As I write this, I am truly irritated: I have had a whopping 5 Kindle sales this month and 3 of them have been returned. Hey, if you’re one of those assholes who think they’re so clever and smart for beating the system and reading books for free, I have a few words for you:
1) No, It’s Not Okay link. I’ve written about this before.
2) WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
You want to read e-books for free? GET A MOTHER FUCKING LIBRARY CARD! DO YOU EAT OUT OF THE BULK BINS AT THE GROCERY STORE? OR MAKE NACHOS FOR YOURSELF AT A SALAD BAR WITHOUT PAYING? (I have seen this at the Hannaford store in Concord, NH on Fort Eddy Rd) WERE YOU RAISED TO THINK LOW LEVEL THEFT ISN’T THEFT? IT IS, SHITHEAD.
3) I advise ceasing and desisting this behavior immediately. I won’t come mess you up, but I can’t answer for Karma. She sees all, she knows all, and she sees to it that what goes around comes around. You WILL end up paying for all those stolen books, maybe not monetarily, but you will end up paying.
However, that’s not what I’m writing about today.
It is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the USA. I can tell it has finally been accepted as a holiday because there are now appliance sales attached to it. Labor Day gets cars, President’s Day gets mattresses and linens, Dr. King gets appliances. Okay. It’s an acknowledgement.
My first memory of Dr. King is the news of his assassination. I was 6 and my parents had gone out for the evening. My brother was in charge and I remember him leaving a note for my parents on the bannister by the front door. I learned who he was after his death.
I’m referencing Dr. King today due to two memes circulating one Facebook.
I needed this particular reminder today. My life has been at a standstill and an unpleasant one at that. I cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s scary as all hell, I will not kid you. I’m almost 53; this is a time in my life when I’m supposed to be financially secure, in my own home, done with raising a family, and winding down towards a placid retirement. Notice the use of the phrase “supposed to be.” Secure? Not so much. Done raising a family? Hell, I never even started. Retirement? Are you kidding me? The way things are going, I’ll be lucky to be in the first batch of Soylent Green (look it up). I’m not alone, either. I have what should be highly marketable job skills and education. They’re not proving to be the competitive edge they should be. I’m not alone, either. THAT, my friend, is extremely scary. It’s not just me.
So, having seen the above picture a couple of times today, I will crawl forward. And do so every day.
This picture hit me today because it ties into a book I’m reading:
Super Rich by Russell Simmons
(I had no idea the guy was a vegan and yoga enthusiast).
(I look at that and my right knee say, “Nuh uh, Baby” I used to)
Anyway, Mr. Simmons speaks of giving and attraction. I first heard about this book listening the Mark & Brian show on KLOS in 2011. I went back and listened to the archived interview to get the quotes (it took me a while to get the book):
“Give your talents until others can’t live without them.”
“Good givers are great getters.”
“Rid yourself of neediness. Needing nothing is a state of bliss.”
“Operate from a happy space.”
“Let go of results, stay focused on the work itself, rather than the result. Work is the prayer.”
(And those are quotes jotted down from a radio interview. I’m sure they pop up in his book)
Work is the prayer…
I’m not seeing results right now. Keep writing. Got it.
I have a bunch of inspirational quotes in the notebook that has the above.
Joel Osteen. I’m not big on televangelists, but sometimes, I hear something I need to hear.
” Prophecy something good Whatever you’re constantly saying, you’re moving towards. [If you’re not happy with where you’re going] Send words in a different direction.”
How does this tie to the rant at the top of the the post? Simple. I know enough to change my direction and focus on what I’m creating. I am willing to give it away until others cannot live without it. However, those who take pride in theft, in cheating others, and do not change their ways will continue on that path until it bites them in the ass. That’s just the law of averages; sooner or later, someone is not going to just “let it go” and the results will be ugly and shameful for the thief.
So I will keep crawling forward, in the direction of my choosing, to give my gift to others until they cannot live without it. And as for those who would undermine the effort: When you fuck over someone, Karma looks a lot like this:
See the guy in the front? He’s about to experience karma, courtesy of Al Capone.