MKMMA — WEEK 20 — PEOPLE THAT ARE HAPPY, PERFORM BETTER!!! (Part 2 of 2)

CAMEL: “NO, NO, NO, SILLY. NOT LIKE ME! YOU RAISE YOUR ARMS FOR THE POWER POSITION!!!”

LITTLE GIRL: “POWER POSITION? I’M TRYING TO LEVITATE, CRAZY CAMEL!!!”

CAMEL: “IN THAT CASE, MY DEAR, YOU’VE SUCCEEDED! YOU’RE AN ABSOLUTE RIOT!!!!”

THE MASTER KEY MASTERMIND ALLIANCE can take you far – as far as your imagination is able – and most likely farther than you can imagine! Imagine that, and you’ve got the start of a fable. The kind of story told in olden times at a large Christmas table. Heroes there were 3, and guess what…one of them is me. Fawn and Stevo round out this galant MM trio. Together we are “tipping point, ” the name you’ve come to know. Off to save this world you see to the best of our combined ability; in the beginning so very slow. Yet, faster and faster as we went, we chipped away the Earth’s cement. To expose with the final peel the finest gold we’d ever seen! As does the part reveal the whole, such did the whole reveal the part; can you guess what this might mean? It meant far more than words can say I — so go, I must, and ask, may I?

WITH THAT BIG POT BOILING IN THE KITCHEN, I’M NOT SURE IF I SHOULD BE HAPPY OR SCARED RIGHT NOW!

MY MKMMA WEEK 19 POST INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING:

Sometimes, after you make some changes, it’s time to just feel freaking happy about that. Now, as you hear the Harvard study regarding this, I want you to R2 A2. R2 A2 what he says. Let it touch you. Give yourself permission to say, “I chose to do this class. I dug in, when the going got tough.” Remember, what Lisa Anderson said: “If you can get through the ups and downs, this is one of the remarkable results.” So, sit back, and enjoy this Ted video. Feel great! Feel happy! Feel that the decisions you made to do this, and stick with it, have been validated!

“HI! I’M TED.”

TED TALKS — THE WISDOM OF PLAY

 Translated by: Shawn Achor

Bloomington Illinois – May 14, 2011

PEOPLE THAT ARE HAPPY PERFORM BETTER

I was seven years old, and my sister was just five years old, and we were playing – on top of a bunk bed – now, I was two years older than her at the time – I mean, I’m two years older than that she is now – but at the time, it meant she had to do everything I wanted to do and, and I wanted to play war. So, we were on top of the bunkbed, and on one side of the bunk bed I had put out all of my G.I. soldiers, and my weaponry – while on the other side were all of my sister’s ponies and things getting ready for a calvary charge.

Now, there are differing accounts about what actually happened that afternoon; however, since my sister is not here, let me tell you the true story. Which is, my sister is a little bit on the clumsy side, and with no push from her little brother at all, suddenly disappeared off the top of the bunk-bed, and landed with a crash on the floor.

And as I nervously peered over the side of the bed to see what had befallen my fallen sister, and noticed that she had painfully landed on her hands and knees on all fours on the ground. I was nervous, because my parents had charged me with making sure my sister and I played as safely and quietly as possible. And seeing as how I had just broken Amy’s arm one week before. heroically, pushing her out of the way of an oncoming, imaginary sniper bullet – for which, I have yet to be thanked – I was trying as hard as I could – she didn’t even see it coming – I was trying as hard as I could to be on my best behavior and…

…with this wail of pain and suffering and surprise threatening to erupt from my sisters mouth and threatening to wake my parents from the long winter’s nap to which they had settled; I did the only thing my frantic seven-year-old little brain could think to do to avert this tragedy — and if you have any children, then you’ve seen this hundreds of times before — I told her “Amy, don’t cry, don’t cry, do you see how you landed? No human lands on all fours like that. Amy, I think this means you are a unicorn.”

Now, that was cheating, because there is nothing in the world my sister would want more than not be Amy, the hurt little five-year-old sister, but rather, Amy, the special unicorn. Of course, this was an option open to her brain at no time in the past; and, you could see on my poor, manipulated little sister’s face, conflict, as her little brain attempted to devote resources to feeling the pain, and suffering, and surprise, she had just experienced, or contemplate her newfound identity as a unicorn. And the latter won out. So, instead of crying, ceasing our playing, and waking my parents — with all of the negative consequences that would have ensued for me, smiles ran across her face, and she scrambled back up onto the bunk-bed with all of the grace of a baby unicorn – with one broken leg.

Well, what we had stumbled across at this tender age of just five and seven, we had no idea at the time, was something that was going to be at the vanguard of a scientific revolution, occurring two decades later, in the way that we look at the human brain. What we had stumbled across is something called positive psychology. Which is the reason we are here today, and the reason I wake up every morning.

When I first started talking about this research outside academia in schools and companies, one thing they told me to never do was to start my talk with a graph. So, the very first thing I want to do is to start my talk with a graph. It looks boring, but it is the reason I get excited and wake up each morning. And this graph doesn’t mean anything. It’s fake data. If I got this graph back after studying you here in the room, I would be thrilled, because it very clearly shows there is a trend here – and that means I can get published — which is all that really matters.

The fact that there is one weird red dot above the curve means there’s someone weird in the room – and you know who you are. I saw you earlier. And that’s no problem. That’s no problem because I can just delete that dot. I can delete that dot, because it is clearly a measurement error. And we know it’s a measurement error, because it is messing up my data. So one of the very first things we teach people in economics and statistics and business and psychology courses is how do we, in a statistically valid way, eliminate the weirdos. How do we eliminate the outliers, so we can find the line of best fit.

Which is fantastic, if we are looking for how many advil, on average, a person should be taking: 2. But if I’m interested in potential – your potential for happiness or productivity or energy or creativity, what we are doing is creating the cult of the average for science. If I ask a a question like “how fast can a child learn how to read in a classroom, scientists change the question to how fast can the average child learn how to read in that classroom, and we tailor that classroom right towards the average.

Now if you fall below the average on this curve, then psychologists get thrilled. Because it means you are either depressed, have a disorder, or, hopefully, both. Were hoping for both, because our business model is if you are coming into a therapy session with one problem, we want to make sure you leave knowing you have 10. So you will keep coming back, over and over again. We will go back ln your childhood if necessary, but, eventually, what we want to do is make you normal again. But normal is merely average.

And what I posit, and what psychology posits is: if we study what is merely average, we will remain merely average. So instead of deleting those positive outliers, what I essentially do is come into a population like this one, and ask “why?” Why is it some of you are so high above the curve in terms of your intellectual ability, athletic ability, musical ability, creativity, energy levels, resiliency in the face of challenge, sense of humor, whatever it is? Instead of deleting you, what I want to do is study you. Because maybe we can glean information – not just move people up to the average – but how to move the entire average, up — in our companies and schools worldwide.

The reason this graph is important to me is when I turn on the news, it seems like the majority of the information is not positive. In fact, it’s negative. Most of it is about murder, corruption, diseases, natural disasters, and very quickly my brain begins to think that’s the accurate ratio of negative to positive in the world. And what that’s doing is creating something called the medical student syndrome. Which, if you know people who have been to medical school in their first year of medical training, as you read through a list of all the diseases and symptoms that could happen, you realize you have all of them.

I have a brother-in-law named, Bobo. Which is a whole other story. Bobo married Amy, the unicorn. Bobo called me on the phone from Yale medical school. From Yale medical school, and Bobo said, “I have leprosy.” Which, even at Yale, is extraordinarily rare. But I had no idea how to console poor Bobo, because he had just gotten over an entire week of menopause.

Because what we’re finding it is not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which our brain views the world that shapes our reality. So, if we can change the lens, not only can we change your happiness, we can change every single business and educational outcome at the same time. When I applied to Harvard, I applied on a dare. When I applied to Harvard, I didn’t expect to get it. My family had no money for college. When I got a military scholarship two weeks later, they allowed me to go. Suddenly, something that wasn’t even a possibility, became a reality.

When I went there, I assumed everyone else would see it as a privilege as well. Which made me excited to be there, even if you’re in a classroom filled with people smarter than you, you would be happy just to be in that classroom. Which is what I felt. But what I found there is, while some people experience that, when I graduated after my four years, and spent the next eight years living in the dorms with the students, because they asked me to. Harvard asked me to – it wasn’t that guy. (On the screen is a statue sitting on a bench) 

I was an officer asked to counsel students through the difficult four years; and what I found was in my research and my teaching was the students, no matter how happy they were with their original success of getting into the school, two weeks later their brains were not focused on the privilege of being there, but on their philosophy or their physics. Their brain was focused on the competition, the workload, the hassles, the stresses, the complaints.

When I first went in there, I walk into the freshman dining hall, which is where my friends from Waco Texas, which is where I grew up. I know some of you have heard of it. When they come to visit me, they look around and say this freshman dining hall looks like something out of Hogwarts in the movie, Harry Potter – which it does, because this is Hogwarts

                HARVARD DINING

in the movie Harry Potter, and this is Harvard (on the screen is a picture of each).They say “Shawn, why are you wasting time studying happiness at Harvard. Seriously, what does a freshman student at Harvard possibly have to be unhappy about?”

Embedded within that question, is the

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key to understanding the science of happiness. Because what that question assumes is our external world is predictive of our happiness levels. When, in reality, if I know everything about your external world, I can predict only 10% of your long-term happiness.

90% of your happiness is predicted, not by your external world, but the way your brain processes the world. If we change it. If we change our formula for happiness and success, what we can do is change the way that we can then affect reality. What we found is only 25% of job successes are predicted by IQ. While 75% of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge, instead of as a threat.

I talked to a boarding school in New England, probably the most prestigious boarding school, and they said that they already knew that. So, every year, instead of just teaching our students, we have a wellness week. And we are so excited. On Monday, we have the world’s leading expert coming to speak on adolescent depression. Tuesday, it’s school violence and bullying. Wednesday, is eating disorders. Thursday night is illicit drug use, and Friday night we are trying to decide between risky sex and happiness. And I said that is most people’s Friday nights.

Which I’m glad you like, but they did not like that at all. Silence on the phone. And at the end of the silence, I said I would be happy to speak at your school, but just so you know, that is not a wellness week, that is a sickness week. What you have done is outlined all the negative things that can happen, but have not talked about the positive.

The absence of disease is not health. Here’s how we get to health. We need to reverse the formula for happiness and health. For the past three years, I have traveled to 45 different countries working with schools and companies in the midst of an economic downturn. And what I have found is most schools and companies follow a formula for happiness and success, which is this: if I work harder, I will be more successful. And if I am more successful, then I will be happier.

That under-girds most of our parenting styles, managing styles, the way we motivate behavior, and the problem is it is scientifically broken and backwards for two reasons: first, every time your brain has a success, we just change the goalpost to what success now looks like. If you get good grades, now you’ve got to get better grades. If you get to go to a good school, now you got to go to a better school. If you’ve got a good job, now you’ve got to get a better job. If you get yours sales target, then you change your sales target – and if you’re happiness is on the opposite side of success, your brain never gets there.

What we’ve done is push happiness over the cognitive horizon as a society – and that’s because we think we need to be successful, and then we will be happier. But the real problem is, our brains work in the opposite order. If you can raise someone’s positivity in the present, then what your brain experiences is what we call a “happiness advantage.” Because your brain, when it is at positive, performs significantly better than it does when it is at negative, neutral, or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise. And, in fact, what we’ve found is every single business outcome improves. Your brain is 31% more productive than it is when at negative, neutral, or stressed. You’re 37% better at say, sales. Doctors are 19% faster and more accurate in coming up with the correct diagnosis, than when they are at negative, neutral, or stressed.

Which means, we can reverse the formula. If we can find a way to become more positive in the present, then our brains work even more successfully. As we are able to work harder, faster, and more intelligently. So, what we need to do is start to reverse this formula, so what we can see is what our brains are actually capable of. Because dopamine, which floods into your system when you’re positive, has two functions: not only is it able to make you happier, it turns on all the learning centers in the brain, allowing you to adapt to the world in a different way.

