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Powerful People

As Mr. Trump debates whether he will keep the US in the Paris Accord, I have this thought:

We are powerful people.
We can choose for ourselves:
Will we give in to control?
Or will we stand on our own?

We can decide what is right;
No one ever does that for us.
Thoughts, feelings, actions, words
Are always results of our own choices.

Stand tall, powerful people!
Think, choose and live;
Never sell out or give in;
Own what you say, do and believe.

The Demagog

Passions ignited and burst into flame;
As the man spoke,
The crowd became
Wilder, more frenzied;
Joining in the game
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

Mindless insanity grew in the heat;
As the man spoke,
They would repeat
Parts of his phrases,
Chanted to a beat
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

“How is it that so many lose their heads?”
People would ask,
As the man said
Things so clearly wrong;
They swallowed instead
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

It isn’t our heads we lose, but our heart;
Passion is stirred;
Then people start
To join and react
To deception’s spark
With fervor for him and his cause.

 

Oh, guard your heart and mind to keep your soul
From ruthless ones
Whom you don’t know;
Preying on people
So that they will go
With fervor for them and their cause.

 

The promise of greatness stokes hope and fear,
As the man speaks,
The crowd will cheer,
But let your own heart
Be perfectly clear:
No fervor for him and his cause.

 

A powerful person, you have a voice
Let no one seek
To steal your choice;
But confidently
Acknowledge the joys
Of fervor for life and its cause.

Now, More Than Ever

I wrote this as I thought about the incredibly negative news that tends to invade our homes each day.

My hope and belief is, what gets presented is not how the majority of us think, feel or act.  It is important to realize this and keep the power of choice that we each have.

 

 

Now, more than ever,
The choices you make count:
Hold to high standards;
Raise the bar;
Don’t follow;
Instead, step up and lead out.

 

Now, more than ever,
Mercy and love we need;
Open your heart wide;
Give in love;
Don’t withhold;
Instead, give generously.

 

Now, more than ever,
We need to hear your voice,
As you speak the truth;
Say what’s right;
Without fear;
Let’s make the uplifting choice.

A Painful Dilemma

Regardless of whether you are pro choice or pro life, I have a question for you:
What would happen if Roe vs Wade were repealed?
As one who belongs to Jesus, I have wrestled with this a lot.

 

I know that the hope is, abortion would end.  That is not borne out in history, however.

Before abortion was legalized, women with sufficient funds went abroad to “have surgery on an ovarian cyst” or something like that.  Women without the means went to underground “clinics” and quacks:  Dangerous for the woman.  Many died; others had irreparable injuries.  If a physician did perform an abortion, it would be called something else…and no one had better figure out the truth.

 

The problem is, the heart of the nation is not in agreement with repealing Roe vs Wade.  That means, people will simply go underground once more.  If we really want to change that, we must deal with the complexity of the matter.  That will take time, conflict, struggles, serious problem solving  and a lot of conversation.

 

Why even have this discussion?  As long as it continues to be a political football, the matter cannot be solved.  Instead, it gets kicked around as one platform or another with plenty of talk and finger pointing; yet nothing ever gets done.  If we really want to repeal Roe vs Wade (and I’m not especially of that persuasion) we will have to take plenty of steps first, like education, economic development, increased support for women’s and children’s services…

 

I’m thinking we keep Roe vs Wade for the sake of safety; then, let’s unload the issue so it can be discussed constructively.  Next, we can build on common ground.

 

Let’s get it off the political football field, where rhetoric and empty promises keep it in play.

Don’t Give Your Power Away

I have been reading headlines about the increase of calls to crisis centers and all of the fear people have because Donald Trump got elected.  I myself was stunned and distressed when I woke up to that news last Wednesday.  I still find it quite dismaying.

 

The thought that helped me was, “You know, I’ll go to bed tonight, get up tomorrow, eat breakfast and get on with my day…”

 

Here is my poetic way to encourage anybody in the world who might find this helpful:

 

People get elected;
New policies made;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

Promises and comments;
Plans that seem to fade;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

Pressures and challenges;
Provocations stay;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

Hear the truth I’m sharing;
You still have a say:
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

You go to bed each night;
Get up every day;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

You’re still a whole person,
So don’t be afraid;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

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!

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.