Disaster Preparedness: Surviving A Nuclear Attack

The possibility of nuclear war is not a pleasant thought. The human mind can scarcely comprehend what would occur in the aftermath. Even so, thermonuclear weapons exist as does the possibility of their deployment.  nuclear-explosion-356108_1920

Should a nuclear exchange occur, there would be a great loss of life following the initial blast, fire storms, blast winds, et cetera. There would also be loss of life due to short and long-term exposure to radiation. The damage to the environment (including food and water) would be irreversible. The initial threat to human and other life supported by the environment would continue for many years.

Know the Targets

Nuclear targets would likely be the same targets for terrorist attacks or any other war-like action. They include, but would not be limited to, the following areas:

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  • Military bases, airfields, storage areas and other military locations
  • Large cities and state capitals
  • National capitals (example: Washington D.C. in the United States)
  • Government buildings
  • Airports, water ports and other commercial ports
  • Areas of large industry
  • Other areas of population, national or state significance, military presence or government presence

Get Inside, Stay Inside

Nuclear attack is one scenario that requires people to take immediate shelter and stay there in order to shield yourself and your loved ones from its aftermath. Following a nuclear blast, winds of up to 600 mph carry radiation far away from the target. Quick reaction time is key. The moment you know a nuclear attack is eminent, seek shelter.

Some official information advises sheltering for at least 48 hours. However, it is advisable to plan for a much longer period of time (at least a week or two, if possible). When the dust has settled, opening the door that separates you from the outside environment will be risky, but allowing air inside will at some point be necessary.

If wind is present, keep the door shut. Winds will lift the radiated earth and dust from the ground and carry it inside where you and your family are then exposed. Do not go outside and walk around until the environment stabilizes. When you must venture out, be aware that whatever is on the ground is highly toxic to all forms of biological life, water and everything in the environment. Cover yourself well and remove clothing/shoes before reentering your shelter or home.

  1. Prepare Your House. Make sure your home is leak-proof. In other words, if you know you have a wall separation from its foundation where the air from outside can get in, make the necessary repairs now. In the aftermath of a nuclear attack, the point is to make sure the outside air stays outside. Exposure to the initial radiation resulting from a thermonuclear blast would have disastrous effects on human health. Radiation causes great suffering to those who do survive. NOTE:  After an attack, you may need to use plastic sheeting, duct tape or other supplies to seal off a room (or several rooms) where you and your family can safely stay. Remember, do not make a room air-tight for days because oxygen depletes quickly. At some point, you will have to allow air (oxygen) in. Allow as much time as possible to pass before unsealing the room or rooms you are in.
  2. Keep Sheltering Supplies On Hand. Necessary supplies include duct tape, plastic sheeting, dust masks (or even face and/or gas masks, if possible), hazard suits (if possible) and garbage bags (several hundred – large and small), old sheets and old towels and tools (wrenches, pliers or other) to shut off utilities. Include books and decks of cards. It is important to keep the mind active in aftermath of disasters. Do not underestimate the power of aftermath trauma.
  3. At-home Survival Kit (“ASK”). Make sure your at-home survival kit includes flashlights, batteries, bandages (for treatment of thermal burns), antibiotic ointment, first aid booklet or pamphlet showing emergency medical t
    reatment, baby wipes (4 packages per person for washing), bleach wipes (for sanitizing), bottles of bleach (for sanitizing), whistles, a radio that is powered by crank (emergency radio), plenty of canned food and bottled water. If you have small children, remember to plan for diapers and other needs. Keep changes of old clothes with your at-home survicanned-food-149221_1280val kit.
  4. Stable, Non-Perishable Foods. Store canned foods (even if you do not generally eat them), white and/or wheat rice, beans, canned or powdered milk, Pasta, Oats (old fashioned whole oats are more nutritious), and as much distilled water as you can store (one gallon per day, per person, is ideal).
  5. Pet Supplies. A large number of people consider their pets family. Don’t forget about storing extra food and supplies (sealed) for your pet. Waste management will also be an issue (just as it will for humans when no water or power is available). To deal with this problem, plan for extra garbage bags, pet pads, food, water, et cetera, for Fido. He will be sheltering with you and you will not be able to allow him outdoors because of the risk of exposure.

Preparations such as those made for other types of disasters apply in the context of nuclear exchanges. You do not need to spend a lot of money getting prepared for nuclear or other types of disasters. Pick up a few extra items each time you go shopping and find an area to safely seal and store them.

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Author has extensive training and professional experience in emergency management, domestic preparedness and teaching citizen preparedness. However, this information is not all inclusive. Reader should do independent research on thermonuclear and other disaster aftermaths and then prepare accordingly.

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Aging Gracefully

I recently had a conversation with Grace. Though nearing her 70th birthday, you would never know it by looking at her. During our discussion, it was clear she was struggling. I am nowhere near the cusp of life’s seventh decade, though I did wake up crying on my 40th. Some birthdays just feel different than others.

Grace and I talk a lot. She is one of few people who can steady me when the Earth is shaking beneath my feet. Dutifully, she reminds me that the ground is not moving. I am. When I get overwhelmed and lose sight of what I should do, she calmly says, “Do the next indicated thing.” I trust her implicitly, so I follow the advice. My perspective changes and I realize that, once again, she is right.

Sometimes we discuss things one can view only by looking in a rear-view mirror. During those moments, it is like every life event happened just yesterday. Feelings of joy and sadness and love and heartache readily surface. They remain regardless the time that connects now with then. We feel the scars not seen by others. They evidence a good life, but a hard life. They are marks on the soul – lessons worth remembering.

Metaphorically speaking, 70 is a very special age. Autumn is giving way as Winter moves in. The coldest of seasons brings a desire to bundle up and sit by the fire sipping the tea of memories – all that was lost and all that was gained. It is a time when one has enough life experience to say, “If you have time to listen, I can help you understand.” I choose to listen. After all, people in their Winter years are older and have acquired wisdom. In many ways, they are stronger than the young.

clock-359985_1920Winter gives people time to reflect on their many accomplishments. Simultaneously, the mind gathers information to place alongside those accomplishments – dreams that slipped away unrealized. The contrast provides a stark reality which has caused countless souls to utter similar words before life’s last breath: “If I had to do it all over again, I would work less and spend more time enjoying my life.”

