13th Article of Faith
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
I hope we all have plenty of guardian angels
There are quite a few wonderful people in the world. I have met angels today and for many other days.
Life is challenging. I am still a practioner and not a master. I do the best I can from moment to moment. Even though life is “messy”, I’ll take my mess any day.
My RV is getting fixed. It won’t be done until Wednesday afternoon. Despite the ups and downs and hardships, I lead a very blessed life 🙂
I hope all you kind and compassionate people stay that way and others find their way there. Loving God and each other was the most important commandment ever given. It’s not that tough to be nice…you just treat people the way you personally would LIKE to be treated 🙂
I was sent a great quote yesterday. When I looked it up, the first page I found seemed quite appropriate…
Anger Is Like Drinking Poison Expecting the Other Person to Die
What is anger?
Among other things, it’s a very negative emotion inside of you which is generally (but not always) about someone or something outside of you … for whatever reason. In theory, what you want, is for the other person to pay in some fashion, for something they have done or said, or not done or not said.
As you get angry, heat may suffuse your body, you may find it hard to think, your vision may blur momentarily, your heart beat may increase, your fists may ball, acid may accumulate in your stomach, your mouth may feel dry … in other words, you may experience one or more uncomfortable physical sensations to go along with your uncomfortable emotional sensations.
So we might say that as you have allowed yourself to become angry, you’ve taken a drink of figurative poison … but you want the poison to have an effect on the other person.
Kind of silly, isn’t it? Why would you drink poison if you wanted it to affect someone else? So why not consider the words of the paragraph before this one … as you have allowed yourself to become angry … because the fact is that you have allowed the anger. I don’t mean the first flash of it … that may have been involuntary … but from that point on, you fan the flame, you continue to drink from the poisonous glass … and that is indeed your choice that you can do something about. Not by pretending the anger is not there, but by choosing to look elsewhere, by refusing to allow your anger to control you, by choosing to go back to a place within yourself where you can feel better than this momentary flare of anger would allow you to … all of this can be your choice.
I have to admit I am fascinated by how people react to me. Face to face, most people seem to like me. What is it about the internet that causes folks to read a little slice of someone’s life and then criticize it unmercifully? Most every blog, news article, opinion section, etc. has people saying horrible things to each other. Heck…even the comments on my favorite You Tube songs are acidic. I’m sure glad I don’t feel that kind of anger very often. If I were perfect, I never would 🙂
Each time in my life that I have done something, the encouragers and the naysayers duke it out. I just keep doing what I’m doing, wondering what motivates either side…but definitely enjoying the positive people.
I love my friend, Ingrid! 🙂 She is one of those people who are very empathetic and kind. She always knows just what to say. I want to be like her when I grow up!
I don’t think there has been any endeavor in my life that was without controversy. You should have heard my college professors in the 70’s when I talked about organic food and gardening and they were sponsored by big corporations that basically said organic was stupid. Wow! How times have changed 😛
I do not live my life by consensus. I live it by the seat of my pants and my convictions. When I know something is right and good, I pursue it no matter what others think or say. In my 56 years I have been ahead of the curve most of the time. The rest of the world often adopts later what I adopted first.
I also have often been labeled “the canary in the coal mine”. I got autoimmune diseases young. They are the up and coming diseases of the future….probably caused in part by our genetically altered food and messed up natural environment.
Then, of course, I was and have been homeless several times. That’s because I exist at the economic edge of society. It also has much to do with my personality. I rarely settle for what other people think I should just shut up and be happy about. I keep seeking.
When I get myself into predicaments because of my health, wealth or personality I must bear the consequences. Sometimes the precipitating event is my own fault and sometimes not. Yup…I’m human.
When I share many of the details of my life, I never share them ALL. I’m always amused and astounded when people think they truly know me from reading bits and pieces from my blog. Some people come close, but we humans are complex creatures. I’m sure my grandparents who were married 50 or 60 something years had never truly figured each other out. That’s what’s fun about people…..getting to know them. It can take an eternity.
From time to time I make myself frantic. I know I need or want things. I make myself crazy sometimes. I wish I had more faith. I have always believed that if I truly NEED something, it will come to me. If I just want it, it probably won’t.
Sometimes I come right out and ask for help or things I do not know how to provide for myself. There are lots of opinions on whether that is right or wrong. Being needy makes me feel guilty. But…I have also always loved helping people when asked. If I am able, I try to be useful. There were times in my life when I would have been soooo happy to give of myself or my stuff if asked.
They key word here is ASK. I hate it when people steal things from me 😦 I still think about the stolen tool chest and the farm intern who tried to steal boxes of stuff. It does not make me angry. It makes me sad. I would probably have given away those things if the person wanting them had just asked.
So, when I need things, I ask sometimes. It’s not like I am taking things by force or coersion or stealth. I’m simply asking. If I don’t get what I asked for, must be I don’t really NEED it as much as I thought I did….or maybe I need to try another route.
Life is a learning experience. I feel sorry for the folks who already think they know-it-all.
Love, laugh, see the wonder in the world. None of us are getting out alive.