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Promoting Happiness

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“Sweet is the sleep of the one serving, whether he eats little or much, but the plenty belonging to the rich one does not permit him to sleep.”​—Ecclesiastes 5:12.

Benefits of cultivating

CONTENTMENT. “We have brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out. So, having food and clothing, we will be content with these things.” (1 Timothy 6:7, 8) People who are content are not disposed to complain or grumble, and their attitude protects them against envy. And because their desires do not exceed their means, they spare themselves needless anxiety and stress.

GENEROSITY. “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” (Acts 20:35) Generous people are happy because they enjoy making others happy, even if all they can give is a little of their time and energy. They often gain in abundance what no amount of money can buy​—love, respect, and genuine friends, who give generously in return!​—Luke 6:38.

PUTTING PEOPLE BEFORE THINGS. “Better is a dish of vegetables where there is love than a fattened bull where there is hatred.” (Proverbs 15:17) The point? Loving relationships with others are more valuable than material riches. And love, […], is vital to happiness.

[The Way of Happiness Contentment & Generosity Awake! No. 1 2018]

When we, Humans, are content with what we have…generous and willing to share what we already appreciatively have…we promote happiness!:)

2/22/19 @ 2:44 p.m.

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who(m) am i gonna make happy today?? HUH?

finicky people?

2/11/19 @ 10:02 a.m. further reading…IF hungry…honest, and humble at heart… (my blue highlights)

In rebutting Satan, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 according to the Greek Septuagint version of this Hebrew scripture. The Greek word translated “utterance” (rheʹma) has a twofold meaning. It is sometimes translated “word,” “expression,” or “utterance.” But, like its Hebrew equivalent (da·varʹ), it can also mean “thing.”

4 In Luke 1:37 we read: “With God no declaration [rheʹma] will be an impossibility.” Luke 2:15 reads: “The shepherds began saying to one another: ‘Let us by all means go clear to Bethlehem and see this thing [rheʹma] that has taken place, which Jehovah has made known to us.’” So, particularly as used in connection with Jehovah, this Greek word can imply a “word,” a “declaration,” or an “utterance” of God. Or it can imply a “thing,” whether that refers to an “event,” or “action” described, the result of what is said, the word fulfilled.

5. What is the meaning of Luke 1:37?

5 Thus understood, Luke 1:37 does not mean that God can say just anything. That could be true of a man, even if what he said was unlikely to occur or was meaningless. But regarding God’s statements, the import of Luke 1:37 is that no word or declaration of Jehovah can go unfulfilled. The declaration that the angel had made to Mary was thus bound to come to pass. The thought behind the Hebrew and the Greek words used for Jehovah’s “word,” “utterance,” “expression,” or “declaration” is beautifully expressed in the book of Isaiah. Jehovah states: “For just as the pouring rain descends, and the snow, from the heavens and does not return to that place, unless it actually saturates the earth and makes it produce and sprout, and seed is actually given to the sower and bread to the eater, so my word [Hebrew, da·varʹ; Greek, rheʹma] that goes forth from my mouth will prove to be. It will not return to me without results, but it will certainly do that in which I have delighted, and it will have certain success in that for which I have sent it.”​—Isaiah 55:10, 11.

“Not on Bread Alone”

6, 7. What was the historical and geographic context of Deuteronomy 8:2, 3?

6 Now, coming back to the point, what did Jesus mean when, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, he said that “man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth”? (Matthew 4:4) Was he saying that the godly man is sustained just by utterances, words, or declarations? Would head knowledge of such divine expressions be sufficient? Let us examine the historical context of the words Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy.

7 The Bible study aid “All Scripture Is Inspired of God and Beneficial” informs us, on page 36: “The book of Deuteronomy contains a dynamic message for Jehovah’s people. After wandering in the wilderness for forty years, the sons of Israel now stood on the threshold of the Land of Promise.” The year was 1473 B.C.E. The place? The plains of Moab. In his second discourse to the assembled Israelites, Moses declared: “You must remember all the way that Jehovah your God made you walk these forty years in the wilderness, in order to humble you, to put you to the test so as to know what was in your heart, as to whether you would keep his commandments or not. So he humbled you and let you go hungry and fed you with the manna, which neither you had known nor your fathers had known; in order to make you know that not by bread alone does man live but by every expression of Jehovah’s mouth does man live.”​—Deuteronomy 8:2, 3.

