To be out best, at our best, should we be Judeo-Christian- ethic blends of virtuous and virtue-less pursuits, or take self-first single minded approaches?
Is there some third way?
Give me thoughts and I’ll make you ideas.
Give me motivational efforts … I’ll likely gag. Motivation isn’t given, it is taken. Pulled up from our socks, pulled over our heads until we’re encased ourselves.
Give it, give it to him, give it to her – give it away. When we play give and take games, it is about gamesmanship. When we are just givers or just takers we live such a lopsided life. For some that is the road to success, the road to somewhere or to something.
We give gifts. We take away meaning. We give effort. We take away satisfaction. We give value. We take away being appreciated. We take heed. We give credit. We take advice. We give our best shots. We take umbrage. We give ‘em hell. We take and give, give and take.
Give me a sure thing, I’ll look askance.
Given real opportunities, I’ll take real chances.
Or must I take it?
Are we not so imprisoned by what we believe we should do that we dare not do what we want to do? And when someone asks, ‘what do you want to do?’, do we really have a clue – or do we just recite what is expected of us?
Take and do.
Break free of every rule ever made – make choices, create ideas, leave trails, make differences nobody dreamed.
Be not overtaken by anyone.
Giver take …
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 1C/33F, steady chilly breeze, steady on my feet – momentary drama when Gusta chose to find some maggot-infested critter remnant home as a souvenir (she spit it out as if it was some prize she’d brought me!), streets very quiet, empty trains rolling by … snowflakes .. yikes!
.. you seem a little down…. and I don’t blame you. You do a lovely, from the heart musing, that is touching and thoughtful. Please do not be discouraged. By the negativity of one who "just does not get it". Sensitive people are capable of writing the way you do, and sensitive people are crushed too, by being misunderstood. Believe in yourself and your principles and let that stuff that comes from a mean corner go. Keep doing what you are doing, and be happy and proud of it, AM, Calgary, AB .. p.s. thank you for the column that you did on me. A few things didn't come out quite the way I meant them, but it was well done, and I appreciate it very much
Mark, Hello. Have been catching up on Musings. Must have missed some, you had dental issues ? Am having my second cataract surgery. The doctor I work with says he is tired of "old people problems". Now I prefer to think of it as taking a really good car in for a tune up , leave good for another 10 years or 10 thousand miles. Am also thinking there is a really fine lady, right around the corner, waiting for you. Best wishes, MLD, Memphis, TN
Aloha Mark, When are you coming back to Maui? When you do, look me up, I would love to meet you!, DG, Wailuku, HI