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This Too Shall Pass – Understand This Deeply

A Thought Provoking Story

Once a king called upon all of his wise men and asked them, ” Is there a mantra or suggestion which works in every situation, in every circumstances, in every place and in every time. In every joy, every sorrow, every defeat and every victory? One answer for all questions? Something which can help me when none of you is available to advise me? Tell me is there any mantra?”

All the wise men were puzzled by the King’s question. They thought and thought. After a lengthy discussion, an old man suggested something which appealed to all of them. They went to the king and gave him something written on paper, with a condition that the king was not to see it out of curiosity.

Only in extreme danger, when the King finds himself alone and there seems to be no way, only then he can see it. The King put the papers under his Diamond ring.

Some time later, the neighbors attacked the Kingdom. King and his army fought bravely but lost the battle. The King had to flee on his horse. The enemies were following him. getting closer and closer. Suddenly the King found himself standing at the end of the road - that road was not going anywhere. Underneath there was a rocky valley thousand feet deep. If he jumped into it, he would be finished…and he could not return because it was a small road…the sound of enemy’s horses was approaching fast. The King became restless. There seemed to be no way.

Then suddenly he saw the Diamond in his ring shining in the sun, and he remembered the message hidden in the ring. He opened the diamond and read the message. The message was – “ THIS TOO SHALL PASS ”

The King read it . Again read it. Suddenly something struck him- Yes ! This too will pass. Only a few days ago, I was enjoying my kingdom. I was the mightiest of all the Kings. Yet today, the Kingdom and all my pleasures have gone. I am here trying to escape from enemies. Like those days of luxuries have gone, this day of danger too will pass. A calm came on his face. He kept standing there. The place where he was standing was full of natural beauty. He had never known that such a beautiful place was also a part of his Kingdom.

The revelation of the message had a great effect on him. He relaxed and forgot about those following him. After a few minutes he realized that the noise of the horses and the enemy coming was receding. They moved into some other part of the mountains and were nowhere near him.

The King was very brave. He reorganized his army and fought again. He defeated the enemy and regained his empire. When he returned to his empire after victory, he was received with much fanfare. The whole capital was rejoicing in the victory.

Everyone was in a festive mood. Flowers were being showered on King from every house, from every corner. People were dancing and singing. For a moment King said to himself, “ I am one of the bravest and greatest King. It is not easy to defeat me. With all the reception and celebration he saw an ego emerging in him. ”

Suddenly the Diamond of his ring flashed in the sunlight and reminded him of the message. He open it and read it again: “ THIS TOO SHALL PASS ”.

He became silent. His face went through a total change - from the egoist he moved to a state of utter humbleness. If this too is going to pass, it is not yours. The defeat was not yours, the victory is not yours. You are just a watcher. Everything passes by. We are witnesses of all this. We are the perceivers. Life comes and goes. Happiness comes and goes. Sorrow comes and goes.

Now as you have read this story, just sit silently and evaluate your own life. This too will pass. Think of the moments of joy and victory in your life. Think of the moment of Sorrow and defeat. Are they permanent ? They all come and pass away.

Life just passes away. There is nothing permanent in this world. Every thing changes except the law of change. Think over it from your own perspective. You have seen all the changes. You have survived all setbacks, all defeats and all sorrows. All have passed away. The problems in the present, they too will pass away. Because nothing remains forever. Joy and sorrow are the two faces of the same coin. They both will pass away.

You are just a witness of change. Experience it, understand it, and enjoy the present moment - this too shall pass

attribution http://www.citehr.com/346028-too-shall-pass-thought-provoking-story.html#ixzz3IDTLdvDs

I think The Onion said it best:

This "wave" is status quo, not change.

Republicans Poised To Retain Control Of Senate

WASHINGTON—With precincts reporting GOP victories in key midterm election races nationwide, Beltway sources confirmed Tuesday that the Republican Party is poised to retain its complete control of the U.S. Senate. “If current polling projections are accurate, it appears as if Republican lawmakers will hold on to power in the Senate chamber and will continue to steer the legislative agenda with little resistance,” political analyst Michael Barone told reporters, noting that the likely election results will preserve the GOP’s singular authority over the direction of the Senate, allowing Republicans to go on stymieing judicial appointments, derailing or neutering any legislation they oppose, and obstructing President Obama at every turn. “With the Senate still firmly under their control, Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues will persist in refusing to cede an inch of political leverage to their Democratic rivals and will continue blocking Democratic initiatives just as they have been. Yet again, the GOP is in prime position to carry on dictating the course of the upper house of Congress.” Barone went on to say that Republicans would finally relinquish control of the Senate only when Democrats captured the 100 seats they require to govern.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/republicans-poised-to-retain-control-of-senate,37366/
http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/waves-thumpin-history-maker-shellackin.html

Congrats, GOP: You just won control of Congress with a Democratic president

Congrats, GOP: You just won control of Congress with a Democratic president
by Jed Lewison

Dear Republicans:

Congratulations. You just took control of Congress for the next two years. It must feel great. You should celebrate now, because pretty soon you're going to realize it's going to be an agonizingly long two years—as long as Democrats follow these three simple pieces of advice:


Now that Republicans control the Senate and the House, they need to supply the votes for everything—no more bailouts from the Democratic caucus, bailouts that made sense when Democrats controlled one of the chambers.
The president should wield the veto liberally, vetoing every measure to come from Congress that would undermine things like Obamacare or damage the government's ability to deliver the services the country expects from it—and congressional Democrats should support his vetoes.

