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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.)

I AM NOT A ROBOT!! I AM NOT THEIR SLAVE!!..I AM NOT GOING TO BE MISLED INTO MIND-BODY CONFORMING TO POPULAR-STUPID-FALSE-HURTFUL-HATEFUL-DAMAGING-IDEAS PROPAGATED BY THE ILL-INFORMED AND ILL-INDOCTRINATED/ILL-EDUCATED!!

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

e-x-panded!!’🙂

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

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When in Rome, Raven.

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Nope, am not in Rome. Nor am Raven. Haven’t been to Italy since 90s..before our four brood born. A quick memory pops to mind of Chato and me on waterbus..figuring out our ride. Did my LOVE of Italian music (libretto) translate correctly to vaporetto stop in Venice?!

I don’t speak Italian…IF You call “singing” …aka cat sCrEeChInG to Andrea Bocelli…language lessons?!…lol:) SURE! we did manage to navigate successfully. Aka jump on and off okay to get some good gelato. (Have a funny photo somewhere (lost in the cyclone of children rummaging through old albums) of me enJOYing; IF find may future upload here.)

My/any (self-)study of Italian and school music stunted…sacrificed for other reasons/pursuits. (no regrets; Wish i could sing…Opera;) or just carry a non-nasally tune.)

My music appreciation continues to flourish, however.

God, i have so much to learn!

I don’t indulge it (music). (Though, may be hard to defend considering most of my blogs include selections that speak to/sing to/touch me/my heart/my mind…usually deeply. And somehow (Thank God) fit/harmonize with these writings.) I have to keep music in its place or it would/could consume…capacity to overtake me and emotionally drown me like Tsunami.

(which is why “any” selections tip on the positive; mostly.)

Will Always LOVE MUSIC..but i don’t live for music. (My life is not dedicated/devoted to it. (Am dedicated to Yahweh.)) Though it helps me live. One description of Music: a beautiful language–a Divine Yahweh Gift–for which i seek fluency gratefully & humbly; i hope.

(It’s strange..when “listening” (not playing) to intense strings/violin; it actually does something to my brain; i f~e~e~l the vibrations sensations; literally. (Yeah, she’s a strange one!))

found interesting: Investigating the Role of Auditory and Tactile Modalities in Violin Quality Evaluation

I love “his” Nessun Dorma (Bocelli)..preferred over Pavarotti’s.

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My music musings…an aside/an introduction? really!…see what i mean??? about it taking over…primarily wanted to share this “brief”  video intro to book of Romans.

enJOY

Peace & Pleasantness & Good/Transformative Music to YOU:)

1/7/19 @ 11:08 p.m.

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Minced Meat

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Oh! Yeah?! let’s think up our (humans) (so-called) ‘happy’ thoughts (for 2019) and bring ’em about, eh?!

Festivities of excesses & superstitions..

New Year’s festivities are not new. Ancient inscriptions indicate that they were held in Babylon as early as the third millennium B.C.E. The celebration, which was observed in mid-March, was crucial. “At that time the god Marduk decided the destiny of the country for the coming year,” says The World Book Encyclopedia. The Babylonian new year celebration lasted 11 days and included sacrifices, processions, and fertility rites.

For a time, the Romans too began their year in the month of March. But in 46 B.C.E., Emperor Julius Caesar decreed that it should begin on the first of January. That day was already dedicated to Janus, the god of beginnings, and now it would also mark the first day of the Roman year. The date changed, but the carnival atmosphere persisted. On the first of January, people “gave themselves up to riotous excess,” says McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia, “and various kinds of heathen superstition.”

