Friday, November 23, 2018

To what extent are you mindful and a creature of habit?

Two old pirates were sitting at a bar, talking about their adventures.

“So,” said one pirate, “how’d ye get that metal hook for a hand?”

“We were ransacking a merchant ship in the West Indies when I got into a sword fight with the ship’s captain and he cut off my hand.”

“Fantastic!” said the first pirate. “And how’d ye get that peg leg?”

“We were ransacking a schooner off Haiti when I got into hand-to-hand combat with the schooner’s captain. He swung his sword with such force that he cut off my leg.”

“Amazing!” said the first pirate. “And how’d ye get that patch over your right eye?”

“I was standing on the deck of my ship when a seagull crapped on my face.” “That’s how you lost your eye?” asked the first pirate.

 “Well, it was my first day with the hook.”

Javna, Gordon & John. Life Is a Joke: 100 Life Lessons (with Punch Lines) (pp. 3-4). Workman Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.

Unitarian Univeralists covenant together to affirm and promote the acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. Mindfulness is a sign of spiritual growth. If you ask most people, "What makes you tick?" They cannot tell you. Most people do not know themselves very well at all. Self knowledge is in short supply.

UUs also covenant together to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and yet seldom ask, "What is this idea of the 'person' referred to in the principle?" Is the 'person' a conditioned animal which behaves out of conditioned habit or is the 'person' aware?

The pirate in the joke is not self aware but acts out of conditioning. Laughter, especially ego denigrating laughter is a sign of spiritual maturity.

Unitarian Univeralism; A Way Of Life Ministries promotes comedy and laughter as an activity of its ministry. Members of our Order are Holy Fools. Know any good jokes?

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