We found that there are ways to train your brain to become more positive. In a two-minute span of time, done 21 days in a row, we can actually rewire your brain. Allowing your brain to actually work more optimistically and successfully. We’ve done these things in research in every company I’ve worked with.

1. Getting them to write down three new things they are grateful for —  for 21 days in a row. Three new things each day. And at the end of that, their brain begins to retain a pattern of scanning the world, not for the negative first, but the positive. 2. Journaling about one positive experience you’ve had in the past 24 hours, allows your brain to re-live it. 3. Exercise trains your brain your behavior matters. 4. We found that meditation allows your brain to get over the cultural ADH we’ve been creating, by trying to do multiple tasks at once. Which allows your brain to focus on the task at hand. 5. And finally either random acts of kindness, or conscious acts of kindness.

When people open up their inbox, we get them to write one positive email praising or thanking someone in their social support network. And by doing these activities, and by training your brain, just like the way we train our bodies, what we found we can reverse the formula for happiness and success; and, in doing so, not only create ripples of positivity, but create a real revolution.

Thank you very much!

And thank you, Ted…Shawn…Ted…for one of the finest presentations I’ve ever heard said. Whatever is gained, a lot is lost in translation; so, I suggest using the heading at the top of this piece to find the real deal providing the text you’ve just read. It’s worth the trip!!! In fact, it’s a steal!!!

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NOW THAT’S A HAPPY CAMPER!!!!

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Jordan sings, Leonid paints.

Monkeys are seldom seen in this neck of the woods!

MKMMA — WEEK 19 — PEOPLE THAT ARE HAPPY, PERFORM BETTER!!! (Part 1 of 2)

 

With the same jubilant smile, he ended the race exactly the same way he started!

THE MASTER KEY MASTERMIND ALLIANCE can take you far – as far as your imagination is able – and most likely farther than you can imagine! Imagine that, and you’ve got the start of a fable. The kind of story told in olden times at a large Christmas table. Heroes there were 3, and guess what…one of them is me. Fawn and Stevo round out this galant MM trio. Together we are “tipping point, ” the name you’ve come to know. Off to save this world you see to the best of our combined ability; in the beginning so very slow. Yet, faster and faster as we went, we chipped away the Earth’s cement. To expose with the final peel the finest gold we’d ever seen! As does the part reveal the whole, such did the whole reveal the part; can you guess what this might mean? It meant far more than words can say I — so go, I must, and ask, may I?

Having consumed all their little bellies could hold, like a carton of black and white Easter eggs on a pink blanket, the baby pandas had been pleasantly and precisely plopped!

MY MKMMA WEEK 18J POST ENDED THIS WAY:

With that, Buc lifted his gaze upward. Craignito followed his lead. Both of them could have sworn they were able to see the crescent-shaped moon, or was it 100’s knowing grin, fading into the distance. It must have reminded them of the moon and the twinkling stars on a dark green box, because they both got an instant craving for Mint Chocolate Campfire Girl Cookies.

 

The post that follows comes straight from the incredible Master Key Experience “change your life” program. Let’s give a listen to Mark J, speaking about the importance of happiness.

 

No words were necessary – their faces said it all!

“As we come to the break in the webcast this week, I believe it’s time we pause, step back a bit, and celebrate. You’ve done three weeks or more – at least, 21 days – on five tiny habits that we call the complex, compound progression. The five tiny habits As you recall we started out with the three gratitudes we wrote out, the kindness – being aware of kindness, a little bit of exercise – unless you’re doing P-90X, relive a special moment in a sentence or two, and, of course, the meditation of the sit.

THE FIVE DAILY HABITS SCIENTIFICALLY SHOWN TO INCREASE OUR HAPPINESS

  1. 3 GRATITUDES

  2. ONE ACT OF KINDNESS

  3. EXERCISE

  4. RELIVE A HAPPY/SPECIAL MOMENT THAT OCCURRED IN THE LAST 24 HOURS

  5. SIT IN SILENCE

Now, in a few moments you are going to see a clip from the webcast. So, if you’re viewing this before the webcast, we, personally, believe you should stop, see the webcast, and then come back. It’s really up to you. This is the key point. People that are happy, perform better. It’s that simple. In everything: relationships, acquaintances, business… Everything. It’s a matter of scientific fact, people that are happy – and these are the five things that create happiness within us – are 37% more effective.

I started doing these things years and years and years ago. I’ll talk about that in a minute, but I’ll let the video speak for itself in terms of those kinds of effects. The video is kind of fast. He goes through them kind of fast; so, you’ll need to watch it a couple of times. I want you to look for the evidence, because the evidence is clear that what we are bringing to the table and asking you to do isn’t something like “hey, let’s try this. This might work.”

I want you to wait until after the webinar next week, because we have a whopper for you. We’ve seen from the surveys people are happier. They are just flat out happy. If you are not sure why, it’s these 5 things. Those that have been faithful to the exercises are beginning to benefit from these things. Better relationships, better business relationships – life is just better when we are happy. Life just doesn’t get better, and then we get happy. We get happy, and life gets better, and we get happier… And it creates this incredible circle.

I want to address a massive point: “the moving of the goalposts.” People who expect to get happier when they reach a certain pin level, when they get the mortgage paid off, when they get the credit cards paid off, then they’ll get happy. This is programming the brain backwards, because every time you get that thing, then it’s the next thing. When you get the next promotion, you think you’ll get happy; but then it’s the next promotion, and then the next. If happiness is always just beyond success, and the goalposts keep moving, then, guess what? We’re never going to be happy. And that’s really what you’re going to find in the video. Go through it again, because I really want you to get this.

Folks, I experienced this my whole life, because that’s how my brain was trained. In athletics, if we won, I was worried about the next game. I scored 12 points, why didn’t I score 14? And I got 8 rebounds why didn’t I get 12? If I got 8 tackles, why did I let that guy get through? And it carried on from game to game — from the time I was a boy, all the way up into my 40s, when I was network marketing with Market America. I just thought if I could get to national supporting coordinator, which was a minimum of $10,000/month in commissions in a four-week cycle – then I’d be happy. I wasn’t. I was worried about who was catching up on me. My company, my up line. Nothing wrong with them; they were conditioned the same way. but all these things changed, when i started doing these things – and one other thing that I’ll share with you in a minute.

