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PEACE! are all over this globe…they may personally be far from me (and i may not know them personally), but they are close to my heart! Anyone Young or Old that values peace…and lives peace/an example for me!

Look at these beautiful young people, (discovered this video yesterday)…they make me 🙂

General Question for Meditation:

Do we, fellow-fragile-life, wear our values?!


(muted photo taken? a couple months ago?…salmon and black blouse…silver bracelets and necklace (trees)…gifts and hold certain sentimental/symbolic meaning for me…e.g., compassion, family, love, peace, motherhood/marriage, divine sovereignty, longevity, life etc., etc., etc….) Just reminders of my daily responsibilites/intentions of living…etc. in this fleeting-fragile-life!

What values am i wearing today??

THANK YOU READER:) for VALUING PEACE (and pursuing it)!!!:) (oh, and for choosing compassion every minute of every day! HOORAY!..FOR YOU READER, i know You’re a Friend of Peace! am always in need of another friend from whom i can learn lots!:)

6/8/17 @ 8:49 a.m.

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(with potential to help many? families/friends)…You:) Decide…


5/31/17 @ 2:52 p.m.

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Fear NOT Friend

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“The naive person believes every word, But the shrewd one ponders each step.”

“The wise one is cautious and turns away from evil, But the stupid one is reckless (or furious) and overconfident.”

“The one who is quick to anger acts foolishly, But the man who thinks things out (or the man of thinking abilities) is hated.”

“The naive (or inexperienced) will inherit foolishness, But the shrewd are crowned with knowledge.”

“The one wayward at heart will reap the results of his ways, But the good man reaps the reward of his dealings.” (excerpts Proverbs 14)

(i choose to deal with Others as Friends…and wish PEACE & Wisdom to YOU/Everyone!:) When we deal with everyone in a forgiving manner, it promotes peace/peaceful relationships/unity. Yeah, at times and under difficult circumstances–that can be a heart-mind-boggling-exhaustive challenge, but i’m continuously working/trying my best..always on the following:

“Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely even if anyone has a cause for complaint against another. Just as Jehovah freely forgave you, you must do the same.”

“[…]Clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion, kindness, humility, mildness, and patience.” (Col. 3:13)

THANKS for patiently reading this FRIEND:)..When we are at peace, and view Others as Friends..(not enemies) what is there to fear?? (anywhere)


(published 9/19/15 @ 11:59 a.m.)

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Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

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Greetings-HELLO! & Smiles:) & Compassion! & Peace:) to Anyone Out There Reading This at This Very Moment in (Your) Time! (My time is 4/1/15 @ 9:51 a.m. as i compose this very sentence.)

It’s now 9:53 a.m.on April 1st., 2015…lost a couple minutes in thought, eh?-lol..a tiny tired from a big walk early morning.

Did You read my last post? The GREATEST MAN Who Ever Lived: Killed! (Part 1?) Thanks! (Hope it helped in some way.) This particular post is the follow-up or the continuation of topic under consideration: Jesus.

You got friends, right?? (A friend can be like a brother you break bread with, huh?)

You got enemies, too?? (A “potential” friend that could “eventually” be like a brother to break bread with, huh?)

(Personally, i’d rather have more (compassion) friends; of course!) Wouldn’t most of us prefer having friends over enemies?? Imagine a World where EVERYONE IS FRIENDS!:) (Can’t we all learn to get along? aka Practice Peace!)

What do You appreciate in a person or a friend? Any specific qualities attract You to someone?

Do your friends exert any influence over You? Subtle? or Powerful? Negative? or Positive?

What would your friends say about You IF they had to describe You to someone who didn’t know You (or know You well)?

Hmmmmmmm: What would Your enemies (Hope–You don’t have any), but If so…how do You think they would describe You?? What word (or other) picture would they paint?! Would it be similar or unfamiliar to the portrait painted, of You, by close friends?! Even among friends portraits would differ? Each of us have our own way of expressing, describing, wording, editing, spelling & painting (or numerous artistic talents…of one sort or another).

Word choices can be like color choices in artwork…(of language/communication). All kinds of artists use all kinds of media and color, etc. If You appreciate a work of art, and study it, do You learn about the Artist? (If You read my words, do You learn about me?)

Enjoy(ed) these excerpts/points: (my highlights)

You have probably heard of the Italian painter and sculptor Michelangelo. Though you may never have seen the original of any of his masterpieces, you most likely agree with the art historian who called the Italian genius a “marvellous and incomparable artist.” Michelangelo’s talents cannot be denied. Who would try to separate appreciation for Michelangelo’s art from acknowledgment of him as an outstanding artist?

Consider this: Knowing that Leonardo da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa” has not stopped art historians from investigating his technique and the materials he used.

Jesus could be described as a living-breathing-work-of-compassion-art-of-awe…for us to appreciate and admire and respect!…to worship?…OR would it be more appropriate to acknowledge the genius/outstanding artist behind Jesus (?)–a living-breathing-work-of-compassion art (pure compassion embodied as a living-breathing-working-teaching sculpture, a perfect man Jesus, who walked this earth).

