WHY WE NEED A CHINESE RAINMAKER

I like this remark made by Vivek Agnihotri on FB about the current socio-political obstructionism and the venom of negativity.

“From now on I’ll respond to only those who share positive stuff or new thoughts or socio-political commentary with humour. Venom is not for me. After Modi won and now after Trump, people are spreading a lot of negativity which makes it look like the world is full of shit, which it isn’t. America is a great nation. India is a great nation. We are great people. Each day we try to become better. Nitpicking doesn’t change a thing except for making you look like an unhappy person. If you really want to change the system, go meet your local politician, start a campaign, write, make short films, blog… FB won’t change a thing. Because it just can’t. Accept it. Smile, contribute and be happy.”

rainmaker-2Many of us are blind to the greatness and wonder of our great nation and our great people. I am reminded of an ancient Chinese story about a rainmaker who was hired to bring rain to a parched part of China. The rainmaker came in a covered cart, a small, wizened, old man who sniffed the air with obvious disgust as he got out of his cart, and asked to be left alone in a cottage outside the village; even his meals were to be left outside the door.

Nothing was heard from him for three days, then it not only rained, but there was also a big downfall of snow, unknown at that time of the year. Very much impressed, the villagers sought him out and asked him how he could make it rain, and even snow. The rainmaker replied, “I have not made the rain or the snow; I am not responsible for it.” The villagers insisted that they had been in the midst of a terrible drought until he came, and then after three days they even had quantities of snow.

“Oh, I can explain that. You see the rain and snow were always here. But as soon as I got here, I saw that the people had forgotten how to look and that their minds were out of order. So I remained here until once more you could see what was always right before your eyes.”

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WHAT IS BOTH LIGHT AND DARK?

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This is an illustration of a penguin or a rabbit. It depends upon how you choose to perceive it. Both animals are synthesized into one.

It is the same with us. We are both Optimists and Pessimists. The difference between the Optimist and the Pessimist is that the Optimist thinks that “This is the Best of all Possible worlds,” the odd thing is that the Pessimist agrees.

They are back to back facing in opposite directions, where the Pessimist is facing away from the Light and sees nothing but shadow, the Optimist is facing the Light and sees No shadow. If the Pessimists wish to become optimists then all that is required is to change the direction of their view.

I feel that this is borne out by the demonstrable fact that while it is possible to bring Light into a dark place and make it Bright, it is impossible to bring Dark into a Lighted place and make it totally Dark.

We choose to face the Light or face the Shadow. We are both the Light and the Dark.

 

Michael Michalko

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A REAL MOTHER GOOSE

duckA Goose Quacked And Pecked At A Cop’s Car.

Officer James Givens has served with the Cincinnati Police Department forOver 26 years, but has never quite experienced anything like this before.He was sitting in his patrol car in a parking lot when he got an unexpected visitor.A goose came up to his car and started pecking on the side of it.

He threw food out for her, thinking that’s what she wanted, but she didn’t take it.She continued to peck and quack, then walked away, stopped, and looked Back at Officer Givens.  Then she came back to his car and pecked at it again.

She made it very obvious that she wanted Officer Givens to follow her, So he finally got out of his car and did just that. The goose led him 100 yard away to a grassy area near a creek. Sitting there was one of her babies, tangled up in a balloon string. He was kicking his feet, desperate for help. He was wary of helping the baby on his own, Worried that the goose might attack him, so he called for help from the SPCA, But no wildlife rescuers were available at the moment.

Luckily, Given’s colleague, Officer Cecilia Charron, came to help. She began to untangle the baby, and the mother goose just stood there and watched, quacking. She didn’t become aggressive, and just let Officer Charron do what she had to do to set the baby free. It’s like the mother goose knew they were helping.

Once she untangled the baby, she put her down and she ran right to her Mom and they went back to swimming in the creek. Charron teared up and said it was the highlight of her 24 years on the force.

“It seems like something made up. It was just incredible,” Givens said. “I honestly don’t know why I decided to follow her, but I did. It makes me wonder – do they know to turn to humans when they need help? We may never know the answer to this question, But what we do know is that Officer Givens was in the right place At the right time to help these geese!

 

INTERVIEW WITH CREATIVE THINKING EXPERT MICHAEL MICHALKO

IT’S WHAT YOU DO, NOT WHAT YOU THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT

All art is a reaction to the first line drawn. Unless the artist sits in front of the canvas and paints, there can be no art. Unless the writer sits down and starts to type, there can be no book. Unless the musician plays their instrument, there can be no music.  Unless the sculptor begins to chip away at the marble, there can be no sculpture. Unless the explorer begins the journey, there can be no discovery. It is the same with everything in life, even civilizations; unless one acts nothing is created or discovered.

Let us imagine that your intention is to make a canoe. You will have, at first, some idea of the kind of canoe you wished to make. You will visualize the kind of canoe you wish to make. You will visualize the canoe, then you will go into the woods and look at the trees. Your desired outcome will determine your criteria for the tree you need. Your criteria might involve size, usefulness, and beauty of the tree. Your criteria might involve size, seating, usefulness, and design. Criteria both filter your perceptions and invest a particular situation with meaning and thereby, informing your experience and behavior at the time. Out of the many trees in the woods, you will end up focusing on the few that meet your criteria, until you found find the perfect tree.

Nothing happens until you take action and cut the tree down. You cut the tree down; remove the branches from the trunk; take off the bark; hollow out the trunk; carve the outside shape of the hull; form the prow and the stern; and then, perhaps, carve decorations on the prow. In this way you will produce the canoe.

