Thought for Today (3/21/2017)

They say you can never go home again meaning that you can never regain that time in life and the feelings of that time. I say you may not physically be able to go back in time, but you can go home again.

Home is a state of mind and heart that is often attained by triggers.

Triggers can be an old song or other sensory stimulant that you enjoyed during a moment in time.

The song Windy by the Association, which was released in 1968, takes be back to a trip we took in the family station wagon from Newton, Iowa to Forreston, Illinois over Easter weekend.  That trip is fond in my memory because my cousin had a dog breeding facility there and I would spend every day we were there playing with the puppies.  One puppy who was a Miniature Shetland Sheepdog, was a dwarf and scheduled to be euthanized.  She was a beautiful pup and playful as any other pup.  I begged my parents for that pup every day to no avail.

As we were leaving my father stopped the car and told everyone to wait in the car.  Pretty soon he came walking back to the car with a box in hand.  I thought he changed his mind and decided to get my sister a bunny she wanted. When he got to the car he handed me the box and told me it was my responsibility to take care of it.  Inside the box was the puppy!  We named her Ga-Ann (a combination of the owners of the kennel, Gary and Jean Ann, and she stayed smaller than a Yorkie.

Other memories brought back by triggers:

The song Midnight Confessions – My first girlfriend.

The song When Will I see You Again – My second girlfriend.

The song Walk Away – My Tour in Korea

The song Han O-baek Nyoen (About Five Hundred Years) – Dating my wife.

Meatloaf and Hotdog Boats – Mom.

Stale cigarette smoke – Dad.

There are many others, but you get the idea.  We can go back home again, if only for a moment or two.

 

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Thought for Today (3/20/2017)

Today is the first day of spring; a day of new beginnings; a day where the past should be laid to rest.  With that in mind, it is a day to take account of one’s own life and focus another year on fixing one’s own faults and sins. Unless your own life is absolutely spotless of even one iota of fault (which is mortally impossible), do not spend your time pointing out faults in others.

There are many aphorisms to remind us of this.

Geoffrey Chaucer wrote in the year 1385 wrote “Whose house is of glass, must not throw stones at another.” (People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.)

I wrote in 2012 – “Overlooking faults in others can help keep your own a mystery to you.”

Matthew 7:1-3 says “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

God Bless.

 

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Thought for Today (3/19/2017)

Could the difference  between liberals and conservatives be the difference between fact and feel? 

Many of my liberal friends and acquaintances often use the word “feel” when they talk about different topics.  Most of my conservative friends will use factual data during those same conversations and not put their feelings into the dialogue.

So, is the difference liberals guide their decisions based upon feelings and don’t rely on the facts while conservatives base theirs on facts and push their feelings to the back burner?

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Thought for Today (3/18/2017)

There is a reason that your eyes are in your head, not in your chest. ~ ME

Think with your brain, not your heart.  After you have logically thought it out, then consider feelings.  If you think with your heart your reaction may not bring about the best results.

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Thought for Today, Don’t open until Tomorrow

While sitting here reading after work waiting for the pain I deal with daily to subside after taking my medication, I had what seems to be a deep thought, but maybe only a shallow idea seeming to be more grandeur by the pain meds.  In order not to forget the thought before I could share it tomorrow, I decided I needed to write it down today.  But I have already shared my thought for today so it is my thought for today but not to be read until tomorrow. (phew!)

So here it is:

 

BE 100%

or the abbreviated version:

 

B100

Let it mean to you what you think it means to you; and let it mean to someone else whatever it means to them.

so please share, what does BE 100% mean to you?

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Thought for Today (3/17/2017)

As soon as you decide something is not going to happen, it happens. ~ ME

I no sooner ranted earlier this week and the pounds started coming off!  Now to keep on track and not change anything.  This morning’s number is 246.3.  Although I am sure my followers could not care less, I will be putting the weight at the bottom of all future posts.

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Thought for Today (3/16/2017)

Charity comes from the heart, not a government mandate. ~ ME

But it is not something to be bragged about and should be done anonymously.  This comes from Matthew 6:1-4 which says:

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

and while we’re at it:

Don’t be dependent upon others for your existence when you are able bodied yourself. The verbiage here comes from me, the ideology comes from 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 which states:

“For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”  We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.”

It goes on to say not to associate with those who are slothful so they will be ashamed.  But do not treat them like an enemy either, but to warn them as you would another believer.

 

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