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The Mayonnaise Jar

July 24, 2013

When things in your lives seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions – and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
“The pebbles are the other things that matter, like your job, your house and your car.”
“The sand is everything else – the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and enquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked.
“It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

Today’s the day…

July 26, 2012

Today’s the day you take charge of your life. You achieve your goals.

You eliminate the fear. You increase your confidence.

You make the right choices.

Today you believe in yourself.

Today you tell yourself you will succeed.

You can do anything you want. You can achieve any goal you can imagine.

Today you direct your subconscious mind and your inner powers.

You tell them exactly what you want. You eliminate the negative thoughts and the negative beliefs.

You do the right things at the right time. You make the right choices. You meet the right people. You choose the right opportunities.

Because you make the right decisions.

Forget what happened in the past. No longer dwell on any mistakes. If things didn’t work out learn and move forward.

You can succeed when you direct your inner powers and your subconscious mind to bring you what you want. And doing that is simple.

Think about what you want. Get a clear idea. Think about why you want it. Think about the benefits, and how you will feel when you achieve your goals. Really get into the feeling in your mind. Feel your excitement and the pride you have in yourself upon achieving your goal. Don’t think about what you don’t want. Instead, focus your attention on what you do want. Now tell yourself that you have what you want. That you know what to do to get what you want.

Then direct your subconscious mind and your inner powers to bring you what you want. Give them the right instructions and you’ll enjoy greater success. Today’s the day you take control of your thoughts and direct your inner powers and subconscious mind.

You’re more powerful than you realize.

You have amazing powers within you.

All you have to do is direct these powers to create the success, happiness and joy that you want.

Your subconscious mind and your inner powers are always at work.

They respond to your thoughts, your beliefs and your attitudes.

If you’re not enjoying life, If you’re not in the right relationship, If you’re not as successful as you want to be, If you’re not making as much money as you want, Then you’re not giving your inner powers and your subconscious mind the right instructions. Instead, you’re telling them to create more of what you don’t want. And so you make the wrong choices, you don’t take the right steps and and you continue to struggle. You doubt yourself and you lose confidence.

And so you condition yourself to struggle, or not get what you want.

The doubts continue. And things get worse.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Keep taking charge of your thoughts. You have been programmed over a long period of time to be who you are now, so be patient with yourself when changing your beliefs. Keep thinking about what you want – not what you don’t want.

When you think about what you don’t want you attract more of what you don’t want. Your subconscious and your inner powers simply respond to what you constantly think about and believe.

So change what you think about. Direct your thoughts to what you want. Have beliefs that focus on what you want. Believe in yourself and believe in your ability. Start directing your inner powers and your subconscious mind to bring you exactly what you want

Tell yourself that you are a powerful person. More powerful than you realize. Believe in yourself and believe in your abilities.
Tell yourself that you can accomplish anything you want.
Today’s the day you take control of your life. Today you direct your inner powers and subconscious mind. Today you create the life you want.


November 11, 2010
Your cell phone is in your pocket.

He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.


You walk down the beach, staring
at all the pretty girls.
He patrols the streets, searching

for insurgents and terrorists.
He’s told he will be held over an

extra 2 months.


You call your girlfriend and set a
date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there

is a letter from home.


You hug and kiss your girlfriend,
like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells

his love’s perfume.


You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his

new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet.


You criticize your government, and
say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and

killed by their own people and

remembers why he is fighting.


You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and

screams of the wounded.


You see only what the media wants
you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying

around him.


You are asked to do some thing by
your parents. You don’t.
He does exactly what he is told even

if it puts his life in danger.


You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given

to call, write home, sleep, and eat.


You crawl into your soft bed, with
down pillows, and get comfortable.
He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.


If you support your troops, send this
to 13 people.


REMEMBER our Troops, and do not
forget them LATER
Lest we forget

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

May 17, 2010

Ghosts & Sheep

October 13, 2008

They are dead when they are born
they go through life fulfilling it’s rituals
they are not seen when looked upon
they are wisps in the corners
they travel through life not living
They are ghosts

They are led
they are told
they do not ask
they follow the path
They are sheep

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Calvin And Hobbes

October 6, 2008

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Opium Of The People

September 24, 2008

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Religion is the opiate of the people

is one of the most frequently quoted statements of Karl Marx. It was translated from the German original,

Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes

and is often referred to as

religion is the opiate of the masses.

The quote originates from the introduction of his 1843 work Contribution to Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right which was subsequently released one year later in Marx’s own journal Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher, a collaboration with Arnold Ruge. The phrase

Tis opium you feed your people

appears in 1797 in Marquis de Sade’s text L’Histoire de Juliette. In Brave New World Revisited, Aldous Huxley states that opium is the religion of the people (or rather, soma).


The quote, in context, reads as follows (emphasis added):

Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man—state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.


In the Marquis de Sade’s Juliette, published in 1797 (trans. Austryn Wainhouse, 1968), Sade uses the term in a scene where Juliette explains to King Ferdinand the consequences of his policies:

Though nature lavishes much upon your people, their circumstances are strait. But this is not the effect of their laziness; this general paralysis has its source in your policy which, from maintaining the people in dependence, shuts them out from wealth; their ills are thus rendered beyond remedy, and the political state is in a situation no less grave than the civil government, since it must seek its strength in its very weakness. Your apprehension, Ferdinand, lest someone discover the things I have been telling you leads you to exile arts and talents from your realm. You fear the powerful eye of genius, that is why you encourage ignorance. Tis opium you feed your people, so that, drugged, they do not feel their hurts, inflicted by you. And that is why where you reign no establishments are to be found giving great men to the homeland; the rewards due knowledge are unknown here, and as there is neither honor nor profit in being wise, nobody seeks after wisdom.

