It’s most a beauty … eh?

Well, this house sits right next to the Magnolia dog park.

This week it was again tarped. They did a great job of tying this turd down.

Yeah, this double barraleed gabbled monstrosity had a blue tarp upon it which fluttered in the wind.

Now, let me ask you this. Do you think it is worth $1 million. That’s the price at which it was most recently listed.

You know what? With the right zoning, I bet this nonsense could be worth no less than ten times that value.

But, it will take political persuasion!

I’ve sought to “seed” some interest very recently.

I’ve already got some positive voices from people who are interested in a change.

If you are a neighbor wanting to make a change too … by all means reach out.

We have an opportunity here … our community is not going to take this stink any longer. Cheers!

All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind waken the dday to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did. – T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

This is one of the quotes which Bob Proctor has identified as essential. It is placed on page 45 of his workbook for “The Art of Goal Creation.”

Now, I find this incredibly interesting for a number of reasons. First, apparently like Bob Proctor, I absolutely love Lawrence of Arabia.

It is a movie which stars Peter O’Toole as Sir Lawrence as well as Omar Sharif, perhaps best known for his role in Dr. Zhivago, and Alec Guiness, who starred in both of those movies as well as A Bridge Over the River Quai before taking on the role he is probably best known for throughout the world today as Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Bob Proctor is basically telling attendees whether they are in the room with people like producer Phillip Goldfine and tech giant Whitney Johnson or outside of the room anywhere else in the world through live stream that we all can realize our dreams … if we only wake up enough to make sure that they come to pass.

Throughout the presentation, he has indicated a number of times in which there have been serendipitous events in his life.

But, he indicates clearly that this is all due to “laws”. Miracles then are events which “[t]he information’s unavailable to the mortal man” – just like Paul Simon’s “Slip Slidin’ Away”.

Except one thing. This isn’t about the tragedy of life as felt from that song, but instead much more like what I find to be Paul Simon’s most happy song – Kodachrome!

Returning to Lawrence of ArabiaI have also had a tie which I have shared with only a few people along the way. But, now I simply don’t care and will let it all out.

There is a scene in which Lawrence has brought two differing tribes across the desert at night. I don’t know recall if these were two factions of differing Bedouin tribes or if there was an even more pronounced difference.

At any rate, someone had fallen off his camel in the night. Everyone else knew he was already extinct. Not, Sir Lawrence! He rode back into the desert and miraculously both found the man and brought him the rest of the way of the journey across to safety.

But in a scene or two there was some sort of an uproar. There was a dispute between the two tribes which created a bind.

See someone from one side was accused of a crime – my memory was of some sort of theft. But, justice had to be meted out.

Yet, the tribe from which the accursed had affiliation simply could not allow the man to be vilified and certainly not to pay for the accused crime … even if as it seemed to be assumed as a fact that it was accurate.

This was a real conundrum because both tribes needed to be united to make an appropriate raid in the morning.

So, Lawrence who had no binding affiliation to either tribe volunteered to adjudicate the dispute.

They through the man accused of the crime at his feet.

Who was he? The man Lawrence had just saved from the desert.

Lawrence shot him. Not once, not twice, reluctantly … which did happen at first. But then he fully emptied his chamber … and then he dropped his gun in horror!

I watch that scene and realize that Lawrence is both disgusted and excited by “the thrill of the kill.”

Now being a boundary dispute attorney does not involve killing people.

But, it does involve “helping” people to make an extreme mental adjustment.

Sometimes that is necessary. In most cases it is not and it is a completely inappropriate strategy.

I never wanted to help people “kill” their neighbor. But, it is so seductively fun to consider … especially when the neighbor is represented to be a complete jackass.

Yet, I can’t help to remember that this is all because of a very simple and solvable legal dispute.

Then, I feel like absolute hell. How can I charge people money to do this type of work.

