Tag Archives: Life

Is your reality real?

“Most everyone’s reality is a blend of their past experiences, their expectations, and what they think they see or feel. This, unfortunately is not true reality at all. Many events we witness or are exposed to are not exactly as we think they are. So in fact, life just full of instances and visions clouded in mystery and untruths based on one’s own view of reality. Therefore, everyone’s reality is what they want it to be, not what it truly is.”

~ James Filbird

Really?

Speaking speech

To speak or not to speak? This is the question.

Justice Louis Brandeis, in his compelling opinion nearly seventy-five years ago in the criminal syndication case of Whitney v. California, in which he articulated the premise of what today is known as the “Doctrine of Counterspeech.” Here is a brief excerpt from his opinion (at the URL below):

“When it came to expression that was perceived by some to be dangerous, threatening, or harmful, Brandeis famously wrote, “If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.”

English: Photo of Louis Brandeis

Brigham Young University’s 2000 Law Review (archives) titled “Counterspeech 2000: A New Look at the Old Remedy for “Bad” Speech” by Robert D. Richards and Clay Calvert. The article has a lot of interesting points worth considering. Tell us what you think and say what you will, while we all get educated from your speech.

lawreview.byu.edu

Average is awesome

“The virtues which keep this world sweet and the faithfulness which keeps it steadfast are chiefly those of the average man.”

~ W. Russell Bowie

Perhaps the sweetest thing in this world is being true to those you love the most and them loving you in return. The ability to love is within each of us and belongs to everyone. You don’t have to be educated at an Ivy League school, be a churchgoer at a popular church, have perfect parents, or have a large circle of friends to know how to show your affection and appreciation for the people closest to you. The only requirement needed to manifest your love for someone is with words, action, touch — all done with sincere desire. This is something the average person can do any day of the week and at any time of the day. In being average, we give life to everything around us which gives life to the world in which we live. So, it’s OK to be average as long as you love with all your being and do it faithfully. Doing this makes you awesome!

The treasure within you

“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.”

~ Horace (65-8 BC) Roman Poet 

The Treasure

When you are at your worst emotionally and physically, you tend to find something that has been hidden deep inside you that you never knew you had — the wherewithal to work your way through the pain you are so burdened by. Like anything that has a luster to it, the process of getting that shine that is so appealing requires many years of wear and tear, and pain and suffering. So, always remember that when you’re experiencing discomfort, agony, sorrow, loneliness, displeasure and turmoil, just realize that you are getting closer to discovering the treasure that lies within you. Once found, the sparkle and awe that people now see in you will bring so much pleasure, strength, hope, and appeal to not only yourself but to those who can see the treasure within you. Have you found the treasure within you yet?

Birthday boy

Today is my birthday. All I want for my special day today is to one day be included in the list below of famous Pisceans (people born under the Pisces astrological star) before I leave this world. To be in this list of famous and inspiring individuals would be both an honor and a dream come true. Ironically, many of these people are my favorites in their respective fields. Ex: Steve Jobs and Michael Dell (entrepreneurs), Albert Einstein and Joseph Pulitzer (visionaries), George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and Elton John (musicians), Michaelangelo (artists), George Washington and Constantine the Great (leaders/statesmen), Arthur Schopenhauer and Longfellow (writers/philosophers), Tony Robbins (speakers), Ansel Adams (photographers), Shaquille O’Neal and Mario Andretti (sports), and most all the actors listed below are among my favorites. I urge you to you look up what famous people were born under your astrological star sign and see if it inspires you. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, it’s quite interesting to see what other great people throughout history share your astrological sign.

PISCES IN POLITICS / WORLD LEADERS / SOCIETY FIGURES
George Washington
Al Gore
Gloria Steinem
Yitzhak Rabin
Pat Nixon
John Connally
Ted Kennedy
Chelsea Clinton *
Michael Eisner
Rupert Murdoch
Sam Donaldson
Edward Kennedy
John F. Dulles
Ralph Nader
Alan Greenspan
Mikail Gorbachev
Czar Alexander III
Constantine the Great
William Westmoreland
Prince Andrew
Prince Edward
Earl Warren
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Cardinal Roger Mahoney *
Neville Chamberlain

