2016 — “It’s a wrap” / 2017 — “Bring it on!”

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HELLO !

It’s time here at 33 Gateway Lane to continue the process of sifting 2016 into perspective and doing a “shakedown cruise” on 2017 !

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“The dogs bark but the caravan moves on.”  And to that I always say HURRAH! — but particularly as regards our moving on from Gregorian calendar year 2016.  Frankly, I’m personally ABUNDANTLY relieved that 2016 is technically done.  And I mean the whole bag of 2016, inclusive of everything that happened (or didn’t, as the case may be).  Whether each happening and event through the year is variously viewed as  “good” or  “bad” or however one  may view it (or not, as the case may be) — that range of time called 2016 is over!

For everyone, the ramifications of 2016 as a matter of course splays on into 2017 and beyond — often in the guise of “unintended consequences”.   One of seven Rules of the Road or dispositions that has forever been dynamically active is Cause-and-Effect.  This disposition, like all seven dispositions, is just the way it is.  There is no getting away from them, and they play a vital role in learning to live by living to learn.

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The seven dispositions are present in each of us and, correspondingly,  in each individual’s country, in the natural world, in the Universe — in varying degrees and intensities at all times — whether one is consciously aware of it or not.

Cause-and-Effect certainly appeared vividly manifest in every aspect of the global public square so ABUNDANTLY in action in 2016!

The seven dispositions will continue to be variously explored in 2017 at 33 Gateway Lane, overtly or not so much.

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Death and politics and social media were “bigly” ABUNDANT in our lives this year.  “HUGE!”

Death, politics, and social media are three of 12 divisions or areas or qualities of human experience which we variously encounter in varying degrees as we learn to live by living to learn.  Death and politics and social media are indeed part of the circle of life.  The 12 qualities are present in each of us and, correspondingly,  in each individual’s country, in the natural world, in the Universe — in varying degrees and intensities at all times — whether a person is consciously aware of it or not.

Can you believe the humongous number of people who passed on!  For crying out loud!  People near-and-dear to us, friends, family, colleagues.  So MANY people who had such overt impact and influence with us personally, locally, nationally, globally, in all spheres — the Arts, Sciences, all walks of life.  So very many who are intertwined with us through their work in our time if not our memories.  Many with whom we intersected with personally in our lives in varying degrees of intensity and influence.  All those who passed on left behind people who respected them and/or loved them and/or cared about them and/or will miss them…

The loss of first responders and members of the Armed Forces in the line of duty was an overt cascade of one grievous, brutal bereavement after another.

uses-of-rosemary-in-cookingThere’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance…

— William Shakespeare | HAMLET Act 4, Scene 5

Yes, I know, I know, I know how “we are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  Yes, I understand that there are no goodbyes, not really, and certainly not when it comes to matters of the spirit.  Yes — I do believe in reincarnation, and how the grave is not the soul’s destination.  Abraham Lincoln reasoned all this out to his own satisfaction:  “Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day.  No, no, man was made for immortality.”

All that reasoning is all well and good.  No dishonor there.  But a death punches us in the heart — that seat of our emotions.  And good grief — the punch can hurt like hell!  Sometimes it’s agonizing.  So reason may not do us any damn good when we’re trying to deal with emotional pain.   Alan Jay Lerner put it well:  The heart may have its reasons of which the reason knows nothing; but reason all too often has no heart.

SAY!  Did you ever hear of Vera Rubin?  She’s the astrophysicist who confirmed existence of Dark Matter!  Can you imagine?!  How wonderful her work, and how lucky for us!  She passed on this year and I have great appreciation for her.

We are to step up and move forward humbly — in the spirit of compassion, sympathy, empathy, appreciation.  IN THE FACE OF DEATH, WE ARE TO DO THE BEST WE CAN.

And what about the 2016 USA election.  Yes, THAT crucible!  Do not EVEN make me commence about THAT!

Well.  Maybe just a couple comments.

