In case U:) missed the first cries: a-stone-a-joan-crying-out… No literal stones… near me that i can hear… crying out… so, guess i will be the figurative stone… screaming: “HUMAN RULE IS A JOKE!!!!! PUNCH-LINE-SUFFERING-MISERY-DEATH!!!!!”
“HUMAN RULE IS A JOKE!!!!!!PUNCH-LINE-SUFFERING-MISERY-DEATH!!!!!”
“HUMAN RULE IS A JOKE!!!!!!PUNCH-LINE-SUFFERING-MISERY-DEATH!!!!!”
Wake up!!! It’s not funny, it’s serious/sobering!!…there is undeniable evidence everywhere!!… in the past, in the present!!… cumulative throughout time…human rule is an epic fail!!… proof in pain, suffering, misery, and death encapsulating the globe.
Stop clinging to false hope!… Get off the Rip Off Trajectory… and live. All the government propaganda and religious/media lies circulating… have malnourished (lulled) the masses to sleep/aka compassion-inactivity aka super-selfish-activity/hurtful-conformity… they eat, sleep, dream delusional lies… this poisonous mind-food… causes spiritual blindness… and spiritual deafness… spiritual apathy…eventual physical death.
Gimme-a-break, (that’s exactly it–break free from fake, hopeless organizations, fake religions, etc.) these so-called experts/leaders… set themselves up like gods to be worshipped, praised, and paid…big bucks!… how many countless lives have been sacrificed on the altar of war to keep super-selfish-people in power?! They pretend peace, but live war! They pretend help for the poor, but live violence & greed! They pretend cure for the sick, but deliver poison as medicine… to make more money for themselves… and bigger mansions… as the voiceless/helpless go homeless. 🙁
How many lives ruined (including animals)?? How many childhoods lost?? How many wo/men raped?? The unspeakable abuses & atrocities and wanton slaughter of beautiful-breathing-fragile-life and ruination of our beautiful planet Earth and ecosystems… cannot be ignored!!!
Be Courageous! Come to the Light Real Friend of Real Peace:)…Change Your mind-food, gain energy …You can have a future!… Courageously Choose Compassion and the True God of Compassion!:)
A NOCTURNAL hunter, the Hawaiian bobtail squid creates its own light—not to be seen, but to be unseen—to blend in with the ambient moonlight and starlight. The animal’s secret is its partnership with light-emitting bacteria. That partnership may also hold secrets that could benefit us, but in a seemingly unrelated way. It may benefit our health.
Consider: The Hawaiian bobtail squid lives in the clear coastal waters of the Hawaiian Islands. Light from the moon and the stars would normally make the silhouette of the creature stand out to predators below. The bobtail squid, however, emits a glow from its underside that mimics ambient night light in both intensity and wavelength. The result is stealth—no silhouette, no shadow. The squid’s “high-tech” apparatus is its light organ, which houses bioluminescent bacteria that produce just the right glow to camouflage their host.
The bacteria may also help to regulate the squid’s sleep-wake pattern. This interests researchers because the bobtail squid may not be the only creature where there is a link between bacteria and circadian cycles, or daily rhythms in activity. In mammals, for example, bacteria that play a role in digestion may also be associated with circadian rhythms. Disturbances of these rhythms have been linked to depression, diabetes, obesity, and sleep disorders. Hence, the study of the squid’s bacteria-host system may furnish insights into human health.
What do you think? Did the light organ of the Hawaiian bobtail squid come about by evolution? Or was it designed? [article: AWAKE! 2015 Was It Designed? The Light Organ of the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid]
What quality (aka survival skill) do i admire about this amazing-fragile-life? (stealth, of course!;))
“Insights into human health”… aka en”light”enments…are found from the Divine Mind aka Creator.
Life Story as told by Antonio Jiménez: “The Streets Became My Home”
Some people take a long time to learn from their own bitter experiences. I was like that. I was born and raised in Barcelona, the second-largest city in Spain. My family lived in an area called Somorrostro, which occupied a large section of the city’s beachfront. Somorrostro had a reputation for crime and drug dealing.
