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High COMPASSION (standards)

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BTW: Just because

i may

“choose”

to

use

my

free will

in

a manner…exhibiting HIGH respect for life and compassion..

doesn’t make me a perfectionist or over-achiever

may be

it

just

shows

i

CARE

A LOT!!! (Hold in Esteem/Value)

for

fellow-fragile-life

and

the planet

and

the

intelligent mind (God of Compassion)

designer

behind

all that is…(created in the Universe and beyond)

 

4/16/17 @ 5:44 a.m.

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just checking

Breathing-Fragile-Life caregiving compassion conscientious-ness heart Joan Winifred

how is (my)

i sight?

picking up a pair of spiritual/compassion lenses…may be a necessary

for

improved

eye

sight.

seeing/understanding

the

(compassion, etc.)

needs

of

my fellow-fragile-life…(fragile in the sense of interdependency, etc.)

and

providing

aid/support/assistance/kindness/etc.

of some sort…

i know

my small

hands (personal limitations) can’t

do much…(aka as much as i would like)

but a little something

may be better

than a little

nothing.

“So, then, as long as we have the opportunity (appointed time), let us work what is good toward all…” Galatians 6:10

{what may be good for You–may not be good for me; what may be good for me–may not be good for you}

May be? the ? to ask is:

How Do i (small i not big I) help YOU?

(can human eyes see <3?)

 

3/14/17 @ 11:54 a.m.

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Rescuing Kitty Cats

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IDK…is this my job now?? to rescue cute kitty cats and constantly feed them milk then solid food?? (i guess, it’s a perfectly fine job.)

{But like how many strays/ferals can one person really help/care for?? managing attachments is NOT an easy task. (believe me, i don’t just wanna help the so-called “adorable” cats.)}

not complaining…sigh, sigh.

On any given day, there are cats/people needing some help/comfort/food in one way or another…just doing my (non-partial) compassion job (nothing special on my part).  Out of all the cats in the world…”why” did you have to meow?!

OW!

all i know is my motto: “Trust in God and Do Good.”…or try your best to do your best and leave the rest to GOD (of Compassion)…(to figure out)

Trust in Jehovah and do what is good; Reside in the earth, and act with faithfulness. (Psalm 37:3)

Anyway, my kids/our family did actually “rescue” recently a (literal) baby kitty…(my very ill (fav) cousin in hospice helped name her)…

i live with hope so…so, may be? i can help give some hope (theocracy)..

in seemingly hopeless places…you can find…

 

10/26/16 @ 2:33 p.m.

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POP

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Keep, throw and give.

Keep, Give, Throw,

Give, Throw, Keep…any combination of (my) 3 organizational categories…will do.

Got it? Give it? Throw it?…will You keep…attention?!…(managing disorder/mess (aka entrophy*), eh? YAY! when my project(s) is/are complete…(who am i kidding: it’s the never-ending project: of “this” life/compassion/family/growth/laundry/learning life skills).

(Seems like the more i try to simplify…the more complicated my organizational skills/requirements must become.)

Man, OUCHY-WAWA! 🙁 i’ve got a (literal) migraine today…could be the cold weather front, etc…POP…my head feels like it could explode. (It’s challenging to concentrate on tasks/typing at hand.) i need some honey, honey…(oh, and you know a cup of green tea) was (in my recent past) reading about: “The Honeycomb” (my highlights) Awake! January 2015

For centuries, mathematicians suspected that partitions in the shape of hexagons were better than equilateral triangles or squares—or any other shape—for maximizing space with the least amount of building material. But they could not fully explain why. In 1999, Professor Thomas C. Hales provided mathematical proof for the advantage of what he termed “honeycomb conjecture.” He demonstrated that regular hexagons are the best way to divide a space into equal parts with minimal structural support.

By using hexagonal cells, bees can make the best use of all the space available to them, produce a light but sturdy honeycomb with a minimum amount of wax, and store the maximum amount of honey in a given space. Not surprisingly, the honeycomb has been described as “an architectural masterpiece.”

