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Deceit is in the heart of those who plot mischief, But those who promote peace have joy.” PRO verbs 12:20

11/07/17 @ 2:03 p.m.

Addendum:  Joy’s distinctions…[excerpted highlights: Joy-a Quality We Acquire From God w February, 2018]

We should not confuse being joyful with simply being jovial or cheerful. To illustrate: After too many drinks, a drunkard may be in a hilarious mood. However, when he sobers up, he laughs no more, and he may return to a life full of sorrow and troubles. His momentary exuberance was not true joy.​—Prov. 14:13…”Even in laughter the heart may feel pain, and rejoicing may end in grief.”

Joy, in contrast, is a deep-seated quality of the heart. It has been defined as “the emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good.” Joy is a state of happiness or gladness that remains whether the conditions around us are pleasant or not. (1 Thess. 1:6) In fact, a person can be disturbed about something but still have joy in his heart. For example, the apostles were flogged for speaking about the Christ. Yet, they “went out from before the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy to be dishonored in behalf of his name.” (Acts 5:41) Obviously, they were not rejoicing over the flogging they had received. But as servants of God, they found true joy in keeping their integrity to him.

We are not born with such joy; nor does it develop automatically. Why not? Because true joy is part of the fruitage of God’s holy spirit. With the help of God’s spirit, we can fully develop “the new personality,” which includes joy. (Eph. 4:24; Gal. 5:22) And when we develop joy, we are better able to cope with the stresses of life.

God of Bible (not same “god” found in fake religion(s) that promotes hatred/violence/killing; deeds robbing others of Joy, etc.)… is JOY FULL...

Jehovah intended for good things to develop on the earth, not the bad things that we see so often today. Yet, the wicked deeds of others do not rob Jehovah of joy. God’s Word states: “Strength and joy are in his dwelling place.” (1 Chron. 16:27) Furthermore, the good things that are being accomplished by his servants make “[Jehovah’s] heart rejoice.”​—Prov. 27:11.

We can imitate Jehovah by not becoming overly concerned when things do not work  out as we had expected. Rather than lose our joy, we can focus on the good things we have now and wait patiently for the better things ahead. 

We can also find many Biblical examples of humans who maintained joy in the face of trying circumstances. Abraham is one who endured life-threatening situations and difficulties caused by others. (Gen. 12:10-20; 14:8-16; 16:4, 5; 20:1-18; 21:8, 9) Despite such pressures, Abraham maintained joy in his heart. How did he do so? He had clearly in mind his hope of living in the new world under the Messiah’s rule. (Gen. 22:15-18; Heb. 11:10) Jesus said: “Abraham your father rejoiced greatly at the prospect of seeing my day.” (John 8:56) We can imitate Abraham by pondering the joys ahead.​—Rom. 8:21.

We also treasure the gift of life and our ability to enjoy it. (Eccl. 3:12, 13) As intelligent creatures who have been drawn by Jehovah, we understand God’s will for us. (Col. 1:9, 10) Hence, we have real meaning and direction in our lives. On the other hand, the majority of mankind have no clear concept of life’s purpose. Highlighting this contrast, Paul wrote: “‘Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, nor have there been conceived in the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’ For it is to us God has revealed them through his spirit.” (1 Cor. 2:9, 10)

Joy is good medicine…:)

“If you are happy and satisfied with your life now, you are more likely to be healthy in the future.” That is what a researcher at the University of Nebraska in the United States wrote after reviewing a number of studies on health. This is in agreement with the Bible, which says: “A joyful heart is good medicine.” (Prov. 17:22) Yes, as you increase your joy, you are likely to have better physical health.


Keep your life simple and uncluttered.​—Luke 12:15 ” Then he said to them: “Keep your eyes open and guard against every sort of greed (covetousness), because even when a person has an abundance, his life does not result from the things he possesses.

Be modest in your expectations.​—Mic. 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good. And what is Jehovah requiring (*asking back) of you? Only to exercise justice, (*to be just or to be fair) to cherish loyalty, (*Or “to be kind and loyal in your love.” Lit., “to love loyal love.”)And to walk in modesty with your God!