In most – not all, but certainly most – cases the fight makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

I’m either a really great lawyer who cares so much about my clients that I won’t let them  get crushed by their neighbor and their own immediate fears, or I am an absolutely horrible attorney who won’t simply go in and gut the neighbor like a fish!

What I have realized is that I am a great diagnostician and I want to bring peace to neighbors.

Because of this I am turning my focus to helping people to get some perspective on the issue … and then to quickly outgrow it.

I think that is adding the greatest value to any client’s life that I can possible give.

If you have a boundary dispute and want an honest attorney to help you think through if you need to take the next step and how to do it, by all means give me a call.

I want to help. I also want you to come up with a victory which is appropriate for both yourself and your neighbor.

In most cases a settlement is the most appropriate, but in others it’s a no holds bar death match.

Know which one your getting into and whether it is something that you are really willing to fight.

I wish you and your neighbors peace … and realize there are two very different paths to get to it.

But in no case should you dream of destroying your neighbor when there is so much other positive things that you can accomplish.

Hire a lawyer to take the burden off your mind or put it out of your mind if you can’t afford the cost.

If you can’t, will you ever be able to have a dangerous dream? You should certainly hope not!

Ph0to Credit: https://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/dec/18/rants-and-raves-peter-otoole/

Yesterday evening and all day today, I have been live-streaming “The Art of Goal Achieving” by the Proctor Gallagher Institute.

So far, it’s been a spectacular presentation … and we are not even half of the way into it.

It’s been extremely thought provoking for me. So, I wanted to share some thoughts and decided to find an image to focus upon.

While I was originally thinking of something with a target, I found the image above and knew that it will work well.

It is a quote by Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to summit Mount Everest followed it would seem only moments later by his Sherpa and friend, Tenzin Nogay.

They succeeded on May 29, 1953 after two previous attempts in the two years preceding failed.

I look at these three sunlit peaks and I imagine that the first on the left and middle can be analogized to their first initial tries and the one on the right is the final success.

The reason for this is because even though they failed twice before, within failure is the seed of success.

When defined this way, failure isn’t bad. It’s simply an attempt that didn’t yield success … yet!

But each attempt serves as a means of getting closer to one’s dreams.

Then of course, there is the quote. This is the essence of the program being put on by Bob Proctor, Sandy Gallagher, et al.

It’s the inner game that is at play and the external environment is just a reflection of the success you are having in that “inner game.”

Now, looking at this from the perspective of boundary dispute law, it makes so much more sense.

I’ve been on to something all along. Why?

Well, because for the longest time, I have realized that whenever there is a conflict between neighbors at least one party and in the worst cases both are experiencing …

“An external manifestation of an internal problem.”

That’s a line I have been saying for years.

So, then as the attorney, I have been charged to take care of a situation that has been at least a decade in the making.

Now, I prefer to sort things out diplomatically if at all possible.

The alternative of litigating against a neighbor for “Five Blades of Grass” has always seemed like that old saying about the Vietnam war:

“We had to destroy the village, to save the village.”

I never felt good about doing that type of work. I didn’t feel that I was making a positive contribution.

The result often would be that I just could not bring myself to putting together the accounting an presenting the bill.

In my mind, the work was unjustifiable.

Well, the reality is that sometimes you do need to stand up against someone who is trying to bully you, but be certain that you can do it if that is going to be your attempt.

Now is that something that I will be able to help you with? The answer is, only in a very limited way.

If you want to have an attorney who really knows this area of law to help you decide if it is even worth considering, I will readily help.

But, I am not going to prosecute cases for people. That’s something in my past now. I’ll refer you to someone who can do the job appropriately.

So, instead of focusing on the legal work of doing boundary dispute law. I am now seeking to help people conduct the work to do boundary breakthroughs.

As someone who has made some transitions in my life before, I look at these three peaks and think.

Oh right, the one on the left is me as a “China Hand”; the one in the middle is me as a “Boundary Dispute Attorney”; and the third one.

