Over the Rainbow

December 11, 2010

Over The Rainbow

Over The Rainbow

Greetings, fellow trudgers on “the road of Happy Destiny”…

The lyrics to Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can’t I? *

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can’t I? *

May your troubles melt like lemon drops.

Happy Trails!

* PS Put another way…

“If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.They will always materialize if we work for them.”

Original photograph by Virgil Apger
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Power of Ten

October 10, 2010

 

The Power of Ten

The Power of Ten

 

Greetings, fellow trudgers on “the road of happy destiny”…

This moment, as I click the POST button, it is ten minutes and ten seconds past ten p.m. on October 10th, 2010.

Also known as:

10:10.10 on 10-10-10.

Today’s decimal-fest got me to thinking about tens popping up in my life. I wake up every day and try to note ten things to be grateful for. I have ten daily practices I engage in that have changed the course of my days (one of which is to note down the gratitudes above). And changing the course of my days is (of course) changing the course of my life.

I noted today that as a result of taking certain steps (and being painstaking about it) there are ten promises that have also come true for me:

1. I know a new freedom and a new happiness.
2. I no longer regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
3. I comprehend the word serenity, and I know peace.
4. No matter how far down the scale I have gone, I see how my experience can benefit others.
5. My feelings of uselessness and self-pity are disappearing.
6. I am losing interest in selfish things and gaining interest in my fellows (self-seeking is slipping away).
7. My whole attitude and outlook upon life has changed.
8. Fear of people and of economic insecurity is leaving me (well, in the case of that last one, it’s a work in progress).
9. I intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle me.
10. I am suddenly realizing that a Higher Power of my understanding is doing for me what I could not do for myself.

My question is this: Are these extravagant promises?

Happy Trails!