some suffer in silence

Many people suffer in silence.  Many individuals are hurting now, this very second.

Pain, sorrow, grief, regret, heartache, depression, remorse, guilt, anxiety, fear, despair, etc.  Too often, persons keep these feelings to themselves, bottled up inside themselves invisible to others.

It may seem a trite remark, but it is poignantly true: That when you laugh, the world laughs with you.  But, when you weep, you weep alone.


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life is what you make it – or life makes you

Life is what you make it, or are you what life has made you?

We often hear the saying “life is what you make it”.  While we can make our life what we want it to be to a certain extent, the saying is rather simplistic, if not a half truth.  We are all confronted with constraints, many of which we cannot change or remove from our lives.  We have to learn to adapt to living with these onerous constraints.  Consider the child who is born blind or with cerebral palsy, or the victim of an accident or of violence or war-time injury that maims or cripples or paralyzes his/her body.  As well, we have to accept constraints upon our behavior and actions in society so that we are not incarcerated or placed in an institution for the mentally or psychologically ill.  We confront limits each and every day in the struggle which is life.  These limits serve to shape or influence our expectations.

Our experiences do indeed affect us greatly, especially the painful, trying experiences.  Tragic, traumatic and painful experiences suffered through when one is young can and do leave rather lasting effects (scars) on us that we may not even be fully conscious of.  These experiences shape our thinking, our view of the world perhaps more than we care to admit to ourselves.



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the wonder of being

Or, as the late Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987) would say “awe before the mystery of being”.

Consider this mystery for a moment.  Our pet cat is sitting behind me taking a bath (as we say when cats clean their fur with their course tongue).  This behavior is hard wired (instinctual) in the cat’s small mammalian brain.  Does the cat even “think” about it?  This behavior may be automatic to cats similar to how we humans often forget the actions of tying our shoe laces or washing our hands and do these “automatically” so to speak as we are not fully conscious of doing these.  (Animals do have a certain level of consciousness or sentience to be sure.  It is a pity that they, too, must suffer in the struggle which is life.)

My point is how wonderful and awe-inspiring much of the world around us truly is if we briefly step back and look at it.  We praise God for the beauty and mystery and majesty of His creation.  God’s handiwork is revealed to us in a lowly animal’s routine behavior.



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sacrifices and rewards

Sometimes you do not reap the full measure of the rewards for your individual sacrifices and efforts.  Or, we might say we do not enjoy all the fruits of our labors.  Sometimes that falls to future generations.

We, the present generation, are reaping the rewards of the sacrifices of preceding generations.  Since we cannot repay these now deceased individuals who made great sacrifices for us, we can at least “pay it forward” so that our children and grandchildren will benefit from our sacrifices, efforts and achievements.  Whether our children (and their children) will fully appreciate, honor and value our sacrifices is not known.

Even though we cannot capture all the benefits of what we produce, we ought to still give of ourselves, and set a good example for those around us as we try constructively to build a better, more loving world.  Let us be on guard against becoming overly selfish or self-centered.

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an open letter to Mayor Ed Lee

Mayor Ed Lee, mayor of San Francisco:

“It’s in our DNA” – is what you said of San Francisco’s commitment to sheltering and giving sanctuary to illegal aliens who make it to San Francisco.

My question for you is this:  How will you make up the shortfall in the city’s operating budget each year when President Trump follows through on his promise to stop federal grant monies going to so-called sanctuary cities?


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