Those who stay the duration of life all experience this change of seasons. When the late of Winter sets in, we know that Spring is just up ahead. In order to see it, we must step through an exit door. On the other side, there is rebirth, warmth and peace. Flowers bloom, leaves bud and birds sing. The revolving doorway of seasons promises that life will, once again, renew itself. Grace is not yet in latter Winter. I am thankful for the many years remaining. I need her, and maybe she needs me too.

In the meantime, I hope she finds moments of enjoyable quiet to accept truths about who she is and the profound impact she has on the world: her selfless giving; her compassion and empathy; her willingness to take time for others when she has little to spare; her unwavering faith; her ability to gently teach difficult lessons; her desire to keep learning; her supportive nature; her love of music; her ability to inspire people to dance at parties; her love of fun; her commitment to marriage and family; her innate ability to recognize truth; her beauty; her forgiving heart; her rock-solid ethics; her strength; her resourcefulness; her intelligence; her courage; her resilience; her gardening talents and other too-many-to-count qualities that make her such an amazi001-mom-and-ing person.

Grace is one of those people who is a gift to the world around her. People on the outskirts of her life would never guess that she has dealt with many difficult hardships and gracefully overcome each one. To me, that makes her one of the most successful humans on this planet.

I am richly blessed to have Grace as one of my closest friends. More importantly, I am proud to call her Mom.

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Speak With Your Voice, Not Theirs

Scrolling through social media news feeds reminds me why I despise high-level politics. This campaign process has made it clear that a high number of Americans feel the same. Even the least informed among us are witnessing their worst nightmares unfold. To be considered for American leadership, corruption just shows its ID badge and walks right past the gatekeepers of morality.

Make no mistake. Whoever gets into office, hell is coming with them. That person will be indoctrinated quickly and commit to advancing the systematic removal of our rights and freedoms – whatever form that takes. The past few decades of a declining America have proven that much. This election is not about the citizens of this country choosing who they want as president. It is a fight to keep the worse of two evils out.

America’s high-level politics have become an expansive web of lies, cover-ups and ridiculous complexity. Though not a desirable process in the past, 2016 sets a new standard of decline as we witness repeated displays of absolute idiocy on the political front. At this point, it makes little sense to pay allegiance to one side or the other. Right wing and left wing are both used as divisive tools. Within public view, those wings do not appear to operate in tandem. No matter which wing you choose, you are still part of the same bird.

Americans do not need to agree on beliefs or political perspectives to commit to the process of beneficial change. We need to find common ground – a place of neutrality where solution-oriented minds meet in the middle to forward-1276283_1920build a better future. If we expect to right the wrongs of our past, we cannot keep doing the same things that led us here. Continuing to take up sides against one another will do nothing to create a positive evolution of our governing system.

Want Change? Be Change

We want to believe the United States system of leadership is built on a foundation of integrity, effective politics and transparency. However, the scars proving otherwise are evident in every single state from East Coast to West. Americans live in a house with a flawed foundation. Putting a new addition on that house will not fix the base it stands on.

Perhaps we should consider that big-stage politics occurs somewhat by design. A political actor delivers information that, if we allow it, shapes and molds our perspective on significant issues placed within our view. The real intention of the actor’s message is about as transparent as the nameless, faceless people pulling their strings. Regardless how things really work in those high places, one thing is certain. This campaign has caused a significant loss of faith in our leadership selection process.

thumb-1013968_1920How do we overcome this problem? For starters, we could stop fighting and commit to a change in the way we respond to the politics that have become steeped in corruption and are subject to corporate infiltration. We can refuse to take the bait of smooth-talking, wealth-backed candidates who know how get people to swallow a hook. Bait appears to be attractive at first. However, it is always followed by pain.

Americans have become wise to this country’s election process. They are no longer willing to be told they must choose one of two poorly-selected official candidates. The disengagement of the American voters is a call to action. Each one of us can choose something different.

Vote Your Choice – Not Theirs

Being in a position to choose between bad and even worse creates discomfort. Which face of evil is better? Because of a very controlled media system, it’s hard to tell. Either way, the election date draws near. That means each of us are faced with a difficult decision. Whatever we choose as individuals, let it be our own choice and not the choice of a system that has failed to represent its people.

If you believe a vote for one candidate or the other will not matter in big-picture American life, you are in good company. There is a third option. Using our ballots, we can send a collective message about this polluted political process. Choosing between one of their candidates feels like having no choice at all. In order to have a real choice, we can exercise our right to write a different name on our ballot. For those who do not believe the vote counts anyway, there is nothing to lose.

This campaign is riddled with heavy debate, controversy, corruption and a blatant disregard for what this country needs. We need not argue the details of why. Either way, whatever happens as a result of this election, the citizens will be told later ballot-160569_1280that their vote is to blame. That being a historic problem, we may as well place a vote that actually represents our true preference.

For ethical reasons, I will not vote for a candidate whom I will never respect, nor trust. Frankly, I would sooner vote for my pet who is, at least, loyal. The only way either of the two official candidates will get my vote is if they steal it.

To be clear, writing in an alternative choice for president will not get them into office. The point is to send a strong message to our high-level leadership that: 1) We refuse to be told we must choose between bad and even worse; 2) Corporate wealth and influence has no place in the election process and the American government; 3) We will only support candidates who are truly committed to positive and sustainable big-picture change; 4) We will only support candidates who have absolute integrity and are deserving of a presidential position; and 5) The 2016 election process does not represent what the citizens of this country want and we damn well know it.

America should not have a circus-sideshow presidential election process that shines a spotlight on the immense decline of a once-great country. We are witnessing the evidence of a mess we have either created or allowed. Whatever your perspective on the present state of affairs, how you vote is entirely up to you. Speak with your voice, not theirs.

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5 Reasons To Create Thoughtful Blogs

monument-1027554_960_720Truly fulfilled people are positive people. They have an uncanny ability to present information in a way that it is received well by the general public. Writing good content allows a writer to discuss all kinds of topics, even the controversial, and still attract followers. That doesn’t mean we should avoid addressing difficult issues. It just means our style of writing can help us connect with people, even when they do not agree with our perspectives.

For example, if you write about the benefits of natural medicine, you might share information that argues the overall effectiveness of current mainstream medical practices (western medicine). This information might be considered confrontational to mainstream medical experts who practice here in the West. Sometimes, there is a time to be confrontational, but style in presentation matters – a lot.

Most writers wish to minimize the possibility of negative, attacking comments and heavy debates. Most readers prefer content that adds value, improves their life in some way or just makes them feel good overall. They also enjoy reading articles that make them feel connected to the author. Taking steps to present information in the best way possible before clicking the publish button can save time and ward off unwanted negative interactions.

