On the circle of life


  • ·         What goes around comes around.
  • ·         All that you do comes back to you.
  • ·         You will always reap what you sow.
  • ·         As you do so shall you get.

 

Call it Karma, call it what you will, whatever you plant on this day will be returned to you one day. That’s the way we were taught and it made sense to a whole lot of us. But being from the big city, there was a thing or two that was not explained to us about ‘harvest time’. Even if you’re from the country, you may not yet realize how that ‘circle of life’ thing works itself out.

When a seed is planted, its yield is exponential, which means that if you plant 10 seeds then you will garner 1,000 plants [10x10x10=1,000]. As those plants continue to grow and multiply, it yields according to an ‘exponential curve.’ Sticking with the planting metaphor, if you sow seeds of trust, hope and love, others will also sow those seeds so you can only imagine what you shall one day reap. Conversely, if you are sowing the seeds of hate, greed and ignorance, others will sow those same seeds and not only will you attract that back to yourself, you’ll have mountains of it the rest of your days. Which begs the obvious question: which would you rather plant? Or to put it in more selfish terms: which would you rather harvest?

An aged misconception is that you can act one way in the marketplace and act completely different at home. Never does this work because now you’ve changed the dynamic of the paradigm. Now, instead of reaping what you’ve sowed (good or bad) you’ve put your family on the firing line at the same time. You might think that you’re sitting in the cherry orchard but eventually one of your loved ones is going to end up in the briar patch.

There will always be those who can shrug off this type of logic with a wave of a limp wrist and just chalk it up to hocus-pocus but eventually you will get back exactly what you put in. It may take time for your success to materialize as it must until you stop making the same mistakes but you WILL hit that mark that you’re aiming for. On the other hand, if you’re planting the bad seeds, you may hit your mark but sooner or later you, too, will garner what you have planted. You must. These are natural laws here and natural laws never fail.

‘The Circle of Life’ is not intended to be a lesson in morality. Far from it. We have all made mistakes throughout our entire lifetime and the smart ones can look back and give you a thought or two about what to do and what not to do. This whole business of life isn’t all that difficult; just treat people the way that you’d like to be treated. Rather than behaving like all of the chips on the table are yours, make sure you leave some for everybody else. Treat strangers like they’re part of your family but make sure you treat your family better than you do strangers. We like to think that we are down here on this earth islands unto ourselves, but we aren’t. There are thousands and thousands who will be impacted by what we do TOMORROW. Just make sure what you’re sowing is what you want to reap. At least, that’s the way I see it. Take care. God bless. MLProko (2011)

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Published in: on October 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm  Comments (1)  
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On forgiveness


• Forgive and forget (American axiom)

• Forgive and remember (Irish expression)

• Irish Alzheimer’s: forgetting/forgiving everything but the grudges

It’s my memory. It’s not me. Me? I’m as nice as a piece of pie. But it’s my memory. My ma used to say that it would be the death of me, my memory. She said it was a curse to remember so much. Maybe it had something to do with being Irish. Or Russian. But I always knew when someone helped me, when they came on board and when they said ‘no.’ She said that I remembered what most people would try to forget. I shrugged it off as some ranting from the original ‘worry-wart.’ Sooner or later, it was the memory that almost did me in. Almost. Turns out that I wasn’t through with my earthly journey yet. And, in all fairness, I think there was something that I was supposed to do before I was called home. Both times the grim reaper came a-calling, he waited ‘til I was asleep. He’s like that. The original coward, that’s his edge, to get you in your sleep. But still, both times I told him to go scratch his behind but not in those exact words.

I did my damnedest to get my house in order; changed my lifestyle, changed my habits and I started loving life again. But, y’know, we’re all wired a specific way—some are hard-wired and there’s not much you can do to change that. I used to work 15 hours a day, I rather enjoyed it, and then I started writing 15 hours a day, again, because I enjoyed it. But that forgiveness thing—I just couldn’t get my arms around that one. I did forgive myself for beating myself up when someone slighted me (I was unable to do that before) but to forgive the offender, no, I couldn’t do that. That’s probably a shortcoming on my part, so if that’s the least that I have to apologize for, then so be it.

Each and every one of us (men AND women) has a set of rules that we must live by and each set of rules is as individual as the person who makes them his/her own. Not that these rules are carved in stone although we’d like to think that should be the case. No, we make rules that we have to live by and we expect that others are doing the same. In due course, we find out that it has only been us that have been living by our stringent rules that others [and these are in the majority] have neglected to put in place. To them, life has always been a picnic or a day at the beach—just one long volleyball game followed by beer and hot-dogs. Then and only then, do you get to take a long hard look at the paces that you have put yourself through.

To keep a tally sheet on those who have helped you and when and how takes an awful lot out of you. If they’re your friends, then they will help you without being asked. If they don’t, then you just picked a fair-weather friend and that’s no ones fault but your own. My grandma used to say if you lend a friend $50 and you never see him again, you got off cheap. And that forgiveness thing? Just let life take care of them. If they’ve been cutting any corners, life will eventually even out the score and believe you me, when life hits you, it’ll hit you like a train. Not that you’re wishing these people any ill-will, but what goes around, comes around. Let life do the rememberin’ then you can start with the forgettin’. At least, that’s how I see it. MLProko (2011) www.mikeproko.com

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