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Our existence, the world showing up for us and holding up a mirror

The world doesn’t just exist, it shows up for us. It appears as the pure experience of the present moment. And one of the most amazing things about the world is that it changes – from age to age, generation to generation, over the course of a human lifetime.

We can not ignore the world. We live in it, and we have to face those things that happen in that world. Today it would even be very difficult to live on a desert island just to live on our own without any interruption or interference from other human beings.

We are here and though others can ignore us, we can not ignore them nor deny our own existence. We have our fleshy bodies within it our brains which enable us to think and reason. From the moment we are born we are confronted with the world and shall have to learn to live in that world. From that first step on earth, time does not let us on our own but however we want, time binds us to itself. It makes hours, days, months and years go by while we have to hold in it and come to the realisation that we are getting older. However, we turn it or turn it and look for the ‘why’ we are here and the ‘how’ we can make it true here, we are pulled in all directions to do this or that or to be here and there.

Sometimes we even wonder not only why we exist, but also why this world and this universe exist. Lots of people also wonder what there would be in outer space. In the darkness behind the horizon, stars and planets get us dreaming of other planets and perhaps also about other living beings. Why should we be the only intellectual beings?

When we see time passing, we often feel as if we are running out of time. Looking at how glaciers melt and how waters rise, but so many in the world do not want to believe climate change is a serious business and that we are heading for an unseen natural disaster if we do not act quickly to combat global warming.

If nothing existed there would be nothing to contemplate existence and no existence to contemplate. Now we have to think about a lot of things. In fact, it happens that our brains don’t let us rest easy and get our heads spinning with all sorts of (sometimes foolish) thoughts.

Why did anything happen?

Why didn’t nothing happen?

Why did all those planets came into existence?

Why does anything at all exist?

What does it mean to exist?

Why did man came into existence and why does he thinks he is superior to all other beings?

Why are we here?

What is life all about? or What is the purpose of existence?

Is that what we think to see realy there? Or is it just an illusion?

Philosophers through all ages have tackled this most fundamental question of existence. Many persons came to practice or investigate the systematised study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about existence, reason, knowledge, values, mind, and language. There was and is the searching, the rational, abstract, and methodical consideration of reality as a whole or of fundamental dimensions of human existence and experience. We know of major Eastern philosophers, like Buddha; Confucius; Dai Zhen; Han Feizi; Laozi; Mencius; Mozi; Nichiren; Nishida Kitarō; Wang Yangming; Xunzi; Zhu Xi.

But in the West, they did not have to undercut and could in turn make others think and philosophise with a variety of thoughts. There were many Ancient Greek philosophers, like Aristotle and his followers, who brought a whole movement into being,  Aristotelianism. Epicurus and Epicureanism.
The Western world provided lots of major Western philosophers, like Peter Abelard; St. Anselm; St. Thomas Aquinas; St. Augustine; Noam Chomsky; Jacques Derrida; Duns Scotus; Michel Foucault; Jürgen Habermas; Martin Heidegger; David Hume; William James; Saul Kripke; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; John Locke; John Stuart Mill; Friedrich Nietzsche; Hilary Putnam; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Bertrand Russell; Jean-Paul Sartre; Socrates; Benedict de Spinoza; Bernard Williams; Ludwig Wittgenstein, and so many more who request our attention.

Some of those philosophers from the east and west will tell you that everything that we experience as real is an illusion. Especially in Eastern philosophies, we find ‘masters’ or ‘teachers’ who will say this is all a dream.

Could it be that we are part of a dream or living in some surreal universe?

And is there some Being managing it all?

Is there a Creator or Manipulator? And are we just His toys?

We may see all this physical stuff around us, but in which way is it real, or do we get to know how it really is?

Over the years, mankind had to change its views about so many things. More than once, man had it wrong. More often there were groups of people or organisations, who wanted to have control over people and made it a rule or doctrine that people had to believe. The Roman Catholic Church was (and is still) a master in that.

Many people have high ideas about themselves. Sometimes it happens that they suddenly become confronted with themselves and have to come to see that their thoughts and emotions are ‘nothing’. It is all, they will say, the play of pure consciousness. John Locke considered “the perception of what passes in a man’s own mind” man’s consciousness.

Pure being is all that really is. Everything else is an illusion created in an ungraspable field of consciousness, awareness and sentience. Some philosophers regarded it as a kind of substance, or “mental stuff,” quite different from the material substance of the physical world. From such philosophers’ ideas many started to believe we exist out of more than one element. They managed to have several people believe that when they die that there is a spiritual element (the soul) that will go to other places (like purgatory, hell or heaven) and another physical element that will transform into another body (incarnation and reincarnation). That reincarnation, also called transmigration or metempsychosis, in religion and philosophy, would be a rebirth of the aspect of an individual that persists after bodily death — whether it be consciousness, mind, the soul, or some other entity — in one or more successive existences. Depending upon the tradition, these existences may be human, animal, spiritual, or, in some instances, vegetable, depending on the way one lived before.

The French mathematician, scientist, and philosopher René Descartes for instance as one of the first to abandon Scholastic Aristotelianism, formulated the first modern version of mind-body dualism, from which stems the mind-body problem. Because he promoted the development of a new science grounded in observation and experiment, he is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy. We all know his expression

“I think, therefore I am” (best known in its Latin formulation, “Cogito, ergo sum,” though originally written in French, “Je pense, donc je suis”).

The medieval English logician St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033/34–1109), is at the heart of Descartes’s rationalism, the view that regards reason as the chief source and test of knowledge, knowledge about an existing thing solely on the basis of reasoning from innate ideas, with no help from sensory experience. Descartes has an innate idea of Allah Al-Aliyy or Most High God, being The Sublime God as a perfect being. For him, it is clear that God necessarily exists, because, if He did not, He would not be perfect. It is That God Who presides in the great assembly (Psalm 82:1) of human beings, who often think they are greater than others.

Jim Holt, the American journalist, author in popular science and essayist, who often contributed to The New York Times, wrote the nonfiction work and NYTimes bestseller for 2013, Why Does the World Exist?, presented the central question ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’, which lies in the domain between philosophy and scientific cosmology. Also the English cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees looked at the big-bang theory of the origins of the universe. By examining the nature of existence itself Holt was following in the path of the philosophy called ‘Existentialism’, which stresses human existence in the world concreteness and its problematic character. for those writers ‘Existence’ is primarily the problem of existence (i.e., of its mode of being); it is, therefore, also the investigation of the meaning of Being. Going back to the intitial thought of previous philosophers

What is Being?

What does it mean to be?

To be is the question!

What does it mean to exist?

What is the nature of being?

For the German philosopher, counted among the main exponents of existentialism, Martin Heidegger, the human subject had to be reconceived in an altogether new way, as “being-in-the-world.” Because this notion represented the very opposite of the Cartesian “thing that thinks,” the idea of consciousness as representing the mind’s internal awareness of its own states had to be dropped. With it went the assumption that specific mental states were needed to mediate the relation of the mind to everything outside it.

Man philosophers had the above questions, bringing them to think about their own being and the being of others around them. Those people thinking and writing about those life questions bring the deep contemplation of what it means to be human. We think no other living being is concerned with such questions. Even pets don’t wonder what their role in the family might be (we think). Even though plants and animals have sentience, we suspect that they have no thinking capacity whereby they would ascertain their essence in this world.

On the other hand, it can well be that one of the reasons that other creatures don’t worry about the meaning of life could be that they don’t seem to have any choice about how to live it. Dogs and cats just live the way dogs and cats live. They respond to circumstances the way dogs or cats generally do. Sure they may differ one to the other, but generally speaking they act more or less predictably like dogs or cats.

