Walking with Snakes

Recently it was discovered the eight foot pet of Airplane Repo’s star, Mike Kennedy, escaped in Orlanda, Florida.

Creepy?

After living in New Zealand for 24 years I have to admit, yes. It’s not that I hate snakes! In fact I have a healthy respect for them. After all, Jesus Christ was likened to one! It’s just that in New Zealand you could walk through the Bush (the woods for my American readers) and never have to worry about coming across a snake. So now it does seem a bit creepy to think if I was living in Florida right now I wouldn’t be able to enjoy walking.

It did take some getting used to in the beginning when I first moved to New Zealand. The idea of walking through a jungle (rainforest to update my language) and NOT watch out for snakes was so foreign. When I first hiked in the wild (I don’t need to translate for my New Zealand readers who know I’m referring to “tramping”) I was so nervous. I constantly looked at my path and listened for snakes in the midst of the lush fauna. At first I hardly enjoyed its beauty.

Growing up in Michigan there were reported sightings of rattlesnakes but I never saw anything more than harmless garter snakes – even handled a few. When I walked through the American woods I was more concerned about bears and cougars than I was about rattlers. Nonetheless, I always carried a snake bite kit with me whenever I went out.

After a while living in New Zealand, I relaxed my instincts and never consciously looked for snakes on my hikes. About the only thing I was vigilant to watch for walking in New Zealand was its rain! And I already wrote about that (see Rain Walking).

So if I were living in Florida right now and had to look out for a cobra???

No thank you! LOL

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I did live in Florida for three years. It is where my Divinity studies were conducted. I can easily imagine how a king cobra could thrive in that environment.

Now that I’ve returned to the States my snake seeking instincts were already working before the Florida cobra story broke out. Southern California is a desert after all. I may live and work along the coast but I sure do watch my feet when I walked down dirt trails that take me away from the ocean. Especially at night: rattlers love to slither out into the middle of the road and soak up the asphalt’s heat into their cold-blooded bodies.

The cobra is a mighty awesome creature that is for sure. That is why I’m not surprised many teach Moses fashioned his brazen serpent after that of a cobra. Egyptian mysticism is full of respect for its symbolism and Moses was schooled in all things Egyptian. The serpent is a power metaphor and understandably revered worldwide as a potent deity.

Which is why I’m glad I’m not living Orlando right now! And why I’m reminiscing of those beautiful bush walks throughout New Zealand!

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Post was originally published in 2015 during a 22 month stay in California.

King Cobra Still on the Run in Orlando, Florida, One Week After Escape by Polly Mosendz 9/9/15 5:00 PM https://www.google.co.nz/amp/www.newsweek.com/king-cobra-still-run-orlando-florida-one-week-after-escape-370474%3famp=

History of the “Success” Concept

In reviewing material from a past interview, I was fascinated by a particular question. I was asked to give “a storytelling tour into the history of “success”.’ I wanted to preserve my response. The link to the complete interview is at the bottom of the page. I’d be interested in your thoughts!

My favorite place to start telling the story of success is with Moses’s successor. Moses was a nation builder schooled in Egypt and raised in royalty. He led his countrymen to new territory, gave them a civil code, and probably introduced to them their written language. How could such a giant be succeeded?

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That was the concern of Joshua, the one chosen to continue what Moses started. Joshua was encouraged to meditate and observe his actions to discover prosperity and ‘success’. He was empowered to do what Moses could not. Joshua’s story embodies all what we call success today. From Hebrew scripture, we learn Jewish culture connected success with independence, freedom, and abundance. It also introduces success as being sourced from spirituality.

As humankind evolved to unite nations through military conquests, the one-world superpower of Babylon was created under Nebuchadnezzar. Many assume that reaching ultimate power would define success; however, history records it differently.

The world’s most powerful leader went through a season of insanity. After several years, Nebuchadnezzar was healed. His public decree following the incident elevated wisdom, not power, as true success. It is one of the reasons why I emphasize in my book that success is not fame or fortune; it is living a life of fulfilment. The prominence of the Magi within the Chaldean culture confirms success was associated with wisdom.

Wise Men

The Greek philosophers give us insight into the next era of success. Plato’s ‘Republic’ is an articulation of collective success. It stands in contrast to individuals being successful. Although this era of democracy was strong, its balance was a collective rule through supposed wise leaders. The Greek idealism is a full development of what we first saw with the Hebrews and later Chaldeans. However, the modern era emphasized success as an individual empowerment.

The modern era roughly began with the American Revolution. It promoted the Greek ideal of ‘people power’ alongside the need for a Republic. This allowed individuals to pursue personal liberty within legal boundaries. Entrepreneurship was liberated for any person of race, birth, creed, or social standing to pursue. Entrepreneurship embodied the modern ideal of success.

You refer to success as ‘controversial’. In post-modern thought, there is more emphasis on the collective than the individual. Any controversy would be rooted inside scarcity thinking. The scarcity mind-set views life as a pie. If someone is successful, they are taking a larger portion of the pie which is consider unfair to fellow beings. However, success is rooted in abundant thinking. There is no desire to take from others. It is the thinking that the universe intends for me to utilize all that is available and if others want success, another pie can be baked. In fact, successful people desire to show others how to bake that pie.

The story of success is one in transition. Society’s ideals change as humanity evolves. It is why my sequel deals with 56 Notions of Ethics. Ethical Success is more important in post-modernism than individual success. The transition is why I believe there is no one set pattern for success. Every person is unique. Success for one person will not look the same in another. However, the principles of success preserved through time remain: independence, freedom, abundance, wisdom, liberty.

Link to complete Interview

Link to book: 56 Notions of Success