Yes, if the Israelites had taken full advantage of their experiences in the wilderness, they would have learned to ‘live by every expression of Jehovah’s mouth,’ not only by learning to obey his written commandments but actually by experiencing the results of Jehovah’s utterances in their life as a nation and in their individual lives. They had been given ample opportunity to “taste and see that Jehovah is good.” (Psalm 34:8) These enriching experiences in connection with Jehovah’s words​—both uttered and fulfilled—​should have sustained them spiritually.

12, 13. How did Joshua familiarize himself with Jehovah’s utterances, and to what did he testify?

12 Joshua, who succeeded Moses as leader of Israel, informed himself of Jehovah’s utterances by filling his mind with them. His faith was strengthened by observing their fulfillment. After Moses’ death, Jehovah made this utterance to Joshua: “This book of the law should not depart from your mouth, and you must in an undertone read in it day and night, in order that you may take care to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way successful and then you will act wisely.”​—Joshua 1:8.

13 Toward the end of his life, after having faithfully obeyed Jehovah’s word and observed its fulfillment upon Jehovah’s people, Joshua was able to testify: “So Jehovah gave Israel all the land that he had sworn to give to their forefathers, and they proceeded to take possession of it and to dwell in it. Furthermore, Jehovah gave them rest all around, according to everything that he had sworn to their forefathers, and not one of all their enemies stood before them. All their enemies Jehovah gave into their hand. Not a promise [Hebrew, da·varʹ; Greek, rheʹma] failed out of all the good promise that Jehovah had made to the house of Israel; it all came true.” (Joshua 21:43-45) Joshua truly lived and was sustained, not on literal bread alone, “but on every utterance coming forth through (Yahweh) Jehovah’s mouth.”​—Matthew 4:4. [Sustaining Ourselves on the Fulfillment of Jehovah’s Utterances w ’85]

Yeah…and the point:

“I SAW all the works that were done under the sun, and, look! everything was vanity and a striving after wind.” (Eccl. 1:14) These are not the words of a cynic. They come from an inspired Bible writer who realistically appraised life under imperfect conditions. An examination of what this writer, wise King Solomon, took under survey is helpful in determining what can keep our lives from being “vanity.”

There are people whose whole life centers around gaining knowledge. But is acquiring knowledge merely for the sake of knowledge what makes life meaningful? No, for often such knowledge is attended by the painful realization that there is so much wrong in this imperfect system that it cannot humanly be corrected. As King Solomon put it: “That which is made crooked cannot be made straight, and that which is wanting cannot possibly be counted.” (Eccl. 1:15) Then, too, circumstances may be against a person’s using his knowledge to the best advantage.

Further, one’s trying to enjoy life through the pursuit of material pleasures, as many do, is not the key to purposeful living. As to his efforts in this regard, Solomon wrote: “I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself. I made gardens and parks for myself, and I planted in them fruit trees of all sorts. I made pools of water for myself, to irrigate with them the forest, springing up with trees. . . . I accumulated also silver and gold for myself, and property peculiar to kings and the jurisdictional districts. I made male singers and female singers for myself and the exquisite delights of the sons of mankind, a lady, even ladies. . . . And anything that my eyes asked for I did not keep away from them.”​—Eccl. 2:4-10.

Throughout the course of human history, few among mankind have had the resources that were available to King Solomon. However, though he seemingly had everything that he could possibly want, he found his pursuits frustrating, not satisfying. Why? For one thing, Solomon knew that his life could not be sustained indefinitely. Everything would be lost to him at death. “I, even I,” said Solomon, “hated all my hard work at which I was working hard under the sun, that I would leave behind for the man who would come to be after me. And who is there knowing whether he will prove to be wise or foolish? Yet he will take control over all my hard work at which I worked hard.”​—Eccl. 2:18, 19.

Similarly, one’s endeavoring to gain a position of prominence in the world can lead to bitter disappointment. All too often very capable people are the victims of circumstances that rob them of the opportunity to make good use of their ability. King Solomon found that: “Foolishness has been put in many high positions . . . I have seen servants on horses but princes walking on the earth just like servants.” (Eccl. 10:6, 7) “The swift do not have the race, nor the mighty ones the battle, nor do the wise also have the food, nor do the understanding ones also have the riches, nor do even those having knowledge have the favor; because time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all.”​—Eccl. 9:11.

