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Possibly? Best Treatment in Challenging Times

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Forgiveness…(and endurance and empathy)

(perhaps?, the best possible treatment…(plan/purpose) for fellow-fragile-life at this interim time frame.)

There are some things… that cannot be cured/solved/completely understood/appreciated at the present moment/point in time…

(e.g., Bipolar Disorder, etc. or Other serious situations/circumstances…ills ailing/alienating us sick humans.)

Forgiveness and endurance…empathy are important components of COM——P-A-S-S-I-O-N, eh?!

FEE

Stretching/flexing my compassion…. muscles/skills in challenging times.

There is a fee to be paid…PRO   verb 3:27…

Do not withhold good from those to whom you should give it*(Or “to whom it is owing.”)

If it is within your power*(Or “within the power of your hand”) to help.

10/13/17 @ 4:44 p.m.

POWER

(To help is not a misuse of power.)

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Apex Predator(s)

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Dingo dogs

among others… are considered A.P. (i.e. man has dominated man to his own injury, and what about woman??)

(On the watch and look out…)

A.P…

Including the GRIEF messing with my mind!… hurting heart.

The battle of my own mind…i have to fight off my (deep) grief
Before it
Kills
Me. (and at the moment i am not down for the count; my sparring continues)

sorrowing/weeping for you……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..and me…and Others, Puerto Rico and the Islands, etc. and the isolated ones… who think they’re an unreachable/untouchable island of security.

My heart weeps for those who sleep…(spiritually) who settle for the mundane routines of life and the ways of death.

I also have to destroy the selfishness in me…in order to continue forward on my spiritual path of living compassion and agape love… to the fullest extent.

I must conquer… and not be conquered! i will. come off victorious! (with God’s help, of course.)

Hope and faith… an anchor sure.

What is today’s date & time?… another day to make a little difference…”there is more happiness in giving…”

9/26/17 @ 5:24 a.m.

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Purging Purgatory

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Peoples & places & punishments… we all need relief! (some RIP: rest in Peace:)…a break from the fake!…

sadly:( some of us have suffered oppression in one form or another throughout our lives (and in the graves??)…by lies.

Investigate for Yourself, please, the origins of doctrines…[excepted reading reference article: “Is Purgatory mentioned in the Bible?” 2017]

Purgatory is defined in Catholic teaching as the state, place, or condition where the souls of those who die atone for their unforgiven sins and are purified.*(See the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Second Edition, Volume 11, page 824.) According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this purification is needed “to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.” The Catechism adds that “the tradition of the Church . . . speaks of a cleansing fire,” (as depicted in the artwork accompanying this article.) However, this is not a Scriptural teaching.

The ancient Greeks believed in Limbo and purgatory. Influenced by Greek philosophy, Clement of Alexandria asserted that the dead could be cleansed of sin by a purifying fire. However, it was Pope Gregory the Great who stressed the fire of purgatory as a matter of unquestioned belief, according to The History of Christian Doctrines. This reference work adds that Gregory, who was pope from 590 to 604 C.E., “is usually called ‘the inventor of purgatory.’” The Catholic Church defined its official teaching of purgatory at the councils of Lyons (1274) and Florence (1439) and reaffirmed it at the Council of Trent in 1547.

What the Bible says…

People who have died are unconscious. “The living know that they are to die, but the dead no longer know anything.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, NAB) A person who has died cannot feel anything and therefore cannot be cleansed by any fire of purgatory.

There is no punishment for sins after a person dies. The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death” and that “a dead person has been absolved from sin.” (Romans 6:7, 23, NAB) Death is the full and complete punishment for sin.

Some of us are suffering enough paying full price of consequence(s)… some of us are punished enough in life… leave ’em alone in death!!..RIP…relax, price was fully paid.

 

8/19/17 @ 11:40 p.m.

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“Cone” of Uncertainty

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Wish i was talking about an ice cream cone.

Staying calm in the cone of uncertainty…

“perhaps” quite crucial for survival!

Generally speaking…(and not just concerning hurricanes and any potential impacts)…some of us get all worked up when their isn’t enough accurate information to make an informed logical assessment.

Fear, negative emotions, and anxiety can dictate rash and dash decisions that can prove fatal and not wise nor life-saving.

Sometimes, you need to be patience and wait and see how things may turn out, but take all necessary precautions and preventive measures for safety.

Before a major event: Yeah, prep for the worse and positively hope and pray for the best…possible outcome.

Prepare and Don’t Panic!

  • In a fire. Stay close to the floor, and move quickly to the nearest exit. Smoke makes it hard to see, and most fire deaths are caused by smoke inhalation. Leave behind personal items. Seconds can make the difference between life and death.

    In an earthquake. Get under sturdy furniture or next to an inside wall. Expect aftershocks, and get outside and away from buildings as soon as you can. Trained rescuers may not arrive for hours, so try to rescue others if you can.

    In a tsunami. If the water suddenly rushes away from the shore, move quickly to higher ground. Expect more and larger waves.

    In a tornado or a hurricane. Go to a storm shelter without delay.

    In a flood. Stay out of flooded buildings. Avoid wading in or driving through water. Floodwater can contain sewage and conceal dangers, including debris, open manholes, and downed power lines.

    Did you know? Two feet [0.6 m] of moving water can carry a car away. Most deaths in a flood result when people try to drive through moving water.

    If the authorities order evacuation, leave immediately! Let friends know where you are, or they may risk their lives looking for you.

    Did you know? Text messaging may be more reliable than telephone voice service.

    If the authorities direct residents to remain at home or shelter in place, stay inside. In case of an outdoor chemical, biological, or nuclear accident or attack, stay indoors, turn off ventilation, and seal all doors and windows. In a nuclear event, go to the lowest internal part of your building to reduce exposure to radiation. Listen to local TV or radio news. Stay indoors until authorities announce that the threat has passed. [excerpted Disaster–Steps That Could Save Lives Awake! No. 5 2017]

Be Safe Readers and Remain Calm in the Cone of Uncertainty!:)…

aka be patient & prepare & Pray for come what may.

During Disaster: “Act Quickly”–taking compassionate safe steps that save lives!:)

 

9/8/17 @ 2:30 a.m.

p.s. and get adequate rest/sleep…(to cope and endure)…Good Night or is it? Good Morning;)

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In and Out of Control

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The world is not like a runaway train, completely out of control and heading to a catastrophic end. God has established boundaries, or limits, on how much damage humans can inflict on themselves.

 “And there is not a creation that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and openly exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we must give an account.” (Hebrews 4:13) [excerpted reading reference below]

Check it out PLEASE…🙂 🙂 🙂…the “details”…

What the Bible says should not be quickly dismissed in view of the fact that so much of what it foretells has actually been fulfilled in amazing detail.

For instance, consider the following Bible prophecies:

“Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.”​—Matthew 24:7.

“In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.”​—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

Those prophecies describe a world that some might say is spiraling out of control. In a sense, our world is indeed out of control​—out of the control of humans. According to the Bible, humans simply do not have the wisdom and power to bring about a permanent solution. This is highlighted in the following scriptures:

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”​—Proverbs 14:12.

“Man has dominated man to his harm.”​—Ecclesiastes 8:9.

“It does not belong to man . . . even to direct his step.”​—Jeremiah 10:23.

Left to its own devices, the world could very likely face a global catastrophe. But that is not going to happen! Why? This is what the Bible says:

God “has established the earth on its foundations; it will not be moved from its place forever and ever.”​—Psalm 104:5.

“A generation is going, and a generation is coming, but the earth remains forever.”​—Ecclesiastes 1:4.

“The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.”​—Psalm 37:29.

“There will be an abundance of grain on the earth; on the top of the mountains it will overflow.”​—Psalm 72:16.

 These Bible teachings provide clear answers. Mankind will not die off from pollution, lack of food and water, or a global pandemic. The world will not be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Why not? God is in control of our planet’s future. Granted, God has allowed humans to exercise free will. However, they will reap the consequences for their decisions. 

Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap;” (Galatians 6:7)

But God will do more. He will bring about an “abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11  “But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”) [excerpted recent readings: AWAKE! No. 6 2017]

My studies give me a b-r-i-g-h-t outlook…plus, i realize that learning to exercise my free will in a compassionate manner…is good for me, my Loved Ones, my Fellow-Fragile-Life, and the Planet.

A lot of humanity’s dire straights are self-inflicted! We all, individually & collectively, need “different” on-going education…on the lines of…dropping arrogance..and

Sowing humble seeds of compassion…heart flowers bloom…eventually, eh?:)…and IF more of us-fellow-fragile-life choose peace…things gradually improve…(also, Divine Guidance/Government & Intervention needed).

THANK YOU Reader for NOT USING Your Free Will in a manner that inflicts harm!:) We, humans, have the potential for great healing/recuperation/recovery…in my pov it starts with spirituality…then flows/follows to mental, emotional, and physical health.

i am in control of my decisions…i can continue to choose compassion.

i can choose peace/Agape Love (and not violence/hate).

i can choose healthy-happy-happenings!-lol:)

(and i can choose to make the best out of whatever comes my way…hurricane or other.)

9/6/17 @ 8:16 p.m.

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Prepare and Don’t Panic!

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My thoughts and prayers are with those dealing with/experiencing Category 5 Hurricane Irma at the moment of this writing! And, of course, with all Others in the potential “perhaps” zone of catastrophic path of the unknown impact! And with All those dealing with a disaster of one name/sort or another in one place or another!

My Brother and Sister-in-law are in Haiti…my immediate Family and Friends are here close to my vicinity in FL. I think this whole state is a flood zone. We happen to live in flat land…our place of literal/bodily dwelling doesn’t flood…usually, but surrounding us does…go figure?….of course, with potential of spillage or depending on rainfall, etc. that could change fast.

During rainy season, i live in crocs. {i haven’t gotten around to getting rubber boats -ha, i meant to type boots:)…it’s hot to wear boots in high 80’s/90’s, but i think, it’s “probably” time. The super big puddles/rivers and washed out streets…picking kids up from school has had me considering a boots investment for a while now. Rubber boots may be sold out ? IDK and rainy season is almost finished…Hurricane season ends in November.} Boots haven’t been a necessity…for me (till now? in the “perhaps” zone)

My kids are prepping their to-go bags/carry-ons as i type on this laptop…and my 12 year old just announced -lol that IF we leave, (cause of flooding), she is NOT taking her homework binder!!;) This is ironic coming from a kid who always does her homework no matter what and is thoughtful, super-responsible with follow-through! She’s also singing “it’s the end of the world as we know it–AND I FEEL FINE!!” (School officials will inform Wednesday at noon about school cancellations, etc.) My 14 year old is considering what artwork to bring…and to wrap in plastic. And of course, the cats are their priority! i am chuckling cause now–the kids are asking/aka testing me about a particular privilege–i feel they are not old enough for yet…and under usual conditions the answer would be NO! …smartie pants, my answer is still NO!…:) My 12 year old is now stating IF You love me, you will answer this question…and i quickly piped up Yes! (meaning: of course i love you and i’m listening while my head is down typing), and so–now she laughingly informs me: I have to buy her a rat cause i said ‘Yes’…(what she really means is gerbil; that’s what she calls a gerbil and all in rodent family and she knows my yes means yes and my no, no. Plus she knows, i don’t care much for rats!), but she loves all animals in any family type and would be perfectly fine with a real rat (from the pet store). (Not me though, i do not want rats for pets from a store or anywhere, thank you; still working on fully appreciating this fellow-fragile-life/creature; obviously.)

Now the kids are goofing around making up…& singing country songs…”Two tear drops floating down the river…” and talking/chattering non-stop; wonder where/who they get that from?! 😉

This is suppose to be a serious post about preparation(s) and a kid is now tickling my nose/trying to stick a piece of twirled plastic up my nose so, i’ll sneeze…while my eyes are distracted on this screen.  STOP IT! Cut it out! She is relentlessly aggravating me for a laugh…we are having fun and laughing/playing and not panicking while prepping for a potentially very-serious-weather-life-altering-event.

My son quietly informs that: IF our house gets wrecked, his only regret is not painting his room…blue.

okay back to business…little girls have left room..i better type fast to finish this before the unrelenting interruptions start up again…i LOVE my kids!…and especially love their creative teaching techniques…teaching me patience, and other qualities (like staying calm in emergencies and listening completely before replying) i need to work on–or things i need to change…lol;)…especially my snarky sarcasm that surfaces from time-to-time.

“PREPARATION is Your MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO SURVIVAL!” – Awake! No. 5 “When Disaster Strikes–Steps That Can Save Lives”….

No one is immune to disaster. But what does preparation involve?

  • Prepare mentally. Acknowledge the fact that disasters happen and that you and your loved ones are potentially at risk. It is too late to prepare after disaster strikes.

