Saturday, September 3, 2022

The Ten Stages of Genocide


As some of you know, I love to take pictures. I don’t want to use the term photographs because I only use my iPhone. A photograph, at least to me requires a “real” camera, but, regardless I enjoy taking pictures. It is these pictures that help to remind me where I am, who I am, and where I would like to go next.


The beauty that surrounds us inspires us and motivates us to do better, so it’s worth the effort to “snap the shot”, and save for another day. The physical beauty, the grandeur of our parks, and the endless sunrises and sunsets are truly amazing. We absolutely live in a wonderful world.  


Those stunning vistas are only half of the beauty that this world offers. Beauty by itself is only a perception of time and place. Beauty cannot exist without the ugliness that also permeates all that we see. Similar to “no pain, no gain.” We need adversity to grow stronger and wiser. We learn from our adversities.


When an out-of-control fire decimates a beautiful landmark, or when earthquakes destroy, tornados level, the beauty that was in forever changed, and with it our perception of beauty itself.


Each of us needs to learn to accept the good and the bad, the healthy and the infirm, as well as the beautiful and the not-so-beautiful in order to see the differences between them/. When we look into a mirror what do we see? When a troubled mind looks into a mirror what do they see?


Despite the beauty of our world, there are those who may acknowledge those astounding and unique visions, but cannot see them emotionally and therefore cannot appreciate those gifts, nor value their intrinsic worth. They may see beauty but it has no value and is therefore not worth a second thought.


America the Beautiful, we sing it; we listen to its words, and it fills our hearts with pride, but there are those who fail to see that beauty, fail to recognize the grandeur and majesty of this great country. To those who hate, there is no beauty, there is no “Purple Mountains Majesty” or “Amber waves of grain”.


They do not see America the Beautiful; All they see is the opportunity to control, especially for those who scream about injustice, they are most likely those who have committed the crimes. Don't misunderstand me here, I know there is injustice, criminality, gangs, drug lords, good cops and bad cops and downright Evil, but so often some scream and cry that America is unfair and racist while demonizing others, calling them White Supremacists, Fascists, and homophobic. They believe we are a broken nation; broken because of those who believe differently than they do. They forget our Constitucion was the first of its kind in the world and remains unique and empowering to this day.


From my perspective here is what’s happened over the last 18 months since Biden took office.  


Disband the Police. May 2020.

Curtail or eliminate free speech. Ongoing.

Put an end to the 2nd Amendment. Ongoing.

No bail DA’s https://www.themarshallproject.org/2020/10/30/the-state-of-bail-reform

No choice, covid vaccine or lose your job. https://www.npr.org/2021/10/24/1047947268/covid-vaccine-workers-quitting-getting-fired-mandates

Nationwide riots of 2021, where many were killed, thousands were injured and millions upon millions of dollars in damaged property, were encouraged, but the Jan 6th protest, locked down DC and put many in Prison.

Vote tampering by the FBI (Facebook, Russian collusion, Hunter Biden laptop, Mar a Lago raid, etc… Hunter Biden laptop, Ask Zuckerberg, and Facebook.

Covid lockdown March 15, 2020

School closures March 2020

Parents as terrorists Sept. 29, 2021

Immigration Invasion After Biden took office

Males in women's sports

Recession

Gas prices

BLM

Crime is at a 40-year high and climbing……


If you haven’t figured out who is to blame, let me help. The Left, as in the Democrats, they have abandoned the constitution and adopted the Ten Stages of Genocide.


In, the Ten Stages of Genocide you can see a direct correlation between the current leadership in Washington and these steps outlined in the article. https://genocideeducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ten_stages_of_genocide.pdf


Step 1. Classification


All cultures have categories to distinguish people into "us and them" by ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality: German and Jew, Hutu and Tutsi. If societies are too segregated (divided) they are most likely to have genocide.


Step 2Symbolization


We name people “Jews" or "Gypsies", or distinguish them by colors or dress, and apply them to members of groups. When combined with hatred, genocide is possible.


