Every day we are subjected to the control mechanisms that keep the world running. All the hatred, conflicts, and fear exist because we created them in the first place. We allow those toxic circumstances to govern our lives were designed to preserve the status quo.
Humanity can’t move forward while carrying all that baggage. When so many people live in poverty due to preventable diseases, lack of education, and health care, we all share the blame for these things. We have surrendered our humanity generation after generation, all in the pursuit of personal gain. There is nothing wrong with successful people, but we still have a moral obligation to help those around us.
Two things we lack are KINDNESS and COMPASSION. When we highlight simple human kindness and compassion because they are so infrequent, we know we’re in trouble. Don’t attack someone helpless; defend them. Teach
someone; don’t criticize their lack of knowledge. When you see someone hungry, give them something to eat. You get the idea.
. Let’s inject more kindness and compassion into the world for a change.
I am in a bind financially until the end of this month. I had an unexpected car expense of nearly $600 that had to be taken care of, which destroyed my monthly budget. While this is unpleasant and uncomfortable, it does make me focus on what I have rather than what I lack. In fact, I have to be thankful that I could take care of the expense at the time.
I can also be thankful that I recognize my budget needs to be adjusted in the future for the next unexpected expense. While I make plans for the future, I am thankful that we have a roof over our heads and enough food to make it until next payday.
I am thankful that this is the first time I’m facing a situation like this. I’m thankful that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I take solace from the lesson learned after reading “Down and Out in Paris and London” by George Orwell many years ago. Once you hit bottom, you realize that you are still alive.
I’m thankful for the desire to write and express myself, and I’m thankful for those who read my words. I’m thankful if my words help someone else, and I hope they pay that help forward to someone else who can then be thankful.
Tonight I joined a group meditation session on the Headspace app. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it was a session just like any other, but there were approximately 45 other people taking part.
The only voice was the group moderator. Like I said, if it weren’t for the other people participating, it would have been just like any other solo meditation. The amazing thing is that as I relaxed and really got into the session, I could sense the presence of the other people. It sounds crazy, but I genuinely felt that I wasn’t alone. It was a wonderful feeling that I hope to experience again.
“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”
• Arnold H. Glasow
A true friend is hard to find, and more valuable than all the gold in the world. A true friend will be the one you can count on, and someone that can count on you, because true friendship is a two-way relationship.
“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
A powerful message that I found this morning. I’m struggling with the purpose of my life, what I can do to make this a better place. Sadly, I veer towards negativity when I look at the world we live in. I feel powerless to change things, and this upsets me.
I need to practice gratitude daily and stop pouring over the news every day. The information generally upsets me, and that causes stress. I need to refocus my life on positive things and turn away from negativity.
Gratitude is a difficult thing to practice when all I do is criticize something that I can not control. My mindset defeats the very concept of gratitude before I even start. I need to contain my anger and eliminate it, or it will consume me after all.
Making a change like this won’t be easy. A wise saying is that nothing worthwhile is ever easy, so that gives me confidence that I’m on the right track.
The meditation session today ended with this quote from Jimi Hendrix. He knew what he was talking about. He brought forth such incredible music because he learned to listen to his inner voice.
I’m still getting in tune with my own inner voice. Not the angry one, I’ve listened to that one far too much in the past. I’m searching for that calm inner voice that will lead me to peace and tranquillity in my life and mind.
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.