My parents had nine children, and I was the eldest. Because we were very poor, my father sent me to work as a ball boy at a local tennis club. I was ten years old and worked for ten hours each day. As a result, I could not go to school like most children my age. When I was 14, I began working as a machinist at a metal shop.
In 1975, I was called up for military service, which was mandatory in Spain. I wanted to do something adventurous with my life, so I volunteered to join the Spanish Foreign Legion in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa. During that time, I plunged into the sordid world of drug and alcohol abuse.
When I left the Legion, I returned to Barcelona and formed a gang. We stole anything we could lay our hands on. We would then sell the stolen items for money to finance our drug addiction. I started taking LSD and amphetamines, and I immersed myself in a life of sex, alcohol, and gambling. This destructive lifestyle led me to become more and more violent. I always carried a knife, an ax, or a machete, and I was never afraid to use one of them if it seemed necessary.
On one occasion, my gang and I stole a car and were chased by the police. It was like a scene out of a movie. We drove the stolen vehicle for about 30 kilometers (20 mi), until the police started shooting at us. Finally, our driver crashed the car, and we all ran from the scene. When my father found out, he understandably threw me out of the house.
For the next five years, the streets became my home. I slept in doorways, in trucks, on park benches, and in graveyards. I even lived for a while in a cave. My life had no purpose whatsoever, and I felt that it did not matter whether I was alive or dead. I remember cutting my wrists and arms under the influence of drugs. I retain the scars to this day.
Change & Transformation/New Beginnings…
When I was 28, my mother came looking for me and asked me to return home. I agreed and promised her that I would straighten out my life, but it took me a while to fulfill that promise.
One afternoon, two of Jehovah’s Witnesses called at our door. As I was listening to them, my father yelled from inside the house that I should shut the door in their faces. As I never liked taking orders, I decided to ignore him. They offered me three small books, which I gladly accepted. I asked them where their meeting place was, and a few days later, I turned up outside the Kingdom Hall.
The first thing I noticed was how neatly dressed everybody was. In contrast, I had long hair, a scruffy beard, and shabby clothes. It was evident I did not fit in, so I remained outside the hall. But to my surprise, I recognized a former associate and gang member named Juan, dressed in a suit. I later learned that he had become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses just a year earlier. His presence gave me the confidence I needed to go inside and attend the meeting. That was where it all started to change for me.
I accepted an offer to study the Bible and quickly realized that if I wanted God’s approval, I needed to change my aggressive nature and immoral lifestyle. Making those changes was not easy. I learned that to please Jehovah God, I needed to “be transformed by making [my] mind over.” (Romans 12:2) I was deeply touched by God’s mercy. Despite all my mistakes, I sensed that he was giving me the chance to begin again. What I learned about Jehovah God sank deep into my heart. It became clear to me that there was a Creator who cared for me.—1Peter 5:6, 7.
Moved to Make Changes:
This moved me to start making changes. For example, when the subject of tobacco came up during my Bible study, I said to myself, ‘If Jehovah God wants me to remain clean and undefiled in every sense, then these cigarettes will simply have to go!’ (2 Corinthians 7:1) And into the garbage bin they went!
I also needed to stop using and selling drugs. That took a little more time and effort. To achieve that goal, I knew I had to cut ties with my former associates. Their influence was not helping me to progress spiritually. In time, however, I began to rely more on God and on the help of my new friends in the congregation. Their love for and interest in me as a person was something I had never experienced before. As the months went by, I was finally able to break free from drugs and “put on the new personality,” which would help me to have God’s approval. (Ephesians 4:24) In August 1985, I was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Bible gave me a new lease on life. It freed me from a damaging lifestyle that was destroying my body and my dignity. In fact, more than 30 of my former associates died at a young age from AIDS or other drug-related illnesses. How grateful I am that by applying Bible principles, I was able to avoid the same tragic consequences.
The knives and axes that I used to carry as a violent young man are now a thing of the past. I never imagined that one day I would instead be carrying a Bible and using it to help people.
My parents never became Jehovah’s Witnesses, but they appreciated the benefits I received because I studied the Bible. In fact, my father even defended the Witnesses in front of all his colleagues. It was clear to him that my newfound faith had brought about a remarkable change for the better. My mother often said that I should have studied the Bible sooner. I could not agree with her more!