But human beings can also be very predictable. We also could say human beings act in a similar way. Many people around us are also very predictable. Though we can notice that even when the majority lives a standard way of living, we can find people who follow a totally different course. There are human beings who stand out and surprise us. We also find several people who do not want to follow the tract the majority follows. They don’t live an ordinary life. They live an extraordinary life, that is remarkably new and different from the norm. And sometimes these rare human beings discover a way of being that eventually becomes the new norm.

Martin Heidegger was convinced that the history of Western thought has failed to heed the ontological difference, and so has articulated Being precisely as a kind of ultimate being, as evidenced by a series of namings of Being, for example as idea, energeia, substance, monad or will to power. He recognised that most of us live as ‘the one’, or that we do generally what ‘one’ does or what would be the general norm to do. Though we are often concerned with what ‘one’ tends to be concerned with.

He spoke about “Dasein” or “being there”, the most fundamental a priori transcendental condition or mode of being not so much to be seen from the point of being there but from the perspective of how the being essentially unfolds. As Heidegger puts it:

“A being is: Be-ing holds sway [unfolds]”.

The hyphenated term ‘be-ing’ is adopted by Emad and Maly, in order to respect the fact that, in the Contributions, Heidegger substitutes the archaic spelling ‘Seyn’ for the contemporary ‘Sein’ as a way of distancing himself further from the traditional language of metaphysics.

We all should be aware that somehow we come on this planet and have to make the best of it. We receive an overdose of information during our lifetime and are fed an untold number of knowledges and rules, with which and by which we try or must try to live. Through all these influences we have to go through, we have to try to build our lives and live a generic human life.

Unlike the rest of the animal kingdom, a human being could, if they were heroic enough, choose to live a different kind of human life and could come to live a profoundly authentic and original human life. The American lecturer, poet, and essayist, the leading exponent of New England Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson called such human beings ‘representative’ because their lives represented new possibilities for being human.

I do not think “Life is But a Dream” even when we may dream that we live or imagine our life to be a certain way. When we are dreaming it can well be that we are not aware that we are asleep. But also when we are awake it can happen that we wonder if we are dreaming, because what we encounter seems to be so unreal. How often does it not happen that we must come to the conclusion that we were in a dream-world. And that dream world was not always to our liking. More than once the dream world that comes into our mind, is one that can cause fear, but luckilly there is also that dream world that causes joy, surprise, and myriad other emotions. Dreams take us, seemingly, to worlds we’ve been to and worlds that we have never experienced. In them we re-live what we lived before in that world we should recognise as the real world. But we should be aware that very often we are deceived by the real world around us. Often we do not want to know that this world has played tricks on us.

Every day we have doubts about certain things, often which we should recognise as facts. There and then we once more are confronted with those questions that come up into our mind so often. Oh, so often we are troubled, and question our own self and all the things we see happening around us. Then we might ask

What is our role in this all?

What happens when we become older?

As time passes we start getting in contact with other peoples and other cultures. Mostly how we grow up is decided by our parents and our surroundings. The culture of our homeland, the religion of our parents, and the friends we hang out with, all influence us and mould us in a form we do not mind or which bothers us. In case we do not like the form in which we are moulded we get frustrated and come into a stressful position. sometimes people would love to have been born in an other place or have lived in other circumstances. But the choice is not up to us. We are dropped in a time and place and have to find our way in it.

We have no memory of a previous life, because there is just not such another life.

Could we prove that we have ever lived if we did not have our memories?

No, there would be no way to prove it. There is not one person who ever could recollect and prove some previous existence. Even for those who are born, when young, their memory is too short and after some time they shall not be able to tell what happened in those first years of life. When you would ask a toddler to prove he lives, he would not be able to do so, because he has not enough memory and not enough knowledge. The very young cannot prove they live because they do not have memories. Memory starts to develop a bit later than the first few years of life. Memory is an essential component to the human mind, so important that we cannot say that we exist without memory. Knowledge and memory are two requirements to realise that one is alive and can be. In other words, our very existence is hinged on our capacity to remember. Without our capacity to think, or to have thoughts, we can not remember nor can we analyse. And to be able to know we live we need to be able to think, consider and to review.

Memory, as the encoding, storage, and retrieval in the human mind of past experiences, is unconditionally linked to thought and being. Without awareness, there is no knowledge of being. We can notice this when people have reached an age when they start to suffer from dementia. It is then as if their thinking but also their “being” falls away.

Memory is both a result of and an influence on perception, attention, and learning. It is those thoughts of past events and influences that help shape us, making us who we are. With that awareness and understanding of that event and of that personality we are confronted with, we ourselves are presented with a mirror, in which whether or not we will accept, love or hate that reflection. But dar we will recognise that this is that “I” that we wish, desire or curse.

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Preceding

With Positive Attitude

There can only be hope when there is a will to be and say “I am”

I and Thou

Our existence..

Leap

To come to live in the peace of fulfilment of our own Divine Identity

What is Existential Ergonomics?

On the Anxiety of Non-Being

Running out of time

Why does the world exist

Our real self ever perfect and free

Life’s Purpose

Modern Living

Quandary of Reflections

Existence in the non-existent and non-existence in the existence

Human experience maintained in a fragile existence

Soul-searching

Vivamos Videre, the more we live, the more we are a witness to life

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Additional reading

  1. Immortality, eternality – onsterfelijkheid, eeuwigheid
  2. Onsterfelijkheid – Immortaliteit – Immortality
  3. About The story of Creation 1 Existing cosmologies
  4. Genesis Among the Creation Myths
  5. Creator and Blogger God 1 Emptiness and mouvement
  6. Creation of the earth and man #14 Formation of man #6 The Uncreated One, neshemet ruach chayim and nephesh
  7. Jesus begotten Son of God #11 Existence and Genesis Raising up
  8. A Living Faith #10: Our manner of Life #2
  9. Ability
  10. Ability (part 2)
  11. Ability (part 3) Thoughts around Ability
  12. Ability (part 4) Thought about the ability to have ability
  13. The Opinionated Truth
  14. God make us holy
  15. Two states of existence before God
  16. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  17. Wisdom Quote #21…..seeking within with Carl Jung!
  18. Living in this world and viewing it

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Dear 2021,

So many might be cross with 2021 and by taking on such a negative view on that Corona year miss out on all the blessings they had that year.

It is true many of us would have wished it would have gone differently, but no matter what came over this world, a naughty virus, limiting us in many ways, it also created many opportunities.

Let it be known, in a few years time everything of 2019, 2020 and 2021 might be forgotten as in a sealed book somewhere up high in the bookcase or in a bookshelf in a dark corner.

The good things of it we carry with us with pleasure and hope soon to be relieved from that virus, but in the meantime, we shall not let us bring down.

 

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Musings of a Bookworm

Before I start I have to thank Deepthy from Random Specific Thoughts for coming up with this idea and then letting me borrow it for a post. You should definitely check out her post here.

So here goes…

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Dear 2021,

The things we experience in life change us, they shape our understanding and the way we view the world. And so, for me 2021, a year that can only be described as a rollercoaster of a year, wasn’t all bad.

Of course at times I wished things were different, and, to be perfectly honest, I still do. However that isn’t your fault 2021, it’s not the actual events that cause these feelings, it’s my perception and the experience I have of them. This may seem like an odd thing to say, especially taking in to consideration the pandemic and all its effects, but…

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In the New Year…

 

Purplerays

    In the New Year, you carry all the experiences of the past years
    and that is the greatest power of every New Year.

