing fingers and we begin to accept people
as they are, and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties;
and in the process, a sense of peace and contentment is born. We
realize that much of the way we view ourselves and the world around
us, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been
ingrained into our psyche.
begin to sift through all that we've been fed about how we should
behave, how we should look, and how much we should weigh; what we
should wear and where we should shop, and what we should drive;
how and where we should live, and what we should do for a living;
who we should sleep with, who we should marry, and what we should
expect of a marriage; the importance of having and raising children,
or what we owe our parents. We learn to open up to new worlds and
different points of view. And we begin reassessing and redefining
who we are and what we really stand for.
learn that we don't know everything, it's not our job to save the
world and that we can't teach a cat to sing. We learn to distinguish
between guilt, and responsibility, and the importance of setting
boundaries, and learning to say NO. We learn that the only cross
to bear is the one we choose to carry. We learn to look at relationships
as they really are and not as we would have them be. We stop trying
to control people, situations, and outcomes.
look in the mirror and come to terms with the fact that we will
never be a perfect size, and we stop trying to compete with the
image inside our head and agonizing over how we "stack up."
We stop working so hard at putting our feelings aside, smoothing
things over and ignoring our needs; and we
come to the realization that we deserve to be treated with love,
kindness, sensitivity, and respect.
learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and can create doubt and
fear. So we take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the
body, laughter fuels our soul,and crying cleans our hurts. Suppressing
our hurt makes us weak. It's OK to cry; it's a form of releasing
our hurt, after we feel the fullness of our hurt, we will grow strong
we take more time to laugh and to play. We learn that for the most
part, in life we get what we believe we deserve and that much of
life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy. We learn that anything
worth achieving is worth working for, and that wishing for something
to happen is different from working toward making it happen. More
importantly, we learn that in order to achieve success we need direction,
discipline, and perseverance.
also learn that no one can do it all alone and that it's OK to risk
asking for help. We learn that the only thing we must truly fear
is the great robber baron of all time, fear itself. We learn to
step right into and through our fears because we know that whatever
happens we can handle it, and to give in to fear is to give away
the right to live life on our terms.
we learn to fight for our life and not to squander it living under
a cloud of impending doom. We learn that life isn't always fair,
we don't always get what we think we deserve; and that sometimes-bad
things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions,
we learn not to personalize things.
begin to take responsibility for our actions. And we learn to deal
with evil in its most primal state the ego. We learn negative
feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and
redirected, or they will suffocate the life out of us, and poison
the universe that surrounds us. We
learn to admit when we are wrong and to build bridges instead of
learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things
we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth
can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water,
a soft warm bed, a long hot shower. Slowly, we begin to take responsibility
for ourselves; and we make ourselves a promise to never betray ourselves
and to never settle for less than our heart's desire.
we hang a wind chime outside our window so we can listen to the
wind. And we make it a point to keep smiling, keep trusting, and
to stay open to every wonderful possibility.
with courage in our heart and with Spirit by our side,
we take a stand, for we have found one of life's most important
... we take a deep breath and ...
we begin to design the life that WE want to live.
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STILL 'YOUNGER THAN DIRT'
Laughing It Off
planted some bird seed. A bird came up.
Now I don't know what to feed it.
had amnesia once maybe twice.
I ask is a chance to prove money can't make me happy.
give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?
told me I was gullible .... and I believed them.
is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
nice thing about egotists ... they don't talk about other people.
Two can live as cheaply as one for half as long.
if there were no hypothetical questions?
a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows
he'll never be able to edge his car onto a freeway.
the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look
like a nail.
flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
was the greatest thing BEFORE sliced bread?
have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.
used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
high cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.
can there be self-help "groups"?
there another word for synonym?
speed of time is one second per second.
it possible to be totally partial?
Marx's tomb a communist plot?
swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you
a man who can't get his pants off.
not an optical illusion. It just looks like one.
it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?
by Bernard in Indianapolis, Indiana
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THE METAPHORIC SACRED SPIRAL
doubt you've noticed the spiral in our logo, at the top of each
week's e-magazine. It occurred to me that many of you might
like to know why I chose this particular symbol.
spiral is often used as a metaphor for "Spirit incarnating
into the physical, and attempting to perfect itself to the Ideal."
It is also known to signify "birth" ... as well as
"life's journey." In the case of Inspiration Line,
the sacred spiral represents PERSONAL GROWTH.
ancients say that without full memory of the whole picture of
the Universe, we start off our young lives in an erratic pattern,
identifying ourselves as purely physical beings that are finite
and mortal. As we gain experience and wisdom, we begin to discover
our Spirit, and evolve into the process of identifying more
closely with our "greater selves."
we grow into a closer relationship with the Ideal, we begin
to sense an increase in energy and revitalization. This manifests
more easily by clearing ones mind, emotions and desires to enable
our mind/body to become the best possible "receiver."
It is then that we can let go of the limited beliefs of our
physical being, and fully embrace the unlimited potential that
is available within us.
continually moves through time and space in the same pattern.
It always has the form of a spiral. The genetic code, for example,
is stored in the double-helix spiral in the same way that information
in the two scrolls of The Torah, the sacred book of Judaism,
is stored. We record data on a computer disc in a spiral format,
an we do the same on a video tape. The entire Universe is an
information-seeking and information-giving system (also known
history ancient Egypt to Einstein humanity has
sought the peace of Nature. This is the spiral of constant expansion
and growth. It emanates Nature's own frequency from galaxies
to ram's horns, from seashells to sunflowers. The
spiral is a template for growth and the mathematical formula
for evolution. It resonates growth and evolution motion
and change while at the same time reflecting an ordered
sacred spiral indicates the unfolding of new life. It represents
renewal and hope for the future. The spiral conveys the intent
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