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Don't Be A Donkey by Lyon Amor Brave

Don't Be A Donkey by Lyon Amor Brave| HATE
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First, we need to clarify what a donkey is???

A donkey is a person so deeply stuck in the rat-race and void of free will and personal power, that they do not even realize they are a donkey chasing a carrot. 

Why is it bad to chase a carrot?

The obvious answer is because the carrot is your deciding factor regarding major life decisions and who ever is controlling the carrot is in control of you. 

Most people just say I want money, but think no farther than this and it becomes the source of all their problems. 

You have to have a desire that goes behind money. This is how the majority of people end up in meaningless work that doesn't even pay more them minimum-wage. Working a minimum-wage job is just a sad reality. It's sad to know you are being paid the bare minimum and no more and you are the one who accepts this fate. 
7S The carrot seeds grew and grew.
They grew and grew and grew. o)


In this metaphor the donkey is being led by it's owner by the use of attaching a carrot to a stick. Because all the donkey can focus on is getting the carrot he does not even realize the promise of the carrot is just being used to control him and lead him around and if he would just forget about the carrot, he would have the freedom to find greater and better things.

If the donkey could break free from his desire to obtain that carrot and think more rationally about it's situation, he could go seek food else where and stop being a slave to his master and be a master of himself.  

How many of us are just a donkey chasing a carrot, not knowing if we would only take our eyes off the carrot we would find greater freedom and a variety of food or money elsewhere. The one things all humans have in common is they live in fear of having their basic needs not met. However, we live in an abundant universe and this fear of lacking is why you continue to lack.

The reality is protesting with signs about how McDonald and Wal-Mart should raise the minimum-wage is not going to change your financial future. 

In fact, this kind of behavior just makes you more of a donkey because you are just asking your slave master to give you a bigger carrot instead of realizing you don't even need to work so hard for that freaking carrot. You are still driven by that carrot and that is the problem. You are still asking your master for things instead of mastering yourself. 

Most people are living as donkeys these days. Everyone living paycheck to paycheck is living as a donkey. 


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A donkey is someone chasing money, not freedom. If your ultimate goal is not freedom, you will be trapped in your own life and your own skin. You will become a slave to someone, something, some job, some corporation, some donkey. 

Most of us learn to smile through our decision to become a donkey. We even tell our sevles we are so grateful to have our job that leaves us broke at the end of the month and robs us of our time with family and friends and leaves us with no way to see a doctor or send our kids to good schools or go on a nice vacation. 

Sometimes the biggest lie we can tell ourselves is that of gratitude, that we are so thankful for our small lives that chain us to something unsatisfying. 

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Freedom and money do not have the same value. Freedom is much more valuable than money, so there is nothing worse than giving all your time and energy to be poor and any grown adult working a full-time minimum-wage job is certainly a donkey. 


The problem is not working a minimum-wage job, the problem is not having a plan to free yourself from the job. You want a raise. You want job security. You want the carrot to get bigger instead of just going to make your own carrot farm. 


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Maybe you have to work as a donkey to get carrot seed money for a time, but the problem is the majority of you never think about just planting your own carrots. You only think about chasing someone else's carrot and asking the government to help you. 

Freedom is worth more than money, but most of us don't realize it. If your desire is to be free you will find a way to make much more money than minimum-wage and you will not be controlled by a carrot. 

People who are controlled by carrots are always telling those of us who are not that we are crazy, but it is those of us with no masters who become the masters of ourselves and others. For a person led by a carrot is easy to control and that is the majority of people. 


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Let's read another fable about a donkey's choices...

Buridan’s donkey is standing halfway between a pile of hay and a bucket of water. It keeps looking left and right, trying to decide between hay and water. Unable to decide, it eventually falls over and dies of hunger and thirst.
A donkey can’t think of the future. If he could, he’d clearly realize he could first drink the water, then go eat the hay.

Don’t be a donkey. You can do everything you want to do. You just need foresight and patience.

The second story is there to remind you patience is a virtue. 