Here are five (of countless) reasons to be thoughtful and present your prose in the most positive context possible.
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  1. Your emotional energy comes across in your published work. For example, when bloggers consistently use ALL CAPS or exclamation points, readers often feel as though they are being yelled at through the writing. Most people do not like to feel as though they have just been word-lashed. Images also evoke a certain response. Passion can be expressed more effectively by ensuring post content reflects a writer’s positive emotion, even when the information presented is steeped in controversy. As writers and authors, we want to draw in readers, not repel them.
  2. We like to have hope. Regardless the topic you are writing about, leave your readers with hope that problems can be resolved. Include ideas or suggestions for improving the challenge at hand, especially when you are writing about a controversial topic. If you offer solutions or alternative perspectives, you give your readers a reason to come back.
  3. Positive people attract positive people. We love to interact with humans who make us feel better by being in their presence. Writing can be used to attract people of a like mindset – positive or negative. Readers will notice the tone of your work even if it is only on a subconscious level.
  4. There is an upside to everything. We all have rough times. In fact, some of the most effective teachers on this planet have overcome a great deal of difficulties in life. The difference between successful people and those who still struggle is the ability to realize the good that exists in the problems they face. Even if you are discussing difficult topics, be that writer who searches for the good in an otherwise bad situation. Use your writing to give them hope. In our present world, hope is a critical necessity.
  5. Positive people are viewed as trustworthy. Regardless whether you are a hobby blogger or a professional writer, you want to be viewed as trustworthy. Writing only negative or heavy content could hurt your following and damage your reputation long-term.

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The Significance of Your Name

There is much ado today about freedom, system corruptions and our ability to think for ourselves. A great deal of information has been published over the past decade on resolving these problems. One of the topics presently within our view is the name we were given at birth and how our handling of that name has affected – well – just about everything. We have unknowingly accepted popular mindsets and hence, give little thought as to what we should do differently.

Shaping Our Views

Subtlety is a method used heavily in our societies today. How do we become convinced that something which is harmful to us is acceptable? As we know, slowly introducing that which we would otherwise reject assures that we begin to see it as normal. Some refer to this as a form of mind control. I initially rejected that idea because of pride – plain and simple.

Once I returned to the study of freedoms and law, I quickly realized that, like it or not, mind control is at play in every facet of our present world. For those who are too young to have seen this first-hand, there used to be a show called, I Love Lucy which aired from 1951-1957 on what was then lucille-ball-402602_640considered to be prime time TV.  In one season, the main character was pregnant, but CBS would not allow that word to be used. Instead, they referred to it as her “condition”.  Also, at that time, we did not view couples in bed together, as that was still respected and kept out of public view. There was no nudity or heavy sexual content on mainstream, accessible television.

Today, we can scarcely watch a hamburger commercial without seeing heavy sexual content. Prime time television, music, movies or other entertainment are laden with overt sexual imagery. The common definition of pornography is, “Material…that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement.” Cited: Miriam-Webster Dictionary Online, 2016. This display of sex within our purview is one of countless examples where something we may have otherwise rejected was introduced over time.

This same desensitizing process has occurred with regard to how people view themselves and the structure of life around them. Additionally, their legal name has played a large role in vast amounts of information which was historically hidden from us by those who operate in the shadows.

It would be dishonest to say that our world is in good shape – even if our own careers, finances and otherwise seem to be doing okay. Debt, poverty, homelessness, rising health problems, dying oceans and forests, poison skies and a myriad of other issues are of monumental concern and will soon reach an apex. While the masses were focused on political debates, warring and the evening news, the big-picture problems slipped right by unnoticed. These techniques have been used to distract us. While our attention was focused elsewhere…

What Is In A Name?

dollar-941246_640What is in your name? Simply stated – money. If you study into law, history and the government, you will find that upon your arrival on this planet your parents unknowingly entered you into an implied contract with the Federal government by way of application of your birth certificate. That document was used to connect your name to the process of commerce. The original birth certificate (which you cannot get your hands on) makes it ways to the Depository Trust Company. Why? Because it is an extremely valuable document.

As you grew, you were told you needed legal identification, a social security card, a passport, et cetera.  In fact, signing the SS-5 Form (social security form you were told was required before you could legally work in the U.S.) is how you volunteered to pay taxes. There is much controversy about that too. These are facts we did not learn in school. In fact, our signatures have consistently created destructive, damning contracts with our governments. You were not told that either, were you?

Before you get angry with the girl who works at your local motor vehicles office or police department, realize that she is clueless about these facts. Governments are controlled at very high levels. I worked most of my adult life as a government or system employee. I can assure you this is not a topic for Monday morning staff meetings. If anything, those at high levels of governments go to great lengths to keep system employees uninformed. That includes federal, state and local government employees, managers, directors, et cetera.

Your birth certificate is actually a bond and hence, a debt instrument. You believe it was used only to identify the real flesh-and-blood you. In reality, it was also used to create a second version of you – a fictitious entity. You can quickly recognize the difference in these two entities by noticing the way your name is written. Your real-person name would be written this way:  John Doe. The fictitious entity you believe is you and which is used in commerce has that same name. In this case, however, it is written in all capital letters like this: JOHN DOE.

Examine your phone bill, driver’s license, tax statement, birth certificate, court documents, marriage license, house deed and credit card statements. You will see that your name always appears in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. This is not a mistake on the part of our system. It is intentional and it means something.

In legalese (the language of law), this second entity or fictitious version of you is called, ens legis. Ens legis is defined as: “A creature of the law; an artificial being, as contrasted with a natural person. Applied to corporations, considered as deriving their existence entirely from the law.” Cited: The Law Dictionary Online, orig. def. Black’s Law Dictionary. For ease of reference, some refer to this second, ens legis version of you as THE STRAWMAN. Others call it the CORPORATION or FICTION or PAPER you.  It is not the real flesh-and-blood-working-man (or woman) you.

Regardless the various ways to which it is referred, it is ens legis and it signifies your name becoming a corporation. Corporations carry debt. You can see why so many people today are talking about debt enslavement and are beginning to look for solutions. Our modern systems are busy at work trying to discredit anyone bringing this fact into the light of day.  Of course they are – why wouldn’t they?