Among imperfect humans, ability is not necessarily the determining factor in one’s getting a particular position. It has been said, ‘What counts is not what a person knows but whom he knows.’ So often this is why very capable men who may be of noble disposition find themselves having to put up with the foolishness of incapable persons who have administrative control. These princely men may not be granted any dignity but may even be represented as fools to others by those managing affairs.

Solomon was not exaggerating things when he labeled the works done in an imperfect system as “vanity.” The pursuit of material goals​—position and possessions and the like—​simply is not satisfying but is accompanied by a multitude of frustrations.

What, then, is the point of life? Is there not something that can bring satisfaction? Yes, it is the pursuit of that which can lead to one’s having a permanent and secure future. King Solomon showed just what that was after completing his survey of vain pursuits. He wrote: “The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole obligation of man.”​—Eccl. 12:13.

Yes, the key to a satisfying life is recognition of one’s spiritual need. One greater than Solomon, Jesus Christ, pointed this out in resisting Satan the Devil. He quoted from the Hebrew Scriptures and said: “Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth.” (Matt. 4:4) When a person has a wholesome regard for the Creator and heeds his commands, he is spared the frustrations that come from making mundane knowledge, position or material possessions the chief goal. Instead of setting his heart on something that is transitory, he is building a relationship with God that can last for all eternity. That relationship is not based on what a person has but on what he really is as a person. As the Bible says: “Man sees what appears to the eyes; but as for Jehovah, he sees what the heart is.”​—1 Sam. 16:7.

Not even death can destroy what fearers of the true God have gained. Why not? Because nothing can separate them from God’s love. “I am convinced,” wrote the Christian apostle Paul, “that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38, 39)[excerpted: What is the Point of Life? w’76]

question(s) for self-reflection(s):

am i setting my heart on transitory stale crumbs?

am i setting my heart on daily fresh bread?

(dumb? or YUM!🙂



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Operating Under the Influence

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Under what influence(s) am i truly operating?!

Operating under the influence of: not much sleep, a 5 a.m. alarm clock, pain, aging, a female biology, a feminine physique…Wind, weather (literal and emotional), cooler FL temps, kids, tea, hubby, love…etc., etc., etc! (this morning)…and the inevitable(?) unspecified etc…of the near unforeseeable.

None of us are e-n-t-i-r-e-l-y influence-free or totally free thinkers/doers! (For the accurate record, this blog/(my writings) is not under the influence of money, and never has been).

Still standing!

YAY!:)…for now.;)

My daughter ‘snapped’ goofy pics of “Mother” (as she calls me) in wind-poofy poncho, comfy-practical, old-lady, slipper-sneakers this morning.;)…to be 13 again or going on 50?! I’ll take 50; thanks.

{IDK, what does it say about me/her that she is choosing to refer to me as “Mother” and not mom, mommy nor mama and definitely not MA?! She’s growing up fast.}

Don’t wanna do over of middle school. Though, parenting children through all the ever-changing phases and fleeting stages feels like reliving my earlier life; yet with greater insight and not as blindly.

O.perating U.nder I.nfluence

Aka “OUI”, Yes! “We” are all operating under influence of one “KIND”(?) or another.

The real questions to deeply consider/contemplate/ruminate regarding influence:

who or what is influencing me?? (and why? why not?)

am i ‘s.e.l.e.c.t.i.v.e.’ about my influence(s)??

ultimately ‘any’ influences boil down to: positive/negative/unhealthy/healthy:

is this influence having positive or negative results in my life??

am i having a “positive” or “negative” influence on the lives of Others : off & on-line??

how do i reduce and eliminate the negative/unhealthy influence for better results in my life??…physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually?

Like wind—the mind/body is f~l~e~x~i~b~l~e. Changing. I may not be able to avoid wind altogether, but i don’t have to chase a tornado around or hunt a hurricane (and on purpose).

When/IF crossing street, i can get out of the way…of a big truck.

Nor must i subject/submit my mind to hate and poison under the guise of remaining open-minded and/or tolerant…(as a learner or person who loves learning).

I can choose to let certain information into my mind and I can choose not to dwell on certain information.

“Stop being molded by this system of things.”​—ROMANS 12:2.

Who am i allowing to mold my mind?? Why should they/You have such power of influence over me?? What “positive” example is this influence/person setting??