When I got to 100 K, I got calls like “when are you going to reach 200 K?” I told them it didn’t matter. I was happy where I was. They would say “You can’t be happy there. People are going to catch up to you. They’re going to pass you.” I would say, I think that’s the greatest thing in the world.” What made the difference? Well, because I did the things that made me happy. Why did moving the goalposts have zero effect on me anymore? It’s really, really important you understand this. It’s the progression of the five things that you started with the webcast way back in December – actually, we started the first week when we did the sit. The gratitudes we started in December. The kindnesses we added in three weeks ago, along with the exercise. The point is, these have been a habit of mine for the past 15 years.

So, don’t lose your common sense when you’re viewing the video and get excited, “Wow, I began doing these in December!” Let common sense be the rule here. If you want to stay happy, keep doing these five things.

You know gratitude is a cause, not an effect. Gratitude is a cause, not an effect. The more grateful you are, the more things you are grateful for tend to show up. You saw the entire mastermind thing come to life with the kindness. It ignited many masterminds. Keep those 5 things rolling in for yourself. Not a requirement, unless what? You want to be happy. Forget about it! There’s no choice there. Mark Twain said common sense isn’t that common. Use your common sense, and your relationships will continue to flourish. We’re getting all kinds of reports about that. Your businesses will begin to prosper. Why? Because you will be 37% more effective.

The second thing – and I’m talking about retraining the brain here – and it’s right out of the Master Keys – in 17, you read how achievements are not power. You see, that’s ego. I talked about this a little bit in the previous video. When ego calls the shots, we live in fear. You gotta get to another pin level. You’ve got to get this certain promotion, or you are a nobody. You’ve got to have two kids, or you are a nobody. So, what happens is the ideas of other people affect us; and when we act in a certain way to get their approval, we believe – wrongfully so – that when we act in a certain way, we will have power. As long as we have those things. Having these things is okay, but the way we have them is a control issue, and all control issues are fear-based. We don’t want power, we went confirmation of our power.

Now, we can counter that confirmation with the power of what? With the power of thought. To allow what penetrates to the subconscious only what we want. And if some things we don’t want pass through, we can use the Law of substitution, and we can choose which thoughts we wish to entertain. This is massive, because it breaks the cycle every time someone is trying to shove a goalpost down your throat. In other words, you are creative, and you can create the conditions that you need virtually on demand. You can do this effortlessly, when you understand this. Getting things, or achievements, are not power. But, in fact, if they are done with the Master Keys – what Hannell has taught – what all great philosophers have taught – these are actually confirmations of your power. And you are not going to take more than you need. Ego doesn’t control the shots. Your higher self – that’s what is controlling the shots.

What is your higher self? Your ability to work with Universal mind to control your thoughts, and that’s power. In fact, it’s the master key. And you have the master key. It’s yours. You have it! Some of it got conditioned out by our conscious mind, but it’s always been there, and it always will be there. As Hannell told us, you have to know that it’s there, claim it, and take action, to have it. So, you need to take action in concert with your higher self in order to have it.

There’s no need to try and control outside things. You are not even dismissive about it. Or anything else, because It’s nothing. You know that the next goal, and the next goal, is not going to make you happy, because you already are.

Now usually what I do is challenge you with these videos. Not this time. We are going to celebrate, because it comes a time in every journey when you’ve got to take a deep breath and think “gee, this is been quite a journey. What you accomplished between your ears, and started to with your heart, that’s really quite a lot — when you understand what I’m talking about.

Sometimes, after you make some changes, it’s time to just feel freaking happy about that. Now, as you hear the Harvard study regarding this, I want you to R2 A2. R2 A2 what he says. Let it touch you. Give yourself permission to say, “I chose to do this class. I dug in, when the going got tough.” Remember, what Lisa Anderson said: “If you can get through the ups and downs, this is one of the remarkable results.” So, sit back, and enjoy this Ted video. Feel great! Feel happy! Feel that the decisions you made to do this, and stick with it, have been validated!

There is a plan. You worked it beautifully. And we’re not going to move the goalposts on you. And I’ve got a very, very, special short clip after you watch the Ted video that will prove to you without any shadow of a doubt that you are “nature’s greatest miracle” — right this second.”

HAPPINESS IS CONTAGIOUS!

                              

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MKMMA – WEEK 18 – YOU’VE GOT A MONKEY. IS THAT WHY YOU KEEP COMING BACK?

Two triumphant toddlers!

THE MASTER KEY MASTERMIND ALLIANCE can take you far – as far as your imagination is able – and most likely farther than you can imagine! Imagine that, and you’ve got the start of a fable. The kind of story told in olden times at a large Christmas table. Heroes there were 3, and guess what…one of them is me. Fawn and Stevo round out this galant MM trio. Together we are “tipping point, ” the name you’ve come to know. Off to save this world you see to the best of our combined ability; in the beginning so very slow. Yet, faster and faster as we went, we chipped away the Earth’s cement. To expose with the final peel the finest gold we’d ever seen! As does the part reveal the whole, such did the whole reveal the part; can you guess what this might mean? It meant far more than words can say I — so go, I must, and ask, may I?

Almost more man than monkey,

because  his face reflected wisdom!

MY MKMMA WEEK 17HJ POST INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING:

Simply email any of the five Rovers (contact information is listed below), and/or your personal guide, giving us your word you will publish a blog every week (heck, I think there are only 8 weeks left to go), and guess what? Your request won’t be denied, All the weeks you’ve missed forgiven absolutely, we promise, quite resolutely!, Next thing you know, back on the blog roll you will go!

 

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The post that follows was published around this time last year. This blast from the past continues to show up and stick around like a souvenir.

