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Both beauties.

Both beauties.

Lucky Jack.

The Captain and Cabin Boy.

The Captain and Cabin Boy.

I have often been called Happy Jack or Lucky Jack. I wonder is it because I am happy that I am lucky or am I lucky because I am happy and smile a lot? People ask, “Why are you always smiling?” “It is vanity the wrinkles are rearranged and I look better.” I joke. In fact I am advertising a good emotional state. People know I am friendly it is a win-win situation that promotes good.

Not this young, this is my grandson, but similar smile.

Not this young, this is my grandson, but similar smile.

I hitchhiked most of my way around the world in the sixties. I was young the world was mine; mankind was at the peak of extravagance, before thoughts of conservation, I had not realized there was a limit to the world’s resources. Success in thumbing a ride relies on your appearance, clean and tidy, not too big a bag and most important a smile. Choose an easy and safe place for your lift to pull-up and it is a good idea to display a sign showing where you going to.

 Happy jack smiles run in the family.

Happy jack smiles run in the family.

When the lifts are scarce and the sky is clouding over it is easy to forget to smile and instead get a worried look on your face. The driver has to make a snap decision and cannot decide what the desperate grim look means so does not take the risk. I learned a smile is the same in any language it says “I am happy, at ease and friendly.” People are attracted and respond positively to a smile.

Smiles are like boomerangs they return.

Smiles are like boomerangs they return.

I feel sorry for people who look for sympathy airing their troubles with a dismal gloomy face. Many people burdening others with their hard luck stories. What they do not realize is they are keeping their troubles alive, magnifying them and turning friends away. I feel admiration and compassion for a person that smiles when plagued by misfortune.

Smiles are beautiful in any language.

Smiles are beautiful in any language.

The way to improve your chances, not only in getting a free ride, is a sincere smile. By caring, being helpful and being friendly your chances of making new friends increases and it starts with a smile. When you increase your circle of friends you increase your good fortune. The more friends you have the more chance you have of hearing about opportunities that can benefit you. It is called networking in business circles in religious groups it would be fellowship and in all walks of life it is commonsense. Smiling, being helpful and friendly promotes happiness and luck.

Smiles love and peace a bit of reggae.

Smiles love and peace a bit of reggae.

An example, Pauline and I went to at a music venue we got there early. Sat at a table in a good position all available tables were soon taken. There were no empty tables but some unoccupied seats. Two seats were available at our table. Four people came in looking for a place. I smiled and said “There is room at this table you just need two more chairs.” After introductions we became friends, Terry belonged to a ukulele club and invited me along next time they met. I was looking for a ukulele club but none were advertised in the area. I went along and made more friends willing to pass on their knowledge. I am really lucky and the nicer I am to other people the luckier I get.

Be happy smile don't worry.

Be happy smile don’t worry.

The music was lively blues guitar; everyone was rocking or tapping their feet to the music. I let the music take me out on to the dance floor and did a solo uninhibited dance. I am not worried if people think I am a crazy old bloke or high on loco-weed. Musicians play better if they have an appreciative audience. I am the detonator that set others off dancing, it only takes one and others lose their self-consciousness. I do not need any stimulants other than the music, two beers is my limit. As for marijuana, one must be careful as it is sometimes mixed with other substances. You are pushing your luck if you try drugs to make you feel good. All that is needed is music a smile and good attitude.

Music, and loving smiles it is family trait.

Music, and loving smiles it is family trait.

Music is a good way to psyche you into a good mood. On a treadmill in a gym is a good cardiovascular exercise but dancing is also a great workout. I am no longer young and fit but I now realize the world is not mine to exploit. Simple pleasures are the best the higher you go the further you can fall. Sharing a meal with friends is one of the most enjoyable things you can do. Smile and be kind to others, if you are lucky the meal you share will not be your last.

Smiles make us one loving family.

Smiles make us one loving family.

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Nature unspoiled.

Nature unspoiled.

Fear Courage Balance.

Praying mantis hitches a ride.

  Praying mantis hitches a ride.

Fear is a necessary emotion to protect us from danger. Courage allows us to overcome fear. Balance is the skill needed to act sensibly neither cowardly nor reckless. Balance is needed in every aspect of life. When things are in balance they are in perfect harmony. Nature keeps the whole universe in equilibrium. I respect nature as some people respect their god. Nature will restore the unbalance man has created in the world. Some men fear God and have no respect for nature this is reckless ignorance not courage.

The good life.

The good life.

