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The Tao opportunity in Wisconsin

Once, there was a farmer. He might have lived in Wisconsin, or he might have lived in China. I don’t think it matters much. The important thing is, the dude didn’t have much money. I mean he had to plow his fields with an old horse.

One afternoon, while working in the field, the horse dropped dead. Everyone in the village said, “Total Bummer! What are you going to do?.”

The farmer said simply, “We’ll see.” He was so cool about it, that everyone in the village got together and, admiring his attitude, gave him a new horse.

Everyone’s reaction now was, “What a lucky man.”

The farmer said, “We’ll see.”

A couple days later, the new horse jumped a fence and ran off. The villagers shook their heads and said, “Dude! That’s bad luck! You must be pissed.”

The farmer smiled, saying only, “We’ll see.”

Eventually, the horse found his way home. This time everyone was like, “Whew! You must be relieved, huh?”

The farmer said, “We’ll see.”

Later in the year, the farmer’s son went out riding on the horse, fell off, and broke his leg. Everyone in the village said, “Poor fella. He’s such a good ball player. And the season just starting too!”

The farmer said, “We’ll see.”

Two days later, the army came into the village to draft new recruits. When they saw that the farmer’s son had a broken leg, they decided not to recruit him.

Everyone said, “Man, that kid really lucked out! We totally did NOT see that coming!”

The farmer smiled again – and said “We’ll see.”

– Chinese Parable, as told by Eckhart Tolle (and then tweaked a bit by Chris Wondra)

Hang in there everyone! Try to remember, it’s not the losses or wins that you experience (or perceive that you experience) that matter–it’s how you respond to them.

Be patient. Have faith. Love each other.

Chris

Got Power?

Lots of people are upset.  That fine, for now.  There’s time for that.  The story awakens passions,  lights fires, awakens giants.  And that’s healthy.

As long as you remember . . . there is no power in drama.

You can march and shout and bang drums.  You can make signs and slogans.  You can chant and vent and gather.  You can write letters and make phone calls.

You can “fight”.

It’s all good.  Still, it’s all drama.

The real questions remain: Can you sign your name? Can you vote?  Can you stay informed?  Think critically?  Can you sign your name and vote?

And, can you vote?

Can you vote?

You are powerful. Know that. Harness it.

Best Videos of Democracy in Action

Best Videos of Democracy in Action

“These past years I have found it so easy to be cynical about politics in this country. What the protestors are doing in Madison has given me hope for the first time in a couple of years. Their actions are simply heroic and are truly inspiring. I’ll be turning out this week to stand in solidarity with WI workers and I urge you all to do the same. While it has seemed like this country has been slowly crumbling for a decade or more, the 70k in Madison give me hope for the future.” –comment on second video below.

During this portion of the Assembly Special Floor Session, a quorum call was ordered at 5:00. Roll call was taken. And Voting began BEFORE 5:00 WHEN DEMOCRATS WERE TOLD TO BE THERE.

At 4:57 Assembly Democrats (in orange) begin to show up.

This is the most dramatic footage you will ever see.

Eventually, they are able to stop the voting on Special Session Assembly Bill 11 arguing that they had amendments that needed to be taken up. The Assembly speaker agreed and the floor session adjourned until Tuesday, February 22nd.

We Are Wisconsin from Finn Ryan on Vimeo.

SPOKEN BY THE PEOPLE from Tilt Media on Vimeo.

Wisconsin Congressman Dave Obey could not enter the Wisconsin Capitol despite the claim by the Department of Administration that the building is open.

The Capitol has been a scene of on-going protests in response to legislation proposed by Governor Walker.

Following the lockdown of the building, the Circuit Court issued an injunction to reopen the building to the public.

Rep. Obey served Wisconsin in Congress from 1969 – 2011 and in the State Assembly from 1963 – 1969.

He was met at the doors by Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Assistant Minorirty Leader Donna Seidel (D-Wausau).

WISCONSIN from @pawlmadethis on Vimeo.

Thank you! We are so proud of the Fab 14 and their efforts on behalf of the people of Wisconsin. Whatever you feel you need to do going forward, we will stand beside you!

At timeline:

Democratic Assemblyman tackled by police as a result of Walker’s restricting access to the capitol:

WI Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) stands up to Republicans as they try to ram through their budget bill at a meeting called in violation of the state’s open meetings law.

Portrait Of A Protest: Madison, Wisconsin from Kevin J. Miyazaki on Vimeo.

More to come . . . because, surely, there will be more to come.

Upton Sinclair

Upton Sinclair said, “It’s difficult to get a man to understand something if his salary depends on him not understanding it.”

I really liked this quote. I think I’ve actually run into this phenomenon in a couple of arenas (of my life) recently. It certainly would explain some things.

A little context:

I’m a clean energy nut and was recently reminded of this quote in this post.

As I’ve mentioned before, every once in awhile, this blog produces a slight profit. It’s nothing I can count on. And it’s not very much, so when it does, instead of blowing it, or using it to pay off debt, I’ve begun to tinker with Sharebuilder and invest in some clean energy ETF’s.

So far I’ve been at it about 6 months, and while I’m not losing any money, I’m certainly not making a killing either. Truth be told, as of today, I’m about 5% up. I’ve been up as much as 10%, and I think I’ve been down about as much as 5%.

Let’s be clear. I’m not playing the market. I’m not buying and selling. I’m buying and holding. I’m in long. As the post I linked to alluded to, either I’m insane or the world’s in denial.

I hope it’s the later.

A new beginning

Let me begin again.

After months of reflection, introspection, circumspection, and many other kinds of spections, I think it’s about time we fire this baby back up again.

There was a period where this blog was a complete beast. A lathering, ferocious spectacle. A monster. A powerful force.

Then, there was then a leveling out. A feeling out. A period where I decided to compromise and prioritize.

Then things began not working. A software problem. I was apathetic, and took it in stride. Figuring I’d get to it when I’d get to it. And eventually–I did . . . I think.

And now it’s time to start again. To gently awaken that sleeping beast. But not to roar. No. To play.

“But,” she says, “will you really be there for me? Can I trust you? To feed me and take care of me?”

Hear me clearly now, when I say, “Absolutely not.” I will not be a servant to your needs. Feeding and promoting you to the masses in order to celebrate with you in the roar of the crowd.

No.

This time . . . we will feed each other. And we will play and feel the joy of this game without the anxiety of a score. We will come together as one voice speaking from deep within an old soul.

And life will be a wonderful flow as we work together to manage this gift, this life– like an artist juggler keeping balls in the air.

So, good reader, if you choose to look this way every so often. Welcome. It is truly good to have you.

Stay a while, if you like. While it is true you’ve seen many juggling acts–you may find that you’ve never seen anything quite like this: