Archive for March, 2005

Penny in Her Bandage…

This is Penny in her bandage… poor little thing, she limps like a cripple. I could not get red-eye removal to work so it took a while to post. Thanks for your patience. I am trying to get other pictures, but am having to delete several so it is taking time. Notice the books in the background. Pretty cool and those are mine.

Penny moved while her nails were being clipped and one of them got cut so short it bled all over the place, so she had to be put in a bandage. Sorry I did not explain it in the blog entry. I did explain in some of the comments.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful evening. Thank you for dropping by during all this chaos.

Always,
Jo Ann

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Busy Day Ahead

I should hit 4,000 page views in my statistics today if traffic is normal. I went to be at 1:30AM and woke up at 7:00AM this morning. I have to go to town in a few minutes. We have some business to attend to today. I do not know how long that will take.

 

I have a couple of things to add to the blog today. First a piece of journaling and then a short poem.

 

Day 1: Say “AHHH”

 

Journal Prompts and My Responses

 

Write a list of your fears and anxieties (worst-case scenarios) that might come up over the next 40 days. Include all obstacles you anticipate that might bring you down or stand in your way…

 

I might not follow through with the activities and journaling every day.

This might be more of a commitment than I can handle right now.

I might have extensive financial difficulties in the coming days, which would increase my stress levels inordinately.

Mother is not doing well and may require more of my time than usual.

I want to continue my avid and voracious reading and that may be impossible while completing these additional activities.

Leigh may require my assistance due to resuming some of her work in Systems and Applied Solutions Corporation. These duties would impinge on my time for inessential activities.

I may have difficulties with the computer and have to write by hand.

I sometimes lack dedication and motivation.

It is easier to resist change than enact change.

My attention can wander when I embark on a path and I often become sidetracked.

 

List the positive inklings and “good feelings” you have about what you are doing…

 

I am excited by the idea of increasing my use of intuition.

I like using my imagination and doing creative things.

I think writing on the computer will be a good experience that will help me when I work on my poetry and blog.

I feel that new opportunities and possibilities are just around the corner, rapidly approaching in the coming days.

I am very happy with my acquisitions and my accommodations at this time.

This is a great time to begin something new… the present is the only time in which things may be done.

God is with me as I discover my essential self and my spirituality.

And we know all things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28

I am trying to work toward a daytime lifestyle and think this will help with it.

If I can successfully incorporate journaling into my life for 40 days perhaps I will continue it indefinitely and that might aid my writing over time.

This work should give me some interesting insights that might be useful in articles and such.

Introspective work like this can be therapeutically beneficial.

These 40 days and 40 nights might teach me to respect myself more, trust myself, and be my own best friend.

I can let go of my fears one moment at a time for each day.

 

Moodlings… On The Simple Abundance Companion

 

Some promises I have made to myself and not kept:

To exercise regularly

To eat a balanced diet

To control my spending

To write daily or at least often

To work artistically often

To let go of past relationships

To stop procrastinating

Some promises I can reward myself with:

To treat myself with love

To have joy

To make contact with someone dear to me weekly

To be flexible about scheduling my time

To get outside for a while daily – even a few minutes is great

Promises I have made to others and kept at the cost of my own desires:

To be available to mother at all times

To return calls when there were other things I wanted to do

To overextend myself financially when I wanted to leave something off

To allow use of my things when I really rather not

To go out when I am tired and overwrought

To leave my schedule open when I had things I wanted to pursue

Promises above that I am proud of:

Being available to Mom

Sharing my things

Promises I should not have made:

To spend when I could not afford it

To leave my schedule open when I had things I wanted to pursue

A personal promise I especially want to keep:

To write daily or at least often – I can begin today and follow through continually

Excavating my buried dream by thinking about dreams I have had and abandoned and determining the cause of their demise:

To be a model – relinquishment

To be a published writer – good intentions

To go to college – wrong choices

To have a successful marriage – rejections, wrong choices, bungled efforts

To run my own business – bad timing

To find my ideal work and make a good living – bitter failure

A dream I did bring into the world:

Raising a reasonably happy child

– I refused to give up even in adversity

– I expended a great deal of love

– I was accepting and understanding

– I had faith in my child and myself

Learning to use a computer

– I worked until I could have a computer despite others telling me that I did not need to buy one

– I kept trying even when I made mistakes

– I bought proper tools

– I took time to learn

Intuition:

I use it to determine when to contact those I love

I sometimes know when things are going wrong

I sometimes know when someone is going to phone me

I have sensed something bad was going to happen just before catastrophic events or accidents in the past

Right now seems to be a time of growth:

I have the feeling it is the right time to expand my personal horizons

Opportunities are opening up for me

I want to write more and be more creative – I found materials and workshops to accommodate my desires

An opportunity passed me by:

When I did not continue contact with Vocational Rehab and so did not enroll in college a while ago

 

The poem follows…

 

Careless Caress

 

A careless caress calms

The lonely emotion

Of a precious person

Whose life feels shallow,

Hollow, without moment.

A careless caress quells

Fears and tears that trickle

Down into dismal frowns;

And sprinkles the day

With jubilant exuberance.

A careless caress invites

Harried people to stop,

Be cordial to one another

Caught in a present

Fraught with abundance.

A careless caress causes

Mischief and evokes pleasure

Among friends who consider

Themselves too close, too

Ideal, to fall in love.

 

Jo Ann Joyce Anita Jordan

© September 22, 2002

 

Got to go now.

 

TTYL,

Jo Ann

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New Feature Added To My Other Site And Linked Here…

You can now search my site or the web for relevant information on any subject by utilizing FreeFind’s Search Engine. The links are included in this update because they are available on my blogger site which implements HTML much easier than Spaces. The other site is this address:

 

These links should contain new information daily, because a spider visits the site frequently.

 

For new visitors visit FreeFind for your own search engine.

 

Things should get back to normal on posting in a few more days. I am still recovering from yesterday and my poor Mitsubishi is about to give up the ghost. I can not afford to drive it anywhere until it is fixed because it may leave me stranded and I do not have a cell phone.

 

Hope all is well with everyone. More posts soon.

 

Always,

Jo Ann

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A Second Article On Writing…

I am very busy taking care of all the disastrous results of yesterday and in the process of buying a new vehicle. That is why I have not been on today… Here is another article from the web that you may peruse while you are waiting for me to return. I have several of these saved so there may be a course on this that is ongoing. The response seemed very positive to the first one. I am still working toward doing some upgrades to this Space, so Please remember Chronicles is under construction. A reminder all lighter blue entries on this site except the title and author at the beginning are links. 

How to Succeed in an Online Writing Workshop

by Victory Crayne

Have you ever wondered how to get started in one of those writing workshops you hear about so much? Are you afraid of being the new kid on the block and not knowing what to do?

Relax. We were all in your boots at one time. Here’s the real scoop on how to get started and succeed in a new writing workshop on the Internet. Many of the ideas here also work well in workshops where writers meet in person.

  1. Pick a workshop that appears to have other writers who write the kind of fiction or nonfiction you like to write. But if such a group is hard to find, join an active group anyway. You will get valuable feedback even if no one writes the kind of stuff you do.
  2. Join a writing workshop that has participation requirements. Such a workshop will have more active and helpful people than one where people can just lurk and make comments without having to work hard, i.e., do some actual writing of their own.
  3. Study any workshop guidelines or FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file. Read the submissions and the critiques of others for about a week to get a feeling for the culture of the group.
  4. Critique three pieces submitted by other writers. This gives you practice in critiquing and will help you become more aware of weaknesses in your own writing. It will also establish you as willing to be an active member of the group. Remember: the best way to GET critiques is to GIVE them.

In addition, you may wish to read some critiques prepared by others to learn more about how write your own critique. Authors are interested in your fresh look at what they’ve written, so I recommend you write a critique of a piece before you look at any other critique of that same piece.