    • Mehmet Murat Ildan

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            I Walked A Mile

            In our life we may encounter lots of pains and moments we would not like to encounter, but we have to carry them with us and live with them. Point is that we learn from those not so nice moments and that we can learn from those less pleasant experiences, so that Hard days may strengthen us.

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            I really like this simple but powerfully stated poem by Robert Browning Hamilton called “I Walked A Mile.”  It is only two stanzas but has a lot to say: 

            “I walked a mile with Pleasure;
            She chatted all the way
            But left me none the wiser
            For all she had to say.

            I walked a mile with Sorrow;
            And ne’er a word said she
            But, oh! The things I learned from her,
            When Sorrow walked with me.”

            I completely agree with what he said in this poem for I have received many more blessings from Sorrow than ever I did from Pleasure!  Please share your thoughts with me on this poem!

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            There are two kinds of knowing


            There are two kinds of knowing
            – experience and understanding –
            and the confusion between them is
            the cause of all sorts of trouble for any thinking person – which is all of us

            Experience is the knowing of things. It is exactly what appears to our senses precisely as it is without us doing anything. It is immediately and directly present to awareness with no mediating activity.

            Understanding is the knowing about things. It comes to us in the form of the inner language of thought.

            Reason is intuitive knowing. It is the self evident knowing that isn’t derived from rational deduction. It is directly perceived pure awareness. Understanding is the knowing-about-things that is contained in explanations, interpretations and logic.

            > Read more > Experience and Understanding by Jeff Carreira

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            ek is bang ek vergeet

            heart prints

            22 Maart 2018

            Ek neem so baie in en my oë sien prentjies om elke hoek en draai. Vandag plunge ek na ‘n diep plek en ek dink sommer aan alles wat vir my belangrik is.

            Ek is bang ek vergeet hierdie ervaring.

            Ek moet my hande en my hart oopvou. Alles wat ek sien en beleef moet deur my spoel.

            Een van die dae is ek terug in my gewone roetine, maar ek sal nie dieselfde wees nie.   Hierdie ervaring word deel van my en verander die buitelyne van my wese.

            Ek gaan nie dieselfde wees nie maar tóg presies soos gister. Dit is die lewe.

            A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.

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            The time had come to open her heart to joy, to love, to the unknown, to sadness, to what was, to hope, to what will…

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            Reflection to gain strength, courage and confidence


            “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
            You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror.
            I can take the next thing that comes along.
            ‘ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
            Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life


            Dutch version / Nederlandse versie > Bedenking over verkrijgen van kracht, moed en vertrouwen

            George T. Bye, Eleanor Roosevelt. Westbrook Pe...

            George T. Bye, Eleanor Roosevelt. Westbrook Pegler, Deems Taylor, Quaker Lake, Pawling, New York (home of Lowell Thomas) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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            (Poem) Endless Time

            Time for some or many may be their side, but for many it also may be against them. For many time can also slip through the shadows and get them frustrated and not knowing where and when to go.

            Perhaps an old poet, but that does not mean one has become out of time. Today many companies wanting to get rid of the older persons, forgetting that they have the experience and knowledge. Though it looks like today their time is not any more accounted for. Therefore pleased to find some people not leaving themselves put aside but crawling into the pen and daring to let their voice be heard on the internet.

            Today’s guestwriter remarks

            We all grow up believing things we are told, to be correct, mostly. If we are told by our parents, teachers or Pastors that this or that is the truth most kids, if they have respect for these people tend to believe them. But you know, sometimes these people are simply incorrect. {Truth}

            With the years , passing time, we come to see and experience different things and then time may give that we get more knowledge and insights, if we are willing to grow.

            Today’s guest writer got to see that so many things told to him were not Biblical, so he dared to take the time to learn more about it by taking up the Book of books itself. He also writes on his blog

            I did a somewhat quick read through the Bible just so I could say I had done it once. But, after I had finished reading through it I realized that these things my Mom had told me “the Bible says”, I didn’t remember seeing anywhere. So, I started rereading the scriptures more slowly and with pen and pad so that I could make notes. {Truth}

            This is a good attitude which can bring man to think better about what he reads and about what he hears what should or could be written there – but is not. We always should remember that the others are not always telling lies but do not know the exact truth and have also been part of their time and their generation’s thougths.

            After completing time two, I realized that these things Mom had told me weren’t correct, they just weren’t there. I know that Mom wasn’t lying to me, she was just wrong. We can grow old and comfortable with the stories of our youth’s no matter who they were told by, or we can use our own brains to think a little. Parents, teachers, priests, they all have stories they had been told in there youth’s, is it possible that on some items they were told wrong? {Truth}

            The Final Testament of the Holy Bible

            The Final Testament of the Holy Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

            So they and we do have to take the time to come to know more and to correct those things we learned wrongly. By time we have to keep willing to learn and to adapt otherwise we shall become stain or a rock where the fast streaming water runs over and past, making us in a little grain of sand after some time.

            We always should remember that time depends how we want to perceive it. When we are young all seems to take such a long time. When we are old all seems to go too fast. And when we look at the time of God

            There are several places in scripture where we are told things like “My days are not your days”, and how a human life is like the twinkling (blink) of the eye to Gods time. Even in the New Testament the Apostle Peter told the people that one of Gods days are like unto a thousand of our years. In other words, our days and Gods days don’t match up. Think about it, even in our own orbits of the sun, the planets that are in this orbit with us have different amounts of time that make up their days. {Truth}

            And in this world we so often are confronted by people who want to own our time. Often we look at time and wonder what we can do with it or what to do next, or how we missed doing things we wanted or should have done.

            Facing the universe we can see that planets that surround us possess their own concept of time on a clock. And while they continue to circle around in the universe our own personal life’s hour-glass as the sand falling down.

            English: Readin the Bible.

            Reading the Bible. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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            Using Failure

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            Adaptation of above image illustrating an Internet meme (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

            It is a fact of life that we all fail in many ways and in many situations. The key of course is to learn from our failures and with God’s help to endeavour not to repeat them.
            As I reflect on my many failures a few questions come to mind. How do others react to my failure? Who is hurt or saddened by my failure? What do I learn from my failures?
            The last is the only one I can really do much about.

            I am convinced that God never wastes an experience and if we are willing we can often learn much from our negative experiences. In the midst of my failure I come back to the reassuring words of Paul in Romans 8:28,

            ‘We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves Him.’

            We see this clearly in the lives of biblical characters and need to accept that it is equally true for us if we will only allow it to be so. Admitting failure is painful, and necessary but the key is how we allow God to work through it making us more useful servants who are increasingly able to identify with the failures of others and so able to honestly encourage them. Failure need not be fatal. It can make us chastened, humble and increasingly useful to God and His church.

            Never let failure be fatal. With God’s help make it the first stepping stone to a renewed and enriched life.

            – Alan Hermann

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            Why “Selfishness” Doesn’t Properly Mean Being Shortsighted and Harmful to Others

            Failures, mistakes and Initiatives for Excellence and success, Working towards turning a Dream of yours into reality

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            3. Struggles of life
            4. Failing Man to make free choice
            5. Fear of failure, and fear of the unknown
            6. At first looking like a loss
            7. Are you being swept along by the world
            8. Let not sin reign in your mortal body
            9. Redemption #2 Biblical solution
            10. Partakers of His Suffering
            11. The mistake is the one from which we learn nothing
            12. Opportunity!
            13. Seeing the world through the lens of his own experience
            14. Praying and acts of meditation without ceasing
            15. God my fence, my hope for the future
            16. Thirst for happiness and meaning
            17. Change
            18. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life

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            3. Failure Is Not Fatal
            4. How to Flop on Twitter
            5. 8 Ways You are Contributing to Your own Failure
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            7. I am…Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
            8. Failure paves the path to success
            9. Gentle Words & Missed Arrows
            10. Breakdown From Pressure
            11. It’s All About Effort
            12. Where Feet May Fail
            13. Failed – not once but twice
            14. Fat Fingers Can’t Play Guitar but JK Rowling Told Me it’s Okay to Fail
            15. “You may encounter many defeats…
            16. Knock off from a straight line
            17. The Gremlins Of Change
            18. Totes Fails
            19. Grieve & Live
            20. Preparing to Overcome My Sugar Weaknesses
            21. Day 3: Still finding no feet
            22. Balancing Time
            23. Take the Advice You’re Given

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            Home-stayers and their to do list

            After “Day after day having reprogrammed the mind to see good, think good, feel good and be good” people would like to have some time off, not feeling to have to worry about anything.

            Many people have the impression that they always have to conquer a battle. So many are bothered by thoughts of fear, thoughts of having to gain places and to proof oneself. Thoughts of striving should outweigh thoughts of struggling.

            You’re not made to crawl, you’re made to walk, run and fly. {Simple nugget of truth!!!!……..}

            Summer Holiday (album)

            Summer Holiday (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

            and at holiday-time people feel like liberated from the daily struggles.

            Sometimes people feel like that others want to pull them down.

            If you were not a threat to anyone then they wouldn’t bother putting you down. If you were not on the right track then they wouldn’t work so hard to throw you off. {You believe you???….}

            When leaving the own environment people do feel safer and do not worry so much encountering people who would try the same as those they see nearly every day. They would be surprised when they would get to know them better and longer.

            Much too often people allow the opinions of others to become their reality of self.

            Much to often people let others crawl over them and let others empower them. Often they do not have enough energy or background to react in the right way.

            English: A girl lost in her thoughts!

            A girl lost in her thoughts! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

            Holiday time may be a good period to recharge and take in new energy. It is also the time which can be used to read wise words which can help to be standing strong in this world were evil is all around.

            When everybody seems to be relaxing there are the many people who take care that others can enjoy their holiday and then there are the fathers and mothers who try to do their best to keep the kids happy.

            A working mom in a small town writes:

            I see all the pinterest posts of fun things to do in the summer. I see all my friends (and acquaintances) posting their time at the lake, at the pool, doing all the fun things summer is meant for.

            But being a working mom makes things a little different. Living on an acreage comes with more responsibilities. Living within our means (well trying at least) puts a dollar sign on every activity. Being a mom that respects (demands) sleeping and eating schedules for my kids, makes things harder. {Summer Time & Being a Working Mom is Hard}

            Though those who do not have the means to go far away on a trip for several days, can also enjoy the little things, and even more than those who could have everything at their hands.

            Having breakfast, lunch, and supper outside can already be a thrill. Setting up the sprinkler near the swingset and slide may be a great way to spend the afternoon with everybody enjoying each-others company. Having the feeling that every body is there to be with each other, ready to spend several great moments outdoors, with or without adventurous happenings makes the days great and to remember. Also here snapshots can be a memory of those family days.

            Today too many people do not know to appreciate the small things in life. Many even say ‘holiday’ and think ‘travelling’. Several people do find that they did not have a holiday when they stayed at home or in the family. Lots of people do not see the nice part of all those small or little things which are free or inexpensive and can fit into busy schedules of homework.

            Summertime is hard especially when you try to live up to other people’s pictures and lives. Make it simple and do your own thing. Take away the guilt and be happy that the little things make your child smile. You don’t have to spend a lot, take an extravagant trip, or go too far to make your little one smile. {Summer Time & Being a Working Mom is Hard}

            Roman Holiday

            Roman Holiday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

            Having lazy mornings, in-between the home work just taking some time off to go for a walk or to play. Not so much worrying for a moment that the house is (already) clean, the supplies are already stocked and you just looking around from your easy chair. That also is enjoying Summer.

            Summer is the high-time to love for the songs the birds sing, the brightly coloured flowers we can see and smell, and the warm sunshine that touches our skin.

            Sometimes, you might just have to let the ant, singular or plural, crawl along your hand, foot, leg, arm, maybe even up your back or across your neck. Let the fiendishly seeming and feeling little insect decide. {Rejected experiences}

            In lots of places there are different events to please the people who did not go away. Art galleries, people selling other crafts at local fairs, street performances, community games, a.o.. In several places there are so many outdoor activities and attractive events, with so many interesting restaurants or eating outdoors pop-up restaurants and cafés that people have to make an “our to-do list“.

            There is so much to do and so much to undergo. And

            Experience is what makes life worthwhile after all, so why not try and take as much of it in as possible? {Rejected experiences}

            Now the sun gives us longer enough light to sit outside and enjoy the sound of the birds or river, we should also find some time to take the Book of books, finding interesting stories or beautiful poetry and great wisdom with a lot of proverbs.

            There are may who seriously think they have no God or gods, whilst others are convinced that we do not live in a godless society.

            We do not live in atheism, we do not live in agnosticism. Our world has many gods, one mightier than the other – if you wagered that we count more gods today than even the Greek or Roman did in their polytheism, you would not be wrong, and your money well placed. {A different perspective}

            The housewives and housemen who have no facilities to go away on holiday and look at those who can go away may not forget that their money does not necessary makes them happy.

            The select few to escape the grasp of money to some measure are shunned, exiled, pitied under the names of madmen, anarchists, punks, third-world countries, simply poor.

            Money however is a very punitive god, one that leads to one’s own destruction. Possessing this god, or rather having this god and being possessed by it, leads one to want to amass more of it. Money buys things,  therefore money has value. {A different perspective}

            But that value is temporarily.We better go for better value which stays for ever. That eternal value and true treasure can be found in the Bible. It is a book which can give colour and light at the darkest moments of the day and at the darkest moments of your life. Everywhere it can bring the rainbow and the live giving light.

            Why not taking some time to read the Bible now you do not have to go at work?
            Perhaps you might start by reading the poetry and wisdom books: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Song of Songs and compare the events of your life with the events in Job his life.

            Though compiled centuries before the modern scientific endeavour, we can find serious and good easy to understand explanations. The Bible offers us a collection of sayings and truisms which should not be boring to read, because they are presented in a variation of styles, poetic and memorable.

            That holy book does not have to be so perplexing or difficult to understand as many want you to believe. It is by holding fast to human doctrines that it might be difficult to understand. When you throw overboard all those false teachings and let the words of the Bible say what they say black on white, than there is not such a problem at all. Therefore just try to read what is written in it and when it says for example ‘son of man‘ do think a son of a human being and do not think ‘the God’ or something else. The same when there is written ‘son of God‘ do not think ‘god the son‘ or ‘god son‘ but understand that it is all about a or the ‘son of God‘ or ‘God’s son‘. When you read the Bible that way you shall find out that everything from the Old Testament fits clearly well in with the New Testament, like a jigsaw puzzle.

            Try it!

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            Preceding articles:

            Summerholiday season time to read the Bible

            Holiday making and dreaming

             Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

            A little ray of sunshine

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            Additional reading:

            1. Struggles of life
            2. Are you being swept along by the world
            3. Looking at things, distinctions resolutions and expressions
            4. Let you not be defined by the effect of your wrong choice
            5. Seeing the world through the lens of his own experience
            6. Voice for the plebs
            7. Do we have to be an anarchist to react
            8. Thirst for happiness and meaning
            9. A Living Faith #9 Our Manner of Life
            10. We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go.
            11. A treasure which can give me everything I need
            12. True riches
            13. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
            14. Count your blessings
            15. Change
            16. This was my reward
            17. Good to make sure that you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy
            18. Morality, values and Developing right choices
            19. Sharing thoughts and philosophical writings
            20. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
            21. Believing what Jesus says

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            Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

            Instead of using what happened in the past as an educational experience and to continue the positive way, too many people get stuck and chained by the past.
            Let us look forwards and focus on the present in the knowledge that perhaps tomorrow we aren’t there any-more.

