A Victorious Run on Jacob’s Ladder

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!

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Persistence Is Only Appropriate After an Appropriate Choice

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!

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States Westward to the Mississippi

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!

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Treaty of Paris

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

Pre-Louisiana Purchase Westward Expansion Query

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!

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History of America’s Original 13 – Royal Proclamation of 1763

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!

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America’s Most Valuable Master Mind

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:


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

Is Justice Smiles Flowing toward Good Neighborly Relations?

The principal of the platform which hosts this site – Lexblog’s Kevin O’Keefe – in reviewing Bill Gates’ End of 2018 Gates Notes post – pulled out a line for examination whereby Gates indicated that the questions that he is asking now at 63 are not the same as they were in his 20s.

Specifically, the lifted language was: “Is Microsoft software making the personal-computing dream come true?

This prompted O’Keefe to review his thoughts as to his dream of making the blogging dream come true. See [HERE].

A little alteration and I now have this posts derivative title to serve as a prompt for my post today.

Is Justice Smiles Flowing toward Good Neighborly Relations?

Let’s start by gaining an appropriate handle on the term “good neighborly relations.”

This is a term generally used in the overarching sphere of geopolitics as best I can tell.

So, the symbol of the UN which is a “magical” top down view of the world from the north pole in which we are able to see beyond the equator to also include those in the southern hemisphere is “held” by two olive branches.

The olive branches are an allude to God’s promise to Noah of peace after the Flood.

I am not sure that this allusion resonates with cultures beyond those in and perhaps on the periphery of those based upon Judeo-Christian values.

Nevertheless, Western culture originally set this mechanism in place and of course the institution itself is domiciled in the most cosmopolitan city of the world – New York.

Ok, great! Now we have the big picture. World Peace is concentric to Western Ideals. This is probably rather limiting, but apparently it’s that with which we have to work.

When I look at whether or not my company has made any bit of difference at this level, the analogy that comes to mind is not on the magnitude of “a drop in the bucket” but much more like “a drop in the ocean.”

At this scope the aim seems woefully audacious. It’s pure lunacy … right? I completely agree. At best, this is the level in which under normal circumstances head’s of state engage in diplomatic glad handlings.

At the other extreme, is where I have been working for the last decade. My stated job has been to help neighbors settle their legal dispute and properly document it.

In theory that should not be so tough. After all, reasonable people should be able to come to reasonable terms … right?

Unfortunately, by the time most people realize they should be talking to a lawyer, the matter is no longer merely a legal dispute to which the aid of rational thought can readily extract a solution.

No, the rational inquiry is just the tip of the iceberg. Below it are the emotional drivers of interpersonal conflict which extend deep below the waterline of the subconscious.

The upshot is that whereas the stated purpose is to settle disputes which are manifest on the ground, almost invariably there is a interpersonal conflict raging inside each of the parties.

Seeking to manage that conflict has been my challenge and it is one which has taxed my energy to the max. I’m simply tapped out.

But then it came to me. If I could only help people who are contemplating what I know to be a ‘suicide mission’ in a fight with their neighbors over something which when they later tally the tab will realize was insignificant to instead focus their energy positively, my firm can make a significant improvement in the world.

Bringing someone who is negative to a state of neutrality is just a drop in the ocean.

Turning someone who is negative into someone who is positive is to illuminate which then draws others to the positivity that the world needs now than it has in perhaps the last 3/4 of a century.

I’m reminded of a song which members of Bill Gates’ international polio-combating partner – Rotary – regularly sing …

Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.

With ev’ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me

I am now looking forward to helping people at this localized scope to diagnose and educate people as to the merits of their real property dispute and hopefully help them to turn away before they get sucked into such a hellish vortex as engaging in a real property fight with their neighbor.

At a global level, it is simply a matter of time until I secure my opportunity to work for the company which best assists to illuminate truth so leaders can make informed and positive decisions.

Overall, I’ve flipped the switch to positivity and for once in a long time have been able to sustain a positive attitude.