Step 3. Discrimination


A dominant group uses law, custom, and political power to deny the rights of other groups. BLM, reverse discrimination if you will. This is a good time to remind you of the party that instituted Jim Crow, poll taxes, etc… and slavery, they started the KKK; and they were and still are Democrats.


Step 4. Dehumanization


A good example comes from Biden's recent address to the country where he vilifies all Republicans and specifically the MAGA movement.


Step 5. Organization


This administration and the congress prior to this administration have used the FBI and the Justice Department as a weapon for their desire for control. Trump's Impeachments, fabricated evidence.


Step 6. Polarization 


The United States of America has never been more Polarized since the Civil War. Extremists drive the groups apart. Hate groups broadcast propaganda that reinforces prejudice and hate.


Steps 7-10 Preparation, Persecution, Extermination, and Denial


Biden is destroying America. Those that support him are culpable and are also responsible.  


Let me be clear, the Republicans are far from perfect, there are good and capable Democrats, and there are honest leaders on both sides of the aisle, but when our leaders impeach the past president, two times over fallacious and made-up charges, attack his supporters as racist, stupid or fascist and then raid his home 18 months after he leaves office, the idea of justice takes on a whole new meaning, especially in view of the Ten Stages of Genocide.


The democrats don’t want justice; they want REVENGE. They may see beauty, but they cannot appreciate what they see. We are at war. We are in the middle of a Civil WAR, again, a war over morality, true justice, and the heart of America. Not the America Biden talked about in words only but as our founding fathers wrote about and recorded for all of us to follow, in the Constitution.


This is a beautiful country, an amazing country and it used to be a safe country. In the space of 18 months, this country is on the verge of an all-out war with itself. Decide who is to blame and what needs to be done to fix it.  


You know my opinion and the facts I use, tell me I’m wrong and why. If we do nothing, the ten stages could become real, it happened in Germany; it happened in Rwanda, in Cambodia, it happen to the Jews, and the Armenians and it can happen again if we let it.  


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Natural Man, or is it just lazy?

The Natural Man is trending of late, and unless I dare to offend, so is the Natural Woman.  


We love nature, the beauty, and grandeur of untouched and unspoiled wildlife are awe-inspiring. Seeing the landscapes and scenery, the sunsets and sunrises are beyond words. There is nothing better for the soul than watching the sun rise or set from a clear vantage point.


Nature, in all its grandeur, is also cruel, vicious, and unforgiving. No one can deny the reality of life as we watch the brutality of animals hunting, stalking, and eating their prey or the heart-wrenching helplessness of a small creature in the grips of a loathsome predator. So often, it seems, we forget that animals have no morals, no conscious or guiding social construct to help them overcome their natural tendencies toward survival, nor the animal instincts that drive them to feed, mate, kill and consume, again, without constraint or guilt.  


There are some examples of animal behaviors that show signs of a higher moral standard, but those examples are from mostly domesticated animals. Animals who have learned the importance of association. They understand the need to protect and have developed a sense of belonging, to the point of changing their animal instincts‌. And let us not forget the shared instincts of motherhood, that drives women and females of most of the animal kingdom toward diligence as they protect their young and help them ‌learn to survive. 


We understand those differences and even accept those realities, as part of what nature is, but, what I think we are forgetting is that the Natural Man, (I will forgo the Natural Woman part, you all know what I mean) is not entirely an Animal.  


We may act like animals. We may do horrendous things to each other, in our ruthless and unrestrained, heartless attempts to control others. We should also understand that, that humanity, that conscience, and guilt is still present within all of us, albeit suppressed in those who do unspeakable things to others of their kind, but of the billions who have lived on this earth, most, keep and attempt to grow that conscious. We ‌differ from the animals and have the expectation to rise above nature, not simply be driven in acquiescent to it.


Of the approximately 400 generations of life to date, man has always been more prone to following the rules and creating rules and guidelines than simply allowing the animal instincts to define his nature, but ‌we are now abandoning those historical and instinctual desires of order and structure for the supposed freedom of nature.


The defining words of Man and Woman are quickly becoming debased and obsolete. Children are not only encouraged, but they are being taught that sex and gender are nothing more than a fluid activity of choice based on whim and desire. The family is no longer the foundation of society and with that change comes the increasing instability of humanity. 