I have studied your civil laws, they are good, but poorly enforced, and as a result they sink into ever further decay. And the consequences thereof? A man prefers to live amidst their corruption rather than plead for their reform, because he fears, and with reason, that this reform will engender infinitely more abuses than it will do away with; things are left as they are. Nevertheless, everything goes askew and awry and as a career in government has no more attractions than one in the arts, nobody involves himself in public affairs; and for all this compensation is offered in the form of luxury, of frivolity, of entertainments. So it is that among you a taste for trivial things replaces a taste for great ones, that the time which ought to be devoted to the latter is frittered away on futilities, and that you will be subjegated sooner or later and again and again by any foe who bothers to make the effort.

Analysis and influence

One of the essays in Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment (1947) is titled “Juliette or Enlightenment and Morality” and analyzes Juliette as the embodiment of the philosophy of enlightenment.


Ambiguity of “opium”

The sense in which the metaphor “opiate” is used has been interpreted in several ways, some of which may differ from the way opium is thought of today.[1] At the time when Marx wrote this text, opium was legally available in some parts of the world, although there were beginning attempts to regulate, legislate and prohibit its use, sale and production, due to the negative effects the substance had on individuals and society in general. According to McKinnon (2005), there seemed to have been four primary senses which opium could be used as a metaphor in the mid nineteenth century:

  1. Opium was an important medicine. It was used as a painkiller or sedative, but also for a wide range of ailments, including combatting cholera.
  2. Opium was a keyword for widespread social conflict, particularly the Opium Wars.
  3. It was the source of an important ‘social problem’, one of the first ‘public health’ concerns, known as ‘baby-doping’ (giving your child opium to keep them quiet.)
  4. Opium was the source of fantastic visions of the ‘opium eaters’ (De Quincey, the Romantic Poets, etc.)
  5. Morphine, the principal and most widely-known and widely-produced opiate of the day — at the time called morphium — has at its etymology “dream-inducer”. In this sense, opium is what you give someone when you want them to experience a fantasy instead of a reality. This is related to, but distinct from, the above baby-doping usage.

See also

  • Faith and rationality
  • Infidels
  • Noble lie

References and further reading

  • Abrams, M. H. 1971 [1934]. The Milk of Paradise: The Effect of Opium Visions on the Works of De Quincey, Crabbe, Francis, Thompson, and Coleridge. New York: Octagon
  • Berridge, Victoria and Edward Griffiths. 1980. Opium and the People. London: Allen Lane
  • Marx, Karl. 1844. A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, Deutsch-Französische Jahrbücher, February.
  • McKinnon, Andrew. M. “Reading ‘Opium of the People’: Expression, Protest and the Dialectics of Religion” in Critical Sociology, vol. 31 no. 1/2. [2]
  • O’Toole, Roger. 1984. Religion: Classic Sociological Approaches. Toronto: McGraw Hill
  • Rojo, Sergio Vuscovic. 1988. “La religion, opium du people et protestation contre la misère réele: Les positions de Marx et de Lénine” in Social Compass, vol. 35, no. 2/3, pp. 197-230.

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August 26, 2008

From my neck to my tail bone my whole spine is sending out pain. Not the dull in the background & easily ignored pain it used to be but lately it is the pain that says “here I am, listen to me, listen to me,….”

I have no energy. It takes 2 hours of a morning for me to get out of bed. I feel like I have a hangover with the aching all over but this has lasted for at least a week at this level.

The pain messes with my head as well. I can’t concentrate, I make mistakes and they are occurring more often. Driving can be a struggle. All that I need to think about to function daily has to push it’s way to the front of my head as the pain has prime position. It’s like noise inside my head and the clear sounds of thoughts I need have to wade through the fog to perform their duties. The fog is thick at the moment.

A person could go insane dealing with this. Some think I am insane or on drugs. I fight this every day to exist in the real world. I fight every day to remain me. The pain could take over and I would become a complaining, frustrated, angry person constantly looking for pity. I am so frustrated now I nearly cried in front of my sister this afternoon when I talked to her about the pain I am in. My head is in a place where I don’t want to be. I don’t want pity. I want to be fixed…. now!

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Now I AM scared!

August 14, 2008

I’ve just been to the local chiropractor who I discussed further options for treatment of my spine. He cannot refer me to a specialist himself so I am going to out-patients at the local hospital.

Chiropractor stated (and I already guessed) that any treatment requiring surgery would have me out of action for at least 3 months and possibly 6 months. How do I survive that long without work, how do I pay for extended hospital time? Will I come out the other end better off or, like the chiropractor warned, will any treatment cause more problems?

I have put up with this for too long and now I will find out what help there is for me.

I want to do whatever is necessary to fix/improve my spine as now I know where I am headed I need clear thoughts to be able to achieve my goal.

Circle of Sacrifice

August 12, 2008

Money makes us sacrifice the things we want so that we can make money so that we can afford what we want

Unfortunately but I’m at the start of this circle!!

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