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Issue #22: Fierce Disruption of the Ordinary


Jeff Howardz | facts of my existence

May 28 · Issue #22 · View online

Weekly digest of things I find interesting, useful, funny, thought provoking or absurd... mixed with some wise ass short observations of my own.

“The question is more important than the answer. The journey is more important than the destination. The process is more important than the outcome.” ~Unknown

Phrases from Afar
There’s a beautiful phrase in South Africa: when Zulu people are saying hello to one another they say, “Sawubona.” Sawubona quite literally means, “I see you. And by seeing you I bring you into being.”
“Freedom must be a mutual gift from one human being to another, recognizing that if I limit one person’s freedom I limit my own.”
Who is John Galt?
“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - What would you tell him?“
I…don’t know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?”
To shrug.”
~Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Bachelorette Fantasy
If you’re like the crazy masses that continue to watch The Bachelor or Bachelorette then you may find this article interesting. For those of you insane enough to actually get into a fantasy league picking these freaks this is mandatory reading. This is a statistical based analysis of how to pick the favorites.
So do the shows actually lead to love? Only 2 out of 20 Bachelor couples are still together. Only 5 of 12 Bachelorette couples are still together.  7 out of 32 makes the batting average only a staggering 22%. Don’t pick your spouse on a reality show sports fans.
On Pain
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the  daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, and the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with his own sacred tears.
~Khalil Gibran
May you never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them,
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