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Intolerance….

November 25, 2012

Many times Will Rogers’ words are an inspiration to me. Of course he saw a lot of prejudice in his times. Maybe more so than even I do today. When I found these words from him about intolerance I found them indeed inspiring.  No explanation is needed. These words stand on their own today as much as they did in Will’s day.

I have sometimes wondered if the preachers themselves have not something to do with intolerance. You hear and read a sermon nowadays, and the biggest part is taken up by knocking or trying to prove the falseness of some other denomination. They say the Catholics are damned, that the Jew’s religion is all wrong, or that the Christian Scientists are a fake, or that Protestants are all out of step.

Now, just suppose, for a change they preach to you about the Lord and not about the other fellows’ church, for every man’s religion is good. We are all trying to arrive at the same place according to our own conscience and teachings. It don’t matter which road you take  –  March 11, 1923    Will Rogers

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Eternal Peace…

November 18, 2012

Several years ago I came across a small book entitled Quaker Spirituality – Selected Writings. I’m still not sure what made me pause on the title but I am glad I did. Inside that book was an essay by Thomas R. Kelly (1893-1941) talked about the “Eternal Presence”. I didn’t know it then but this essay put me on the path to learning much more about Quakers. It gave me the most complete understanding of who God was that I have ever had in my life up to that point.

Here are some of the words from that essay. I am just going to give you bits an pieces but enough to get its message across:

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Is It Right????

September 23, 2012

Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” Vanity asks the question, “Is it popular?” But, conscience asks the question, “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

I spent a good part of my life not being concerned with much of anyone except myself and later my wife. It wasn’t that I didn’t have any empathy but I just didn’t give it much of a priority. I suspect I am pretty much like most people in that regard. I saw the need but just didn’t feel enough compassion to do anything about it. Continue Reading…

Opportunities….

June 29, 2012

‎”Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work”– Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison certainly wasn’t one to shy away from work. Another of his famous quotes was.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

People, no matter the period, have always dreamed of striking it rich; we want instant wealth with the least amount of work possible. That is what drives all the lotteries that currently rake in billions of dollars each year. That is what keeps all the casinos that are popping up in almost every State still growing. That is what keeps the scammers alive and prospering on the Internet. We just can’t seem to learn the lesson that if it looks too good to be true it probably is. We are a sucker for anything that would make us instantly rich.

Everyone wants to get rich without all the perspiration.  But as Edison so aptly put it in the above quotes opportunity and genius don’t just happen; they take work to accomplish. I know we see all the movies and TV shows that tell us that thirty year olds are at the head of most research labs, corporations, and such but that simply is not the reality.  It takes a lot of perspiration and hard work, sometime for many years, to accomplish most of what is worthwhile in this world. For the most part thirty year olds are just at the beginning of that process. You don’t become a genius without the work.

When the first personal computer came out it became a passion for me.  I spent hours and hours of my own time learning to program it. One weekend I remember the most is when I started working on an app Friday evening after I got off work and did not stop until Sunday afternoon. I spent about 42 hours non-stop with no sleep and not much more than chips to eat. I would call that passion. I went from there to getting a Macintosh computer for work and writing some programs that helped me do my job. Soon after that I was writing apps for my entire work team. When my new talent was discovered by my superiors I went on to managing a team of applications engineers for an entire engineering division. I plateaued at that point because those above me could not see a deaf man leading an entire IT department. Sad for me but it was mainly their loss.

Anything worth accomplishing is worth the effort to make it happen.

Words from Anne Frank…

January 4, 2012

“I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness. I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come out right. In the meantime, I must uphold my ideals, for perhaps the time will come when I shall be able to carry them out.”   – Anne Frank, from The Diary of Anne Frank

As pointed out these words were from Anne Frank. Here is some of what Wikipedia says about her

Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank  12 June 1929 – early March 1945) is one of the most renowned and most discussed Jewish victims of theHolocaust. Acknowledged for the quality of her writing, her diary has become one of the world’s most widely read books, and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Born in the city of Frankfurt am Main in Weimar Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. By nationality, she was officially considered a German until 1941, when she lost her nationality owing to the anti-Semitic policies of Nazi Germany (the Nuremberg Laws). She gained international fame posthumously following the publication of her diary, which documents her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

Here is a girl under 15 years of age when she wrote the words above.  One of the quotes that I appreciate the most goes something like this “Extraordinary times create extraordinary people”. Anne Frank was definitely one of those people. Her ability to relate the circumstances of Hitler’s crusade against the Jews was astounding. How could a fifteen year old accumulate such wisdom!

If you have never read the Diary of Anne Frank you should take the time to do it soon. It will put some things in you life in more perspective. Yes, we are suffering through some tough economic times around the world today but it is nothing like what a fifteen year old suffered almost eighty years ago.

Anne Frank, and others like her inspire me to try to view the world around me with some optimism.

Things Spiritual…

September 4, 2011

I am a spiritual person. I believe our spirit is what sets us apart from everything else on the earth. It is what makes us human. So to make this blog a true reflection of my life’s experiences it is necessary to add this category. I do this with some hesitancy.  I am inspired by many people and things that cross my life’s path. I will use this category to relay some of those stories  and thoughts to you in as positive a manner as I can.

Let me start out by saying what this new category is NOT:

  • I will not be trying to push my version of spirituality on you. There is far too much of that goes on around us now and I don’t intend to be part of that practice.
  • I will not be trying to prove that your version of spirituality is wrong as compared to mine. Again there it too much of that now and I believe it only harms  people’s relationship with their creator.
  • I will not be in-your-face about anything in the spiritual realm. You believe what you want and I will do the same and not bug you about it. Everyone has to find their own path to their creator. I will not hamper you in that regard.

Ok, now on to things that this category will be:

  •  I will be discussing spiritual things I appreciate  across a wide spectrum of belief systems.  In the past I have been an avid reader in this area but that is not part of my life now. I have found that those matters are just too contaminated by man to have much meaning to me anymore.
  • I will stick to the old adage “If you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all”.
  • Although I am not currently a member of any religious organization my heart seems to align most comfortably with the Quaker faith. For that reason you will likely find many of the stories and references found here to have Quaker sources. One of the things that I admire about Quakers is that they are tolerant of many forms of spirituality and don’t cling to any man-made doctrines that necessitates separating themselves from others. They hold out a wide umbrella to the world around them

I will try to keep this category aligned around spiritual matters and avoid things of religious institutions. I don’t have an agenda as far as this category goes. As I said before the direction this will take will likely be things that inspire me to be a better person. Sometimes that meshes into other areas but I will try to keep that to a minimum.

I humbly hope that in some very small way my posts in this area help you with your walk in life.