Skip to comments.How To Take Over Free Republic (And Your Life, Too!)
Posted on 05/11/2012 5:04:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz
How do you take over Free Republic? You can't. You shouldn't even try,
Recently, a friend came to me with what he perceived to be the failings of Free Republic. I wrote back: "....JR is really not interested in people advising him on how to run the forum. He's had success with his own direction.......Seriously man. Don't stress this so hard. It is what it is, and you have no power over other people/places/things. Hell, you don't even have power over YOURSELF. That's GOD'S power. Just suit up, show up, color in within the lines, and enjoy what you can in the forum. You know what's off limits. So do I. I live within the boundaries, without complaint and grateful for my blessings."
It is a good life lesson, using Free Republic as the catalyst. How many of us struggle mightily against the circumstances in our life, only to find that we have made utterly no difference? Maybe we have even made things worse, for our interference. We human beings have tiny little three-pound brains. What makes us believe we know best, how our reality should be? Often, what we believe is best for us, turns out to nearly kill us. Similarly, that which we believe is horrible for us, turns out to change us, positively, for the best. It is clear we do not know what it is that will make us prosper.
Many of us live in a perpetual state of anxiety or fear, or regret or remorse. These are wasted emotions. These emotions sap your energy and have no positive effect. Regret and remorse are utterly incapable of changing the past, and since we truly cannot know what is good or bad for us, how can we profit from fear or anxiety? It is best if we leave the particulars of our lives to the will of our God, however we understand Him.
This suggestion works well for atheists, too, since all of us have a God of our understanding. Perhaps, for the atheist, their God is an impersonal and uncaring universe. It still works. Let the results be decided by someone or something other than yourself. When we stop trying to control events around us, much better things come to pass than we had ever envisioned.
This is not to say we don't participate. We do. We show up every day, and we do the next right thing. This is not to say we don't make plans. We do. We are simply willing to get out of the way should the God of our understanding have something better in store for us. In my experience, when I get out of the way of God, the most amazing things happen to me. When I try to control some things, my fat sausage-fingers manage to make it much worse.
Back to the topic of this forum: We all have directions we believe the forum should go. Yet, if we did succeed in altering the forum's direction, we might end up destroying it outright.
So, how do you take over Free Republic? You can't. You shouldn't even try.
I like that you passed too. It’s really gratifying to leap such a hurdle successfully, and it makes me happy to see you do it so well.
Obama sucks and America knows it. We are going to kick his skinny Marxist butt right back to Kenya and anybody who doesnt pull their oar with all of their might is a Frenchman!
The latter. The former was a springboard to the discussion of the latter.
I'd phrase it more to be that one is getting his or her will out of the way, so that God can act.
Great post - It has been said that trying to control Conservatives is a lot like herding cats - And FR is necessarily a reflection of that. : )
The minute FR is ‘taken over’ is the precise moment it will lose all significance.
Aw, man ... sorry about your car. But I hear that the new Acura NSX is the car to die for :-)
“Lord, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the Courage to change the things I can; and the Wisdom to know the difference.”
Nicely written, but even after reading the replies, I’m still confused. Who is trying to take over FR?
Yer ride gets stolen and Carroll Shelby passes away......?
Which is how the post came to be.
LOVE IT! I have .50cals (both a Barrett & Beowulf).
Let Go And Let God..and you certainly did that today..I am so sorry about the car..It is a real test to keep your cool..accept that over which you have no control and move on..
(Can’t get the vision of Laz in spandex outta my mind.)
“I carry what they lack, and preserve what they need.”
He knows the big plan, we don’t.
Trusting in His will rather than nagging Him to do ours, is always the best course of action.
And you even got a chance to put words into action! Excellent when a plan comes together just like that.
Uhh, if the first thing you notice in that pic is the monkey, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you.
hey Laz, have you seen my new Acura?
Sorry about your car. Thanks for the example of mature responsibility, though. I hope I would be as calm and reasoned if I were to find myself in the same situation.
I still hate that you have to go through this. Hey but you have us!
You keep this up and you might spark me into reviving the Porch Maunderings.
If you have any pix of the Acura, post them here and some Freeper in the USA may see it drive by and call the cops for you! I’m series. This dragnet freepedom is hugh don’tchaknow.
When you first told me that, during that ugly business in March, I thought you just might be certifiable. In fact, I rolled my eyes. But as it sunk in, I found that I was really and truly free. Nobody gets to live rent free in my head anymore. It was a life changer for me.
Now, I show up. I say what I need to and don't worry about who is saying what about me on which thread. I don't waste my time trying to correct their perception of me because that was clearly making things worse. God has better plans for my time.
So, fml, while you call Laz a kiss @ss, I call him a FRiend who impacted my life in a positive way. Whose life have you changed for the better lately? If the answer is "I don't know," then "you're doing it wrong."
Sometimes I like to color outside of the lines just to see if anyone’s paying attention.
Wow. Best payoff ever. Thank you for letting me serve you.
Now that you have this, I have a backstory for you. I didn't tell you then because if you dwell here, it will kill the benefit. But now that you have this, you can be told. Again, WARNING, if you dwell here, the benefit flits away.
That said, here it is: What people say when they are doing the denegration thing, obviously, has nothing to do with you. But it does speak to where THEY are.
It is the second and less important reason why it is none of your business. It really is none of your business!
And if I didn't have that blessing, I've ridden MARTA before.
Turns out he understood better than me.
Proud of you, Laz.
I don’t I could have passed the same test.
You are practicing what you preach, the hardest job in the world.
No lie. Glad to see old stubborn Laz can learn a thing or two.
O, and also, do not be too hard on fml. They are doing the best they can with the tools they have.
LOL! O I hear ya!
Say, just a question, some people experience it, others don't. Any experiences when you were 'dead'?
Yeah, the first half of the lesson definitely needs to sink in before one can grasp the second half. If you had told me that then, it would only have confirmed my indignation. :)
So ... are you going to buy a new car, walk, or ride the bus? Heh. Maybe someone on the bus needs a new perspective ...
I won’t. I said what I needed to say. He can use it or lose it. And I don’t say that with malice.
Nope. Nothing at all for about 6 hours.
Waking up was painful though. Perceived nothing but the breathing and, er, drainage tubes. Coherent enough to fight the overwhelming urge to yank them out. Then noticed my hands were tied in anticipation.
Woke up during another lesser (orthoscopic) heart surgery. Told them it hurt. They didn’t like that.
I can literally walk to work; I have access to a major bus line for other activities; and I will save my pennies for a new (used) car that is nicer and MORE SECURE AGAINST THEFT! LOL!
Beautiful. You are growing!
That vixen! She betrayed me with YOU? Pistols at dawn, Senor....
“1 Unsatisfied Customer! “
the insatiable ones always are!
Oh, how wrong THAT would have been.
Sorry about your car. (It was probly gonna break down tomorow anyway.)
That would be takin’ the “A” train.
LOL! The timing belt was about 9000 miles overdue, so you might be right! The thief might end up breaking down somewhere. Wouldn’t that be a laugh!
Feels good, doesn't it, to get to choose what you will expend all that energy on.
Posting back in the olden days of 1998, it was so unique to interact online with some really cool and smart people.
That was before FaceBook and all of that social networking stuff,and it was really the only place I felt comfortable.
I think my first thoughtful post, typed with caution, (tough crowd back then) was the always acceptable: “LOL”.
Oh the fun we had with pregnant chads...the good ole days!
It’s so addicting-right up there with ice cream for me. :)