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            Read also: Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today

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            • Have You Ever Seen Tomorrow? (sugar4love.wordpress.com)
              What is the first thought that comes into your mind when you open your eyes in the morning? Some would be groaning because it’s early morning and they have to get out of bed and go about their chores. Some would probably start thinking about yesterday’s events. Others would spend the day thinking about what they have prepared for the day and how they will get through it. Some would even wish that morning wouldn’t come.
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              We never see tomorrow, because we are in today. Yet most of us spend the time trying to live in the past or the future, never in the present. How can we not understand that the past can not be changed and that the future can not be altered. We can only hope that tomorrow may hold good promises but should just spend time to make today the best it can be.
            • What to Do When You Are Feeling Stuck: 10 Ways to Get Your Life Moving in a Positive Direction (thehealersjournal.com)
              feeling stuck at times is just part of life.  So don’t fret.  Don’t get depressed.  Don’t fight it.  Just accept that in this very moment, it’s what you need to experience.  Embrace it.  Doing this releases much of its hold over you instantly.  And then, as mentioned previously, start looking at things differently.  Get out of your normal habits and routines and shake things up.  Take a vacation.  Do something new or challenging… and your stuckness will float away like a cloud in the sky.
            • Day 624: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow (annkoplow.wordpress.com)
              Also, when I was feeling grateful, connected and clear yesterday, I spent some time thinking about what blog posts I might write, in the future.
            • Inbound14 Day One Highlights (enmast.com)
              If you are a small company looking to get bigger, you can’t compete with money. There’s always someone willing to pay more for attention or for talent. To be a small player competing with 800 pound gorillas, you need to have something else to offer. Dharmesh believes that “something” is your culture.
            • Just Do It: Tomorrow is National Make Your Bed Day (apartmenttherapy.com)
              Heads up, tomorrow is National Make Your Bed Day and ’round here we plan to celebrate. As we’ve always maintained, making your bed each morning is a great way to start out your day on the right foot. What better day to begin?

              Turns out, there’s lots of evidence that making a habit of making your bed can be the turning point that begins a positive spiral. In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg calls it a keystone habit:

            imconfident

            Many of us focus on the past and keep re-living all our pain and misery.  Others focus on the future and what might or might not happen.  People living in the past or future are unlikely to live in happiness and good health.  They are stressing about past issues and worrying about what will happen in the future.

            Focusing on the present allows us to enjoy our lives and be thankful for what we have.  Here are some great quotes to remind us to live in the present.

            Conceptual Image - Stairway to change/freedom/creativity etc.

            Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  We have only today.  Let us begin.  ~Mother Teresa

            I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.  ~William Allen White

            Nothing is worth more than this day.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

            Seize this day and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.  ~Horace

            The world of tomorrow belongs to…

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            Let you not be defined by the effect of your wrong choice

            Leah Houseman, writing as Sophia Bar-Lev writes:

            as we continue to make our way through the Hebrew month of Elul which is dedicated to repentance in order to prepare our hearts for the approaching Festivals of the Lord (Lev. 23), this is the time to take an honest look at our personal acceptance of responsibility.

            A big difficulty for a lot of persons is that they never want to take up the blame for something that went wrong. Most people prefer to give others the fault. When they themselves did something wrong they are fast to find somebody else to blame, even when they can put it on an imaginary figure like a devil.

            These days of reconciliation and looking at the transition of the old into the new year it is time to look into our own heart. When we are prone to blaming others for our problems, we should reconsider and wonder if it is not high time to change our attitude.

            Our world is still at war. Also in the Torah readings for this week the Jews find wars, at the beginning and the end. In the Weekly Torah Commentary — Ki Tetzei September 5, 2014 the author wants us to look at the cause-and-effect relationship, something which is too often overlooked.

            From the writings we can get that the clear absence of unity between parents breeds rebellious children. today we do find lots of families with problems between partners and children. Many adults forget how their actions, their way of treating others, affects their children.

            how parents live affects their children far more than what they say.

            How many times we do see today that partners are not honest to each other and betray the people around them? In how many cases negativity becomes a bigger facto in the family life than positivity. Parents saying to their children they are not doing well enough. Family-members shouting at each other. Are the parents willing to remember the stupid things they did themselves when they were children? Are they willing to accept that their children learn by their mistakes?

            English: We are not born parents we have to le...

            We are not born parents we have to learn how to be parents (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

            In a household each member should help each other to make it work. Together they should aim to go united on the path to greatness by choosing to learn the lessons of every experience we have in life.

            The lesson for all of us is unavoidable: Human beingschildren and adults -are too easily tempted to blame others for their own shortcomings. The Torah sets a higher standard, one consistent with how we were created.

            Every human being has Free Will; regardless of what has happened to you, what parents you had, what hurts you’ve experienced, what hardships you’ve endured, You – and only You – have the responsibility for your decisions. It is ‘we’ not ‘them’ who have the ability and the power to choose whether we will wallow in negativity and in the past; or will we have the wisdom to learn from every life experience, using each one as a stepping stone to greatness. Cycles of abuse and pain can and must be broken. Amon and Moav, as well as Lot, has so many opportunities to learn from their experiences and become great men. It was for choosing to focus on their own feelings of disenfranchisement, their experiences of cruelty and selfishness, their own anger and sense of fatalistic doom, that they were forever barred from the congregation of Israel.

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            Please read the exhortation by Sophia Bar-Lev: Weekly Torah Commentary — Ki Tetzei September 5, 2014

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            Find also to read:

            1. Running away from the past
            2. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #15 Exposition before the Creator
            3. Being Religious and Spiritual 7 Transcendence to become one
            4. The Existence of Evil
            5. Satan the evil within
            6. What is life?
            7. Elul Observances
            8. Never making mistakes because never doing anything
            9. We all have to have dreams
            10. Youngster all over the world with the same dream
            11. 30 things to start doing for yourself – #6 is vital.
            12. Not holding back and getting out of darkness
            13. It is a free will choice

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            • Judaism Does Not Allow Us to Hate (algemeiner.com)
              Ki Tetzei contains more laws than any other parsha in the Torah, and it is possible to be overwhelmed by this embarrass de richesse of detail. One verse, however, stands out by its sheer counter-intuitiveness:

              Do not despise an Edomite, because he is your brother.

              Do not despise the Egyptian, because you were a stranger in his land. (Deut. 23: 8 )

              These are very unexpected commands. Understanding them will teach us an important lesson about leadership.
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              If we think less of a person because of the colour of his or her skin, we are repeating the sin of Aaron and Miriam – “Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman” (Num. 12: 1).
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              Generous Tit-for-Tat says, don’t always do to him what he does to you or you may find yourself locked into a mutually destructive cycle of retaliation. Every so often ignore (i.e. forgive) your opponent’s last harmful move. That, roughly speaking, is what the sages meant when they said that God originally created the world under the attribute of strict justice but saw that it could not survive. Therefore He built into it the principle of compassion.
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              Do not forget the past but do not be held captive by it. Be willing to fight your enemies but never allow yourself to be defined by them or become like them. Learn to love and forgive. Acknowledge the evil men do, but stay focused on the good that is in our power to do. Only thus do we raise the moral sights of humankind and help redeem the world we share.

