So I caught up with a new friend tonight and we got talking about the Hong Kong protest. I spoke about my current view which is the people protesting now are eroding away at the outcome they are fighting to save. What do I mean by that? Well there are a lot of different protest reasons now, the extradition bill is as good as dead yet the protest goes on. No one wants a China takeover or military intervention so here is my issue.
Hong Kong police prior to the protests are calm, non violent police, especially compared to Australia and nothing wrong with Aussie cops, they do a great job. HK police have family parents, wives, kids, grandkids etc. they don’t want China here either. They see the protest escalate and see that the protests have gone to far. Yet the protests keep escalating which is getting closer to no choice. I would want to stop someone doing this as well and would try all I could.
My friend spoke of a guy he knows who is a HK detective, he has a family and a mortgage and let’s face it in HK that is serious $. He is a detective yet is now in the riot squad making up numbers. His wife hates him, his kids hate him, his parents and parents in law hate him. Yet how can he resign? It’s his career?
Empathy, Hong Kong and maturity. The young kids running the protests are naive with how high this is escalating and what they are now actually trying to achieve because they’ve won a lot of ground and now are greedy but ignorant of how unachievable the adjusted goal is.
An interesting few weeks ahead, I hope the start to listen to some of the old farts around them.
“COMMITTED LOVE? A COMMITMENT-TO-FATE! BACK AGAIN! I JUST CAN’T WAIT!” a poem, a.k.a.: “A Fear of Relationship Test!”10 August 2019 (Saturday)
How can you ever be “a committed guy?” Don’t you scream and jump,
Out-the-window – when-your-Sweetie-wants-to-do-“the-bump,”
“Tie The Knot” and start(?) a life with you!?
Are you “A Commitment Phobe?” Whoever knew?
When you’ve been married twice – to the same saucy gal?
When you stick by your friends? (Their life-long pal)?
When you’re devoted to your parents & backyard critters (and have been all your life)?
ARE YOU NOW (suddenly) “A Commitment Phobe,” running from a potential wife?
Or (could-it-be?) YOU’RE DEVOTED “AS HECK,”
To a certain someone – whose life (of course) you DON’T wanna wreck,
Whom you don’t wanna disappoint because she thinks The World of you,
Not accepting that YOU’RE JUST! a-love-sick-little-thing, sad and blue!?
Is-it being-“A-Commitment-Phobe,” being on the phone each day for years,
With “The Girl of Your Dreams,” through smiles and tears,
Through divorce, heartache, operations – and many-a-pout?
Sure, you’ve-hung-up, but only once-or-twice, and-that-was-about,
Simply-not just staying on the phone, while “Honey” vented for ANOTHER hour!
DOESN’T IT TAKE – JUST A LITTLE BIT OF COMMITMENT POWER,
To keep reminding “Ms. Right” (and-SHE-IS!) that you’re crazy for her?
And you keep telling your parents and friends [that] she makes you purr?
And you call-out her-name in The Middle of The Day?
“ARE YOU A COMMITMENT PHOBE or THE MOST COMMITTED GUY IN THE WORLD?” we’re-apt to say. Who are those who-are always afraid you’ll run away,
When there’s no place to run!? Well, I-guess I’ll-continue to-get-up-each-day,
& affirm that: It’s not THAT BAD to just be alive & have wonderful people around,
And I love them all, and I am surely bound,
To take ONE OF THEM IN PARTICULAR as my pretty bride – pretty soon,
As soon as HER commitment phobias? have lifted? we’ll fly to The Moon;
We’ll go to tropical islands together – and pitch a tent,
Then oogle and boogy until She’s bored and spent,
And-asks: “What now?” and-then-I’ll-say: “I thought you’d never ask!
WELL, HERE-IT-IS: COMMITMENT! WILLING TO JUST ‘DO THE TASK,’
TO GO ‘BACK’ TO WHAT WE’VE ALWAYS DONE, which-is: SCRAPE & MOAN,
TAKE CARE OF FRIENDS – AND NOT TALK TOO MUCH ON THE TELEPHONE!
AND LIVE LIFE ONE DAY – ONE DAY AT A TIME,
AND WRITE AND LIVE EACH PRECIOUS RHYME,
OF EACH DAILY ADVENTURE THAT WE TAKE IN OUR LIFE,
LIVING AS A SEEMINGLY ORDINARY HUSBAND AND WIFE,
WITH A SPECIAL BONUS OF COMMITMENT AND LOVE,
WHICH, OF COURSE, IS WHAT LIFE IS REALLY MADE OF:
LIVING, LOVING – AND BEING CLOSE BY,
WITH THE-ONE YOU-LOVE (pause) [WITH] TEARS IN EACH EYE!” 🙂 – Sigh!
Browse second-hand bookstores every few months searching for lost treasures of character-building books. You will find gems on public speaking, improving your habits, time management, personal health and other important subjects for low prices. Some of these older texts are the very best and come from an age where every young person was under an obligation to develop discipline and good life habits regularly.
Read The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol. It will allow you to release the powerful forces which most certainly exist in your mind but may presently be untapped.
