Coagulated Hope

We would have never known, if it was never said.

We would have never seen, if it was never done.

We will be what we will be, based on what we know, and it is a gift to see what we want.

We too often fan out away from each other when what happens together, is the memory that ends up being worth holding onto.

The shriek alone can lead to terrifying solitary depths, yet when shared with another may shake up the world to the honest point attempting to be made.

Satisfaction is tied to acknowledgement because we are a tribal people who really benefit from knowing when others know what we want them to know.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to connect honestly with another person and it is admirable when effectively conveyed to many.

Through all of this, it’s highly unlikely that everyone will perceive it the same way. Countless contradicting personalities express this truth on a daily basis through all the petty differences we all know and understand despite our beliefs on what is best. In the violence of reality and loss that comes with life, the fitting message that guarantees a better world ends up distant from the topic of digestible conversation.

What we talk about and say we believe is just as important now as ever. To be flippant in everyday conversation is such a waste because the day does not come when it all makes sense. Each day builds on the previous one with the confidence of going further being dependent on something already decided upon. Doubt can strengthen what we already know by challenging our beliefs to evolve and grow, but if left unchecked can reduce us to unthinking consumers who rush to the couch every day after work.

We are all suspect to this condition and will never be innocent of what we see and know. Still, we can rejuvenate at a moments notice when we decide to make a change. If then we decide to build on the momentum of this realization, then some exciting experiences will shape the future and bring us all closer to what we really want.

But first, we need to say what we mean. And when what is said is not understood, then let’s hope there’s a enough curiosity to figure out what the meaning was. Most likely, we will all have to say what we want to say many times before it is really heard.

Typewriter ran out of ink

And now the laptop is running out of power. Will get as much as possible, update, and continue…ah, here we go, there was a power cord in the other room. Looking on the above text from the typewriter, I recognize a lot that is not my style of writing. Sharing ideas has always been easy. Expressing feeling on a personal level usually comes after long periods of time or experiential trust. It reminds me how fortunate we are to have had the opportunity to simply hear another idea or learn of some point of view that only would have come from that discovery. This blog post is simply that and said goal is achieved. Radical optimism is what my friend Pete Coyote once said as a method of living a life through adversity while maintaining a spirit for progressive growth through equality and understanding. We preserve legacy through action and when people ask my about the american incarnates, I simply say that it is a name like a band or any other type of team. If someone else wants to get another line of thinking going, then let me know. We can wield a pretty effective sword in this world if we play this out right.

Mindwalk by Bernt Amadeus Capra

This will not be the easiest watch if you are not ready for an hour and forty-five minutes of focused comprehension. Friends, some who may not have been around each other in years, are a lifesaving force. Conversations do not always lead to the epiphany that we may seek, yet it is not uncommon for inspiration to come from the words of those who we know well enough to understand.

Someone tried putting out the campfire

The fire still smoldered the morning after a dark rain fell upon the West Side of Cleveland. I saw people from all over the world come together in sorrow wondering why such bad things could happen, but still, there was hope. Even if it was not clear at the time, I remember waking up and walking toward the weak white smoke that floated up into the air with a great person who reminded me that there was still so much promise in the world. We had always shared our thoughts no matter how they felt deep inside. We laughed, we cried, we talked of days to come and then smiled to remember that those who came before us would have wanted us to take advantage of what is coming next.

Days, weeks, and a few months went by before we met again in the sunlight of Yucatan celebration of a wedding that I will never forget. Greatness came from togetherness. Even if it was not apparent at the time, the memory of it carries us forward even though some were not able to be there. The fire was alive. Everyone lived for each other in harmony. Even then it took time for the reality of it all to sink in. Highs and lows at such intensity cloud the realization of the moment. We grew younger when we came to the understanding that there was still much time to figure it all out.

Status Update

0LogoWas driving around Cleveland today wondering what was going on. Heard of chemical weapons, but realized that there’s always something going on that nobody knows about. Remember after September 11th, when the Administration made us all feel like another attack was imminent and convinced us that it was a good idea to go into Iraq? It’s happening again, but in a much more subtle way. Much smarter people than any of us know have made the decision to keep secrets. And we must respect their decision to do so.

However, have we really assessed our individual awareness? Have we become so muddled by social networks that we no longer notice the signs of those who are closest to us needing our assistance? After a brief poll, the Campfire has learned that Twitter is the most popularly used social network by young people these days, followed by Instagram. That was news to us, but apparently is a no-brainer to those who watch Tosh2.0, one of the most cleverly designed commercials on television. If you don’t believe us, watch the show and think about the names mentioned and why there are not any traditional commercials in between segments.

Why bring up this when something so serious is going on? Well, there’s also the Master’s with a sex addict who is also addicted to perfection. Has anyone ever seen Tiger Woods happy, except when he was 21 and got the fancy jacket? Does it matter? If you’re out and about this weekend, you will surely see it on some television. The Campfire was really pulling for the young fella from China.

Or why not bring up the other “professional sports” that desperately pull us into their advertising schemes? Even though they are controlled by megalomaniacs, we respect them as pure. The games are, but anything on television is not. Have you seen Any Given Sunday? If not, then give it a view and listen to a few of the conversations.

Why so negative? Well, as we put this together, we’re overhearing high schoolers talk nonsense while typing away on their iPhones. The cure for this nonsense is to simply go outside and light a fire. And that is what this paperwriter will do. Good-night.

To the myths!

In death, we see life. Nobody can answer why to anything. The only way we find solace in the memory of those gone too soon is in living as an example to others. Great men and women have created our world. We live only through their sacrifice and resolve to make things better. Are we all over the place because we cannot find where our eagle has gone? No! Strength is found by pressing forward regardless of the temptation to give up. If it were easy, then it would not be worth our time. Take a moment and stop. Look around you. Pause and accept how beautiful a world we have at our fingertips. Love. True love is everywhere. We often forget while moving a thousand miles a minute, multitasking, over-connected, but not there in the moment. Life is finite. Love is infinite.

Who do you look up to? Why do you press on? These are questions that should be asked perpetually as we grow closer together. We are in this life together. Never forget that. The world is not our playground. We are the world. We have a responsibility to tend to our own backyards and cultivate our neighborhoods. When a loved one dies, let’s celebrate life, not mourn defeat. When we fail, let’s celebrate how far we have come from our cave dwelling days of ten thousand years ago. Rest easy in the thought that we will not live forever. Rest strong knowing that our example will outlive the myths of forgotten ages. Of course it will be hard. But that’s life. Would we have it any other way?

Again, take a moment and think of those who you know best. Are you there for them? Are you prepared to do whatever it takes to be an example? What do you wish that to be? Will you settle for less? There’s nothing wrong with slowing down and simplifying your life. We do not have that much time on this planet and will never know the reason for so many of the terrible unexpected consequences of bad decisions. The important thing is to learn. We respect and remember those who are no longer with us by living now. Our lives are too short to hold onto the negative, hoping to find some sort of answer to the same old questions that leave us all in the dark. We must live on, in the name of each other, and of what we are meant to do.

Through each other, we live forever! Now, go talk with someone and see what they think, for the hours grow shorter as we grow older.