  • Learn about disasters that can happen in your area. Know where shelters are. Consider whether the construction of your home and its location are as safe as possible. Remove fire hazards. Install smoke detectors, and change their batteries at least once a year, if not more often.

  • Prepare emergency supplies. Power, water, phone, and transportation services can fail. If you own a car, try to keep the fuel tank at least half full, and always have food, water, and an emergency kit in your home.​

  • Have access to the phone numbers of friends, both near and far.

  • Make and rehearse an escape plan. Know the nearest exits in your building, as well as the emergency plan of your children’s school. Set up family meeting places​—such as a school or a library—​one nearby and another outside your neighborhood. Authorities recommend that you practice walking with your family to those meeting points.

  • Plan to help others, including the elderly and the infirm.

i’ve been living in the “perhaps” zone concerning various life things/circumstances, etc…for a while now…this training has prepped/disciplined/taught my mind and heart to be prepared..for whatever occurs….{at least, i think/hope anyway.}

Reader:)…are You prepared? Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?? (for disaster or whatever?)

Don’t Panic! BE PREPARED! BE SAFE and ACCURATELY INFORMED!:)

PEACE!:)

9/5/17 @ 10:35 p.m.

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Sunday Shades of Nuanced Satisfaction

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Sunday is usually a favorite day of mine…a day of spiritual opportunity for reflection/contemplation/meditation/

association with like-minded ones…
i’ve tried my best to be at peace with all-fellow-fragile-life (crossing my path in any manner of crossing i.e. on and off-line) and to be as generous as possible within the framework of my limitations…(though imperfectly and with God’s help, of course). (and Of course, i still need to make changes/adjustments in my attitude/speech and not complain about trivial stuff that aggravates me!!…yep, i am very much a continued work in progress!!)

(maintaining peace with Others aka trying to be helpful, kind, compassionate, and giving and forgiving…etc.)

nuanced satisfaction…or feeling like you tried your best on most fronts or at least the ones in your limited control…(i.e. the daily expected) and unexpected and tried to be a friend to all-fellow-fragile-life…and do my best to help and serve Other fellow-life when/if i am needed within the context of my present situation…aka puny role i play in this life…

just trying to live agape love..to the best of my knowledge and know-how…(and “hopefully” without offending or hurting Other-Fellow-Fragile-Life in my process of compassion growth). IF You have been offended…i am SORRY!

PEACE fellow-sufferer(s)…:) Take comfort in trying…(to live unselfish compassion) to the best of your abilities.

today this afternoon 9/3/17

 

keeping my head up despite my challenges aka keeping a positive attitude (aka nuanced shades of satisfaction/joy) about stuff…helps.

Partial lyrics to a Beautiful Song…recently discovered:

A heart full of questions, a life so unsure,
I heard what you told me; I wanted more.

What you told me, I wanted more.

Unanswered questions were answered that day.

The worry I was feeling melted away.

All my worries faded away.

It’s a long road we’re going down,

But faith can make things happen.

When there’s no way through and no way round,

Faith can make things happen,

Make things happen.

2. I love what I’m learning and share what I know.
I’m ready and waiting, so here I go.

Yes, I’m ready

To share what I know.

My faith is like a fire that burns within my heart.

I’ve got to keep it burning and do my part.

Keep it burning deep in my heart.

8/3/17 @8:07 p.m.

p.s. i also have “faith” in You Reader:)…that You will continue to do the compassionate thing (regardless of any unjust/seemingly unfair treatment by the many or by the few)…even when no one is watching…or completely appreciates what You do or who You are…

God Knows…
beautiful hearts
like
Yours:)

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A Massive Recycling Project..ion.

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Do i recycle enough?? Can i consider recycling and reusing objects (never before considered) for the benefit of the whole of humanity and our shared planet home–Earth??!

Stuff studied…A beautiful foretold/predicted future recycling project…(of man-KIND (not man-cruel))…taking massive in quantity and massive in power–killing weapons of various sorts…recycling/reusing/turning objects of harm, hurting, and horror into objects of help, health, and happiness…YIPPPEEEEEEE…YAY, big recycle day!!* (day can be time period longer than 24 hrs.)