The election was a superb crucible:

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How to summarize the election which was a superb opportunity of living to learn?  Perhaps words cannot adequately summarize that ABUNDANT learning experience.

th-charlie-brownBut here’s the thing:  The sky is not going to fall.  We are not going to be blitzed off the face of the earth nor, similarly, is the earth itself going to be blitzed off the face of the universe.

The ideas of the Founding Fathers provided the basis for government, law, ethics, and economics — the basis for national success.  Given those four dimensions, it doesn’t take a Forest Ranger with binoculars to figure out in which lake Donald floats his boat.

The 2016 33 Gateway Lane “Counting to Fifty” Workgroup had easy 100% agreement about which lake Donald prefers.  Just a few correspondence variables from the 33  Gateway Lane Counting to Fifty handbook may yield a bit of context and perspective in the scheme of things:

                            APTITUDE    COMMUNICATION  TEAMWORK   MANAGEMENT    LEADERSHIP
DEMOCRACY   STYLES         STYLES                       STYLES            STYLES                   STYLES
Government  Conceptual    Visual                            Interwork       Systems                  Serviceable
Law                    Analytical      Written                         Solowork        Piecemeal              Bureaucratic
Ethics                Imaginative  Non-Verbal                 Crowdwork    Personal                 Charismatic
Economics      Relational      Verbal                         Groupwork      Ad Hoc                     Economic

There wasn’t quite the same easy full scope agreement in the various 33 Gateway Lane “Orientation Matrix” workshops  held during the course of 2016.  The various workshop groups, I believe, worked their way to the accurate position.  The context here is “The Wizard of Oz” typology platform.  Each group unanimously declared Donald as Lion — more specifically, Lion at the stage of behavior before he was invited to be part of the team enroute to Oz.  Fair enough.  I’m with them.

REALMS OF BEING        WIZARD OF OZ
Intuition                              Dorothy
Intellect                               Scarecrow
Emotion                              Tin Man
Instinct                                Lion

Be as may, the USA of Democracy is ABUNDANTLY up to the challenge of a type in the White House the likes of which it hasn’t accommodated in awhile.  So it is going to be challenging.  For those who are lucky enough to be learning to live by living to learn?  Simple — chop wood, carry water.  IN THE FACE OF LIFE, WE ARE TO DO THE BEST WE CAN.

It will not be an easy free ride for people who live on automatic pilot.  It never is — hasn’t been since Adam and Eve lost tenancy in the Garden of Eden.

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”  Cursing the darkness is not constructive, not productive, not positive, not healthy.  Cursing the darkness corresponds to sitting around twiddling your thumbs, being a nothing.  Like:  If you see nothing in the darkness, then you therefore are nothing.  That’s the fundamental premise of Plato’s Cave allegory.  Anyway,  like being a nothing, cursing the darkness is a waste of time and energy.  Correspondingly, cursing the darkness or being a nothing is being a Black Hole which leads nowhere except in the direction of the increasingly larger portal of darkness.  That’s how a Black Hole and darkness and egocentricity works:  it just gets bigger and darker; there is nothing for perspective or context.  It is insatiable.  And it’s a void.  Null.

Light a candle — literally and/or figuratively.  Go jogging, or even better run some errands for a shut-in; clean a room in your home, or even better offer to help a friend clean a room in theirs;  read, or even better offer to teach somebody to read.  Get the drift?

mercurySocial media comprises a most wonderful tool!  Full stop; no question, all hands down!  Absolutely wonder-full.

Venting, trolling, and similar vacuous egocentric self-indulgence via social media is synonymous with cursing the darkness.

Final words on cursing the darkness are those of a timeless Italian proverb, used to great effect in the movie Moonstruck:

Don’t shit where you eat.

Dealing with people exiting our lives, whether through death or through living people dynamics in our life, is certainly part of learning to live.  No question about it.  The only thing I believe about my losses by death, and the loss of those I exited from my life or who exited me from theirs, is as follows:

Don’t be dismayed at good-byes.
A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.
And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes,
is certain for those who are friends.