Abrahamic religions use the fear of God to enforce laws. Fear is often used by politicians to sway public opinion. Advertising uses many methods to sell products fear is one of their tactics. Is your house so dirty it is threatening to ruin your health? Insects must be killed and the ads show how to do it. Fear needs to be balanced with caution and common-sense. What kills insects surely is not good for our health. As for germs a healthy person’s immune system can cope with most germs. Bacteria is like cholesterol there are two kinds one kind is good for you the other blocks up your circulatory system. Less than one percent of bacteria are harmful some that live in your body are essential for your health. Cleanliness is very important but advertising has some people frightened of a bit mother earth.

Kimchee Seoul street market.

Kimchee Seoul street market.

I grew up with nothing more than water from a well to drink and a bar of plain soap was used to wash with. There were only basic natural things to remedy coughs, cuts and all the usual ailments.  No flush toilets when I was a boy only what we called a dunny. We did not use chemicals unless there was a real problem. We had no air-conditioning we opened a window and had fresh air; it killed germs and toughened me up. I have survived eighty-one years and never been unduly afraid of a bit of dirt. I do not expect doctors to look after my health, it is my responsibility. I try to live a clean and balanced life without all the pills and disinfectants I do not need chemical germ and insect killers to protect me.

All we needed.

All we needed.

We tend to leave it up to bureaucrats to protect us, consequently there are too many laws supposedly to protect the public. Health regulations have gone to extremes. I have eaten food prepared and cooked at food stalls in the streets of other countries and have suffered no ill effects. Seeing the fresh food cooked one can decide if it is fit to eat. In a restaurant, even though health department requirements have been met, one still has to trust the management. These laws cut down competition from the small man and favour the big food chain operators. We have lost control over our own welfare because of imaginary fears.

Hot lunch Bangkok.

Hot lunch Bangkok.

Safety regulations have a place but they have now taken a lot of the skill, challenge and team effort out of construction work. In general work today is looked upon as making money to buy luxuries. People used to ask “What is your game?” when they wanted to know how you made a living, now it is “What is your job?” Sport has become a job. TV time and sponsoring by big business has taken the fun out of the game. We need some courage to take control and get balance back in our life.

Breakfast  fresh vegetable omelette.

Breakfast fresh vegetable omelette.

I do not fear the Muslims, the Christians or the Hindus. The Islamic Jihad does not scare me as I am no threat to their religion. There may be one religious fanatic in thousands. Should we fear all the others? You have more chance of being killed by a car. Do you hate cars because of this? I do not agree with many religions or their ideas but I find wisdom in some and I do respect the ethics of the sincere followers. I try to live by the five precepts that all major religions incorporate.  There are good people everywhere there are no evil people only the ignorant or sick. We should try to teach the ignorant and show compassion and care for the sick. The incurable cases need special care.  Courage balanced with understanding instead fear is needed.

Picnic lunch with friends.

The white haired boy having a picnic lunch with friends.

We should be weighing up and concentrating on real dangers. Nature is trying to balance everything and man is only trying to balance the budget. Do not trust your health and welfare to doctors, chemists, bureaucrats or big business. Do not believe all the advertising, think for yourself and take responsibility for your own welfare. Do not let fear, greed or ignorance control you. According to Shakespeare, “Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant die but once”. Often rephrased as, a coward dies a thousand deaths a hero dies but once. Cowards or heroes death is inevitable so cherish all life and leave something for the next generation. All Mother Nature’s gifts are free and mans incestuous desires are unforgivable. Man’s greed is   reckless unbalancing the ecology there is nothing brave or courageous in raping mother earth.

 Clean and healthy.

Clean and healthy.

 

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Montage of Religions.

The montage of religions.

Although all these religions have good aspects, they all have doubters and disputes, within their faith and with other religions. All have good intentions and can help in living an ethical life.  But in my opinion none are the ultimate answer. I could be wrong, I am still learning, no doubt I am ignorant of some of the details. We often look outside and criticize others, when the fault lies within our self.  I will follow what I believe and not be dogmatic about other dogmas and beliefs. With an open questioning attitude I hope to gain some understanding, of what is possibly an unanswerable question.

A piece of heaven.

I learned some interesting things, while gathering pictures for the montage.

thanks to.

Peace in heaven.