There is a definite trend away from the order of life, by many who wish to have no order, no consistency, or stability. Our institutions used to support those foundational principles, but now, they have all turned away, not wanting to be associated, choosing instead to partner with the chaos for some supposed short-term gain in public approval, or profit. 


We can easily see the chaos expanding in all areas of existence. From the before mentioned, self-induced, and societally supported dysphoria… 


(rapid onset‌ of gender dysphoria, which has a 100-year historical basis, and included young boys exclusively, has now jumped from boys to girls in epidemic proportions in just under 10 years, (the numbers are staggeringly disturbing), fueled by the psychological society, schools, medical professionals, governments, not only supporting but teaching and encouraging these young girls to destroy their lives.)  


… to a political environment that supports wholesale riots, changes simple words that have devastating effects on society, to the unthinkable raid on a former and popular President of the United States, based on a non-criminal statute.  


Our finances, our economies, our livelihoods, and our commerce are all spiraling out of control. We are devolving away from our inherent humanity toward the baseless idea of nature being the controlling motivator of our lives. Take what you want. Do what you want and create yourself in the image of whatever you can dream of and in the process lose yourself, lose sacrifice your humanity and your self-worth.


Forsake the patterns of life, abandon the desire to become more than the sum of your parts, Man has rejected the god-given ability to pursue a life higher than nature; he now only wants to be a subject of the Natural Man, no divinity allowed, no higher purpose, no vaulted goals of life that help us obtain our humanity, we are nothing more than animals… Kill or be Killed, eat or be eaten. Live on the run, take what you can, when you can, you are nothing but an animal, except…. the animals I know are less dangerous than this new breed of creature we used to call MAN… or Woman…


Do we really have no concern over what our selfish choices of today will do to our tomorrows?


Thursday, August 4, 2022

A Little Light Goes A Long Way

The question, does evil exist, seems to creep back into our lives, as it has in years past.  There have always been those who do evil, but those evil acts seem to be on the rise.  This world has already seen its fair share of evildoers, and I think it’s fair to say that there will be much more to come.

What is evil?


Evil, in a general sense, is the opposite or absence of good. It can be an extremely broad concept, although in everyday usage it is often more narrowly used to talk about profound wickedness and against the common good. Wikipedia


In a similar sense, the definition between light and darkness has an interesting commonality. Each has in their definition a condition of absence, rather than simply being the opposite of the other.  


Both light and good have a definition, while their opposites, darkness, and evil exist simply by minimizing the power or influence of the other. For example, Darkness is the absence of light, and Evil is the absence of good.


In terms of this discussion, the cause of evil or that of good is somewhat irrelevant since all men (all women) may choose between, the infinite choices, that fall upon the spectrum of good and evil.  


Regardless of your affinity or aversion to religion, all of our choices create the pathways that are invariably paved with desires toward good or evil. Obviously, not so Black and White in most cases, but in making our choices, we set the foundations for the general hue of our lives.  


The choice is not always an easy right or left up or down decision. There are countless decisions that are made where the good or bad, the right or wrongs are impossible to ascertain at the time of the decision, but, again, generally speaking, the overall focus of those decisions can be understood, especially as we grow older and hopefully wiser.


I have often wondered where I am on that imaginary line between good and bad, understanding perhaps the need to make changes to the choices I had made, to alter my trajectory in order to balance my life and fine-tune my desire toward good works and forsake those actions that are questionable or not definable as good.


Most of us, I believe pursue a similar path, knowing that what we do, influences those around us. We want our children to do better. We want our houses to look nice, be safe and create a life that we are proud of, as opposed to the opposite of simply living and letting the chips fall where they may.


But, choosing to be good is not as easy as it sounds.  


If there is evil in the world, then how do we combat that evil? If evil is the absence of good, then all we need to do is to do more good. Again, not so easy perhaps, especially in today's environment where we are surrounded by not-so-good individuals, companies, and governments who seem to go out of their way to do us harm.


