Day 690 I give you a smile

Today is Tuesday. Today while driving home from work, I get the privilege of seeing mountains as I come up over a hill. I cry every time because they are just so awesome. Does a lousy job for my mascara. I look like an oversized racoon by the time I make it home.
Today, I was hurting after lifting too many heavy boxes. Every part of me aches except for my lips. I smiled at my mountains and it was painless.
Have you ever met people who never seem to smile? I get this deep down feistiness that makes me want to crack that stony face.
Well, the point of my blog tonight is that we can find something to smile about. There is something incredibly profound to see a smile on the face of someone who has suffered much in life. I guess that is why I am deeply encouraged by my son’s laughter or a letter from one of my caged peeps who tells me my art made him/her smile.
Give someone something to smile about and you will find yourself smiling .πŸ˜ƒ

Much love and I’m smiling at you.πŸ’•

Day 688 Compassion is Antithetical to War

Today is Sunday.Β  Today, I had some thoughts regarding a tweet I sent to Lauri about the lack of compassion in this society.Β  It is evident by the violence, the never ending war on terrorism, the cruel systems put in place to exploit like the military industrial complex and the prison industry.

Compassion is antithetical to war

Compassion is antithetical to war; therefore, to sustain a prolonged war like the war on terror, like the war in Afghanistan (the longest war the US has ever engaged in), compassion must be killed to prolong war. Once compassion is dead, there is no peace. Without compassion, we will never seek peace with our β€œenemy.”

What does constant and consistent war do to a society? It conditions many people to be β€œat war” in their personal lives. I believe this is why we have seen β€œcommunity” disappear over the past several decades. It is why many people have become suspicious of their neighbor because they see them as the β€œenemy.” We tend to vilify others and there must always be a villain to vanquish. Hence, a very unhealthy and even sick society emerges.

To say this is all due from perpetual war would be negligent on my part. The history of this country is replete with the slaughter and displacement of Native Americans, the enslaving of people of color and the total disregard for other human beings who don’t matter except to exploit or discard for the sake of profit.

Couple these things and you get laws that behoove the powerful and the rich. You see systems arise like the prison industrial complex and cruel punishment. Compassion would be treating people according to the crime with the intent of rehabilitation and restoration.

You see gun violence in schools and public places. What makes a young person blow away his classmates or a man walk into a theatre and open fire? Canada has the same amount of guns per capita and the people in that country aren’t constantly murdering each other.

Compassion. I spoke with a gentleman early last week who didn’t believe the gov’t should provide health care or social services to its citizens. I shared with him about a friend of mine who has worked for years and supports herself. She has recently had some major health issues that may make her lose her job. I asked him shouldn’t the gov’t have some kind of assistance to help her. He told me NO. She should crowdfund if she needed the help. He wasn’t going to pay for her problem with his taxes . I had to walk away before I said something unkind.

The absence of compassion leads to cruelty, self-righteousness, arrogance, harsh punishment, apathy, unforgiveness, torture and ultimately war on each other.

β€œHave a heart, β€œ she cried. β€œI do,” he replied, β€œIf I didn’t, I wouldn’t be alive.”

The walking dead; there’s no love inside. As Jesus adequately described, β€œWhite washed tombs.”

β€œUntil he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
― Albert Schweitzer

I wish you all peace and may compassion fall on you like a gentle rain from the heavens and soak you thoroughly.Β  πŸ™‚

Day 687 HUGS

Today is Saturday. Today, I want to just tell all the people I know whether you care or not, I wish you peace, love and happiness.
I have 2 very dear friends who are suffering with extremely serious health issues. We never know when those we care about will be overcome with disease or other issues. Circumstances like these remind us how fragile life can be.
Tell those around you how much you care.
People ar more important than anything else that might distract or way lay our efforts to spend time with them.


Day 686 Artwork

Today is Thursday. Today, Matt called. He told us he had been called in to see his counselor. Apparently, he received mail from overseas. It contained artwork done by a sweet supporters children.
He was amazed and happy that they allowed him to keep the artwork. Wow! I’m not even allowed to send him my artwork.
Matt sends out hugs, thanks and love for the beautiful art he received.
We are very grateful as a family to have some of the sweetest people on the planet support Matt.
Oh that everyone could be encouraged and loved. I believe that miserable and cruel people don’t know real love. That would include most of our gov’t don’t you reckon?

Sending out hugs and love..;)β€πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

Day 685 Flowers

Today is Wednesday. Today was an odd day. Today, I was told by my employer that I am a hard worker, responsible and efficient. I guess I’ve be so efficient that my assignment, which would have finished the end of next month, will now be over 2 weeks sooner leaving me jobless earlier than I had planned. Wow, I wasn’t sure how to react to this.
Today, I fell on the ice. Yeah, me and the driveway got up close and personal. It’s been a sheet of ice for the past few days.
Today, Matt told me he received only 2 of the 3 books I sent him in one package. Seems like someone with sticky fingers in the mail room made off with the third book. Obviously other people like my selections.
Today, Paul brought me flowers. I guess I should fall down more often. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Don’t forget to help the homeless and offer a kind word to those you meet.

Thank you, Paul..πŸ’•πŸ’•

Day 684 the fabric is torn

Today is Tuesday. Today, I heard the awful news of the high school shooting in Kentucky, twenty-four hours later from the shooting in Texas. There were two killed in Kentucky and many many more injured.
I don’t like guns and I will freely admit that is my issue. When I pointed my Army rifle at a silhouette of a person during shooting practice, I decided right then and there having a weapon that could snuff out the life of another human being.
I know, I’ve heard the same argument one hundred if not one hunderd and one times. Why wouldn’t I want to protect my family should some stranger find his way to my door with the intent of engaging in mortal target practice?
Children shooting children and all adults say is “How tragic.”
The fabric of our society is being stretched and torn by violence porn.
Unending wars, propaganda cop shows, hatred and remarks of violence from leaders and troubled young people who have access to weapons.
When will we wake up?

Show some kindness..spread some love..there is too much violence..