Dreamer’s World June 02, 2018 – Play It Forward

I got my new keyboard after work yesterday. Well, new isn’t the correct term since I got it from Craigslist, but it is new to me.
    I am very happy with the keyboard, but of course, there was a long story attached to it. The seller was a woman with 2 children who is preparing to move. Her husband had gone to their new home as part of his job, so the woman was left with 2 kids and her mother to help her out. She lives in a beautiful home in a very nice area of Northern Virginia. When Hal and I arrived at the seller’s house to pick up the keyboard, stand, and stool, we found that the power supply was missing. The woman said that I would take the items and she would contact me when the power supply was found, and then I could pay her for the items. I tried to pay her at the time, but she refused and said that she would either mail me the power cord and then I could pay her, or if she couldn’t find the power cord, then I could pay her a reduced price.
    Hal and I left with the equipment, but I was not really happy knowing that I had not paid for it yet. As we drove towards home, I asked Hal to call Guitar Center and they indeed had the right power supply for the keyboard. Since we were stranded in rush-hour traffic, I decided that we would grab something to eat when we had the chance and then go to Guitar Center. We finally made it home, the power supply worked, the keyboard sounds great, and things are all OK.
    I received a text from the woman who said that her husband might have inadvertently taken the original power supply with him as part of the first stages of moving. She offered to pay for a replacement power supply in her message. I answered that I had found a power supply, that it worked, and I told her that I would drop by her house this morning with the money for the items. I explained that I preferred to not leave things in an unfinished state, and that I felt guilty about having the keyboard and not having paid for it yet.
    I dropped Hal off at his job this morning and then I went back to the woman’s house. When I handed her the original amount we agreed on, she was floored. At first, she tried to reject the extra money that would have covered the expense of the replacement power supply, but I explained to her that I wanted her to have the original amount, and that she could never have enough cash on hand when planning and making a move. As she was holding her baby, with her Mother watching her, she broke down and cried. I told her that it was not problem, and that at some pint in the future when she saw a chance to do something nice for someone else, that she should remember this and then do something nice for that person. “Play It Forward” is what I told her to do, because good things always generate rewards, even if they are not immediately apparent.

Dreamer’s World February 09, 2018 – Random Acts Of Humanity And Kindness


    Yesterday after work, I went to see the Acupuncturist for a regular session. The Acupuncturist’s office is in the same practice where my Chiropractor works. I pay the Acupuncturist out of pocket because very few insurance providers will cover these sessions. I haven’t seen the Chiropractor for over two months due to the insurance company that my employer selected making the financial, not medical, decision that I did not require treatment. The logic was something like this: I had been seeing the Chiropractor regularly for nearly ten years to resolve ongoing neck and back issues. The previous insurance company had zero problems with this, but the new company decided that what was happening was “maintenance” and refused to cover it.
    I am not the smartest person in the world, but I know that “maintenance” is essential to keeping a system running smoothly. Failure to perform “maintenance” results in system degradation and premature system failure. Apparently, the insurance company was more than willing for my health to deteriorate so that they could make more money. This for-profit motive is representative of the problems that our health care system fails to address every single day. The decision is NOT made by a medical professional; it is made by bean-counters interested in making money for the company. The patient is nothing more than a resource for the insurance company to exploit for the financial benefit of the company. This practice is not just wrong; it is “evil.”
    I have heard all of the RWNJ arguments against single-payer health care, yet here is an example a company, not a medical professional, making a decision that affects a patient. RWNJ claim that this will happen all the time under single-payer, yet there is no real evidence that I have ever seen to support that claim, but here I am suffering from that very issue under the “free market” system that the RWNJ lunatics prefer because they are invested financially in the healthcare industry.
    Now that has been said; I had my visit with the Acupuncturist and then she suggested that I talk to the Chiropractor about the problem with my coverage. I waited for a few minutes until he had the time to see me after he had finished with another patient. He said that the insurance company decided to no longer cover my treatments was “COMPLETE BULLSHIT.” Obviously, I agreed with him on this. I was expecting to hear a lot of sympathies and offers to treat me at some discount off his regular office visit rate, but that would amount to around $100 per visit. I am not able to take on that expense at this time.
    I was utterly stunned when the Chiropractor offered to treat me every two weeks as before and only charge me the office visit copay of $25. His offer of kindness means that I can go back to receiving regular treatments as I had for years to alleviate the constant pain. I asked if this offer was going to be a hardship for him, and he assured me that it would not.
    It is this random act of humanity and kindness that made yesterday a wonderful day for me.

Dreamer’s World January 15, 2018 – A Great Man

Today we honor a man who died struggling for his ideals, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was only a small child when Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. I remember my parents talking about him in later years as a man who was taken from us too soon. I think that Dr. King would be an invaluable voice today. We need someone like him to serve as our conscience in these troubled times as the ugly spectre of racism has stepped out boldly into plain sight.
Dr. King demonstrated that a single voice can affect great change for the better, sadly we now have the voice of hatred pulling our country in the opposite direction. Dr. King taught us how to bring out the best in humanity, how to build bridges to connect us rather than walls to divide us. Dr. King cared about the least among us, and worked to elevate them in their own eyes, and in the eyes of society at large. There are so few voices out there today that offer us the same hope for a better future for everyone, and not for just the privileged few.
Dr. King taught us that love will triumph over hate. It really seems hard to grasp when we look at the world today, but I still believe in what he said. We always will struggle against those who choose the easy option of hating others. What matters is that his message becomes the prevalent view in our society n order for us to move forward. We must educate each generation about what Dr King taught to us or his dream will slowly die. Like a flower, his message requires our constant care and attention in order to take root and grow. The threats are all around us, and they become more violent and brazen every single day. We need to care about each other more. We need to value the basic human dignity in all of us. We need to focus less on judging a person by their wealth, and more on their needs.
I don’t believe we can make true progress until we practice those things in our daily lives so often that we never think about them. We all have this choice to make. I choose to look once again to Dr. King, and his message of Hope and Brotherhood on this day, and every other day.

Note taken on January 15, 2018 at 05:36AM

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Dreamer’s World January 15, 2018 – A Great Man

Today we honor a man who died struggling for his ideals, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was only a small child when Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. I remember my parents talking about him in later years as a man who was taken from us too soon. I think that Dr. King would be an invaluable voice today. We need someone like him to serve as our conscience in these troubled times as the ugly spectre of racism has stepped out boldly into plain sight.
Dr. King demonstrated that a single voice can affect great change for the better, sadly we now have the voice of hatred pulling our country in the opposite direction. Dr. King taught us how to bring out the best in humanity, how to build bridges to connect us rather than walls to divide us. Dr. King cared about the least among us, and worked to elevate them in their own eyes, and in the eyes of society at large. There are so few voices out there today that offer us the same hope for a better future for everyone, and not for just the privileged few.
Dr. King taught us that love will triumph over hate. It really seems hard to grasp when we look at the world today, but I still believe in what he said. We always will struggle against those who choose the easy option of hating others. What matters is that his message becomes the prevalent view in our society n order for us to move forward. We must educate each generation about what Dr King taught to us or his dream will slowly die. Like a flower, his message requires our constant care and attention in order to take root and grow. The threats are all around us, and they become more violent and brazen every single day. We need to care about each other more. We need to value the basic human dignity in all of us. We need to focus less on judging a person by their wealth, and more on their needs.
I don’t believe we can make true progress until we practice those things in our daily lives so often that we never think about them. We all have this choice to make. I choose to look once again to Dr. King, and his message of Hope and Brotherhood on this day, and every other day.

Note taken on January 15, 2018 at 05:36AM

For more information, visit http://ift.tt/2mv1q6W