Moments to Treasure

Navigating Life's Journey

August 17, 2015
by johnr66
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Moments Disturbed

Moments Disturbed

It seems over the past year that here in the U.S. we are experiencing more disturbing moments that wonderful moments. I wonder if that’s a function of the need to push fear and outrage to the masses. It leaves no room for thoughtful reflection, only for spontaneous and unexamined outbursts against whatever slight we perceive affects us.

So many examples, from all the police shootings of unarmed citizens (mostly African American – at least from a publicized perspective), to the random violence in movie theaters and other public places. Makes one want to hole up in their house, order in, and bunker down.

But this won’t solve anything. It will only enslave you to paranoia. It will paralyze you, killing any action you might have taken.

When I reflected on the events with an attempt to be non-judgmental and objective, I keep returning to the same two-fold theme. That is, one, regarding the noise and wailing of police brutality and racism, that there is some level of over-response taken on the part of authority, I don’t know how many incidents involved white people – they don’t seem to be reported. But of the ones reported, there seems to be an escalation of violence that may not be warranted.

However, on the other hand, when reviewing the analysis of the incident (which itself may be biased), it appears that the victims are not entirely blameless. Their actions appear to be aggressive, or otherwise inciting in a way that most people who know them wouldn’t expect. Why is this? My guess is when they were around friends they were friendly and outgoing, fun and peaceful. When confronted with authority, they reacted in an alpha manner, challenging that authority.

Perception is the Heart of Action

Why this difference in behavior in different situations? I think it comes from how one perceives the people he or she is dealing with, and that perception guides their actions. Take, for example, the recent Ferguson activity (Aug 2015), where demonstrators were involved with a person attempting to drive past them or through them.

One headline said the activists were arrested when someone plowed into them with their car. How inciting is that? And biased? And wrong. If I plowed into someone with my car, there’s no way they were going to be able to do anything more than pick themselves up off the ground (if their legs weren’t broken), or less (if I had killed them). Instead, they kicked the car (implying no plowing but possibly gently nudging them to move).

It made me wonder how poorly cars were made these days if kicking one could inflict $5000 worth of damage. On an old car it would have just gotten you a bruised or broken toe. But besides that, it appears that too quickly we take sides, and the rule of law (at least in the courtroom) goes out the window. That is, you’re no longer innocent until proven guilty, you’re guilty by committee without any way to present your side where the other side will listen.

No One is Listening

No one is listening anymore. From a quote I recently read, they are listening to say what they want to say, not listening to hear what the other is saying. And this goes further, into politics as well. But I won’t go into that!

All it takes is to listen with an open mind, understand the other person, before responding. It doesn’t mean you have to agree, only that you understand what their position is, and where it comes from. And that could, in many cases, mean that you realize you will not be able to reason with them (when they spout obvious lies), and it might be better to just walk away.

 

December 9, 2013
by John
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Mandela and Idols

A great man passed away this week – Nelson Mandela.

Mandela and Idols

Many people spoke highly of him, and had a more intimate knowledge of the man than I did. I hope those who shout against his honor come to realize that no one is perfect (not even saints), but are called to do something that others are not. I think he was one of those called to be a great leader, and demonstrated that with that calling comes great personal sacrifice.

I sometimes wonder when people build statues to those they idolize, if they are cognizant of what was said in the bible regarding golden images. (Though admittedly most of these might be bronze or concrete.)

Still, it is a day to mourn as another person moves on to meet their maker.

So often we forget what others sacrifice to make this world a better place, be they struggling for human rights, fair wages, the end of mistreatment. It all boils down to dignity. If we are willing to accept the basic dignity of every human being, then we begin to move in the proper direction.

Mandela’s life was truly filled with moments to treasure, and I’m thankful to have watched some of his history unfold.

November 28, 2013
by John
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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving!

One word that imparts such meaning and attitude. Thanks. Giving. Rearrange it anyway you like – it’s still good. Give thanks. Give. Thank.

There are many people who come up with things to be grateful for, but today I’m going to link to an unlikely source – Geoffrey James on Inc.com. Why? Because I think if you are open you can find inspiration in the most unlikely places. I found this sales guy to be down-to-earth and focused on what really makes a difference. I never expected that from here.

So if you haven’t said it in a while, today is a good day to start – telling others how grateful you are for their being in your life. You won’t always have that opportunity.

I thank everyone in my family, my parents, my brothers and sisters, my children, my grandchildren, my grandparents, and those they know or knew, who touched my life as well.

And to all of you who read this, thank you!

John

p.s. – I’ve added a couple of links at the bottom of some other sites, Christian and Buddhist, that share positive messages.

November 24, 2013
by John
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Moments to Treasure up and running!

Hi!

I’m happy to announce that the website, Moments to Treasure, is now up and running in conjunction with the release of the book:

Moments to Treasure

Prayers for Navigating Life’s Journey

The book is available as a FREE Kindle download from 11/24-11/28-2013. (Sunday through Thursday) It does not include any pictures. If you buy the paperback, you can download the Kindle version for free (even when it’s not on promotion). Available on Amazon, and the paperback is also available on CreateSpace. Additional information and offers are on the publisher, Soul Attitude Press, website.

I’ve created this site to allow people to come to a place where inspiration, hope, and gratitude visit often and serve comforting words and actions to those in need. I am grateful for all the outpouring of love and support as my granddaughter progresses through treatment for Wilms tumor. She is such a brave and courageous young girl.

Do you have something to share? Please comment below. I’m also open to having others guest post on the site. Let me know if you’d like to share a post.

Thanks!

John