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Ripples

Posted 08/13/2010 at 05:27 AM by superkat

So last night was the Perseid Meteor Shower. There are three major ones every year, the Perseids (August), Leonids (October) and the Orionids (December). A little background for you:

"The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2000 years, with the earliest information on this meteor shower coming from the Far East. Some Catholics refer to the Perseids as the “tears of St. Lawrence”, since August 10 is the date of that saint’s martyrdom. Originating from the constellation Perseus, Perseid Meteor Showers are active this year 2010 from July 23 to August 24. However, it will peak on the night of August 12, 2010 where 60 or more meteors per hour will be visible in the sky."

It is quite a show. I spread a blanket out on the driveway, a few camping pillows...some combos, binoculars...and coffee and watched as the streaks of blue white light cascaded across the sky. It brought to mind a couple of quotes by Carl Sagan:

“Are we an exceptionally unlikely accident or is the universe brimming over with intelligence? (It's) a vital question for understanding ourselves and our history,”

And when i thought about this...I realized that I am only a minute portion of what could be. It was a humbling thought. I've watched closely over my lifetime, especially within the last year, how people's egos or inflated attitudes about themselves can infiltrate other people's lives to the point of destruction. How people can become so wrapped up in finding ways to vindicate themselves, or to seek retribution, that they forget the simple ripple theory.

It would not be a rare occurrence in our lifetime to engage in some type of group, or group activity. We could encounter these groups in the work force, a social activity, or in the educational setting. However, it does not matter what type of group we may encounter, the entity of the group itself will remain the same. Each group will be a system composed of parts that, in all reality, affect each other and the system as a whole. That is why as parts of a group we must understand different ways the "interconnected" parts can influence the groups in which we engage. The ripple effect is a great analogy for describing how one single part of the system can influence the entire system. The ripple effect would extend across the entire system just as if you were to take a rock and throw it into a pond. The initial force of the rock would cause not just one ripple throughout the pond, but also many ripples that would expand throughout the entire pond. Depending on the size of the rock...you get the idea.

Regardless of our intentions, if we are not inclined to think of others, or are so caught up in our own misfortunes, we can cast a stone into the water at a specific target and yet disturb something else perhaps miles down the shore, again, depending on the size of the stone.

No matter how you perceive this, we all, at one time or another, have created a ripple. It disturbs the natural motion of the water, the tide...the life under the surface...and sometimes we carelessly engage in what we have not thought out...the consequences of our actions that can occur long after the visible ripple is gone. I could go into a long diatribe on semiclassical and quantum physics, but some of you may not understand...and it is my intent that you DO understand. Confounding the simple with science would probably defeat my purpose here.

Dear Carl, so many good quotes, "For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring." He really had something here. Some people can "grasp" things better than others. And it is important to recognize that not everyone catches on at the same rate of speed or under the same conditions. That is the essence of forgiveness. It is also significant that some people THINK they've got a grip on reality. Or SOMEONE ELSE'S reality. And this is where things get dicey.

“It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.” ~C. W. Leadbeater

The worst mistake someone can make is to judge based on perception. Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances. Lawrence G. Lovasik said this, "It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.” This is so true. I grew up in a household FULL of narrow-minded people. My father, the biggest one of all. So stubborn in his ways...so cruel to those who did not agree with him, share his convictions...that when he got sick, when the rheumatoid arthritis began to eat away at his health, he had very few friends left to help him. Only the people that loved him despite his faults hung around..and even then, they were afraid to help because they were so used to him lashing out while he was strong and healthy. However, as his health declined, so did he narrow-minded viewpoint on life. He softened.

My father and I were not close. We hardly ever spoke to each other. Until I was 21, I didn't even think he knew my first name. Honestly. But I loved him. More than anyone else in my family...because his love was so very hard to get in return. It made me work harder to prove myself to him. It took energy and strength and forgiveness to overcome the walls he put up and to ignore the ripples from the stones that others cast on him. The best i could do was to NOT engage in any activities that would further hurt this man. I could only offer my heart to him and promise him that no matter how he hurt me, my mom, my brothers, or anyone else, that I would never stop loving him. It wasn't easy. And I wasn't perfect. We had horrendous arguments. We threw things at each other...and yet...I could still go to him when I was hurt, or scared, lay my head on his chest and say, "Daddy, I need you to hold me." And he was there.

