I am not Giving you Anything 2

25th Nov 2008



Hello lovely people

Why would a postman do something so outrageous?  Because he feared that his worthless sons would discover the hidden mail in the attic, steam off the stamps and use the proceeds to go to the Greek island of Mykonos.  These young men seemed to be quite attracted to Mykonos and would do anything to get there.  I wonder how many used stamps with the number 87236 they would have had to sell to get the money to go to Mykonos.

We think the old man was crazy, but don’t we do the same in different ways?  Think of the crockery and cutlery and bed linen that are hidden away and only taken out to impress visitors.  As if we are not good enough to use beautiful or valuable stuff every day.

And how about the clothes that we only wear on special occasions?  Often the special occasions are so far apart that the clothes “shrink” while in the wardrobe and then we need to buy new clothes, only to wear them once and hide them away again anyway. What a waste.

In the culture that I grew up in, there was the justification that you use beautiful things rather than leave them for the second wife to enjoy.   Somehow there must be some external reason for attaching value to yourself, even if it is by comparing yourself to an unknown person that may or may not be in the future of your beloved partner.

We do the same with our emotions.  Our love is precious, and therefore we are reluctant to tell people we love them until we know the end of our time here is near or there is some crisis that justifies us using the words.  We do not understand that love breeds love, and we prefer to hide it away in the attic so that others cannot abuse it.

How often do we praise our children or others around us that do well or achieve something?  No, we rather withhold the praise because we do not want them to become vain or conceited.  Why would we encourage people to break down the boundaries around them and explore their full ability?  If we do anything like that, we will just have to dig up more of the praise and encouragement that we have been hoarding, and that will leave us with nothing.  Will it?

Positive emotions like love and praise and encouragement may multiply slower than the more heated emotions of jealousy and resentment, but positive emotions multiply for ever, while negative emotions only multiply until we see the damage they do and wake up and choose not to feel them.

So it is quite OK and in fact a very good idea to take all the best things out of the wardrobes and cupboards and our hearts and use them every day to make our world a beautiful place.  The more we use the best things, the more wonderful things will come into our lives, because we are worthy of the best.

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I am not giving you anything 1

22nd Nov 2008



Hello lovely people

Anybody who loves reading and especially authors know how important a catching title is.

You can think up the most appropriate and most descriptive title, only to discover – yet again – that there is nothing new under the sun and someone has beaten you to it, or you can have a title that you think is perfect, but nobody else does.

And let’s face it, when we buy or select books to read, we in fact select titles and authors before we select the contents.  The titles first catch our eyes, and then we explore further.

There is actually an annual prize that is awarded by the Bookseller Magazine for the oddest book title of the year.  The first winner of the prize in 1978 was the title “Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice” (University of Tokyo Press)

Here are some winners from other years:

Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts

How to Avoid Huge Ships

Development in Dairy Cow Breeding and Management: and New Opportunities to Widen the Uses of Straw

Weeds in a Changing World

Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service

Living With Crazy Buttocks

People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It

The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification

Now the top prize has been allocated to the 1996 winner, Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers

A cancellation number is a postal marking applied to a stamp or stationery indicating that the item has been used.  We can see the cancellation details on the mail we receive, because a print on the stamp indicates where and when the item was mailed, and we cannot use the same stamp for other mail.

It appears that Greek rural postmen each had a cancellation number that they applied to incoming mail to cancel the stamps before distributing the mail.  The prize winner book tells the human stories behind each of the cancellation numbers.

Cancellation number 87236 was the number used by rural postman, Dimitri Vassilikos, to cancel the stamps on all mail routed through the Elassona post office in Northern Thessalonika.

He died at the age of 87.  After his death, seventeen 17 bags of undistributed letters were discovered in his attic.  It transpired that Dimitri sat at his kitchen table all day, drinking ouzo (a traditional Greek alcoholic drink) and cancelling the stamps on the letters.

But then he never actually delivered even one of the letters in his life.  He simply added the mail items to other bags of mail that he had been storing in his attic.  As a result the inhabitants of Elassona are known to this day as “the isolated ones”.  Not even Readers’ Digest could get past Dimitri Vassilikos, it seems.

To be continued.

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My child will not be deprived like I was 2

18th Nov 2008



Hello lovely people

I have only 25 copies of the CD with articles form the blog left.  You snooze, you lose!

When a chicken hatches from an egg, the egg does not break nicely on the dotted line.  That chicken has to kick and peck and struggle until it can break the egg from the inside.  It must then continue to struggle until there is enough space for it to get out of the shell.  And then it must start to walk around immediately – no crawling, no help from the hen.

If you or I walk past and see the chicken struggling, we are tempted to simply break the eggshell away and help the chicken to get out.  Then we are surprised when this chicken that had a good start in life, cannot get onto its feet.  We are sad when this chicken becomes the prey of predators and is unable to run away fast enough.

I often hear how younger friends and relatives are trying to give their children everything they never had or always wanted but could not afford.  Then I wonder what is the best for me to do – to stand on the sideline and see them learn their lesson, or to step in and say please let me tell you about my mistakes – you can still rectify yours.

