Archive | May 2016

AMERICA IS GREAT…ALREADY AND STILL

Trump’s campaign Slogan:”Make America Great Again.”

There is a gigantic assumption in this statement:  America isn’t great.
Who says she isn’t?  Who gets to determine that?

I say America is as great as her people!  I say we determine that, not someone trying to get elected!
If we have problems, we get to solve them.  Any lack of greatness is up to us; it’s not China’s fault; it isn’t those “bad Mexicans” who come here looking for work and do the jobs caucasions refuse to do.

There are simple things that every American can do to make this nation even greater than it already is:

1.  Take care about who you listen to.
There is an old assumption that news organizations are objective and report without bias.  Not so.  First, they are run by people who have their own bents, just like the rest of us.  Next, they are owned by corporations who have invested interests in what gets said and how.  That it’s on the news doesn’t make it accurate or true.

2.  Build on what is good and right.
If you look for one positive thing each day – an accomplishment, an act of kindness, something built, a difficulty overcome, you will find it.  Celebrate; find a way to build on it in your own life and community.
When you meet someone whose attitude and demeaner exudes positivity, highlight and mimic it.  If you are that person, thank you.  Keep spreading the cheer.

3.  Look for solutions.
Complaining tears down.  It digs the hole deeper.
Finding a solution brings light and healing.

4.  See to your own self.
Or as my father used to say, “Tend to your own knitting.”
Blaming also tears down.  It promotes anger, bitterness, feelings of powerlessness and chronic dissatisfaction.
If you create or find just one small part of the solution to a challenge, you become a hero.  You build something strong and good.
Each of us is responsible for choices and behavior; no one else makes us think, feel or do anything.  Take that responsibility and run with it!  Use it to build a great life.

5.  A great nation begins with great individuals; build in your own life and community.
If you are concerned about unemployment, find a way to get just one person back into the work force.
If literacy is on your heart, teach adults to read or spend some time reading to children.  IF this isn’t for you, buy some books.
If the matters of food and shelter concern you, donate to the local food program or shelter.  If you have the time, energy and inclination, volunteer.
You get my point:  Do your part!

The wonderful thing about all of these suggestions is, you don’t have to have a pile of money!  Anyone from the most wealthy to the most impoverished can join in making a stronger America..or England, Cameroon, South Africa, Australia, …

America is great; let’s make her even stronger!

HOLD TO PROMISE

Promise is a wonderful treasure,
Precious and delicately formed.
She’s to be valued beyond measure;
Protected from theft and harm.

 

Plenty would seek to steal your blessing,
As innocent as they might seem.
So brazenly without redressing;
Unashamed of killing a dream.

 

Don’t let them come near your heart and soul
With their propoganda and lies.
It’s promise that helps to keep us whole;
To guard her is prudent and wise.

 

If you clothe Promise and Dreams in light
Of truth, reality and grace;
If you hold to what you know is right,
These treasures will come take their place.

 

Hold Promise tightly, embrace her;
Then listen to Dream’s hopeful word.
Pursue your heart’s longing without fear;
Rejoice when they begin to stir.

HOW AN OLD DOG THINKS

My black lab is almost 13 years old.  This is what it’s like to send him outside for a relieving break:

“Galahad, go do your business.”

“Now, why am I out here?  I can’t remember.”

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“Oh, that’s an interesting smell!  I’ll check it out…”

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“Maybe I’m out here to find some cat poop to eat…No, that can’t be it; my boss gets mad at me when I do that.”

(“Wa wa wa wa wa.”)

“I know my boss just said something…I didn’t quite get that.”

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“Maybe I’m out here to chase the cat!”

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First, though, I really have to pee.  I’ll do that.”

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“Hey, my boss is pleased.  I wonder if that’s why I was sent out here.  Oh well,…”

WHEN RAIN COMES

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Sometimes rain comes softly,
With a subtle touch and light step,
She arrives in the dark of night.
The signs of her visit
Are fragrant, crystalline jewels
That sparkle in the morning light.

Then there are sudden times,
When Thunder and Lightning join her
Accompanied by mighty wind.
Great chaos and drama
Send creatures running for cover
To escape the ferocious din.

No matter how Rain comes,
Whether in quiet gentleness
Or with all her bluster and show.
In all times and seasons;
Day or night, summer or winter;
She comes, but then she’ll always go.

SOMETHING ABOUT BEAUTIFUL

“It’s a special place where people think you’re beautiful; it’s more powerful when you know that yourself.”  Kris Vallotton
Beautiful might have excellence of form or color; though lack of symetry and uniqueness intrigue.
It has noble and spiritual qualities, inspiring, encouraging and evoking life within.
Handsome is stately or pleasing; masculine and strong.
Lovely is beautiful in a warm and endearing way.

 

My experience and observations have taught me that we have trouble with being noticed as beautiful, handsome or lovely.  We bow our heads, look away, smile timidly and sometimes deny the compliment.
Why?  What has made beauty something that troubles us?  Is it too intimate, reaching to deep places in our souls that would rather remain hidden?
Is it more that it cuts through lies we have been taught, such as appreciating  our own qualities is conceited and vain?
Does it give others influence that challenges our sense of comfort?

 

Do you know you are beautiful?
Will you wear the handsome loveliness that is unique to you with dignity?

 

May the power of beauty shine through and around you.

TRANSFORMATION

“Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.”  Michael W. Smith

 

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”  Marianne Williamson

 

Who is responsible for transforming our world?  Can we leave it up to institutions?  Politicians and government?  The Church and faith-based organizations?
What would true revolution look like?  Does it have to be violent?  Or would it be our refusal to join in the angry, bitter, hateful and frightened acts of others?
What would happen if we searched for truth and chose very carefully?  How much power would we take back if we considered the news we hear;if we stopped believing every opinion, conjecture and accusation presented to us?

 

This is a good year to ponder these things.  IT is a time of choice.  We do have power and responsibility:  Don’t let anyone or any entity take that away from you.  Don’t settle; really make a decision.

RENAISSANCE

Darkness yields to dawning light;
Ones asleep for a long, cold season
Begin to awaken and stir.

 

 

Thoughts and dreams once lost in time
Slowly rise up from deepest places,
Where they wait and hope for rebirth.

 

 

Feelings bring fresh sensation,
Sweet misery made from pain and joy
Sing new songs of resurrection.

 

 

Sleep cannot last forever,
Nor can suppression anesthetize
The heart and soul of humankind.

 

 

Life is stronger and brighter;
She calls us to join her in the dance
Of joyful hope that leads onward.