The elitists (ruling families, bankers, Federal Reserve) all have a disgustingly high level of wealth, power and control that is at stake if people wake up to these realities and stop participating. There is a great deal at stake for them. We have everything to gain – they have everything to lose. And they should lose. A lot can be learned about the Federal Reserve by reading books like, The Creature From Jekyll Island.  A fairly good video is located here:  CLICK HERE for Century of Enslavement (will open in new tab so you can come back here and keep reading).

The Problem

A surety is basically someone who takes responsibility for another’s performance of an undertaking such as payment of a debt or an appearance in court. Synonyms of surety in this context would be “guarantor” or “sponsor”.  Just as it is important to understand the surety concept as it relates to us, we also need to have a foundational understanding of how commerce works. In that, learning the role the ens legis plays is paramount.

Commerce is the process of selling or buying. It relies on you being the surety for the ens legis you. In other words, the flesh and blood or “real” you has assumed the liability of the ens legis or fiction character (STRAWMAN). The ens legis is not you, however. You are you. Since ens legis was originally intended to be used in the process of our exchange of goods and services, it is neither good nor bad in and of itself. However, as is the case often, certain people very high up – over the heads of those we view as our leaders – have greatly misused this real-you and ens legis situation.

One does not need to be well-accustomed with law and how our systems operate to know that the world is in a state of great disrepair. This is especially concerning in the context of commerce because as things stand now, it adversely affects each one of us. Presently, it is difficult for most real flesh-and-blood man or woman to earn a sustainable income regardless how many jobs they hold. Also, we are paying upwards of 45-50% taxes (we pay many taxes of which we are not aware). This is indicative that something is awry.

It is obvious that our sweat labor and hard work is serving some great wealth existing at the top. That wealth is at the expense of our energy. Most people do not want to give their energy toward those who are ill-intended. euro-447214_640Over time, we became desensitized to what was occurring in commerce and how the whole debt system relies on our ignorance.

Many do not understand the difference between real money and fiat currency, nor do they have years to study these topics in order to return to a state of organic freedom. Less-known legal studies must be done in order to understand the Constitution and how it was actually created and used – its true purpose. System our education systems are controlled as well, our college degrees ensure we focus on the history the system wants us to learn. It should come as no surprise that printed history books (to include that which is taught at universities today) is not entirely accurate.

One must come to understand Ces tui Qui (pronounced set-a-kay) Trust and why that is so important when solving problems involving our name, ownership of our own body, our birth certificates and the realities of freedom. For lack of space here, I will just condense the entirety of the problem.

Our energy and sweat labor is used to feed greedy industrialists, bankers and those who know what is going on yet do nothing to inform us of the realities. They also do not inform system employees (public servants). In your name and by energy which belongs solely to you, impossibly high war, national and international debts are addressed. Taxes are only the tip of the iceberg in this context, though there are problems with taxation as well. I do not speak of just present country debts wherever you may live but those incurred long before you or even your grandparents arrived on this planet.

It is easy to become overwhelmed trying to figure out what went wrong and how to get disentangled from the problems we are experiencing as a result. To add, there is an unfathomable amount of money allocated in an effort to keep us separated from the knowledge of existing realities. Once you learn and are able to see things for what they are, it is likely you will not much appreciate what has happened not only to you, but every single person known and unknown to you. That said, we want to remain solution-oriented and keep our energy in a good state. It matters – a lot.

Help Is On The Way

There is much good about our systems today. Because there are some powerful people who are not well-intended, we are witnessing the suffering of many so that a few can richly profit. That has been a problem at some level throughout history, though we have now reached a point where something must be done to avoid the entire collapse of not only our human-based systems but the ecosystem and the health of our entire planet.

Many good people across the planet are working hard to decode the very complex legalese in order to resolve our present problems.  Those teaching commercial redemption and true freedom are sometimes considered to be rebellious or “on the fringe” of our modern systems. However, they are the ones bringing once-hidden truths about our names, birth certificates and our birthright status into the light so that we each have an opportunity to understand what occurred and how to resolve the monumental mess it has created for humanity.

Look beyond the rhetoric of those larger, mainstream systems who have great interest in keeping us all uninformed, dumbed-down and financially enslaved. Now is a time to support the brave few who are stepping forward to lead humanity in a better and more healthy direction.  Set societal peer pressure aside the do some research for yourself – these facts are easily verifiable though the study can be intense and take some time.

A good place to start is to search YouTube for videos on commercial redemption, secured party creditors, et cetera. Keep in mind that those teaching these technologies do not have the financial backing that the elitists (bankers, military industrial complex, the Fed, higher-ups in governments) has, so their information is presented as just that – information. No fancy studios or layouts. No trained actors or reasons to present false information to you. They are just educators working hard to bring you much-needed information.  Sometimes, it is wise to just go with the flow of the world. In this case, however, the road less traveled is worth exploring.

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Realize Your True Purpose

There is a deep knowing within each of us – a place where true fulfillment and purpose lives. It is that persistent whisper that continues to gently nudge us. We know we will not be content until we pay attention.

One of the quickest ways we can get ourselves aligned with our own life purpose is to develop a mindset of giving rather than getting. Some might say that contribution is the key that unlocks the door to abundance. Regardless of societal teachings, belief systems or upbringing, there are universal, natural laws at play. One such law says that life supports that which supports life. Contribution is supportive of a positive life. It has always worked that way.

There are many reasons why we may not yet have recognized our true purpose. We are too tired or we stay distracted; we have limiting beliefs or misconceptions about the powerful nature of our thouFAB_6792ghts; getting what we truly want seems overwhelming; or we get stuck on complaints rather than solutions.

A great first step is to schedule some quiet time to think. Turn off the music, phone and television and just sit quietly for 15-20 minutes. Think about how you would answer this question:  If money were not a factor, what would I do with my life every day?  Most people can answer that question once they give it some quiet thought.

Now, answer these questions: How can I do whatever that is while positively contributing to the world around me? What does the world need right now? Though our systems often do not teach this reality, we already have the potential, intelligence and knowledge to align ourselves with purpose.

Focus on contribution and know that your gifts and talents are greatly needed, especially today. When we live in alignment with our own true purpose, we not only contribute to the world, but we find lasting fulfillment and happiness. How could we not?  Doing what we were meant to do ensures we are operating naturally and become our very best. It is who we were meant to be and how we were meant to live. No one can define that for us.

