Air Conditioning

In our modern world we have technology that allows us to change the environment we live in. If it is too warm in our home we can turn on the air conditioner.


This instrument conditions the air. It changes what it was and influences it to become something else. Yes, it is still air, but it has a different quality now, namely a cooler temperature. We can also turn on the heater when it gets too cold.


There are now air purifiers that change the condition of the air we breathe. In an extreme scenario it is even possible to take the air out of a space, creating a vacuum.

People also condition the spaces they are in. They change the space by their very nature. It happens by itself, because of who we are. You have heard the saying, “Everywhere I go, there I am.” This is meant to be somewhat humorous, but it admits the truth that we are who we are, at all times in all spaces and places. Even when we try to be different, we are ourselves trying to be different. You cannot escape who you are in each moment… and neither can others who happen to be in the same space as you.

You have heard the scenario of someone entering a room and taking the air right out of it. It usually happens when a beautiful woman or charismatic man has entered; usually someone so captivating that everyone recognizes the energy that has just entered and filled the room.


By the same token, we have all experienced someone walking in and instantly causing the space to be filled with tension, anxiety and fear.

This is air conditioning. (Okay, it may be a little corny, but don’t miss the meaning.)

Humans are air conditioners. We change the spaces we inhabit by our very presence. The question is what are we bringing with us everywhere we go?


We are a complicated species. There are countless emotions and gradations of feelings, judgments and opinions we carry with us at all times. We carry fears, hopes, confidences, expectations, regrets, wishes, and much more. Some of our feelings are subconscious, some even repressed or suppressed. All of it makes us who we are. The reality is that none of us can really hide, even when we are alone. Society itself is an expression of our collective energies and levels of consciousness. We all contribute to the world we have even if we feel insignificant.

Just as light shines forth, so do we. Even light conditions a room… with light, even as the sun changes the condition of our sky with its brightness.


Intention is a most powerful force in making us who we are and setting the condition we bring. It sets the tone of who we are right now and is the directional compass in determining the person we are moving towards becoming. If one’s intention is to be a good person, they will move in that direction. If one’s intention is to be hellacious, the universe will allow that. To be warm-hearted or cold-hearted is a common understanding of how people can be. Earth is a place where one can become the lowest low or aim for the highest levels of spiritual development.


The earth itself is an air conditioner. It is set to mirror…us; to respond to us in both subtle and gross ways, some we can see and others so subtle it escapes our physical senses. But earth is also conditioned with wonderful qualities like grace and beauty. Life itself, I believe, is conditioned with love, so that whatever else happens, there is a divine energy that is always available to us. Love is the condition we were created in, no matter how we came to be born, or what the specifics might be about each of our entrances to this life.

Because of the complexities of life itself – what with each of us being like a universe unto ourselves, the question is… What ‘condition’ do you carry with you?


What do you know you bring with you into the spaces and places you go? What air do you bring to the mixture of air from others? Do people breathe in peace when you are around? Are you a toxic mixture of anger and jealousy? Are you living in desire and pride? Perhaps you are carrying with you joy and love. Perhaps courage is the prevailing energy of your being right now. Whatever it is, it does not stay with you. You share who you are without even trying.

To be aware of your own energy is useful knowledge. To know thyself is wise. To consciously choose to grow in a positive direction is a gift… and to actually do so is a blessing, one that makes you and the world a better place. And to be a blessing is a condition the world could stand to take a breath of… at anytime.

May you have Power For Life Now!

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, September

I began creating what I call Sharpettes over 30 years ago. As a speaker and writer they became my own way of sharpening my understanding of the meaning, power, and energy of a single word. I am sharing them publicly now in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

The first line is the word.
The second line defines or describes the word twice, 4 syllables for each attempt. You may place a comma or semi-colon between each attempt. So, the second line has a total of 8 syllables.
The third line is a simile. It always begins with the word “Like”, and paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.

On some Sharpettes the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line itself. This can yield another insight into the word chosen, and provides a unique and fun poetic challenge.



More than enough; a rich supply
Like the sum of stars in a midnight sky…


Annie Ruth & David Sharp
Annie Ruth’s Truths are my renderings of folk wisdom and country common sense, gained from a lifetime of listening to my mom, who has a unique way with words, as well as a witty, joyous and playful attitude to go with it! Always fun or sassy, they tell the truth and can make you laugh, shake your head and go “Hmph!” or even make you shout, “Whaaat?!”

Annie Ruth, being the generous Great-grandmother, grandmother and mother she is, invited the kids, the grandkids and great-grandkids over for a dinner. She cooked up a storm… but no one came. They all had some reason or another. However, as life would have it, friends stopped by and of course they smelled the food and wondered if they could partake of Annie’s famed cooking. By the time everyone had come, eaten and left, there was hardly any food left if the relatives who had been invited inquired later in the evening or the next day.

Annie made a list of what she had cooked. The menu was: 2 skillets of cornbread, fried corn, cabbage, green beans and potatoes (mixed together), beef Rice-a-Roni, salad, candied yams, and okra.

When her son called from across the country and heard this story, he said, “Mom, I’m not use to you writing down what you cooked. Why did you make a written menu?” Annie Ruth responded, “I wrote it down to tell ‘em what they wouldn’t be getting.”