            • Ki Tetzei (thejc.com)
              The term mamzer has no precise English equivalent. Hertz in his translation of the Chumash renders it “bastard”, but clarifies in his commentary that this “does not mean a child born out of wedlock, but the child of an adulterous or an incestuous marriage”.The moral difficulty raised by this law is obvious. Why is the child punished with severely restricted marriage opportunities because of the sins of the parents? Doesn’t this sidrah itself say further on that “Parents shall not be put to death for children, neither shall children be put to death for parents; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin”(24:16)?
            • Ki Tetzei (anitasilvert.wordpress.com)
              I guess before we can fully forgive or be forgiven, we need to engage with the memory of what’s happened, and sometimes it takes time for that to dissipate.  Maybe that’s also why we start thinking about forgiveness a full month before Rosh Hashanah; to give ourselves and even God time to work on the process, and it’s not clear if the process begins with Forgiveness, Remembering or Forgetting.   This year, I’m still in the remembering stage.
            • Ki Tetzei (thejc.com)
              One example of how the laws of war differ from peace time concerns the protection of enemy civilians. Are they protected by the familiar category of pikuach nefesh — the injunction to save life at nearly all costs. Following the approach of the verse above that at wartime many rules are suspended, Rav Yosef Babad of Tarnopol (1800-74) argues in his iconic work, Minchat Chinuch, that there can be no sense in applying pikuach nefesh during a war. On the contrary wars are won by minimising the value of life.
            • Ki-Seitzei: DIY Judaism (5tjt.com)
              We must take precautions. Although we believe in miracles, we are not permitted to rely upon them. There is a Yiddish proverb that “the man destined to drown will drown even in a glass of water.” But that doesn’t mean that you have to be the one to put his head under the hose. In short, we believe in the concept of bashert but we mustn’t live by it. Otherwise, why go to work? We say in the bentching (Grace after Meals) that G‑d is the feeder and provider for all. So if G‑d will support us, why must I schlep off to work?
              Clearly, this is not the Jewish attitude. That’s why it is a commandment of the Torah to safeguard our health. Likewise, we are not to live dangerously by leaving roofs unenclosed or swimming pools unfenced or our doors unlocked. As they say, “Trust in G‑d, but lock your car.”
            • Ki Tetzei: Doing Jewish (anitasilvert.wordpress.com)
              We’re heading into a New Year.  How will you connect your inside spirituality to your outside…connect your Jewish feelings to your Jewish actions?  It isn’t necessarily about praying or changing your kitchen (although…maybe that’s what your spirituality learning leads you).  But maybe you eat a little differently, and know why.  Maybe you take moments to see the good things in your life, and acknowledge them);  maybe you find out about a Jewish way of acknowledging those good things (that’s called blessings).  Jewish life is a verb.  How will you Jew?

             

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            A little ray of sunshine.

            We should know that it has no use to let negativity overshadow our life. Though we do have to grow up with falling and standing up again, we always better try to stand up each time and to go on with the experience we got, using it not to weaken us but to sharpen us and to strengthen us in our life.

            Every time we are confronted with something negative, we should take a deep breath and try to remember the better happenings, the events we enjoyed, the people who could give us some warmth and the friendships which are dear to us.

            The best reliance is the the deeper inner self, the trust in what is perhaps hidden deep in ourselves. Never shall alcohol, overeating, or drugs be of any real help. Sometimes it may look it can give some solace, but it shall not really bring alleviation.

            All being created in the image of God we should know we do have Somebody to count on. Wherever we are in whatever situation we might be, we should not feel lonely or on our own. If we really want to allow the Supreme Divine Creator enter in our life, He shall be willing to take our stretched out hand and to help us over the ridge, the dessert or the dangerous river.
            In Him we can find our Helper, our Sword, our Light and The One Who brings us further in this life.
            In and with Him, the God of gods,  we shall be able to feel the love and to give love to others so that they shall come closer to us wanting to share the same feelings of unity and close friendship in this universe which has so much to offer.

            Always keep looking for the positive and believe in yourself, because you are here created and placed on this earth with reason. You will not always see it directly what your purpose in life will be, but when you continue your way you shall find out and find it worthwhile living.

            Open yourself to see opportunities and to love your life. Be wise enough to be grateful. Be courageous enough to be happy.

            Success.

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            Please do find also to read:

            1. Depression Is and When
            2. Searching for fulfilment and meaning through own efforts, facing unsatisfaction and depression
            3. Running away from the past
            4. Remember there’s a light in the next day
            5. What If you’re only driven by stress?
            6. Getting fate in your change to positiveness
            7. Without God no purpose, no goal, no hope
            8. Materialism, would be life, and aspirations
            9. Depression, Anxiety, Pressure and megachurches
            10. Thanksgiving wisdom: Why gratitude is good for your health
            11. Aligned
            12. Importance of parents 1
            13. Always a choice
            14. Change should not be stressful
            15. Happiness is like manna
            16. We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace
            17. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
            18. Everything that is done in the world is done by hope
            19. Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
            20. Be an Encourager
            21. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life

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            Other articles of interest:

            1. Who do you think you are?
            2. Love your life.
            3. You’re worth it.
            4. God – Made
            5. In All Honesty
            6. April Showers: A Celebration of Life in Loss
            7. A new routine
            8. Your New Identity: An Interview with Jeff Crouse
            9. Rick Warren’s Horrific Tragedy & The Sickening Response of Some “Christians”
            10. Beyond Kindness
            11. Happy international women’s Day 2014
            12. Leave the Apathy
            13. Revital of life
            14. Burn my ego
            15. How to Feel Good About Yourself

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            • A Ray of Sunshine (authenticlove789.wordpress.com)
              I live in probably the rainiest city in the South, Greenville-South Carolina (yes the home of Delvin Choice from The Voice lol.) In Greenville, it rains (monsoons) for at least four days d a week and then the rest of the week is filled with  beautiful rays of sunshine.
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              We have to maintain a positive attitude and remember that each time God shines a little sunshine in our lives, it is an opportunity for us to show our gratitude and to bring positivity to others. Be a ray of sunshine! Don’t allow  your complaints to  turn your life into a continual rainy day.  Recognize the good that you are experiencing and rest in God’s goodness towards you. Just rest in His eternal light!
            • Sunshine (lifeasagarden.wordpress.com)
              Sunshine doesn’t have to be something that is external from you, but instead, it can be internal and live deep down inside of you. It can be raining and gloomy, or snowing and cold, but because of the glow from your sunshine, you will be toasty and warm.

              That little ray of sunshine chases away the blues when the ego tries to bring trouble into view. Sometimes you do have to dig very deep to grab your sunshine up from the heap, but it’s worth it when the road gets rough and tough up ahead.

            • Sparkling with Sunshine (justinewinter.wordpress.com)
              I  was  absorbing  an  abundance  of  positivity,  reading  the  signs  the  world  threw  my  way  and  interpreting  them  to  mean  something  good,  something  worthwhile,  something  that  made  me  chipper.
            • Sunshine and gratitude (grandmasbriefs.com)
              As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful.
            • Hello Sunshine! (frenchadventure.net)
              The sun has returned with a vengeance today, 30 degrees in the shade and I’m loving it, as i type this I’m sat at my office desk in the garden with the view of the last rays of the day on the distance sunflowers and vines, how lucky am i?
            • Sunshine (astewaygattew.wordpress.com)
              Sunshine light sunshine bright
              Not a dark cloud close in sight
              Sunshine thrive sunshine imbibe
              Sweet healing rays on all your tribe
              Sunshine healing sunshine feeling
              Its the essensce of our beeing
            • Summer Sun (whenwordsescape.wordpress.com)
            • You Are My Sunshine by Kasey Carney (countrymarketplace.wordpress.com)
              You Are My Sunshine, first recorded during the Great Depression in 1939 by the Pine Ridge Boys, is an American classic.
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              Recently, a young woman dropped by the store to choose her Sunshine sign. She explained that she was a URMS black framelittle girl when her mother passed away. Her grandmother used to sing the Sunshine song to her and tell her stories about her mom.  She said being at Country Marketplace and seeing the sign reminded her of the two important women in her life. I was so touched she shared her story with me.
            • Cold Sun (thelovesprockets.wordpress.com)
              In my state of melancholy, all I really wanted was to lay in the sunshine and be warmed by His loving rays.