Marginal living is the practice of existing on the fence between good and evil, freely stepping from one side to the other, as it pleases us to do so. We are then not good, nor are we evil, just existing on the plane between, rationalizing our existence in order to maintain our manufactured opinion of ourselves.  


These are the people who close their blinds in the face of evil but do not engage against that evil. It is those who step over or go around avoiding the problem before them. We have all done this; I have done this, and I am ashamed to admit it, but I will probably do it again, being fearful of the situation, my age, or my lack of patients or ability to help as I rationalize my way through this life.


The question of what is good needs to be answered.


Good is:

Adjective:

 to be desired or approved of.
"a good quality of life"

 having the qualities required for a particular role.
"The schools here are good"

Noun:

that which is morally right; righteousness.

"a mysterious balance of good and evil"

benefit or advantage to someone or something.

"he convinces his father to use his genius for the good of mankind"

 

In relation to this discussion, the noun is perhaps the best qualifier of what we should try to emulate, That which is morally right; righteousness.  

 

I fully understand the difficulties of pursuing a life of righteousness, having faltered so often I cannot recall those instances, and gratefully so, but I am convinced that, starting now, we can change our lives, we can adopt and new foundation and pursue that which is good, for the benefit of others and ourselves.  

 

If we do not make those changes, Evil will prevail. The quotes below are attributed to Edmund Burke, but as far as I can tell only the second one is his. They both, however, contribute to this discussion and our need to be actively engaged in good works.

 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,”

 

 

 “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

 

 

 “men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; “For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves.

(D&C 58:27–28.)

We are free agents and can choose for ourselves. I think it's time for all of us to choose more carefully who we associate with, who we emulate, and understand that our choices have consequences. We cannot manage the affairs of others, but we can manage our own affairs, hoping what we choose to do will create a better future.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Reflections

Everywhere we looked, it looked hot.  The hills were shimmering from the heat, rippling as the waves of never-ending calefaction animated the boulders and sand into gooey, agitated shapes.  What you thought you were seeing was manipulated and transformed, an ever-changing landscape of intensity from the relentless and all-consuming fever of nature.  In other words, it was HOT.  115 degrees, stifling and deadly.


Our car was cool, unaffected by the intensity of the desert conditions, but our view from our comfortable automobile was not.  My wife was driving, we had just left Las Vegas, and the road ahead was vacillating from the waves of persistent, unabated heat.


Our view of life is also affected by the heat of this world, our life’s view is often just a reflection of the reality all around us.  


Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: 

The soul that rises with us, our life's Star, 

Hath had elsewhere its setting, And cometh from afar: 

Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, 

But trailing clouds of glory do we come 

From God, who is our home

William Wordsworth 


Even when the weather is not oppressively hot our views, our perspectives of our surroundings are altered and diffused from the reality of clarity, leaving us with the task of interpreting what we see.


We are all manipulated, influenced, exploited, and even choreographed into thinking, feeling, or being something other than what we are meant to be. Wordsworth may have been right, but that search for clarity is up to all of us to ascertain.  


Clarity is an interesting concept, especially when it entails the human mind or even the very soul of man.  We are often told that each of our realities is different, based on our perceptions, our experiences, and our motivations, but we all live here, on this earth, on this spinning ball, hurling through space at 67,000 miles per hour. In addition, our solar system—Earth, whirls around the center of our galaxy at some 490,000 miles per hour. Scientific American.


It is hard to get a clear picture of anything at those speeds, but we seem to prevail, occasionally when our focus is balanced with a dose of inspiration and motivation; we achieve at seeing what should be seen and establish a foundational view, a platform to build upon and to expand our understanding of what truth is and what life is all about.


But those foundations are being toppled, our history destroyed and our young are being sacrificed to the gods of chaos and frivolity.


There are a few truths that I have learned that when understood (as well as any of us can truly understand) will bring clarity to this chaotic world.  Chaos today seems to be the norm, let me explain:


  1. Only Black Lives Matter.

  2. Abortion should be a right.

  3. Free speech is only for those who deserve it.

  4. Gender is fluid.

  5. Men can give birth.

  6. Freedoms for some, but not others.

  7. Climate Change.

  8. Men's rights over Woman's rights (see #4)

  9. Biological men competing in girl's sports

  10. If you have a #10 let me know….


We are being lied to, manipulated to accept the shimmering waves of reflections over the clarity of our existence.


