There’s a place in the world for the angry young man
With his working class ties and his radical plans
He refuses to bend he refuses to crawl
And he’s always at home with his back to the wall
And he’s proud of his scars and the battles he’s lost
And struggles and bleeds as he hangs on his cross
And likes to be known as the angry young man
Give a moment or two to the angry young man
With his foot in his mouth and his heart in his hand
He’s been stabbed in the back he’s been misunderstood
It’s a comfort to know his intentions are good
And he sits in his room with a lock on the door
With his maps and his medals laid out on the floor
And he likes to be known as the angry young man
I believe I’ve passed the age of consciousness and righteous rage
I found that just surviving was a noble fight
I once believed in causes too
I had my pointless point of view
And life went on no matter who was wrong or right
And there’s always a place for the angry young man
With his fist in the air and his head in the sand
And he’s never been able to learn from mistakes
So he can’t understand why his heart always breaks
And his honor is pure and his courage is well
And he’s fair and he’s true and he’s boring as hell
And he’ll go to the grave as an angry old man
Billy Joel Lyrics from Turnstiles
This continues my previous post. Anger is a state of mind that we can control. Sometimes we are so used to our anger and so close to it that we start to miss it when it is no longer there. It start to become us. We can ultimately define ourselves by our anger.
Yes this sound ridiculous, but how many times have you said “I’m so angry I can kill him!” Isn’t this an even more ridiculous thought! Kill him! – do you hear yourself talk! Are you a murderer? I think not, but our words are spoken w/such fervor and intention that the anger transmits. What you say becomes real. Real in that your words now a new existance. You put it out there – out in the ether. Real thoughts, real emotions, real intentions. Still think that is ridiculous? When we yell at our kids and call them idiots, stupid, dumbass – that becomes their reality. The child grows up believing these words to be their reality. See how our words become real!
See how our anger can get the best of us – how it becomes so comfortable that we do not think twice when words spill out of our mouths. The intent materializes it!
Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
— J.R.R Tolkien
The other day, my sister & I had a lengthy discussion. She feels that people have done her wrong & that she is really hurt. She feels attacked. Everybody has a right to be mad at whomever they want & yes, they are entitled to those feelings. But is that really a way to live life? I want a powerful & fulfilling life but this just does not fulfill my soul. So this is what I wanted to say to her – since she asked me for advise – but she did not want to hear. So I will post my words here, so for now she can get these words thru osmosis.
We have all been victimized, & some people can be really mean and hurtful. But if you can accept the possibility that being victimized is just a perception, you will realize that it is not an empowering way to live. I’m not trivialize your feelings & yes bad things, such as crimes, really do happen – but you are just talking about words people use & how they affect your emotions. What they choose to say & do are – just that – done! But can you consider that how YOU chose to see that situation will ultimately determine what the situation becomes. Further consider that you can create an effect & how that situation will affect you. For example, if I say “you said some mean things & they really hurt me” then that is who I choose to be – a person who is hurt. But if I say “the words you chose were hurtful & why did you say them to me?” then I have opened up the options. I am no longer a person who is hurt but one who has hurtful things said to me. Can you now see that the only thing that just happened was that mean words spilled out of their mouth. I an NO LONGER VICTIMIZED – no longer the VICTIM! I am a powerful being because I freely choose to be so!
I want you to think differently. Think for a second that everybody’s actions can be taken as what we think them to be. Then think that if I perceive them & accept them as such – that’s what they become.
“Thoughts are like magnets drawing effects to you…”
Now think that every action has an effect & an outcome. Further think that any outcome is only your perception of what happened. Does it not become clear to see that you actually have control of what you perceive & therefore you are in a position of power whereby you can affect an outcome!? The power to realize that results & outcomes are human creations & that I can create an outcome simply by what I want them to be. The outcome will simply be create by your intentions!
Nooooo! now you’re thinking silly! The three million dollar lottery tomorrow will not necessarily be won by you – simply because you intent it so! But your close! Your feelings can no longer be affected by others – you have the power!
Your intention will be to – no longer let words create THAT effect on you!
The power of intention is an amazing tool! So intend that your word has power.
“From our orbital vantage point, we observe an Earth without borders, full of peace, beauty and magnificence. And we pray that Humanity as a whole can IMAGINE a borderless world, as we see it, and strive to live as one in Peace.”
– William McCool
(Astronaut – died on February 1, 2003 over the southern United States when Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew perished during entry.)
McCool had requested John Lennon’s song Imagine to be his ‘space song.’ His vision of what the world could be is inspiring.
I can only IMAGINE what he saw. A tremendous sense of power! Mixed with the realization that we are only specks of dust in the wind. Yes I can fathom how that view of our world could inspire him.
This image is a space image over Turkey. Looking at it I can visualize humanity as one borderless world.
I can picture a world where our country is no longer wrapped up by its own limited borders. I can imagine the self-created boundaries disappearing – no longer seperating us. No longer keeping us away from the others. All of a sudden I can picture an Indian in the Amazon jungle that much closer to me. I can visualize that starving child in Ethiopia as close as my own son.
All humans living as one. Yes, I can imagine that! Maybe one day I will be present to that level of magnificence.
“Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is deficient.” [6:24]
– Sun Tzu’s Art of War
This quote is very appropriate today. Business is always very exciting and challenging, but on days where clients start to challenge me (price, schedules) it almost feels like we are at war. They tend to belief that my work is a click-of-the-mouse away. They say “doesn’t AutoCad do that automatically for you anyway? So this change should be a piece of cake!”
I have to analyze the situation & see where its coming from. I know that when money is involved, nobody wants to let it go – that’s the reason they are well-off and can afford to have me design a multi-million dollar house for them. But the challenges need to be met not with confrontation but with strength and valor.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying its easy & that the challenges will go away. I’m just saying “deal with it as it comes.” It is what it is. Don’t make it personal but take it as Sun Tzu’s quote says: analyze the situation for what it is, & act so that it does not become what it is not.
“Even in the desolate wilderness, stars can still shine.”
– Aoi Jiyuu. Shiroi Nozomi
Even when things are not going your way, you can still shine – as long as you are true to yourself your energy will continue to flow.
Being authentic to yourself will allow you to to be who you are. That sense of self will always shine thru.