[joe-frank-list] Re: joe-frank-list Digest, Vol 23, Issue 4

Robert Holland rholland356 at yahoo.com
Mon May 2 22:36:27 PDT 2005

My office is in a dumpy little retail center where my
neighbors are a Korean Herbal Therapy shop and a
headquarters for Buddist movement, among other, more
typical merchants of insurance, hearing aids and
dental work.

One day I needed more electricity to my office, and
hired an electrician to run the lines. Now, my
landlord works tenement-style, and he ignored my
requests to send someone out to guide my electrician.
So I opened the wire closets and poked around with the
various unlabeled circuit breakers.

I did find the switches to my office and got the work
done, but in the process I switched off power to the
herbal shop, the Buddists and the other merchants. The
only people who complained to me were the Buddists,
because their computer didn't want to restart right
away. Oh, they gave me nasty glares when I expressed
the karma of the situation--and that they should call
Dell tech support.

The Koreans, on the other hand, just took the day off,
opened their doors and smoked down some of their
inventory. I think they had the better approach.

I found Jack Kornfield's bits in Joe's works to be an
acquired taste, and he grew on me in that context--as
a juxtaposition to the reality that Joe and Larry were
presenting. He reminds me of my marriage
counselor--smooth-talking me toward doing the hard
work of relationship repair. And really, I don't think
the R. Lee Ermy approach would work well in these
types of spiritual situations.


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