Please consider the following excerpts:

Now think of the mind-boggling complexity and diversity of life that thrives around us on earth. Appropriately, The New York Times quoted one professor of biological sciences as stating: “The physical marks of design are visible in aspects of biology.” He added: “Life overwhelms us with the appearance of design.” Is it intellectually honest to admire the design without acknowledging the designer?

Affected by pervasive evolutionary ideas, some refuse or fail to recognize that design certainly points to a designer. But does the theory of evolution represent true science at its best? Note the conclusion that Christoph Schönborn, Catholic archbishop of Vienna, presented in The New York Times: “Any system of thought that denies or seeks to explain away the overwhelming evidence for design in biology is ideology, not science.” (joanie talking: i think a Catholic archbishop would know a little something about “ideology”, eh?-lol)

There are, however, those who feel that accepting the position that there is evidence of a Creator would “stifle research.” An article in the magazine New Scientist expressed such fears, asserting that “science as an open-ended pursuit would come to an end, halted by an impenetrable barrier labelled ‘the designer did it.’” Is that fear well-founded? Not at all. In fact, the opposite is true. Why?

To accept blind chance and subsequent evolution as the cause of our universe and life on earth would actually be to abandon any attempt to get a meaningful explanation. On the other hand, accepting that an intelligent Creator is behind what we see around us can lead us to investigate the nature and application of his intelligence manifested in the physical universe.

Similarly, accepting that there is a Designer should not discourage us from inquiring into the details and complexity of his designs and creations. Rather than stifling further research, the Bible encourages the search for answers to both scientific and spiritual questions.

Acceptance of the existence of a Creator does not hinder scientific progress. The quest for more comprehensive knowledge in both physical and spiritual matters is indeed open-ended and eternal. An ancient king noted for his broad knowledge humbly wrote: “He has put thoughts of the forever in man’s mind, yet man cannot understand the work God has done from the beginning to the end.”—Ecclesiastes 3:11, Holy Bible—New Life Version. (Above-mentioned excerpts: Admire the Design; Learn About the Designer W07)

The following post (Part 3) is my “attempt” at artistry…(NOT calling myself an artist). This is how i will “try” to color with crayons, pastels, paint/depict a word-picture/portrait-of-Jesus…and using various pieces of readings…(a mosaic of sorts).

Hope You will like it and find it refreshing when it’s finished! and hope You will come to appreciate “Why” i can’t help loving the “Greatest Man Who Ever Lived!” 🙂

(finally…able to publish…4/1/15 @ 12:47 p.m.)

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Preserving Self vs. Sacrificing Self

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Stuff i’ve studied about compassion (& have learned through my (limited) life experience thus far of 45 years) brings me to this way of thinking/speaking/writing:…when a person is truly into (genuinely) helping somebody else, no matter who they are, no matter their status (or lack thereof) matter their gender/background/education/reputation, etc…when a person is willing to push aside their own well-being, etc. for somebody else’s good…that’s pure compassion at work.. when you ultimately take the risk and throw yourself under the bus, or knowingly run into the burning building to save somebody–knowing ahead of time you will suffer for it or be burned (say when you give away or share your last morsel of food/bread)…yeah, that’s a true/loyal friend!!...somebody who loves You more than they love their own name, position, status, reputation, etc. When someone is more concerned about the best interests of the other and not only/just looking out for themselves/preserving self…when a person willingly goes there to the difficult place/the non-comfort zone of self-sacrifice/pain/suffering for somebody else…and knowing (partially or completely) they will be hurt, abused or ridiculed/killed by helping, speaking out, taking action, etc. to me: that’s the ultimate description of what pure compassion means.

Does my compassion/love pass this test?

No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends.” (John 15:13)

What am i/You willing to surrender for my/Your friends?

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts* (or drives) fear out, because fear restrains us. Indeed, the one who is fearful has not been made perfect in love. (1John 4:18)

Courage & Compassion walk hand-in-hand!:)

(3/20/15 @ 11:51 a.m. published)

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A Week-end Invitation to Learn

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Said Hubby: So & So called… “she arranged a bus ride” to Tampa to The Sun Dome.

joanie thinking: It’s great having friends that look out for you, eh?!:)

(Thankfully my friends persevere in reaching…a hard to reach person aka very limited cell user -lol.)

This talker prefers face to face talking…when possible.

I’m still like: when/if I see you, we will have meaningful interaction/communication then. My life and communication does not rely/revolve around a phone.

(Though, enjoy speaking w/ a lot of people who may cross my path of living…& daily…e.g., meeting a sweet, Jamaican Grandmother at library today.)

Was joking last night, while over Marie’s house, that… seriously!I’ve only texted twice my whole life! (so, I remember to whom & why.)

She helped me see/understand the practical, time efficiency of texting… for work, etc.

