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Just for today; (May 8, 2010)

Just for Today, I am happy.

Is happiness emanating from within? “We are about as happy as we make up our minds to” said Abraham Lincoln

Just for Today, I am adjusting to “what is”: I am fitting my desires to match the family members’ desires.

Just for Today, I am caring for my body and health

Just for Today, I am learning a useful skill, knowledge, or technology

Just for Today, I am investing efforts to focus and concentrate on a new concept or field of study

Just for Today, I will do an action that I am not used to do.  A charity act done in total secrecy?

Just for Today, I am looking presentable and agreeable to my community; I had a hair cut and dressed smartly.

Just for Today, I am showering praises and acting courteous

Just for Today, I am enjoying the present: my goals and future plans are put on hold.

Just for Today, I have a program for the day for every hour.   I am checking out the activities that I have done.

Just for Today, I am in no hurry: one thing at a time and a task well done.  All activities have the same importance.

Just for Today, I am allocating half an hour for total relaxation; I am shutting out background noises and external information.

Just for Today, I am not afraid of death or the uncertainties of tomorrow.

There are many “Just for Today” of to do.  Life is becoming too busy for what to do.  Thus,

Just for Today, I am selecting only one “Just for Today” item to satisfy my body, mind, and soul.  How about “Just for this week”? Have I followed up the precept of one of the 13 “Just for Today”?

If number 13 is bad luck to you, then you are encouraged to add to the list.

This is the new philosophical paradigm called “Philosophy of the candid”.  What is real or is reality is your individual views on the world and universe.  Consequently, your private ethics is mastering the responsibility of learning from reflection, study, experience, and personal adventures.  Laziness of the mind and refusing to taking conscious decisions is tantamount to following external suggestions and ideologies. Be the ultimate naive:  Learn for yourself and become whole.

“I was one year old; mother was made to separate from me”; (Feb. 15, 2010)

“I was 7 of age when mother died, or around that.  I don’t know the date of birth: No records were kept for slaves. Slaves were told they were born during periods of sawing, reaping, gathering cherries, or extraordinary events.  Horses too had no birth certificates: it drove me mad because everyone knew my father was the white master of the plantation.

Masters had win-win situations: they sent black slave mothers to another remote plantation, a year after caring for the child. Worn out female slaves would bring up the kids instead of the mothers.

Mother used to walk over 10 miles at night to see me occasionally.  When I woke up she was long gone: she is to be whipped if she shows up at the remote plantation late to work.

I think that I saw mother 5 times in her short life; and only at night.” (Memories of a slave, 1846)

Frederick Douglas (1818-1895) was born in Maryland (Talbot County, USA) and fled the plantation in 1838 to the northern states after forging a safe exit conduct.  He became a brilliant orator within the abolitionist movement and gave conferences in England.

Douglas was officially freed in 1846 and was close to President Abraham Lincoln. Douglas convinced Lincoln to enroll blacks in the Federal army during the civil war.  Douglas was appointed president of the Bank of Freed Slaves, then consul in Haiti.




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