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Thoughts On Life And Living

Updated on June 27, 2016

Thinking thoughts of time and place....


Random thoughts....

Foul Language

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.

Honest Labor

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.

Adding beauty....



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      Demas W Jasper 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Deborah Demander - I am persuaded that we will be judged by our intents when we choose to act. Thinking is an act. What do we choose to think about, write, read, promote? Intent matters.

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      Deborah Demander 17 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great reflections.

      I try to be a little bit better every day. Although some days, I slide so far backward, I think I'll never catch back up.

      Thanks for the encouragement.


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      Demas W Jasper 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - I think each of us can give some daily thought to what we can do as individuals to make a positive difference each day. Keep the thought. God bless us all.

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      Dianna Mendez 17 months ago

      Do I make efforts that can make a positive difference? ... very much what I want to keep up front in my life. Thank you for the inspiration of thought on living well. God bless you.

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      Demas W Jasper 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - It used to be that you could become a lawyer or an engineer through your own study. Now, at a time when knowledge is so much more available than before, such qualifications are no long allowed. There is irony in that. I am glad we share such important values as some or all of these. God bless.

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      Deb Hirt 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Your ideas on so many things are on par with mine. It isn't truly necessary to be a degreed individual, but educating oneself is very possible. Many have done it before us, and we have always looked up to them.

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      Demas W Jasper 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      savvydating - To my way of thinking we are each a child of a loving Heavenly Father. If someone else is not worthy of a basic respect for their potential, then neither am I. We each have a spark of divinity and a responsibility to fan that spark and help it grow into a light others can perhaps recognize and emulate as we each realize and develop our personal potentials for good in a world that desperately needs our collective best.

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      Yves 17 months ago

      The fact that you even thought to write these reflections indicates that you are a decent man. Like Flourish, I also appreciated your thoughts on how to treat strangers. I think it is also important how we treat the weakest among ourselves. Sometimes we may be tempted to treat them with less regard, because they don't have the spirit to speak up for themselves. This, to me, is the true test of a man or a woman---will we treat them well regardless.

      A lovely hub, Demas.

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      Demas W Jasper 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - You seem to indicate that my "random" thoughts caused you some specific reflections. Thanks for your comment. Your commentsare always appreciated. D.

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      Demas W Jasper 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      FlourishAnyway - Thanks for commenting on what you particularly liked about this one. Flourishing regardless of our circumstances and limitations is a worthwhile goal for all of us mortals. Thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great covering of a wonderful area of endeavor.

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      FlourishAnyway 17 months ago from USA

      I particularly liked your reflections on treatment of strangers and increasing one's worth as a person. Well done.