DIARY of a 99%-er: The Struggle Between Survival and Creative Expression

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June 12

“Diligently practice identifying yourself as a limitless expression of an unlimited Universe.” – Eric Butterworth

This morning, my sister Lisa calls to see if I want to go out for drinks after work tonight. Since I did double the writing I typically do this morning, and since I haven’t seen her in a while, I acquiesce. Really, she didn’t have to twist my arm that hard.

We meet at a little dive bar in San Clemente and order a glass of wine. It’s our chance for her to bitch about her married life and the kids and for me to bitch about being single with an unemployed boyfriend. I wonder if we’d be happier if we just switched lives? I’m sure we’d both find new things to gripe about, from Day One.

She’s a teacher and she’s bummed about how the district keeps threatening layoffs. So far, she’s been OK, but it’s like a dark cloud hanging over her family’s head. Her husband is an investment banker, so hopefully, they won’t have too much to worry about if she is laid off. Although, they did buy a McMansion in Coto de Caza right before the recession, one of those ugly, beige, boxy things packed in right next to their neighbors like sardines.

I ask her if she wants to come to the spiritual center I go to on Sundays for some positive energy and she politely demurs. She looks a little frightened, that if she even mentions it to her Catholic husband, he might divorce her on the spot. So, I let it go.

I go home and re-read Spiritual Economics for a much-needed refresher. I keep repeating the following mantra: ‘I am a limitless expression of an unlimited Universe.”

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