My experiences in life have taught me how senseless it is to seek satisfaction in drugs and other vices. I now get true satisfaction from introducing others to the teachings found in God’s Word—teachings that truly saved my life. [excerpted article: The Bible Changes Lives]
An Observation: mine…
To gain human’s approval… at times means unhealthy activities that are harmful or hurtful causing dignity lost at least or death-dealing at most! (What genuine HOPE can man offer me??)
To gain God’s approval… at times means healthy activities that benefit the mind, heart, and body on a deep wellness level… physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually… a refreshing nourishment of sustaining compassion and real love…a real life!
Divine perspective is an elevated vantage point… it can be breathtakingly beautiful… just try to see:)
Peace & Wellness & Respect & Dignity to You Reader:)
Psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl noted: “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” The Scriptures long ago showed that pursuing riches and pleasures without having a deeper purpose in life is empty and unsatisfying. “A mere lover of silver will not be satisfied with silver, neither any lover of wealth with income. This too is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10 [5:9, TNK]) The affluent may seem to enjoy a life of ease and pleasure-seeking, but “even in laughter the heart may be in pain.”—Proverbs 14:13. [excerpted: How Can You Have a Happy Life? section 2: What Do We Need to Be Happy?]
11/19/17 @ dusk
some things are black n’ white; somethings not so much…that’s why i need Divine Guidance…to accurately see/understand…life…and what compassionate choices/pursuits/studies/activities are worth my time. “Key” to finding lasting happiness…(and not hurting myself, fellow-fragile-life, and planet Earth…
“Send out your light and your truth. May these themselves lead me.”—PSALM 43:3.
How do we even know that there is a Creator?
Professor George Zinsmeister, formerly of the University of Massachusetts in the United States, believes in God and answers this question in a single word—entropy. He is referring to what scientists term “the second law of thermodynamics.” This law implies something that we all observe. An orderly system, such as a house, cannot come into existence on its own. Yet, our universe consists of countless examples of highly ordered physical and biological systems. All of this is evidence that points to an unimaginably intelligent and powerful Creator.
Why did God create us?
Creation was an expression of God’s love. As a loving Father, he wants us to enjoy life and to find pleasure in all the good things he has created for us.—Psalm 92:4 [92:5, TNK].
What does it mean that God created us “in his image”?—Genesis 1:26, 27.
God created us with a measure of his own qualities, including the ability to love, to be wise, to be just, and to be creative. He also gave us freedom of choice. When we choose to reflect his qualities, we make him happy. (Proverbs 23:15 “My son, if your heart becomes wise, Then my own heart will rejoice.”) As does any parent, God desires to have intelligent, reasoning children with whom he can communicate and enjoy a meaningful relationship.
What could we expect our Creator to do for us?
“You will certainly call me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”—JEREMIAH 29:12.
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness. . . . For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand, the One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I myself will help you.’”—ISAIAH 41:10, 13. [excerpted readings: What do We Need to be Happy? section 3 Who Can Give Us Reliable Guidance?]
perhaps?? this blog is like soft ball (or may be?! i’m just a softie;)…with life’s unexpected events, you never quite know when: You WILL be up to bat…and i wanna hit it out of the compassion park!:)… (when possible)… don’t wanna strike out aka regret!… nor miss an opportunity to express agape love for fellow-fragile-life.
*btw: i’m not endorsing Sia/Sean Paul, soft ball per se…a useful metaphor/music (exercise and fun family time)… (rhyme-lol;) laughing cause like the way that sentence rolls of my tongue… got a thing for flowing, flowery, poetry-prose;)…
Also, You:) (most Readers) have never “actually” met me (in person) Reader:) (that’s probably a good thing; wouldn’t want to be a disappointment to Anybody!)… however, You’d probably agree, there is (undeniable) evidence of my existence, huh?! …this blog didn’t write itself…duh!;) and yes, my real name is joan (winifred is middle name) and the documentation selfie… is me @ 48 yrs. on Earth 11/19/17… (you can verify image against other pics on this blog and on-line elsewhere).
Good Morning Hungry Birdies:) aka Respected Readers!:)
My Mom/parents are bird watchers… and feeders and they actually have variety of birds feeding out of their hands in their back yard (as well as bird feeders/bird houses)… it’s amazing to see! My Mom is the forest creature whisperer… it’s like the scene from vintage Snow White when all the woodland creatures come out of hiding…are attracted and come to her presence… squirrels, bunnies, moles, turtles, etc.. . Various visitors daily…including a Bob Cat in their back yard along with a huge wild pig passing through one day-lol:)
Cardinals, Blue Jays and Scrub Jays… among their feathered friends/pets/family!:)
Spiritual hunger is top priority for me and my family…(this has to be a short post for now; heading to my parents’ place soon… for art and other work) and looking forward to Bunny TV. That’s what I call relaxing in their lanai looking out at the bunnies, creatures, etc. I LOVE IT!!:).. it’s peaceful/quiet/respite time for me.
Here is a small sprinkling of seeds…enjoy:)
“A law he set in Israel . . . that they might set their confidence in God himself.”—PSALM 78:5, 7.
JEHOVAH God provided the Torah as part of the long-range purpose that he set out in Eden—to restore and bless the entire human family.
What laws did God give before the Law given to Moses?
God prohibited murder and the eating of blood, among other directives. (Genesis 9:3-5) These decrees emphasize the sacredness of life and are binding on all mankind, Noah’s descendants.
Where does Abraham fit into God’s purpose?
God told faithful Abraham: “By means of your seed [one of his descendants] all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves.” (Genesis 22:18) God would use that “seed” to fulfill his purpose.
How does the Law fit into God’s purpose?
In connection with the Law given to Moses, God made a covenant with the nation of Israel. By keeping that covenant, Israel would become “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”—Exodus 19:5, 6.
How did the Law benefit all mankind?
God used the nation of Israel as an example of the blessings that result from supporting his rulership. God’s Law was designed to guide and protect Israel, in order for them to become “a light of the nations.” (Isaiah 42:6) For Israel to become such a blessing, they needed to follow God’s written Law.—Deuteronomy 11:26, 27.
How could a nation of imperfect people carry out God’s Law perfectly?
Despite their best intentions, imperfect people would always fall short, even as Moses did. (Numbers 12:3; 20:10-12) Nevertheless, God preserved ancient Israel in order to fulfill his purpose. [excerpted: How Can You Have a Happy Life?, Section 12, Why Did God Provide the Torah?]
“You must not follow after the crowd to do evil, and you must not pervert justice by giving testimony to go along with the crowd.*(or testimony that is popular)” Exodus 23:22
Any of us can courageously choose NOT to go along with the crowd! IS it an easy course, at times,…no. However, the real thinkers and innovative doers/accomplishers of timelessness goodness…did…outside the boxes of commodity…conformity. Breaking the jello mold…(“watch it wiggle, see it jiggle”… old jello jingle…:) in other words… fear of man, or fear of what Others think or giving up or giving in because of… eats away pieces of integrity.
History is full of examples both positive & negative… impacts of past societies…
Are my personal values making me susceptible or impervious… to Others’ opinions of me?? Yeah, to a degree, of course, it’s only natural to want those You deeply love to think kindly of You…approval of family and society can be two different things… or one and the same type of thing… sometimes, neither society nor family accept..aka fully appreciate and treat me as outcast…(my (Bible) beliefs and (high-compassion) values) have brought me there…(obviously; IF it mattered most to me… winning approval over despising shame… would I write and publish most of this spiritual stuff on this blog?! It’s the slight space between being sensitive to Others and not letting the sensitivities of Others dictate;) my every choice in the matters that matter most.
And what matters most to me??
(Hmmm… living compassion; probably…and white pebbles)… (we all need encouragement/support so… am thankful! for the family/friends i do have who put up with me;)…
Resistance is NOT futile and possible…[excerpted: Resist the Pressure of Public Opinion w 2010] Thinking of a person/example of Compassion and thinking of a person who swam in the opposite direction of society and expectations thereof, etc. of his day… who treated women, children and any other underdog with deserved dignity and respect… check it out please…
“Greeks, Romans, and Judeans all considered honor and shame to be pivotal values in their cultures,” says one scholar. “Men lived and died in quest of honor, reputation, fame, approval, and respect.” Such values made them susceptible to the opinions of others.