Happiness and fulfillment never came from monetary wealth. That is flawed information we are taught from a very young age. When we focus only on getting money or are driven by greed, our natural creativity is stifled. It also separates us from what we really want. When we are not true to who we really are, lasting fulfillment continues to elude us. Many rich and famous people have said that when they act against their true purpose they are not happy, nor fulfilled. Failing to honor true purpose causes continued internal conflict. True success, happiness and fulfillment comes from within, not from a high balance in a bank account.

A a mindset of contribution goes hand-in-hand with abundance. Abundance might mean something different for you than it does for someone else. Abundance can include monetary wealth as well, but money cannot be the foundation for happiness.  We were not meant to be slaves to money. Let the money come after purpose. For now, focus on abundance by knowing you already have what you need. If you desire monetary wealth, then you can bring that into your life as well. Just be careful that it is not the only reason you do what you do. When you are in alignment with purpose and contribution, then you will naturally have greater abundance. You get to decide how abundant your life will be and what form that abundance takes.

Start where you are by helping whomever you can, even if it is one person. Giving to others does not need to be monetary. It can be a kind word to someone either known or unknown to you. It might be sending a card for well wishes to a friend you have not seen in a while or someone who could use some encouragement. Or, it can simply be posting something positive on one of your social media sites and doing that day after day. Build from there. Remember, life will support you when you choose to support life.what do dreams know of boundaries

There is nothing more fulfilling than living your purpose. In line with your purpose you must contribute. Those two things working together creates abundance. Turn off the noise of the world around you, dream more, serve more and be who you want to be!

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We Are One

I AM my brother

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Recipes From the Vault (Excerpt From New Book)

The following is an excerpt from Jana Brock’s new book, Recipes From the Vault.

It will be published in the Spring of 2016.

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Introduction

Awakening from her slumber with no more tolerance, she spread her mighty wings. As she flew above the abused surface, she whispered to her children, “Hide.”

Diving deep through her soiled waters she spoke to the plates. “Shift hard and release pressure you have held in abeyance for time immemorial.” As she emerged, she saw the lands violently roll and shake. Structures were leveled coastal and inland.

With a heavy heart she yelled, “Again!”

Volcanoes erupted as the earthquakes raged. One by one, she destroyed the oil rigs, refineries and drill sites. Earth’s belly opened and swallowed jets, cars and boats. For too long humans had ignored her warnings. No longer could she allow their crimes against purity to poison her domain.

Hovering over the vast seas, she coaxed her tides high into the air and issued the next command. “Roll fiercely in every direction. Show no mercy at landfall.”

The winds were directed to organize, move inland and lay waste to everything in their path. Hurricanes surged ashore to rip through cities and scatter their debris. Tornadoes spawned and circled the planet dismantling every representation of greed, power and corruption.

On the heels of the winds came rain. It fell heavy, washing clean the areas of human population. The sun shone bright to dry out the ground and hasten the return of balance. She summoned her hiding offspring. It was time to reclaim what rightfully belonged to them.

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How Positive is Positive?

Ever wonder why so many successful people say that solving problems is really just a matter of positive thinking? Think positive and things will be better; change your mindset and change your life; positive thinking brings positive results. It is important to be positive, smile and stay upbeat. However, it is also very important to pay attention to the foundation of those positive thoughts.

Desensitizing

Today, information comes at us so fast that we scarcely question why we think the way we do. Our mainstream societies are full of realities that most good people would wholly reject. Why do these bad conditions exist on such a large scale? Because we accept ill-intended concepts unknowingly.

The process of assuring we consume unhealthy information has become prevalent through desensitizing – a technique used in mind control. Objectionable ideas are fed to us slowly and with consistent repetition so that we become familiar with them. When our minds become comfortable seeing that which we otherwise find unacceptable, our thinking changes. We have become desensitized to all manner of atrocities and now view them as normal. If we are not paying attention to the messaging embedded in what we watch, read and listen to, we have no idea what is adversely affecting us.

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It is much like the frog in the water scenario. A frog sitting in a pan of water on the stove will not notice what is happening if the heat is turned up very slowly. He will die rather than jumping out because he got accustomed to the increasing heat. Conversely, if you were to place that same frog into a pan of very hot water, he is going to immediately realize the danger and jump right out.

How Mind Control Affects You

To demonstrate this concept, let us examine how the corrupt get people to do their bidding. Adolf Hitler used messaging directed at the subconscious minds of his followers through repetition. He convinced the masses that Jews needed to be exterminated. Over time, his psychotic ideas became familiar to people. He had successfully influenced the thoughts of millions, convincing them that his agenda of genocide was necessary. Hitler was said to be responsible for the deaths of six million people during the Holocaust.

Think about that for a moment. When others are able to manipulate the way we think, they control what we accept as our reality. That reality has a direct influence on our behaviors and actions. Once we become aware of these techniques, we can see everything for what it is. Intention is important, as is the energy behind messaging. Our positive thoughts can be built on a flawed foundation and hence, produce no good results.

Could these same techniques be used for good? Absolutely. First, we must make people aware of what is happening so we have an informed public. People do not much appreciate being manipulated. The problem is that our societies either do not know how these techniques work or they believe they are unaffected.

We presently live in a world where we have allowed money and its associated power to corrupt our mainstream systems and processes. Hence, our thinking has been adversely affected to align with those who do not have our best interests at heart. Since money determines who and what is in control, the elitists have full reign. They long ago figured out how to desensitize the masses and shape our views to ensure their continued wealth. That obscene wealth means more power and control over our systems and societies. It is a viscous cycle which is adversely affecting a large part of our world today.

Hitler’s regime was a brutal force of no-good. Regardless, the same mind control techniques he used are now the backbone of our mainstream movies, television, news media, social media, disinformation practices, product marketing and everything that influences us. A great deal of free resources exist on this topic. One short video, Rule From the Shadows, is a good introduction of these concepts. To view that video, click here: Rule From the Shadows. 

Getting Back in Control

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Positive thoughts are important, but what they are based upon is crucial. If we were participating in Hitler’s regime, we might be very positive that today’s method of eliminating humans will succeed. That is positive thinking, is it not? Positive thinking in that context is based on very bad things and is fueled by a significantly dark energy. We can smile all day long while we are doing it. It is is still murder.

In order to ensure that positive thinking produces positive results, we need to realize the hidden messaging embedded in information we consume. What is the intent of what we are accepting as normal? Is it good or is it bad? Who does it benefit? The techniques discussed here are used most widely in the entertainment industry. We do not need to ignore everything we find relaxing or pleasurable. However, if we expect to ensure that ill-conceived ideas do not continue to infiltrate our minds and adversely affect us, we must become aware of what is seeding our thoughts.

It is also important to be mindful of how appearance is used in our societies today. Just because something shows up in a pretty little box with a bow on top does not automatically ensure its contents are good for us. Taking control of that which shapes our thoughts and recognizing it for what it is ensures that we control our views, behaviors and actions. When we are in control, our intentions and energies can be focused toward the positive. This benefits not only us, but the world around us.

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Does Your Mindset Affect Your Life?

Does your mindset directly affect your life? History says yes. Common sense says, yes. Personal experience says yes. What do historic studies have to say about mindset?

Studies Show…

Let’s take a quick look at the growth-versus-fixed mindsets published in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck, PhD. This 2007 book discusses a few familiar concepts. However, she refers to them as “growth” and “fixed”.  Her long-term studies reaffirm what we have known for years. People can drastically alter the direction of their lives by changing their beliefs and behaviors. Our mindset can deeply impact the course of our lives.

People with a growth mindset tend to: search for ways to improve themselves and attain their goals; view failures as a chance to learn so they can change their process; enjoy challenges; are dedicated to keep moving forward, regardless the effort involved; enjoy learning; model those who have succeeded before them; believe they can improve all areas of themselves; be more transparent; believe in their potential and that they determine what happens to them; take criticism well; think for themselves and hence, control their own lives and take risks.

People with a fixed mindset tend to: shy away from challenges and risks; be more interested in seeking approval than accomplishing goals; see a failed attempt as a negative; have negative thoughts that hold them back; blame others rather than taking responsibility; feel as though they must prove they are smart; be threatened by successful people; believe that they cannot change their level of talent or intelligence; do not take criticism well; do not try as hard as positive-thinking people.

Of course, there are many other attributes and variations of mindsets. And there is a lot missing in modern studies. In fact, perhaps most of the vital information is yet to be known, even though the habits of humans are easy to identify. For purposes of the Dweck study, the concepts of “growth” and “fixed”  could also align closely with the negative versus positive mindset, or optimist versus pessimist. Many today also know that we can change anything in our present reality by changing our thoughts and not allowing others to tell us what or how to think. Positive thinking alone does cause much to happen of and by itself. A change in the underlying drivers of that thinking does.

Your Mindset Moving Forward

Regardless where we live, our background or cultural history, there is one thing we can always choose and that is our state of mind. We can be negative, positive, optimistic or pessimistic. There is plenty of evidence apparent in today’s world to show that negative, submissive mindsets have let us to no good place. As well, we may have to look at some fairly negative issues in order to have a positive outlook so that our thoughts are actually based upon realities. Dweck and other studies align with the many benefits of being positive, joyous and harmonious across the board.  The benefits of knowing your own mind and making changes for the better are limitless. The wisest of humans throughout history have told us that in order to change the world, we must first change our thoughts. We are living in a time when changes in the world are a must.

You Choose

Our minds are powerful tools which are capable of survival, success, problem-solving, massive change, healing, imagination, creativity – the list goes on. Limitations we place on ourselves and our lives come from either programming, perceptions, beliefs or fear. Many of the systems in our modern world are built on the knowledge that humans can be controlled by this negativity, especially fear. A lot of those outdated methods have played out in our societies already. We can turn that around by retraining our minds and refusing to participate in anything  harmful or damaging. Regardless what is going on in your life presently, that is a very good place to start.

If you want to be something different, choose something different. It is entirely up to you!

 

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Girl Next Door

We see human trafficking and, more specifically, child sex trafficking, in the news occasionally. Sometimes we even hear about another child gone missinghandcuff pic, though cases are rarely headlined in this context. Looking closely at this problem from the inside, the reality is stark. The “troubled” kids are not the only ones targeted. This is a horrific business that continues to grow. Whether you are aware of it or not, it is growing right next door.

CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING DEFINED

To find a succinct “official” definition is not so straight-forward, unless we rely on all-things Wiki or independent websites. I have a career which has afforded me the opportunity to attend closed classes with individuals that work on the front lines of these problems across America, so I am clear on the definitions and process.

That said, in an effort to aid in awareness of those still uninformed, I did a basic internet search to find an agreed-upon, succinct definition of child sex trafficking without having to study complex laws and legal verbiage. Many examples exist. However, what I found most helpful were the relevant Federal Codes regarding coercion, involuntary servitude, debt bondage and commercial sex acts. To take a closer look, you can visit the website of Cornell Law University, citing U.S. Code §7102 (Definitions):  https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/22/7102

Articles also exist, though they are scarcely helpful. Here is one excerpt that does contain a fairly good, brief definition:

“Georgia’s State Attorney General Samuel Olens calls human trafficking a brutal, complex and widespread crime. Olens says vulnerable people, often children [emphasis added], are sold and forced to have sex against their will.” Cited/Credit: Human Trafficking Brutal and Widespread in Georgia, posted Jan 11, 2014 7:31 PM PST, Updated Jan 29, 2015 7:03 PM PST.  WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation.  Entire Article Here:  http://www.cbs46.com/story/24425994/human-trafficking-brutal-and-widespread-in-georgia#ixzz3olENGMwZ

I am of the opinion that every man, woman and child in every country needs to be well-versed on what child sex trafficking is and what they can do to not only protect their children, but shut the business down entirely. As with so many things that involve our legal system, this is easier said than done.

THE HOOK

Many law enforcement officers, FBI agents and the like do not allow their children access to social media sites, cell phones with internet service, etc. They are not being unreasonable when they talk about watching your kids closely.  They are doing their best to impart knowledge about protective measures each of us can take inside the home. Here’s why.

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Photo Credit: Article Published May 13, 2014, by Tara Grieshop-Goodwin. “Kentucky Action on Human Trafficking Help Child Victims”. KYYouth.org

Carey is 12. She is active on a social media site and does not realize that she is being watched. Much like her friends, she takes many “selfies” and shares them online. She has no idea that undesirable adults are watching her very closely. She would not be labeled a “troubled” kid. Carey is a pre-teen trying to navigate a difficult age with peer pressures most adults today cannot fathom. She is just the girl next door.