Today, scientists mimic the bees’ honeycomb to create structures that are both resilient and space efficient.

(That’s it: a “nature/Divine/God-Yaweh-Jehovah” solution (Divine Education)…my life in honeycomb…arranged (invisibly)/simply and sweetly/hexagonal-y.)


*entrophy:

my/man’s self-importance/pride IS dangerous/destructive/venomous to all relationships/ecosystems aka living arrangements on/(in) this planet/(house)…(throw it away)…or get rid of it: self-importance before it destroys all the honey, peace and open……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………space.
Logically thinking/contemplating about  the compassionate/healthy/positive/loving ripple/residual effects: (of practical counsel/application thereof):
“Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility (or lowliness of mind) consider others superior to you as you look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.
(Philippians 2:3,4)
 The end…nope! POP: The BEGINNING:)
(published 1/6/15@5:48 p.m.)
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Greet…ings & Life…ings, & ings inging: Innings1-3

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Greetings All Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life!:)…ing-ing in your particular inning… Hope All is WELL!:)

As You know, “real” life is about “ing” not about past tense: “ed.”

Liv…ing

Breath…ing

Laugh…ing

Cry…ing

Recuperat...ing

Endur…ing

Learn...ing

Lov...ing

Help…ing

Giv…ing

Mak…ing

Car…ing

Grow…ing

Chang…ing

Read…ing

Writ…ing

Solv…ing

Hop…ing

Communicat…ing

Translat…ing

Observ…ing

Report…ing

Witness…ing!..(evidence build..ing.)

************************************************************************* Inning 2:

September: Pet peev…ing: there is a *gastro-intestinal virus/flu outbreak at my daughters’ school…UGH! another reason i dislike public (controlling) programming of the masses aka institutionalized education… aka exposure to bugs/germs/viruses and not just literal lice…including “thinking” germs/lice that negatively infect/itch mind.

Why can’t planet earth… outdoors be our classroom?! Oh yeah, (1 reason) man “cruel” has/is destroying ecosystems of education as I compose(d) this. How SAD!..For all the children/breathing-fragile-life of the world:(

(Learning among trees and plenty of fresh air nurtures/grows big brains.)

*It struck our house the Saturday before last… and has slowly made it’s way through each family member… including now yours truly…I sound grumpy in this post… may be I am a little.;) Forgive me?  THANKFULLY, I finished my important compassion work that of taking care of others, helping, etc. before getting too sick to do much of anything, but seek relief by collapsing on my bed. God, I am so thankful to have a bed on which to be sick!! and a working toilet in close proximity.  I was thinking about Ebola outbreak in Africa and all the suffering tooooooooooooooo sad to describe and the difficult/horrific living conditions in which many endure… globally. (BTW: this post is not a pity party for me.)

Who helps the solvers?? Who comforts the solvers?…(Who comforts the comforters?) Who counts the tears of the criers? (For related context: please read: a-compassionate-caregiver-cries how-do-i-help-you and what-am-i-suppose-to-do)

You know, the ones who have the job of solving… or have the task demanded of them, for whatever reason, even if it’s not in their job description:  that’s tough-ing/rough-ing…not easy by any means, huh?!…Then you have those who arrogantly take on task of problem(s) solver when they are not adequately qualified to do so… thus, causing even more problems needing solving.

***************************************************************************************** Inning 1: written last Wednesday… published Tuesday…30th of September 2014:

“Everything [God] has made pretty in its time,” he went on to say, “Even time indefinite he has put in their heart, that mankind may never find out the work that the true God has made from the start to the finish.” The NIV Study Bible renders this verse: “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”—Ecclesiastes 3:11.

On days like today, when most of my immediate family is VERY sick with the stomach flu and needing constant care…I like to dwell on the temporary nature of it all… the suffering that is. The/my entire-extended global family of breathing-fragile-life is sick/hurting in some way and on some level including planet earth. Eventually… in time… all will be well that is my long-term hope. 🙂

Yes, I live with/for hope. All of us need something NICE/Positive for which to look forward/anticipate! 🙂 It’s Wednesday of the work week…”believers” have hope the week-end will arrive, right?