As you may recall, in Chapter 5, Craignito and Buc discussed the longest title in WordPress recorded history:

“MKMMA WEEK 17 — VOTL — CHAPTER 5 – MKMMA MASTER KEY, CRAIGNITO, AND BUC EACH CONSUME A ROUND RED PILL AND A BLUE RECTANGULAR CAPSULE (both are pills really , but only the blue pill has obviously been filled with something, thus making it a capsule; and yes, the red pill could have been any shape, including rectangular, square, or triangular) SAY, “WHAT THE HECK” AND GOBBLE DOWN A YELLOW AND A GREEN PILL FOR GOOD MEASURE (the shape of which remains to be seen) BEFORE HURLING THEMSELVES (that’s the less accurate way of saying that both were actually pretending to be Keanu Reeves in the Matrix, and, like him, they didn’t make it either) INTO THE RABBIT HOLE WHERE THE 100TH MONKEY IS WAITING THEIR ARRIVAL WITH A HUGE, SUMPTIOUS, SUNDAY FEAST (although it’s really Thursday, please, feel right at home no matter what day it is. I choose Sunday for a reason to be explained later, and to let you know, as did Sally, Meg Ryan, in When Harry Met Sally, what happened to the Sunday underpants.”

…and our story continues

Though some might describe the space as somewhat cramped, it was, nonetheless, big enough for a very, very long table made of well-polished, mahogany and oak. Running down the center of this table — end-to-end — sat 10 convention-size, evenly-spaced, lead-crystall punch-bowls. A small mountain of the finest, perfectly-ripened, Ecuadorian bananas filled each bowl . Viewed from above, these banana-laden circular objects looked like yellow air-strip landing lights (for that’s precisely what Craignito and Buc thought they were, drawing closer, as they made their rapid, free-fall descent). You see, some 15-20 minutes had passed – for that’s how long it seemed – since our courageous duo had taken their leap of faith that fell just short enough to really test that faith. It had resulted in what was turning out to be the longest ride of their lives – a ride down the rabbit hole.

Just prior to making what would turn out to be a remarkably soft landing, each of the aforementioned bowls underwent another miraculous, perceptual transformation. You see, sprinkled about the huge banana bowls were numerous much smaller bowls – each of these, also, filled to the top — with unshelled peanuts, walnuts, hazel nuts, pecans, and the monkey’s favorite, Macadamia nuts – and it was these bowls that, when viewed from afar, appeared to be planets orbiting through the heavens around 10 yellow suns. Indeed, each landing light had grown to take on a sun-like appearance that, when accompanied by the planetary entourage just noted, turned it into a solar system very similar to our own.

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Mr. 100: (leaning back casually in “his” custom-built rattan, an ear-to-ear, Cheshire smile, quite unexpected as it beamed brightly amidst his otherwise ape-like, primitive features – as were the glint of two metal teeth – one silver, one gold — flashing — as they occasionally did in the natural light being funneled down from way, way above — when speaking mostly – for this monkey had a fondness for that — advertising that this was no ordinary monkey – advertising that this monkey was, indeed, one of a kind – unique in many non-monkey ways)

Mr. 100: “And to what do I owe the honor and the pleasure of this wonderful surprise visit, Craignito and Subucon — AKA Buc?”

Buc: (not sharing Craignito’s surprise in being addressed by his first name, Subucon answers in reply)“I was thinking it only fitting to make our first stop in our holey descent, your luxurious domicile, Mr. 100, sir.”

Mr. 100: (knowing full well, without asking, that there was more to this “why” than just to say “Hi” that brought these two visitors from above – from the land of illusions. You see, word travels fast, especially under-ground; besides, there was really only one reason that anyone ever came here; besides – and this was a reason most significant — Mr. 100 knew, because he just knew. Nevertheless, Mr. 100 didn’t want to seem overly presumptuous and, so, played along) “Oh, why is that, Con, I mean, Buc, my man?”

Buc: “Craignito here, has never heard the story; so, I thought it might be good if he heard it from the horse’s…excuse me, monkey’s mouth, so to speak.

Mr. 100: “Short version, or long?”

Buc: “Short, but, please, include everything you, alone, are privy. You know — all the stuff that cannot be found in the current literature.”

(Thinking Craignito could use some back-round info to help him make more of the monkey’s message, Sub turns to the Craiger and continues) 

“In the 1980’s, when the mass-produced novella, The 100th Monkey first appeared, the threat of nuclear holocaust, including the fear associated with it, was in the back of every ones’ mind. The reason Ken Keyes wrote this book was to help reduce the threat imposed by the possibility of nuclear war by decreasing all the negative thinking – fear mostly – being generated by this issue. In other words, if enough people thought strongly enough about such a war, that war would surely happen. To this day, there is ongoing debate regarding how influential was Mr. Keyes’ Book – since this war never happened – and, also, how much of Ken’s book is factual vs. how much is pure fiction.  Are you ready now to hear what our friend has to say? ”

Craignito: (Having gone beyond the shock of hearing his first name coming out of the mouth of a total stranger, Craignito was now dealing with the bigger question: how a monkey, or any animal for that matter, could be conversing in the King’s English – and so proficiently, too – that he barely managed to nod his head to indicate) “Go ahead.”

Mr. 100: “I remember the day as if it were yesterday. I was sitting in the sand playing with my friends – Tree Jumper, Poop Shoot, Banana Hands… and, at the same time, watching my mom pick up one of the sweet potatoes that the kind scientists, who also lived on Koshima Island the same as we did, made a habit of leaving on the beach for us to eat. As mom was just about to take a big “sandy” bite, I yelled out: ‘Mom! Mom! Stop!’ Without saying another word, I rushed over, grabbed her potato, washed the sand off in the sea water nearby, then handed it back. When she bit into it something magical happened. I’m not sure if it was because some of my friends’ moms had seen what I had done, or what, but from that day forward, none of us monkeys – young, old, or in between – would ever bite into a sweet potato again — without washing the sand off first.”

Craignito: “Really?”             

Mr. 100: “Yep. And when I say ‘none,’ I mean ‘NONE,’ because from what all the reports indicate, as soon as my mom’s teeth sunk in, all the monkeys that were the same species as me, my mom, and my friends, ‘Japanese macaques,’ started washing their taters, too — including those living on islands far away.”

