After Morning Offering Mick worked with his mowers, switching out blades, and then took off on his Saturday round of errands while I dealt with e-mail. We had a good lunch together and a fine, long one it was, with some football and a nap thrown in.
Mick stayed with the football while I applied myself again to e-mail. By bath time, I had actually emptied my Inbox. It’s a banner day! It has been months since I managed that feat. Here’s a quick report. I wrote to:
• Sierra.com, which company owes me a blouse. They needed and got more numbers from me as to the original order.
• Julian D, discussing the nature of job burn-out and congratulating him on doing such a fine job with the Alzheimer’s support people in California.
• Romi, sending him a suggested rewrite on the material on the BBS.com site about L/L Research and me.
• George K, thanking him for his offer to help with writing 101 and declining it, and also wishing him well on his new book project.
• Gary, asking him if he knew how to retrieve books which we still have at Amazon.com.
• Bob R, thanking him for his offer to buy us some forum software and assuring him that I checked with Steve E, who says that he already has software he likes better, for when he gets B4’s forum up and running.
• Ruth M, thanking her for a beautiful quote called “Desiderata”. Let me share that with you! “Go placidly amid the noise & haste, & remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for the in face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the tress & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive that to be & whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
• Aaron T, thanking her for sharing some personal thoughts.
• Anna H, thanking her for working on an L/L Research gathering in Norway someday.
• Chee, adding him to the send list for my UPI articles.
• MJA, thanking her for two letters about Dana Redfield, who has been showing up in her dreams.
• Paul C, thanking him for a startling video from Zeitgeist.
• Gina J, asking her if I remembered to send her a copy of A Book of Days, which I promised her when she wrote me a blurb for the back cover.
• Lindy T, letting her know I’d joined her list of friends on MySpace.
• Vara L, asking her if she and her fiancé have tied the knot.
• John P, responding to various thoughts on suicide and family matters.
It felt splendid to be caught up for one shining moment. I doubt I shall experience the same condition again this year!
Mick and I bathed and got ready for our public meeting. Romi and Carmen joined us for that. Romi was kind enough to set up for recording the extra session of channeling we had at this meeting. We are planning ahead so that in December when we will miss being able to record sessions both on the second and fourth Saturdays, we will be able to send BBS our regularly scheduled broadcast material.
After our talk around the circle, we settled on a very interesting question about cycles and the spiritual seeker. Jim quoted from the end of TLOO Book III, where the Ra group talks about becoming the work rather than doing the work.
After the session, Romi offered his Love Tea and then had to leave, as he had early plans tomorrow. Carmen soon followed him. Mick and I finished watching the Tigers claw past the Gators and Nebraska lose to Mizzou before saying goodnight.