Status, position, and honor were everything in a society characterized by an acute awareness of rank, ranging from nobility to slavery. Honor was a person’s value not only in his own eyes but in the eyes of others as well. To honor a person meant to acknowledge publicly that he behaved in a way expected of him. Rendering honor also meant being outwardly impressed by a person’s wealth, office, or nobility and therefore according him due attention. Honor could be won by performing virtuous deeds or by excelling over others. In contrast, shame, or dishonor, accompanied public humiliation or ridicule. More than a personal feeling or a response of one’s conscience, it was the result of condemnation by society.
When Jesus spoke about a person’s being assigned “the most prominent place” or “the lowest place” at a feast, it was a matter of honor or shame according to the culture of the day. (Luke 14:8-10) On at least two occasions, Jesus’ disciples disputed over “which one of them seemed to be greatest.” (Luke 9:46; 22:24) They were manifesting a major concern of the society in which they lived. Meanwhile, proud and competitive Jewish religious leaders saw Jesus’ preaching as a challenge to their honor and authority. Their attempts to get the better of him in public debates before crowds, however, invariably resulted in failure.—Luke 13:11-17.
Another concept current in first-century Jewish, Greek, and Roman thinking was the shamefulness of being “seized and publicly charged with wrongdoing.” For a person to be bound or confined was viewed as degrading. Such treatment insulted an individual before friends, family, and the general community—whether he was convicted of a crime or not. The stigma thereafter attached to his reputation could shatter his self-respect and damage his relationship with others. More shameful than being bound was the indignity of being stripped or flogged. Such treatment incited contempt and derision, depriving the person of his honor.
Execution on a torture stake subjected the victim to the worst of all possible indignities. Such an execution was “the penalty for slaves,” says scholar Martin Hengel. “As such it symbolized extreme humiliation, shame and torture.” Social pressure to renounce a person who was dishonored in this way was brought upon his family and friends. Since Christ died in this manner, all who wanted to be Christians in the first century C.E. thus had to face the challenge of public ridicule. Most people likely considered it absurd for someone to identify himself as a follower of a man who suffered impalement. “We preach Christ impaled,” wrote the apostle Paul, “to the Jews a cause for stumbling but to the nations foolishness.” (1 Cor. 1:23) How did the early Christians face this challenge?
In order to maintain his integrity to Jehovah God, Jesus underwent the most dishonorable execution possible. “He endured a torture stake, despising shame.” (Heb. 12:2) Jesus’ enemies slapped him, spat on him, stripped him, flogged him, impaled him, and reviled him. (Mark 14:65; 15:29-32) Yet, Jesus despised the shame that they attempted to heap on him. How? He refused to shrink from such treatment. Jesus knew that he lost no dignity in Jehovah’s eyes, and he certainly sought no glory from men. Even though Jesus died the death of a slave, Jehovah dignified him by resurrecting him and giving him the most honorable place next to Him. At Philippians 2:8-11, we read: “[Christ Jesus] humbled himself and became obedient as far as death, yes, death on a torture stake. For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
What about us today? Things the world considers foolish, weak, and ignoble, God views as wise, powerful, and honorable. (1 Cor. 1:25-28 “Because a foolish thing of God is wiser than men, and a weak thing of God is stronger than men. For you see his calling of you, brothers, that there are not many wise in a fleshly way *(or by human standards),not many powerful, not many of noble birth *(or from important families), 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world to put the wise men to shame; and God chose the weak things of the world to put the strong things to shame; 28 and God chose the insignificant things of the world and the things looked down on, the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,”
Would it not be foolish and shortsighted for us to be influenced entirely by public opinion?
Whether You Reader:) are a follower of Christ (or choose another role-model/mentor) or not… it begs the self-reflection questions: am I unduly influenced by society and public opinion…(and for the better or for the worse/to my own detriment)?? Would I willingly despise shame, face public ridicule, torture for my personal belief system?? Is my personal belief system worth it?! And what did Jesus preach/teach…a timeless message of Peace & Compassion and help for the underdog!!!
