Ms. Scrooge

Why are the homeless creating all this trouble ?

Time is going too fast.

Look the weekend is almost over,

I guess you are going to work on Monday.

Price of food is going through the roof.

I don’t have to pay service fees.

The bank only gave me 3 cents interest on my savings account.

Christmas is here in a couple of months, I have lots of time to work out my problem if there is a postal strike.

Since she is mad at me, I won’t buy her children any presents either.

Christmas is becoming so commercial.

Judgement

Don’t make things into good and bad,

It’s not my job.

Passion gone astray,

Illusion is a mental demonstration of insanity.

Don’t act on reaction,

It’s not a very good job.

Rehearsal may make a good practice,

But bad habits are bad habits.

Don’t avoid decisions,

Some are good and some are bad.

Practice helps sort the good from the bad,

With support from family and friends life’s problems can be overcome.

Learning to live will make the experience a work of art.

The art of living is just another way of expressing the ‘good life’.

Organon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organon?wprov=sfti1

Aristotle studied and thought hard about logic.

He understood and explained the whole idea in a series of books called by the title above.

This mystery is important as reading, writing and arithmetic.

Are you curious about being a thinker?

Maybe, you may want to clean up your thinking.

Giving Up My World or Dream

“…don’t make dreams your master,

Don’t make thoughts your aim.”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-let-go-of-materialism/

To have an intrinsic goal like finding more joy and happiness in my life,

To create habits like mindfulness, meditation, journaling and blogging,

Practice good nutrition, exercise, sleeping

Practice listening and learning,

Be a good person or live the good life,

Do my opus,

The ‘why’ or answer is to practice philosophy because it ads more to life than it takes away,

Philosophy can show a good way to renew the present.

T.V. Addition

I quit many bad habits and I have been whittling down my TV addiction.

https://www.michaeldpollock.com/how-i-overcame-tv-addiction/

What is stopping me?

I think I will try and replace it with an audiobook while I prepare for work and bed.

I can turn off the audiobook when I read, write and study.

My goal is to read, write, study, research, exercise and sleep more.

It will be nice to be with people more and get out of the house more often.

I quit T.V. for 15 years but my purpose was less defined than now.

It is truly something I am willing to give up for life like smoking, booze and sugar!

Rebel Attack In Congo

The ongoing outbreak of Ebola is exasperated by the fighting in DRC.

Special attention and support is important with the complicated situation.

Safety first, especially with war and Ebola! https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-rebel-attack-in-congo-ebola-zone-kills-at-least-18-officials/

Socrates And Me

In this dialogue, the father of philosophy attempts to help me understand, in my own thoughts, the ‘miraculous gift’. Socrates has listened to me my whole life, he knows it is vital to awaken a spirit of living in all those who are willing and able. For my part, the spirit is willing but the brain I have built is still ‘a brick short of a load’.

Socrates: Good evening Michael, how you doing?

Michael: If life was any better, I’d have to give you my left…anything you want Soc.

S: What is important to you?

M: My sister, mom, coworker, my writing, living the best I can each day. All I can care about.

S: Michael, you make a lot of mistakes like watching TV, not watching your health, avoiding work and writing. When will you ever learn?

M: You know I try my best.

S: Do I? I see you make choices that reflect, poor judgement and better and good judgement.

M: Yes, are we not all trying our best?

S: Far from it. We or I can do better.

M: I need to do better, life is so short.

S: What are you saying? Do you have an answer worth discussing?

M: The stoic said it is better to stop acting on desire until you make a dent on aversion.

S: Charming, your desires are a woman, yet they are an aversion, like your writing, work and a few other things in your life.

M: True, I am willing to risk more or to go without what I need until I can afford to do it. I need my job to pay my way in society. I am willing to give up everything to live the ‘good life’.

S: I believe you. And I think you are on the right track. Good life!