Craignito: “That’s amazing!”

Mr. 100: “Yep. And what’s even more amazing is what happened next.

Craignito: “What could be more amazing than that?”

Mr. 100: “The scientists told Watson, Watson told Ken Keyes, and Ken Keyes told the world…or, at least, enough of it that the nuclear holocaust that would have occurred had he remained silent, didn’t. We monkeys proved that thought energy connects us all, and if enough of that energy is composed of the same thought, the conditions being thought about will occur. We, actually, I knew this immediately. It was intuitively obvious.”

Craignito: “Wow! It doesn’t seem that obvious to me, 100. How can you be so sure?”

Mr. 100: “Instinct. Ever notice whenever there is some impending natural disaster — volcanoes, especially — all the animals begin to suddenly high-tail it out of there — way before there is any apparent warning? That’s instinct. Part of what Mother Nature provides her less mentally endowed creatures to help insure survival of the species. As you probably know some insects — aphids, for instance – in times of dire emergency, are even able to sprout wings and fly. If we have been given that kind of metamorphosis-like ability by Mother Nature, do you think she would forget to provide the same level of instinctual knowing when having to live alongside her most unpredictable creature creation, human beings? Hell, no! As it turns out, there were a couple of deranged dingbats in power at the time, each of whom had access to the button, and would have zapped us all, long ago.”

Craignito: “Wow! That’s incredible! Your instinct told you all of that?”

Mr. 100: “Well, not exactly. I do like to consider all the evidence – the factual basis of things – to help confirm what my instincts are telling me. For instance, the number 100 isn’t exactly how many of us there were when ‘The Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon’ occurred that fine sunny day. Heck! There weren’t 100 monkeys living on Koshima at the time…and, as you now know, it wasn’t me, but my mom, who was the real ‘Hundredth Monkey.’ Those are the facts. It wasn’t the 100 designation that made this number special, obviously, since it had to be something smaller; or, perhaps, something larger. No reason why our special configuration was significant. It was special because it was the number needed to go beyond the ‘tipping point’. Paper won’t burn until it reaches a temperature of 451 degrees Fahrenheit – then it burns by itself spontaneously. As for my mom, she wanted me to get the credit. My mom, God rest her soul, was like most moms when it comes to that sort of thing…plus, this way, she didn’t need to explain. Any monkey parent who learns, instead of teaches, his or her kids something major, soon becomes a laughingstock throughout the monkey realm. In fact, I don’t recall that ever happening before. If the truth had leaked out, to this day, my mom would still be a source of laughter and ridicule in and on monkey bars everywhere.

Craignito: “Wow!”

Mr. 100: “And, I’ve got to tell you, there were a few of your kind – primarily those with lots of money and power, who had built specially equipped bunkers hidden deep underground that were none too happy about the peaceful turn of events.”

Craignito: “Really?”

Mr. 100: “They even hired some goon reporter, who did his best to discredit Watson. Take a look at this.” (100 pulls out an old, wrinkled article and hands it to Craignito. It was taken from something called ‘The Skeptical Inquirer.’ One paragraph, in particular, caught his eye, since 100 had obviously gone out of his way to high-light and underline the parts he found particularly offensive): ‘When the “hundredth” monkey learned to wash potatoes, suddenly and spontaneously and mysteriously monkeys on other islands, with no physical contact with the potato-washing cult, started washing potatoes! Was this monkey telepathy at work or just monkey business on Watson’s part?’ The article then shifts to focus on the person that many consider to be a Saint, because of his many glorious contributions to the enlightened thinking characterizing the New Age movement, Ken Keyes, Jr.: ‘From Keyes, one gets the image of spontaneous mass orgies of spud-dunking.”

Craignito: “Fascinating, 100. ‘potato-washing cult’ — when it comes to bashing, you just gotta know the media will turn to their signature ‘c-word’, sooner or later. And ‘spud-dunking.’ Isn’t there a franchise called ‘Spud Dunkers’ that specializes in potato doughnuts?”

Mr. 100: “Sure is, and guess what?”

Craignito: “What?”

Mr. 100: “I’m not sure if the entrepreneurs that created ‘Spud Dunkers’ read this particular article, or not, but they sure as hell turned it around in our favor, if they did…and their favor, too, of course. They’ve become quite successful, haven’t they? As it turns out, potato doughnuts, especially those made from sweet potatoes, are much healthier than those made from wheat. ‘It’s the ‘slam dunk’ providing the Spud Dunker edge.’ Surely you’ve heard that? The overall health of entire police departments is improving significantly by simply substituting the spud for the dud…or is it ‘crud?’ In fact, there’s one ‘Spud’ that opened up out Vancouver way that will occasionally draw in Mounties from as far away as the next Province over.”

Craignito: “Fascinating, 100!”

Mr. 100: “Just saw a recent ad. ‘Bad guys got you down? Join our spud-dunking cult, and together we’ll throw the bastards out of town!’

Craignito: “Nice!”

Mr. 100: “So, in bringing this short story to a close: with disaster having been averted, and people slowly waking up to realize that it was the banksters and the politicians – the so-called ruling class – who were really the parasitical, life-sucking scourge of humanity, these leeches, being the vindictive lot they are, having failed miserably with those they love to feed on the most, decided to focus their wrath on us. First, they tried stirring the pot with all those silly Planet of the Apes films. Then, once we knew they were headed our way, and out to hunt us down, one-by-one, we had no other option than to form an alliance with Peter and go underground.”

Craignito: “Peter?”

Mr. 100: “Peter Rabbit. Surely, you’ve heard of him?”

Craignito: “Yeah, but…”

Buc: “Hey, Craigo, what say we not take undue advantage of Mr. 100’s fine hospitality any longer and over-stay our welcome. Just in case you haven’t noticed, Craigisti, there’s a lot of hungry monkeys beginning to fidget, and, I swear, the majority of them have their eyes glued to the top your head. With that crew-cut of yours, you know, it really could pass for a giant sweet potato of sorts.”

