Sunday, January 21, 2018

Random Thoughts: On the Prowl As a New Week is at hand....

As a new week dawns, I wanted to begin on a positive note as I pulled selected thoughts from my forays around the Grid over the past week as I look forward to a new week at hand: 

An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
- Lao Tzu

Whatever happened, forgive others, forgive yourself,
move forward, live for today and tomorrow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

As I was uplifted by the thoughts, I saw this which was disheartening as I also was witness to the dysfunction in Washington as well on a broad basis that the team at the Daily Outsider had commented throughout the week:   

I do remain hopeful especially as I had this published at the Kaplan Virtual Times based on my Random Thoughts earlier in the year:
(Image retrieved from
It has been a bit of a challenging week as two of the family icons who had been ailing for a long time
passed away.  I attended the funeral of one of them in Santa Monica this past Friday and will be
joining my Uncle's funeral later  on this week on Thursday.
This past week reminded me, yet again, about how cherished life is and how to continue to do what I can to be a force for good, for hope and to reflect upon love.   As I continue onward with work in support of the Daily Outsider, continue my ongoing community projects & initiatives and hopefully continue to develop my ongoing Random Thoughts.  One article I read up was on habits courtesy of the team at Inc.   The habits Murphy Jr. (2017) underscored is simple and common sense to extend the gift of life.  He talked about not smoking, quitting smoking, losing weight, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, being open to ideas and  continuing life-long education.  I found this to be a very poignant reminder and a "sanity check" on what should be done.

As I finish off these brief "Random Thoughts”  the image above underscores what I hope to continue to live
up to--a life of curious intellectual engagement and elevation as I embrace this that Vala Afshar noted
for us all:  
Why we read:

1 to learn

2 to escape
3 to validate beliefs
4 to know we are not alone
5 to find new ideas
6 to be inspired
7 to learn to think
8 to stay teachable
9 to dare to dream
10 to gain courage
11 to hope
12 to strengthen convictions
13 to learn to write
14 to fall in love

— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) January 5, 2018

Onward to the new week.... 

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