But did I make any mistakes?  My son and I are both better people because of what we learnt from our journey.  Today he has things that money can buy, such as a car and television and computer.  But far more important is that he has compassion and integrity and good judgement and a sense of humour, and money cannot buy any of those things.

A Barbie doll may bring a sparkle to the eye of a girl, but being engrossed in a fascinating book will have a more lasting impact.  A new bicycle will bring joy, but earning the money to buy the bicycle will bring determination and a vision and a passion.

I would love to write a best-seller on good parenting, but I am afraid I will need a lot of input from the experts.  Do you know where I can find any experts?

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My child will not be deprived like I was 1

11th Nov 2008



Hello lovely people

Did you miss me?

The good news is that I have already received a large number of orders for the CD with articles from the blog.  The bad news is that there are only 90 copies left and Christmas is a week closer.  You snooze, you lose!  If you would like to buy a special edition copy, please email me on elsabe@mypurpleblog.com.

Of course A Tapestry of Life will also make a good Christmas gift, and the second book in the series is due early in the new year.

When I was young I had to ride my bicycle to school.  During the winters I had no gloves and when I got to school, my hands were frozen for a long time afterwards.  Imagine writing an exam paper early in the morning with stiff fingers and a time constraint.

I first saw television when I was 17 years old.  I first used a computer in my twenties, and did not own one until I was past thirty.   I had to take care of my siblings, because my mother was emotionally absent and my father was physically absent – working his heart out to provide for his family.

I got my first car when I was nearly thirty and I had to buy it myself.  The thought of buying me a car never even crossed the mind of my dad, even though I was the oldest child.  His reasoning was that apart from the cost – I was already a liability because I went to university – I was soon going to find a husband who would be able to transport me or buy me a car.

Of course when I had my child, I vowed that he would never be deprived of these things like I was.  I would ensure that he would have a car, a television and a computer.  I would be involved in his upbringing and know everything about his friends and his activities.

I was so proud of myself when I achieved all these things for him.  When he went on to study and did not like the course, I just wanted him to be happy and he left the course.   When he could not find a job, I paid him an allowance.  He used the allowance to drive to a designer coffee shop every day in his own car, buy the newspapers and sit there all morning searching for a job while enjoying his coffee and cigarette.

Eventually the penny dropped (for me) and I found him a job.  When he did not like the job, I sympathised with him and told him about the lousy jobs I had to do in my life to put food on the table.  I also sold the house so that he had nowhere to go to if he decided to resign from his job.

It so happened that I left the country at the same time, thereby removing his entire comfort zone.  By then he was legally an adult and could not claim maintenance from anyone.  His friends were working or studying, and he had to look after himself – he did not even have any siblings to rely on, being an only child.

Poor boy.

However, you should see him today.  He is a competent, intelligent leader that people look up to and that employers are bidding for.

The other day one of his cousins complained about the hard work that his employer expected of him.  My son told his cousin about the time when he stayed in a garden shed because it was all he could afford, and how it made him grateful for what he had.  He also now encourages all his cousins to take their studies seriously and not make the “mistakes” he made.

To be continued.

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Love and Light
Elsabe


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Really interesting stuff

2nd Nov 2008



Hello lovely people

And you think I spend my whole life writing a blog?

Wrong ;-)

Of course there is the free email series on interfaith holidays where I provide information on the religious holidays of a variety or religions ranging from Shinto to Heathens to Christians.  Those of you wil have already subscribed to this series, will have noticed that you get the email with the datails the day before the religious holiday.  This places you in a position where you know the background of special days for friends and colleagues.  The other spin-off is that we question our own beliefs and rpactices, and we realise how much we have in common with a people that on the surface have different beliefs than we have.  If you want to subscribe, simply visit the blog and enter your name and email address in the boxes.

I have also become involved in two other products that I find fascinating and really exciting.

Some people who read this blog believe in Jesus.  I find Jesus to be an interesting historical character about whom a lot has been written, and it is not always easy to separate the myth from the truth.  Early next year the movie The Aquarian Gospel will be released.  You can bet that statements made or reflected in the movie will create much controversy and organised religion will probably be up in arms about the movie.  If you want to know early on what the fuss is about, here is a very interesting book that you may want to read.  I spent a few months editing the book and found it quite stimulating.

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If you like it, visit this website and get yourself a copy of this amazing book.

One last thing:  I have the oportunity to publish a collection of blog postings on CD, as Christmas gifts for people that do not have access to the internet, but can listen to a CD or enjoy reading.  Due to various constraints there will be only 150 copies of this CD.  I am giving first preference to regular readers of my blog.

If you are interested in getting a copy of the blog postings (the price will be in the region of $20 + postage), please send me an email to elsabe@mypurpleblog.com and indicate whether you would like to buy the product as a PDF book or as a collection of MP3 recordings.  I need to have all the orders in by 12 November to be in time for Christmas, and the CDs will be strictly available on a first come, first served basis.

If you are not interested in any of these products, please feel free to forward the posting to anyone that you may believe would be interested.

I will be away for a while, and there will not be any postings for the next week.

Keep those comments coming ;-)

Love and Light

Elsabe


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