  1. When preparing a critique, remember to focus on the written words, not the author behind them or the author’s viewpoint.
  2. If you would like some help in learning how to critique, you may wish to read my article "How to Critique Fiction". If you write nonfiction, there are some valuable pointers on general writing in there for you too. If you have web access, point your browser to http://www.crayne.com/ or ftp from "ftp://ftp.webcom.com/pub1/victory/www/download/howcrit.txt"
  3. Take the plunge – write something or polish a previously written piece of your own.
  4. Clean it up for grammar, spelling, etc. before you submit it. Submit in ASCII text format only, not in word processor format. Keep your margins to 65 characters or less, single spaced.
  5. Try to get one live person near you to review it for such simple things as: Did they understand it? Do they feel your paragraphs are too long? Did you miss a word in a sentence or two (easy to do in the heat of creative writing)? Did they enjoy reading it? If you can’t find someone, don’t lose any sleep over it. Just go to the next step.
  6. Submit your piece to your critique group; then wait for feedback. Give the others a few days to read and critique your submission. We’re all busy people. Some folks can only find time to critique on weekend and others may take a week to respond. If you need fast feedback in order to meet a deadline, it is best to mention that in the opening paragraph of your submission.
  7. Thank all critics via private email for their critiques, even if you disagree over some points. Send your thanks to them privately, not to the whole list. Thank them for taking the time to look at your work. Show some appreciation. Most important: don’t critique their critique. In other words, don’t argue.
  8. The great majority of the critics mean well for you and try to help by pointing out what they believe are weaknesses. Occasionally you will receive a critique that tears your piece apart. You be the final judge. Others may have different viewpoints and nobody is ‘god’ here. However, ask yourself: would you rather have friendly critics find the weaknesses in your piece or an editor who might reject it because of them?
  9. Fix up your piece with some of the ideas from the critiques which you thought were helpful. You don’t have to agree with everything everyone said but it is amazing what a second look can do. Most good projects were not done perfectly the first time.
  10. You may wish to resubmit your revised piece, but I suggest you do so only if you made a lot of changes. Don’t bother if you just fixed grammar, spelling, or other minor changes.
  11. Now take the big plunge – send it in to a publisher! (Query letters, submission formats, etc. are beyond the scope of this article.)
  12. Try to submit something original to your critique group at least once a month. Don’t let your writing skills become rusty.
  13. Critique the works of other writers occasionally.
  14. For every person who took the time to critique something of yours, write a critique of something of theirs in return. As I said above: the best way to get critiques is to give them.
  15. Remember that everyone in your workshop is a peer. No one walks on water.
  16. The most important step of all – WRITE! You will learn more by doing than you will by reading and ‘getting ready to write some day’.
  17. Remember to enjoy yourself while you’re writing. Writing may seem like hard work in the beginning, but if you focus on enjoying yourself in your writing sessions it will come through in your choice of ideas and words. Your readers will pick up on your enjoyment and enjoy themselves also.
  18. Last of all, keep on writing no matter what obstacles get in your way. Eventually you will wake up one day and find yourself writing materials that many people will enjoy. Whether you sell it or not, it will be such an exciting reward that you will thank yourself for sticking it out.

 

People ask me frequently for a recommendation on which online writing workshop to join. Here are some pointers on finding one to meet your needs.

  1. On the Internet, you may visit the Victory Page Under , you will find Writing.
  2.  Resources (general writing resources).
  3. Browse the newsgroup ‘misc.writing’ and ask for some suggestions.
  4. If you are a member of an online service like America Online, Compuserve, Genie, Prodigy, etc., look for a writing workshop there.
  5. Use the web search engines. You can look under ‘Internet’ on my home page at http://www.crayne.com/ for dozens of search engines.
  6. Visit the web sites by and for writers. My web page has dozens of them under ‘Writing Resources’.

 

That’s enough reading about them. Now get online and go for it!

– Victory Crayne

 

Ms. Victory Nancy Crayne lives in Tustin, California and has been a very active member of the Internet writing community since January 1995. Her ‘Victory Page’ is visited by 3,000 people a month where they find her articles ‘Career Plan for Fiction Writers’, ‘How to Critique Fiction’, "Victory’s Motivational Newsletter" (several issues), and many writing resources.

 

Thank you so much for visiting and come again soon.

 

Smiles,

Jo Ann

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An Article I Found For Writers…

You May Notice Over to the Right the Blog List Title has Changed to "My Imaginary Clique" and Many Blogs are Missing. I am very sorry for the inconvenience but somehow I lost my second list. I am working on a new one, but it will take a little time. The New List is Other Favorite Blogs, and if you are on that list you may move to the other by linking to Chronicles.

 

Computer is being a f@*#$%* bitch today. Does anyone remember the limit of modules you can have on MSN Spaces? I don’t, and I think that may have something to do with two of my modules disappearing. Not sure… But maybe. Otherwise the bastards just ate my list.

 

That is the end of my rant, aren’t you relieved?

 

BlogShares did not go so well today, but I bought another artefact. That was way cool.

 

How Writing Every Day Keeps You Writing… Every Day!

by Dana Mitchells

 

"Write every day." It’s common advice among writers. Yet some writers may wonder if it’s really worth the effort. Factors such as writer’s block or hectic schedules can make it difficult for one to find time to write every day.

