Gone In A Second And Of Being Oblivious

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Gone In A Second And Of Being Oblivious

 

Gone In A Second And Of Being Oblivious  It can be said and in all likelihood it has been proclaimed quite regularly: Time Flies.  Here it is the second day of November and many seem to hardly recall where the months have gone.  And we can almost forget about the years.  Each one seems to pass like a speed racer.  Whooosh.  Gone just like that.  There goes another one.  

 

This brings me to moments of being oblivious.  It's rather odd that obvious and oblivious are rather closely related in spelling.  But so far apart.  Some things seem to be easily overlooked.  They are often seen but not truly seen.  Missed opportunities.  Indications of change that go unnoticed.   I digress.

 

I was thinking of "oblivious" for no reason and yet for an important one.  Who am I to say what is oblivious?  Who are any of us?  This led me down a rabbit hole of sorts in search of an answer.  My typical search often finds looking through the words of others.  Quotes can inspiring.  Thoughtful and thought-provoking.  I passed by many such words.  Smart words...maybe the answer was actually there but because of my own obliviousness, it may have been overlooked.   

 

I stopped.  For a second.  Yes.   Maybe a bit longer because the moment can be gone in a second or it may last a lot longer.  So I pondered.  Here's the quote.  For this moment.  It fit.  At least right now:    

 

Fortunately,

some are born with spiritual immune systems

that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview

grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. 

They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. 

Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality

others are oblivious to, and so begins the journey of awakening. 

Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of the crowd,

and by choosing knowledge over veils of ignorance.  

                                                                         Henri Bergson

 

It's not just about being oblivious or about recognizing the importance of the moment. It's about our own discovery.  The how and rhe when that happens.  It has the power to change.  To help us transform.  

 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.  

 

 

 

 

Gone In A Second And Of Being Oblivious

 

 

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Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

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Rainmaker
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Carol Williams
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Hi Michael,
That was an interesting observation about obvious vs oblivious. 

Our brain's Reticular Activating System is in place to protect us from being overstimulated with too much information, yet I think some people's RAS is in overdrive, keeping too much information out instead of letting the important stuff in. 

Nov 02, 2019 09:10 AM #15
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Joan Cox
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Michael, you blink, and the moment is gone.  Enjoy those moments, but time still flies by, and we surely will miss something!

Nov 02, 2019 09:16 AM #16
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Michael Jacobs,

Here is something I have pondered for quite some time about your posts.  

I personally think you have an ability to teach philosophy or something along those lines.  I remember taking a class at PCC. Is that something you would ever consider?  I think you are a natural. 

Nov 02, 2019 09:29 AM #17
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Lottie Kendall
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Ditto what Sheri Sperry - MCNE® asks.

Nov 02, 2019 09:43 AM #18
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Kathy Streib
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HI Michael- often there are some who are oblivious to the obvious and we wish we had one of those shocker things to zap them into reality. But then again, what is so obvious to all of us isn't always what is important. Maybe those we think are oblivious are seeing what we are oblivious to. 

Nov 02, 2019 09:58 AM #19
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Michael Jacobs
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Carol Williams - there is definitely a discussion that deserves more in-depth conversation when too much information is the subject.  

Joan Cox - your comment reminds me of the book by Malcolm Gladwell: Blink.  

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I took philosophy classes in college but I'm definitely not qualified to teach the subject.  Many years ago, I taught "Retail Math" at FIDM Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Downtown Los Angeles.  In many ways, it is fourth grade math with some industry jargon thrown in.  Kinda like Real Estate Math.  

Lottie Kendall - see my response to Sheri.  

Kathy Streib - quite true.  You never know when that "aha" moment will occur.  If at all. 

Nov 02, 2019 10:23 AM #20
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I'm going to take some time today to ponder being oblivious!  I like Henri Bergson's quote!

Nov 02, 2019 10:34 AM #21
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Michael, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 02, 2019 10:34 AM #22
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Michael Jacobs
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Myrl Jeffcoat - it can be a nice place to visit but living there - hmm, I don't think so.  

Thank you for the feature in the OFC group.  I appreciate it.    

Nov 02, 2019 01:01 PM #23
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Sheila Anderson
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Good evening Michael. In my view, it is a seize the day kind of world. I try and stay with that. Have a good evening.

Nov 02, 2019 02:10 PM #24
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Sharon Lee
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I think often times many of us are oblivious to the obvious. Now it might be a good thing we don't shop in the same grocery store. I have been known to be oblivious to other people in the store if I am focused on finding something I need.  I don't think I am alone in that as I think many of us can be. 

Nov 02, 2019 02:30 PM #25
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Michael Jacobs
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Sheila Anderson - seize the day.  Indeed.

Sharon Lee - when it comes to grocery store shopping, I tend to like "in and out".  Speed is definitely my friend.  

Nov 02, 2019 05:07 PM #26
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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There's a constant battle between being mindful and getting through the day.

Nov 03, 2019 08:16 AM #27
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Michael - Henri has this one.....

Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of the crowd,

and by choosing knowledge over veils of ignorance.

Nov 03, 2019 10:36 AM #28
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Roy Kelley
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Let's make November a special journey.

Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of the crowd,

and by choosing knowledge over veils of ignorance.  

Nov 03, 2019 02:56 PM #29
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Michael Jacobs
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - and surrender flag is not yet down...

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS - his words live on.

Roy Kelley - here's to a successful November for each of us.  On our own terms.

Nov 03, 2019 05:27 PM #30
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Michael,

Two lines of the poem got me thinking: Follow the heart, not the crowd, and choose knowledge over veils of ignorance.

Two of my favorite subjects were Philosophy and Critical thinking. In my opinion, many people are conditioned at birth and don't challenge the status quo. It takes courage to make a bold move to figure out what ones core values are. Whether it has to do with something spiritual or faith itself, personal responsibiolity, or liberty, when an ah ha, awakening occurs it can't be denied. I do believe it's something to explore. 

When something is obvious, such as having a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with family and friends comes to an abrupt halt, it can be shocking. One can feel out of sorts, like a fish out of water. But if you just sit and think about why is this so important, perhaps something inside you will awaken and you will realize, it's okay to peel back the onion skins and find something else that you're missing. 

 

Nov 04, 2019 02:58 PM #31
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Michael Jacobs
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - as always you provide some thoughts that continue to let me wander and wonder.  Ponder a bit more too.  

 

 

 

Nov 07, 2019 03:39 PM #42
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John Juarez
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I think I am a pretty aware person. My would say that I am more on the oblivious side.

Nov 08, 2019 02:09 PM #43
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Michael Jacobs
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John Juarez - I think we might each have a bit of "obvious" aspects as well as those which are "oblivious".  

Nov 08, 2019 02:40 PM #44
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