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Act of Kindness ~ Lift Off

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation  “This is the world I want to live in.”
There you go, David,15 minutes of fame, LIFT OFF!
Live & Learn by David Kanigan

Live & Learn by David Kanigan

If you want to read the post, click on David’s link 15 minutes of fame or click on the photo that will direct you to Random Acts of Kindness Facebook.
David, how many hits now??? Happy for you!


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We are not special. Just be you, ordinary you.

Just be you‘Half the harm done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don’t mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them…or they do not see it, or they justify it…because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves’ ~ T.S. Elliot

When I met Jane, I had been in the driver’s seat of my figurative car since I was a young girl. That can happen when parents require a child to take care of herself. For the most part, I drove pretty well. But I was tired of being in the driver’s seat. I was tired of making my own choices, and having to make decisions – where to go, what to do, who to be, how to be. I didn’t know this before I met Jane. I could not have verbalized it then. I could not have said out loud to myself “I’m tired of driving the car”. But, in hindsight, I was.

And Jane came along. She may have well said these exact words to me, many of them she did: ‘I’m here now. I understand you. I’m just like you. I’m perfect for you. I’m special, and you’re special too. I know what’s best for you. I know what you need. I can give you what you need. Just stick with me, and I will show you. I’m your answer. I can drive the car for you’.

And because I was tired of driving the car, I said yes.

I took the passenger seat. And for an all-too-brief second in time, I felt bliss. Actual bliss. I felt special. Do you know how being a passenger in a car feels different than driving it? You can put your head back. You can close your eyes. You can relax. You can let your mind wander. You can even look at the scenery.

But in reality, I had allowed a very messed up person to take the driver’s seat. And it wasn’t blissful, and I couldn’t relax, and my mind didn’t wander and the scenery was not pretty. As I sat in the passenger seat, what did I really feel? Sexual frustration. Jealousy. Resentment. Fear. Anger. And at the end, hatred. That was my scenery.

She’s gone now. And for some time, I’ve been sitting in the passenger seat, the car pulled over on the side of the road, shell-shocked with my eyes seemingly permanently frozen on the dashboard. I don’t want to get back in the driver’s seat. I don’t. I’m afraid. I’m afraid life won’t feel the same again. I’m afraid I won’t feel the same again. I’m afraid I will never be special again. And here’s the thing. I won’t.

Accepting our experience with the disordered is largely about finding the courage to face the truth. We must be willing to choose truth over illusion. The person you loved, whether it be a lover or a friend or a mother, is not who she pretended to be.

The disordered present themselves as special with lovely masks custom-designed for you. They so dearly want to be special. They really are not special, but we believe them. We buy into their grandiosity, and we feel reflected glory. It goes like this: She’s so special. And since she’s picked me, that means I’m special too. And she doesn’t like many people and maybe people don’t like her, but that makes us and me even more special. Reflected glory.

And then shit happens and we learn they are disordered, and they are not the special people they pretended to be. And we feel angry and cheated, and duped. And in this aftermath when they’ve been unmasked, they become larger than life yet again, just in a different way. They become monsters. They’re even special in their monsterness. Except they’re not.

There are so many of them out there, and they all do the same thing: Very simply put, they’re engaged in a lifelong game called Self Esteem at the Expense of Others. They are not monsters, just human beings with a very fucked up sense of self. That’s nothing special, nothing extraordinary, not really.

And lest we think this does not cost them in real suffering, let’s remember this: The disordered are the loneliest people on the planet. Without the capacity for empathy, they are unable to connect, making them unable to attach. It’s a permanent solitude, an eternal loneliness.

For a brief moment, we are the special thing that promises change, the answer to their gnawing emptiness. You see, the mask is not all contrived. It’s not entirely a work of artifice. For a short while, the disordered are as in thrall to us, as we are to them. But their initial adoration of us, their initial ecstatic hope for us can last only briefly, because we cannot give them what they need: a capacity for empathy.

Their essential problem is on the inside. Only their own empathy could relieve them. Only their own empathy could enable them to connect – but they don’t have it, and never will. It’s too late for them; the age for developing empathy has come and gone. Shiny new thing, answer to my emptiness, disappointment…shiny new thing, answer to my emptiness, disappointment…shiny new thing, answer to my emptiness, disappointment. It’s heartbreaking. The disordered do not get off scot-free. Neither do we. In this exchange of energy, this temporary mutual thrall, this momentary leaving of the selves, there are no winners.

Our fundamental task in life is to develop a healthy relationship with our selves, a solid sense of self. It’s not always easy. Some of us succeed; some of us do not.

But there’s another piece of recovery that’s often overlooked. You have to be willing to get in the driver’s seat again. And even though it’s scary and uncomfortable and feels foreign now, because you’ve been so dutifully trained to ignore yourself in favor of someone else’s self, you have to become self-driven again.

And again, you must choose truth over illusion. No one can develop a healthy sense of self for you. No one can tell you who to be and how to be, and have it lead you anywhere good. If you martyr yourself for someone else’s self-esteem because you are burning and yearning to be special, you will suffer. If you attempt to live from another person’s grandiosity because the reflection seems so magical and special, you will suffer.

Remember, accepting our experience with the disordered is largely about finding the courage to face the truth.

By experiencing Jane, I’ve learned something very important about life. It’s this: The bulk of human misery comes from one thing – the need to be special.

We all want to think so well of our selves. We want to be viewed as special, and told we’re special, and treated as special, and we behave accordingly. But here’s some truth for you, and it might be a bitter pill to swallow.

You’re not. I’m not.