Writing every day, however, does more than simply instill the discipline to write at will, rather than just when inspiration strikes. It offers several other very important benefits:

 

It Boosts Your Creativity

After writing every day for a week or two, you will find your creativity beginning to flourish. Ideas will pop up from out of nowhere. Anything from a newspaper article to a picture will inspire you. Your creative self will feel more comfortable in being allowed to churn out any idea, no matter how small or obscure. Exercising your creative muscle will allow it to be stronger than ever before.

 

It Increases Your Confidence

Many writers struggle with the effort of writing down a single word. Fear of rejection, poor writing and perfectionism can be numbing. Instead of dealing with these fears, some writers elect not to write at all. Some only write when they are inspired. But good writers do not rely on inspiration to help them overcome these fears. They rely on themselves.

 

Writing something every day, no matter how little, will help you overcome these fears. It will cause your confidence to escalate, because each day that you actually write something is a day when you have faced your fears. Each day that you write helps you prove to yourself that you don’t need inspiration to get you started. It helps give you the confidence that you are a writer who can write anything you want, any time you want.

 

It enables you to experiment with your writing ability

Most writers usually pursue just one form of writing: fiction, nonfiction, songwriting, scriptwriting, children’s writing or business writing. Writing every day gives you the opportunity to stretch your writing muscles by trying something different. If your time is limited, try writing a poem or a song. If you usually write magazine articles, try writing a short story or essay, which will usually require less research than you’re used to. If you write novels, take a break from your work-in-progress and test your skills on a technical article, greeting card verse, or short-short story. If you’re waiting for an answer to a query, spend that time writing research logs or practice interviews.

 

It Helps Overcome Perfectionism

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that, with only a little time available to write each day, you should make the "most" of it and write only your best work. No writer can write something worthy of a Pulitzer Prize every single day. Rest assured, there will be days when all you write are jumbles of confusing words and short stories that lack every single necessary element of fiction. These episodes of "poor writing" are not wasted moments. Instead, the very fact that you are writing anything at all is a reminder that you are willing to write even when your creativity is at its lowest. You are WRITING, even if what you write will remain hidden in your desk drawer or is headed straight for the trash. Don’t let perfectionism get in the way of your desire to write something! While perfectionism helps push you to write well, it can also hinder your desire to create by convincing you that everything you create must be of "value." In reality, every single thing you write is of value, because it’s yours, and is your testament of overcoming your fears.

 

It Combats Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is another reason why a writer may neglect to write each day. While this problem can be crippling, it’s not impossible to cure. I’ve heard many tips on beating writer’s block, and here are a few that I’ve found most helpful:

 

Read articles on writing. I typically read one article on writing every day, usually on the Internet. I then write down my own version of the article, my thoughts on it, or a letter to the editor about how the article helped me. For example, I read an article about five things an entrepreneur can do to have a stronger presence on the Web. I turned this into five ways writing has helped my life, five ways to beat writer’s block, five pieces of writing advice that have helped me the most, etc.

 

Freewrite. Just sit down and write anything that comes to mind. Describe the room you are in, the building, the clothes you are wearing, today’s weather. Make a list of things you like, books you’ve read, or a jumble of rhyming words. Try timed sessions of freewriting.

 

Keep a Journal. You can use a journal for anything at all: Writing, tracking freelance work, recording daily life, writing down your thoughts, ideas on parenting, etc. I keep a notebook handy to write down my ideas and another to keep track of my freelance work.

Writing every day instills in the writer the discipline to write at will. It helps build creativity and skil. It helps writers overcome their fear of writing poorly (and therefore "wasting time"). The more you flex your writing muscles and strengthen your vocabulary, the stronger your writing will be, and the stronger your confidence in your writing will become!

 

Copyright © 2004 Dana Mitchells

 

I am using a different font for entries that give me a great deal of difficulty with publishing. I do not like it as well, but it will be alright when I can not post any other way.

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful evening and please remember that Chronicles is under construction at this time.

 

Smiles,

Jo Ann

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A Poem and Good Stuff from the Web

I want to share this short poem with you, I found it this morning in my notebook and like it very much.

 

Self-expressed

 

Just beyond the threshold

Of where I am

Lies the freedom

Of who I would like to be,

But the picture is unclear

Like an image glimpsed

In shifting moonlight,

All too rare to be fully known.

 

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

 

I went to bed at 2:30AM and am getting a late start today. I woke up at 7:15AM to take Alex to the bus, but he decided he wanted Mom to take him. I went back to bed and slept until 9:30. I had an 11:00 appointment with my counselor, but am not feeling like driving so far, so I called her and cancelled. She is very understanding about such things.

