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Facing the inner critic

Part of his power comes from the shadows.

We hear his voice, we know it by heart. He announces his presence with a rumble and he runs away with a wisp of smoke.

But again and again, we resist looking him in the eye, fearful of how powerful he is.

We’re afraid that like the gorgon, he will turn us to stone. (I’m using the male pronoun, but the critic is a she just as often).

He’s living right next to our soft spot, the (very) sore place where we store our shame, our insufficiency, our fraudulent nature. And he knows all about it, and pokes us there again and again.

As Steve Chapman points out in his generous TEDx talk, it doesn’t have to be this way. We can use the critic as a compass, as a way to know if we’re headed in the right direction.

Pema Chödrön tells the story of inviting the critic to sit for tea. To welcome him instead of running.

It’s not comfortable, but is there any other way?

The sore spot is unprotectable. The critic only disappears when we cease to matter. They go together.

We can dance with him, talk with him, welcome him along for a long, boring car ride. Suddenly, he’s not so dangerous. Sort of banal, actually.

There is no battle to win, because there is no battle.

The critic isn’t nearly as powerful as you are, not if you are willing to look him in the eye.


Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 129

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

La grande majorite’ des oeuvres litterraires “anonymes” etaient ecrite par des femmes. Et la plupart des femmes ont due s’approprier des noms males pour etre publier.

Quand UN a reconnu Israel en 1948 par une majorite d’un seul voix, la plupart des femmes du monde n’avaient pas le droit de vote, de voyager sans permission masculine, d’avoir un compte en bank, de s’inscrire a l’universite’…

Quand un auteur male fait de son hero un homme, le monde considere qu’il parle du genre humain. La femme heroine doit necessairement etre selectionnee’ par un auteur feminin.

La perception de la realite’ est necessairement divergente des handicappes, des gens vivant dans un etat d’apartheid, une dictature totalitaire, et ceux retranche’ dans des zones rurales

Les themes irritant des auteurs feminines: “Existe-t-il une litterature feminine?”, “Preferez-vous etre journaliste ou romanciere?”

Israel’s downfall started in 1956 when British Anthony Eden PM gave it the opportunity “to trade over Gaza” in order to advance in the Sinai, during the nationalization of Suez Canal crisis.

Israel can amass all kinds of modern weapons, totally useless in a small country, but it is the weakest in the consciousness of world community: Apartheid it is, violent and a terrorist State Israel is.

J’ ai la facilite’ innee’ pour ecrire, mais je dois faire le difficile pour acquerir le droit d’etre cru comme ecrivain

C’ est le contraire quand je lis: J’aime lire difficilement et lentement, pour que mes idees semblent faciles

Je ne suis jamais contente’ de ce que je sais. Il faut fuir ce que l’on maitrise, nos lieux communs personnels, essayez de faire ce qu’il nous semblait impossible. Comme retourner, a un age avance’, a l’universite’ de l’univers pour apprendre ce qu’ etait une de nos reves de jeunesse.

Rosa Montero dans “La folle du logis” raconte 3 versions divergentes de sa rencontre avec l’acteur “famous” Anglais M.  Rosa avait 23, et lui 30 ans. Les 3 versions sont plausibles, mais laquelle est plus plausible selon son charactere?

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 128

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Scientists (15,000 of them) have discovered that if we can protect 50% of our planet from human exploitation, our ecosystem will be able to stabilize and regenerate. Life on earth will recover!

The job of motivation is to train your habit in order to get where you want to be

The Job of Rules is to teach you how to set examples (Supposing that the rules are humanly acceptable, safe, and do not rob you from reflective judgment…?)

Action changes emotions: Don’t count on logic

The most savage of people are those feeling shame, once a hero among them resisted the indignities they submitted to

Ce que les Nazis ont fait aux Juifs et tous les minorites pendant 10 ans, Israel le fait aux Palestiniens pendant deja 70 ans: Depouiller la masse des victimes de leur condition humaine, pour une assassination massive

Tous ces orgies de deshumanisation, commis par les nations “democratiques” contre les pays “sous-developes”  ont sonne’ le glas pour l’humanite’, bien avant le rechauffement climatique.

La vie, c’est donne’ le temps necessaire a chaque impulsion. Etre le renard qui ce fourvoie dans ses experiences et sur les chemins inconnus, ou faire le herisson quand un sujet me fascine et me deborde.

Je ne me contente pas d’information: Il faut que je connect toutes les pieces, les sujets, les experiences et les savoirs

Les mechants comprirent quelque chose que les bons ignorent encore (pas de vice versa dans ce cas)

Most probably, the Ouigours were the first Chinese to be exposed to Christianity in the 6th century by the Nestouri sect. When Islam swept in in the 8th century, they were familiar with a few abstract concepts like a Unique God and the existence of Heaven and Hell. Same process with the other Far Eastern countries

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 127

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

Without firm comprehension of the customs and traditions in the Levant (mainly, current Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria) and its geographical, historical, and religious context, the Christians, in their entire spectrum of sects, will stay disoriented and out of touch with their identity.

