“Willing To Die”…Alan Watts

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The ‘flip side’ of Life! It is the ‘Blessing’ that I received when I came down with cancer at the age of 13. Throughout my life, I was constantly reminded that ‘osteosarcoma’ was so lethal that odds were I should have died. Constant reminders throughout my life that I was living beyond expected survival rates. And, the result, I lived it LARGE! I didn’t wait to live. I did not postpone much. I grabbed and lived what I could and devoured it all. I realize more and more, that there is nothing to fear, especially when you are willing to embrace the inevitable- DEATH! And so daily, I perform a personal ritual of being ‘willing to die’.

‘Courage is something we earn…” Malcom Gadwell

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“Courage is something acquired! We are, all of us, not merely liable to fear, we are also prone to being afraid of being afraid and the conquering of fear produces exhilaration.” Gadwell then gives examples of feelings of courage from survivors of the Blitzkrieg of London. “The contrast between the previous apprehension and the present relief and current feeling of security produces the self confidence that is the very father and mother of courage.”

“Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. Courage is what you earn when you’ve been through the tough times and you see that they are not so tough after all.” What the Germans didn’t realize that their theory that the bombings would frighten the British into acquiescence were wrong. Instead of producing fear, the result was the British emerged more courageous than they were previous to the bombings.

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 The setbacks/handicaps/roadblocks are barriers mainly in our imaginings! As water consistently applied to stone, Determination and resolution of will, assiduously applied, can and will shatter the illusion, revealing that they never existed in the first place.

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“We all assume that being bigger and stronger and richer is in our best interest. It is not” ‘David and Goliath’…’the inverted ‘U’ curve and optimization’…Malcom Gadwell

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“The Lord does not see as mortals see, they look upon outward appearance while the Lord looks upon the heart!” Samuel 1:16,7

“The school assumes that all the things that money can be often turn into ‘real world advantages’…they don’t!” That’s the lesson of the inverted ‘U’ curve. It is good that you are bigger than your opponent but not so big or weighted that you are a sitting duck for a rock hurled at 150 mph!” Hotchkiss is not the school it can because its classes are TOO SMALL. Goliath did not get what he wanted because he was TOO BIG. The Hollywood tycoon did not get to be the parent he wanted to be because he was TOO RICH! We all assume that being bigger and stronger and richer is always in our best interest…IT IS NOT!”

The Impressionists beat the ‘system’ by creating their own show in their own salon thus defeating the standards set by Parisian art critics and authorities. The Impressionists had to decide to adhere to the confining standards set by existing mores or ‘break out’ on their own. They chose to ‘break out’ , thus defeating the ‘Goliaths’. Did they want to be a little fish in the ‘big pond’ of the ‘Salon’ or did they want to be a big fish in their own pond. “The same dilemma comes up too often in our own lives and often we do not choose so wisely. The inverted curve reminds us that there is a point at which money and resources STOP making our lives better and start making them WORSE!”

I studied the ‘science’ of Economics for six years and learned much about inverted ‘U’ curves but not one Economics prof ever related it to the disadvantages of too much size, strength or wealth. Malcom lays it all down perfectly. Just as there are ‘diminishing returns’ to adding too much labor to land and capital, the ‘law’ works the same way when it comes to the aforementioned traits that we all assume are sacrosanct. If you don’t believe me, take a gander at this tome, it’s a beaut!

“Someone Stole My Sneakers!”

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A summer’s day in Southie, trying to catch a nap only to be interrupted by the constant whining of a man who screamed, “Somebody stole my sneakers!” Finally, we made eye contact and he began his ‘cry’. Now, it was my turn. I had to set him straight and I did!