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Simplicity

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There is a kind of simplicity that is undesirable:
It’s the simple minded demand that all situations, no matter how complex they ar, be addressed with simple explanations and solutions.  “Don’t bother me with the facts,” such a person says.  “I don’t care about the details; they only confuse me.”  The lack of insight and engagement is both mind boggling and burdensome.

Soundbites and the opinions of talk show hosts will suffice for these shallow, unwise ones.  To think for themselves would probably give them a headache!

Then there is a simplicity that is beautiful and noble.
It is often quiet and unassuming; bathed in thought and prayer.
People who practice this lack of complication enjoy the good things of life; yet they are not in pursuit of prestige or extravagance.  A beautiful sunset delights them.  Time spent with family and friends is priceless.
One hallmark of such individuals is astuteness.  These ones think with both sides of their brains.  They question, explore and research; never settling for the status quo.  If you were to visit their homes, you would find shelves full of books, art and music in every room, along with creative endeavors.  They might not have the most uncluttered place you’ve ever seen.  That’s because they are busy with thought, creation and relationships.
Another quality is the very high amount of respect and honor these people have for the world:  Their fellow humans, animals, the environment, principles such as decency and generosity.
This simplicity is a paradox, filled with all shades of reality and nuance.
To know people who live this life is to be inspired and encouraged.
How very different these two kinds of simplicity are!  One word; opposite meanings.
That really describes our world, doesn’t it?  The Earth and her inhabitants are concentric systems, interwoven into complex patterns and relationships; yet there is a simple matter of watching, listening, tasting, feeling, smelling, enjoying and caring for all that is around us.

May you discover and appreciate the lovely, noble sort of simplicity that revives and nurtures you.

On Our Own

I was reading the headlines on

http://news.google.com

 

There was one about the CDC having their conference on the impacts of climate change without federal participation.  From the way it was stated, I got the impression that this is new.

This got me thinking, what will we need to do for ourselves?  From what will the Federal Government withdraw its assistance?  Will we have to learn to do without some things?

Another question:
What do Federal agencies do now?
There are some major provisions, such as financial support for our more vulnerable citizens, including elders, people with disabilities and children; protection by the military; parks and land management…

Then there are some about I really haven’t thought…or did know.  These are ones Mr. Trump wants to get rid of:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Minority Business Development Agency
Economic Development Administration
International Trade Administration
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Office of Violence Against Women
Legal Services Corporation
Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department
Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy ReliabilityOffice of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Office of Fossil Energy

Add to this federal funding for everything from emergency response to education, health, community development, agriculture and on the list goes.

 

I am thinking that I will need to review my own lifestyle and look for ways to be less dependent.  I can do that now, or wait until I’m forced to because an agency or program gets taken away.

 

I invite your help:
What things do we need to take back so that we are less dependent on government services?
What skills do we need to develop?
Are some things better done in local communities?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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.

Come for a Visit

I started a new blog after the US election.
It’s at
http://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com

I called it that because of a statement by Barack Obama, “WE are all patriots.”  The definition of this word is interesting:  “a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.”

It does not mean one who follows the party line and supports it, even when it’s wrong.

The idea of Patriotsvoiceblog is to offer my readers a chance to comment on political matters.  I also hope to encourage and facilitate some reclamation of our power as citizens.
Here are titles of posts over there:

I Don’t Know

November 14, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, Uncategorized

I have asked a few people in the past week, “Who would you like for president in 2021?”
Pretty much unanimously, they have said, “I don’t know.”
What happens in your country?

November 16, 2016, posted in articles, discussions

In the United States, candidates run for President every four years.  This time, the campaigns started relatively early in 2015.
Grassroots

November 17, 2016, posted in articles, Uncategorized

Bernie Sanders says, “The Democrats need to become a grassroots party.”

I find myself wondering if this is possible.  Nations are run by the wealthy elite; the common citizen has limited information and power.
The Trump Administration: America’s “Third Reich”?

November 20, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, In the news

“Energized By Trump’s Win, Alt-Right Extremists Gather In Washington To ‘Change The World’ : NPR
Do Our Votes Count?

November 23, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, In the news
“Hillary Clinton has widened her lead in the popular vote to 1.5 percentage points, a spread not seen for a losing candidate since the disputed election of 1876.” (New York Times)
Trump won the electoral vote; Hillary won the popular vote.
Setting the Tone

November 26, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, In the news
When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, the mood of the nation was hopeful, cooperative and quite inclusive.

This time, however, anger, violence, racism, prejudice and aggression are in the forefront.
Take Back the Power…

November 27, 2016, posted in articles, discussions
…Raise the Standard

The notion that our government is “Of the people, for the people.”  is basically obselete.
Admittedly, some of what I write is controversial; I hope so!  That’s a good thing:  That we come at things differently is part of the beauty and struggle of government.

Come read, comment and raise questions of your own.

 

Invitation

I would love to hear from you:

If you live somewhere other than the United States, please come tell about your country; if you do live in the US, add to the conversation.

Go to

https://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/what-happens-in-your-country/

I look forward to hearing from you.

Counting Kindnesses

One day, I had gone to one of my favorite delis for lunch.  I placed my order; then stood back out of the way to wait for it.  When the server came back, she informed me that someone had paid for my lunch.  That person remained anonymous.  I felt quite special and pleased by this kindness.

 

My eldest  sister and I took care of our mother in her last two years of life.
One Monday, after Mom had come home from the hospital yet again, two women who went to my Church brought us dinner.  We had so much to do; a lot of visitors had come by, including service providers.  We were exhausted.
The dinner brought to us was simple, but it could have been a twelve course meal, we were so relieved by the gift.

 

Almost 10 years ago, I had a knee injury that required two surgeries.  I was in a wheelchair for 4 months.  The challenge with that is, I couldn’t go anywhere unless someone came with me.  A bunch of my friends stepped up to the plate:  They took me to work; then came and got me to go home; they took me out to lunch, to appointments, Church, stores and anywhere else I wanted to go.  I don’t know how I would have made it without their help.

 

Earlier this year, I went out of town to a conference.  I met a man by the name of Wes, from Wyoming.  He was very much the gentleman:  Greeting me, visiting; helping if I needed it.  I never felt “hit on” by him or in any way patronized.  His kindess was genuine.

 

A friend went with me to this same conference.  She was very respectful of me and sensitive to my needs.  She treats me like a real, whole person; not like a “handicap.”  I truly appreciate her regard.

 

Just today, a friend came over.  She moved two rose bushes and a hops plant for me:  Hard work.  How sweet is that!

 

I could go on, there are so many stories like these.  I might have to keep a list, just to remember them all.

 

How many stories might be in your own treasure chest?  Count them one by one and enjoy the warm, happy feeling that springs up from within.