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Book of Days

30
October

A prayer in his wallet

 
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David Carr Before

Now he’s the “new media” editor of the New York Times.

He used to be a “functioning addict.”

This inteview with David Carr is interesting in a lot of ways. 

David Carr: The News Diet Of A Media Omnivore : NPR
David Carr, who writes the Media Equation column for The New York Times, says that despite cuts, the future of journalism has never looked brighter. "I look at my backpack that is sitting here and it contains more journalistic firepower than the entire newsroom that I walked into 30-40 years ago," he says.
 
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David Carr, After

“I put my addiction on my resume.”

He’s interesting and smart, but also he’s honest.

He talks about being forthright with this employer, the NY Times, at about minute 24:30

 

 

 
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The prayer.

Around minute 31:20, he begins to talk about this prayer, and how he says it even though he feels hypocritical doing so. A man after my own heart. 

God, I offer myself to Thee-to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!”


He says he thinks the prayer comes from Saint Francis, but actually it’s from the “Big Book,” and was probably written by Bill W.


“If you cannot pray sincerely, offer your dry, hypocritical, agnostic prayer;
for God in His mercy accepts bad coin.” Rumi



29
October

Take My Life

 

Do you know this quote?

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God”


In my puny, inadequate, hypocritical way, I have joined with those who made that decision.  You don’t need to be an alcoholic or a drug addict to appreciate the wisdom of the 12 steps. The steps provide a good model for facing any problem that makes one’s life unmanageable. Surrender and transformation: these ofent come in handy. 

 

The great challenge of surrender

Surrender is a battlefield. Don’t let anybody tell you different. 

 I take the third step every day. I need to take the third step every day. Every day. Every day. 

 ”Take my will and make it Thine, It shall be no longer mine.”

 

This old hymn has been on my mind today. 

 

Meher Baba said “Everything in the Gita is expressed in these few lines by a Western Mystic.”

 

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee. Click to read more...


21
October

Changes

The I Ching: meditating on change.

When I face dilemmas, I will often consult the I Ching.

Trying to get a sense of how my intent accords with the changing flow of the Universe. 

You might enjoy trying this yourself. 

 

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I Ching Online - the Online Book of Changes

There are lots of online I Ching sites. Most suck. But I like this site because the interface is easy (”Throw coins virtually”) to ge an instant reading, because the readings are updated and non-cryptic, and because each reading links to the extremely murky Wilhelm translation. 

 

Also this is the only site that understands the precedence of the changing lines in a reading (I’ll discuss that in a second.) The site also retains your readings in the browser history.

 

 

If you really want to know more about this is supposed to work, just Click to read more...

 

What to ask?

After a few tries you’ll probably find that the type of question the I Ching answers best is something like “How does this notion/idea/plan of mine accord with the will of Heaven?” You’re not going to get a helpful answer to “Should I wear the paisley tie or the purple ascot to the party?” But if you ask something like: “Is it a good idea to buy that 1967 Jaguar XKE from my brother-in-law?” the answer the oracle gives may appear very relevant indeed. 

 

Carl Jung and the I Ching.

I’m a big fan of the I Ching, because like Carl Jung, I’m kooky and smart. 

 I first read Jung’s essay on the I Ching in high school, about 200 years ago. In it, he first introduced his concept of Synchronicity. The essay was the introduction to the translation of the I Ching by Richard Wilhelm. He called it the Book of Changes. You can find the full text here

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Carl Jung


15
October

“You call this healing?”

 

Barbara 

(my wonderful one) just sent me a strange email.

 

You call this healing?

First you tell me not to look back, then
you make me cry my heart out.
What kind of therapy is this?

 

It sounds like a ghazal to me, but she says it’s the caption of a Doktor Insekt cartoon. 

I’m getting all Tim Gunn-y. 


14
October

Love is coming to us all

 

When I woke up this morning, this lyric was in my head and wouldn’t leave:

“Now witness the quickness with which we carry on...”

I looked up the lyrics and rediscovered a song I’d not thought of in years that completely reflected my morning thoughts and mood.

 

Click to listen I forgot how great it was. First song on the album, if I remember right.

 

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Carry On

One morning I woke up and I knew

You were really gone
A new day, a new way, and new
eyes to see the dawn
Go your way, I’ll go mine and
Carry on

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