The president should take executive action wherever he can, within the constraints of the law, to accomplish goals like creating a humane immigration policy and dealing with climate change. If the Republicans don't like it, they can impeach him.

Again, congratulations guys. You've achieved the goal that Mitch McConnell set out for you, and you did it by systematically trying to prevent Democrats from implementing progressive policies. Just keep in mind that turnabout is fair play, and if Democrats are smart, that's exactly what's going to happen.

Best regards,
Jed



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/05/1342135/-Congrats-GOP-You-just-won-control-of-Congress-with-a-Democratic-president

Well Now, Here’s Your Problem

Well Now, Here’s Your Problem
Posted by Zandar at 8:04 am
Nov
05
2014


*appears from nowhere*

Huh, where did that 5% margin that the polls underestimated the GOP come from, anyhow?




Oh, well then.

*vanishes into the abyss*


http://www.balloon-juice.com/2014/11/05/well-now-heres-your-problem-3/

Jon Stewart: The ‘success story’ of this year’s midterm elections was Big Money

Jon Stewart: The ‘success story’ of this year’s midterm elections was Big Money

The fight between money and ideas in this year’s midterm elections, Daily Show host Jon Stewart said on Tuesday night, turned into something out of Game of Thrones‘ “Red Wedding.”

“Quite a success story tonight for money,” he told correspondent Jason Jones as the results continued to come in.

“Such a turnaround from just a few years ago, when many denominations faced discrimination,” Jones said, before becoming emotional. “I still remember the days when people spoke openly about banning money from the political process. Well, tonight, $6.5 billion later, those people aren’t talking. Money is.”


Meanwhile, correspondent Samantha Bee confirmed to Stewart that ideas had placed a call — collect — to money to concede the race.



http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/11/jon-stewart-the-success-story-of-this-years-midterm-elections-was-big-money/

Anybody else hear NPR Affiliates This A.M. - Cheerfully Announce The WRONG Time For Polls To Open?!?

Put on your tinfoil hats.

As some of you may have read early this morning, the local NPR affiliate announced cheerfully at 5:10 AM or so that "The polls open at 7 AM." Wrong. They opened at 6:00 AM. I tried to contact the NPR affiliate, WBEZ, to tell them, no, you idiots. Called three different numbers. No joy. Left an email. No response. So I called the Board of Elections. They were interested in both my tales (the other was an issue with the vote machine--I know, I know, you're shocked.) I then called the station and told them. A colleague in the Science Department office said, Yeah, I was driving in, and I heard the same thing. I was yelling at the radio. I said, So you were listening to WBEZ?

"WBEZ? No, I was listening to WGN".

This is not looking like a coincidence.

Who votes from 6 AM to 7 AM? It ain't the 1%.

http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/11/afternoon-thread_4.html#comment-1676309943

Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct



Our parties are shrinking because each in its own way can’t come to terms with decentralization. But it’s real, and it’s going to bury them.

Nick Gillespie: “It’s safe to say that by the end of today, a large chunk of Americans will be bitterly disappointed. If Republicans win big, Democrats will hang their heads and cuss the Koch brothers. If the GOP fails to snag the Senate and a fistful of statehouses, its partisans will mope around and blame Ebola-infected illegal immigrants for the loss.”

“But whichever side emerges victorious, both Republicans and Democrats should face up to a much bigger truth: Neither party as currently constituted has a real future. Fewer and fewer Americans identify as either Republican or Democratic according to Gallup, and both parties are at recent or all-time lows when it comes to approval ratings. Just 39 percent give Democrats a favorable rating and just 33 percent do the same for Republicans. Not coincidentally, each party has also recently had a clear shot at implementing its vision of the good society. If you want to drive down your adversary’s approval rating, just give him the reins of power for a few years.”



via:
http://politicalwire.com/2014/11/04/maybe-both-parties-are-going-extinct/
rest of story here:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/04/relax-these-midterms-mean-less-than-you-think.html

Thumbs down turtle...


A voter gestures as Senate minority leader US Senator Mitch McConnell votes in Kentucky. Photograph: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2014/nov/04/-sp-us-midterm-elections-2014-votes-polls-live-updates

Reports Of Poll Workers Requesting ID In Ferguson - Missouri, Not A Voter ID State

Reports Of Poll Workers Requesting ID In Missouri, Not A Voter ID State

SHARE St. LOUIS, MO — The National Bar Association President Pamela Meanes told ThinkProgress today that poll workers are asking for two forms of ID if individuals can’t produce a photo ID. So far, there’s one incident in Ferguson and one incident in Jennings. Photo ID is not required to vote in Missouri.

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/11/02/3587428/election-2014-liveblog/

Personhood Amendments are ACTUALLY on the ballot in North Dakota and Colorado. VOTE NO on Nov 4th

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