It’s so much better that I can not help myself but to dream …

May world peace redound from each of us as neighbors to each other and the world in 2019. Cheers!

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Past Master Mind Masters

Imagine how much influence the four men above influenced the world.

“The Four Vagabonds” from left to right are Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone.

Ford remains not only synonyms with cars, but also with techniques of industrial production.

Firestone was able to mass produce the wheels that went on all those Ford cars.

Edison was an inventor par excellence who brought light to the world after dark with his discovery of the incandescent bulb.

So, who was John Burroughs? I didn’t have the answer to that question originally either.

Wikipedia suggests that Burroughs was an American naturalist and nature essayist.

Between the years 1915 and 1924, these four made it a practice to go on summer camping trips.

It seems completely natural then that the other three industrialists would like to have a nature expert with them essentially as their guide.

Whether that is the reason for Burroughs involvement is pure speculation on my part.

Nevertheless, it is clear that by getting together and talking amongst each other and ultimately with numerous others who caravaned with them, these gentleman had unwittingly built what Napoleon Hill later calls a “master mind” which he expressly defines as:

Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.

Hill later explains: “No two minds ever come together without, thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”

Hmm? I think there must be something to all this master mind business.

If not mistaken Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, though in completely different fields, regularly enjoy each other’s company.

Is it possible that these two who have and had partnership with Charles Munger and Paul Allen respectively, know how to leverage social interactions to positive result?

It appears that there is no body who does it alone and as most of us recognize the opportunity to make positive changes in the world right now is extremely huge.

Perhaps you might consider starting right where you are and see about building a positive relationship with your neighbors.

Is it possible that together you might come up with not only a multi-million dollar idea, but also be able to identify how you might practically go about bringing it to recognition?

Instead of fighting your neighbor and thinking that their perspective is invalid, consider listening to them. This type of respect generally begets respect and then the conversation can start. Cheers!

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Happy New Year 2019!

Hey There! Big opportunity. We have exactly 365 days to get 20/20 perspective.

Maybe you are like me and wish you had it yesterday.

But as the Fleetmac suggest: “Yesterday’s gone, [so] … don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.”

Notwithstanding that upbeat tune which Bill Clinton and company adopted as their campaign anthem in 1992, there is a little bit of a problem.

So, can you spot it? Yeah, I gave you a little bit of a lead in with the preceding paragraph. What is the ellipsis all about?

Well if you want to listen to the song for the actual words, by all means feel free to listen to it [HERE].

Yet, you won’t find what I am seeking to emphasise in the lyrics of the song. They simply aren’t there.

And it is this absence which is precisely that to which I refer.

The present moment!

That place where the past and the future seek to reconcile themselves.

It’s ongoing and it’s now, and now, and … now. Gosh, I just can’t seem to catch it!

That’s because time passes and we either seize just a portion of it or we don’t.

Or perhaps a more accurate indication is that we don’t seize time, we only have an opportunity to direct it – i.e. to send it where we want it to go.

When we think of it this way, we don’t “spend time” we focus our efforts and activities with the time that we have in an effort to produce desired outcomes.

Ok, returning to the song. True, yesterday’s gone and it is generally much better to think about what is ahead.

But, maybe it is best to think of it as what is it that we see ourselves as accomplishing and directing our time in its direction?

My nascent understanding of the self-help literature has identified that it is best to engage in ‘future forward’ thinking.

In other words, take time out of the day to consider that a specific life aim has been accomplished. But critically, do this in a state of enjoyment so that the sensation can be set in the unconscious mind. Awesome!

But, then – at least as far as I can tell – it’s time to direct activities to accomplish that aim.

One of the best ways to do that is to have a calendar.

Above a virgin 2019 “Once More Around the Sun” calendar.

I look forward to sharing how this calendar can be used for goal tracking and achievement as we move forward into this year.

If you are intrigued and would like to know more about it now though, by all means feel free to be in contact.

We can arrange to get you set up with one too and I’m certain you will agree it is spectacular. Cheers!