“‘Yes, this is coming, and it will be done,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah. ‘This is the day I have spoken about. 9 The inhabitants of the cities of Israel will go out and make fires with the weapons—the bucklers*(or possibly “handpikes,” a weapon with a pointed tip.) and shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs* and lances. And they will use them to light fires for seven years. 10 They will not need to take wood from the field or gather firewood from the forests because they will use the weapons to light fires.’ Ezekiel 39:8-10

In the final part of the days,*(in the last days)
The mountain of the house of Jehovah
Will become firmly established above the top of the mountains,
And it will be raised up above the hills,
And to it all the nations will stream.
3 And many peoples will go and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah,(aka God of Bible; God of Compassion & Agape Love)
To the house of the God of Jacob.
He will instruct us about his ways,
And we will walk in his paths.”
For law*(instruction) will go out of Zion,
And the word of Jehovah out of Jerusalem.
4 He will render judgment among the nations
And set matters straight*(or correct matters) respecting many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning shears.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
Nor will they learn war anymore. Isaiah 2:2-4

…unfortunately (and maybe against our control/consent), some of us have been instructed/educated in war & weapons…and that war/violence is a so-called legitimate solution to problems.

Fortunately, some of us have been (& will choose to be & will continue to be) instructed/educated in compassion & peace and the pursuit of peace…and that True Agape Love (and “real” government based and ruling in love (e.g. God’s Kingdom) is a viable solution to man-cruel-made problems.

Can’t we all unselfishly come together as Fellow-Fragile-Life and compassionately clean up our lives and our planet…by pursuing peace and recycling stuff that we truly don’t need…i.e. various weapons/things ultimately harming us and Earth?!

further context IF You choose:)

Partners Practicing Peace: Learning War No More

A Peaceful Mind is a Neutral Mind!

Extreme Behavior Emergency Survival Kit

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Reasons

Recycle Day

Wishing You Peace Reader:)
and PLEASE seriously (re)consider recycling…what is destroying life & our planet! THANK YOU!:) Of course, i will try my best to do the same.

8/31/17 @ 11:34 p.m.

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House of Mourning

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When You spend time at the house of mourning (grieving/comforting/paying respects, etc)…aka when a loved one say friend/relative/acquaintance dies…cannot help but reflect on deeper stuff…and not get caught up in the mundane/trivial distractions that waste time/life away!

Sadly, but i’ve lost count (these past recent years; at least since: i started documenting stuff a bit on this blog) of all the time i’ve spent at the “houses of mourning”…it’s a blessing knowing/loving alot of Fellow-Fragile-Life:)…all of these Ones have impacted my life in various ways and have taught me compassion lessons of one sort or another…for which i am deeply grateful!

And all this suffering (aka fellow feeling–feeling and loving and losing is exhausting) is temporary!…i remain positive and hopeful…(i’ve written about “death” before and feel too tired (of the topic) to elaborate now…may be? i’ll include a link or links to these writings (that touch the topic)…RIP Family/Friends!

8/26/17 @7:43 p.m.

p.s. 8:07 p.m.

What is Absolute…

sleep, separation, death, distance

No Joking

Wages

Death Not My Master

chikungunya…OUCH!

Monday Morning Meditation(s)

Olives, Artichokes, Avocados

Flowers, funeral, laughter, tears

How Old? How Young?

Spirit & Soul

A Mortal Soul

RIP

Collecting

Pain Epiphany

Pain where a…

and p.s.s. 8/31/17 @ 3:58 p.m.

The Breathing are Living…(DUH! joanie)

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HAND-ling with CARE

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Delicate: Handle with Gentle Care


(Partial) Solar Eclipse 8/21/17 FL

 

9:35 p.m. @ 8/25/17
obviously, i had no idea this particular song would be sung on eclipse day by Artist…like most songs (popped in my mind/heart) when meditating..(ahead of time about the upcoming celestial phenomenon) {BTW: loved this song in 80’s as teen; lyrics relevant then & now–@ nearing 50.}

MY (set) trajectory (1985 onward)…

no matter how much love (tears) You have for Fellow-Fragile-Life, You cannot make Anyone choose this narrow path of #integrity-keeper…#integrity-keeper for LIFE! #keeper of compassion…:) (nor will i allow Anyone to take me off this life-course.)

[don’t be stupid aka arrogant/selfish/self-centered];

TURN AROUND…and head toward LIFE!!!

8/25/17 @10:10 p.m.

{this post: me coping/me hoping}

a p.s. 8/26/17 @ 8:21 p.m.
Light By Day, Light By Night

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