Keep It Simple - Coping Skills for a Time of Crisis and Confusion

Who was it who said: "Simplify, simplify, simplify?" And who was it who said: "Keep it simple, stupid?" Obviously, a wise person.

But it is not as easy as it sounds. We all know that we feel better about ourselves when we tidy our room or home. Everything is in order. We pay our bills. We return phone calls. Everything is done, and now we can relax.

But soon this issue arises and that problem occurs, and this unexpected visitor arrives. And so on.

Most of us would not be happy living as a hermit on the side of a mountain, eating brown rice and tilling the soil all day. Most of us are busy. We have lots to do. Even students, who you would think should have carefree lives, are bogged down with tests, term papers, and after school activities.

We are okay with our busyness, and we even use it as an excuse for forgetting something, for being on edge, or for not having time.

But all of a sudden, the day arrives when you can't cope. In this blog, I will address the issue of coping and give you some solutions and tools that work.

But don't expect glib answers, quick fixes, and clever dodges. Humans are more than animals. There is a spiritual side to life. The answer to the riddle of life and the secret to contentment are found in seeking and finding one's purpose for existence.

And I have to say--people have a beyond. And like the old Daffy Duck cartoon, where he had an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other--each whispering opposite advice about what he should do--so it is in life. And which "beyond" we are coming from will ultimately impart trouble and chaos to one's life and mind; or order and peace of mind.

This is to introduce my blog, but I will give you a place to start. Take time (find time) to get a DVD of the movie and the first season of the television series Kung Fu starring David Carradine.

It's about a Shaolin monk who travelled around the Old West, having many exciting adventures. it is great fun, good viewing (and fine for kids to watch too).

See if you can figure out how he could have many dangerous and challenging situations, and yet cope with each with courage and grace, and still have a peaceful spirit.

In future blogs I will discuss the Desiderata and the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. We might also talk about Spock in Star Trek.

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