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Truth Recipe

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Once upon a time there existed a civilization called the Mesopotamians. These people accepted the logic of the elements, the weather, density, weight ratios, and natural powers much mightier than themselves.

They accepted these things as the ingredients of their lives.

This was their “truth” in its basic and practical form.

Let’s take the cute “Weather Rock,” a charming little tchotchke often sold to tourists in the American west.

The instructions read:

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Change is not a skill to be mastered

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Change is not a skill to be mastered. Why? We can only escort it though our thoughts and deliver it unto our processes.
Once there, we must learn to walk with it. As soon as we start making changes, we only have yesterday for a comparison.  
Nobody has to change. Something about us always does because of the situations we are in.

American writer Libba Bray writes about a character named Gemma Doyle. Doyle has a revelation in The Sweet Far Thing concerning change: “With this power, there is no telling what I can do to change what needs to be changed.”

What is that power? Electric, supernatural, or is it the will to do so?

Even if we don’t have to change,
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Working hard

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The idea of ‘work’ can mean building a palace or
destroying people and places.

Work can be hard, easy, profitable, masterful, secretive and even stupid.

Work also wears a “suit phrase”
which gives ‘metaphor’ a run for its money. (see below)

The biggest question for OG workers is:
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You are more important

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard, December 1990

Just a three months prior, Iraq invaded Kuwait.
The Fleet Marine Force of the USMC began Operation DESERT SHIELD.
It was designed to keep Iraq from attacking Saudi Arabia, and put people in the way of bombs.

You are more important

There was no “immediate, complete, and unconditional withdrawal of all Iraqi forces from Kuwait.” I was heading toward the complete loss of my best friend, Harry.
He was just getting into the enjoyment phase of his life.
He started getting colds and flu symptoms, and his lungs wore thin.

You are more important

No one could have imagined the political in-fighting that took place at my workplace.
It was a festival of selfishness. Even managers ran for cover.
There was a problem with the corporate leadership and it showed – stock prices began to fall.
I kept working there because my family needed me to be a caretaker.
To be responsible.
I should have quit sooner.

You are more important

Around this time, Gillian and I got in the swimming pool.
She was a good learner, then a good swimmer.
You don’t get to be called that if you avoid the water.
Work slowed us down.

You are more important

We had an opportunity to leave the city and make a rural life.
It is still tempting, today.
The lure of money and bills being paid keeps us in the urban zone.
We can always change how we feel, but we cannot change our souls,
though we have found that a tempting prospect.

You are more important

It is easy to choose what you want to do.
We can get heaven
and we can acquire hell and its spiritual slavery.
The struggles we have are *not* with each other.
They are within ourselves.
We could have checked out of this planet.
But we did not.

You are more important