We Made a Story!

Posted on February 22, 2008. Filed under: Games, Musings |

I recently participated in a book meme where bloggers were asked to pick up the nearest book, turn to page 123, and report sentences 6, 7, & 8 on that page.

The following was not part of the meme, but since I ended up with nine players and very interesting quotes, I decided to string them all together to make a strange yet somehow compelling tale.

For the participants, books, authors, and what a meme means, please see this post.

Thanks to those of you who helped compile it for sharing a bit of your story!

It was a dark and reflective night. . .

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Holbrook was the wise actor of the era, cerebral and high-minded. He was the one who seemingly knew the entire story but wouldn’t tell it all. It was a powerful performance, capturing the authoritative and seasoned intensity, cynicism and gruffness of the man in the underground garage.

Klein is a decision researcher with a Ph.D., a deeply intelligent and thoughtful man, and he wasn’t about to accept that as an answer. Instead, for the next two hours, again and again he led the firefighter back over the events of that day in an attempt to document precisely what the lieutenant did and didn’t know. “The first thing was that the fire didn’t behave the way it was supposed to,” Klein says.

But if it had already happened, someone would probably have called me. Maybe Bozie, but most likely Pam. “It’s suicide.” This time telling the room. “It’s suicide and it hasn’t happened yet.”

I don’t use this term in the psychological sense, but in a purely spiritual context. Instead of attending to their own inner work, judgmental people are actually doing another’s “work”; they are projecting outside themselves, imputing motives or intentions on others, as if they know the others’ hearts. The spiritual journey only begins in earnest when we no longer experience the need to judge others, when we begin to take responsibility for our own inner development.

The Israelite foremen saw that they were in a bad way, having to go back and tell their workers, “Not one brick short in your daily quota.”
As they left Pharaoh, they found Moses and Aaron waiting to meet them. The foremen said to them, “May GOD see what you’ve done and judge you – you’ve made us stink before Pharaoh and his servants! You’ve put a weapon in his hand that’s going to kill us!”

We act as though we are not affected when we take and take and take. We strive for external power and in that striving create a destructive competition. The introduction of consciousness into the cyclic process of creation through which the soul evolves permits the creation of a world that is built upon the consciousness of the soul, a world that reflects the values and perceptions and experiences of the soul.

We all have similar comfort zones in regards to restaurants we go to; hotels we stay at; the brand of car we drive; the home we live in; clothes we wear; where we go on vacation and people we connect with. You might have walked into a very fancy store on Fifth Avenue in New York City or on Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills and you didn’t feel at ease in there. The store seemed too upper-class for you.

An understanding of the principle of our own growth enables us to search out correct principles with the confidence that the more we learn, the more clearly we can focus the lens through which we see the world. The principles don’t change; our understanding of them does. The wisdom and guidance that accompany principle-centered living come from correct maps, from the way things really are, have been, and will be.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

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That is wonderful! We’re having fun in my comments section for Page 123. Come over — you can be the first to try out comment luv!

Thank you! It was great fun to put together. I did go and check out your readers’ lists. More books for my library list (also known as “the great unread”—but I’ll get there, I’ll get there. 😕 )

That’s brilliant. I think you’ve got a bestseller on your hands here, Muse! 😉 Who’d have thought so many different threads could be stitched together so well? Kind of reminds me of the word games in the WP forums, how they go off on tangents but still make sense.

You know, if you put Woody Allen, Philip K. Dick and Bret Ellis together and slipped them some LSD, they might come up with a plot like that. I know I’d be interested in reading it. 🙂

Thank you cj! The story started to form in my mind almost as soon as the first responses came in. As for your authors, it occurs to me that if you invited those three gentlemen into the same room they might not even need the LSD! 😉

Hahahaha! I love that! How clever. And a whole new game is invented.

Indeed, Ronnie Ann. Serendipity in action. Thanks for reading & liking it!

Good même..very nice story it kind of makes sense in a way..

CV MÊME

CV, Likewise: It is a bit strange, but I was amazed how well quotes from such different books went together at all. I appreciate your contribution to the story. I may never look at Rodeo Drive the same way again! 😉

Hi Muse,
Kudos for a brilliant “weaving”.
Love ya,
Brightfeather

Thanks, brightfeather! I enjoyed watching the meme morph. Your Khayyam quote was the perfect ending. Love & Hugs.


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