Thursday, October 25, 2012


Rose's Rules:

  1. At the top of your lungs, with all your might, Fight for: Freedom, Equality, Justice, Honor, True Love, Respect, Goodness.
  2. Use Your Brain! Think better thoughts. Stop thinking the same old crap you thought yesterday. It will only get you to the same old place – do you like it there? No? Think better thoughts then. Think passionately, curiously, creatively, inventively.
  3. Use Your Heart! Care: About yourself “Guard Your Heart”, your spiritual life “Keep a Sacred Space”, your family, your friends, all the people, all the animals, and the entire planet. Everything you do and think is connected to everything else in this universe. “Love people as they are”.
  4. Use Your Eyes! To see things, to really see them. To see other people's point of view. Go someplace you've never been before to gain new vision.
  5. Use Your Imagination! To grow beyond who you are. Imagine a better world and make a plan to get there. Imagination is powerful!
  6. Don't let anyone do for you what you can do for yourself. Ask for help for the things you can't do. And be thankful, humble, and grateful.
  7. Exercise every day! No matter what, a very minimum of 12 minutes (an hour a day is better): walking, strength training, stretching, something special for your physical being. Best to do it outside.
  8. Don't eat crap! Eat protein, fruits, vegetables, fiber, healthy carbs, and occasional treats. As fresh and organic as possible. Don't diet. Don't worry, sometimes junk is forced on you (i.e. Grannies, aunties). Tomorrow is a new day and a new Chance to start over.
  9. You need money to live. Figure out an honorable way to gain the currency you need to live the life you want. Save, give, spend.
  10. You have the Power to write the story of your life. What adventures will it have? What are your goals? Who will be in your story? Why did you choose this life? Where were you? When did you know you overcame your hurdle? How will it end? What's your legacy?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Legacy Project

Everyone should leave behind some great, creative thing that they are proud of to inspire future generations.


I'd like to say my true love and I rode two fast Friesian horses up the mountain in Nepal to give lifesaving medicine to a secret society of good innocent peoples.

I'd like to say I flew my plane over poor countries and dropped off food, medicine, clothing, and water so that starving people could feed their children.

I'd like to say I dug wells in Africa so people would have access to clean water to drink so no one there would die of dehydration.

I'd like to say I went with my (pretend) dad, Sir Richard Branson, on missions around the world. Working with the Elders, we stopped childhood marriage and helped solve the large problems of the world. We fed, clothed, built housing for, and educated many good and decent people who in turn excelled in their communities. And then me and my (pretend) dad went on trips into outer space with his space craft – which he taught me to fly.

I'd like to say I was a master of martial arts, krav maga, weapons, and machinery. I could fight my way out of any situation. I could drive or fly any machine. I knew how to shoot any weapon ever invented.

I'd like to say with those skills I battled drug lords in Mexico for the poet Javier Sicilia's dead son and for all people who were killed, hurt, or addicted to dangerous drugs.

I'd like to say I protected women and children from rape and abuse all over the world. Every villain in every country around the entire world feared the name Shi-Rose (my superhero name – like Elektra, Chun-Li, or Warbird).


I'd like to say all those things but I can't. Because I'm chronically ill, because I'm not as strong, smart, fast, as I wish I was. Because of these things, I couldn't do the super brave things I'd like to.
 
But I don't sit around doing Nothing. What's important to me are True Love, Freedom, Honor, Peace, Justice, Fairness, Equality, Faith, Hope. I've been doing the best I can with what I've been given. I just pray it's enough for now. But I will continually expect more and better from myself.



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Master of my Universe

     When I wake in the morning, the first thing I tell myself is that I am Master of my Universe. Today I choose what I will believe, think, and feel. I choose what to wear, eat, and drink. I choose what to say and do. I choose the values of honor, wisdom, and true love.
     I start my day with grand ideals. But at the end, I always fall short. I begin as a Master but end as a loser. It's not fair, really. I beat myself up and push myself onward. Still I'm not drastically better than I was yesterday. Today, I expected to grow exponentially as a person. I expected my best self would appear in gigantic forward leaps. Instead, 'better' occurs at a snail's pace, in the tiniest units of measurement.
     I don't understand why we all aren't more - honorable, wiser, and stronger. What holds us back, keeps us down, makes us fight so hard for such little itty bits of goodness? Am I the only one who runs into walls?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Practical Altruism

     It's funny how I get these (what I think are) new, big ideas. Then I plug the words into a search engine and tada, other people have already written about these things. Unfortunately for me, the articles that I want to read on 'practical altruism' cost me too much money to buy. So I get to decide what this means to me, without any other input.
     I was on a walk in this lovely, fall, brisk air, when these words popped into my brain – practical altruism. I want to really help the world in a big, practical way. I shouldn't have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet rich to do it, nor should I have to have the tireless body and soul of Mother Theresa. Why can't I just do something to save the world? I believe in the saying that if you see a need, fill it. So I give a few measly dollars here and few measily hours there. I do the best I can to be a decent person, taking care of the people and the earth around me. But I want to do something more. Shouldn't I be able to do that from where I am with what I've got? I'm just a regular person, with the regular health, wealth, and wisdom problems.
     There has to be something I can do!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Potential Excellence

      I've been obsessing about this concept for months, completely neglecting my other blogs. But also afraid to begin writing anything on the topic for fear the grandness of my ideas will disappear into excruciatingly tiny print, diminishing what I truly want to share. Words like 'personal excellence', 'human potential', 'super achievers', 'heroes'; have been plaguing my brain. What do they mean? How can I define them? How can I measure them? Do I have the potential to be excellent, to be outstanding? I have big dreams and I can string a few sentences together. But none of that is excellent, it is common. I beg God/the universe to please, please let there be an undiscovered greatness in me. I don't want to live a colorless, drab existence, having nothing special to give. I want to stretch out my wings, fly, and smile, knowing I am fulfilling my potential. I believe every human is much greater than they appear. Why we don't show our greatness is a quandary. There's something awesomely inspiring about people who step-out, who create, invent, march forward, like they knew what they were meant to do from the moment they were born. These people have something I don't. I'm not sure what it is. It feels like it's just out of my peripherals, almost with-in my grasp...