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Right or Left, Up or Down?

Seriously, which way is Forward?

This pondering has been bothering me for some time.

I haven't found the answer in Religion or Politics. Religion says up or down and Politics says Right or Left.

My whole life has been spent 'trying to improve myself', get smarter, healthier, gooder..

But I'm a bit stuck. So please, anyone which way is forward?

Happy Thanksgiving, but then I remembered all the Native Americans that were murdered before that celebration...and all the hunger that is so prevalent in the world today...sigh  :(

I am grateful to be alive. Perhaps that is reason enough to give Thanks today to whatever:)

How do we as, human beings, move forward?

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 02:46:50 AM PST

  •  I can perhaps give it to you in one word. (4+ / 0-)

    Compassion.

    Every other path is, IMHO, either a detour or takes you backward.

    The world is a den of thieves and night is falling. -Ingmar Bergman

    by Pirogue on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 03:03:45 AM PST

    •  That's a step in the 'right' direction (pardon the (1+ / 0-)
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      CherryTheTart

      pun) possibly.. Hmm..I can see that certain 'words' might create some barriers.

      At 60, I still ponder such things. Oy!

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      by roseeriter on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 03:14:03 AM PST

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  •  Or, we should Feel our way forward? (1+ / 0-)
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    CherryTheTart

    Is that what you mean?

    (I kind of like that:)

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    by roseeriter on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 03:22:47 AM PST

  •  Look at my sig (3+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, onceasgt, CherryTheTart

    If you can read it things ain't that bad, there's always hope.

    btw, Forward is straight in front of you

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:25:32 AM PST

    •  Thanks! ;) (1+ / 0-)
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      exlrrp

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

      by roseeriter on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 04:29:51 AM PST

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    •  I don't know why, but I thought of this: (1+ / 0-)
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      roseeriter

      Seemed apt.

      Forward, backward, inward, outward
      Come and join the chase
      Nothing could be drier
      Than a jolly caucus race

      Backward, forward, outward, inward
      Bottom to the top
      Never a beginning,
      There can never be a stop

      To skipping, hopping, tripping fancy free and gay
      Started it tomorrow
      But will finish yesterday

      'Round and 'round and 'round we go
      Until forevermore
      For once we were behind
      But now we find we are be-

      Foreward, backward, inward, outward
      Come and joing hte chase
      Nothing could be drier
      Than a jolly caucus race!

      I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

      by CherryTheTart on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:16:53 AM PST

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  •  The way forward is finding a reason for living. (2+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, CherryTheTart

    Mine is animal rights charities.

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 05:32:30 AM PST

  •  My Grandfather (2+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, CherryTheTart

    always told me to be the best person I be whatevever that ment to me.

    Decide what personal qualities you would like to have and set about aquiring them. I find that when I am in that mode the way forward presents itself.

    Happy Thanksgiving may the road rise up to meet you and the wind be at your back................:)

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 05:43:16 AM PST

  •  Thoughts (2+ / 0-)
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    CherryTheTart, roseeriter

    For individuals, sometimes the best way forward is to start taking time to stand still. I am intimately acquainted with the drive for self-improvement, better health, becoming a better person; I am also acquainted with the feeling that I am not doing enough to bring about a better world  (and to be honest, I am almost certainly not doing enough). And I am acquainted with the feeling of despair--or at least depression--when those efforts seem to fail. I realize that “compassion begins at home” and “embrace yourself, and where you are” are cliches, but as a close friend once told me, “Most things don’t become cliches by not being true.”

    I often wonder whether the drive to continually make things, and ourselves, better; and to find the “correct” direction in which to move; are, at best, counter-productive. It can be difficult to avoid worrying: What if our choices turn out to move us in the wrong direction? Since just about everything reminds me of an episode of “Futurama,” I am reminded of an episode of “Futurama.” Protesters join hands and form a “peace ring” around an interplanetary Dark Matter tanker, in order to halt its progress. When the tanker easily circumvents the ring, one protester asks the leader, “When you were planning this peace ring, did you realize that space ships can move in three dimensions?” He responds, “No, I did not.”

    Because I am also fond of St. Francis of Assisi, I try very hard to avoid thinking of progress as linear--as a sort of journey, replete with confusing forks in the road, where the wrong choice will get you “off track.” I prefer the metaphor of the seasons: The work of spring and summer is planting and growing; the work of fall is harvesting; the work of winter is rest and reflection, because spring will soon bring renewed energy, and work for our hands and hearts.

    Take care; tend yourself as you would any living, growing thing; dare to find beauty, and take joy, not only in the world, but in yourself.

    Oh, and take in a few episodes of “Futurama” if you get the chance. :)

    Thanks to denial, I'm immortal. -- Philip J. Fry

    by IamGumby on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 05:56:49 AM PST

  •  I am happy you are alive too, Ms. Rosee. (1+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    I used to be Snow White. And then I drifted. - Mae West

    by CherryTheTart on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 06:13:52 AM PST

  •  Forward is advancing our Humanity. (2+ / 0-)
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    88kathy, roseeriter

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 07:52:44 AM PST

  •  forward is what feels right to you... (2+ / 0-)
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    Thousandwatts, roseeriter

    i have found that my forward is not always the same as other people's but that doesn't matter.  forward is where your bliss is, as joseph campbell might put it.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 08:04:41 AM PST

  •  It isn't any of those outside directions (2+ / 0-)
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    Thousandwatts, roseeriter

    I got my wife a t-shirt with a picture of the Buddha and the caption

    Inquire Within

    America—We built that!

    by Mokurai on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 08:38:19 AM PST

  •  When faced this question, the answer that works (1+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter

    for me is "to do the next right thing"
    Sounds trite or corny, but when I am at a loss, I try to do the next right thing and the natural flow of the universe takes over.
    obviously, it's sometimes open to interpretation, but that's the point- we know in our gut the difference between right and wrong.

    Occupy- Your Mind. - No better friend, no worse enemy. -8.75, -6.21<> Bring the Troops Home Yesterday

    by Thousandwatts on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 11:27:46 AM PST

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