I like/enjoy the adventure of spontaneity…(yet, I do have my frequent stomping grounds)…& my closer friends know where/how to find me. I sorta love surprise…say of running into people (old & new & various cultures)… the not knowing for sure when or where or who. Makes for meaningful exchanges & always leaving on a positive note/hug cause I’m like, hey, don’t know “exactly” when we’ll talk/meet again my friend… it’s not like I’m gonna text you a minute later after this conversation. So, I’m forced to be peaceful and not forget whatever it is I need to communicate with whomever!:)

Living life like it’s a last conversation… keeps things fresh, positive, peaceful! 🙂

Looking forward to my next (learning/educational) adventure this week-end w/my kids…(making new friends)… on and off a long bus ride: kids have never had that experience… so, it will be good for them.

The following ?’s caught my attention: “EARTH’S NEW RULER

A World Government : Do we need One?

Is it  Possible?

Who is qualified to Rule?

{Lousy leaders/governments cause global problems, huh?}

We warmly invite you to an
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The convention has the theme
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based on Jesus’ words at Matthew 6:33.
Two theatrical productions will bring a Bible story
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Friends, Friends, Friends

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Friends x3

I’ve been blessed in my life to have some genuine, generous friends. Friends of Compassion and Lovers of Compassion. <3

My friends truly live love and my heart overflows with appreciation and joy for my friends!!! 🙂

What are You living?! Is Your heart overflowing?! Who are Your friends?!

My genuine friends are my “spiritual” family…we may not have actual blood ties…but, there exists a bond that cannot be broken…

it transcends time and place

page and space!

Of course, i think all of us have preferences and what qualities we admire, like or respect in those whom we choose as friends.

i always have room in my heart for another genuine friend of compassion...doesn’t matter their background, education, status, job, ethnicity…i LOVE people from all walks of life.

Naturally, because of HIGHLY valuing compassion and its culture…of course, there would be identifying marks (positive traits/qualities) i would look for in those whom i would choose to keep close…in whom i choose to trust.

Recent Readings about Friend/ships:

Life would be boring without friends! A Bible proverb says: “There exists a friend sticking closer than a brother.”  (Prov. 18:24) Jehovah God wants us to have genuine friends. The close bond of friendship between David and Jonathan is well-known. (1 Sam 18:1)

The Greek word for “affection” or “friendship” is phi·li′a However, at 2 Peter 1:7, we are encouraged to supply love (a·ga′pe) to our “brotherly affection” (phi·la·del·phi′a, a compound word of phi′los, the Greek word for “friend,” and a·del·phos′, the Greek word for “brother”). In order to enjoy enduring friendships, we need to apply this counsel. We do well to ask ourselves, ‘Are my feelings of friendship balanced with Bible principles?’

God’s Word helps us to avoid partiality in our dealings with our friends. We do not apply double standards: a relatively lenient standard for our friends and a different, stricter standard for people who are not our friends. Furthermore, we do not use flattery to make friends. Most important, applying Bible principles gives us the discernment needed to be selective in choosing friends and to avoid ‘bad associations that spoil useful habits.’—1 Cor. 15:33. (excerpted: Do You follow the Surpassing Way of Love? 2009, 7/15 pp. 12-14)

I like this counsel because IF we are NOT careful nor selective, we could get into a dangerous situation. Friends have strong influence and IF we choose friends who disregard compassion…and continually hurt themselves and Others…we end up getting hurt, damaged and possibly killed.

I am NOT a drinker nor a smoker; never have been and never will be.  IF i constantly hang around smokers…i know the second-hand smoke is damaging me and the environment. I do NOT over-indulge, so IF i hang constantly around those who do, I’m being pressured to do the same.

It is a fact: we all NEED clean air to breathe! I feel so much better breathing air and not smoke. So, I’ve tried to encourage and help any smokers  to cut back and stop.

Valuing truth, I speak the truth. I choose not to lie. Even when it is difficult to tell the truth! And because I’ve taken time to thoroughly investigate a lot of traditions, practices, rituals: religious or otherwise and have found most of these to be steeped in falsehoods, misinformation and misleading information…i don’t participate. SO, the time I spend with my friends is not in mandatory/compulsory celebration of lies…fake “holy” days.

All the over-the-top-consumption/consumerism …is destroying our beautiful planet and all the trees chopped, etc…personally, i feel time well spent with friends involves works of compassion that enable wellness and preservation of life on the planet!:)

IF You want to run a marathon (Boston or Other)– spending tons of time with couch potatoes…IS not getting You outside and running.

Excerpted Awake! 2004, 12/8 pp. 8-12:

Pacôme, from France, says, “For me, a true friend is one who listens to me and speaks kindly to me but who is also capable of reprimanding me when I do something stupid.” Yes, our best friends—whether they are young or old—are those who help us to stay headed in the right direction and who correct us when we are about to do unwise things. The Bible says: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” (Proverbs 27:6)

Sizing Up Potential Friends

If you are interested in making friends with someone you have met, you might want to ask yourself, ‘Who are his or her friends?’ The type of close associates someone has tells much about the person himself. Also, what opinion do mature and respectable people in the community have of him? In addition, it is wise to consider not only how potential friends treat us but also how they treat others, particularly those from whom they have nothing to gain. Unless a person displays good qualities—such as honesty, integrity, patience, and consideration—at all times and to all people, what guarantee is there that he will always treat you well?

How are Your friends treating You?! and How do You treat ALL people?! (with consideration, honesty, patience, compassion??) 🙂

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