Make sure that your schedule (for employment, schooling, recreation, and so forth) allows you to pursue spiritual goals.​—Eph. 5:15, 16  So keep strict watch that how you walk is not as unwise but as wise persons,  making the best use of your time, (*Lit., “buying out the appointed time.”) because the days are wicked.”

Be reasonable with yourself and others.​—Phil. 4:5.”Let your reasonableness {not quarrelsomeness} become known to all men. The Lord is near.”

In what ways can i (patiently:) increase JOY today; this moment in time

(what is the True God of Compassion telling me?? Am i listening??)

11/08/17 @ 11:15 a.m.

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O. M. F. Optimization for Multiple Functioning

Are You a “seeing skeleton” ?!

(not sure (and no time to research) IF i’ve already shared this here (aka this blog previously))…

Check it out at YOUR OWN RISK…of seeing/(understanding) better…

THE reef-dwelling brittle star has an amazing form of armor on its upper surface. This part of its skeleton is studded with microscopic lenses that turn the animal’s armor into a compound eye.

According to chemist Joanna Aizenberg, the brittle star’s dual-purpose shell “demonstrates an important principle: in biology, materials are often optimized for multiple functions.

[…]researchers have devised a simple, low-cost method of producing arrays of microlenses made of calcium carbonate. The many applications of these arrays include telecommunications, where they are used to conduct light signals through optical fibers. [excerpted past/recent reading/peering…The Seeing Skeleton of the Brittle Star–Was It Designed? (by God) AWAKE! May 2013]

Brittle thinking lacks tensile strength…(and now and again may be ? we all need an antacid;)  perhaps (a) 1 life lesson…we can make the most of things…efficiency and speed…is found in not sweating the small stuff (follow-through on the small stuff, (but don’t let it hinder progress long-term)) and …when we can effectively tackle the microscopic…may be we see/understand the macroscopic…

practical verse:

The person faithful in what is least is faithful also in much, and the person unrighteous in what is least is unrighteous also in much. (Luke 16:10)

Multiple/Flexible Functioning…optimizing wellness:  spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically…:)


7/19/17 @ 11:45 a.m.

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working in slim spaces

slim spaces












too (overly) attached…cannot (objectively) help/be of assistance

too (overly) detached…cannot (objectively) help/be of assistance


a fine, slim space of balance…required to be of compassionate use to fellow-fragile-life…

just an insight from experience/education…attachment/detachment can potentially be a hinderance to helping…


you have to care enough…but may be? not too much…and IF too detached not conscious enough to be of any assistance…


am i too attached?

am i too detached?

am i helping fellow-fragile-life?

am i hindering fellow-fragile-life?


saturday afternoon compassion musings 7/8/17 @ 3:24 p.m.



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Finding Good

He that is showing insight in a matter will find good.—Prov. 16:20.

How To Stay Out Of Trouble: 5 Helpful Insights

Random ramblings about Profound …You know “pro” as in good and found as in-lol…FIND!;) Proverbs…”pro” “actions”…verb-ing/applying wisdom…(my highlights of excerpted Wisdom Is a Protection W11)

Because a person who is wise at heart tries to “find good” in a matter and ‘trusts in Jehovah.’ When we endeavor to find good in others, we are more likely to speak well of them. Rather than being harsh or confrontational, our words are sweet and persuasive. Insight into the circumstances of others helps us to understand the extent of hardship they may be experiencing and how they are coping with it.

Looking for the good…we refrain from confrontation by choosing “sweet” words…(not talking buttering someone up) just “sincerely” speaking with compassion/insight to those in sight (aka close by) and those in ear shot/word shot…(far away). When we choose kind, it makes “any” circumstance better, eh? or is butter-y…aka smooth..s things out! Sorry, (sleepy and trying (failing?) to rhyme words w/my accent..”er” becomes “A” and eh sounds like A.) Hey, Thanks! for understanding & mostly for forgiving aka not expecting MUCH from a tired blogger namely me: Y-A-W-N!!

Good Night!:)


(publishing 4/21/15 @ 9:40 p.m.)