 

A Special Dog Named ‘Einstein’

 

I Don’t Speak Dog

 

A guy gets a new dog, a nice Jewish dog. He names the dog Einstein and trains Einstein to do a couple of tricks. He can’t wait to show Einstein off to his neighbor. A few weeks later when the neighbor finally comes over, the guy calls Einstein into the house, bragging about how smart he is.

 

The dog quickly comes running and stands looking up at his master, tail wagging excitedly, mouth open, tongue hanging out, eyes bright with anticipation. The guy points to the newspaper on the couch and commands "Fetch!"

 

Immediately, the dog climbs onto the couch and sits, his tail wagging furiously. Then all of a sudden, he stops. His doggie smile disappears. He starts to frown and puts on a sour face. Looking up at his master, he whines, "You think this is easy, wagging my tail all the time? Oy vey … And you think it’s easy eating that junk that you call designer dog food? Forget it … it’s too salty and it gives me gas. It’s disgusting I tell you!"

 

The neighbor is absolutely amazed … stunned. In astonishment, he says, "I can’t believe it. Einstein can speak. Your dog actually talks. You asked him to fetch the newspaper and he is sitting on the sofa talking to us."

 

"I know, I know," says the dog owner. "He’s not yet fully trained. He thought I said kvetch."

 

This joke courtesy of Beliefnet Religious Joke email newsletter. This arrives daily in my inbox. You can subscribe at: Beliefnet.

 

Quote for today:

 

All the Utopias will come to pass when we grow wings and all people are converted into angels.

 Fyodor Dostoevsky

 

Why Peace Begins With You

 

Seven spiritual practices for bringing peace into your life and the world around you.

By Deepak Chopra

Reprinted from Chopra.com.

 

The approach of personal transformation is the idea of the future for ending war. It depends on the only advantage that people of peace have over warmakers: sheer numbers. If enough people in the world transformed themselves into peacemakers, war could end. The leading idea here is critical mass. It took a critical mass of human beings to embrace electricity and fossil fuels, to teach evolution and adopt every major religion. When the time is right and enough people participate, critical mass can change the world. Can it end war?

 

There is precedent to believe that it might. The ancient Indian ideal of Ahimsa, or non-violence, gave Gandhi his guiding principle of reverence for life. In every spiritual tradition it is believed that peace must exist in one’s heart before it can exist in the outer world. Personal transformation deserves a chance.

 

Can it end war?

 

There is precedent to believe that it might. The ancient Indian ideal of Ahimsa, or non-violence, gave Gandhi his guiding principle of reverence for life. In every spiritual tradition it is believed that peace must exist in one’s heart before it can exist in the outer world. Personal transformation deserves a chance.

 

When a person is established in non-violence, those in his vicinity cease to feel hostility.

— Patanjali, ancient Indian sage

 

Seven Practices for Peace

 

The program for peacemakers asks you to follow a specific practice every day, each one centered on the theme of peace.

 

Sunday: Being for Peace

Monday: Thinking for Peace

Tuesday: Feeling for Peace

Wednesday: Speaking for Peace

Thursday: Acting for Peace

Friday: Creating for Peace

Saturday: Sharing for Peace

 

Our hope is that you will create peace on every level of your life. Each practice takes only a few minutes. You can be as private or outspoken as you wish. But those around you will know that you are for peace, not just through good intentions but by the way you conduct your life on a daily basis. 

 

Sunday: Being for Peace

Today, take 5 minutes to meditate for peace. Sit quietly with your eyes closed. Put your attention on your heart and inwardly repeat these four words: Peace, Harmony, Laughter, Love. Allow these words to radiate from your heart’s stillness out into your body. As you end your meditation, say to yourself, "Today I will relinquish all resentments and grievances." Bring into your mind anyone against whom you have a grievance and let it go. Send that person your forgiveness.

 

Monday: Thinking for Peace

Thinking has power when it is backed by intention. Today, introduce the intention of peace in your thoughts. Take a few moments of silence, then repeat this ancient prayer:

 

Let me be loved, let me be happy, let me be peaceful.
Let my friends be happy, loved, and peaceful.
Let my perceived enemies be happy, loved, and peaceful.
Let all beings be happy, loved, and peaceful.
Let the whole world experience these things.

 

Any time during the day if you are overshadowed by fear or anger, repeat these intentions. Use this prayer to get back on center.

