One All Encompassing Commandment

“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” ~John 13:34.

Wow, we just condensed the ten commandments into one.

If I really Love you, I won’t kill you or steal from you or covet what’s yours, etc…etc…

The goal for today, Unconditional Love!

Happy Easter!

Have a great day everybody!

Stir The Pot

“Boldness be my friend” ~Shakespeare.

Sometimes I say things that bother people but my aim is not to bother, it is to get people thinking.

It may be a bold statement but I know the solution to anxiety & depression; I know that a lot of the things we believe are genetic, hereditary & environmental, are not; I know that the best way to help someone who is unwilling to help themselves, is to not help them.

The goal for today, stir the pot, question everything, because it’s the only way to find the real Truth!

Have a great day everybody!

Power, Peace Happiness & Direction

“A new power, peace, happiness, and sense of direction flowed into them” ~Anon.

Most of my life, there was no power… I was at the mercy of the world & the people in it.

There was no peace… I was in a continual state of discord & discontent.

There was no happiness… I was mired in a life of misery & depression.

There was no direction… I was hopelessly lost & confused.

Today, I can have power, peace, happiness & direction by very simply utilizing this question…

“If there is a God, would He do what I’m about to do?” & then try to live up to it.

Have a great day everybody!

What Do You Believe That May Not Be True?

“Some things are true whether you believe them or not” ~Unknown.

Some of my realizations…

Lie: It is ok to be selfish.
Truth: Selfishness is the root of all my troubles.

Lie: Justifiable anger is ok.
Truth: Resentment destroys more people than anything else.

Lie: It’s your fault I feel this way.
Truth: It’s dishonest of me to believe that you can make me feel.

Lie: I’m not afraid.
Truth: The very fabric of my existence is shot through with fear.

The goal for today, find the Truth & try to live up to it!

Have a great day everybody!

This Too Shall Pass?

“This happened soon after they wholeheartedly met a few simple requirements.” ~Anon.

When my life was falling apart, someone said to me ‘This too shall pass’… so I waited & waited & it didn’t pass.

So I called someone else & they said ‘This too shall pass ‘IF’ you get up off your ass & do your part in making it pass’.

Problem solving is not a magic trick… it’s not gonna fix itself.

This is not a lack of faith… I believe that God will give me the strength & direction… the courage & wisdom… the will & the way… I just don’t believe that He is going to do it for me while I lay on the couch & take a little nap 🙂

The goal for today, know that my problems will pass… right after I wholeheartedly meet a few simple requirements!

Have a great day everybody!

United We Stand

United We Stand, divided we fall!

Am I a democrat, a republican or an American?

Am I a Christian, a Buddhist or an American?

Am I an Irishman, an Italian or an American?

Am I a white person, a black person or an American?

Am I a rich person, a poor person or an American?

Everybody is proud of who they are & rightfully so… until our pride destroys our Unity.

The goal for today, stand united!

Have a great day everybody!

Do You Believe In Universal Healthcare?

After reading my last post “We Can’t Legislate Humanity” a friend asked me if I believe in universal healthcare & this was my response:

Yes, I believe in universal health care as long as it is being provided & regulated by human beings… not governments. I believe that the Proper Name for universal healthcare is ‘Humanity’. It’s not the governments job to take care of, or force me to take care of, my own health.

Here is how Thomas Jefferson felt about it… this is one of my all time favorite quotes:

“The care of every man’s soul belongs to himself. But what if he neglect the care of it? Well what if he neglect the care of his health or his estate, which would more nearly relate to the state. Will the magistrate make a law that he not be poor or sick? Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves. God himself will not save men against their wills.” ~Thomas Jefferson.

I have a friend who is a Free Mason & they said that the best way to describe what Free Masonry is all about is this… “Who will feed the widows orphan?”. I had to mull this over for a while but here is my translation… it is ‘our’ job, as human beings, to care for the less fortunate. It was not… is not… & never will be, the governments job to take care of the needy. We need to get back to clearly defining roles! The governments role in this country is to insure that I have the opportunity to help the less fortunate… primarily by not taking from me the fruits of my labor. It is my role to use the fruits of my labor to help the less fortunate. NEVER was it intended for me to surrender the fruits of my labor to the government so that they can help the less fortunate!

& more importantly…

Food for thought on a Sunday morning 🙂 Have a great day everybody!

We Can’t Legislate Humanity

There are three things that can NEVER be brought about by law… no matter how hard we try & those three things are: Health, Wealth & Happiness.

Health: If you write a law that says that I can’t buy one big drink… I will buy two small drinks.

Wealth: If you write a law that says we must all make the same amount of money… I will get a job ‘off the books’.

Happiness: Happiness is a direct result of loving each other (if you don’t believe me, go out & try it) & you certainly cannot enforce humanity by law… we will either remember how to love each other or we will perish like every other civilization before us did once they lost their sense of humanity. The more laws we write attempting to force people to live the ‘right’ way, the less happiness we have because happiness absolutely cannot be brought about by force. It MUST come from inside & it MUST be voluntary or it isn’t real & it won’t last.

We cannot legislate Happiness & Humanity, but we can breed it! We, as adults, need to remember how important it is to love our neighbor & then we must teach our children, from kindergarten on, to do the same if we have any hope of fixing the problems we now have in this country & in this world!

The goal for today, take care of my Health, Wealth & Happiness because I ‘want’ to… not because someone said that I ‘have’ to.

Have a great day everybody!

School Vs. Education

“I’ve never let my school interfere with my education.” ~Mark Twain.

In kindergarten we had a book that said “The sky is ____.”

The teacher could tell me the right answer & even how to spell it & write it, but what the teacher couldn’t do was experience it for me… that, I had to do for myself.

The goal for today, don’t just read about life… be a part of it… live it… experience it… breathe it in!

Have a great day everybody!

Don’t Be ‘Blindly’ Led!

Most of my life, I would offer anyone advice & I would take anyone’s advice… but now I know better.

I should know what I’m talking about before I give advice & I should take a good hard look at your life before I take your advice.

I have found a guaranteed method of not being misled by others… & here it is:

“Don’t take anyone’s word for it… try it & prove to yourself whether or not it’s accurate” ~Emmet Fox.

Have a great day everybody!