Mr. 100: “Don’t be ridiculous, Buc, they are just interested in what your buddy has to say. You’re both more than welcome to join us for our Sunday feast…and stay the night.”

Buc: “As much as we do appreciate the offer, my friend, we really must be going. The green goblins and yellow hornets we popped into our gullets are gearing up and getting ready to kick in, and we definitely want to be where we need to be before that happens…and from the way Craignito’s hair is standing up on end at attention right now, I’d say that could already be happening.”

Having said their goodbyes, both members of our stalwart crew looked back in unison; just in time to see both of 100’s hairy upper extremities being raised skyward. When they came down with a resounding thud on the table top, total pandemonium broke loose. Apparently, these monkeys loved to play “banana grab.” Two, three, and sometimes four monkeys all grabbing the same banana at the same time, just to see who could hold on the longest. Well, monkeys never let go of their bananas. White globs of banana squirting everywhere, monkey heads bobbing up and down, sideways left and right, as they attempted to catch the speedy goo with their mouths, as some dogs attempt to do with flying Frisbees. What a mess!

Craignito: “Buc, how much of what 100 told us was actually true? I thought it all was, until he got to the ‘Peter Rabbit’ part.”

Buc: “What do you mean? You don’t believe in Peter Rabbit, Mr. Skeptical Inquirer?”

(Not knowing how serious Buc was, Craignito just stood there looking perplexed. Actually, he, along with Buc, might have appeared to be standing, but now Buc’s long locks flowing upward in the breeze of apparent wind was a dead give-a-way that they had resumed their downward journey, and had already reached terminal velocity. Although the Craigster was mightily relieved that his “sweet potato” head was still in one piece and now at a safe ‘far-from-dinner’ distance, he couldn’t help but wonder what was the point of it all?) 

Craignito: “Buc…”

(noticing the demeanor of his friends face, Buc knew he must speak up now – before the goblins laughing in one ear, and the hornets buzzing in the other got too loud – to put Craignito’s mind at ease). 

Buc: “Remember, Craignito, the Peter Rabbit part was all for us. 100 only told you exactly what you needed to hear. The point was never how much truth was in his story, but how much truth his story was about. Consider Peter to be what was needed to separate and thus make more obvious what was most important for us to hear. Call it intuition, call it monkey telepathy, call it logical scientific investigation, call it the Hundredth Monkey’s business to use his — or is it her — unique gift to peer into the future. It will make more sense soon. I promise.”

With that, Buc lifted his gaze upward. Craignito followed his lead. Both of them could have sworn they were able to see the crescent-shaped moon, or was it 100’s knowing grin, fading into the distance. It must have reminded them of the moon and the twinkling stars on a dark green box, because they both got an instant craving for Mint Chocolate Campfire Girl Cookies.

This entry was posted in Master Key and tagged Each day I greet with love in my heart!MKMMA MASTER KEYCRAIGNITOTHE GREATEST SALESMANOg MandinoThe 100th MonkeyThe Hundredth MonkeySubucon on January 26, 2015 by Loren.

or was it 100’s knowing grin,

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Monkeys are seldom seen in this neck of the woods!

 

MKMMA – WEEK 17HJ – ARE YOU A COSMIC COMEBACK KID?

 

It was just another day in winter along the Eastern Ridge. The trees barren of all foliage, looked like triumphant warriors with their stick-like trunks reflected in the icy-cold stream nearby; and branches appeared as arms reaching upward towards the sky.

THE MASTER KEY MASTERMIND ALLIANCE can take you far – as far as your imagination is able – and most likely farther than you can imagine! Imagine that, and you’ve got the start of a fable. The kind of story told in olden times at a large Christmas table. Heroes there were 3, and guess what…one of them is me. Fawn and Stevo round out this galant MM trio. Together we are “tipping point, ” the name you’ve come to know. Off to save this world you see to the best of our combined ability; in the beginning so very slow. Yet, faster and faster as we went, we chipped away the Earth’s cement. To expose with the final peel the finest gold we’d ever seen! As does the part reveal the whole, such did the whole reveal the part; can you guess what this might mean? It meant far more than words can say I — so go, I must, and ask, may I?

The rain turned the walkway into a world filled with prismatic color.

MY MKMMA WEEK 17 POST ENDED LIKE THIS:

Salvation in the situation is surely to be found in the world within. Generally, that’s the place all of us should begin. We surely would find, unless we’ve completely lost our mind; something so elementary to understand: when offered, grab that helping hand. Does that still apply, when a hero is our guy? When on the hero’s journey, if you wish to reach the end, one thing that is for certain, it helps to have a friend!

Is there anything else we should know, before the hands of time tell us, now is the time to go Did I mention “insider info?”

Dressed in gold, she danced for gold, and did not disappoint!

As pointed out in week 16, the actual deadline is not determined by the setting of a clock. Anyone telling something different, they must be full of crock. it arrives when your post – rather lack of a post – comes into a Rover’s purview. That amounts to an additional day, at least, and often more than two.

Did you know if you are taken off the blogroll, Getting back on may not be as difficult as you think. We, Blog Rovers, want you to know, it’s not too late to tell your tale in blogger’s ink.  It doesn’t matter when you got the boot — recently, or way back in week one, we don’t really give a hoot. If, all of a sudden, you’ve seen the light of day, then begin now without delay, Whatever be your reasons, you somehow lost your way, it’s a Blog Rover promise, they are all quite okay.

Simply email any of the five Rovers (contact information is listed below), and/or your personal guide, giving us your word you will publish a blog every week (heck, I think there are only 8 weeks left to go), and guess what? Your request won’t be denied, All the weeks you’ve missed forgiven absolutely, we promise, quite resolutely!, Next thing you know, back on the blog roll you will go!

Wait, there’s still more. Since “everyone loves a comeback,” we want to hear your tale. Perhaps, you may wish to tell us how you got off the blogging trail; and/or how it felt drifting down the River of Dreams in a canoe without a paddle, or a boat without a sail. Perhaps, how you can hardly wait to get back in the saddle. Or, alas, how it felt to be out of harmony with others in your class.