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Spiritual Lenses

Happy Week-end Reader:) “IF” You happen to read me regularly…(that sounds funny, huh? aka follow my blogging/talking) You know by now…my tendency to see/understand/look at/read things through spiritual lenses (filter). (My spirituality could be an embarrassment (and for some). i’m not embarrassed…MUCH.) Okay;) at times, i’ll reread (my) posts…and s~h~u~d~d~e~r at the self-disclosure. (Living “honesty” can be dangerous and humiliating, huh!)

Thinking out loud: {Sometimes, i think: that’s my compassion work (parts of it)…observe, act: could involve: read & write…that’s my job/assignment: read you then “right” you…aka to me: bring out the good/best. You think you’re reading me…(but, do you even know/speak my language??) my code(s)? the code righters…write it!..on hearts by spirit…already embedded deep (agape love). (my long-term destiny is mercifully written.) i’m but a temporary worker here.”What would you do?” give up–NEVER! i know: me: when in doubt, i sit it out. (I’m standing–i’m not doubting.)}

Writing-Righting/Living out loud: This week i gave a brief “talk” in front of about 100+ people; i think. (My Hubby wasn’t there & this ticked me off!; (cause i was focused on myself: feeling nervous, etc.) He wasn’t feeling well & couldn’t make it; last minute.) Of course, He’s forgiven!:) My Sweet friend, A. (originally from India), helped me with it…a conversation on stage between two “timely” topic of conversation Thursday: based on a lot of readings and studies (and condensed to 5 minutes 20 seconds -lol) about the following: “We do live in difficult times. From all parts of the earth, we hear a steady stream of bad news describing calamities and social unrest. Is there any special significance to the current world situation?”

The media/news outlets pick a part one story, one tragedy at a time…but, reflecting on the full scope of it all is important. (The bigger/fuller picture.) Looking at things from a higher vantage point…say through spiritual lenses could put things in “better” focus. You can peel an orange into pieces/into wedges and eat each wedge…individually…taken/consumed/eaten a wedge at a time…each wedge belongs to and still makes up the whole orange! Even’s still ORANGE juice.

Here’s the talk/script/discussion i put together that we (sorta) followed…(A. did Awesome: i couldn’t have done it without her!) some excerpts: mind You, i’m mostly quoting/concisely stuff read…that’s not of my origination. (It’s not always an easy thing/task to express/convey spiritually/progressive stuff…to: Your friends, family, nor a huge/small audience.)  I felt like it came across okay? since afterward–various ones approached me to commend and say they enjoyed the thought-provoking points:

J: Hi A…:) I’m so VERY Glad to See You! How have You been?
A: Okay, like everybody, I’ve been under some stress. Just trying to successfully cope.
J: We do live in difficult times. From all parts of the earth, we hear a steady stream of bad news describing calamities and social unrest. Is there any special significance to the current world situation?
A: I have wondered that Joanie. What does the Bible foretell about our day?
J: Excellent question A. Tragic things happen so suddenly and unexpectedly that no human can predict what tomorrow will bring. (Jehovah God knows what the future holds.) Some 2,000 years ago, the Bible foretold that the world’s troubles would climax in “the conclusion of the system of things.” (Matthew 24:3) This does not mean “the end of the world” as people fear it. Rather, the Bible describes a pattern of events and attitudes, or a sign, that would occur during a time period called “the last days.”
A: I am curious about this sign. What “specific” events did the Bible foretell?
J: Prophecy 1: we can read at Matthew 24:7 the first part of the verse. Would You read this please A?
A: “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.”
J: The Fulfillment of this first prophecy: In the early years of the 20th century, many were expecting continued peace. Yet, the start of World War I in 1914 shocked the world and began an era of unprecedented warfare. Between the end of the second world war and 2010, there were 246 armed conflicts in 151 locations worldwide.
Let’s read the 2nd prophecy…please read the next line of Matthew 24:7 .
A: “And there will be food shortages.”
J: The Fulfillment of this second prophecy: Famine caused more than 70 million deaths in the 20th century and continues to be a global problem.
What the evidence reveals: According to the United Nations, hunger is the world’s greatest health risk, and 1 in 7 people worldwide currently do not have enough to eat.
A: Yes, even here in the United States many go hungry.
J: Let’s turn to Luke 21:11 to read about Prophecies 3 & 4 and I’ll read this? Joan reads: “There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.” (then asks: A, what else did the Bible foretell would happen in the “last days”?)
A: “There will be great earthquakes.”
J: Yes, the evidence proves or reveals the fulfillment of this prophecy…did You know?…”Each year, from 1970 to 2001, there was an average of 19 earthquake disasters * reported, with an average death toll of 19,547. In the ten years before 2012, the average increased to 28 earthquake disasters per year, with an average death toll of 67,954.” (These earthquake statistics “shake” us!)
A: It does seem like we are constantly hearing about another earthquake somewhere in the world.
J: What other prophetic event #4…did we read about in Luke 21:11?
A: “In one place after another pestilences.” —Luke 21:11.
J: The evidence of fulfillment reveals “Despite medical advances, millions still die each year as a result of infectious diseases. International travel and the world’s growing urban population have increased the likelihood that disease outbreaks will spread rapidly.”
A: Ebola comes to mind immediately.
J: I read that The World Health Organization has warned of the rise of drug-resistant germs, saying: “The world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, [will] kill unabated.”
A: Joanie, did the bible foretell anything about how people act/attitudes?
J: Yes, please notice what Matthew 24:12 says..could You please read that A, Thanks.
A: “and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”
J: “Hate-fueled genocide has claimed the lives of millions. In numerous countries, armed conflicts and crime have led to cycles of increasing fear and violence.” Reports reveal that “Each year, more than 740,000 people die as a result of crime and armed conflict.”
A: Wow, amazing how accurately the Bible foretold our day! What does this all mean joanie: will God soon intervene to help us survive these terrible times?
 (published post: 3/28/15 @ 1:23 p.m.)

For some further context…please see: Listen UP: a lamentation. (also wrote a past piece: Comfort, Hugs and Hope! With all the tragic news constantly bombarding us…who doesn’t need relief, comfort, hug or hope?!)


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3.27.15 Rainy Day Pick Up

“A Rainy Day Pick Up!” (Let me explain.)
When it’s a stormy/rainy day–there’s a particular procedure to pick the kids up from school safely. (Here in FL we get torrential.)

The girls and i still got drenched, soaked to the bone sorta (with 1 see-through-clear umbrella and 2 hoodies, blue and pink). However, We made it!…safely to the car; our destination, a block or so away…actually, the short ride home was uneventful traffic-wise which was a surprise. (And what’s a few minutes of being wet?? Nothing! to complain about)…Snuggly-warm in my dry clothes/pants now.  i gotta thing for pockets…(since spraining my ankle a while back:World Mental Health Day: When the Caregiver is a Child)…and how fortunate am i to have: “Very” generous friends that constantly pass on/give me stuff…like these a&f pants: navy blue, khaki, front-hand and side-button and back-side…perfect pockets (6 of ’em) lol. Usually, i’m in skirts and dresses/dress clothes A LOT/frequently/most days.  (odd i know)…to be raving on about my pocket pants. Now what’s in my pockets?…(hmmmmm, me to know;) Yeah, i’m a geek..uh-huh, do own a “pocket” bible.

We all need a rainy day “pick up” aka a particular procedure that keeps us safe say…from drowning in disappointment. From time to time who hasn’t felt disappointed with themselves/(i.e.unfinished, mountainous, projects hanging over my head) or disappointed with somebody else or over something??

Excerpts:  You can be Happy despite disappointments w08: (my highlights)

Jehovah God focused, not on the problem, but on the solution.

God’s Word encourages us to focus on positive things rather than on what might have been or what we should have done. It says: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are of serious concern, whatever things are righteous, whatever things are chaste, whatever things are lovable, whatever things are well spoken of, whatever virtue there is and whatever praiseworthy thing there is, continue considering these things.”—Philippians 4:8.

Many of us tend to exaggerate the negative when we experience disappointment.

It is easy for us to react with bitter resentment when people disappoint us.

Disappointments can be viewed as necessary experience along the way to ultimate success.

