Thursday, July 13, 2017

Justice and Injustice are Innate

Justice and Injustice are Innate

How many times have I heard a very young child say

“mom, it’s not fair”

Philosophers equate the idea of justice with fairness

How real is that?

The experiences and emotions of “injustice” are extremely devastating

Injustice has ruined many lives

Injustice should be an affront to every human being

This affront should reign supreme in all of our lives

To ban all forms of it in the world

Injustice eats into moral dignity and what it means to be human

Men who have been imprisoned for 30 years and more

For crimes that they did not commit

It’s not “just a shame”                    

But an affront to everything that is human

And what a tragedy that institutional injustice is still being practiced

To Forgive is Divine

To Forgive is Divine

What is the origin of forgiveness and its behavior?           

To pardon another for his or her offenses?

To start anew, to start afresh?

To let it all go?

And with the reality of “remembrance”, still being there

Forgiveness is the definitive cleansing experience

Of the mind, body soul and spirit 

Getting rid of all of the garbage and impurities

That strangle and corrupt our inner man

 The “state of forgiveness

Is as proximate to perfection that we can imagine

Unfortunately, many would rather hold on to hurts, resentments and anger

Than to live in a state of freedom

"To be free indeed"

It, usually, takes a “bigger” person to forgive

Instead of the person who committed the wrongdoing

A life that is consumed by bitterness and resentment

Is hardly a life worth living

So noted Socrates

An unexamined life is a life not worth living”

When anger and resentment consume you

It only leads to depression, life of misery, victimization and powerless

Forgiveness frees you

Forgiveness leads to increased feelings of

Self-worth and decreased psychological stress and behavior.

Forgiveness is really a gift that you give to yourself.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to accept

The behavior of another, nor does it mean you have to forget

It means granting yourself the permission to be happy and to move on 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My Problems Are Not Yours

This response was sent to four of my friends 

Who were assisting me in my problem and still not solved

This recent ordeal has been really a lifetime experience

I have learned so much and most importantly

My faith has become more grounded in the following

In this short life, we are free moral thinking agents

My problems are my problems to solve

Conversely, your problems are your problems to solve

And no one else’s

We may kindly ask the assistance of others in our problem solving

It doesn’t always work out to our satisfaction

For an infinite numbers of human reasons 

The total responsibility is still “mine alone”

Not family, nor friend, nor any close associate

It is my life and my life alone

In the end, I cannot blame anyone else for my unsolved problems

Yet, we, as humans experience myriads of negative emotions

When others fail us

The major emotion is to blame others for not coming through

So wrong

People are innately imperfect

Anything can go wrong at anytime

But there is a more Perfect Being on which we can rely

He has infinite ways to solve human problems

How he solves a problem can be so

Abstractly different from our mortal way of thinking

And in accepting this mind set

We gain a perspective in infinite thinking

One for sure is “interpretation of experiences”

And definitely, to be blessed to participate in infinite thinking

And as I have been inspired

I ask for forgiveness for any negative

Emotion that I may have had

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stress, the Not So Silent Killer

Hypertension is the proverbial silent killer

You can have hypertension and not know it

It can cause stroke, cardiovascular disease and a host of other problems

Stress can be silent or not so silent

People usually know when they are stressed

Stress eventually will make itself known

Stress is a response to pressure or threat

With stress we may feel tense, nervous, or on edge

The stress response is physical, too

There is a surge of a hormone called adrenaline

That temporarily affects the nervous system

This amorphous and nebulous disease process

Attacks every human being at one point or another

The American Psychological Association has found that

About 25% of Americans are experiencing high levels of stress

Another 50% report moderate levels of stress

Stress comes from living in a pressurized world

Relax, exercise, eat well, have moments of doing nothing

Clean out the mind and brain, get good sleep, have a glass of wine regularly

Go out on the town; focus on the “other” for a moment

Listen to music, read, be grateful, love more, stop being over materialistic

Love others


Parents with Special Needs Children

Are extremely blessed

By God to learn, to know, to experience, to share,

His Unconditional Love from his perspective

To learn this exceptional way of life

Of an angel walking among us

While others are saying

How unfortunate, how sad, how burdensome

The spiritual world is saying

Glory, glory, glory

In accepting this challenge to love, yet another one of his

The love, the extra care, the extra time to be given

The rest of your life

One of the many benefits

Greater depths of understanding of life

A step towards perfection

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Is in Medellin

Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder

But having seen beautiful women around the world

I could not move and stopped walking when I saw her

I recognized her total beauty about half a block away

While strolling through a middle class neighborhood in Medellin

She was flanked on both sides, by her mother and sister

They were holding onto her, lol

As if she could be abducted or kidnapped at any moment

Or sold into slave beauty

I deferred my look, pretending to be confused about something

While saying to myself

“What the f%$#"

Colombian women are just beautiful

San Jose, Costa Rica is no joke either!

I looked in a store in the shopping district at a mannequin in San Jose

Then it moved

I jumped back

And she was amused

There appears to be a beauty outlet in every block of downtown Medellin

With at least 5 to 7 beautiful salesclerk willing to serve you

They know me because I am in there buying stuff!!!


There are no cat calls being made in Medellin

A man is not permitted to look a woman in her eyes

But a woman can look a man in his eyes

There is tremendous respect for women

I saw five men beat a man for roughing up a woman

Who had bumped into his cart of food

As far as Blacks

I am often tempted to walk up to them

And speak English

But they only speak Spanish!

They resemble so much African-Americans

The slave trade was expansive

There is a Black culture in all of Latin America

But the gentleness of Latin America is in everyone

None of that macho man stuff we tolerate in America

It is said that the

Best looking women in Latin America are in Colombia

And the best looking men are in Argentina

Morocco is in contention for absolute beauty and freaks

Dark skinned persons with rusty blonde hair and green eyes

Once again

What the f%$#

Just awed and speechless

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rejection Is Often a Good Thing

It Started in Costa Rica Three Years Ago, This Month

June 2014

I went there to teach English in San Jose, as a second language

I was given a grueling schedule, but I was going to do it

The day before I was to start

The owner of the school told the supervisor

“Withdraw the Offer” because I appeared to be a

1960's,70's, Angela Davis, Berkeley University, social, political activist, hippy type with long hair

My heart fluttered just for a moment

But what a compliment!!

I have always loved Angela Davis!!

Being rejected                      

Backpackers at my hostel said “backpack and experience travel”

I immediately started and my first city was Granada, Nicaragua  

The rejection led to a most wonderful life experience

Three years’ worth

I have no regrets