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Posted on Sun, Dec 04, 2005 05:19

A Boomerang World

As I was sitting outside this morning sipping my coffee and watching the sun climb over the horizon, I looked down and saw a curved stick on the ground that reminded me of a boomerang. Suddenly I was caught up in memories of me as a kid playing for hours on end in my grandfather's backyard with a small wooden boomerang he had given to me as a gift.

Remember when you were a kid, how fascinated you were with boomerangs? (At least I was!) You take this flat, curved piece of wood and throw it and then watch in amazement as it curves around in the air and comes right back to you.

As "miraculous" as that seemed when we were kids, I've found that most of our life is like that. Whatever we "throw" out there, comes back to us.

We live in a "boomerang" world.

Let me explain:

If you smile at someone, in almost every case, they will smile back.

Try it now with someone nearby and see if it works.

If you're kind toward someone, they will usually be kind in return.

Of course, this also works in the other direction.

If you complain to someone, they will "share" their complaints with you. (In fact, you may quickly find yourself in a subtle competition to see who is more miserable.)

If you get angry at someone, they will usually get angry with you.

And so on.

The fact is, whatever you decide to "throw" out into the world will usually circle around and land right back at your feet. (Much like the boomerangs we played with as kids.)

Here's what struck me this morning .

I have a CHOICE about what I decide to "throw" out into my world. I have a CHOICE about what I WANT to land at my feet?

If you want more JOY ... Throw it out there.

If you want more HAPPINESS . Throw some happiness out there to someone else and watch it "miraculously" come back to you.

It even works with money. Need money? Give some away. (Spiritual leaders from the beginning of time have been telling us this, but most of us are afraid to believe it.)

It works in just about every area of our life. When we give something away. When we "throw" it out there. It comes back to us.

But here's the good news. . (And this is really the "miraculous" part.) . We actually get MORE back than what we throw out there. Plant a seed and you don't just get one seed back. You get HUNDREDS (maybe even THOUSANDS!)

So today (and for as many days afterwards as you want), make a conscious CHOICE about what you want to "throw" out into the world. By doing this, you will be making a choice about what is going to come back and land at your feet.

Remember the boomerang. Whatever you "throw" out there WILL come back to you (many times over).

  


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Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2005 15:44

"So often I find people say things, but do not really mean what they say. They only mean it as long as it remains convenient for them. Not sure if that makes sense to you without me embellishing"

Sharp, please, embellish! I'd be interested to know what you mean.



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Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2005 13:53

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Ecam, you asked why society has finally gotten around to sending flowers but has still not taken the time to smell them... My opinion, you can effortlessly send flowers to any destination in the world with the click of a mouse in no time at all -- but because one cannot take in the aroma of the expediently sent roses, daffodils, or Daisy's on the monitor of a computer, the art of actually getting out and smelling the flowers happens much less frequently. I realize you were speaking figuratively, as am I. I just think the Internet is making it easier all the time to avoid interaction with live human beings -- and, for many, IM's have taken the place of face-to-face conversations over aromatic cups of coffee and candle-lit dinners.

Even the thank you note for the flowers is sent via an e-card, lol!


Yes I agree we are trying so hard to increase our personal networking by being efficient, in order to be well thought of by our peers that we are forgetful of the importance of the personal human touch. A smile, kind word or the touch of another human is what we should hold important, not how well we network using the internet.

  


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Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2005 13:38

sharp1 write:

So often I find people say things, but do not really mean what they say. They only mean it as long as it remains convenient for them. Not sure if that makes sense to you without me embellishing.


Hmm I believe that you just described a large segment of our society..

  


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Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2005 13:02

Ecam write:
sharp1 write:
Great posts Ecam and love your poem Vanessa.
A girlfriend of mine believes when you throw something out to the Universe, it will come back to you. Just like your boomerang theory. She is Hindu.



Hmm another interesting reply. Sharp do you believe that your girlfriend endorses the boomerang theory because of her religious beliefs or just because?

I find it very interesting that during the Christmas festive season we all try to treat our fellow human beings with respect but the rest of the year, well anything goes..

Another point how come our society is finally getting around to sending flowers but still doesn't take the time to smell the flowers?

