Wednesday, December 31, 2008

new years eve

we can prepare today for a new beginning. tonight people will declare new resolutions. they will swear off bad habits...some write their resolutions on paper....some write their bad habits ....sins of 2008 ...or resentments.... on bits of paper and cast them into the fire. it will remain to be seen how many will actually change their ways... make amends for their sins...forgive their enemies. surely each of us has some area in our lives which would benefit from change. change is hard sometime but we would do well to after an honest look at ourselves to really put out some effort to affect positive change in our lives and in our interaction with others. im going to try.
***"All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness.the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives." Dalai Lama
the painting is a small [ 5x7 i believe] watercolor. she is the primal mother. we still have access to her as we are and always have been a part of the whole with no separateness of our 'selves'. a whole which has always existed in the moment.
from : "Dozens of the world's wealthiest lost billions in recent months"
".... His [david ross] fortune, which we estimated at $1.4 billion in March, is now worth about $150 million........."
"...a fortune [Oleg Deripaskawe's] estimated to be worth $28 billion. estimated at $10 billion. Or less..."
this is the financial news and concern. not much said about the "fortunes" of most of the people of the world including me and most likely you as well. their losses require lots of zeros....mine put my "fortune" much closer to zero. that is the financial news that is important to me.
what is the difference in the plight of the american worker who lives ..sometimes barely..from paycheck to paycheck...and the proletariat of communism? the difference unquestionably narrows as the gap between the haves and the havenots in america widens.

From the promise land in Lipscomb Alabama
Where golden eagle table syrup and buffalo rock
Flow freely
And the train whistle blows