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October 12, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Columbus Day, 515 Years Later


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Today's song is A Dream Goes On Forever by Todd Rundgren, released in 1974.

Sometimes I wonder what Christopher Columbus thought might happen in the new land he discovered? Did he envision the destruction of the native cultures as a consequence? Did he merely think what he could take from this new place instead of what could be saved?

I think I know the answers to those questions, but I also think they should be asked, at least every year at this time. We should ask them of ourselves too. In that regard, I offer the following thoughts.

On the October 10, 2007 home page, I mentioned two speeches that I outlined, but never presented before in public. Today I publish one of those outlined speeches. I wrote this one back on May 21, 2003.

The Visible Spirit

We are all a complex combination of DNA molecules propelled by a life force:
  • The life force is felt within us, but rarely observed
  • The Visible Spirit is the outward expression of that life force
The Visible Spirit is manifested by the convergence of:
  • Acknowledging those unique aspects of your life, your:
    • Personality
    • Intelligence
    • Sense of humor
    • Perseverance
  • Accepting the intrinsic behaviors we all share in common:
    • Morals
    • Empathy
    • Love
    • Self-doubt
The next progression towards the Visible Spirit is indicated by the diminishing reluctance to inspect our true selves:
  • Speak openly of our thoughts to trusted friends
  • Reveal periods of insecurity or other emotional pains
  • Accept help from whoever offers
  • Offer compassion to those also in need
  • Think through each important issue completely several times regardless of how long it takes or how much it may hurt
The synthesis becomes self-apparent when you discover you are evolving in subtle ways:
  • Disturbing thoughts become less disruptive
  • You have more energy
  • Your vocabulary and style of speech becomes more positive
  • You find yourself relaxed in stressful situations
The Visible Spirit is fully embodied by a transformation over about a year's time:
  • You speak with words of conviction in a methodical, logical, and convincing manner
  • Your self-confidence is extremely high
  • You recognize the equality amongst all people, but differentiate yourself by your own special abilities and forms of delivery
  • You know you can handle anything life brings your way because your eternal Spirit is now visible to you
  • People naturally gravitate towards you, sensing your inner-strengths and ethical commitments to others
Several people in this room have Visible Spirits. They are the reason these weekly sessions are so revitalizing to me. I'm fortunate to be in their presence.

One day I may actually give this speech, perhaps in one of my digital art presentations as a storyteller. Time will tell, as always...

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All the signs point to the imminent release of the next version of the MacOS, Leopard.

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Is this really news? I thought this was commonly understood. :-)

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Searching the skies is about to get a whole lot better. I've been to the Very Large Array telescopes in New Mexico back in 1986.

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Another public person thinks America should be a religious nation and be all of that same religion. Each person who thinks that way is a fool in my opinion.

It would be better for public figures to indicate that religion should play no part in government or policies. But there are too many fools to expect that will happen.

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Guy Kawasaki continues to have effective interviews with people advising entrepreneurs.

Don


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