Oh yeah, sounds good?? open-minded?!

may be?! on the surface…is being well-accurately educated/informed seemingly mean…just let me read/listen to everything/all the media/so-called “news” “translated” to English (my native tongue/heart language) from around the world…this will supposedly broaden my “knowledge” understanding of real reality?…of what…exactly? an additional/supplemental diet of poisonous propaganda?! Is a diet consisting of eating twice or thrice as much or more actually “better” for me?!

Lies, hurtful & murderous ideologies circulate (and through the centuries of humans’ bloody history)…many recycled and repackaged (and implemented) at fast speed via various platforms…yet when practiced/digested ending with evidence—-similar “sick” patterns of unhealthy/hurtful manifestations…i.e., disease and DEATH.

Yep, am gonna be careful and cautious as to what i eat by mouth and by mind!

My food energizes/enables me…and for what lifestyle?? (Love & Peace?!)

I AM KEEPING MY INTEGRITY (and what fuels it)!:)

Yep, there are those who hate integrity-keepers!

(Too bad. They’re NOT getting/taking/chaining my mind!…away from me.)


For example, i know/believe beyond doubt: male and female biologically live/inhabit Earth. End of story: sperm & egg equally needed/important for reproduction of human life.

Illustrations read: re: Parents & God/Higher Authority: (my neon highlights)

Parents endeavor to instill in their children good values. They may teach them to be honest, industrious, and considerate of others. This is not overly restrictive. Rather, the parents are preparing them for a successful life as independent adults. When the children grow up and leave home, they will be free to make their own choices. If they choose to live within the values that they learned from their parents, they will be more likely to make decisions that they will not later regret. As a result, they will be free from many self-induced troubles and anxieties.

Like a good parent, Yahweh/Jehovah wants his children to have the most fulfilling life possible. (Isa. 48:17, 18) He therefore provides basic principles for moral conduct and for behavior toward others. In such matters he invites us to cultivate his very way of thinking and to share his values. Far from constraining us, this enhances, elevates, and expands our thinking ability. (Ps. 92:5; Prov. 2:1-5; Isa. 55:9) It helps us make choices that lead to happiness while still allowing us to blossom as individuals. (Ps. 1:2, 3) Yes, thinking like Jehovah is beneficial and desirable!

 A person might seek to improve his health by eating food that is nutritious. But of what value would that be if he is also ingesting regular doses of contaminated food?

[excerpted reading: “Who Molds Your Thinking?”  w November 2018]

Yes, i want “my” ‘thinking ability to be enhanced, ELEVATED, and


1/28/19 @ 8:48 p.m.

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For everything there is an appointed time, even a time* (Or, “season; seasonable time.”) for every affair under the heavens: 2 a time for birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what was planted; 3 a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build; 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to wail and a time to skip about; 5 a time to throw stones away and a time to bring stones together; a time to embrace and a time to keep away from embracing; 6 a time to seek and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; 7 a time to rip apart and a time to sew together; a time to keep quiet and a time to speak; 8 a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. 9 What advantage is there for the doer in what he is working hard at?

10 I have seen the occupation that God has given to the sons of mankind in which to be occupied. 11 Everything he has made pretty in its time. Even time indefinite he has put in their heart, that mankind * (Lit., “the earthling man.” Heb., ha·ʼa·dhamʹ.) may never find out the work that the [true] God has made from the start* to the finish. 12 I have come to know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good during one’s life; 13 and also that every man* (Or, “every earthling man.” Heb., kol-ha·ʼa·dhamʹ.) should eat and indeed drink and see good for all his hard work. It is the gift of God.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-13)

Creator & Choice(s)…

“Are We Predestined?” [excerpted: w 09 4/1; my neon green highlights]

Solomon was not saying that births and deaths are predestined. Rather, his point is that births and deaths, like many things in life, come in endless cycles. Certainly, life will have its ups and downs. “There is . . . a time to weep and a time to laugh,” says Solomon. Such repeated patterns and unforeseen calamities, Solomon shows, are common to life, to “every affair under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; 9:11, 12) His conclusion, therefore, is not to get so swept up in our daily affairs that we overlook our Creator.​—Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13.

Though our Creator understands life and death completely, he does not force a destiny on us. The Bible teaches that God offers all of us the prospect of living forever. But God does not compel us to accept his offer. Instead, his Word says: “Let anyone that wishes take life’s water free.”​—Revelation 22:17.

Yes, we must want to “take life’s water.” Thus, our future is not determined by fate. Our own decisions, attitudes, and actions have a real impact on our future.

1/2/5/19 @ 6:13 p.m.
New day, neos choices. 🙂
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