Drink in the miracle of water. We are water. We need water. Just remember that it was pure water that killed the wicked witch of the west in the Wizard of Oz. Water is the universal conduct. Water is powerful, it can destroy iron and put out a fire. Nothing is softer than water but it can overcome rock. Too many people are so thirsty that they drink the water that should be used to prime the pump. Be like water, if you are trapped make a new path. God is in the rain. Dark have been my dreams of late but like tears in the rain, I keep them hidden. Drink more pure water, while you still can. Satoru.


Enhance your perception for a New Year’s Change.

Some people wait all their lives for an opportunity that is sitting
right in front of them, but end up missing it because of fear and
reluctance to take chances. They let their excess baggage get in the
way. Remember that Zen perception is about living in the now of the
present moment, as well as spontaneity and simplicity.

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

Live in the Zen Now

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

Work like you don’t need the money.

Love like you’ve never been hurt.

Dance like nobody’s watching.

Sing like nobody’s listening.

Live like it’s Heaven on Earth.

Have a good holiday and drink more water.


Communication and Politics

“Human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars” (Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary)

Can you talk with marbles in your mouth? The junior senators in ancient Rome practiced elocution by giving speeches with four marbles in their mouths. After practicing extensively, they took one marble out of their mouth. They continued speaking in public and improved their erudition. Taking another marble out of their mouths they spoke in public making sure that they were understood. Eventually, when they lost all their marbles they became senators.

It is interesting to note that 95% of our senators and congressmen are lawyers. There is no law in the U.S.A. that, scrutinizes congressmen’s or senators’ finances and compares them before and after they have held office. Many of our politicians become significantly rich while in office considering their base salaries. Could a law degree and being a politician possibly have become a license to enrich your life disproportionately to your ability or at others’ expense?

Un-presidentially, Agent Orange just can’t help it, because he was born with a silver foot in his mouth.

Bushido Chess

Use tactics to achieve short-term goals and strategies to gain long term goals. Learn to play chess to learn about strategies and tactics.

The national game of Russia is chess. It is a game of perfect information. There are feints but no bluffs. This is why Khrushchev, confronted by imponderables, backed down from the nuclear conformation. Poker, on the other hand, originated in the United States. It is played here most avidly and expertly. The combination of risk, guile, open aggression and refined calculation reflects America and its frontier mentality. Even President John F. Kennedy was not obliged to show his cards.

Arguing with a Trump supporter is like playing chess with a pigeon.
The pigeon first knocks over all the pieces.
Then it defecates on the board.
Then it struts around as if it won the game.
I know agent orange just can’t help it.
He was born with a silver foot in his mouth.

Learn the rules, so you know how to break them properly.

A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
“But why?” they asked as they moved off.
“Because,” he answered, “I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”


Bushido Sex Life

Live your life in a way that includes and harnesses aspects of your life force that made you vibrate, thrill to take action, and the part that connects you, either as a biological necessity, a recreational proclivity, or a profoundly spiritual experience with the world, with others, sexual. Do not hold back and have the courage to live passionately and bring sexuality into many aspects of your life. It will be transformative and a key to a richer experience of life.

Don’t trust a man/woman who doesn’t close his/her eyes when you kiss.

If you have to choose between two evils, always pick the one you never tried, and never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.


Bushido Stress Response

While generally it is beneficial to reduce stressful situations and relieve stress through exercise, yoga, and other outlets, it is also imperative that you view your stress with a different intervention. The belief that your body is rising to the challenge and an interpretation that stress is all right if it gives you meaning in your life. Keep in mind that stress makes you social by producing oxycetosin, a stress hormone that makes you want to hug, talk, and support. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps heal your heart.

When you reach out to help, or get help, the human connection allows the stress to be reduced. People, who spend time caring for others, and how you think and act, create the biology of relief. Joy and meaning for life and challenges gives you strength. So, try to reinterpret stress as not only all bad but helping you to rise to a more productive level and interact with people more frequently.

Don’t expect life to go in a straight line.