I don’t write this stuff

It’s cold and gray (Now: Cloudy and 18 degrees) and I am in the most delightful mood.  First, Bobbie sent me this and I pass it on to you:

> > The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.
> >
> > The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford’s office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.
> >
> > Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.
> >
> > They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately..
> >
> > The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.
> >
> > The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, ‘The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,’ on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed.
> >
> > Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg’s name on two million Fords.
> >
> > They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown.
> >
> > And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show — Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max –on the controls.
> >
> > I can hear your groans from here. Control yourself!!!
> >
> > I don’t write this stuff.

Next this:

I’m reading Larry Rosenberg’s remarkable book, a thoughtful introduction to meditation practice, and he brings up the topic of Sisyphus.  You all remember Sisyphus, right?  the guy who got the gods so pissed they condemned him to push a boulder up to the top of a hill from which it would roll back down so he’d have to keep doing it for all eternity?  I figure, Larry’s going to spin it.  See, this is already page 75 and I’ve been working with this meditation stuff since the end of 2001.  I know what’s going on.  So, I figure, time to put the book down and do my own spin. I mean, I’m feeling too good not to participate.   Mind you, it’s not that I’m in competition  with the Rosenberg.  It’s a cold, cloudy, ultimately lovely  Saturday afternoon in January and I’m in love with all of it, and I wanna play.

Here’s what I came up with:

What if Sisyphus had actually pleased those gods, and they rewarded him by letting him push a boulder to the top of a high hill so as to experience the outright thrill of letting it roll down at breakneck speed?  For that matter, what if those selfsame gods made sure he had the strength to do so for all eternity.  And, what if his joy at doing so never wore off?  At the risk of sounding like a Rosenberg, what if it became his meditation?

And–here it gets personal–what if Sisyphus was a bicyclist?  And what if, having pleased the gods, they rewarded him by letting him climb hill after hill after hill so that


he could coast down them!

Rosenberg, to be sure, didn’t take this direction.  His attitude was more,

Hey!  When it’s time to push a boulder, push the boulder.  Or maybe it’s  just time to wash the dishes.

In any case, whatever you’re up to, enjoy!

Published in: on January 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. i forgive you the joke because i’ve often done worse. it’s nice to keep the oldies out there.


  2. I just want everyone out there reading this that it is absolutely TRUE……he was having so much fun writing this, I had to come out of the bedroom where I was studying, to see what he was laughing about!! What a joy!!


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