“Time and unforeseen occurrence” befall us all, states God’s Word. (Ecclesiastes 9:11) All of a sudden, a crime, an accident, or a disease can bring great distress—and disappointment. The Bible also says: “Expectation postponed is making the heart sick.” (Proverbs 13:12) Eager anticipation of something good fills us with joy, but if it is not soon realized, we may feel a depressing sense of letdown.

Similarly, faithful King Jehoshaphat erred when he formed an alliance with God’s enemies. Jehovah’s prophet said: “For this there is indignation against you from the person of Jehovah. Nevertheless, there are good things that have been found with you.” (2 Chronicles 19:2, 3) Jehovah recognized that one mistake did not make Jehoshaphat a traitor. In the same way, we can avoid losing friends if we do not overreact when they err. Friends who disappoint us may still have fine qualities.

Other “reasonable” readings:

With the fast pace of life today, the more we try to keep up, the further we seem to fall behind. Demands on our time and energy can be unrelenting, and when we fail to get done what we set out to do, there is a tendency to come down on ourselves. We could even begin to feel as though we are letting others down.

Unreasonably high expectations easily turn into perfectionism, and this can be most frustrating. Ben, a young married man, confesses: “When I examine my actions, thoughts, or feelings, I always see how they could have been better. I am constantly looking for perfection, and this leads to impatience, frustration, and disappointment.” Gail, a Christian wife, says: “Perfectionist thinking does not allow for failure. We want to be supermoms and superwives. We have to be productive to be happy, so wasted effort irritates us.”

Yet another factor that can lead to personal disappointment is deteriorating health and old age. Diminished mobility and energy magnify our limitations and add to feelings of frustration. “I felt impatient with myself for not being able to accomplish things that were so easy and natural before I got sick,” acknowledges Elizabeth.

The foregoing is a sampling of what can trigger feelings of disappointment. Left unchecked, such feelings can even lead us to believe that we are not appreciated by others.

[..]remember that Jehovah is reasonable and understanding. Psalm 103:14 reminds us: “He himself well knows the formation of us, remembering that we are dust.” Knowing our capabilities and limitations, Jehovah expects from us only what we are able to give. And one thing he does ask of us is “to be modest in walking with [our] God.”—Micah 6:8.

The consequences of perfectionist thinking are well summed up in the adage: “To expect life to be tailored to our specifications is to invite frustration.” To avoid this, an adjustment in thinking is required. Humility and modesty—having a realistic view of our limitations—will most certainly nurture in us balanced and reasonable expectations.

Cultivating reasonable expectations can help us cope with frustrations and disappointments. Excerpts: Why Be Reasonable in Our Expectations? w00

i was taught expect nothing–appreciate everything!:) Just making rainy day (positive pick up) thinking adjustments…like changing my wet clothes…for dry, fun ones.

Focusing on the Positives:

YAY!:) and i was on time today like all day!…(despite it all, eh?)

(published 3.27.15 @8:49 p.m.)

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brrrr: fighting frostbite: when a LIGHT bulb went off in my…hand!

You got… your reasons (and so do i) but:

Rewarming must be a passive activity… or you risk losing fingers, skin, tissue, toes…if it took 1 or 2 hours for frostbite to set in…must: takes that long: 1-2 hours to rewarm…(and another reason of many, i’m glad i don’t/never smoked cause smoking, caffeine, alcohol make you more susceptible to frostbite).

Same with compassion…agape education..waking people up… gradually…a delicate process… teaching/educating/reteaching/unlearning…a learning/warming the mind/heart to new things, I think needs to be passive: a gradual rewarming of brain permafrost…if for example, a person has lived for so many years (insert time frame) it just may take that equivalent of (insert time frame) to get them warmed up to changing their emotional climate from violent to loving, from smoking to breathing pure air, etc…from corruption/selfish choices to clean/selfless choices.
i was passively listening to the weather channel about the dangers of frostbite and treatment while “engaging” in something else last night & a light bulb went off… in my hand!…i.e.  made some brain/hand connection about frostbite and emotions/actions…and com..passion…and how some soooo lack it, etc. in their communications/dealings/choices….and perhaps, why?…(they’ve lost a compassion finger or two or toe or two.)