Wellness…is a spiritual/physical/mental/emotional/global…simultaneous/multi-dimensional optimal functioning being-ness.

It’s curious that the head of the family hubby, Chato Stewart, is pretty sick, i’m okay, 1st born & 3rd kids got the sickest and 2nd & 4th kids are okay at the moment. In all families you find/have healthier members and sicker ones it seems and at various times. The healthy members (e.g., me in my family right now… is the one in the position to care for/clean up the sick mess.) The Others are just too sick for the task.

Globally same thing. So, when it comes to climate/sick/clean-up control/change…(Can you tell? I was watching the UN climate Control summit/President Barack O’Bama’s live speech, etc…)…Logic/experience assures me: You can’t look to the blizzard to shovel the snow. You cannot look to the tornado to repair roofs or to the category 4 hurricane to stop the wind…blowing.

Will thieves safeguard your bank account??

Realistically, can we look to/trust the non-compassionate mess makers/destroyers/ruiners/takers of lives and of this planet’s resources for their own selfish profits (i.e. corrupt governments/big businesses/big religions) …to now be the saviors/safe guarders of the planet aka the compassion/peace makers, the givers and cleaner-up-ers?!

(For related reading(s), please see: Sovereignty Soup: A World Kitchena day with-OUT, The Ecosystems of Breathing-Fragile-LifeWhat’s Holding Your mind? What’s Holding Your heart?, Sprinkling Seeds…, Sedition,Compassion Conversation 3)

How can you/we trust “any” government/so-called leader who/that IS killing people/animals/at war as a “peace” solution with their hands (aka power/actions) and with their mouth IS selling: “we are gonna do such and such to save the planet/sustain life for generations to come.”

Is it time to “trust” another source (i.e. Divine) to compassionately sustain life? A realistic/humble mind answers:..?..(YES.)

*****************************************************************Next inning in the works….

 Researchers working for The Franklin Institute’s Center for Innovation in Science Learning explain: “The human brain is able to continually adapt and rewire itself. Even in old age, it can grow new neurons. Severe mental decline is usually caused by disease, whereas most age-related losses in memory or motor skills simply result from inactivity and a lack of mental exercise and stimulation.”

In other words, if we could keep the brain intellectually stimulated and free from disease, it could keep working indefinitely. “‘The brain,’ declares molecular biologist James Watson, co-discoverer of the physical structure of DNA, ‘is the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe.’” A book by neuroscientist Gerald Edelman explains that a section of the brain the size of a match head “contains about a billion connections that can combine in ways which can only be described as hyperastronomical—on the order of ten followed by millions of zeros.”

The fact that we have an inborn desire to live and an enormous capacity to learn leads to a logical conclusion: Humans are designed to live much longer than a mere 70 or 80 years. This, in turn, leads us to another conclusion: There must be a Designer, a Creator, a God. The immutable laws of the physical universe and the unfathomable complexity of life on earth fully support belief in the existence of a Creator.

Does it seem logical that although endowed with such potential, humans should live just a few decades? This sounds as unreasonable as using a powerful locomotive with a long train of freight cars to transport a grain of sand across a distance of just a few inches! Why, then, does mankind have such an enormous capacity for creative thought and learning? Could it be that humans, unlike animals, are not supposed to die at all—that they were created to live forever? (excerpted: Is Death Really The End? Awake! 2007)

Brains have the capacity to live forever… will man? YES!:)… with Divine help/intelligence.

(September is almost over: YAY!!)

 

 

 

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Fighting Complacency!

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Complacent?

a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better

self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies

an instance of usually unaware or uniformed self-satisfaction~Merriam-Webster.com

Indifference, apathy and complacency… obstacles…enemies of compassion??

WHO of us (who value life) would “willingly” fly w/a complacent pilot?!

