The Daily Bruin: Volume 1, Issue 3- February 3, 2014

Personal/Social- I had a calm, quiet day at work, teaching sixth-graders in a combination English and Social Studies class.  The students are well-ordered and attend to their assignments quite readily.  They could probably have had more assigned them by the regular teacher, but we made do.

My only tasks this evening are tying up loose ends for a gathering I am hosting here on Thursday, a weekend meeting, south of Phoenix, later this month and an errand of mercy the second week of March.  Other than those, it’s Literary Lala Land. 🙂

Spiritual- Someone is confused as to the nature of God.  As a Baha’i, I believe that each of us has to investigate spiritual truth for themselves.  We are past the time when another human can define God for us.  Spiritual Teachers will continue to appear, every thousand years or so, as Baha’u’llah, Christ, Muhammad and others have, and we are free to avail ourselves of Their guidance, or not.  The thing is, we get out of spirituality what we put into it.

Here’s a thought for today:

In all matters moderation is desirable. If a thing is carried to excess, it will prove a source of evil.

Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 69

Plans- As always, my life, while present-focused, has to include some forward planning.  As mentioned, I will host a spiritual gathering in my home on Thursday night.  It will be the last such gathering, in this house, as a move closer to downtown is in the cards for any time between late March and early May.

Hikes will be fairly regular.  This Sunday will take me somewhere- either to another sector of the Black Canyon, or to Harquahala Peak, near Aguila, AZ.

Health-  I continued to feel even more energized today.  The essential oils are working their way through my system, and getting rid of toxins that seem to have accumulated.

Wider world- I am saddened that Philip Seymour Hoffman is gone.  It is sadder still that there are those who couldn’t wait to speculate on his circumstances, at time of death.  This reminds me of the conclusions to which people jumped, when John Belushi passed on.  How wrong they turned out to be!

Football is entering its period of rest and rehab.  I like both teams, but it’s nice for Seattle to have a World Championship team.  I remember how great it felt for us, in Phoenix, when the Diamondbacks won the World Series.  All the different Boston teams winning, over the years, also have made this native son proud.

I haven’t checked the financials today.  I believe the stock markets are sending a message to all the up and coming financial markets:  Cut the corruption and get your houses in order.  No one knows better than our Wall Street denizens just how painful it is to cut corners and get caught!

Have a great Tuesday, all. 🙂

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