PISCES MUSICIANS
Frederic Chopin
George Harrison
Karen Carpenter
Kurt Cobain
Billy Corbin
Johnny Cash
James Taylor
Fred Neil
Chris Rea
Vanessa Williams
Yoko Ono
Josh Groban *
Andrew Lloyd Weber
Sir Elton John
Neil Sedaka
Aretha Franklin
Al Jarreau
Nat “King” Cole
Lawrence Welk
Dexter Gordan
Fats Domino
Eric Clapton
Al Green
Seal
Julian Lennon
Steven Tyler
Smokey Robinson
Herbie Mann
Michael Bolton
Jon Bon Jovi
Mark McGrath
Queen Latifah
Roger Daltrey

PISCES ARTISTS
Michaelangelo
Auguste Renoir

PISCES ACTORS / WRITERS / DIRECTORS/TV PERSONALITIES
Sidney Poitier
Drew Barrymore
Bruce Willis
Jackie Chan
Eddie Murphy
Marlon Brando
Conan O’Brien
David Letterman
Andy Garcia
Ashley Judd
Sandy Duncan
Ivana Trump
Rex Harrison
Lee Marvin
Ed McMahon
Sam Donaldson
Robert Downey Jr.
Christopher Walken
Warren Beatty
Vince Vaughn
Zeppo Marx
Fred (Mr.) Rogers
Joan Bennet *
Joanne Woodward *
Cyd Charisse
Dennis Quaid
Gary Sinise
Benicio Del Toro
Buffalo Bill Cody
Robert Conrad
Cindy Crawford
Jennifer Love Hewitt
John Travolta
Rob Lowe
Peter Fonda
Elizabeth Taylor *
Usula Andress
Bernadette Peters
Sharon Stone
Harry Belafonte
Peter Graves
Jerry Lewis
Ron Howard
Rob Reiner
Sherilyn Fenn
Jessica Biel
William Demarest *
Jim Backus
Jackie Gleason
William Hurt
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Emmanuel Lewis
Margaux Hemingway
Chuck Norris
Liza Minnelli
Holly Hunter
William H. Macy
Billy Crystal
Michael Caine
Eva Longoria
Bernardo Bertolucci
J.Z. Knight
Kurt Russell
Glenn Close
Spike Lee

PISCES INNOVATORS & VISIONARIES
Albert Einstein
Alexander Graham Bell
Steve Jobs
Michael Dell
Tony Robbins
Joseph Pulitzer
Linus Pauling
Nicolaus Copernicus

PISCES PHILOSOPHERS, POETS, PLAYRIGHTS & WRITERS
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow *
Irwin Shaw *
Arthur Schopenhauer
Elizabeth B. Browning
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Philip Roth
John Updike
Jack Kerouac
W.H. Auden
Anais Nin
Tom Wolfe

PISCES SPORTS FIGURES
Gene Sarazen *
James Worthy *
Raymond Berry *
Mario Andretti
Bobby Fischer
Vance Johnson
Bobby Unser
Charles Barkley
Shaquille O’Neal
Vijay Singh
Mia Hamm
Bobby Orr
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Dr. Julius Irving
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

PISCES PHOTOGRAPHERS
A. Armstrong-Jones
Ansel Adams

* denotes those born on 2/27 which is my birth date.

Sure, it’s possible!

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”

~ Margaret Drabble (1939-)  English Novelist

Not sure what you want in life or how to get it? Having a clean slate with regard to what is possible or not is the first step in finding what you want. Another very important element to getting what you want in life is a positive attitude that gives you the momentum each day to persistently progress. To do this, you need to treat everyday as if it is a party and you’re celebrating all the opportunities you have in life. Since everyday your alive is a gift for yourself and others, be sure and invite your friends and loved ones to your party everyday and celebrate life. Remember that it’s OK to get drunk on life and love because the hangover is healthy and heals whatever ails you. Party on!

Having a Ball

Special thanks to Tim Coffey for letting me use his illustration in this post.  You can view his blog at: http://timcoffeyart.wordpress.com

Silent nobility

“The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.”

~ Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer

T. Carlyle / E. Hader, pinxit ; phot. u. verl....

Thomas Carlyle

In nature we see a plethora of beauty – plants with colorful flowers; magnificent trees; green pastures; desert cactus; and whispering willows. Yet, we don’t really give much thought to how they actually got there as much as we do enjoying their infinite exquisiteness and allure. Can you think of anything you can do to better the world around you? How about enriching someone’s life with your kindness, generosity, and time. Maybe you are inspiring people with your artistic talents by painting the world around you with your colorful words and/or vivid images. In your life, you must do your best to initiate the same effect as nature’s beauty has on us so that others can enjoy the fruits of your secret nourishment. Are you making the world a better place to live in through your silent work?