Even today, superstitious rituals play a part in New Year’s festivities. For example, in some areas of South America, many welcome the New Year while standing on their right foot. Others sound horns and set off firecrackers. According to a Czech custom, New Year’s Eve is a time for eating lentil soup, while a Slovak tradition has people placing money or fish scales under the tablecloth. Such rituals, designed to ward off ill fortune and guarantee prosperity, merely perpetuate the ancient belief that the turn of the year is a time for deciding destinies.

what the Bible says:

[…]realize that taking part in superstitious rituals does not guarantee happiness and prosperity—especially since participating in such festivities can result in God’s disfavor. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 “I have seen something further under the sun, that the swift do not always win the race, nor do the mighty win the battle,a nor do the wise always have the food, nor do the intelligent always have the riches, nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events*(unforeseen occurrences) overtake them all.”; Isaiah 65:11, 12 “But you are among those forsaking Jehovah, Those forgetting my holy mountain, Those setting a table for the god of Good Luck, And those filling up cups of mixed wine for the god of Destiny.
12 So I will destine you for the sword,
And all of you will bow down to be slaughtered,
Because I called, but you did not answer,
I spoke, but you did not listen;
You kept doing what was bad in my eyes,
And you chose what displeased me.”)

Furthermore, the Bible admonishes Christians to be moderate and self-controlled in their conduct. (1 Timothy 3:2, 11)

For me, personally, i don’t offer sacrifices/rituals to fake-dead gods.

As eye-catching and appealing to the senses as New Year’s festivities may be, the Bible tells us to “quit touching the unclean thing” and to “cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit.”

The Living-God, Yahweh, Truth-Teller/Promise-Keeper:

To those who comply, Jehovah extends the heartwarming guarantee: “I will take you in. . . . I shall be a father to you, and you will be sons and daughters to me.” (2 Corinthians 6:17 b–7:1) Indeed, he promises eternal blessings and prosperity to those who are loyal to him.—Psalm 37:18 “Jehovah is aware of what the blameless go through,*(Lit., “the days of the blameless.”) And their inheritance will last forever.,” 28 “For Jehovah loves justice, And he will not abandon his loyal ones. They will always be guarded; But the descendants of the wicked will be done away with.”; Revelation 21:3, 4 “3 With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,b and death will be no more,c neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.d The former things have passed away.”
7 “Anyone conquering will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”

[excerpted readings: Awake! January 8, 2002 “Should Christians Share in New Year’s Festivities?“]

a practical illustration…

Unsavory Origin?

Suppose you discover a creek with sparkling water, tempting you to drink of it. When you go up the stream, however, you find campers washing their dirty mess-tins and soiled clothes in that water. Would you still want to drink the water and risk contracting a disease? The same can be said of the customs of New Year’s celebrations. Though some celebrations may seem innocent to men, Jehovah, the God of the Bible, has seen their source.

Well, where do we find the earliest record of a New Year’s celebration? “The earliest description of a New Year festival known to us comes from ancient Mesopotamia,” answers Theodor Gaster in his book New Year​—Its History, Customs and Superstitions. The clay tablets describing the New Year festival record “a program of ceremonies performed at Babylon since the remote days of the second millennium B.C.”

The Babylonian year started about the vernal equinox​—in the month of March. The celebration lasted 11 days and was centered around the worship of Marduk, the city god of Babylon. The vestiges of the New Year festival of Babylon, such as mummers’ plays and fertility rites, are still observed during New Year’s celebrations around the world. The mummers’ parade in the city of Philadelphia (U.S.A.) on New Year’s Day and the fertility festival held in Akita City (Japan) on the 17th of January are but two examples of such relics.

(Yahweh) God sees the religious practices originating in Babylon as polluted. He refers to the world empire of false religion, with its customs rooted in ancient Babylon, as “Babylon the Great” and warns: “Get out of her, 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 18:2, 4) Therefore, since the features of New Year’s celebrations betray their pagan origins, people wanting to heed the Bible will steer clear of such festivities. [“Are New Year’s Celebrations For Christians?” Awake! 12/22/86]

SOBERING;) scripture: even for a non-drinker like me:)

“You spent quite long enough in the past living the sort of life that pagans live, behaving indecently, giving way to your passions, drinking all the time, having wild parties and drunken orgies and degrading yourselves by following false gods.”​—The Jerusalem Bible. (1 Peter 4:3)

12/31/18 @ 10:14 p.m.

Staying Sober;) Thanks.

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