              But I felt no warmth from this particular sunshine.
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              I felt resigned to the possibility that maybe I was going to die and I didn’t much care anymore. I scribbled down some words in a notebook, picked up my guitar, and in less than 10 minutes had a song floating in the air around me.

            The Hurt Healer

            you are my sunshineKeep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.’ – Helen Keller

            Do you believe that every day brings the possibility for a little ray of sunshine? Or does negativity overshadow your life? Is your glass half-empty and running out fast? Or is it half-full and waiting for a sparkling refill? The choice is yours.

            An upbeat attitude can bring brighten up the gloomiest of circumstances. Choosing to think positively can revive you when you feel weary, provide clarity in chaos and keep you encouraged during uncertainty And when you make a conscious decision to refuse to allow the darkness to engulf you, you keep the way clear for your optimistic thoughts to shine.

            Admittedly there are some days when tragedy strikes or a huge disappointment has to be dealt with and it is impossible to feel anything but despair. That’s a natural and expected way to…

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            The waiting game – Wachten

            Men zegt wel eens dat alles in het hood zit. En daar heeft men wel gelijk in. Ieder van ons kan zelf bepalen welke richting hij of zij uit gaat en zich laat gevoelen, om al of niet lekker in het vel te voelen.
            Als iedereen de moeite neemt om zichzelf vrij te laten ontwikkelen tot een eigen persoonlijkheid waarbij de andere rondom hem of haar ten volle wordt gewaardeerd, gerespecteerd en vrij wordt gelaten, kan eenieder in de omgeving zich vrij ontplooien en tot een goede samenwerking komen welke de gehele maatschappij ten goede kan komen.
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            In our head we all do have the choice to decide what we want to believe, what we want to follow up and which ways we want to go and what we would not mind letting influence us.
            What can work for all of us is that each person accept his or her individuality and gives full respect and freedom to the individuality of the other.

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            Additional reading:

            In English:

            1. Growth in character
            2. Every man’s work is always a portrait of himself
            3. A bird’s eye and reflecting from within
            4. Two forms of Freedom
            5. No man is free who is not master of himself

            In Dutch / Aanvullende lectuur:

            1. Groei in karakter
            2. Marx, het Volk, Religie, Christendom en verwrongen ideeën
            3. Elke man zijn werk is altijd een portret van zichzelf
            4. Tot bewust zijn komen voor huidig leven
            5. Vrijheid van mens en centrale plaats in ons wereld- en mensbeeld
            6. Hyper-individualisme
            7. Wat betreft Waar ELKE mens recht op heeft
            8. Wij zijn zelf verantwoordelijk
            9. Twee vormen van Vrijheid
            10. Geen mens is vrij die geen meester van zichzelf is

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            • Re-connect to Inner Peace (chykaranews.wordpress.com)
              It was a long time waiting for the moment that Jay’s brother Neil could finally come to Hungary.
              If you ask him what the ‘Nostalgia’ of Christmas means to him … He answers: ‘Don’t know’, or in the best case ‘Don’t remember’.
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              after 2 weeks stay with us, his greatest achievement is the re-connection to his feeling of Inner-Peace. He knew he had this, but the Puszta helped to re-activate this feeling.
              ‘Peace  is a piece of cake … When you come to the Puszta’ … His words
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              Nu, na twee weken bij ons op de Puszta, is zijn grootste succes het herontdekken van een gevoel van innerlijke vrede. Hij wist dat hij het had en de rust en de vrede van de Puszta hebben hem geholpen dit gevoel te reactiveren.
            • Pool time (allsignlanguage.blogspot.com)
              While I find my happy self back at the poolside (we are lucky, when can watch this full hour how our children develop their skills in the water) I proudly come to the conclusion that my child can swim pretty good! The last 10 minutes and a zillion thumb ups later they are allowed to show off on the springboard. One by one the children sort of fall from the board into the water and we proud parents applaud them. My son is almost up and raises his thumb. With one foot on the board he turns to me and signs his secret message. He takes off, runs to the end of the board and dives into the water. I knew what was coming, I read his ‘Momma, I’m going to dive!’ but the other parents had no idea. And all around me I see surprised and amazed parents who applaud loudly for my child.
            • A crowd! (allsignlanguage.blogspot.com)
              One of the best perks of working with small children is the absolute adoration they will give you when you succeed in telling a story or when you take them on a trip down the storybook you are reading to them. Since this is a blog about sign language with small children, the story you are telling or the book you will be reading is told with supporting sign language. This makes it even more fun for (hearing) children since you’ll give them the chance to really participate.
            • Too late, too little, (and how) to fail gracefully: Gracieus achterhoedegevecht (jessevanwinden.wordpress.com)
              Voor de ingang van Kunstfort Asperen is een bakstenen muur gemetseld in de kleuren van de Nederlandse vlag. Met de titel Equivalent verwijst maker Marc Bijl naar de serie liggende bakstenen werken van Carl Andre. Waar Andre de toeschouwer toestond over de stenen te lopen en zo het kunstwerk openstelde voor het publiek, ontneemt Bijls Equivalent (2000) je de toegang tot de tentoonstelling. De titel echoot ook de gelijkwaardigheid die iedereen in Nederland volgens Artikel 1 van de grondwet geniet. Zo vormt de muur een krachtige openingsmetafoor voor een land in verandering. Je kunt er nog wel langs om je doel te bereiken, natuurlijk, maar van een feestelijk welkom is bepaald geen sprake.

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            Cancer and Life Lessons

            People often forget how they have much more in them than they would think at first. Not only could they find the power in themselves to help themselves and fasten the healing process by taking on the right mind, they also can help others by sharing what they feel and how they went on to battle the disease which got to them.

            It is nice to find people on the net who are wiling to share their quest in life and their adventure with what bothered their body and mind.
            By sharing the many thoughts and providing information where to find more people can help each other and give better chance to each other, finding solution which perhaps can help them on their way to an acceptable life.

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            Remember: Giving opportunities:

            1. Cancer by no means only life experience that forces you to face in a concrete way the reality that there will in fact be an end to your life someday
            2. Cancer does not need to be the end
            3. Experience the hard teacher
            4. reassess what’s important in life
            5. reflect back on own experience
            6. are not afraid to come to know how to cope, how to get help, and so forth
            7. learn valuable life lessons from each experience
            8. learn how to adapt to changed capabilities
            9. inform yourself
            10. set off in exciting new directions
            11. continue to do what is important
            12. keep on dreaming
            13. reach out for the help and support that you need
            14. decide on a treatment plan with doctors
            15. cope with fear of losing control
            16. be aware that time really is precious and we need to choose very carefully how we spend it
            17. make sure that you do the things that matter most to you
            18. help others by sharing our stories and experiences
            19. contribute by willing to share your thoughts and life lessons
            20. understand how factors in our external environment interact with inherited mutations or other susceptibilities to lead to cancer
            21. learn how to stop the disease process – to prevent it or to intervene effectively when it does start.