One good example is the rapid increase of young women who are seeing gender reassignment from “gender dysphoria”. I put that into quotes because of the factual and historical definition of gender dysphoria that dealt primarily with young boys and men.


Over the last decade, there has been a demographic jump from the early onset of gender dysphoria in boys, sometimes continuing into adulthood, to young adolescent girls, that writer Abigail Shrier describes in her book Irreversible Damage, she explains, in detail the surging epidemic of young girls with no childhood history or historical demographic of a predisposition to dysphoria, to becoming the leading demographic of dysphoric individuals today. From a historical male-only issue, with young girls' statistical ratio of near zero instances to a 4000% increase in ten years, she has described this phenomenon as a social epidemic.  


This current condition is exacerbated by the new wave of affirmative care, which simply agrees with the young girls' current view of themselves and quickly affirms her feelings by supporting her desire to change her gender.  Very little if any true psychological therapy, no medical oversight into the risks, the issues, or the long-term hazards of the proposed drugs.  Simply put, the young female voices her desire to become a male, and everyone around her wiskes her into the loving arms of those that will change her life forever. 


On the other side of this issue are the men and boys who want to become women.  The current laws in many states make it possible for boys and men to compete with girls in sports, use their bathrooms, and share their showers.  


California is either looking at or has supported the desire of male prison inmates to transfer to female prisons and jails simply by announcing their preferred gender of female.


This is INSANE. 



With the current inflationary cycle, the wars around the world, mass immigration, political discord, fires, and starvation and death the world is in a constant state of Chaos.


I choose not to participate.  I choose clarity.  I choose my family, I choose my wife, and most importantly, I choose my God…Not the god of chaos, not the demonic god of confusion or lust, power, politics, and not the god of pleasure, but the God of Mercy, forgiveness, order, clarity, and humility, knowing that only through God will I be able to find my way home.


Monday, June 20, 2022

 FACTS!!!!!

 

A whole lot of truth about gas prices, and to those that say: "the president doesn't set the price of gas"... pay close attention and maybe read it twice:

 

From a production worker in a refinery on the Gulf of Mexico:

 

"You've been lied to by the President and his phony cronies, but I want to set the record straight. I'm going to tell you the truth, so pay attention"....

 

1. There is enough recoverable crude oil within the continental US to supply current and projected future demand for 400+ years, and that's just the oil we know about. It doesn't account for future discoveries.

 

That's a fact...

 

2. We do not need to import a SINGLE DROP of foreign crude oil. The domestic oil industry can easily meet, and even surpass domestic demand. We've done it before, and we can do it again. That's a fact...

 

3. The domestic oil industry currently cannot satisfy domestic demand due to oil drilling restrictions imposed by the federal government.

 

That's a fact...

 

4. The price of EVERYTHING revolves around oil, and the law of supply vs demand dictates the price of oil. When oil is plentiful, commodities are cheap. When oil is scarce, commodities are more expensive. Right now, domestic oil is scarce, and the price of everything is high because of these restrictions imposed by the federal government.

 

That's a fact…

 

5. We import foreign oil from countries that drill and produce it much cheaper than we're able to because they do not implement all of the environmental safeguards that we do. Their methods are FAR more destructive to the environment than ours are.

 

That's a fact...

 

6. Every year, the federal government leases tracts of land to oil companies so they can explore on it for oil. If enough oil is found during exploration, the company can then apply for a drilling permit which allows them to drill a well. If no oil is found during exploration, or if the amount found is not enough to be profitable the lease expires without ever being drilled on. Leases that are active, but not being drilled on does NOT mean that oil companies are being lazy, or are trying to keep the oil for themselves, etc. etc. It means they've either explored the lease for oil and found nothing, or found oil but it's not enough to justify drilling for.

 

That's a fact...

 

7. it’s not Russia's fault, or China's fault, or Ukraine, or India, or Venezuela, or Iran, or Bangladesh, or any other countries' fault as to why everything is so expensive right now. It's Joe Biden's fault, because he is suppressing the domestic oil industry for political gain.

