Vol 4.5 "Good Karma" May 19, 2005

Dear Friends,

It’s 7:00 AM May 19, 2005. I’ve been up for a couple of hours; since 4:44 AM
to be exact. I had one of those nights where I couldn’t seem to find a comfy
position. This combined with an over-curiosity to know what time it was
every ten minutes through the night, led me to a less than peaceful sleep. I
do think I got a few winks between 2:15 and 3:00 AM.

I had the weirdest dream’David Carradine was reprising his role from Kung Fu
(popular TV show, early 70’s, sorry to all you newbies who don’t know what I’m
talking about). In my dream he was the master and he kept saying to me, ‘When
you can take the pebble from my hand, you can go.’ And I said (by the way,
I’m playing a young, bald, teenage David Carradine–AKA Grasshopper–in the
dream), ‘But you don’t have a pebble in your hand.’ ‘Ah hah!’ said the
master, ‘Exactly!’ Then I woke up again and saw it was 3:00 AM (OK, it was
2:58′”I rounded up). Anyway, what the hell does that mean?! Do I have the
pebble and I’m free to go? Is there no pebble and I’m being played? Did he
stick the pebble in his pocket and now I have to frisk him? Heck, for all I
know he dropped the pebble and is blaming me! Don’t forget, I’m in the
diamond business. Is this dream some kind of metaphor for diamonds
(pebbles)? I don’t know’

Anyway, it’s now 7:15 AM and it’s still May 19, 2005. Tonight is 8th grade
graduation at St. Michael Catholic School. I taught Junior Achievement
Economics to these young ladies and men. What a bright group of young
adults! If these students are a sampling of the youth of today, then our
future is in good hands. Last night, Mari Trevino (one of my students) sent
me an email with an attachment. She said, ‘When I read this, it reminds me of
all the things you taught us during Junior Achievement. Thanks Again.’ The
attachment follows.

GOOD KARMA
Instructions For Life

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great
risks.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R’s:

Respect for self
Respect for others
Responsibility for all your actions

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful
stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to
correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back,
you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current
situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each
other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

The Dalai Lama

Hmmm’The Dalai Lama?! Maybe it was The Dalai Lama in my dream?!

Talk to you next time,
Fred

The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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