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Action has a way of bringing to our awareness only those things which that our brains deems important. You’ll begin to see ideas for your canoe pop up everywhere in your environment. You’ll see them in tables, magazines, on television, and in other structures, while walking down the street. You’ll see them in the most unlikely things, — such as a refrigerator, — that you use every day without giving them much thought. How the brain accomplishes such miracles has long been is one of neuroscience’s great mysteries.

THE DISHWASHER

Years back we joined friends for dinner at a famous Toronto restaurant “Carman’s Club.” While waiting for a table I was idly looking at a wall of photographs of famous people who had dined there. When suddenly, a man behind me said “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity. Don’t you agree?” “I turned and said “Yes” politely. The man then introduced himself as Arthur Carman the owner of the restaurant.

“Let me tell you about myself,” he said. “I am an immigrant from Greece. I arrived in Canada with nothing. My first job was a low level menial job of washing dishes in a diner. I lived in one tiny room in a shabby house. Every night I would unscrew my lone lightbulb to save on the electricity bill. Over time, I became a waiter,  a chef’s helper and  chef. I saved every penny I could and finally was able to purchase a tiny diner.

I started to make enough money to buy a bigger diner, and then more diners. Eventually, I bought a restaurant and then bought more restaurants. I became very successful and rich. So rich I decided to join a very prestigious private club whose members were the wealthiest citizens in Toronto. I applied and was summarily rejected.

The majority of the members of the club had inherited their wealth and most had high academic honors and awards. I was rejected because of my early background as an immigrant dishwasher. It made no difference to them what I had accomplished in life from nothing. They perceived themselves as the intellectual elite and I would always be a dishwasher.

So you know what I did? I made more money and bought the building that was their clubhouse. I then evicted them and transformed the building into “Carman’s Club,” the restaurant you are standing in tonight. He then joined us at our table for dinner and, delightedly, regaled us all night with his stories about his life and accomplishments.”

The man who was rejected because of his early life in poverty buys their private clubhouse and turns it into a public restaurant (even calls it Carman’s Club) where all are welcome.

Carman’s whole life was a reaction to the first line he drew when he sought and gained his first job in his adopted country. It is not what we think or believe, it is what we do that is only thing of consequence in life.

 

MICHAEL MICHALKO

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WHAT IS THE ONLY THING OF CONSEQUENCE IN YOUR LIFE?

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Mary spends her first 20 years locked up in a large room. All her reading materials are about chocolate. She watches video lectures about chocolate every day. She learns about the importance of cacao, and its uses throughout history. Chemists teach her about the ingredients of chocolate and how different processes can vary its chemistry. She watches videos of the world’s leading nutritionists lecture on the makeup and value of chocolate. Mary memorizes the benefits of eating chocolate versus the drawbacks. Videos of historians teach her how ancient people discovered cacao and about the many uses they found for it throughout history, e.g., how chocolate was even used for currency. Mary learns how soldiers depended on chocolate for energy during combat and how they used it to befriend children of different cultures. She learns how “chocolate” symbolized American abundance to poverty stricken peoples of other countries. Sociologists exclaim how chocolate is used for gifts and rewards. They give examples of it being gifted in various forms on major holidays and anniversaries. At the end of her studies, she writes her dissertation on chocolate and is awarded a Ph.D. with honors. There is only one thing she has never done. She has never made, touched, smelled or tasted chocolate.

After she receives her degree, a little girl asked her if she likes chocolate. How does Mary answer?

What kind of understanding of chocolate can Mary have if she never actually made, touched, smelled or tasted chocolate? What good is what we know about chocolate if we’ve never made or tasted it? To know what chocolate is, you have to make it and taste it. You have to act.

All art is a reaction to the first line drawn. Unless the artist sits in front of the canvas and paints, there can be no art. Unless the writer sits down and starts to type, there can be no book. Unless the musician plays their instrument, there can be no music.  Unless the sculptor begins to chip away at the marble, there can be no sculpture. Unless the explorer begins the journey, there can be no discovery.

It is the same with everything in life, even civilizations; unless one acts, nothing is created or discovered. In the classical world of Greece and Rome and in all earlier times, civilization could exist only in warm climates where horses could stay alive through the winter by grazing. Without grass in winter you could not have horses, and without horses, you could not have urban civilization. Most people accepted this as a law of nature, which to them, meant humans were destined to live in warm climates.

Sometime during the so-called dark ages, some unknown person took action. He invented hay which was a way to bring food to the horses instead of bringing horses to the food. Forests were turned into meadows, hay was reaped and stored, and civilization moved north over the Alps. So hay gave birth to Vienna and Paris and London and Berlin, and later to Moscow and New York. Unless this unknown person had acted and invented hay, civilization would not have prospered.

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of no consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

Michael Michalko

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CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK

Following is a recent reader’s review of Michael Michalko’s book THINKERTOYS which has changed the lives of readers.
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on January 9, 2017
“I am the creator of a mobile game called “Color Switch;” this game has gone on to be downloaded almost 140,000,000 times all over the world. I make video games full time and have traveled the world because of video games. I used Slice and Dice and SCAMPER from “Thinkertoys” to generate all my game ideas including “Color Switch.” This $12 book changed my life. To change your thinking is to change your life, after all. If you apply the techniques in this book every day, you will eventually improve your thinking to the point you’ve reached your goals. There is no 100% guarantee, but you are improving the likelihood of this happening by applying what is in this book. I cannot say enough about this book. Anyone who gives it less than five stars just does not understand the potential power inside of this book.”