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Realistic expectations

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
I watched three adds yesterday that flatly stated  “We could have it all”  relative to acquisition and experience. If one believes that propaganda. One is naive. One will have what it takes for their personal journey only if they are willing to make committments. Every choice we make is made en leu of any other option. Commitment to self” means performing triage to allow openings for new life components and room for growth. We put down the child hood dreams so we can create our adult self.  Shortly stated a good life requires sacrifice and discipline.



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We give up externalizing in order to embrace spirituality. We give up codependency to embrace autonomy, we give up hope in order to gain faith, we give up blame to embrace freedom and we give up being the victim to have self sufficiency. Michael


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Emily Dickenson Poem

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
Much Madness is divinest Sense --
To a discerning Eye --
Much Sense -- the starkest Madness --
'Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail --
Assent -- and you are sane --
Demur -- you're straightway dangerous --
And handled with a Chain --


The Twin Thieves

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
ML sent you a message.

Subject: Here is the poem "The Station"  you asked me to send. Let me know if 
you get this.

“…It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over 
yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us 
of today…” A Poem about creating a life focused on the journey, not the 

Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long 
trip that spans the continent. We are traveling by train. Out the window we 
drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a 
crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power 
plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains 
and rolling hillsides, or city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a 
certain hour we will pull into the station. Banks will be playing and flags 
waving. Once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true and the pieces 
of our lives will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we 
pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering – waiting, waiting, waiting 
for the station.

“When we reach the station, that will be it!”, we cry. “When I’m 18.” “When I 
buy a new SL Mercedes Benz!” “When I put the last kid through college.” “When I 
have paid off the mortgage!” “When I get a promotion.” “When I reach the age of 
retirement, I shall live happily ever after!”

Sooner or later, we must realize there is not station, no one place to arrive at 
once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. 
It constantly outdistances us.

“Relish in the moment” is a good motto especially when coupled with Psalm 
118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad 
in it.” It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over 
yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us 
of today.

So stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, 
eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more 
sunsets, laugh more, cry less. Life must be lived as we go along. The station 
will come soon enough.
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Life in our culture is just one big drama.  300,000,000 million people trying to turn a boring life into something to talk about.  Something that will interest us enough to energize us enough to keep us out of boredom and despair.

Our society has developed a maize of supports to protect the general population from itself and the natural flow.  The net result of this protective infrastructure has left us naive and hollow.  Sky divers jump out of planes so they can encounter danger and yet they would kill a spider because it might hurt them.  We have to create risk because we avoid life.  We are already living in some cyber world that doesn’t feed our development.  It has even begun to retard our growth toward self empowerment.

Our children our drawn to horror shows because they need fear to develop certain aspects of their brain.  The horror movies are dramatic substitutes for the wolves that used to live in the woods.  One only has self esteem as long as one frequently faces some form threat and over comes it.  If we create a safe life we become the weak victim of that very same life. We use false threat and irrational fear as a dramatic substitute for the real challenges of life.

As a society we complain about our youth’s sense of entitlement.  We complain about their lack of incentive and discipline and yet we are the ones that have become fundamentally weak.  Our weakness manifests in our over protection of them so we do not have to face the risk of losing them. We do not have the fortitude to instill even the slightest Spartan characteristics in our children and ourselves.

Drama ….drama…..drama…….its everywhere.

Walk into the forest.  Spend one weekend there without technological support and find out just how weak and frightened you really are. You’ll see that most things you now fear are irrational, dramatic episodes.

They are about meaningless drama not survival!

Michael Rebel LMHC, Human ecologist.


“Prosperity” is not only linked to the economy.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

In this time of temporarily reduced material prosperity lies the opportunity to fill one’s life with nature’s spiritual impact.  Many people have spent the last six decades using material acquisition as their spiritual re-creation  The excitement of a new “toy” has superseded the inspiration of natures wonders. Embarking on new interests has left the old archetypic paths appearing  blase’ or unimportant.  Materialists have frequently lost sight of  the most exciting accomplishment, a deeper awareness of “self”.  Often the search for new horizons has led to reduced appreciation for the value of the present and has led to a naive search for “self” within some external source.  Since the wilderness is the gift we  all have been given for free, one could use this opportunity to learn how to refill one’s spiritual tank without OPEC or Wall Street.

The concept of “self” is directly linked to nature.  We see ourselves and value ourselves in accordance with how we see nature.  We are a part of nature and we survive only through nature’s gifts. We are inspired by nature because  archetypically (subconsciously) we know that a healthy environment leads to a healthy humanity.  A fact that is rarely recognized in our contemporary belief system. Some of  the true values of nature’s gifts include:  Gold is less valuable than salt. Without salt we die.  All of mankind depends on dirt for its existence.  The plants live upon the soil and provide most of  our life’s necessities.  Oxygen, starches, carbohydrates and sugars are converted with sunlight, water and soil working together.  Animal proteins come from the  digestion of plant materials. This is done with bacteria and acid in animal’s stomachs.  Fats, that are essential to the development of our brains, come from the animals.  A sterile environment will not support life.

The population that resides in the rural setting has basically remained cognizant of these realities.  Their contact with livestock, crops, and natural phenomena constantly reminds them. Those that lived a step or two from direct contact with nature have often forgotten to be thankful for the basics provided.  They often feel abandoned and alone  when they could feel the overwhelming support of nature in their life’s journey.

This article was written by Mike  a philosopher, ecologist, and student of human behavior.  It is written for those who wish for deeper meaning in their own journey.

Michael Rebel LMHC