Carey’s social media page draws attention, even though she is just a regular “this-is-what-preteens-do” sort of girl. They stalk her site to learn what type of manipulation will work on her. Pimps know that every kid wants something not presently within their reach, and most kids respond to flattery and compliments. That includes from strangers. Social media makes it easy to discover a child’s interests and gather quick information about them and their lives. Many responsible parents do not watch their preteens or teenagers 24 hours a day. We work. We have bills to pay. We have life going on separate from what is occurring at home. Things slip through the cracks. They just do.

Young Carey receives a message from a woman who compliments her on one of her photos. Conversations follow until meeting up is arranged.  False promises are made. Carey is nervous of being secretive. The perpetrator says all the right things to make Carey feel safe, never mentioning the real purpose of luring this preteen away from the protection of her family.

By the time Carey arrives, it is too late. She realizes she was lied to and she will now be held against her will. Selling her for sex is now just a matter of physical threats, violence, drugs and eventually, brainwash. The pimp starts his well-formed process immediatly, including repeatedly raping her. This could occur within hours of her arrival. Her parents have no idea where she is or even where to start looking. Hours pass while they call friends and family, blow up Carey’s cell phone with texts and calls and kick themselves for working overtime that day, wondering how long she has been missing.The Art of Deception

Of course, that is just one example of how “regular” kids living in suburbia can wind up in sex trafficking situations. The bigger problem (of epidemic proportions) is occurring 24 hours a day with kids on the streets and those who have difficult home lives.

Much of the information society can get focuses on the latter. Once you become involved in the system and become educated, you may be shocked to find how many girls-next-door (and boys) types are coerced into trafficking lives. A huge obstacle is the effectiveness these pimps have over children. It doesn’t take long for a child to submit. If they don’t, they know their sisters, brothers, parents and anyone else close to them will be dead. Or worse, they are threatened that if they do not comply, their siblings will be abducted and pulled into the child sex trade as well. Pimps also use a false sense of “love” to capture and keep these kids. That is why it is so important to ensure that our children know they are loved at home. Do not give them any reason to search for love and acceptance elsewhere. That in itself is a huge problem as the modern family structures continue to deteriorate.

Depending upon the situation and the kid, often they eventually do not want to go home and work toward recovery. That is not true of every victim. But many would not leave their pimps no matter what has been done to them. The sick, demented life they have been pulled into becomes their reality and they become, as we say, hooked. To make matters more complex, the business of human trafficking (to include using children for sex) is now tied in with gangs and the hugely profitable business of selling illegal drugs, including in-demand pharmaceuticals.

WHO IS BUYING?

As we all know, in order to have any successful business, someone has to buy whatever is being sold. In the case of trafficking children for sex, who on earth would support this pedophilia business?

It seems no one wants to talk about this part publicly. We certainly do not see it in headline news. Why? Because the purchasing of kids for sex is also going on right next door.  Police officers, religious leaders, teachers, construction workers, retired military, active military, government officials and employees, gang members, the person pumping your gas…and every. single. profession. you. can. name.

Many resources on this topic exist. “Tricked” is a well-done documentary which is available on Netflex and other common streaming sites. The trailer on YouTube (parental discretion is advised) is located here:  “Tricked” on YouTube  Another full documentary worth viewing can be viewed on YouTube here:  Exposing Child Sex Trafficking (again – view discretion advised).   A myriad of solid information is available. The cost to you would be missing a regular program at home one evening. Better informed people = better world.

Among the top buyers are your neighbors. And mine. Even more shocking is the reality that our protectors – those who hold public office and public safety positions – are customers of child sex trafficking, too. Reason [insert number here] why we should not be teaching our children to trust people based on a uniform/badge they wear, or the higher-education degree they hold. People are people – good and bad. We must return to a state of common sense in teaching our kids, rather than putting that responsibility solely onto the system. Most system employees and public servants are amazing and hardworking individuals. Some are not. That is just the reality of living on this planet with other humans, especially in modern times where our government systems are overwhelmed to the point of breaking.

CONNECTED: PORNOGRAPHY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING

We already know this information, but when it comes to couple time…who wants to admit they are participating in the sex trafficking trade in their own homes? I did not make the connection until I attended professional classes with those on the inside and front lines fighting sex trafficking. The truth was shocking to me.  I am sure it would surprise many.

Porn includes images, videos, online postings of nudity and DVDs that you purchase within your legal rights. It is not exclusive to a low-sound quality, basement production that uses humans to satisfy the sexual needs of those who watch. According to Miriam-Webster online, pornography is: “movies, pictures, magazines, etc., that show or describe naked people or sex in a very open and direct way in order to cause sexual excitement.” Pornography is not just watching the act of sex on a DVD. The grown-up truth is, porn is any image that shows or describes naked people or sex… That means, the emails traded with buddies that contain nude or sexual images of young girls or boys. In today’s mainstream, one cannot watch a hamburger commercial without very blatant sexual imagery being used. That is the sad reality about our society’s appetite, so to speak.

Like it or not, legally-purchased pornography is often the product of children or others who became enslaved in human trafficking and illegal sex sales. Even if the porn “stars” are of age by the time they reach your bedroom DVD player, many were recruited using force, coercion and fraud. Often, the recruitment age was very young. That should disturb every decent man and woman to the point they refuse to participate.

Countless studies and reports have been published about the connection today between porn and sex trafficking.  According to Shared Hope International’s report on the demand for sex trafficking, pornography is the primary gateway to the purchase of humans for commercial sex.” Credit: Richard Justice Initiative (RJI), 9/7/11, Guest Author. More Information Here:  http://richmondjusticeinitiative.com/the-connections-between-pornography-and-sex-trafficking/

The Shared Hope International full report on Domestic minor sex trafficking in VA can be found here:  http://sharedhope.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/VirginiaRA.pdf  Keep in mind, this is just one report in one state in one country.  This is a growing, worldwide problem of epidemic proportions. As with any significant crime, the data we have available is based on what we know. Since “what we know” is monumental, then there is more that cannot be accounted for in these types of reports. The “hidden in plain sight” problem is always bigger than what we can see.

This is a difficult topic, at best. We cannot all get directly involved in saving these children. The way our criminal system is set up, it is difficult enough to even see a child in handcuffs (and leg cuffs) who is pulled out of a human trafficking sting.  Yes, the victims are arrested treated as criminals when a bust is made. There are problems with returning them home. Issues exist with keeping them safe. To make the problem even more difficult, a high number willingly return to their pimps and a life of trafficking. There are many reasons for this reality.

What can be done?