Knowing as we do, how deep unwelcome thoughts are often hid, means the subconscious mind can affect us without our conscious mind recalling exactly what we did – or didn’t do — as when we quit. This tells the Subby, “I’m a quitter,” – a thought so extremely bitter, the more it happens, it soon becomes belief. Indelibly etched in our subconscious, it’s a limitation that can really cause us grief! This is the reason why, Charles Haanel cautions us to finish everything we start. A concept in  the MKE, we’ve learned to take to heart. Do we really want a self-directed new life, or be satisfied with the same-ol? Be, unsatisfactorily, satisfied with silver that isn’t silver (eg,, silver coins), or go for dreams made of gold?

Take advantage of this opportunity to erase, or, at least, reduce any negative influence, associated with letting MKMMA’s tangible blog requirement go by the wayside.

Write a little, or write a lot, we want to see what you’ve got! Although not a requirement, we want to hear from the person underneath what’s left of your “concrete” veneer! Whether you do or don’t make it the theme of your initial “come back” post, we will tentatively add your name to the freshly created MKMMA  Blog Rovers List called COSMIC COMEBACK KIDS, and eagerly await the opportunity to hoist our cup and toast.

Once you’ve fulfilled your promise, to publish a post every week until the very end (remembering commencement is just around the bend) we all rise to hail how your name has become cosmically permanent, and now stays on our COSMIC COMEBACK KID’S list for good! This also means you get to graduate summa cum laude with the rest of your class, (I know, it’s true, even if you didn’t think you had any class), and also means the opportunity to become a lifetime member, also means the opportunity to train and become a guide – and with our arms open wide, we ask full of pride: “SKIT, SCAT, HOW ABOUT THAT?”

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As they swirled under the umbrella, she raised her right leg at the knee to make a 90° angle with her left.

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Jordan sings like Leonid paints – insane!

The umbrella encapsulated the conversation of the two females walking by.

MKMMA — WEEK 17 – ARE YOU A PEPTIDE PUFFBALL?

 

It was a long sail before us, heading out as day was dipping into night; fiery red and orange contrasting with the deep blue of the ocean, made it all quite a sight!

THE MASTER KEY MASTERMIND ALLIANCE can take you far – as far as your imagination is able – and most likely farther than you can imagine! Imagine that, and you’ve got the start of a fable. The kind of story told in olden times at a large Christmas table. Heroes there were 3, and guess what…one of them is me. Fawn and Stevo round out this galant MM trio. Together we are “tipping point, ” the name you’ve come to know. Off to save this world you see to the best of our combined ability; in the beginning so very slow. Yet, faster and faster as we went, we chipped away the Earth’s cement. To expose with the final peel the finest gold we’d ever seen! As does the part reveal the whole, such did the whole reveal the part; can you guess what this might mean? It meant far more than words can say I — so go, I must, and ask, may I?

The spring that year so full of passion.
The scent of blossoms floated through the air.
The trees on which they mustered, lustered,
As they clustered everywhere.

MY MKMMA WEEK 16 POST ENDED LIKE THIS:

However, I may be a bit biased, so, further evaluation I leave up to you. Please, read Michael’s post yourself to see if it’s true.

One last thought before I go. I need to make my rounds in the Alliances with a comment containing value – something you would want to know. Hmmmmmm

Whether in the rough, or the buff, I believe Michael’s post is a diamond! Have I said enough? 

Until next time, when the comment designed for use in the Alliances – alluded to above – makes Page 1 in my Week 17 post.

Their bodies merged and became one!

As I’ve recently revealed in several places – in previous published blog posts and in the alliances, to name just two – any student who falls 3 weeks behind in their blogging puts us on high alert. And if there is still no change in Week 4, he or she is taken off the blogroll. No one wants to see that – especially, us Rovers; so…

Here is some insider news. Say it’s Friday, 12 PM midnight Kauai Time, which means the blog deadline has passed; and you are dangling over the edge of indecision, as if an outside bystander watching your new blueprint and the old duking it out.

Ye old BP knows your history inside and out; knows that if you’ve fallen behind in anything – especially, a little over four weeks – the chances of rectifying the situation may exist, but not for this peptide puffball.

The new blueprint, on the other hand, has been given a taste of the behavior that brings the greatest reward, and is hanging on for dear life. Yet, each minute, each second, each instant that goes by makes it more and more difficult to escape the thought: “the deadline has passed! Even if I were to somehow miraculously publish a blog post right now, it’s still too late to matter.” Each time this thought we entertain, the old blueprint chalks up as a gain, and the knuckles of the new BP grow whiter with the strain.

Don’t let go, because taking flight that way is a great big “no, no!” Of course, you realize, as we all do, we are “Nature’s Greatest Miracle!” However, you’re 103 stories up, and thinking when circumstances are most dire, such as this, somewhere within the evolution of the human species, we were sufficiently “aphid like” to have retained the ability to suddenly sprout wings like they can – well, I’m not sure who told you, because they must be some kind nut — or, at least, a full-blown liar. When it comes to gravity versus wishful thinking, guess who winds up on the pavement – kerplop? The right answer is a fact none of us should forget; otherwise, the tool of choice to pick up what remains, just might be a mop!

Salvation in the situation is surely to be found in the world within. Generally, that’s the place all of us should begin. We surely would find, unless we’ve completely lost our mind; something so elementary to understand: when offered, grab that helping hand. Does that still apply, when a hero is our guy? When on the hero’s journey, if you wish to reach the end, one thing that is for certain, it helps to have a friend!

Is there anything else we should know, before the hands of time tell us, now is the time to go Did I mention “insider info?”

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                                          The silence of the sea seemed to follow our return;

Turned to ashy gray the surrounding bay,

Where a few lights burned more brightly

To remind us the worst was all behind us,

And what remained, still okay.

 

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The performance which follows comes from THE VOICE 2015. Although Jordan Smith took home most of the marbles that year, as you will be able to tell when you listen, Madi also spent some time enjoying the limelight!
This is her vocal interpretation of “Songbird.”

The passion of their kiss made it clear at the start,
A bond already forming, as they traded heart for heart!