Hello to you this rainy, cool Monday morning! It’s about 7:38 am as I start to write to you. I have my coffee, for which I thank Community Coffee and I hope they are doing Fair Trades to get the beans that make the brew I am enjoying right now. I don’t see it on their packaging so probably not…sigh. We’ve tried Full Circle Fair Trade Coffee and it just didn’t taste very good – bitter. I wish everything in commerce could involve the principles of fairness, integrity, honesty and be accomplished with little to no suffering on the part of anyone involved in the processes. Kyle bought us some Hershey Dark chocolate this last grocery trip because I wanted it but I feel guilty eating it for more than the calories. It’s more the knowing most of how chocolate comes to be in my hands is not at all Fair trade and there is much suffering on the part of those who shouldn’t have to suffer anything….children and teens. I am praying about these things and know the answers for how I can help will come to light.
So I want to wish my brother Jerry a Happy Birthday today and my cousin Heidi on Wednesday. I wrote actual notes this morning that will probably be late! I have just not been on point with my correspondence as of late. It’s “easier” for me to get on here and hope interested parties will read it and be caught up with what’s going on here but you know what assuming does, makes and ass out of you and me. You can’t assume that people, in this day and age of information overload….literal flooding….can be expected to keep up with all these things. You have to direct things to them personally for most to take notice. Writing a letter, calling or visiting is still the best and most direct way to show someone, to their person, that you care…that you even acknowledge they exist.
Jerry and Heidi – even though we may not write, call or see each other very often….you have claimed your places in my heart and I love you very much! I hope you will celebrate your birthdays and take the time to assess your blessings….where you have been, where you are and the paths unfolding ahead. You are a gift and a blessing to me and to this world and each day you are in it, you are lights for all those around you. Thank you for that! Jerry we are coming home for Thanksgiving….you better get your cribbage skills brushed up because it’s on brother! You know Dad will try to kick our asses like he always does but take heart, Kyle and I have beaten him a few hands and Mom has kicked all our asses this past visit. Can’t wait to see all of you and hold you….look you in the eye and tell you I love you.
Speaking of….we got to visit with Link’s fur Grandparents Erin and Billy this weekend! I didn’t get a picture of Billy with Link but I did get one with his Granny. Link was so cute. The first day they were visiting, it was just like old times when we first met Billy. Kyle and I were taking Spot and Link for their morning walk and there he was out by his Mom’s mailbox with his Dad Don and we just all started talking video games and movies like we always have lol. Link saw him and just ran to him like a little child. Yesterday afternoon Erin came by and we had a great visit. I was able to give her my Introduction to World Religions book to read as she was interested and we got some Link and Granny pics!
To wrap up things today, I wanted to talk about a technique some protestors recently used in their face-downs with police….they used mirrors and held them to the faces of those opposed to them and asked, “Look at what you have become! Is this who you are? Is this who you want to be? Is this what you stand for?” The men looking back at themselves shifted in many cases uncomfortably and said nothing. Sometimes the most powerful weapon you can use in this world is to show those you are opposed to their own reflection….their own image….show them the person in the mirror. Sometimes, it is we, ourselves, that are our own worst enemy!!! In this world we have lost our sense of self, sense of who we really are and why we are here on this earth. I don’t think it’s to torture, maim, torment and kill each other!
When I think of how the God of my understanding see’s this world, I see in terms of pixils…in terms of energy and that each and every life form on this planet is a way for the God of my understanding to experience what it is to be flesh and blood. I have been wondering lately if suffering and the horrors we do to ourselves and others is part of that experience? Like us, is the only way to know what’s “good” or “bad” is to have both going on in the world?
John 15:5 – New International Version
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Romans 12:5 – New International Version
so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
The thing is…if there must be both, especially the suffering and horror part, that we should learn from whatever happens in both instances, the good and the bad. What did we do to make things good? Let’s do more of that! What did we do to make things bad? Let’s do less of that!
But then comes the cog in the wheel of this progress…..Perception.
The whole cog in the wheel of why we are having such a hard time evolving as a planet, in my estimation is a thing called Perception. We are biologically incapable of perceiving our life experiences exactly the same. What I have been taught and have experienced and my biological composition shapes my perception of my life experience and it cannot be duplicated…..7 billion plus different perceptions all trying to c0-exist is quite a feat! How do we get all the human AND other beings we share this earth with that have a completely different rule book of how they perceive the world to coexist peacefully?
I believe our inability to perceive the world the same is both our problem and will be what saves us. Like Dr. Temple Grandin talks about, this world needs many different types of thinkers….I would add that this world needs many different perceptions but the ultimate goal must be a shared one….what is for the greatest most loving good of all…..not just some…not just one…not just ourselves and “ours” but all of us. We need a common goal of a common “good” that only our many different perceptions can conceive together.