` I wrote this short, nearly meaningless post sometime last year, and I've decided to dredge it up while I'm on Skype with The Swill Man whilst listening to he and Louie's 78-minute rendition of Louie Louie. In fact, one may find this monstrosity here. (But only if one is brave enough.)
` Seventy-eight minutes.
` So, you can blame this post on my choice of music.
` The post is as follows:
` This is an excerpt from something that showed up in my Yahoo Spam Folder:
...Some people are suffering from Spiritual Malnutrition. Some people have deprived themselves of spiritual nutrition for so long, they no longer have the strength to handle the weight of their lives. Their vision is shot! Their sense of Self has been diminished to the point that it is a chore for them to do the simplest task in their lives. Spiritually malnourished people are fretful and frightened, worried and worrisome. They are drained and draining. They have their eye on someone else's plate, someone else's life, and they will stretch their shriveled and shaking hand out for whatever crumbs can be spared.` This has been true of me for most of my life. Really, I've gotten much better. And then, it goes on:
There is only one cure for spiritual malnutrition. It is a steady diet of spiritual food. Prayer builds the spiritual structure. Faith puts meat on the spiritual bones. Gratitude builds spiritual bones.....` Okay, I don't worry a lot anymore. I am able to perform simple tasks with no problem. Really, I've learned to relax a whole lot. And I did it without praying or faith!
` I just don't get it. How is it that so many people can think that there is only 'one cure', as it reads, for what they call spiritual malnutrition? I mean, I suppose the name fits, just not in that sense.
` And now, in fact, I have improved about a hundred times over since I had written that last year. Even more than ever, I'm capable of being in a good mood! I'm not kept from doing things because of excessive worry! And I don't pray, I just have confidence in myself. I don't have faith in something I can't detect - rather, I believe in myself! (I'm always here to talk to, aren't I?)
` I mean, I can count on myself to get through almost anything. Which doesn't bother me much. Especially since I have so many friends. And so, I am thankful to be alive and to have friends in my life.
` This, as you may know, is the secular way of being spiritual. One's self, more than anything, is important to get to know and communicate with, and to know all the things you can count on yourself to be able to do. Lastly, it is good to be grateful for what you can do.
` I mean, you're you! You're the most important person to know because you are the only person you are sure to spend the rest of your life with! Whether you believe in anything else, that is numero uno.
` Well... I'd better stop attempting to end this post. The Louie-Louie-ing is making little white mosquitores dance before my eyes. Wheeeeeee.....