One for which I have just recently decided to ascend is helping myself and others to make a “Boundary Breakthrough.”

Wonderfully, I believe that I am going to soon be working for and with the Proctor Gallagher Institute.

There are a lot of signs of serendipity which demonstrate this to me.

The most pronounced is that I received a follow-up message scheduling a morning call tomorrow with the man who I had signed up for this live stream and the Bob Proctor Coaching seminar – Arash Vossoughi.

I think that I was likely his first sale of this year because, I wanted to get to get on board as soon as I could in 2019 and I received a call at 10:00 AM on the first day of business – January 2nd.

Now, when I compare that to the reception that I received recently from another company who didn’t seem to care 2¢ about whether or not I could provide value and I think you can be darn sure which company is the one that I have a higher regard for in my heart.

So far the program has made me realize that I have allowed my head – which is highly self-judgment due to paradigms I gained in childhood – to veto that which my heart demands.

I must say, I have learned a lot as a result. I also probably wouldn’t be as ready to freely take this leap of faith into a realm that seems – at least from a rational POV to be so opaque – but my heart is ready.

I have always wanted to help people. And to be able to use my creativity, my developed intellect- just as lawyer Sandy Gallagher is doing with hers – and my heart to make money at the same time … now that is really a great way to live.

I will never have the time back. I not only lament that, I have deep seated grief. But, I think that somehow it all has come together for this one point in time and space.

If at all possible, I will soon be helping you and others to get a vivid look at their dreams and get on the chase after them.

Arash, I’m really looking forward to your call. Let’s begin. Cheers!

Photo Credit: https://leadershipfreak.blog/2018/06/04/i-wasnt-very-proud-of-my-feelings-sir-edmund-hillary/

Jacob’s ladder is a reference to a dream.

According to Genesis 28:10-17 [NIV] …

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it[a] stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.[b] 15 I am with youand will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”

I don’t know what to make of all that other than to say that it’s an idea (of many) which has captivated the Western culture.

At my gym there is an exercise machine called “Jacob’s Ladder.”

Very simple – but certainly not simplistic – in its design it has a series of rungs which continuously roll so long as a cable attached to one’s waste by a belt is sufficiently taught.

However, if the cable doesn’t remain taught, the workout discontinues and the rungs will slowly stop.

I had made a goal of going for 40 minutes straight on this machine to no avail over the last two or three weeks.

But, with persistence today for the first time I succeeded!

Is that important? Yes, I think it is. Every chance one gets to chalk up a “victory” on the scoreboard is a boost of confidence which can be lent to other endeavors.

In essence, big wins are a culmination of many smaller wins. They all aggregate in time.

If you are seeking to secure a big win in a dispute with your neighbor, take three minutes to start the conversation by sending in this free, initial assessment [HERE].

Hope you are well on your way to achieving the victories you had set for yourself this 2019. Cheers!

Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:LZB_in_Flensburg_-_Niederdeutsche_Lutherbibel_von_1574-1580,_Bild_11B.JPG

Yes, faith provides for persistence which is key. In fact, Calvin Coolidge might have an even greater perspective on persistence. He is noted for this quote:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Yet, if you are considering pursuing litigation with your neighbor in a boundary dispute, the best play is to determine if your case has strong merits before proceeding.

If it looks like you have the upper hand, then by all means apply the iron will of persistence and you are almost assured victory.

The wages of that persistence are likely to be huge. Is it worth it? Blind faith probably isn’t a good idea.

In my opinion, the worst thing that an attorney can do is lead their clients into a war that they do not have the ability to win.

To assure this doesn’t happen to you, take a moment to make an informed choice by taking 3 minutes to fill out this free assessment [HERE].

Then as may be appropriate, you can be confident when you decide to pile on all the necessary persistence. Cheers!

Photo Credit: https://www.azquotes.com/quote/1216303

So, coming full circle on this Original 13 of the United States, above is a more distinct idea of what each state claimed.

As far as why then, though Britain was giving up. France provided the backstop at the Mississippi River.

But for France’s involvement as the “higher authority,,” as can also be demonstrated by the fact that this Treaty was signed in France’s capital, exactly what America owned might not have been settled.

Upshot of all this as related to boundary disputes between neighbors is that “yes, there are times when it is appropriate to fight with your neighbor.”

But, do your absolute best to determine before getting involved whether you are going to win.

That determination is based on two principal factors – merit and the will to win. Of these two, it is generally the later which carries through to victory.

So, make a decision to go all in … or realize that not all of life’s battles are worth the fight.

I know that can be an extremely difficult decision.

If you need help unpacking the various factors so that you can best go forward, please take 3 minutes to fill out and submit answers to secure an Initial Assessment [HERE]. Cheers!

Photo Credit: http://freedomenterprise.org/treaty-of-paris-1783-map/the-treaty-of-peace-1783-beauteous-paris-map/

The American delegation to the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1783, were from left to right are: John JayJohn AdamsBenjamin FranklinHenry Laurens, and William Temple Franklin.

Above is American Commissioners of the Preliminary Peace Agreement with Great Britain by Benjamin West.

It’s not finished though. Why? Well, it is reported that the British delegation refused to pose, and the painting was never completed.

This might seem almost trivial, but think about it for a moment.

If you had just been defeated by some far-flung upstarts, would you want the event memorialized. The answer almost calls for itself, right?

Well, that seems to be exactly what happened above.

At the Treaty of Paris, the British officially ceded victory to America from the east coast to the east bank of the Mississippi River.

So, it’s clear that the land from the Appalachian Divide to the Mississippi river were considered to be that of America after this Treaty.

But, this still leaves some confusion as to who owned the land between the Appalachian Divide and the east bank of the Mississippi River from the time of The Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

Who owned what during those two decades and how was it that it all became clear in the end?

We should answer this question before following through with the original question posed three days ago as to what were the western boundaries of the colonies (and then states) which did not adjoin another on its western front.

The search for answers continues. Cheers!

Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Paris_(1783)#/media/File:Treaty_of_Paris_by_Benjamin_West_1783.jpg

Above is a map which depicts the Louisiana Purchase which was signed on April 30, 1803.

There is plenty of treatment on this which I decide not to relate in this post.

What is important is to ask what happened in the interim between the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and this purchase.

Is there an important date in between? Yeah, of course there is. There is the Declaration of Independence. There is also the Treaty of Paris in 1803.

Before going back to that event, what is it about this map that is similar and that which is different from the map from the previous post?

First, the map extends all the way to the west coast. Second, there is not a distinct depiction of the Appalachian Divide (at least that I can discern).

So, what does this say about the effectiveness of the King’s Royal Proclamation?

It seems that many people disregarded it. But, something doesn’t quite compute.

How is it that the King would forbid people from living west of the Appalachian Divide yet the United States have a boundary which extends to the east bank of the Mississippi?

Is there anything here that boundary disputants can learn from this history? It seems like we’re going to have to keep at this. Cheers!

Photo Credit: http://werehistory.org/louisiana-purchase/

Above is a general map of the original 13 Colonies before 1763. Notice how boundary lines extended to the Mississippi.

There were some that didn’t. Those which had fixed western boundaries were Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Delaware.

So what about all the others? Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

In such instances geography didn’t seem to fully serve to determine the line.

Why didn’t the original colonists just stop at the Appalachian Divide.

At the conclusion of the British America fight against New France in what is called the French and Indian war, England seemingly came out on top.

Really? That war commenced in North America in 1754 and became a global conflict involving five continents in what has been named the Seven Year War which started in 1756.

Both, if they really were distinct ended at the same time.

On October 7, 1963, King George III issued “The Royal Proclamation of 1763.” In it the King of England DECIDED that England had title that which was east of the Appalachian Divide. All that which was west westward became the “Indian Reserve.”

