Sunday, 7/11/10, Public Square

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  1. davika

    Dalai Lama sez:

    Mere restraint may prevent us from grossly negative misdeeds, but it’s insufficient to attain the happiness characterized by inner peace. In order to transform our habits and dispositions so that our actions are compassionate, it is necessary to develop what we might call an ethic of virtue. As well as restraining ourselves from negative thoughts and emotions, we need to cultivate and reinforce our positive qualities

    • WSClark

      Good advice. It’s not enough to be just “not negative” one must also strive to be “positive.”

      The glass is not just half full – we need to work to fill it all the way up.

      With beer, preferably.

  2. tosmarttobegop

    Call it what you will, realist, aware, or simply looking at the down side of things.
    There is a cost to doing it, often you are seen as simply a unhappy person.
    The other side of that coin is being so slap happy a person that you are seen as simple minded and clue-less.

    Ever so often it is thrown out there that Conservatives are happier people then Liberals.
    Now of course the reason pointed out is that Conservatives never admit and often ignore the problems and the plight of others. Which is something that Liberals do and can not help doing….
    All problems are equal and need to be fixed right now!

    I keep coming back to and have to remind myself of the story of the poor mother who was disheartened by the fact she could not provide any better for her daughter then to live in a house where they had no front door. They used a blanket for a front door in the day time and the same blanket to keep warm at night while they slept.

    Then one night her daughter came up with something that cause the mother to rethink things.
    “Mommy I am thankful we are so blessed!”.
    This of course shocked the mother, they lived in total poverty so poor they used the same blanket for a door and to keep warm!

    The mother asked what her daughter meant?

    “Well Mommy there are some people so poor they do not have a blanket for a door and to keep warm!”.

    No one’s life is perfect, simply being alive brings problems which is a condition of being alive.
    You can not be hungry if not alive or get ill if not healthy.

    You can not have to worry about how to pay the rent or house payment if you do not have a roof over your head.

    There is always some problems that go beyond having money in life.
    LOL not counting Paris Hilton which bring to mind the saying “you can’t fix stupid!”.

    Happiness is not some place you can move to, I finally realized that it is made where ever you are.

    And with what you have in life, it does not mean you are blissful or ignore of the problems you or others have.

    Some times it is simply taking stock of what you have and from time to times reminding yourself of it.

    • “There is a cost to doing it, often you are seen as simply a unhappy person.”

      Dwelling in and on unhappiness is unhealthy. That’s where I see the differences — today’s GOP dwells in and actually counts on negatives and they offer no positives. If you identify a problem and then do nothing, you are worse than stupid because identifying the problem is supposed to be the first step, not where you stop and stew in misery of your own making!

    • The Party of “Hell NO!” needs to relearn the lesson of this parable —

      In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the King’s’ wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

      Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. The peasant noticed a purse laying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

      Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

  3. tosmarttobegop

    Yesterday he did it to me again!
    Went to the pawn shop to have my friend look at my PS2 and hopefully fix it.
    I do not have a meter to measure ohms and he said bring it and he does at the shop.

    Well….. He looked it over and fixed a different problem that was not the problem causing the disk read error. THEN…. He reached under the counter and pulled out a meter that does more things then the meters you could buy at Wal-Mart. Yeah you guessed it, I walked out the door with the meter and for a price I could not refuse!

    I still don’t have a clue what to do with it and his explanation left me with more questions than answer and the PS2 is still not fixed. But I do have a meter that can read things I do not understand and often will not have a need to read. I understand electricity and do some things electrician do.
    If you think of electricity like how plumbing works it not hard to understand.

    Since I think too much, of course it happened I thought about the effect on my psyche of having these things I have wanted for some time that I have little real use for just nice to finally have them.
    I am sure there is a accounting and thought post in there for me?

  4. The car show last night was awesome! Saw great cars and lots of people. I saw people I hadn’t seen in 20 or more years, spent time catching up, loved it! My legs and feet are tired. I’ll recoup and think about the fun I had getting tired.

  5. In case you haven’t looked recently, here is the link to PolitiFact, where the promises President Obama made during his campaign are tracked! He is doing quite well! After not quite 18 months he is delivering!

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2010/jun/25/checking-obamas-campaign-promises/

  6. I think the only way to be considered a good politician is to be in the minority. It seems from there you don’t need to do anything but criticize and since people are looking for someone to blame it’s easy to point fingers and take no part of the responsibility, or feel any need to contribute to a solution. It’s just easier to sit and complain and let someone else do the work and take the blame. No credit is ever given until much later when something proves to have been successful and there are no worries that voters will actually remember who deserved the credit.

    Sad for all of us.

    If the GOP gets all their predicted victories and the Democratic Party loses majorities in the House and maybe the Senate too, what impact will that have on 2012 elections, if any? Would it in any way level the playing field? Or does it all revolve around which party holds the presidency?

    • indypendent

      If the stakes were not so high for our country’s success, I would say let the Republicans win in 2010 and then we’ll see how they do with their old ideas of tax cuts for the wealthy and beating that drum for war and more war.

      Of course, they will try to blame Obama for their failures but isn’t all the power really in the Congress?

      After all, Congress controls the purse strings.

      But, like I said – the stakes are too high to let this happen to our country. I think we are finally on the right track and to throw it away on a bunch of sore losers – just does not make much sense.