On May 28th, 1988...my Dad gave up his fight with RA...at 56 years old. Later on, we discovered that he stopped taking all his medications almost 3 months before he was admitted to the hospital. He literally allowed himself to die. The last real conversation I had with my Dad was when I had returned from Singapore where i had been on business. We sat at the kitchen table and he told me how to "handle" my life. He said that he never wanted me to be what he had become. He said, "Kathi, not only must you keep an open mind, but you must have an open heart, because if you don't, you will wind up alienating the very people you love." He also told me I was stubborn and spoiled, but that I was always his little girl, and the most beautiful child, young woman, he had ever seen. He was taken to the hospital the next day. A stroke. Many strokes. He was hooked up to a respirator...such a robust man...so full of life when I was a child..and here he was, hooked up to all sorts of machines...weak, thin...dying...and I cried. My mother, so cold, had distance herself from him years before...it was just me...and my Dad...and a notepad and pencil. The doctors were flying in medicine from Los Angeles to try and save him...but as I looked in his beautiful blue eyes...I knew. He knew. He was frightened...and I had never seen that. It broke me. He took the pad and pencil and wrote simply, "I love you." Three words he had NEVER uttered to me in my entire life. Never. And in minutes...he was gone. You wanna talk about ripples? Try that one. Think about that...and realize...that the greatest ripple one can create...is one of love...and understanding and loyalty.

I've thrown a lot of rocks in my lifetime. Some of the ripples have been good, some bad...some incredibly bad. But if you can get to the shore before the consequences of your ripple hit...you'd be surprised at what you can prevent...or...if you've tossed the right stone...what you can reap.

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”
~ Camille ****arro

Cheers.
Kat
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    superkat's Avatar
    .....and apparently...I can't type Camille's last name...lol. \
    P I S S A R R O.
    Posted 08/13/2010 at 05:39 AM by superkat superkat is offline
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    I've never seen a meteor shower.
    Posted 08/13/2010 at 10:50 AM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
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    superkat's Avatar
    GO OUT TONIGHT? what are the skies like there tonight? after 11pm. should be some...not as many as last night..but some that might make your heart skip a beat. it's a magnificent sight!
    Posted 08/13/2010 at 07:33 PM by superkat superkat is offline
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    Mmckibben's Avatar
    It's clouded over here.
    Posted 08/13/2010 at 09:51 PM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
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    superkat's Avatar
    that's too bad. just came back from a neat little hideout by Lake Ontario...fireflies in the trees and fireworks in the sky. It was an amazing evening.
    Posted 08/14/2010 at 01:23 AM by superkat superkat is offline
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    Wow, we have no fireflies, and I missed the meteor shower. Just have to wait till the 4th of july
    Posted 08/14/2010 at 01:40 AM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
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    nope...next one is the Leonids...October. If you're in CA...can you get out to the high desert easily...or too far?
    Posted 08/14/2010 at 03:47 AM by superkat superkat is offline
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    Mmckibben's Avatar
    I'm in colorado.
    Posted 08/14/2010 at 12:03 PM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
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    then, no...you can't get to the high desert...nor would you want to...Colorado is BEAUTIFUL!!
    Posted 08/14/2010 at 10:44 PM by superkat superkat is offline
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    We moved up from Arizona 4 years ago, so I know desert. I think it's funny that the locals here in the foot hills think they live in a desert!
    Posted 08/15/2010 at 10:38 AM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
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    I have an girlfriend that lives north of Boulder...Greely I think..well...outskirts of Greely. I absolutely loved it there...but found out quite quickly that i was allergic to Aspen trees....
    Posted 08/15/2010 at 05:46 PM by superkat superkat is offline
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    YOU CAN'T JUMP IN FALL LEAVES IF YOUR ALLERGIC TO ASPINS!
    Posted 08/15/2010 at 07:48 PM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
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    i know! i truly loved it there...we drove up to the mountain top, where the goats are? long time ago...but you drive all the way up and there is a little ranger shack and an outhouse. That's it. On the way up, the goats would come right up to the car window...it was amazing. Stopped at Coors before we hit the road...beer in trunk...was icy cold at the top!
    Posted 08/15/2010 at 08:26 PM by superkat superkat is offline
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    If you ever come back go to Estes Park.
    Posted 08/20/2010 at 07:20 AM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
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    superkat's Avatar
    What's at Estes Park? I can look it up...but rather you tell me!
    Posted 08/20/2010 at 08:57 PM by superkat superkat is offline
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    Mmckibben's Avatar
    If you head into the mountains from boulder it will be right before Rocky Mountain National Park begins. Make note that if you go to Estes park, you have to get some of the taffy!

    heres a link that might help.
    http://www.estesnet.com/
    Posted 08/21/2010 at 11:29 AM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
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    oh gosh....that is BEAUTIFUL! thank you for the link!
    Posted 08/27/2010 at 11:06 PM by superkat superkat is offline
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    Mmckibben's Avatar
    your welcome. Make not they have a toy store! The store has a chicken in the window that takes two steps then it pecks three times.It's pecked a hole half way through the glass! lol
    Posted 08/27/2010 at 11:30 PM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
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    amazing.
    Posted 08/28/2010 at 12:22 AM by superkat superkat is offline
  20. Old Comment
    Mmckibben's Avatar
    Go random stuff!
    Posted 08/28/2010 at 10:23 AM by Mmckibben Mmckibben is offline
 

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