Society and societies have let free/walk…violent criminals against humanity and basic compassion.
Think about it where is Today’s society taking me… to peace, joy, happiness, life?!…
No, a violent, non-compassionate, self-serving society is one I will balk!… and I choose to remain politically neutral and a conscientious objector
I will continue to spiritually fight with all my might to NOT conform!!!…I invite You Reader:) to flee from the elements of society that are hurting Humanity, You and the Planet… namely, false religion, fake government, materialism, and commercialism/big business!
As previous societies have past/passed away..so, this current-present society will end… who will survive??!…
1. Alcohol & drug intoxication… a rip off …not true ecstasy.
2. Smoking/drugging… a rip off… not real air/oxygen…energy.
3. Nationalism…a rip off… not true-united-brotherhood-of-global-fellow-fragile-life seeking the unselfish best interests of all.
4. Fame & Fortune… a rip off… not true friendship nor true security…
“There are companions ready to crush one another; But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” PRO verbs 18:24
“For wisdom is a protection just as money is a protection, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves the life of its owner.” Eccl. 7:12
“The wealth of the rich is his fortified city; It is like a protective wall in his imagination.” PRO verbs 18:11
5. Latest technology… a rip off… IF mostly misused to hurt rather than help/heal…(Or to silence/kill instead of communicating/interacting/living/moving).
6. FAKE Religion/Big Business…Fake Government…Fake Media/Fake mind-food aka fake knowledge/fake leadership…inaccurate/insufficient misinformation/propaganda, no actual evidence, etc….a rip off… not TRUE satisfying spirituality (or leadership) leading aka setting example worthy of imitation/modeling…leading to TRUE peace (and life/longevity eternal).
“One whose appetite is satisfied turns down honey from the comb, But to the hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet.” PRO verbs 27:7
“And I heard another voice out of heaven say: “Get out of her (fake religion), my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4
7. War games/violence… a rip off… not a viable solution/resolution to conflict …”those who take up the sword… perish by the sword!”
“Then Jesus said to him: “Return your sword to its place, for all those who take up the sword will perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:52
“As a city broken through, without a wall, is the man who cannot control his temper.” PRO verbs 25:28
(a limited list; e.g., not extensive… obviously;
I’m sure You could think of other rip-offs to add.)
Accurate Knowledge… along with proactive-POSITIVE Psychological tactics/non-combative/”spiritual” warfare…(in my POV) is like non-invasive, bloodless, precise, mind surgery… with better outcomes!… respecting the sacredness/preciousness of life!:)
“By patience a commander is won over, and a gentle (mild) tongue can break a bone.” PRO verbs 25:15
“Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise reprover to a receptive ear.” PRO verb 25:12
“A mild answer turns away rage, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” PRO verb 15:1
“If your enemy (the one hating you) is hungry, give him bread to eat; If he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For you will be heaping burning coals on his head (that is to soften the person and melt his hardness), and Jehovah (True God of Compassion) will reward you.” PRO verbs 25:22
“Put away from yourselves every kind of malicious bitterness, anger, wrath, screaming, and abusive speech, as well as everything injurious. 32 But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31, 32
PEACE Reader:)… keep up the fully-awake-wise-fine-fight: Soldier of Compassion!:)
11/04/17 @ 12:00 p.m.
Is a house… truly a home without peace & compassion & agape (unselfish) love??… what about our beautiful planet Earth with all its inhabitants?! (Would You agree?…Each family member aka fellow-fragile-life has a personal responsibility to contribute/maintain/sustain home aka Earth.)
When the illusions blow away… what are you left with?? The TRUTH!
(and hope of a “real” life)
Reminder… the real thing is not worthless… counterfeit is!
(wishing the “real” life to all my fellow-beautiful-breathing-fragile-life)
In my (albeit limited) POV, attaining the real life… doesn’t involve being a people pleaser or selfishly pleasing myself or acquiring material wealth, status in any form, prestige in any form, fame/name for myself–tons of so-called friends/or counterfeit love… but pleasing the True God of Compassion… living compassion… to the best of my abilities-skills/accurate-knowledge.