To solve every aspect of this terrible problem is too much of a burden for anyone, including law enforcement at every level. It involves too much damage, too much corruption and too many kids. Honestly, it also involves people that would rather brutally kill all of us than to lose one, single dollar they earn selling these kids for sex. You cannot fix human beings that are that broken. Those involved on the front lines of these overwhelming investigations do a great job – the best they can. As with most things today, the system does not have a good structure to support the few who are assigned to these countless cases.

Make the world as you want it to be. Without buyers of any of these services, including the pornography that drives human (sex) trafficking, then the demand disappears. As with anything in our world, we decide. We can say, ENOUGH. We can educate one another. We can protect our neighborhoods from gangs and drugs and those who are tied in with human trafficking. If you are involved in anything that supports any type of business that feeds or is connected with the human trafficking business, simply stop participating.

No demand = no supply.

There are also many resources online intended to educate us on this serious criminal business. One such resource is the NHTRC (National Human Trafficking Resource Center), which contains an overview of human trafficking data state-by-state. Though any presented information cannot be comprehensive, taking one step toward awareness is much better than turning a blind eye.

Be Well,

Jana

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Worthy Resources for Writers

Wading through the myriad of websites in search of contests and other publication opportunities can be an exhausting chore.

In my recent search for viable contests for my latest book, Just Keep Breathing – Second Edition, I happened across some useful information.  A word to the wise writers:  Before you submit your blood, sweat and tears to any company for a writing contest, check them out carefully to ensure it is a good fit for you and your writing.

I hope you find this helpful.

Glimmer Train Contests
http://www.glimmertrain.com/writguid1.html

Glimmer Train is a company started in 1990 by two sisters who have done worthy work in short-story compilations.  If your story wins a place in one of their books, you could be paid handsomely for your contribution.   These books are also excellent reads.

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
http://bulwer-lytton.com/

In this contest, writers submit only one, single sentence (via email).  You may submit as many entries as you wish.  See website for deadlines and rules.

23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
https://app.wizehive.com/apps/wdselfpub2015

Have you published a book that qualifies as self-published?  This contest offers contest winners excellent exposure, monetary rewards and other notable opportunities.  Authors – see contest rules at website if you wish to submit.

Poetry International
http://poetryinternational.sdsu.edu/contests_pi.html

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Be Well,

Jana

To purchase my latest book, Just Keep Breathing (Second Edition), visit:

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Just Keep Breathing – Second Edition Released

At some point in life, we will all experience the loss of someone close to us.   There is no getting around it.  The human body just does not live forever.  When this happens, depending upon how close the deceased was to us, it can force permanent changes in how we view life and others.  Sometimes that grief is so difficult to manage that recovery seems impossible.

Just Keep Breathing (Second Edition) can help you and your loved ones navigate grief and recovery using outside-the-box recovery methods.  It also discusses how to support someone who has suffered a significant loss so that relationships are not damaged during very emotional times.  Many books on this topic are not written on an emotional level.  So that we might remember these critical lessons, this one has been.

Just Keep Breathing (Second Edition) can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other literary outlets.  Paperback book is $8.10.  ebook is $3.99 for Kindle, Nook and other e-readers.

http://www.amazon.com/Just-Keep-Breathing-Journey-Recovery/dp/150887851X/ref=sr_1_2_twi_2_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1426688223&sr=8-2&keywords=just+keep+breathing+book

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Shifting Autumn

Greetings ~

Thumbing through past writing, I found this poem I wrote in my youth.  Definitely a great time of year, at least here in Oregon. 

Be Well,

Jana

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Summer swiftly

Fades to Fall

Thieving warmth

And cooling all

Chill that settles

In the air

Fogs that linger

Warn, beware

Night birds carry

On their tune

Songs against

A harvest moon

Skies are silent

Still and calm

Nature slumbers

Dusk till dawn

Through the Winter

Will fall rain

Till the Spring

Comes round again.

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The Cusp of Adulthood

Somewhere in the dark recesses of my youth rest the expectations I once had of beyond high school. I figured everything out fairly early in life. Grow up, live on a tropical island, own a ragtop Ferrari and stock my cupboards with fine chocolates. Long-term health and dietary concerns were of no importance back then.  Neither was money. I knew that most adults stayed healthy and also bought what they wanted. I did not know how those things happened. I just knew they did.  I was also looking forward to no more curfews and less rules to obey.  I was heading into a time when I would just relax and savor every freedom in this grown-up world.



Starting college, I had a rude awakening about all-things adult.  Money from my summer jobs rented me a studio apartment not far from college campus. Carrying 18-21 credits a term, I simultaneously worked several part-time jobs just to stay afloat.  I was the poster child for cliché broke college students.  There was no room in my budget for expensive chocolate, nor did I have a Ferrari.  I could scarcely afford fuel for my beat up old puddle-jumper car.  I ate little more than Taco Bell and Top Ramen most every day.  It did not take long for reality to smack me right in my leaving-adolescence face.

Contrary to the ideas of my youth, adulthood did not arrive with the promise of anything easy. It was one huge expense after another.  The bills just kept coming.  The only thing that got easier with time was strengthening  my resolve to ensure my future was not as difficult as earning that first degree.  Failure was not an option.

Months turned into years of juggling jobs, studies and trying to eat enough to stay a few pounds past starving  skinny.  My life was wrought with so much work that I was barely surviving.  White-knuckling it to my college graduation, I put on a cap and gown for my second substantial scholastic achievement.  Proudly, I walked across the stage to shake the Dean’s hand and receive what I viewed as the holy grail of all possessions.

Now 47 years old, I have plenty of other time-passing accomplishments left in the wake of my adulthood, including a second stint in college and a worthy professional career.  At face value, those early years of hardship paid off pretty well in the context of middle-class.  In the bigger picture, I had debts with karma that could not be paid with money.

Somewhere between immaturity and who I became I had an epiphany about my true purpose.  That changed everything for me. I began to measure success by how I treated others and the relationships that I established. I now know my life is rich because of the people I love, and those who love me.  No amount of monetary compensation can buy what is most important today.

Considering the road to here, I wish I had a genie to grant me one wish.  I would abolish money in our world and reset the focus on true wealth so that our actions result in human connectedness and world peace.  Maybe then our children’s children might have an easier go of it.

Had someone asked me years ago what success meant to me, I would have responded in dollar amounts.  Thankfully, time, maturity and experience changes us. Back then, I did not understand the question.  I was not grown up.  I was only on the cusp of adulthood. 

Be well,

Jana

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