Be known as someone with a cool head, warm heart and great character. Your presence on this earth will long be remembered.
It has been said that doing something for others is the highest form of religion. Every week, out of the 168 hours available, spend a few in service to others. Many say that such selfless service soon becomes a key focus within their lives. Give your time at a seniors home or to needy children. Teach someone how to read or offer to give a public lecture on the subject of your expertise. Simply take action and do something to leave a legacy.
Fill your home with bright, fresh flowers. This is one of the best investments you can make. Let the sounds of great music, loud laughter and good fun fill the oasis of your home.
Get to know and enjoy your neighbors. They make life more pleasant and can provide helpful resources when you least expect it.
Recognize the power of mantras and the repetition of positive, powerful words. Indian yogis have employed this technique for over 4000 years to live tranquil, productive and focused lives. Create your own personal mantra which you can repeat daily to enhance your character and strengthen your spirit
When the breath is still and strong, so is the mind
Use the following visualization from time to time. Sit in a quiet place and picture that you will be on the earth for only another day. Who would you call, what would you say and what would you do? These questions will give you some important insights into what outstanding actions you must endeavor to complete.
“WHAT IF? AND WHAT IF?” a poem August 9, 2019 (Friday)
What if YOU KNEW that some part of you,
Was SUPER SMART! and clever too,
Kinda like-“a-parent” with-a little baby!
Well!? You-re-NOT-gonna-give-baby-“the-reigns,” RIGHT?
YOUR SUPER SMART PART (Right?) IS GONNA DIRECT “THE ACTION,”
Even-if the-baby-part-protests and-won’t-engage-in-interaction!
THE BABY PART A L W A Y S WANTS TO-“GET ITS WAY!”
AND What if YOU KNEW that everything I say,
Is TRUE & ACCURATE!? Could you accept that?
Or-would-you have-a-hissy-fit ‘n’ go-“crazy-as-a-bat!?”
Would you jump up and down, pounding your chest?
WELL, SURPRISE, MR. TRUMP,* your conscious self ain’t “the best,”
Judge of Character! or “Money-making Mogul,”
‘Cause DEEP DOWN, Honey (where-the-conscious-mind’ll-just-OGLE),
There’s-a-smart-part-HIDING! and IT loves you a-lot,
And IT’s not gonna let your “dummy”
* – or anyone else!
“THE DAWN OF A NEW DAWN!” a poem August 9, 2019 (Friday)
YES, YES, YOU D E F I N I T E L Y DESERVE BETTER,
Or – DESERVE-D BETTER! Let’s-ALL get together and let-her,
LUXURIATE – in “better” and/or “worse!”
Yet, these things just-never exist – So, we will EMPTY our PURSE,
The purse! holding-all-those-supposedly-“broken-dreams”-&-dis-appointments!
SHALL WE PUT AWAY THE SALVES AND THE OINTMENTS,
That have been liberally applied – to HIDE the PAIN?
There’s-ONLY: “What-is!”-&-“What’s-been!” and-“YOU!” CAN-FOREVER explain,
[About] THE IMPOSSIBILITY of “Letting-Go –
WE CAN GO BACK FOREVER – AND VISIT “THERE,”
And, therefore, always have sticky goo – in our beautiful hair,
OR! – Why-not WASH-IT, dry-The-Hair – and accept The Past,
And – CONTINUE-ON! You-might-have-a-blast!
The answer? Because some people LOVE their baggage, saying: “It’s charming –
To-be IN tense Pouty! and-altogether ALARMING!”
Thus, they can always hear people say: “I’m SORRY for you,
And all you’ve been through! Oh, boo-hoo-hoo!”
OF COURSE, those who want to hold onto Their Pasts, will gasp,
AND-SAY: “YOU’RE MEAN,”
But – THE REAL SADNESS!? Yes, what’s REALLY ob-scene,
Is ALLOWING “bad” memories to fester ON & ON,
And: SULK! and-POUT! and-make-others-miserable-forever!
WHAT ABOUT A NEW DAWN?
For: “NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS’ DAY,” celebrating reading and our favorite books:
“BOOK LOVERS LOVE: ‘FIFTY SHADES OF GREY!’ ” a poem for Freya’s Day, a.k.a.: “The Anatomy of Training!” August 9, 2019 [Friday]
My Beloved TRAINS ME – with style and grace!
With the back of her hand! all over the place!
Of course, She is-NEVER mean, callous – or overbearing,
And understands me PERFECTLY! That’s why I’m sharing,
Her training philosophy (ies) with YOU,
“TO GET YOUR ATTENTION” is what She likes to do,
For – She and her household – must be TRULY SURE,
That I CAN deal with the rigors of this World and endure,
“The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune!”*
The WORLD twists-and-turns-us – with seemingly “malicious torsion!”
So, Friends, when you lady does steam and fume,
And mopes and grumbles, uttering: “Doom! Doom!”
It’s just her loving-way of “testing your metal,”
For a-little-later soon, she’ll call-you “Petal,”
And kiss and cuddle-you – and cry for joy,
‘Cause she KNOWS she’s got a tough, devoted, Worldly Boy!
* – from: William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” Act 3, Scene 1