Ecam, my friend endorses the boomerang theory due to her religion. On several occasions I will have told her something, and after a few days/weeks later, a relevant event occurs, she will connect it to what I threw out into the Universe. It often seems plausible. Although when I go out of my way to throw something out to the Universe things don't happen in the same manner! lol

Peope are too busy to smell the flowers...it's the thought that counts isn't it? (said sarcasticly, & not directed at you or anyone in particular!)

So often I find people say things, but do not really mean what they say. They only mean it as long as it remains convenient for them. Not sure if that makes sense to you without me embellishing.



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Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2005 08:27

Wow, I am going to have to rent this movie again, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it and how much I loved Kevin Spacey's character.

Ecam, you asked why society has finally gotten around to sending flowers but has still not taken the time to smell them... My opinion, you can effortlessly send flowers to any destination in the world with the click of a mouse in no time at all -- but because one cannot take in the aroma of the expediently sent roses, daffodils, or Daisy's on the monitor of a computer, the art of actually getting out and smelling the flowers happens much less frequently. I realize you were speaking figuratively, as am I. I just think the Internet is making it easier all the time to avoid interaction with live human beings -- and, for many, IM's have taken the place of face-to-face conversations over aromatic cups of coffee and candle-lit dinners.

Even the thank you note for the flowers is sent via an e-card, lol!

  


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Posted on Tue, Dec 06, 2005 15:01

sharp1 write:
Great posts Ecam and love your poem Vanessa.
A girlfriend of mine believes when you throw something out to the Universe, it will come back to you. Just like your boomerang theory. She is Hindu.



Hmm another interesting reply. Sharp do you believe that your girlfriend endorses the boomerang theory because of her religious beliefs or just because?

I find it very interesting that during the Christmas festive season we all try to treat our fellow human beings with respect but the rest of the year, well anything goes..

Another point how come our society is finally getting around to sending flowers but still doesn't take the time to smell the flowers?

  


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Posted on Tue, Dec 06, 2005 14:56

vanessa48 write:
Ecam's post reminded me of the movie "Pay it Forward."

Thank you Sharp.


Interesting analogy this is a summery of the movie copied of course..Well done by the way...

Everything in social studies teacher Eugene Simonet's (KEVIN SPACEY) life is in order -- every shirt, every pencil, every person in its proper place. To keep the surface placid means never having to go deeper. And no one and nothing in his life has ever asked him to.
Arlene McKinney (HELEN HUNT) is a single mother hanging on by her fingertips, working two jobs, and struggling to raise her son, Trevor (HALEY JOEL OSMENT). She is trying to give him a new life, but in her absence she is losing him.
Eugene gives Trevor?s class an assignment: look at the world around you and fix what you don?t like. But can you fix people?

