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Thoughts on Individuals, Community, Love, Wholeness

  1. The Individual is First and Absolutely-Essential.
  2. Relationship and Community are secondary and totally dependant upon the reality of individuals.
  3. All who think it’s the other way around are just wrong.
  4. God is One.
  5. I am one.
  6. True Love between two is only real when each one loves their Self, and can then give Love freely.
  7. Any “love” dependant upon anything (or anyone else) is not Love, but addiction/ obsession/ evil-perversion.
  8. Love begets Love.
  9. Love is always better than “Perfection.”
  10. Love in the midst of brokenness is best because it is Love being and giving True Love for Love of Being.
  11. Wholeness is brokenness healed by Love.  (NOT a return to unbrokenness, NOT “Perfection.”  It is better than never-having-been-broken.
  12. Brokenness is part of the sacred path to Wholeness; Love is the Way; Wholeness-in-Christ is Home.
  13. Brokenness (and suffering) are holy, not for the sake of suffering, but for the time and space to choose Love through free-will.  When we choose Love in the midst of our own suffering, we are choosing Love for Love’s sake.
  14. Even so, Love is so prolific, so generous and lavish, that every love has some reward, some good, and opportunity for further redemption, i.e. empowerment to love better.  Love is like Light: no darkness or evil can overcome it or squelch it.  Love grows.  Love endures.
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Be Kind

“Life is short and we have not too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us.

Oh, be swift to love, make haste to be kind.”

Henri Frederic Amiel

Choices

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My Favorite Things (Besides God, family, and myself!)

  1. Music: Especially classical piano solo; most especially Chopin, Beethoven, Schubert, Bach, Scarlatti, Mozart, Brahms
  2. Books: Especially British and Russian Literature; most especially Tolstoy
  3. Coffee: hot/cold, black/altered, pure/flavored, any way you want to fix it; especially hot, black, dark roast
  4. Scripture: Old and New Judeo/Christian scriptures, especially Genesis, the Psalms, Isaiah, Hosea, the Gospels, select verses, and Revelation
  5. Sleep: especially in my own bed, in the dark, with absolute silence
  6. Trees: especially hard-wood forests
  7. Flowers: all!
  8. Ocean: especially the Atlantic
  9. Writing: lists, my thoughts, processing ideas, letters
  10. Pens: especially short and fat, heavy, metal ones
  11. Journals and great quality paper
  12. Color!  Especially tertiary colors and “colors” that waver between two or three colors or shades or hues

Things I can’t stand:

  1. Cruelty: actual or implied, to humans or animals or anything conceptualized as being able to suffer
  2. Noise: meaningless sound, any sound that is too loud, any sound whose purpose is simply to fill up silence
  3. Bullying: whether bullying a child or an adult, I can’t stand bullying behavior
  4. Lies, deceit, deception, cheating, dishonesty, profiting from wrong-doing or untruth — intended or not
  5. Evil in any form
  6. Intentional killing of any human-being for any reason
  7. Hypocrisy

How I respond to things I can’t stand but can’t change:

  1. Pray for God’s intercession
  2. Pray for revelation and/or discernment of what I CAN do
  3. Do at least one positive thing in response no matter how small, because there is ALWAYS a positive option
  4. Persist in faith, hope, and love.