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Life Is Really Not Complicated.

Updated on October 4, 2014

Seriously now you think life is complicated. No it is just difficult.

Let me give you a list that I think is cool. It just rings and wrings true to me. I hope you like it like I do.

I just love this notion;

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Whoa, if I could love like that everyone would love me too. Or would they?

If we love like that then any trouble that comes to us is a mere annoyance. I know a guy that loves like that. Really I do and he writes right here and right now. His name is Bill Holland and we call him billybuck.

That SOB never writes a mean word. He encourages thousands and he walks the walk that he talks. A true blowaway, and something for this old preacher man to strive for, for my flesh is weak.

But if we strive for that we can on certain days achieve it.

The ocean knows not the boundary of man.

We are crazy to think we can control the tides of man or moon.
We are crazy to think we can control the tides of man or moon. | Source

Let God determine the color of trees.

Why would we really want to be in control of life?
Why would we really want to be in control of life? | Source

I reckon there are folks out there that are perfect.

I get mean folks and I get practical folk. But I just do not get perfect folk. How in the heck do they do that? OK I get they have their own demons and doubts and marital issues. But they love people in a way I just cannot get a handle on.The just exude goodness and caring and love.

Easy enough example I have very smart good friends of over 40 years and less that love me no matter what. What the heck? They love me? That is just out of this world. I am a low belly no good snake that crawls in truck tracks in the middle of death valley at two hundred feet below sea level and I wallow in the hate of the heat, yet they love me. Nobody can get lower than that. Yet these folk love me.

(Okay nobody is that low but you get the point :-)

I knew this guy and we talked about how ugly my life was. He did a click with his mouth, winked and sideways smiled when I asked if he was turning me in to the

Are you happy?

Can you say that on most days you love well?

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I am not a good man but I never stabbed a man with family!

(I actually know a man that is this mean and could say these things) Can you even imagine having to say that? Well I can. I sliced a man good in a district called Pigalle in Paris France and I whipped a blade out in Tijuana Mexico But I never stabbed into an organ. Pigalle has a bad name. But when I worked there as a bodygaurd in the 70's it was straight forward -- draw faster or die.

One time in Zona Rosa Mexico de DF I broke a man's knee cap and gave him a concussion that required a medically induced coma, when he woke up somebody kilt him.

Some of us land in jail in Saigon. Some in Belize. And some of us many places. We just run our rig that way for various reasons. Mostly for pay.

You think you can just roll over in bed and conjure up a new dream?

Life is not so easy
Life is not so easy | Source

Oh about 1985 or so life was good and people would come to me with questions of spirituality and philosophy.

You see back then I had answers and diplomas on my wall that proclaimed I could answer questions from, Science to philosophy to theology and logic to law. I was brilliant. And I answered questions with reflection and quotation. Then around 1995 I lost all my hair and 100 pounds and remained happy and focused and joyous and free and they came around again to learn what made me so as I was dying of cancer.

But then around 2000 they started coming to ask questions again. Oh all the near death and diplomas had long grown dust. And so had the answers they sought. And so I fell down. And I realized that now they needed my answers, they no longer came as though I was a freak show or educated man.

They came in search of truth. And so I stayed "felled down" until the answers truly came to me. And alas all the answers were the same and all the riddles had the same conclusion and all the misery had the same remedy. Oh yes and so I became a pasture, no not yet a pastor. But in those years a place to provide food for the sheep.

And the damned answer to all the questions kept coming back the same. And so regardless of the question they kept coming back to hear the message and the message was the same.

And the beauty this time was that I fell down and I stayed down and I was glad of it. While peace enfolded on me I was not at peace but seeing peace. I was not gifted to be inside that marvelous peace but yet to have that peace inside of me.

The answer to all the questions was as clear as this huge nose on this huge head of mine.

The answer my friends to every question you have is Love.

So now they do not come to me with questions.

They come to me with demands. "You are serious that I should love this man that did this". And we sit and I tell them what a horrible man I am and that they still love me. And we laugh and cry and I return to being the pasture instead of the pastor. And we eat of my weakness and we celebrate their little indignities in life and I always let them know that they are better than I. And in this love we move past problems and into solutions coated and slickened with love.

And so those of us with some calling to help and to heal are not so good when we are young. Though we be brave and truthful and wise we need time to see the simplicity of life and love.

