Life is a Do-Happening

Surfing is the ultimate Do-Happening

Everything in life is a combination of what happens to us and what we do.   Sometimes what we do is a reaction to what happens to us.   Sometimes what happens is a result of what we have done.   The extremist on either end of the spectrum will believe: 1. The fatalists believe everything is done according to a grand orchestration, and that we have no control over anything, everything happens for a reason etc. 2. The other end of the spectrum believes that all of life is…

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Metaphors of Life | The Core of Cognition

Metaphors are the core of human cognition, the core of how we think about and relate to the world. The three human metaphors that describe the origin and purposes of the world are as follows. The Ceramic Model The Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam and Jews use the creative model of a universe where it was formed by God as potter forms clay. This originates from the beginning of the Bible in Genesis where God creates and forms Adam from the dust of the earth.  He created a clay figurine…

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Animals, Pets and Humans, a Symbiosis

Kids and cats

When I was growing up I was fortunate to have parents that raised all sorts of animals. We had sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, horses, rabbits, geese, ducks, dogs, cats and an assortment of rodents like rats and guinea pigs. Raising animals taught me a wide range of lessons that are not as easily learned from studying books or listening to teachers. From feeding them every day to watching lambs be born to slaughtering them for food, the circle of life was apparent and raw. I saw lambs born with birth…

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The Triangle of Life

The Triangle of Life

“Mind of a Scholar Body of a Warrior …Soul of an Artist That is how we must live” – Mason Hartwell, my son. He was only 16 or 17 when he wrote this, but my son poetically captured for me the perspective we need to find total happiness in our lives. In a classic 3-part synopsis of life, it conveys the concept of balance and perspective on our various natures. Mind of a Scholar: We need to have a thirst for knowledge and understanding of our world. Whether through formal…

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