Watch closely how Vice President Pence is distancing himself from Trump in the coming 3 months. (actually, he stuck more closely with Trump because he was one of the main staunch supporters of Jerusalem pronouncement)

Actually, this 3-month period for closing the file of Palestine Independent State is neither feasible or practical: It is what the inner circle of Trump consider the window for the impeachment proceeding to begin

US/Israel want a single urgent mission from Saudi Kingdom Crown Prince: closing the file of Palestine Independent State within 3 months

The downfall of Saudi Kingdom Crown Prince will come from the internal enemies he selected to be his allies, and who have been intrinsic allies with US/Israel, before he even was born

It is these “leaders” of minority political parties who keep hammering in their rhetoric: “My nation is first” who are first exploited by foreign powers to destabilize their countries. 

In the game of Petanque (Bachi) you usually have 2 teams, each team of 3 members, each member plays 2 metallic balls (boules). Thus the max score in each round is 6. The team of Adonis scored 4. Adonis screamed: we have got 7. JP responded in anger: How can you score 7? Adonis replied: On mesure.

Change comes: 1) in small steps 2) in consistent effort 3) within group support

Every village had a burying ground facing east and guests, by the custom of hospitality, could be enjoying the same facilities. Afroun replied: “Abraham you are a reverend and I shall bury your deceased member in the best of our graves” Abraham had set his mind to settle in Canaan and wanted his own burial ground, thus he asked to buy a piece of land.  Afroun replied: “A land of no more than 400 silver shekels should not be an obstacle” Abraham got the hint and sent the amount.

Success is a personal standard: What you set is what you get. (Sweet, but better not believe yourself superman)

Your worldview is a unique model that you tailored-made throughout your life, experiences, conditions, situations… in order to survive the thousands of daily problems, frustrations and barriers.

Everyone else makes bad decisions, is shortsighted, prejudiced, subject to whims, temper tantrums, outbursts and short-term thinking. Once you see it that way, it’s easier to remember that we’re everyone too.

15,000 scientists just sent out an SOS — a “warning to humanity” that if we don’t stop polluting, our planet is doomed: species are going extinct at 1000 times the natural rate. 90% of the Great Barrier Reef is dead or dying. Oceans are so choked with plastic that fish are addicted to eating it.

Kad kaana deeny fi jayb kombazi, wa naza3tahou (my religion) 3anni lamma rakebt al ba7r, ba3eedan 3an watani. 

I didn’t re-stuff them back or emulated them, my religion and my traditions, when I came back home(Amine Rihani)


Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 126

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

The Jewish Charles Netter was wondering why the Reformist Jews (mostly French at the time) were opting for the Oriental Jews to immigrate to America.  He traveled to Istanbul to negotiate the settlement of a land in Palestine carrying over 100,000 francs that was supplied by the French banker Salomon Goldschmidt (president of UIA)

Bees are the messengers of love for flowers

Soldiers were aware that the war movies were all propaganda, the message was discredited and deemed hollow before the movie rolled and the message was dismissed. Nine weeks later, the statistics changed and reverted to supporting war activities.

Aimer passionement sans etre paye’ de retour est un mal de mer en bateau: on se sent mourir mais qui fait rire le monde autour de nous

L’Eglise, les Enfants, la Cuisine (Kirche, Kinder, Kuche), les 3 K du programme Allemand pour les femmes, until recently.

Des corps disparus, en poussiere. Le vif de leur desir, le vrai de leur ardeur: pulverises. Je prefere contempler ses tableaux, lire ses oeuvres.

The Sleeper Effect of our memory: the source of the argument fades faster than the argument or the message. And the message (war is necessary and noble) fades much slowly (or even endure) than the propaganda itself

Campaign Ads should be restricted to the period of a single month before the campaign start and be banned later on during the campaign: minimize the devastating propaganda message that lingers way longer than we think.

Before you read an article, you need to ask this question: Who benefit? Cui bono? is a great training behavior to refine what you read.

The Egyptian must assimilate that Al Arish is closest to the Zionist State and its terror tactics. Egypt must side-track the military arrangement with Israel and let its army loose in all the Sinai and the ports of Red Sea. 

There is huge confusion and contentions out of subject matter between abstract belief concepts in religion and the context of the belief system.  No wonder that Christianity generates as many splits as abstraction can sustain.

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 125

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

The Jews in Palestine had a steady supporter of their “cause” by the British Major Orde Wingate, in charge of training only 500 Jews to be sent on missions of blowing bridges, setting explosives and disabling communication lines

The British Major Wingate trained far more than 500 soldiers, interpreting the order of training in batches of 500, since the British soldiers will be unable to recognize the particular Jews in training.

The Palestinian people were forbidden by the British mandated power to be trained for fighting or of carrying arms.

In Nov. 29, 1947, the UN voted to establishing two States for the Palestinians and the Jews: the declaration gave the minority Jews (less than 40%) over 56% of the land.

Ariel Scheinermann Sharon “Arik” (The Lion) was born in 1928 from parents (Samuel and Vera) who immigrated from Eastern Europe  and settled in a kibbutz in the Galilee valley called Sharon. Famous for his frequent genocides of Palestinians and Egyptian soldiers.

In May 1939, 4 months before WWII, England “White Paper” was read in the presence of David Ben Gurion during a meeting in the Histadrout. It stated:

1. It is Not in England current policy to establish a Jewish State in Palestine.

2. As of today, the Jews will only retain 5% of the land in Palestine.

3. Immigration of Jews will be restricted to 15,000 a year for the coming 5 years.

4. Afterwards, no Jews will be permitted to immigrate without the prior agreement with the “Arabic” authorities. (Which authority they meant since they forbade even municipal election during the mandated period?)

Ben Gurion said in the meeting: “We will fight the White Paper as if Hitler didn’t exist.

UN is cutting off education funding for the Palestinian refugees: Education is the only remaining weapon Palestinians have to fight back occupation

Capital is the first Jewish colony” had said French Edmond de Rothschild. Before WWI, France was the Only western power to totally and unequivocally support Jewish settlements in Palestine. France support was political, economical, educational and administrative. It gave citizenship to every Jew in its colonies since 1870

It is Not so much Iran ballistic missiles that anger US/Israel/Saudi Kingdom: it is Iran strategic decision to engage on the ground the “coalitions” of powers (kouwa estekbaar) who decide to execute plans to destabilize the Middle-East

The window of opportunity to resolve politically Yemen war is shrinking. Khomeini of Iran latest message tacitly is “Iran is set to engage militarily on the ground, with yet another total victory”

All human-made calamities are consequences of most of us claiming (in the design process and research) to know more than the others’, of what is right and what is wrong.

We transcend our ignorance, our flawed sense of pride, our deep intelligence of our limitations and capabilities in order to fool the others’

Can anyone point to a single Islamic movement, a majority religious sect in any country, coming to power and ever being defeated in any “democratic” election?

Enno ay boutouli sawwa Saad la Loubnaan bi hal osbou3ayn la kel hal 7ash sha3bi? Entoro ba3d lika2o bi 3aoun, ta “nonzor 3al moktada” hal lekaa2

Kedaish Loubnan baddo yontor ya Walid 7atta Saudi Kingdom te7el 3an dahrna? Bi doun ezn min ba3d al Loubaniyyeen elleh ba3don bye3te2do enno Saudi Kingdom badda kel al khair la Loubnan wa jewaar Loubnan?

Notes and tidbits posted on FB and Twitter. Part 124

Note 1: I take notes of books I read and comment on events and edit sentences that fit my style. The page is long and growing like crazy, and the sections I post contains months-old events that are worth refreshing your memory.

To increase their hourly rate, psychologists bring up the Death symbolism. Asking their hapless clients “Do you have the feeling that the world is crumbling underneath your feet?” And the candid answers “That is exactly my feeling! I kind of have the impression that I have been dispossessed when impotence set in”

Holding sex is an act of power to express outrageous disagreement of the relationship, a sort of revolt to Not reach an agreement.   Thus, when it is time to sign the truce, then Viagra is appropriate, occasionally.

Woke up at 3:30 am and turned on ARTE. The channel was showing a documentary with 10 young girls (18-22) who volunteered to express their sexuality and how friendly they are with their bodies and emotions. Most of them agreed to be videoed totally naked at the end of the session. I dare the team to repeat this experiment with young males, whom the girls expect so much to get in touch with their sexuality. The young males who are more confused and perplexed than the female counterpart,

About time to sack Riyad Salameh as Chief of Lebanon Central Bank: He is doing the job for the elite financial class . You expect interest rates to drop and he increased it with more unnecessary lavish loans in hard currencies.

It is time for another period of introspection: Ask fundamental questions “What is love”, “What happened to my youth?”, “Where did I go wrong?”, and “How could I have managed my health better?”

Rome position against Carthage was the same as Bush Junior: You are either with us or against us.  Total dominion was the motto of this nascent empire.

If simple intercourse is conveyed as a stupid act, which any mindless individual can perform, and if youth are instructed that intercourse requires preliminary high emotional and cognitive capabilities, then probably the age of impotence would recede into a very old age.

We create the most value when we do a job where exploration and a new solution is what’s needed: doing something that’s not been done before, something that might not work.

If you order the rates according to size of stores, most of the shoplifting are in the vast middle, while the small stores occupy the rare probability tails of the curve.

It is not the location of the stores that is the deciding factor in rate of shoplifting but their size. 

Basically and frequently, Saudi Arabia and the USA /Israel are the main rogue States in the world that refuses to have peace and stability be maintained in the “Arabic speaking” world.

Les grandes passions, cerebrales et sensuelles, sont affaires de gens dument repus, desalteres et reposes

Le ridicule amour-propre que les gens civilises melent aux choses de la passion

La pensee’ independente de la majorite’ est un lieu solitaire, battu par les vents des cercles vicieux

Un nain a un sixieme sense pour reconnaitre l’autre nain. Litteralement, on n’a pas besoin de  cette additionel sense pour reconnaitre un nain, sauf qu’a premiere vue, un homme “normal” ne voit pas la vieille aux yeux tristes dans un corps de petite fille coquette d’une naine





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