— Richard Bach | ILLUSIONS

I believe that not because I have faith, but because I have ABUNDANT experience.  Perhaps you believe it too– via faith or experience.

The 12 qualities comprising the circle of life will continue to be variously explored in 2017 at 33 Gateway Lane, overtly or not so much.

labrynthEach person has the four realms or elements which comprise the human being.  That’s just the way it is.  There is no getting away from them, and they play a vital role in learning to live by living to learn.  The four elements are present in each of us and, correspondingly,  in each individual’s country, in the natural world, in the Universe — in varying degrees and intensities at all times — whether one is consciously aware of it or not.

REALMS OF BEING        REALMS OF BECOMING            WIZARD OF OZ         INFINITY
Intuition                               Inspiration                                      Dorothy                        Forever
Intellect                                Conception                                    Scarecrow                   Tomorrow
Emotion                               Formulation                                   Tin Man                        Today
Instinct                                 Actuation                                         Lion                               Yesterday

The four elements will continue to be variously explored in 2017 at 33 Gateway Lane, overtly or not so much.

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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, and Forever was confronted head on by President Obama in his recent official Farewell Address.

Obama lists US accomplishments during his term

Each human being is comprised of 10 realms or criteria.  These 10 criteria are  just the way it is.  There is no getting away from them, and they play a vital role in learning to live by living to learn.  The 10 criteria are present in each of us and, correspondingly,  in each individual’s country, in the natural world, in the Universe — in varying degrees and intensities at all times — whether one is consciously aware of it or not.  If the four elements are the building blocks, the 10 criteria comprise the structure.

The significance of the 10 criteria cannot be overestimated.  It’s like Superstring M-Theory, which is considered the presumed heir to the throne of THE Grand Unified Theory, or the Theory of Everything.  Superstring M-Theory IS in essence the 10 Superstrings which comprise it.  The subject and object are unified.  Accordingly, without duality, there is only the singularity of infinity.

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Singularity was accomplished by President Obama in his Farewell Address.  Wielding the four elements as building blocks, he confidently guided us through the 10 criteria comprising the structure, from the first of intentionality through the last of realization.

The speech is of such ABUNDANT significance, magnitude, and import, a special post addressing the exoteric and esoteric natures of the speech is waiting in the wings of 33 Gateway Lane.

The 10 criteria will continue to be variously explored in 2017 at 33 Gateway Lane, overtly or not so much.

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Overwhelmingly ABUNDANT emails and comments to 33 Gateway Lane have been greatly appreciated.

Apparently there didn’t seem to be much overt activity at 33 Gateway Lane due to the small number of posts.  Many comments and emails reflected various unhappiness and not a little petulance about this situation.

“Can’t you post a new Telling Tales?  I love those!”

“What’s going on at your company!”

Everybody seems to have their favorite material — MORE visits to the Gallery!…  MORE Field Notes!…  MORE Kabbalah!

“Can’t you accelerate the Gateway series.”

I enjoyed this one a lot:

“For God’s sake — I will PAY you to find out what happened with your boss!”

To save wear-and-tear on her central nervous system, I did let her know that he is still alive and well — and still making my hair turn ever greyer.

Upcoming installments of your favorite threads are on their way as appropriate — as well as varied new adventures, some guests, and other happenings in the process of learning to live by living to learn.

horn-of-plenty2016:  An ABUNDANT year !

The past two weeks have involved a great deal of O&M (operations and maintenance) work at 33 Gateway Lane.  Always tedious!  Sometimes frustrating.  Often nerve-wracking!  Like the prostitute said to the podiatrist, “It’s not the work, it’s the stairs.”

Looks like we’re shipshape in Bristol fashion.

Thanks!  Hope to see you again sometime!

i-am-still-learning-jpglargeSTILL LEARNING by Francisco Goya, circa 1826

Fair winds or foul, BRING IT ON!

SO BE IT !

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