Thanks to Google and all the people whose pictures I used in the montage. All the other pictures I used are my own photos and drawings. That works out reasonably well, thanks to the Photoshop program. For the montage I decided to explore another way of getting pictures and I learned a lot more than I had expected   Thanks to the web site, Islamic Academy, I read the article for non Muslims, well worth reading, especially for people who consider Muslims a threat. That was where I got the beautiful art representation of Allah I liked others but chose the one with the flowers as they are more in keeping with purity and seemed more as a gift from the above. Thanks for the picture I used in the montage from other sites. They all gave me a bit more interesting knowledge about the beliefs they represented. I give thanks to them for this knowledge that contributes to my understanding and enlightenment.

Many rivers flow to one ocean.

Knowledge and understanding are the antidote to fear and hatred. It is said, “Things are neither good nor bad, things are just as they are.” to the wise. We can get too emotionally involved, too judgmental. Some times we think something is wonderful when we learn the price; decide it expensive, not worth the time and effort and often an adversity is a blessing in disguises.

The ocean is vast.

If we look for the good we will find it, if we look for faults we will find them. It could be what we see is only a reflection of what we are looking for. So let us start to look for the good in our fellow man, he is a reflection of you. Smile at the people you meet, they will usually return your smile, do not get upset if they do not, they may have problems and need kindness, not more troubles. Do not be too quick to judge that untidy, mean-looking person, in reality he may have dreadful problems plaguing him. See him under favorable circumstances and he could appear much more appealing.

The ocean is deep.

To judge a belief as a myth and nonsense, before studying it with an open mind is biased, prejudice. A mind interested in the underlying reasoning is more rewarding. Things I once thought had no useful purpose or were unintelligible nonsense, after further investigation I saw the reasoning behind them. Some I then judged as helpful to my spiritual advancement others I decided were not helpful to me. I always benefited in that I gained understanding of the people that lived by those beliefs.

The ocean is beautiful.

Reciprocity, understanding and respect are things that could save a lot of turmoil in our world. To live with trust in our neighbor, knowing he has the same needs as us and if not deprived of his fair share of these basic needs, like us he would rather live in peace than risk his life in war and the destruction. War does more damage to our environment than all the peaceful activity. Nature is infinite and will not be destroyed, man is mortal he will be destroyed, if he refuses to learn.

Natures beautiful gifts we should appreciate in your own way.

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Temple gate gards.

The Waking Dreamer.

The title could have been “The Waking Dreamer.” or “The Awake Dreamer.” because when I dreamed up the picture for this post I was wide awake. I was tired and relaxing uninterested in any activity so I was not focused and concentrating on anything. This is when the mind takes off on its own and if you are tired why not let it take over? If it starts to take you some where you would rather not go, do as you would in meditation take another deep breath and start concentrating on your breath.

Guarding four directions.

What is that noise? Then the thought popped into my mind and I let it run. People just do not understand shouting will do no good; you have to reason with people. The thoughts came racing, some will not listen, they think they are right, no it is their ego that is stopping them, maybe it is they have been told not to listen, that is not reason, that is unreasonable, we will never learn anything if we do not listen.

Beautiful Jesus staned glass,

Some religious people are like that, they are extremists, bigots, fanatics. My mind is racing now. These people are fundamentalists that give a religion a bad name. Why do they disagree, argue, fight, go against all moral decency and kill?

The om syllable a Hyndu symbol for Brahman.

Stop, it is time to cool down, relax take a deep breath, do not get all excited. This is the danger of letting the monkey mind takeover. One needs to be mindful of those uncontrolled thoughts. I then thought music could sooth the situation. The song ‘Imagine” came to mind, then the boy cow herder playing his flute and Shiva doing her dance, Buddha, Lao Tzu,  Confucius and Jesus could sing along I think most religions like singing.

Chinese temple Darwin.

All the heavenly angels and the like could gather in the heavens to listen. Some gods might find this a bit below them. But we could have a copy of the Creation of Adam that Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel as a back drop. What a superb fantasy, everyone invited to the greatest concert of all time. Hold on! Let’s not get too carried away, focusback to the breathing meditation.

Muslim art represinting Allah.

It is one thing to dream up a picture like this. How do I achieve my dream picture? I will do it with the help of the Photoshop program, I have no picture of the Creation of Adam so will use Google and the snippet tool. Even if my photos are not the best I always use them. The montage is going to be difficult to bring them all together in reality, harder still to bring them all together. Well it is not a bad way to pass the time and it is exercising the 80 year old brain, just like the body needs a work out, so does the brain. I have found the saying “use it or lose it“to be true.

Picture in Chinese Temple.

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