Friday, January 28, 2005

I Called Again!

Sorry its been so long since my last post. I will plead forgiveness with the following excuse: I had four weeks to complete 43 performance reviews -- after work, I came home and vegetated.

Well, the reviews are done and now I'm back on track!

I did call the Peace Corps on Friday the 21st. The person I talked with was professional, respectful, and took a good amount of time to explain the next steps to me.

Here's the bottom line:

    The medical reviewers are currently working on the spring nominations. My nomination is not until November, so I am currently a very low priority for them -- makes sense to me.

The person I talked with said not to expect any activity before March. He also said that I could call him back in March, because he would have a better idea then when they would start the review of my records.

4 comments: said...

It will happen soon enough. My scheduled leave is July and they started looking at my packet in October, I beleive. I received dental clearance then anyhow...still awaiting medical. *le sigh*

Anonymous said...

I think it is a commendable on your part to be so persistent with peace corps and have burning desire to serve. I sincerely wish that your efforts succeed.
I previously wrote few lines from an ancient sanskrit text, just wanted to clarify what they actually mean.

'One must conquer the modes of passion and ignorance by developing the mode of goodness, and then one must become detached from the mode of goodness by promoting oneself to the platform of pure unmotivated goodness.'

When one is in the state of pure unmotivated goodness then the mind takes decisions spontaneously which are for the welfare of all. The mind does not waver and acts fast - it almost becomes like water.

I will like to expand more on other paragraphs of my previous posting if somebody thinks they are useful.

Jay Haase said...

The book "Wherever You Go, There You Are" talks about having a mind like water. It is written by Jon Kabat-Zinn and is a wonderful read about stress reduction and mindfullness.

Anonymous said...

I read the book's reviews and I have decided I will read this book as soon as I can. Thanks for the recommendation.
I will elaborate on other paragraphs of my previous message.
'By practice, one should avoid eating in such a way that other living entities will be disturbed and suffer.'
I think this is quite useful when one interacts with other cultures. It basically means one should not indulge in gluttonous eating and avoid giving pain to other living entities and if that is unavoidable then one should give as less pain as possible. This basically implies eating only plants and vegetables if available in abundant supply and in their absence eating animals of lowest consciousness level (which would be aquatics, amphibians and other such forms) and only in their absence eating higher forms of life( which get more pained and disturbed as they are killed). And of course be mindful of other human beings when you are eating and have table manners.
The entire text has been taken from Srimad Bhagvatam Canto 7, Chapter 15, Text 22-25. The only person in Minneapolis area that I know has a printed hard copy of this 5000 years old book would be Jimmy and Terry at 14710 Idylwood Rd, Minnetonka. That is if anybody would get that much interested. Anyway my point of all this is to delve into higher level of consciousness so that we become more sensitive and empathetic to other cultures. Therefore I can continue with my own explanations if readers appreciate it, irrespective of the fact if somebody wishes to look at the book or not.