“I touch the future – I teach.”
I don’t know how my father was raised, but at times he could be domineering, mean, and negative. That has created a “cause and effect” karmic ripple that continues to influence people generations later, and long after his death.
(To be clear, he wasn’t all bad.)
“You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair.”
Your attitude is such an important topic, I want to end this book by getting you to look at yourself the way other people see you.
“A man of knowledge lives by acting,
not by thinking about acting.”
“You will not be punished for your anger.
You will be punished by your anger.”
As you can tell from this book, when I was young, I was a pessimistic person, but as I grew older, I worked hard to change my attitude into a positive, can-do person. If you think you can’t change your attitude, I’m living proof that you can.
This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”
“The best way is to know the strict rules of karma,
and to work on our karma immediately.”
For anyone who knows me, I'm the high-paid consultant who accidentally unleashed a virus/worm on one of my customer's networks, and wreaked havoc on their business one day. To say the least, it wasn't one of the better days of my consulting life.
A wee bit of cause and effect:
I may never have lived in Alaska
if I didn't first go there on vacation.
I may have never gone to Alaska on vacation
if Colorado wasn't on fire in 2002.
I may not have thought to go to Alaska in 2002
if I hadn't discovered Northern Exposure ~1996.
I may never have discovered Northern Exposure
if I didn't quit a job I didn't like in 1995.
I may never have discovered Northern Exposure if a tv channel
that doesn't exist today hadn't aired it back then.
This keeps going back in time until I was born (or before then),
but that's the basic idea.
Today’s mindfulness “lesson of the day” (mostly for myself) is a reminder to keep practicing, even when you don’t feel like it. You don’t get to choose when moments of enlightenment happen, so the best thing you can do is keep practicing so those moments will be possible when the right circumstances (karma?) come into alignment.
What happens is that over time, both the mindfulness and the enlightenment bits change the wrinkles in your brain, change your perspective and attitude, and cleanse the environmental conditioning of whatever happened to get you to this point. With continued practice you evolve (think “metamorphosis”) into a new person over time — this time a person of your own choosing, rather than a person conditioned by where and when you were born and lived.
(And who knows, maybe one day you’ll break free from the endless cycle of karmic existence, if you’re into that sort of thing.)
This is a great quote from my favorite book on spirituality about trying to change other people.
As I’m writing my new book on functional programming in Scala I started thinking, “What if the person who creates Skynet or the Matrix reads this book and suddenly understands how to create their evil invention? But ... if I don’t create this book, they’ll stay on their previous course in life to be a world-famous cookie baker.”
It’s quite a responsibility, knowing that you could be responsible for a future without great cookies.