Seek First

Do not neglect spiritual matters and allow your mind and soul to deteriorate
For it is these things that will remain when your body wastes away

Be not so concerned with food and drink while your soul is hungry for nourishment
Do not give yourself to buying and selling when you yourself are a slave
Be not eager to fall asleep if you have yet to wake up
Engross yourself not in grown up things if you have not even been born
Do not indulge in adult drink before tasting the food of children
Do not work so hard to fix your body if your soul is deformed
Struggle not to rise through the ranks, or climb the ladder,
or rise to fame or power, while your soul is sinking deeper into a pit
Spend not your life collecting treasures and fail to find God,
The treasure that never perishes


The Way

A man was going on a journey
So his father asks him if he knew the way
No, he says, can you help me?
Father: Since you know where you want to go then I will send you a guide
Son: Does he know the way, has he been to this place?
Father: Don’t follow him because he says he knows the way
But just enjoy the ride
Later the man comes back to his father
The father asks him if he reached his destination
He says that he left his guide because he began
to travel in the wrong direction
The father says to his son “you have acted in haste”
If you knew the way then why didn’t you show it to him?
The man says, “he seemed to be enjoying the ride”
Father: You thought he would turn back when he noticed you were gone.
Not so, more likely is that he picked up others and is leading them on a journey.
For better or worse
And yet you are back here
Son: No father. I no longer enjoyed the journey
Anytime I asked him where we were he wouldn’t tell me. He knows where I’m headed.
I now know the way. I only came back to ask if you wanted to travel with me there
Father: Tell me son, how will we know we’re going the right way?
Son: You will see how the wrong path has a dead end.
But this route never ends, even after we reach our destination
Father: Why does everyone not just stay on the right path?
Son: Because when the road gets rough they always veer off onto a smoother one
Let us stay the course and persevere

The Right Medicine

       If our words are like medicine and can heal wounds and cure sickness, are we giving people an overdose? Can too much words make people sick? Has the medicine been tested for good results? Has it been chosen with the specific patient in mind? What might be effective on one person may not be on someone else. A good doctor will try to check up on his patients to see if they are recovering. Medicine needs to be administered to the right part of the body. The eye, the ear, the mouth, the skin. Is there something they need to see, something they need to hear? Maybe they just need time to digest it. Maybe a hug is all they need. How does it taste, is it sweet? Is it painful, check your tone. There are periods when a medicine shouldn’t be given. How’s your timing? Sometimes no words are necessary, just silence, your presence, a listening ear to show that you care. The best medicine may just be to know and feel their pain, to bear their burden or share their suffering. If you find yourself unable to escape a place or situation, know that there is someone who needs you.

Life is Good

 I had a dream one night
 Someone tells me to go back to school
 I think to myself, “why should I
 let a voice in my head tell me what to do?”
 I decide to get readmitted anyway, thinking that I had nothing to lose
 Let me do this thing to the best of my ability
 I’m happy to walk to school everyday with my bad legs
 (not bad enough for government funds)
 Things are great in the beginning
 Everything is new, the people are friendly
 What am I learning though?
 I can’t understand my spanish professor
 I manage to scrape by with an A+, I need a break from spanish
 Spanish 201 is still required of me, I must take it now before I forget
 Everything I learned in 101
 Dean’s List again. Too bad I don’t care about accolades
 Math is just numbers, Science is just numbers
 Psychology (my major) is just theories, information overload
 A girl gives me a book called “The interpretation of dreams”
 How did she know?
 People are still nice, but distant
 As if they came just to help me and be on their way
 I notice this too well, but I can’t blow their cover
 The dreams get worse and worse, I can’t fall to sleep at night
 Dreams of someone choking me, not being able to breathe
 I’m forced to take a break from school for awhile
 Maybe I should have taken that book more seriously
 Dreams of being choked mean that you are in a situation
 in which you have trouble expressing yourself
 No time for anything else but my studies
 No one will allow me to stare and be silent
 I get accused of thinking too much
 Still trying to make sense of that dream?
 The devil has you paralyzed son
 Where is your success, where is your money, where is your life
 Do you offer training here? No you must have less than 30 college credits
 This place may have something for you, but you may have to lie
 Yeah right!, I can’t compromise my moral principles
 Meanwhile dreams are telling me it’s time to settle down
 Get married and have children. More pressure, more pain
 How many times do I have to tell myself I’m not in a position for that
 Am I being harmed by the expectations of my parents
 How do I escape this place, this box, these games?
 Stay here and take care of these sick cats a dream says to me
 I didn’t really have a choice, but ok
 It’s alright, I saw another rainbow today

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Slippery Slope

When we can’t convince with tender words we use harsh ones

When harsh words are of no use we employ guile

Can’t win with guile and we try sabotage

Sabotage not working we resort to violence

From fists to the blade, to guns to bombs

From person to family to nation to race

Security is achieved for now, but for how long

Let us move in and keep an eye on them all

To prevent a takeover, we know the evil that exists in man

Why are they attacking us for protecting ourselves?

Why all the rage to hold on to this foreign country?

When their is a better one we should be striving to enter