Be all in

by Daniel Arthur J., August 17, 2014

You are more valuable than you know; adapt and do your best.

Tortoise Castle in the Mojave Desert near Las Vegas, NV by DA Jones, April 2014

Tortoise Castle in the Mojave Desert near Las Vegas, NV by DA Jones, April 2014

There are seemingly endless opponents in life. There is rivalry and there is spite. People make themselves enemies for the most trivial of reasons. They criticize and get jealous instead of applauding. It can seem that way – really.

Well, the fact is you are making an impact, and a positive one if you like. Just keep going. Don’t give up. Don’t be afraid. Fear is the mind killer someone wrote. At least get past your fears. You are good. You are great. Your good work will be recognized as such in ways that you might not imagine.

It does take work – work in the sense that you must do something. Take the risk. Work. Sure you need to work at basic needs things, but work at what you love, too. Find the time without hurting yourself or anyone. Ask people kindly for some space when you need it. Work towards getting to work more at what you love. Do it all kindly.

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Some good advice I heard: read or do, pause, reflect, and connect.

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It’s not wrong to be cautious or untrusting. In fact, it is best to be that way. Only let people in carefully. Make them earn your trust. It takes time and effort, but have them verify that they are destined to be in your life. They should only be in your life if they want to make it better – enhancing you. Bullying, using and controlling behaviors are not going to make your life better. Those behaviors consume others. Don’t be consumed. Live your life. There is time enough for love. Don’t force it.

Help those that are less fortunate.

Are You Really Living?

by Daniel A. Jones, January 27, 2013

I know I’m not the only person alive on this planet. Many of you are physically alive, but aren’t really living. I don’t mean to say that I am the only one living in that way, either. I just notice that so many people are hung up on falsehoods, half-truths and the fear of really living. You will regret it some day.

Some Ancient Souls Alive in the Forest

Some Ancient Souls Alive in the Forest

Don’t be afraid to live. Live freely in a careful way. You are precious, even the most gnarly, tough SOB out there. Free yourself to be passionate about the things that matter. Give up the criminal life, even if your worst thing you do is to confine yourself. Of course you should be careful in your freedom so that you can live as long as possible. While being free to do good yourself you should free all others.

If you are free you are more likely to make a difference that will not only help yourself, but it will help others, too. We all need a hand from time to time, even if it is just a kind word or nice gesture. Be not afraid, but be careful. There are many unhealthy people that are more dead than alive. Wake them up, not as zombies, but as human beings with all the wonderful capabilities that human beings have including love, compassion, incredible intelligence, critical thinking and more.

Be inspired by the best in what people have done, and know that you can contribute like them and be alive in your life. You can be happy in your struggles and successes while building a better place. There is no reason to accept poor policies, laws or systems. They can and should be improved. You can change and so can those you touch with your essence. Join me and many others in helping everyone to live fully.

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I’m continuing a campaign called Tubman on the Twenty. It’s an effort to get Harriet Tubman’s likeness on the twenty dollar bill to honor her courage and leadership.

Important Catastrophes

Upheaval Dome, Colorado Plateau, July, 2011

Upheaval Dome, Colorado Plateau, July, 2011

There are many people that are concerned with the end of the world or civilization, which could happen. It could happen at any time. It happens to individuals all the time. The world as we know it can change forever from comet or asteroid strikes, illness, war, global warming, ice age or many other ways. So called prophets warn of this constantly. What can we do? What should we do?

We should help people to live well. We should try to solve problems, and create safeguards to prevent and solutions for overcoming ordinary catastrophes like regime change, tsunamis, floods, famine and others. We need to survive by collaborating. There is no reason to enslave or oppress others. Solutions come from where they come from. It doesn’t help to get crazed, hurl bombs and harm others.

No, we should and must enjoy the diverse arts and culture that we have. We should help and educate the relatively less fortunate. We should continue to learn and share our knowledge to create more effective critical thinking. We need to clean and preserve our planet knowing that at any moment it can be destroyed.

As we work hard and play hard we will develop worthwhile plans and solutions for addressing even the worst of disasters so that we can continue to survive and thrive, if not in our current vessel through our descendants both in blood and intellectual. We can persevere to love another day or time. We will get the best results from helping everyone to participate as they best can and would like to do so.

We can hide, prepare for all kinds of scenarios, create emergency supplies and networks, grow food and continue to survive our cruel and beautiful world. We have all lost much, will lose more, but will also have great experiences. There are so many wonderful things to do and so many ways to help your fellow life. Don’t be a Scrooge. Use your great human qualities for good.

Daniel A. Jones, December 18, 2011