Saturday Posts . . .

This last month has been an interesting one for us. It started with our dishwasher. It broke down, and the only appliance repairman left in town couldn’t determine what was wrong when he first examined it.

While he was trying to figure out the problem, my wife and I both had to leave town (for different reasons) for one day. I got home first, and found our basement starting to flood due to rain. I called Thrasher (the company that installed the drain system in our basement, and a supposedly upgraded sump pump) and the earliest appointment they could give us was 3 weeks away. So, when the appliance repairman came back to look at our dishwasher, I asked him if he knew anything about sump pumps. He did.

He got our dishwasher and sump pump fixed in the same visit. We were very happy to see our basement return to a dry condition. When the representative from Thrasher finally arrived, he did a full assessment of the situation, and said that because of the extra shallow water table in this area, we needed some modifications to the drain they built – part of it covered by warranty and part of it new work. The total on our new work will be just over $800 USD.

While all of that was going on, I got the book Anita ( my dear friend and spiritual sister) sent to me, as she mentioned in a comment to an earlier blog. Because of weather and other physical factors, I have to admit that I have not yet started to read it – but I want to with all of my heart. My delay is because of what I said in earlier posts about observing proper study conditions.

Anyway, here’s today’s inspiring thought:

Layers of an onion . . .

There is a truth that I have known most of my adult life. I first encountered it in the late 1970’s as a teaching by The Way International – yes, I am a graduate of their Foundational course. However, as I’ve said many times in this blog – real truth is universal, and anyone who claims to have a monopoly on the truth is a fraud.

The particular truth that I’m talking about now is about how to study. The Way International stressed a distraction-free environment, and the use of dictionaries to ensure you understood the material properly. When I was active in the Church of Scientology, I again encountered these ideas, but they were enhanced by the use of drills to make the concepts more real. In reading the book, “The Voice of Knowledge” by Don Miguel Ruiz, I’ve found that even the ancient Toltec people understood these truths. Ruiz himself actually discusses using multiple readings of the same material to uncover deeper layers of truth – something that Scientology study technology called, “Number of times over equals certainty and results.”

I’ve VERY recently had a reinforcement of that concept. In my 3rd reading of the Ruiz book, I found a passage that revealed a major life-long lie of mine. I probably inherited it from one of my parents, though I can not remember either of them explicitly saying it. It’s also something that is probably true as a lie most humans believe.

“I don’t deserve it.” Either love, success, health, or whatever would make your life more whole – if you can’t ever seem to achieve it, it is probably because somewhere deep inside you don’t believe you deserve it. However, I will state my firm belief that, if you acquire a copy of Don Miguel Ruiz’s book and read it – many times – you will peel away the layers of untruth that prevent you from being the best version of yourself. Don’t expect the process to be easy, but do expect it to be worth the effort!

Saturday Posts . . .

Just a few hours ago, I was binge watching the tubi show I’ve posted about before, when I heard a loud sound that made me think of a car accident. I grabbed my cane and phone, and headed for the porch in time to see a vehicle’s tail lights heading south from an impact with the “stoplight signal ahead” sign just south of our house. I called the police to report it, and for the next 20 minutes there was a lot of activity outside. I gave a statement to the police, along with several other people who are neighbors and gave similar reports, but I also helped the 1st officer on the scene locate evidence that might possibly lead to identifying the vehicle. It was a very rewarding experience, to me.

Honestly, I may have missed my calling. I have the awareness and attention to detail to be a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI).

Car Manufacturers . . .

This is an open letter to all car manufacturers selling cars in the USA.

Because I’ve been binge watching a show on the tubi application of the Playstation Network I’ve been seeing an estimated average of 2 New Car ads every hour of watching my show. IMHO – that by itself is ridiculous – but it gets worse.

Nearly every car ad I’ve seen is touting their vehicles as the most modern, most innovative, or most safe vehicle available. They all make at least one of those claims while tooting their own horn about how advanced the electronics package is.

I have news for you. I will NEVER buy a car that gives a computer control of any functions of the vehicle. I do not want satellite radio, and I was taught to use mirrors, not an onboard camera system, to see what’s happening behind me. If you want to impress me enough to buy a new vehicle you will leave out all of those things, and concentrate on delivering one thing that would actually be of value to the entire planet, especially the ecosystem.

DUMP THE IOCOCA BUSINESS MODEL OF PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE. Build a car that you can confidently put a 25 year bumper-to-bumper warranty on, with NO deductibles, and the only exclusion would be traffic accidents. If the only things I had to pay attention to were fuel, tune-ups, brakes, and tires, and I was confident that the car would last or be replaced without me having to enter a new contract, THAT would be a car I’d be interested in buying.

Oh, one more thing. Do it for under $40k USD – after sales tax where applicable.