Thoughts On Life And Living
Thinking thoughts of time and place....
As a Christian believer I am persuaded that there are three things that Satan can never have, namely a body, a family, and deification.
Foul language is cursing and swearing related specifically to each of the three things he is denied.
That is why I have chosen to avoid cursing and swearing as much as possible by having a vocabulary that allows me to express myself appropriately.
I am basically a quiet and thoughtful person, not a total introvert mind you, but I appreciate quiet times that allow me to ponder deeply (my version of meditation.)
Doing so allows me to focus more attention on what is important to me. Such thoughtful moments will not solve every problem but they can set priorities and clear some clutter from the path going forward.
Family & Friends
As countless occupants of America's assisted living and hospice facilities can attest, family and friends have treasured places in every life. They are part of my best memories and happiest moments.
I suspect based on personal observation that any man, woman, or child who elevates family and friends above self will find life more joyful for having done so.
An employee who doesn't meet the full expectations of his or her employment is cheating, receiving full compensation for partial effort.
The same is true when we are considering how we use the gift of life we have been given.There are some things we need to do each day, such as sleep, meals, exercise, and attention to our health. The rest are choices we make, to do or not to do, and those define how we use our gift of life.
How I treat strangers is one of the purest reflections of who I am.
Do I respect their privacy and rights? Am I free of judging them before I really know them enough to know their limitations, burdens, and individual challenges? Even when I know them that well, can I strive to be a positive support in any interactions I may have with them?
The Wider World
As small a place as the world is becoming, what with rapid transport to any spot on earth and instant communications with so many of its inhabitants, what I do (or don't do) has a potential impact on someone somewhere.
To the extent that I am educated and have had experiences that could in some way help another person or group of people, do I make efforts that can make a positive difference?
Am I increasing my worth as a person?
Am I somehow better today as a result of yesterday's learning and experiences, than I was before yesterday?
My human value and potential can add to or diminish my role in my family, my neighborhood, my society, and beyond. Am I living up to the personal responsibility I have to become a better person?
One aspect of doing so is my education. Learning is so much easier today than it was before. The world of knowledge and experience is literally keystrokes away, available as never before. I can choose to be a generalist in many things and a specialist in some things.
Each day offers some available time I can ration to better understanding things that are important to me and to others I care about. I can waste such times or use them wisely.
Each life is the sum of the choices made in a lifetime of choosing.
© 2016 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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