Noah’s Ark and the middle road.

painting by Cheryl Allen

Individual Liberty

“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” – John Adams, 1765

Liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. People choosing to walk the middle road hope to be liberated from the heat of angers and aggression of our nation. We can’t make sense of the polarized screamer’s dramatic behavior.

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.” – Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank, 1791

The Star Children or old souls have not voiced their stance. At least not outside their limited, shrinking circles. The country is already run by the polarized screamers and we see now, in front of us, how this works out. We are much more community minded and holistic. I can think of zero like minded that would ever run for office. That’d mean you deal with the polarized screamers. “No thanks.” We’d much rather dance in our joy with one another than to fight others – a battle no one will win.

I think ‘mercy’ has a lot to do with our silence. We’ve been taught for lifetimes to forgive and keep dancing, and forgive again, and stay out of the fray. We forgive simply, but for many it’s more a matter of trust and shrinking our circles to give more to those we trust and matter most us.

It’s evident the past few days and weeks the ‘star children’ are coming together, like a gale force wind. But the question remains, within the wise conversations, that it has become a matter of trust and the decision of the ‘good herd’ is either shrinking one’s circles or to enter the war with no end.

For me and my tribe, we strive to do no harm.

If ‘Do No Harm’ is our mantra, so why fight a war with others refusing to journey to the middle road? The polar ends are separating and polarizing people. If we choose to build our own walls of compassion and love – a remarkable concept will unfold. Whether literally or ‘figuratively’ removing the ‘polarized’ ‘screamers’ from our circle and compartmentalizing them to love and/or compete with one another — what’s left in the middle road is compassion and love. This is our treasure – compassion and love – this is what we will protect from the thieves of joy.

In a time that seems only to be worsening, now may be the time to withdraw from society and protect our treasures. I love my tribe too much and daily, I’m seemingly more repulsed by the polarized screamers.

I know not whether to step up or step out. It may be time to gather our treasures and watch the dramas from the inside out. We are on a different journey. The macro thinking of the wise are not looking solely at macro government changes, but a change for the Universe for good. Until then, so far we have built an ark and invited our people inside.

It’s like dharma and karma have united creating peace in the midst of chaos.

It certainly seems better to stabilize within your circle and keep your friend few than to try and associate in the chaos. Gather your treasures and don’t let them be stolen by the emotions of the people.

My sister told me many years ago to shrink my circles because when my circles are too big, I give little to few. When I shrink them I give abundance. ~Noah’s Ark~

There will be a time to widen the circle again, and when we draw it back in our hopes are we have gained enough fuel for our soul to help promote compassion and love — do no harm is the minimum. But now certainly does not seem to be the time. Pluralism and acceptance are at an all time low. We do not have the stamina to fight a war we cannot win.

The time is to think Global and act very local in a small sphere of Noah’s Ark. The goal is to keep the pure seed for seeding the future. Follow your heart and the heart will guide us through.


Do people even know what they want? Are you even being asked?
what do you want?
So, what’s your answer to this question. What Do You Want?
The little competitions can suck you in to escalating cycles, before you know it. They become oddly personal and somewhere along the way it slips into resentment. Government elections are bad enough. Religion complicates the picture and staggering numbers of hippies are screaming about GMO’s, and don’t even know what they are. Relations between the opposing forces are chilling, if not polar. So, it’s not that surprising, people trying to “keep it in the middle” get a bit agitated, at times.
The world we live in, does not make time for us to ponder important questions, such as, “What Matters Most to You?” or “What Do You Want?”. But we can make time, for ourselves.

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Too Easy

Society will gladly take you by the hand, and lead you to a scripted answer.
Be it Religion, Government or Hippy. We all are a product of our own environment. History, education, hobbies, religious beliefs, friends, family, career and everything that shapes everyday life, it’s who we are. The prospect of people being yanked around by society will prove tempting. But, for now, their lack of tolerance is a form of control – a problem in itself.

Life is Not simple
Life is Not simple

If you are not content with your life, change it. When you make the effort, and get in the uncomfortable zone, “the unknown” “outside the box”, and ask yourself these questions, you will start to find your authentic self.
Show up for yourself, and find or create the life you want “Catch Your Dream” – a career you are passionate about, people whom you want to associate, hobbies you enjoy and make you happy. Ask yourself, “Self, What do I Want Out of Life? Will I look back, near the end of my days, and say … Job Well Done?
As Usual, Wooderson has all the answers *(Explicit Language and Reference)*

Positive Politics – Reflections on What Matters Most.

If I diminish you, I diminish myself. ~Desmond Tutu

The political culture of modern-day America brings out the ugly in most of us. To acknowledge a candidate’s wonderful qualities, and reference their actions toward their fellow human beings – how they regard people, how they see themselves within their most intimate relationships, and within the broader community, must prove a losing strategy.

"Were the Good People at?"
“We’re the Good People at?”

I would love to see a candidate with a two-part campaign. The first, that the person is friendly, hospitable, generous, gentle, caring and compassionate. In other words, someone who will use their strengths, on behalf of others, especially the weak, the poor and the ill. It’s hard pressed to vision a candidate, not taking advantage of anyone.

The second, openness and a big heart, sharing their wealth (I do not define wealth as money, but abundance of what matters most to that person.) In doing so, the candidate is recognized and stands out of the box from the crowd. Humanity is recognized and is bound to others, like, the voters.


Candidates practicing this quality are approachable and welcoming. Their attitude is kind. They are not threatened by the goodness in others, because their own self-worth and esteem is grounded in knowing they belong to a greater whole.

Elections – consumed by slander and hate. We keep on, despite the political wars that bring suffering to people and relationships, for so many – misery. It’s foreign, to me. What if our political culture changed and decidedly strive for harmony and community. A community, that is not only meant for the living, but also, honoring the ones before us, the people who built this country.

Come on y'all
Come on y’all

Creating societies, meant for the greater good, ending wars and seeking to heal communities. Trying to overcome the purpose of winning or losing an election, might be too much, for modern-day politics. But anger, resentment, greed, aggressive competitiveness that rules today’s politics is corrosive and destroys harmony. Political candidates seek to destroy their opponent and both are victims. They are, as much at fault, as those on whom they trample.

No wonder, the sweet innocence in our children, disappears at such an early age. Elections leave me cold.


Charles Kochel is a “fee-only” wealth advisor for Rural America. He has worked with some of the largest corporate financial services firm’s in the world. The opinions shared in “Mindful Wealth” are his and his alone. You can contact Charles at

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