There are 7 billion+ people on this planet. And hopefully, if humanity doesn’t screw it up, there will be billions and billions more. None of us is special, but life is. Whether you believe in a God or you believe in evolution or both, it is damn remarkable that we exist. If there’s a God who so intelligently designed the human body and spirit, that’s extraordinary! Or if it’s evolution with all its catastrophic stops and starts that brought us to now, that’s extraordinary! Whatever your philosophy, the existence of life is what’s remarkable.

So, avoid the need to be special. And avoid the need to assign specialness to someone else.

Be you, exactly as you are. Just be you, ordinary you. That’s no small feat. That’s something you can be proud of until your dying day. And when it comes to this being you, this living of yourself, always choose truth over illusion. Just be you, in all your ordinariness, in the only special thing going, Life.

The question is: Do you have the courage to be ordinary? Do I?

Reflection of Hope: I am not special.

When I was a child, the message from my parents was clear: Take care of yourself. We don’t want to do it. You are not special. And so I became an adult very early in life, full of determination to be self-sufficient and self-determined.

At forty-five, a disordered person took an interest in me. Narcissistic Personality Disorder, at the least. Diagnosed, I believe. Malignant narcissist? Sociopath? Possibly. She admitted had no conscience, was sadistic, and had a penchant for the chase. Either way, the terms are blurry and it doesn’t really matter.

We will meet the disordered. That’s unavoidable. Estimates of those without conscience and empathy range from 1 in 100 (Checkley) to 1 in 25 (Stout). And if you get close to one, you will suffer. These are relationships of inevitable harm.

This morning, I woke up with an analogy on my mind. Call it the story of my thrall. Analogies are good for the soul. They quiet the confusion. We call it cognitive dissonance, but it’s really all just a terrible and awesome mind storm.

When I met Jane …

Note: With thanks to Hope and Ursula of anupturnedsoul,

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Empty Spaces

seeker:

A poem that will bring meaning to our empty spaces. Where do you go to be alone?

Empty Spaces

I come here, when the specter of the past
Is no longer visible because it proved
Too slow, crowded by a future too fast
In its approach that it rushes by
Without stopping to be lived.

I come here, when the streets are filled
With disasters funneled down each one,
Pushing acceptance before them, making
Every sidewalk a construction zone,
All possibilities of rescue in the ruins.

I come here, when self-importance turns
To a fascination of the absurd condoning
Absurdity in the face of injustices strewn
About like casualties at a puppet show
So that few know how secure they are.

I come here, when rooms have congested
With the letters of conversants turned
Into flattened words by their co-dependents,
While the buildings’ ardent functionaries
Insist to being blank witnesses of it all.

I come here, when there is no place left.

I come here, to be alone

Originally posted on A Mirror Obscura,:

Empty Spaces

I come here, when the specter of the past
Is no longer visible because it proved
Too slow, crowded by a future too fast
In its approach that it rushes by
Without stopping to be lived.

I come here, when the streets are filled
With disasters funneled down each one,
Pushing acceptance before them, making
Every sidewalk a construction zone,
All possibilities of rescue in the ruins.

I come here, when self-importance turns
To a fascination of the absurd condoning
Absurdity in the face of injustices strewn
About like casualties at a puppet show
So that few know how secure they are.

I come here, when rooms have congested
With the letters of conversants turned
Into flattened words by their co-dependents,
While the buildings’ ardent functionaries
Insist to being blank witnesses of it all.

I come here, when there is no place left.

I come here, to be…

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I Will Be Here Still

seeker:

KB of Mirror Obscura is back and ‘still here’ writing his fabulous poetry. Read this and it will awaken your senses.

I Will Be Here Still

The morning is a distance worth traveling
Where you are sleeping under clouds
And the air has frosted words into leaves.
They hang on trees everywhere.

I am wrapped in night like music
In a dream, the whisper of desire
–This moment cannot be repeated,
The time it takes to be changes everything.

Where do my thoughts go in thinking
What color a shadow is?
Sometimes to be asleep is just like a god,
Which Eliot says is a river and a brown one.

The taste of silence fills my heart
–Words can never be less than what we make them.
How far must I go to be where I am
When the sound of living changes seasons.

A thousand years is not enough to live one lifetime.
So I am walking through a wall of waiting.

The currents in water are separate elements,
Like dreams sleeping in the dark space between the stars.

If you are here tomorrow so will I.
If you are not, I will be here still.

Originally posted on A Mirror Obscura,:

I Will Be Here Still

The morning is a distance worth traveling
Where you are sleeping under clouds
And the air has frosted words into leaves.
They hang on trees everywhere.

I am wrapped in night like music
In a dream, the whisper of desire
–This moment cannot be repeated,
The time it takes to be changes everything.

Where do my thoughts go in thinking
What color a shadow is?
Sometimes to be asleep is just like a god,
Which Eliot says is a river and a brown one.

The taste of silence fills my heart
–Words can never be less than what we make them.
How far must I go to be where I am
When the sound of living changes seasons.

A thousand years is not enough to live one lifetime.
So I am walking through a wall of waiting.

The currents in water are separate elements,
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Quote and UnQuote – To follow, comment and unfollow

When I am at my best, I enjoy posting and reading comments. But I am not really good in responding to comments. I get a thrill when a visitor and replies on my behalf. Then that get’s the ball rolling or should I say, fancy meeting you here. Here’s a good example:

Here’s a very interesting article written by Bem Huberman’s Daily Post?  It’s worth a read especially the comments.

“The idea behind following a blog is to give you an easy way to focus your attention on something you find valuable.”

I can relate to this quote from his header: “There’s nothing passive about being a good listener.”

The comment section is for you. You’ll never know who will reply to you.

via The Art of Following a Blog.

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