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            • People Celebrate Kicking Cancer’s Butt (wsaw.com)
              Cancer is an awful, life-threatening disease, so when someone beats it, there’s reason to celebrate. That’s exactly what many people did Monday on National Cancer Survivor’s Day.

              Barb Rebstock is one of them. She started her battle with breast cancer three years ago. Her mother and sister both had breast cancer, and her mother also got lung cancer too. Both women lost their lives to the disease. Upon diagnosis, Rebstock had 38 rounds of radiation that she said were not easy. Although she’s still going through other treatment now, she said her screenings have been clear.

              “Everybody out there that has cancer, don’t give up,” she said. “Just keep going, keep fighting it. Listen to the doctors and don’t give up. Half the battle is your attitude.”

            • New Targeted Therapies Show Promise In Fighting Aggressive Cancers (publichealthwatch.wordpress.com)
              Several new targeted therapies have shown promise against advanced cancers of the blood, lungs, ovaries, and thyroid, according to research released Saturday at a major US cancer research conference.

              Among them is an oral drug called ibrutinib, made by Pharmacyclics. It was found to be “highly active” against chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and extended survival in some patients whose cancers did not respond to the standard treatment, chemotherapy.

            • ‘Cows’ milk is good for calves, but not for us’: Avoid cancer by axing dairy, meat products, U.K. scientist and six-time survivor urges (news.nationalpost.com)
              In 1993, the breast cancer that had plagued Jane Plant since 1987 returned for the fifth time. It came in the shape of a secondary tumour — a lump in her neck the size of half a boiled egg.

              Doctors told her that she had only months to live.

              Then a mother of two young children, Plant recalls the shocked discussion she had with her husband, Peter. As scientists — she is a geochemist, he a geologist — they had both worked in China on environmental issues, and knew that Chinese women had historically very low rates of breast cancer: one epidemiological study from the ’70s showed the disease affected one in 100,000 Chinese women, compared with one in 12 in the West.

              “I had checked this information with senior academics,” Plant says. “Chinese doctors I knew told me they had hardly seen a case of breast cancer in years. Yet if Chinese women are on Western diets — if they go to live in the U.S. or Australia, for example — within one generation they got the same rate. I said to Peter, ’Why is it that Chinese women living in China don’t get breast cancer?’ “

            • High protein diet linked to spiked cancer risk akin to smoking 20 cigarettes a day: U.S. study

              Eating too much protein could be as dangerous as smoking for middle-aged people, a study has found.
              Research which tracked thousands of adults for nearly 20 years found that those who eat a diet rich in animal protein are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet.

              The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer from smoking 20 cigarettes each day.

              Previous studies have shown a link between cancer and red meat, but it is the first time research has measured the risk of death associated with regularly eating too much protein.

              Nutritional advice has traditionally focused on cutting down on fat, sugar and salt. The World Health Organization announced a consultation Wednesday suggesting that guidelines on sugar consumption should be lowered, but there have been few warnings about excess protein.

              Read more…

            • Doctors worry cancer terminology contributes to overtreatment (triblive.com)

              If Dr. Steve Shapiro had his way, some cancers wouldn’t even be called cancer.

              “The word cancer just scares people to death. It’s expensive and it weighs on people’s minds, both the patient and the doctor,” said Shapiro, chief scientific officer at UPMC and a lung cancer expert.

              What’s troubling, Shapiro and other experts say, is that the word often is used for lesions so tiny or insignificant, they might never develop into an illness that would cause harm. They say this leads to unnecessary treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery to remove tumors that could go away on their own.

              To avoid this, a panel of experts advising the National Cancer Institute is urging the medical community to reconsider use of the word. In a May article published in The Lancet, the experts suggest renaming some pre-cancerous lesions and tailoring screening to individual patients.

              “The medical community, just like the public, thinks if you hear the word cancer, it’s something you’re going to die of, unless you treat it and treat it aggressively, whereas there’s a whole spectrum of disease, and it can be low-risk and it can be high-risk,” Dr. Laura Esserman, the study’s lead author and a breast surgeon at University of California San Francisco, told the Tribune-Review.

              “Maybe part of the solution is to take these low-risk things and rename them and move them out of that category of things that we have a visceral response to.”

            • Cancer Messed With the Wrong B*tch: Hey, Hey, We’re the Metsters (wonderfultips.wordpress.com)
              A lot of people out there hear the words breast cancer and think that’s it. That the breast cancer you have, is the same one I have, and the same one your mom had, and the same one your fish had, etc. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many subtypes of breast cancer (such as inflammatory breast cancer, and triple negative breast cancer), and the different subtypes respond differently to treatments. There are also different stages of breast cancer.
            • Smoking and cancer gene ‘deadly mix’ (bbc.co.uk)
              The research, published in the journal Nature, found the gene could double the likelihood of getting lung cancer.

              And some men and women faced a far greater risk, a team at the Institute of Cancer Research in London said.

              Cancer Research UK suggested drugs targeted at breast cancer may work in some lung cancers.

              The links between variants of the BRCA genes and breast cancer are well established – a diagnosis led Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie to have a preventative double mastectomy – but it has also been linked with an increased risk of other cancers affecting women such as ovarian cancer and prostate cancer in men.

            • Cancer Lesson #46: What to Wear on a No Hair Day (kabcancerlessons.wordpress.com)
              It’s important to remember wigs, scarves and hats can offer protection for self-confidence by dented hair loss. In this post, I present options – some serious, some not –for anyone forced to deal with those dreaded no-hair days.
            • Friend With a Brain Tumor? (everydayleft.com)
              Do you have a friend with a brain tumor? Do you have friends who have friends with a brain tumor? Do you have a family member, perhaps a distant cousin with a brain tumor? How about some random acquaintance at work, does he/she have a brain tumor? Does a close family member have a brain tumor? Do you have a brain tumor?

              Every body knows someone who has or had cancer of some kind in other parts of their bodies – there are really too many out there. But chances are you know someone who’s experienced living with a brain tumor – primary or secondary. You may have known someone who died from brain cancer. Maybe you just heard about someone who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, but you really don’t understand what that means.

            • A personal note: The mirage of the “magic bullet” for cancer – and a better alternative (stage4living.wordpress.com)
              One thing I’ve found interesting is that there was less interest than I expected in nutritional measures that people can adopt in helping manage their illness. More people are interested in finding the “magic bullet” for cancer. The magic bullet is the one pill, drug, potion, food, or drink that will magically dissolve the tumor and metastasized cancer cells and allow the patient to continue with the same diet, lifestyle, mental state and other factors that contributed to causing the cancer in the first place.
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              In some cases radical lifestyle and dietary changes have actually resulted in late stage remission of diseases; for example the over one thousand such cases documented in medical journals and written about in Radical Remission by Dr. Kelly A. Turner (see my review in an earlier post below). And Dr. Turner believes that for every documented case of “Radical Remission” there are probably over a hundred cases that are never documented. In some cases radical lifestyle and diet changes may result in a few extra months, a year, three years, five years or more of “bonus time” versus just using conventional treatment alone.
            • Teen fighting cancer surprised by Suns gorilla, dancers, friends on eve of surgery (azfamily.com)
              At only 16 years old, Cody Hatch is battling a rare form of cancer called metastatic paraganglioma. He has a series of tumors that have a tight grip on his spine.”I’m hoping it’ll recover faster and I haven’t been too worried, I’m just trying to be optimistic about it,” Cody said Monday, just a day before undergoing surgery.
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