Patience and love teaches music

There is love in a Keyboard so we must find it.
There is love in a Keyboard so we must find it. | Source

Peace is one thing. Justified is another. Right is another. But the greatest is Love.

We can read the "word" from a Holy book. We can read the word from a sage of wisdom and we can seek the greatest of advice. But we can never escape the truth of Love. It is the glue and it is the salve and it is the great teacher.

I have gained my riches and lost my fortunes and have my things and everything looks so right with my life but if I have not love I am an empty gong.

When I was about 8 years old my mom gave me some tools and had me fix some stuff above my age grade. I think I did OK but not like my big brother could have done it. I sat on my stool in the kitchen and ate my sandwich and just had to ask her, why she had me do it instead of my big brother. I do not know if her answer was calculated or not, but she said: because you do it pleasantly and he just gripes and complains. Somehow that notion has been with me ever since. And silly old me I call it love.

All electricity is the same, but useage changes

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Oh seeker, it is very nice to have you drop by and comment!

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      4 years ago

      a nice post with a real nice message, love is really the simple cure for all the evils and toxic feelings ever.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harishprasad, when you write like that you are that refreshing wave of love coming back. Thank you very much.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Love is really an scarce emotion these days. Love is not only to have company of someone who has a soft heart for you and touches you with all affection. It is your kind sight at the whole world ; compassion for all in your heart and your all encompassing soul in tune with the whole universe. When you have love, you have everything and love is like an ocean that whatever you give it comes back to you like rivers. Eric, you are a great merchant of love and have stored it in abundance and you sell love and buy it too. Wish this merchandise prospered in all directions !

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much My Cook Book true it is.

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      Dil Vil 

      4 years ago from India

      Yes it is not, we are the one who make things so complicated all the time. Interesting and a good hub this is, i had a nice read... thank you for the same.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I Just love the struggle friend.

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      Brian Leekley 

      4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up and beautiful.

      Love is the answer. The question is ever, what form should its manifestation take at this moment? You gave some good examples.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So glad you enjoyed grand old lady, it does my heart well.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Wondeerful ideas, lovely article.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think we are moving well in your direction friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      "Come on people now, love one another, everybody get together....."

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This was a very interesting read Eric. You have lead a most interesting and eventful life. Your near death experience in 1995 I'm sure was a turning point in your life. My life has been largely uneventful, but I appreciate every moment of it, knowing what others around the world are going through. Thank you for your words and sharing this.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words Eric.2016 looks like a possibility for the Canyon.Too many irons in the fire till then, but thanks a million for the invite.I've flown over in a Jet,which was beautiful,but I'd love to get my feet on the ground. I love you too Eric! P.S. 60 pound pack: No problem.I quit smoking over 10 years ago.Good as new.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I have my hat on bended knee and praise all heaven that you have blessed my soul with such an in depth comment. You work magic with words and demand and command that we think. I am sorry for my age but you are my son. And I love you like a good buddy.

      We hike the Grand in early May. I invite you to join us. Carry a 60 lb pack and hold a hand as you cross a boulder in a canyon.

      Be a part of what is 2 billion years old yet born of our openness. Be what is life.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 

      4 years ago


      At least at home I had a good and easy childhood, with lots of encouragement,love,and support.Although I am aware many people succeed without these benefits, I am also aware that just as many do not.It is difficult for me to throw stones at those who,for example,are in the prison system and did not grow up with these benefits and opportunities that I enjoyed; a prison system that has increasingly become more about business and making money, than preventing crime or rehabilitating criminals.Consequently,everyone suffers,because we continue to breed more criminals, and they, in turn ,continue to breed more crime.

      And so now I get to the point.Yes, you have written very well.But this is no surprise.Actually,a poorly written article from you would be more remarkable! If the American people focused on Love ,as you have so well delivered here,there would not be a need for a prison system as we know it today.We would not see all of the rape, and murder,and child abductions; only in the movies,where it belongs.

      I am filled with hate because evil is all around us.I am sick because of the suffering that continues in every small town, every big city,and around the world.I am disgusted with my own impotence; being unable to make a difference.Because I know that you are right.There is no other solution but Love.It is a medicine sitting high upon the shelf and all we need do is reach up and grab the medicine, and all suffering would end.But we do not. It is ironic, because for years ,when I only cared about myself, I was very happy.But now, since I have been able to see more clearly,I do not know how many more days I can bear.


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