Check out what I read:

Pilots who fly one of the most successful aircraft ever built have a preflight inspection checklist consisting of more than 30 items. If they do not carefully follow the checklist each time before takeoff, the pilots increase the possibility of a tragic accident. Do you know what type of pilot is especially urged to complete the checklist every time? It is the very experienced pilot! The seasoned pilot could easily become complacent and fail to carry out the preflight inspection in every detail. Like a safety-minded pilot, you can use a type of checklist to make sure that your faith will not falter when you need it most.  Failure to check on this regularly and diligently can lead to spiritual ruin.

Complacency can ruin compassion, complacency can ruin lives!

  Him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall.—1 Cor. 10:12.


I remember as a very young/little girl riding/driving along with my parents down Broadway Somerville, MA… and seeing some random old gentleman hunched over walking ever so slowly w/cane in hand (I think ? near the old Somerville Theatre)… and my immediate response was tears 🙁 and feeling so badly for him! I remember thinking…can’t we stop to help him; I know my parents didn’t see him as we quickly drove by.

Caring is a burden! When it comes to compassion, it’s a heavy weight to bear.

Fast forward… young married adult walking downtown Manhattan somewhere w/hubby & Brooklyn Friends, Ty & Kett:)…happened upon a huge crowd/swarm of finely dressed folks coming from some event may be ? theatre…and by contrast…there laying on the filthy sidewalk alone was a woman hysterically crying and wrapped in a black-plastic-garbage-bag for clothing!:(

The contrast of states & status… so DISTURBED/UPSET me!!!… It was sorta a brief glance/look as we were making our way quickly through the mob without getting separated or lost… Hubby & friends were leading the way and with all the people, it was impossible for me to stop or to find the woman… and my friends/hubby didn’t see her…I told them about her.

I hate being in situations like that… when you’re aware of another’s pain & suffering and you’re helpless due to circumstance or whatever to intervene or help…i’d like to think someone stopped to help her…

I stopped to think/talk about her and pray for her and I wrote a poem about her a long time ago. Hopefully, by now, IF she’s still living, she’s  out of the gutter.

Though Hubby & Others are quick to remind me of scammers out there… that like to take advantage of sensitive hearts like mine… who feel for others & their plight.

Through the years and through the neighborhoods…I’ve lived in and the community work been involved in…met all kinds from all walks of life…& I’m heart happy that I haven’t brushed anybody aside/have treated all with dignity & agape… no matter how difficult or demanding or undesirable they may have been or dirty/stinky-lol… my conscience lets me sleep at night.

Life must be easier…IF you’re not super sensitive…and don’t give a hoot about anything or anyone, but yourself.

It’s tough. It’s not easy loving & worrying about peoples & things that some don’t even notice!!

Then again, it’s one thing to feel compassion and another thing to act upon it…(that’s why i try my best & let God do the rest:)

 Mercy is a blend of many good qualities. It involves graciousness, love, kindness, and goodness. Tender feelings of compassion or sympathy are at the root of acts of mercy. While godly mercy does not compromise justice, Jehovah/Yahweh is slow to anger and patiently gives wrongdoers sufficient time to attain to repentance (aka change for the better/healthier/more compassionate course.) (2 Peter 3:9, 10) Mercy is thus related to patience and long-suffering. As a combination of many desirable traits—including various aspects of the fruitage of God’s spirit—mercy becomes a framework within which these qualities may be cultivated. (Galatians 5:22, 23) How vital that we strive to be merciful!

The psalmist sang: “Jehovah is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and great in loving-kindness. Jehovah is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works.” (Psalm 145:8, 9) Jehovah is “the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3) Mercy is shown by treating someone in a compassionate way. This is a major facet of God’s personality. His example and his instructions to us can teach us what true mercy is. ~ Your Father is Merciful

Think what peace many us could find IF we treated each other with mercy and not complacency!:)

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Name Your Hat

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AH:)…the life of Wife, Mother, Partner, Friend, Fragile-Life, Freckle-Face labeled joanie, etc., etc., etc., and the many hats she must wear…at any given moment in time…and all in the same day, eh?! (even when sick??)…uh-huh.
What (goofy or serious) hats do You wear? when? why? & why not…LOL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(post published 6/1/14 @ 12:18 p.m.

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