Some are just soooooooooooooooooo cold and i’m just soooooooooooo warm: extreme climates. Learning to interact well/healthy/understandingly and IF i’m “coping” with a difficult person/situation/icy climate…IF i stay warm (kind/nice/compassionate)…eventually: will the person MELT (warm up)??

Warming up…to compassion takes patience/time/intelligent/passive precision. Requires: Being patient and understanding and realizing that not everyone has had the same opportunities to acquire/learn/adopt compassion culture/education/literacy….from infancy onward.

Apathy, indifference, envy, violence…brrrrr:(…who wants to endure a climate like that?

i’m NOT gonna let You/Anyone’s cold/mean/unloving/non-compassionate/violent/selfish ways…give me frostbite of the heart/mind..IF i can help it…trying my best:

To love others as we love ourselves means that we view others as we want to be viewed and treat others as we would like to be treated. Jesus said: “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them.” (Matthew 7:12) Notice that Jesus did not say to mull over what others have done to us in the past and then repay in kind. Instead, we are to think about how we would like to be treated and then act accordingly. Notice, too, that Jesus did not restrict his words to friends and brothers. He used the word “men,” perhaps to indicate that we should act in this way toward all people, everyone we meet. ~excerpted: What it Means to Love Your Neighbor w 06

A light bulb in my hand…HOT power. (Compassion Heat in a violent/icy/apathetic world/climate.)


published 9/24/14 @ 2:34 p.m.

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standing in line

i almost drowned



waiting in line;




It just struck me today… as to… (may be)…why?

Could it… (should it) be attributed to: public school training: behavior/controlling/conditioning/teaching of little kids…remember how… kids in public school are taught to get in line; stay in line; be quiet in line; don’t talk to anybody in line; follow the line; (what’s up with all the semi-colons; joanie?!…cause I feel like it!…a looooooong pause…a semi-colon is a wait & i’m always actively waiting on something/someone and/or for someone/something; etc; including, but not limited to: divine intervention)…in line through the halls; in the cafeteria; waiting to leave class; quietly waiting your turn; etc. in school.

(We’ve been public schooled to: shut up! and wait/walk in line.)

Me: Always at the end of any/the line…usually–I happened to be the tallest girl in my age range and/or because my last name was at the end of the alphabet of the entire class…and after a while, despised that…always waiting at the end, the last kid cause not any/too many kids ever, in most of my classes, had last names after mine: w…x, y or z.

Don’t know why teachers couldn’t get/be more organizationally creative… other than keeping my classes/fellow students controlled/arranged alphabetically… last kid to get my books, papers, at back of the class…it taught me patience…and I’ve never had to be or got to be: first for/about anything…that often. (Well, am the first born in my family.)

Is it less pressure being last??…you listen; you watch; you wait; you observe; you learn from observations/those going ahead of you… till it’s: your turn…finally!

i learned to swim young… how young?…7 and under (think). Though, should confirm age…after all these years, my parents wouldn’t remember exactly either. (My Brother/Rob and moi took swimming lessons at the only public pool at Foss Park, Somerville, Massachusetts back then.)

Got dropped off…walked through the changing/locker room.. all ready–had my swimsuit on… at the end of the room heading outside to the pools was this line…so, of course, what do I do??? I get in line; the end of the line, of course.;)

Dummy me should of put 2 and 2 together that the kids in front of me looked a lot bigger/older (that this was OBVIOUSLY not the little kids/beginner’s class)…so, the line winds out and I notice hey… everybody in line eventually gets to the big pool/10 foot pool and JUMPS IN… then gets back out…this jump-in-get-out-exercise continues till it’s joanie’s turn.

Uh-huh…and there I go without ANY hesitation: I jump in WAY over my head!!!

So, I’m sinking fast to the bottom of the 10 ft. pool and looking up at the bright light and bubbles above me… lots of bubbles… wasn’t scared, not panicked nor afraid…remember thinking: HOW do i get back up there…to the top??.. it was quiet/peaceful/bubbly…

Just as I thought that… saw an arm/body approaching me…grabbing me by the back of my suit and yanking me outta the pool!