 

Tuesday: Feeling for Peace

This is the day to experience the emotions of peace. The emotions of peace are compassion, understanding, and love.

 

Compassion is the feeling of shared suffering. When you feel someone else’s suffering, there is the birth of understanding.

 

Understanding is the knowledge that suffering is shared by everyone. When you understand that you aren’t alone in your suffering, there is the birth of love.

 

When there is love there is the opportunity for peace.

 

As your practice, observe a stranger some time during your day. Silently say to yourself, "This person is just like me. Like me, this person has experienced joy and sorrow, despair and hope, fear and love. Like me, this person has people in his or her life who deeply care and love them. Like me, this person’s life is impermanent and will one day end. This person’s peace is as important as my peace. I want peace, harmony, laughter, and love in their life and the life of all beings."  

 

Wednesday: Speaking for Peace

Today, the purpose of speaking is to create happiness in the listener. Have this intention: Today every word I utter will be chosen consciously. I will refrain from complaints, condemnation, and criticism.

Your practice is to do at least one of the following:

 

Tell someone how much you appreciate them.

Express genuine gratitude to those who have helped and loved you.
 
Offer healing or nurturing words to someone who needs them.
 
Show respect to someone whose respect you value.
 
If you find that you are reacting negatively to anyone, in a way that isn’t peaceful, refrain from speaking and keep silent. Wait to speak until you feel centered and calm, and then speak with respect.

 

Thursday: Acting for Peace
Today is the day to help someone in need: A child, a sick person, an older or frail person. Help can take many forms. Tell yourself, "Today I will bring a smile to a stranger’s face. If someone acts in a hurtful way to me or someone else, I will respond with a gesture of loving kindness. I will send an anonymous gift to someone, however small. I will offer help without asking for gratitude or recognition."

Friday: Creating For Peace
Today, come up with at least one creative idea to resolve a conflict, either in your personal life or your family circle or among friends. If you can, try and create an idea that applies to your community, the nation, or the whole world. You may change an old habit that isn’t working, look at someone a new way, offer words you never offered before, or think of an activity that brings people together in good feeling and laughter.

 

Share your experience of growing peace.
Share your gratitude that someone else is as serious about peace as you are.
Share your ideas for helping the world move closer to critical mass.
Do whatever you can, in small or large ways, to assist anyone who wants to become a peacemaker.

 

Second, invite a family member or friend to come up with one creative idea of this kind on their own. Creativity feels best when you are the one thinking up the new idea or approach. Make it known that you accept and enjoy creativity. Be loose and easy. Let the ideas flow and try out anything that has appeal. The purpose here is to bond, because only when you bond with others can there be mutual trust. When you trust, there is no need for hidden hostility and suspicion, which are the two great enemies of peace.

Saturday: Sharing For Peace

Today, share your practice of peacemaking with two people. Give them this information and invite them to begin the daily practice.

As more of us participate in this sharing, our practice will expand into a critical mass. Today joyfully celebrate your own peace consciousness with at least one other peace-conscious person. Connect either trough e-mail or phone.

 

Share your experience of growing peace.
 
Share your gratitude that someone else is as serious about peace as you are.
 
Share your ideas for helping the world move closer to critical mass.
 
Do whatever you can, in small or large ways, to assist anyone who wants to become a peacemaker.

The Best Reason To Become A Peacemaker

Now you know the program. If you transform yourself into a peacemaker, you won’t become an activist marching in the streets. You will not be "anti" anything. No money is required. All you are asked to do is to go within and dedicate yourself to peace.

 

It just might work.

 

Even if you don’t immediately see a decline in violence around the world, you will know in your heart that you have dedicated your own life to peace.

 

But the single best reason to become a peacemaker is that every other approach has failed.

We don’t know what number the critical mass is–the best we can hope is to bring about change by personal transformation. Isn’t it worth a few moments of your day to end 30 wars around the world and perhaps every future war that is certain to break out?

Right now there are 21.3 million soldiers serving in armies around the world. Can’t we recruit a peace brigade ten times larger?

A hundred times larger? The effort begins now, with you.

 

Thought that was worth sharing with you.

 

Smiles,

Jo Ann

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Going to Bed… Finally!

I added a couple of new blogs to the links area. You should check them out.

 

I am trying to catch up with the Billionaires on BlogShares.

I have been trading on BlogShares again. This is my current status…

 

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Well, that is all I have to say right now. I am going to bed in a couple of minutes. It has been a long day and night.

 

Always,

Jo Ann

 

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