What would Jerry do?

What would Jerry do?

I am Jerry Holtaway.
Through the help of somatic transformation, I recently realized the difference between my super-charged ego (which I now call by my formal name "Gerald"), and my true spirit (for whom I use my nickname "Jerry"). I am now testing out my life through Jerry and asking, "What would Jerry do?" I'm exploring that idea here. You can learn more about somatics at www.strozziinstitute.com (I am not affiliated, just a happy patron). To read about my progress, visit https://medium.com/meaningful-practices
I’ll be taking three weeks off Tumblr to contemplate this.
I’ll be taking three weeks off Tumblr to contemplate this.

I’ll be taking three weeks off Tumblr to contemplate this.

We’re in a freefall into future. We don’t know where we’re going. Things are changing so fast, and always when you’re going through a long tunnel, anxiety comes along. And all you have to do to transform your hell into a paradise is to turn your fall into a voluntary act. It’s a very interesting shift of perspective and that’s all it is… joyful participation in the sorrows and everything changes.
- Joseph Campbell (via ashramof1)
People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.
- Albert Camus (via childrenofthetao)
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Returned Scout - Ogalala - 1907
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Returned Scout - Ogalala - 1907

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Returned Scout - Ogalala - 1907

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
- Thomas à Kempis (via childrenofthetao)
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
- Epictetus (via childrenofthetao)
"I know that the path of virtue is narrow, and the road of wickedness is broad and spacious; I know that their endings and conclusions are different, because the expansive, spacious road of wickedness ends in death, and the road of virtue, so narrow and difficult, ends in life, not the life that ends, but life everlasting".
- Don Quixote

The virtuous, yet impoverished knight errant

"An impoverished knight has no way to show he is knight except through his virtue, by being affable, well-mannered, courteous, civil, and diligent, not proud, arrogant, and prone to gossip, and above all, by being charitable, for with two maravedís given joyfully to a poor man, he will show that he is as generous as the man who gives alms to the loud ringing of bells; no one who sees a knight adorned with these virtues fail to judge and consider him to be of good breeding, even if he does not know him, and his not being would be remarkable; praise was always the reward of virtue, and virtuous men cannot avoid being praised".

- Don Quixote

It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.
- Maya Angelou (via childrenofthetao)

Like a real patriot

I do not have the nerve to shoplift even a grape, but aside from crime, I have tried each of these strategies myself. Since the age of 12 I have worked forty-five different jobs. I counted for you. No, I am not 300 years old, Bank-robbin’; I worked most of these two or three at a time, like a real patriot, since none of them paid enough to live on. What I will have to say to you, by the end of this, is that anyone who has found a way to transform anger into purpose and even some measure of peace about work has learned to reckon with two contradictory truths:

- Most work seems designed to make you feel absolutely alone, and

- Almost everyone, if they are honest with themselves, feels exactly like you about much of the work they do.

https://nplusonemag.com/online-only/help-desk/bank-robbin-in-brooklyn/

Can’t find meaning in your work? You are not alone!

Everything is upside down. Your life is sold to serve an economy that does not serve your life.

You have been trained from childhood to think that labor, in and of itself, is both a right and one of the most important goals of your life; you have been told that your “career” is the same thing as “who you are in the world.” Yet like most employed people in the United States, you work jobs that you consider to be banal, brutal, or both.

For this labor you are supposed to be grateful, since work is increasingly hard to get: if you lose your shitty job, you’ve got only a one-in-five chance of finding a new one, and if you’ve been unemployed for six months or longer your chances are one in ten.

https://nplusonemag.com/online-only/help-desk/bank-robbin-in-brooklyn/

What makes us human?

This is a big question, but one answer covers it all: we ask questions. There are quite a few human languages – Latin and Irish among them – that don’t have words for “yes” or “no” – but every language on earth has a word for “why”.

http://www.newstatesman.com/2014/07/what-makes-us-human-our-innate-curiosity-and-our-ability-laugh

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If you will be calm and patient, everything will come to you by itself.
- Guanzi 管子, 700 BC (via modernshxmxn)