Eugene Simonet is a social studies teacher who does not expect this year's seventh grade class to be different from last year's. Eugene makes the same speech to his class each year hoping, but not quite expecting, that one of his students will take it to heart, says Kevin Spacey. A man whose physical scars inform much deeper emotional scars, Simonet is nonetheless a passionate teacher. He transfers his hope to his students, because he has no hope for himself. Emotionally, he is completely shut down.
Director Mimi Leder explains, Eugene has an assignment that he gives at the beginning of each school year for the past 12 years. The assignment is to think of a way to change our world and put it into action. He hopes, but doesn't anticipate, that his students will take it seriously.
One young student, Trevor McKinney, takes the assignment to heart. Leder notes, Trevor takes this assignment very seriously because his own life is so troubled. His father is gone; he has had to grow up too soon. He needs some hope in his life. And he gets it from Eugene.
Eleven year-old Trevor lives in a working class section of Las Vegas with his mother, Arlene. Trevor's mom works a lot and has some habits which infringe on her ability to take care of him, so he ends up taking care of himself most of the time, says Haley Joel Osment, He loves her and wants her to overcome her problems, but he knows it's something she can't do by herself. If she could, she would have done it by now.
Helen Hunt, plays Trevor's mother, Arlene. Arlene wants to be a good mother to Trevor, says Hunt. Her love for him is what helps her through her nights working as a waitress in a strip club and her days as a change girl in a casino. She's trying to leave behind the bad habits that have plagued her all her life, for him. But the habits won't let her go so easily.
Trevor finds inspiration in an unlikely place his social studies class. Trevor has never had a teacher like Mr. Simonet, says Osment, a teacher that doesn't just stand in front of the class and say, OK, class, open your books to page one; we're going to do the review questions at the bottom. Mr. Simonet actually talks to the class from his heart. He tells them what social studies is really about it's about you and the world.
Eugene tells Trevor's class that it is possible for one person to change the world. It stirs something in Trevor that only a person like Eugene could, says Osment. The teacher has a key to unlocking what Trevor has inside. He inspires Trevor to come up with pay it forward. It's something Trevor can finally believe in, something he thinks will make his own life better.
Osment explains Trevor's idea of "pay it forward", as doing something for somebody that they can't do for themselves. You just have to do that three times and the people you help each do it three times, then it gets bigger. It goes from three to nine to 27 and on and on and on.
Leder feels that Eugene also sees a quality in Trevor that helps him look deeper within himself. Eugene sees himself in Trevor, she says. He sees what he was as a boy, and what he could have been as a boy. Eugene is a man whose defenses are up totally, but this kid just breaks them down. Trevor doesn't see his scars. He just sees who he is as a person.
Producer Steve Reuther notes that Trevor's first targets are his mother, his teacher and, through them, maybe himself as well. Trevor is looking for a dad and a stable home, Reuther says. One of the three things he does to get pay it forward started is to try to bring his mother and Eugene together. So, he tries to force the relationship, which doesn't exactly work out for the best.
But as Arlene begins to see the power in her son's plan, she turns to Eugene for help in understanding him. She is just amazed by her son, says Hunt. He has grown into such an introspective, thoughtful young man and she has been so busy. There is a side to him that she just doesn't know but she wants to know, and she wants Eugene to help her understand him.
As the story progresses, Eugene starts to allow himself to be more open because of Trevor, and also because of his feelings for Trevor?s mother, Arlene, says Spacey. He begins to open up and allow himself to be loved.
These are two people that are completely wary of each other who are brought together by this little boy, says producer Peter Abrams. Trevor's project is what initially brings them together and they start in this strange place of trying to talk about this boy who neither one understands. He wants them to try and understand themselves; he's hoping to pay it forward by trying to heal Mr. Simonet and his mother.
Leder and the actors worked together to anchor these awakening characters in the harsh realities of their emotional lives. This is a love story more than anything, says Leder. And a powerful love story because you can see the real dynamics that bring these people together. They are all outsiders in a way, people barely holding on who come together in a way that empowers them all.
As Trevor struggles with his plan, ripples begin to be felt by others in his life. Trevor gives a young homeless man (Jim Caviezel) a place to sleep and take a shower. It touches an older homeless woman, Grace, played by Angie D*ickenson. It even reaches a young reporter (Jay Mohr), who tries to track down what he believes to be the story of the century.
Unbeknownst to Trevor, pay it forward has actually broken out of its conception point in Las Vegas and is spreading across the nation.

  


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Posted on Tue, Dec 06, 2005 12:08

Ecam's post reminded me of the movie "Pay it Forward."

Thank you Sharp.



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Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2005 22:12

Great posts Ecam and love your poem Vanessa.
A girlfriend of mine believes when you throw something out to the Universe, it will come back to you. Just like your boomerang theory. She is Hindu.



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Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2005 00:23

Great Post Ecam. You get back what you give - sometimes, as you said, you get back even more than you threw out. I thought you might enjoy this poem..

Poetic Beauty
by Paul D. Sprague

"I float in eerie surrealism at the center of the universe, above the grassy field.

My splashy neon strip-laminated carbon-fiber inversible quivers in anticipation.

I release it in precise, artistic slow-mo.

It redshifts instantly into full impulse, screaming electromagnetic day-glo arcs across the crackling horizon.

It shatters the air, shards of leafy sunlight crashing in its wake.

It follows the plan, predestined with the FAA since the Dreaming.

It banks and levels, seeking zero co?rdinates, seeking fulfillment.

I lunge at the one tangible object in a psychedelic free-spinning vortex of sparks and primitive stick figures.

And the world is at peace; I've caught my boomerang."



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