Trice : See the Spark Before the Flame
Trice, author Russ Martin I believe that seeking is crucial to my growth and survival. It is the sum of my inquisitiveness, state of sincerity, genesis of my passion and motivational drive. I blame this on Jesuit education, tempered by the Eastern way and complemented by American Indian spirituality. The book is conjecture. None of it is scientific or measurable. This effort is my quest to discover what makes me tick in the moment and influenced my tock in past moments. My life is written in reverse sequence. I conjecture lessons learned through my first 69-years; infer developmental steps of my earliest neural networks that led me to these lessons; then, identify reasons behind why I altered my evolving neural networks. This process was informative and healing. It may serve the same purpose for anyone who reads these thoughts. Before writing these reflections, I asked the question: What does 10-years of Jesuit education, 455-days of combat in Vietnam and nearly a decade of being a servant leader among the American Indians have in common? I arrived at an awareness we are all connected and improving social justice is paramount to living shared lives. Pursuit of social justice cannot be delegated. It cannot be ignored. Social justice is a calling for each of us to do our share, as everyone deserves economic hope, political faith and the love of social rights and opportunities. Each lens shows it clearly. St. Augustine's words provide me a framework: "What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has the eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of people. That is what love looks like." Thich Nhat Hahn has guided my ever-improving ability to listen and act upon what I experience: "We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness." The words of Crazy Horse bring great meaning: "In that day...the Lakota will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things...I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one."
- Paperback | 168 pages
- 215.9 x 279.4 x 10.16mm | 503.48g
- 16 Jul 2014
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, color
About MR Russ Martin
Trice, author Russ Martin At the time of writing Trice, the author was nearly 70 years of age. Raised in beautiful San Francisco, he claims The City as his first and forever love. Northern California is his geographical passion. Catholic education was pro-vided to him by the BVM nuns for eight years and ten years with Jesuit priests. The Vietnam War left an indelible tattoo on his psyche, quite similar to many of his generation. The Eastern Way stirred his curiosity, starting in his mid-20s. Serving American Indians for 10-years, provided a perspective of connectedness. His work took him through all 50 states in the U.S. and into a variety of immersion experiences within 35 countries. Post-traumatic stress disorder was his constant shadow companion, since returning from the Vietnam War in 1969, where he served for 455-days as a Captain in the U.S. Army, commanding 350 enlisted men and 34 officers. He has been a businessman, researcher, educator and health provider. Great organizations contributed to his understanding of the world, including Hewlett Packard, Ameritech, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Dakota State and Cornell universities and the Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Russ sums up his life-to-date with Ralph Waldo Emerson's wisdom: "Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine."