The Day I Almost Lost My Soul.

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I'm a pretty lucky guy.

As former pro-wrestler Dusty Rhodes put it, "I've wined and dined with Kings and Queens, slept in alleys eating pork and beans." 

I knew a guy who went through a stretch where he lost roughly 40lbs not because he was on a diet or started tuning into Jane Fonda workout tapes on VHS, but because he couldn't afford to eat much.  I knew a guy whose basement backed up and he couldn't afford to get it fixed and didn't have the right insurance to do it for him ... therefore, he swam in shit when doing laundry for the better part of two months.  Envious yet? 

I knew a guy who spent $500.00 a week just going out.  I knew a guy who spent the day with Arlen Specter and never even told him his opinion on things.  I knew a guy who cared more about the dime than the dame, more about the luxury than the love.

Never wanted to be that guy, but I am.  And I'm pretty lucky for it.  Until I was very unlucky ever thinking it in the first place.

After some of the things I've been through, I would hope my empathy is a bit more than it is.  However, now that I'm back churning for the Kings & Queens, I forgot those alleys ... those pork and beans.

Tonight, I spoke with a woman who candidly identified and captured the wildfires going on in her area of this Country.  Me, I only wanted to get her off the phone because I'm still trying to count dead presidents because of her call.  But I was polite and all as polite and all goes.

When I hung up that phone, my soul almost died.  I realized exactly what I never want to become.  And I was almost it.

I'm a pretty lucky guy.

I get WWJD without having to go to church or having the tax write-offs.  I never want to lose that thing that keeps me frequent in this world, that soul.  Perhaps I can make some dollars being a lucky guy in an always strange world.

A lucky guy who never lost his soul, as appetizing as it may have been at the moment.

:)

 

 

 

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Laura Cerrano
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Well, at least you caught yourself :)

 

To our souls,

Laura

Jul 13, 2012 01:46 PM #1
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Tammy Lankford,
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Could be the first time ever... that I don't identify on some level with your post.  I think men tend to step closer to and over that line more than women.  (Jeez am I sexist or what?)

Jul 13, 2012 02:15 PM #2
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Morning Jason -

I too have danced with the devil by a pale moons light.  I'm so thankful those days are behind me, I lived to tell the tales and yes, I have my soul.  I also am lucky enough to have the love and support of a good woman that stands beside me and lifts me up.  May the force be with you to be the best man you really are and can be. 

Now make it a great day in all you do my friend.

John

 

Jul 13, 2012 09:49 PM #3
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Jason, The temptations will always be there, the vigilance has to be in place.  I can't say empathy is my strong suit, I think I got the substandard module install when the mainframe engineer app was booted.  Bill

Jul 13, 2012 10:11 PM #4
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Jason Sardi
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Bill - Sure, blame it on the engineer ;)

John - You as well, my friend.  And I always loved the phrase, "danced with the devil by a pale moon's light."

Tammy - Maybe you are sexist.  Doesn't mean you are wrong.

Laura - True that.

Jul 13, 2012 11:04 PM #5
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Steve Loynd
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Jason what we learn from the past -suffering and joy gives one a daily dose of perspective, realizing later is better than not noticing at all - ever!

Jul 13, 2012 11:13 PM #6
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...I knew a guy whose words carried weight, never an ounce of fat.  Brian

Jul 13, 2012 11:48 PM #7
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Jason - One of the benefits of an affluent society is that it can free us to explore for deeper meaning than just trying to keep our bellies full - but it can also ensnare us in insignificant distractions. You're a young guy who happens to be sufficiently self-aware, and paying enough attention to what's going on, that you'll figure it out. It's a journey, and it would be boring if it was just an easy one on a well-paved path. Enjoy the ride.

Jul 14, 2012 12:30 AM #8
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Charles Buell
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Sardi, we all know wwjd ;)

Jul 14, 2012 01:11 AM #9
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Gary Woltal
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Jason, we all have the rags and riches phases in our lives and we do learn much more I agree with you in the valleys than on the mountaintops. But above all KNOW who you are along the way and keep questioning that to yourself if you stray from who you want to be. Quit playing guilt trips on saying no to charities too or them eating up all your time on the phone. If you ever need a stronger person to encourage you to use that NO word judiciously let me know. I am a master of NO. As far as WWJD that is a a good standard to look at things against I agree.

Jul 14, 2012 02:29 AM #10
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
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Are you still whining like a jackass about your feelings my old friend?

It's never easy to realize that all the sudden you are every where you never wanted to be, but balance seems to be the answer. The fact of the matter is that sometimes I wonder why the hell I am in sales and then I remember, oh yeah, I'm really good at it. I always pictured myself being a philosopher until I saw what it paid. I hate pork and beans and my wife is a vegetarian so I figured what the hell, join the dark side.

The truth is that these days I usually only represent friends and we all have a blast in the process. My Son who we all now refer to as my assistant shows homes with me most of the time now. It's all about balance. Astonishingly you can find a way to pay the bills and be happy in the process.

Jul 14, 2012 06:00 AM #11
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I've had my fair share of time on the dance floor with Shiva, to be sure. And, I often wonder about WWJD, yet I refrain from comparing myself to him. I used to worry about where I was going to be in the future a lot, but now I try my best to just be here and now. It's no get rich scheme that's for sure, but I can smile, look you straight in the eye, and enjoy the day which usually includes a good laugh at myself at least twice a day. Great post. Moments pass.

Jul 14, 2012 06:51 AM #12
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Jason Sardi
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Rene - I love your way of thinking.  Wise, very wise.

Boney - Yes, I'm whining like a jackass as always, amigo!  And you are correct, the pay for being a Philosopher isn't quite ripe.  Love that last sentence.  The balance and reality can be very real.

Woltal - I still want to see you naked.

Buell - Loved your piece.  Very deep.  Very deep.  I'll have to call you on that one.

Greenberg - If I were to create a Society, I'd love to have a guy like you in it. 

Brian - Must of worked at Whole Foods ... ;)

Loynd - Perspective, in many cases, is everything.

Jul 14, 2012 01:45 PM #13
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Sally Dunbar
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It's all about tacking through life, and not scuttling you soul just because you hit the doldrums.  We zig one way, then realize we are too far, then zag the other.  As long as we have a vision of the shore we are trying to reach, we will get there.  We just keep tacking... fortunately you have that little telltale on your shoulder letting you know when your about to luff.  Because you want to get there, you will.

Jul 14, 2012 11:48 PM #14
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Ron Marshall
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Sardi, I must be fortunate in that I don't recall thinking I was ever better than just about anyone (with a few exceptions of those who HAVE lost their souls).  I just think there but for the Grace of God, go I.  And that puts things back into perspective. 

You are a hell of a poet and writer!

Jul 15, 2012 04:27 AM #15
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Jason Sardi
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Yeah, it was a freaking riot ;)

Aug 21, 2012 07:38 AM #16
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Jo-Anne Smith
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Jason,

Guarding one's soul can be sometimes be a daunting job. I believe that when the hear is in the right place, the soul will always be guarded and can never be lost...or taken.

Jo

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