I was talking to a friend who was at a crossroads in his life. He wanted to let the universe guide him. I think there’s truth in that idea, but people take it as an excuse to not be an active participant in their life. Here’s what I said to him:

Being open to what the universe brings is a good thing. Essentially you’re not attached to an outcome or situation. But that doesn’t mean you’re an inactive participant. The universe doesn’t happen in a vacuum, in happens in the context of your life. If you don’t put yourself out there(bring intention to the universe), then there won’t be a way for the universe to know you or tell you what to do and how to do it. In other words, you have to give the world a chance to act upon you and guide you, whether that’s going to networking events, conferences, or the coffee shop. Further, on a pragmatic level, the universe is full of opportunities and messages for you. You’re not blindly following the pied piper into your next career, there’s a lot of pied pipers out there, you’re choosing to take that opportunity.

There was a further thought that I didn’t mention to him. His line of thinking is usually associated with Eastern thinking, you know be in harmony with the universe. But I think passivity is not what, for example, Buddhism actually advocates. Buddhists believe that anyone can become enlightened through their own efforts(with or without karma). What you acheive and experience is it’s own validation, instead of someone else’s judgement in the after life. I’ve always found that a very empowering point of view. The harmony with the universe isn’t in not acting with intention on the universe, but in receiving the results of your actions graciously and without resentment. Then, as best you can, learn from the universe about yourself and act accordingly.

Where ever I go I’m here. Everything bad happens to me here. When ever I try to go away I end up right back here. Damn it I don’t want to be here, I want to be there. Buddha says: tough luck.

A question that doesn’t already have an answer is a philosophical question, one whose answer makes up the rules for the question

Thinking you have the only truth is worse than being wrong.

A year of summer, fields
turning crisper and crisper,
no tully fog creeping
into the valley to soften the burn.

Watching as the sun drips light like a melting god
and the noon comes with the urgency of a death knell.
Seeing the morning sky clear as a bottomless lake
and the night dark as a dry well.
Hearing limbs relax into pools of bone and flesh
and minds tense between a few recalled words.

The distant deliverance of cold rain
echoes in the future,
while the repeater of heat
flash forwards to yesterday.

Touching my temple,
seeing more and more and less and less,
meaning flickers inside a dusty bulb.
This is something simple I’ll forget someday,
what it means to never leave the fire.

The only thing worse than Black Friday Sales starting a day early is when Post Christmas Sales start a day early.

Nice guys are great! They make better coffee. – Imagined Steve Jobs

Sunset slides by in stoic moments,
Beauty denied by absent eyes,
Colors and columns, the streaking
Fury of a riderless chariot,
Cold spray rising below the rocks,
This is the world when we don’t care.

Lost at sea, clouds hover
At the horizon, further from me
Than the moon is from the sun,
Interstellar puffs holding in
A gift of life; cruel misers.

Drifting dreams cross the sea
Reaching me in my hammock.
I listen to them and chuckle,
So that’s what I should want:
Crossed palms and a hammock.
Oh well, I’ll do with straight palms


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