Things I’ve learned so far…
You gain more (than you lose) from self-sacrifice.
You lose more (than what you supposedly gain) from self-indulgence.
“There is morehappinessingiving than there is in receiving.”—Acts 20:35
Interpreting Happiness & Success:
Success Stories—How True?
Occasionally we hear anecdotal accounts about individuals who grew up in troubled homes but fought against all odds and became very wealthy. “Such stories are sometimes cited as evidence that they made the best of a bad thing, turning out well despite or because of their unhappy childhoods,” explains a report on happiness in the San Francisco Chronicle. “The problem with this interpretation, according to research, is that they may not have turned out so well after all. They just turned out wealthy.”
Happiness Fosters Good Health
A happy disposition is good medicine. “Happiness or related mental states like hopefulness, optimism and contentment appear to reduce the risk or limit the severity of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, colds and upper-respiratory infections,” says a report in Time magazine. Furthermore, a Dutch study of elderly patients revealed that over a nine-year period, a happy, positive disposition reduced the risk of death by an amazing 50 percent!
How mental states affect the body remains unclear. Research has shown, however, that positive, optimistic people have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is known to suppress the immune system. [excerpts Recipe For True Happiness w 06]
A late afternoon lunch (or early dinner) @ 4:20 p.m….Yummy. I am starting my second cup of Green Tea and second bite of Dark Chocolate! 🙂
(Sorry! to any sensitive Eaters-Readers:) out there (who may be offended by my consuming choices). A girl’s gotta eat, correct? 😉 I eat in moderation when I am hungry and stop when I am full; thus, the late lunch (after physical work) and 2nd cup of tea (the salty mussels made me a little thirsty for more). (Your lunch and dinner is probably more tasty than mine, huh? EnJOY!)
Sip, sip, sip…
My mind is thirsty for more too…How about You?? Again, Sorry! to any sensitive Eaters-Readers:) out there (who may be offended by my mind consuming choices). A girl’s mind has to eat, too, correct? 😉 Thank You for trying some new veggies/tastes.
(Or perhaps, your mind diet requires a spiritual supplement?!)
Bon Appetite!:)… sip, sip, sip…(my green highlights of excerpted points of interest)
“They are no part of the world.”—John 17:16.
People who do not share our faith may feel a special loyalty to their country, tribe, or culture or even to their national sports team. Challenges to such loyalties have resulted in competition and rivalry and, in extreme cases, bloodshed and genocide. The way that people resolve these issues, for better or for worse, might touch us or our families personally because we are inescapably a part of human society. Since God made man with an innate sense of justice, the decisions that human governments make may offend our sense of what is right and fair. (Gen. 1:27; Deut. 32:4) How do we react under such circumstances? It would be all too easy to take sides in worldly issues and be drawn into controversy.
And the easy way… is NOT always the smartest or wisest way, eh?!:)
The institutions that govern human society may pressure citizens to take sides in conflicts that arise. True Christians cannot do so. We do not participate in the political controversies of this world; nor do we take up arms. (Matt. 26:52) We are not swayed by efforts to involve us in exalting any portion of […] world over another. (2 Cor. 2:11) Being no part of the world, we rise above worldly rivalries.—Read John 15:18, 19.
Example of Sage of Peace/Compassion…
If you are ever in doubt as to how you ought to behave in any given situation, it would be wise to ask yourself, ‘What would Jesus have done?’ The nation in which Jesus lived was made up of people from various regions—Judea, Galilee, Samaria, and others. Bible accounts reveal that there were tensions between people of these different areas. (John 4:9) Tensions also existed between Pharisees and Sadducees (Acts 23:6-9), between the people and the tax collectors (Matt. 9:11), and between those who had received a Rabbinic education and those who had not. (John 7:49) In the first century, Israel was ruled by the Romans, whose presence was deeply resented by the local people. While Jesus championed religious truth […], he never encouraged his disciples to foster rivalries. (John 4:22) On the contrary, he urged them to love all men as their neighbor.—Luke 10:27.