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Fay Vietmeier

2 years ago #12

Oh Brave Lyon ;~) I appreciate your response Without a computer to write I too am “doomed” We share this challenge: not free to create (at least not as much as I desire) My details are different: I was helping for years to care for my parents (both are now in heaven – my dad passed away in May at age 91) Additionally, I’ve had a season of physical challenges that deterred me: In the last 18 months I broke my left ankle … then was diagnosed with cancer on my left leg … then two days later fell & broke my right foot … then had surgery for the cancer … all that is behind … I am well and reprioritizing my life with the healing & help of my High Counselor ;~) For many years I have been an “army of one” and feel as a slave to my house … I love my home and enjoyed for many years, the outside gardening but it has become too much to care for and my heart & attention has turned elsewhere to … more enduring … things What type of film projects do you aspire to?

Lyon Brave

2 years ago #11

#5
I will edit later. Its due to not having a xomputers and writing on my very hard to use mobile phone.  Without word document i am doomed.

Lyon Brave

2 years ago #10

#5
I will edit later. Its due to not having a xomputers and writing on my very hard to use mobile phone.  Without word document i am doomed.

Lyon Brave

2 years ago #9

#6
I agree that we have  responsibility,  which often comes with any job is better than nothing. However, when writing an article,  sometimes its just that...Writing...  donkey is a point to turn the wheels not an absolute truth of the human dilemma  of sacrificing our health, time and creativity  to be responsible. I myself am not currently free to create and work on my film projects, so i feel like a donkey. 

Lyon Brave

2 years ago #8

#6
I agree that we have  responsibility,  which often comes with any job is better than nothing. However, when writing an article,  sometimes its just that...Writing...  donkey is a point to turn the wheels not an absolute truth of the human dilemma  of sacrificing our health, time and creativity  to be responsible. I myself am not currently free to create and work on my film projects, so i feel like a donkey. 

Lyon Brave

2 years ago #7

#6
I value your words and the time you took to express them.

Fay Vietmeier

2 years ago #6

@LyonBrave~ You are a “brave Lyon” indeed ;~) Truly … Lyon your words made me smile … your perspective contains some seeds of wisdom. I frequently hear the essence of your thoughts from my sage son. We have prolonged conversations … which often end in disagreement … but never end disagreeably o “A donkey is someone chasing money, not freedom” … Wisdom “values what is valuable” not money although I do “know the way the world works” o “Everyone living paycheck to paycheck is living as a donkey” … I don’t agree/see comments o “Freedom is much more valuable than money” … I totally agree o “be a master of himself” … I agree but it much deeper o “abundent universe and this fear of lacking” … I agree: the universe is abundant and fear produces lack I thought you might enjoy knowing that God spoke to a stubborn man through his donkey. The donkey could see but he could not. (the account is in Numbers 22) Perspective is how we see the world: I have the benefit of more laps around the “cornfield-of-life”. The “cornfield” I was raised in has changed dramatically in recent decades … even more in recent years. Because of those added “laps” my perspective is shaped very differently than yours. The “cornfield” you have been raised in contains seeds like social media & technology … powerful shaping influences that have changed the world (not necessarily all for good) I will share with you a couple of the same thoughts that I, over time, have shared with my entrepreneurial, strong-willed son. I say ongoing that I’m a blessed mother because he possesses a beautiful heart. My encouragement is to develop an eternal perspective Search … till you find the Source of true freedom “Be the master of you” … this extends to self-discipline and being able to recognize what enslaves I love the truth of this Puritan expression: “Our affections bribe our discernment”