 

EVERYTHING depends on crude oil... but you might not know that if you believe the lies that are being told about oil and the oil industry.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Learning to Drive, Again.

I was always a good driver, said the guy who has had his fair share of….I’ll let you fill in the blanks on this one. Like many of you, I have been driving for some time, since 1972, in one form or another, so I thought I could easily drive in England.  


In late 1976, I actually passed the English Driving test, and I passed it the first time. It was very difficult, especially for the manual transmission version; it was brutal.  I, however, can not recall any issues in doing so, or while driving here.   This trip to the Emerald Isle has proved me wrong, not totally, but I must admit the current pressures from driving are intense, my blood pressure boils, and my anxiety levels are off the charts.


The passengers in the car are also affected negatively.  I can see them squirm and tense as they make involuntary spasms while their muscles contract in response to that inevitable collision that has not yet happened.  


I knew the roads were narrow and windy; I understood that driving on the left side of the road was an expectation and that virtually everything about driving was the opposite of the way I am accustomed, except for the clutch, brake, and accelerator positioning.  The rest is completely different. 


After we picked up the small Ford manual six-speed, I drove around the rental lot twice and thought “great, I got this”  I didn’t have it, in fact, as I entered the exit and proceeded through to the Boom Barrier nothing happened, the boom did nothing, it was supposed to rise and let me out.


I did not know of the problem until a very large bus filled with people pulled up to the boom facing my position.  I immediately put the car in reverse, but I kept moving forward, where was REVERSE? The bus driver was getting agitated, the crowds on the bus were getting impatient and I was just sitting there frantically trying to find the reverse.


To make matters worse, a young woman, maybe 25 pulled up on the proper side of the road and rolled down her window, and asked if we needed help.  My wife said yes, yes, a bit too frantically if you ask me, but I was desperate.  She didn’t just tell me what to do, she came over and got in and deftly engaged the reverse and moved the car behind hers, and then told me of the shift slide that allows reverse to be engaged.


Making it back to our flat was not uneventful, especially from my wife's perspective.  Driving on the left side of the road means that the driver, me, has to adjust to the relative position of said driver, again me, to the position of the lane, in other words, the car was on the left side of the road, but my position while driving was trying to position my body to a more “normal” right-hand configuration, meaning that I was dangerously close to the curb, parked cars, pedestrians, and every other vulnerable object on the left of my vehicle. Can you say NIGHTMARE?


Like I said above, I am a good driver, but being a good driver in one instance does not guarantee the same level of success in other instances.  My eyes, instincts, and muscle memory were all affected by the differences in the demands of driving on the left.


Even shifting required concentration, a mindless process but, now demanded that I think before I act.  Looking into the mirrors only demands a quick glance, but I found my eyes were not accustomed to their new positioning, and that required concentration.


Driving in England is an amazing opportunity.  The sights are spectacular, so says my wife, I was too busy trying to avoid overly large busses and articulated Lorries, the ever-present bikers on bicycles, farm equipment, and did I say pedestrians, who falsely assumed I was a “good” driver?  I never had the chance to notice the rolling hills, the intense green fields, wooded areas, and the spectacular scenery that can only be found here, in England, all I could see was the ever-changing landscape of impending disaster and our eventual demise because of my lack of concentration.  UGH.


I guess what I’m trying to say is that when you look at something, someone through your set of perspectives, your expectations, and your patterns of life you, like me, cannot see the beauty of their lives, the struggles of their existence and the similarities of their cultures with your own.  It’s not until we walk in their shoes, sandals, or boots or in my case, learn to drive in their country that the true nature of what they are, and who they are, that we see we are more similar than different.  


We are all HUMANS; we are virtually the same.  Prejudices are only a reflection of our own fears and hate regarding ourselves and the desire to control others around us.  We must be in control of those natural tendencies, look beyond what is simply natural, and strive for what is Devine.  


Try driving here and you’ll see what I mean; you’ll soon look forward to taking the bus.