Why did Jesus not endorse common Jewish prejudices? Because neither he nor his Father takes sides in this world’s controversies. […]God designed humans in such a way that they could produce different races. Neither Jehovah nor Jesus exalts one race, nationality, or language above another. (Acts 10:34, 35; Rev. 7:9, 13, 14) We must follow their perfect example.—Matt. 5:43-48.
In NO WAY do I want to endorse common prejudices!!!…(i.e. politics, certain controversies exalt one race, nationality or language above others.) That’s partially why I am impartially no part of the world…I stay politically neutral. I love all my fellow-fragile-life-brothers-and-sisters-globally and wish them all PEACE and longevity!! It doesn’t matter what peer-pressure, family-pressure, community-pressure, national-pressure, political-power-struggle-pressure, etc. we can all rise above worldly rivalries! I cannot kill my brother or sister just because they live in another country or speak another language or eat different food!
Sip, sip, sip…
Note how some first-century Christians reacted to one divisive issue that arose within the congregation. Individuals in Corinth were saying: “‘I belong to Paul,’ ‘But I to Apollos,’ ‘But I to Cephas,’ ‘But I to Christ.’” Whatever the underlying issue, the apostle Paul was indignant about its effect. “Is the Christ divided?” he asked. What was the solution to such disruptive thinking? Paul exhorted the Christians: “Now I urge you, brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you should all speak in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you may be completely united in the same mind and in the same line of thought.” Neither should there be divisions of any kind in […] (True) Christian congregation today.—1 Cor. 1:10-13; read Romans 16:17, 18 “Now I urge you, brothers, to keep your eye on those who create divisions and causes for stumbling contrary to the teaching that you have learned, and avoid them For men of that sort are slaves, not of our Lord Christ, but of their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattering speech they seduce the hearts of unsuspecting ones.”
Some of us are being seduced everyday…by the political and religious and big business smooth-talkers, etc. Don’t be an unsuspecting one/pawn doing the mindless bidding of the puppet masters (in their various ego-power struggles/controversies)!
Has your upbringing or environment exposed you to national or regional loyalties? Do any such feelings still linger in your heart? Christians should not allow nationalistic fervor to taint their view of others. But what if you realize that you do have negative thoughts toward people of other nations, cultures, languages, or races? Then it would certainly be profitable to meditate on how Jehovah (True God of Agape/Compassion) views nationalism and prejudice.—Read Romans 12:2And stop being molded by this system of things, but be transformed by making your mind over, so that you may prove to yourselves the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. [excerpted reference: Maintain Your Loyalty to God’s Kingdom w 2015]
Questions for Reflections:
Who is molding my mind? This system of things/world.. aka soon to end framework of human society??
Do I have or foster attitude “mine is best” …holding partisan allegiances??
Am I truly FREE…on all levels from: divisive, prideful, competitive practices that dominate today’s hurtful/violent/unloving present world/framework of human society??
PEACE & Unity to YOU:)
Published 10/26/17 @ 6:26 p.m.
P.s. and a FY…i did not finish drinking my 2nd cup of green tea…😉
Many who used to behave like fierce animals have changed their personality. This dramatic change was foretold in a Bible prophecy. (Read Isaiah 11:6, 7.) We read there about wild animals, such as wolves and lions, who live in peace with domestic animals, such as lambs and calves. Why would they have peace? The prophecy continues: “Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah.” (Isaiah 11:9) [excerpted w 18 my green highlight]
“knowledge of Jehovah” aka True God of Compassion…a progressive compassion education of positive changes…acting with agape & compassion helps all-us-fellow-fragile-breathing-life live together/get along in Peace:)
Eccl. 9:4: There is hope for whoever is among the living, because a live dog is better off than a dead lion.
Practical commentary on above verse: [excerpted How to Achieve True Success AWAKE! 2014]
WHAT IT MEANS. If you work secularly, your job should be part of your life—but not your whole life. Really, how successful will you feel if you are at the top of your profession but lose your health or the respect of your family? People who are truly successful endeavor to keep their work, health, and family life in proper balance.
WHAT YOU CAN DO. Take care of yourself. Get proper rest. There is little benefit in becoming a workaholic who sacrifices everything—health, family, and friendships—for false success.