(THANK GOD for this Life Guard Guy/swimming instructor, eh?) Vaguely, remember him saying something like: you almost drown kid. Your class is over there…you’re too little for the big pool.

What did I do straight away?…went over there with the beginners…and…got in line! -lol:)

Moral of my story: Know where the line takes You…who you’re with…don’t be a quiet follower heading to your drowning/death!

Everybody walks a line… and for someone or something, eh?..(I walk it (both on and off-line) for compassion among other reasons…and I’m not quiet! I know/believe with all my heart/mind: the compassion line eventually leads to life.)

(Make sure IF you have to get in line… you know what you’re getting into or out of.)

Contrasting the ways of the inexperienced with those of the prudent, Solomon says: “Anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word, but the shrewd one considers his steps.” (Proverbs 14:15) The shrewd one is not gullible. Rather than believing everything he hears or letting others do his thinking for him, he considers his steps wisely. Gathering all available facts, he acts with knowledge. ~ excerpted: The Shrewd One Considers His Steps w 05



(p.s. For drowning/injury prevention related reading: Injury Prevention Important!)


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Evaluating Evidence/Gaining Greater Insight: A Necessary for Survival?

1472 Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewart 9 11

From a distance, things look differently. From a distance, people look like ants. From a distance, friends look like enemies.

Unless undeniable evidence proves otherwise, I like to consider everyone a (compassion) friend… or at least, one in the making.


From a distance, the harmful may look helpful or the helpful, harmful. Close examination and progressive evaluation of mounting solid evidence is essential to ascertain authenticity and accuracy/trustworthiness…to a safety degree.

Upon close examination/evaluation…evidence may change. (Am I willing to change aka progress upon evaluating SOLID evidence?)

Whatever we personally value, for whatever reason we value such… it’s our personal responsibility to fully understand why we carry such values or not. Our values shape our choices, shape our lives. Shape our reality.

It’s the day after…9/11/14…many reminisce about the tragic events (of 9/11)…lives lost. I wonder: how many lives have been lost every day since then?? All life is precious! (I’m just not sure IF rehashing/reliving the violence in gory detail over and over and over again and for years is helpful/healing or more hurtful/painful?)

Excerpt from my blog: 12 Years of 911

This is my first time writing about 9/11. (Can You tell?) Personally, I’m not too into rehashing graphic, traumatizing, negative details. For me, I usually don’t like to linger long on the negative. Pressing forward in positive work helps me heal emotionally.

Healing is a process. A process that is individualized and collective.

Individually, one heals when one is able. Some seem to heal faster. Some seem to heal slower. Everyone heals at their own pace. Neither pace is superior; just different.

Collectively, we heal together as we communicate, cooperate, comfort, help, resolve and repair.

Don’t we all need healing from one thing or another, eh?! We all need healing from the culture of hate and violence, lies and mind/body poison!

For me, I highly value life! So, I would hope, I would NOT intentionally or unintentionally make (a) poor choice(s) that would endanger or cut short my life or another’s life. That’s a value/an intent.

My life course, my choice patterns over my lifetime/cycle are becoming mounting evidence that will prove or disprove my so-called value(s) (e.g., respecting life).

What solid evidence is mounting on your behalf regarding compassion and “real-ly” living it?!

I also value wisdom…the time-tested, “effective” (by that term I mean) actually: WORKS! and well as established by solid evidence…practical wisdom…

In other words, many places, many people offer advice/wisdom: is it SOUND? Does it WORK? Does it promote WELLNESS, COMPASSION, LOVE, RESPECT for LIFE? Is it worth my (limited) time/life to listen/obey/follow?! Will it cut short my life or prolong my life/well-being?!

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What’s l-o-v-e got to do with it, HUH?!

Toward Myself

The years have made up my face

with memories of love,

adorned my head

with light silver threads

and made me beautiful.

Landscapes are reflected

in my eyes,

the paths I trod

have taught me to walk upright

with beautiful, though tired steps.

If you should see me now,

you would not recognize the yesterdays you knew.

I go toward myself with a face

you looked for in vain

when I went toward you.

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