Charity Wrapped with Dignity.

Charity wrapped in DignityShe asked him, ‘How much are you selling the eggs for?’

The old seller replied, ‘Rs.5/- an egg, Madam.’

She said to him, ‘I will take 6 eggs for Rs.25/- or I will leave.’

The old seller replied, ‘Come take them at the price you want. May be, this is a good beginning because I have not been able to sell even a single egg today.’

She took the eggs and walked away feeling she has won. She got into her fancy car and went to a posh restaurant with her friend. There, she and her friend, ordered whatever they liked. They ate a little and left a lot of what they ordered. Then she went to pay the bill. The bill costed her Rs.1,400/-. She gave Rs. 1,500/- and asked the owner of the restaurant to keep the change.

This incident might have seemed quite normal to the owner but, very painful to the poor egg seller.

The point is,

Why do we always show we have the power when we buy from the needy ones? And why do we get generous to those who do not even need our generosity?

I once read read somewhere:

‘my father used to buy simple goods from poor people at high prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes he even used to pay extra for them. I got concerned by this act and asked him why does he do so? Then my father replied,

“It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my child”

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Taking things Personally

Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

~ Don Miguel Ruiz: The Four Agreements

We Create Positive Energy

img_9198Many of us want to see change in the world and we’d love to make a difference but when we consider the enormous problems out there it’s intimidating and, as one little person, we can feel powerless. It’s understandable to feel like we can’t make a difference; but what we may not realize is we already have and we do every day. Every time we treat someone with kindness, every time we share knowledge, every time we send a positive thought someone’s direction, and every time we lend a hand we’re initiating positive motion which ripples and spreads through other people. We CREATE positive energy with our thoughts, words and actions – and the more we bring into being, the more there is to propagate. In that way, we have more power than we can imagine and we can, in fact, change the world. ❤️

Positively Saying Goodbye

Positively saying goodbye to the past:
Many of us carry the past with us. Even when we think we’ve let it go it can gnaw at our subconscious, impacting our choices as we try to move forward. The past, good or bad, is over and to live a full life, we need to live in and appreciate each new moment. Great memories are usually pretty light and they may even propel us forward with confidence; however, if we have bitter, regretful or painful memories, the best thing, no matter how difficult, is to let them go. One way to do that is to call to mind each tough memory, shrink it down until it’s really small, and then mentally place it in a bubble. Once the bubble is full, let go of it and watch it float away. It may sound silly but if our intent is to let go, it actually feels really good to see our past sadness sail off to a place far away from us. We can even imagine the bubble bursting and our past troubles disintegrating with it. Saying good-bye to the past is a huge relief and best of all, it means saying hello to a much happier future. ❤️

Positively Quitting:

Positively quitting:
When do we give up? Quitting is not supposed to be in our vocabulary. Our culture celebrates those who soldier on despite hardships, ups and downs and pure adversity. But sometimes the wisest course of action is to say that we’ve put enough of our heart and soul into something that we no longer have the energy to try to sustain, and stop. Life gives us only so many moments. If we spend them on endeavors or people that drain us – either our emotions, our resources or our souls – at a certain point we’re wasting our lives. Quitting is not failing – it’s knowing when it’s time to pack it up and move on to something else. We don’t have to sustain our passion for one thing despite all odds. It’s a big world – there’s more to do and much more to love. Life is all about infinite possibilities and the journey…
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Beautiful Future….

In 20 years owning a car will be like owning a horse, amazing evolution of transportation and efficiency is under way and the Planet and the environment need it so much..
Uber and the like are already transforming transportation from a product industry to a service industry. This also represents an economic transition from focus a on possession to a focus on access. Add self-driving technology to the kind of network Uber is prototyping – with computer load balancing on vehicle distribution – and we have ubiquitous access to transportation, that can be made (nearly) accident free and emission free…while radically lowering traffic load and decreasing the total amount of cars needed by a factor of almost 20 (just the amount of cars for peak need time, all in full utilization [with service a buffer], rather than the average car spending 95% of its time sitting). This means 1/ 20th of the physical materials need to be taken from the earth for vehicles, with no emissions, power-able by renewable energy, free from accidents and traffic jams, while freeing human time and attention for more creative tasks. And by the way, the status associated with car possession is now gone.

Now imagine the result of this kind of process in every industry and sector: products to services, possession to access, less total resources providing greater utility through intelligent sharing, problem solving through technological innovation that obsoletes the need for political/ legal management tactics (traffic laws, tickets, etc.), technological automation of rote and dangerous tasks protecting people and freeing them for more meaningful focuses, increasing economic equality and decreasing status focus and differential advantage…

Technological automation and an access rather than possession based economy obsolete the need for private ownership and jobs….obsolete the need for systems of extrinsic incentive to get the people to do the jobs society needs done…so now we can systemically focus on optimizing for the intrinsic incentive of all humans…optimizing for real quality of life and unique creative purpose… Once the jobs no longer need the people, we can create a common wealth economics where the people no longer need the jobs, and a higher level of meaningful material capability is available to everyone than even the wealthiest people have ever experienced heretofore, with a far smaller resource load on the earth.

This also removes the structures that condition greed and selfishness: when having (access to) everything is a given for everyone from birth, and scarcity isn’t the starting point, and gaining more isn’t relevant or even possible, so there is no status conferred or individuation through getting/having…it becomes totally uninteresting. Instead, differentiation occurs only through creativity. The fruits of which are instantly a benefit to the entire commonwealth. Which makes us all personally invested in each other’s creativity and want for their success…changing the economic structural drivers of competition to drivers of simultaneous individuation and symbiosis. This also removes the basis for laziness, which comes from forcing kids to do uninteresting things, while not facilitating their actual interests (thereby breaking their interest in life), to prepare them for a life of being (economically) forced to do uninteresting jobs that they would rather spend less of their small time alive doing if they could. Removing the differential advantage system also removes the major conditioning factor for ubiquitous low grade psychopathy…allowing empathy and care to actually mature and be fostered in all people.

This is all possible. And happening. We are in the beginning stages of the transition – technologies like these are the beginning of capitalism obsoleting itself – technologies that have capitalist competitive advantage, that unknowingly undermine the basis for capitalism (private capital ownership with inexorably increasing differential advantage), and make possible a new higher-order system never before possible.

Happy Days…

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Positive Results

Positive results:
What is bad or good, wrong or right? We’re the ones who decide. When something that we didn’t want to happen happens, if we label it bad, it will be bad in our thoughts and we may react accordingly. But most of us have had something ‘bad’ happen to us that we’ve realized later was actually the best thing that could have happened. Maybe it was a job we didn’t get that left space for a much better job or a relationship that didn’t work out that we realize in hindsight would have been miserable had it continued or a health condition that changed our life goals. What’s good or bad isn’t always immediately apparent so passing judgment on the events in our lives isn’t really in our best interests. Instead, when the unexpected happens, if we go with the flow and do our best with what we know, its impact will stay reasonable, we won’t overreact and life will go on until the next thing shows up!
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