Fay Vietmeier

2 years ago #5

Comments part 2: (did not realize characters are limited -2K) @LyonBrave ~ I’m sure you’ve heard that there are no u-hauls following hearses. Even if you have a trillion dollars you’re not taking it with you. It is written: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul” Everything we see is “temporary” … the most valuable treasures are unseen & eternal. Regarding: “Everyone living paycheck to paycheck is living as a donkey” Personally I have worked for minimum wage when my skills were limited (even when you have skills it is true that compensation & skill do not align fairly) … I very much respect people who are working and not reliant upon someone to take care of them (be it the government/or maybe parents caring for adult “children”) Going to work (especially to a job you distain) to provide for your family/yourself is being personally responsible and reflects character. Way too many able-bodied people are choosing not working and their lives reflect that lack … being enslaved happens many different ways. Recognition is required. I love your idea about “seed money and the carrot farm” … we need more farmers ;~) (my son formed an LLC last year and is working on fertilizing his business concept) however… and to his credit he works on a Geek Squad even though it is NOT something he loves doing … but he’s making his own way & paying his bills … and he avoids debt which is very wise for a 21 year old I don’t want to forget to say “I love your graphics” … I wish I knew how to create that way No critical spirit intended here but in writing spelling lends credence to your words: these popped up as I read: “gradtitude” (gratitude) “McDonlads” (McDonalds) “controled” (controlled) “abundent” abundant “farrm” (farm)

Fay Vietmeier

2 years ago #4

Comments part 2: (did not realize characters are limited -2K) Lyon ~ I’m sure you’ve heard that there are no u-hauls following hearses. Even if you have a trillion dollars you’re not taking it with you. It is written: “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his soul” Everything we see is “temporary” … the most valuable treasures are unseen & eternal. Regarding: “Everyone living paycheck to paycheck is living as a donkey” Personally I have worked for minimum wage when my skills were limited (even when you have skills it is true that compensation & skill do not align fairly) … I very much respect people who are working and not reliant upon someone to take care of them (be it the government/or maybe parents caring for adult “children”) Going to work (especially to a job you distain) to provide for your family/yourself is being personally responsible and reflects character. Way too many able-bodied people are choosing not working and their lives reflect that lack … being enslaved happens many different ways. Recognition is required. I love your idea about “seed money and the carrot farm” … we need more farmers ;~) (my son formed an LLC last year and is working on fertilizing his business concept) however… and to his credit he works on a Geek Squad even though it is NOT something he loves doing … but he’s making his own way & paying his bills … and he avoids debt which is very wise for a 21 year old I don’t want to forget to say “I love your graphics” … I wish I knew how to create that way No critical spirit intended here but in writing spelling lends credence to your words: these popped up as I read: “gradtitude” (gratitude) “McDonlads” (McDonalds) “controled” (controlled) “abundent” abundant “farrm” (farm)

Fay Vietmeier

2 years ago #3

You are a “brave Lyon” indeed ;~) Truly … Lyon your words made me smile … your perspective contains some seeds of wisdom. I frequently hear the essence of your thoughts from my sage son. We have prolonged conversations … which often end in disagreement … but never end disagreeably o “A donkey is someone chasing money, not freedom” … Wisdom “values what is valuable” not money although I do “know the way the world works” o “Everyone living paycheck to paycheck is living as a donkey” … I don’t agree/see comments o “Freedom is much more valuable than money” … I totally agree o “be a master of himself” … I agree but it much deeper o “abundent universe and this fear of lacking” … I agree: the universe is abundant and fear produces lack I thought you might enjoy knowing that God spoke to a stubborn man through his donkey. The donkey could see but he could not. (the account is in Numbers 22) Perspective is how we see the world: I have the benefit of more laps around the “cornfield-of-life”. The “cornfield” I was raised in has changed dramatically in recent decades … even more in recent years. Because of those added “laps” my perspective is shaped very differently than yours. The “cornfield” you have been raised in contains seeds like social media & technology … powerful shaping influences that have changed the world (not necessarily all for good) I will share with you a couple of the same thoughts that I, over time, have shared with my entrepreneurial, strong-willed son. I say ongoing that I’m a blessed mother because he possesses a beautiful heart. My encouragement is to develop an eternal perspective Search … till you find the Source of true freedom “Be the master of you” … this extends to self-discipline and being able to recognize what enslaves I love the truth of this Puritan expression: “Our affections bribe our discernment”

Jerry Fletcher

2 years ago #2

Lyon, Keep on tellin' it like it is. You rock, girl!

Debasish Majumder

2 years ago #1

Great buzz Lyon Brave! enjoyed read and shared. thank you very much for the buzz.

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