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Change is good

I don’t think I have to quote statistics or site specific studies in relation to how happiness is created rather than purchased.  “The Happiest People don't have the best of everything, They just MAKE the best of everything.”  I’m not even sure who coined that phrase, but it was sent to me by my wife, who has lived her life Making the best of Everything.  


There really is a simple answer to all of our current problems,  do you want to guess what that answer would be?  Here is a hint, it’s written above in bold/ Italicized words, but if you need a clearer understanding of what I am trying to get at, let me repeat myself.  “The Happiest People don't have the best of everything, They just MAKE the best of everything.”


There is obviously some debate regarding what is happiness but, the general rule is contentment, cheery and joyful.  Being content with your surroundings, your life, your station.  This is not to suggest that being content means not wanting to improve, but it’s understanding that we can be content while striving to improve or expand, or alter our lives.  Perhaps it’s like having a job, being grateful for your employment, thinking positively about your job, but also realizing that you can do better.  


Instead of going to work each day and crumble or complain about your current situation, you smile, are cheerful and try to seek out the positives of this aspect of your life, grateful for the opportunity that you have to work, earn and have the freedom to do so.


For those who are not naturally happy, this process can be difficult.  We often follow a pattern of behavior that prompts us to act in accordance with how we have acted in the past.   Old habits are hard to overcome.  Or, it's hard to train and old dog new tricks, but when you think about it, most of us have the capability to learn and expand, regardless of our decisions, patterns or current mindset.


As we strive to change our behaviors and accept the reality that, happiness is our goal, we will eventually become what we practice.  I think most of us agree with this, and understand the value of acting toward a given goal, and in this case happiness.


I can hear the naysayers now:  but our economy is so bad, gas prices are so high, our politicians are this or the government is that etc…etc…etc…we can always find much more wrong with our lives if we choose to focus on those negative and harmful emotions.


The opposite is also true.  If we focus on the good, the wholesome, the kind and the beautiful, we can develop new engrams into our thought processes, and in so doing develop new attitudes of positivity that supersede the old ways of negativity, that used to cloud our judgements, alter our emotions and disturb our peace of mind.  


One good example from my life comes from a recent condition that forced me to adopt the above process literally. I developed a blood clot in my right leg, the pain was excruciating and debilitating. I was told I needed surgery ASAP, but didn't like how the doctor was trying to push me into that surgery. I eventually went to the emergency room and I was checked in to the hospital for three days and two sleepless nights. Not my favorite place to be.


The good news, however was that I was able to see different doctors, that agreed that surgery was not warranted, but I had to start walking. I had to walk through the pain and force my veins to reroute my blood flow away from the clot, that was 100% blocked.


At first I could only take a few steps before the pain stopped me from moving, but everyday I walked longer and everyday I improved. I am now walking about three miles a day and the pain is lessoned considerably. We can all change, we can all improve our lives.


The simplicity of this suggestion is universally available to everyone who wants to live a happier and more fulfilling life; they only have to want it, and live in accordance with that principle.  


My best advice is to try it.  You can start now.  No training is needed, no education is required, just you and your mind making the decision to want to live a happier life, regardless of your current situation, in spite of your surroundings, your income, or lack of, your marriage, or lack of, your relationships, your skin color, your background, your mistakes…Do I really have to spell it out here?


Even if you're in the most dire of situations, a prisoner or in prison you can decide right now to start to look at life as a positive and not a negative and begin to reap the benefits of this new you, this changed person, who now looks at this life as the gift that it is.  


I beg you to try, what have you got to lose?  I mean, really what do you have to lose?


There is no better time than now, this weekend is perfect, we are celebrating Memorial day.  This day we honor our fallen soldiers who gave their lives for us.  We show gratitude for their efforts to keep us free and safe.


Of course there are those who only use this day as a day off or even those who feel anger or shame about our countries role in these “unjust wars or conflicts”, but let's leave the negativity behind us this weekend and be grateful for those who died.  They may not have understood the politics or the reasons why they fought but they did and we should HONOR them for their SACRIFICES


What better day, or time is there to start thinking of HAPPINESS than this Memorial Day, 2022.  We can all use a bit more happiness, don’t you think?