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Graduation: Socrates and the Art of Departure

Jules Evans New World Library ePub

THOMAS DALEY JOINED THE US MARINE CORPS in 1978, when he was seventeen, and retired in 2008, having completed tours in Beirut, Grenada, Panama, in the two Iraq wars, and in Afghanistan. He had been injured and evacuated five times while fighting for his country. Probably his most challenging situation was in November 2004 in the Second Battle of Fallujah in Iraq, where some of the most intense urban fighting involving American forces occurred since the battle for Hue in 1968, during the Vietnam War. Over the course of 2004, Iraqi and foreign insurgents had built up strong positions within the “city of mosques,” positioning snipers and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) around the city in preparation for a showdown with the Marines. The Pentagon believed the city had become the stronghold of around five thousand Al Qaeda forces, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq.

On November 8th, the Marines began an assault on the city, code-named Operation Phantom Fury. The US Army moved in first in Bradley Fighting Vehicles, then Marines followed on foot supported by artillery and heavy weapons. They entered in the north of the city, and worked their way south house by house. Tom says: “I would describe Fallujah as like driving in a car, and then the car hits a patch of ice and starts to spin out of control. So you turn the wheels into the skid. It’s instinctual. It was a very dangerous environment. In such situations, it’s very obvious you are mortal. I would honestly tell myself, in some of those hairy situations, that everybody dies sometimes, and that sometimes, for the good of the whole, you have to put yourself at risk, or send others into risky situations.”

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Gita Life

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
The long Formica tables are sticky, the molded plastic chairs are slippery, the air is stale, I’m tired and hungry, and as if all that’s not enough, Curtis is cheerful.The tables are arranged in a large square and eventually the thirty some-odd people take their seats, two and three deep in some places. There’s a foil-wrapped cardboard cutout of the Om symbol hanging by a thread from the ceiling grid.Curtis asks me what it is but I’m in no mood to explain sacred syllables to anyone right now, not that I really could anyway. A tall, thin, mid-thirties guy in a pony tail and glasses stands up diagonally to my right and addresses the group.

“Good evening, everyone,” he begins, and damn me if he’s not cheerful too. What’s everyone so happy about?........... See All Chapters
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7 The Path of “WE”

Foundation, Anasazi Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

I would like to tell you more about my people.

Our story may help you to see the world anew
and to discover the majesty that lives in the hills.

My people have been upon the earth
as long as time itself, or at least so it is told.

According to legend, the Creator made Mother Earth
and dressed her with light, wind, water, stone,
plants, and animals. Then he placed my people
among his creation.

It is said that all creation lived in harmony. In all that they
did, light, wind, water, stone, plants, animals, and my
people supported one another. They had become, in the
language of my people, “WE”—that is, “as one.”

This pleased the Creator.

But this harmony did not last. Some say that a dark cloud
enveloped the earth and turned my people from the path
of light. Other say they were bound by a great cord, keeping
their feet from the sure path of stone. However it happened,
the hearts of my people began to walk backward against
creation. Darkness reigned, and the harmony was broken.

Witnessing the strife among the workmanship
of his hands, the Creator shed tears as the rain upon the
mountains. Unless creation could again be made as one,
the children of Mother Earth would be lost.

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Big Mac Attack

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

A late lunch is my main meal of the day and I do the same thing every day......

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Part 5: One-Minute Mindfulness for Nature, Spirituality, and Contemplation

Donald Altman New World Library ePub

Humility illuminates the deepest core of what it means to be J. J. human, how we are all frail and subject to error and how each of us is dependent upon the web of life into which we are interwoven. What this means for each of us is that eventually, like it or not, we will be cracked open and rendered vulnerable and naked by life. I am reminded of a concert I attended recently, where poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen performed. Before breaking into his song “The Bells,” he eloquently spoke a few of the song’s lyrics, alluding to the light that shines through the imperfect and cracked parts of ourselves.36

Being cracked open is not the same as being broken or enduring a Humpty Dumpty moment, unable to put ourselves back together. Neither does humility imply that we are weak and incapable. Leadership expert John Baldoni insightfully writes, “Humility is acceptance of individual limitations — I cannot do it alone — coupled with a sense of resolve to do something about it — I will enlist the help of others. That is the essence of leadership.”37 One-minute mindfulness helps the light of humility and growth shine through the cracks.

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