A little problem though, many of the British colonists who had fought on the ground in the land had staked property to the west of that line. So, effectively not only did King George III DECIDE that he wouldn’t provide a shield of defense for them, they were “forbidden” from living their life at the very place where the had fought to preserve it. Not cool!

The Royal Proclamation of 1763 essentially serves as a settlement agreement it would seem.

But, this still doesn’t explain why the boundaries of the original colonies not constrained by the geography of other colonies had not simply originally kept to the peaks of Appalachia.

It seems that this question might be worthy of further investigation and revisit. Cheers!

Photo Credit: https://www.loc.gov/item/gm72002043/

Above is the painting Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull. At 12′ x 18′ it is the size of the footprint of my original office.

Yes, you’ve seen it before. An engraving of it is on the reverse of the $2 bill. The event which it purports to capture was also noted by Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich.

There, after noting history altering decisions by Lincoln, Socrates’ and Gen. Robert E. Lee, Napoleon Hill gives considerable treatment to those depicted by this master mind.

[T]he greatest decision of all time, as far as any American citizen is concerned, was reached in Philadelphia, July 4, 1776, when fifty-six men signed their names to a document, which they well knew would bring freedom to all Americans, or leave every one of the fifty-six hanging from a gallows! (Emphasis in original text.)

Yet, Napoleon Hill doesn’t leave it at that. He steps back to note that 22 months earlier an even more important decision occured on … September 5, 1974.

Remember this date. It is more important than July 4, 1776. If there had been no DECISION to hold a Continental Congress, there could have been no signing of the Declaration of Independence. (Emphasis as to “DECISION” in original text.)

Now, I will admit that the first couple of times I read Napoleon Hill’s historical accounts here, I did not find myself all that engaged.

It is clear to me now that the reason for this is that I wasn’t yet dialed into what Napoleon Hill was seeking to convey.

The Master Mind not only gave the first few people involved in planning ideas, but it also allowed them to amplify each other’s support for the cause that they shared.

With that level of confidence, they were able to make a decision … which importantly they adhered to as to their actions.

I’m also struck by the fact that a solid decision appears to open up the opportunity for additional decisions.

True, one of the omnipresent decisions available to people is to quit. I can’t tell you how many times this has been my thought too.

As I have indicated a number of times, there is a considerable portion of the work that I don’t enjoy … and I felt that what I was doing was meaningless.

Now, on the verge of moving on from everything that I have done, I realize that I need not and should not throw the baby out with the boundary dispute law bath water.

Instead, I have DECIDED to open a second blog. I will seek to still assist clients to sort out their real property issues.

But, I feel duty bound to at least attempt to demonstrate to them in the majority of situations – and certainly those in which they think that Justice is simply going to fall in their lap – that they ought to reconsider and instead seek to reinvent themselves.

I figure if I have these two blogs going, I will be able to exercise the demons I encounter working with and for people by means of BoundaryDisputeLaw.com and I will be able to think positively about life in an effort to help both myself and others by developing content for BoundaryBreakthrough.com.

In this way, I will be able to retain my stated, albeit seemingly saccharine purpose:

TO PROMOTE PEACE AMONG NEIGHBORS SO THEY MAY SEEK TO JOIN THE LUCKY FEW WHO CAN LOVE THEIR FAMILY, THEIR FRIENDS AND ALL OTHER PEOPLE OF THE EARTH.

Yes, my heart remains set on securing the job which will be the best match at Tableau Software.

No, I can not quit my vision. It’s just too important!

Believe me, if I could shake this calling, I would have a long time ago.

It’s time for me to really get to work. We have a messy world that needs to be placed in order.

Neighbor law is nothing less than war writ small and nobody can truly afford a war with their neighbor … even if they think they can. Sincerely.

Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Independence_(Trumbull)#/media/File:Declaration_of_Independence_(1819),_by_John_Trumbull.jpg