Darkness or Light? Which Do We Choose?

In our world today it seems to be quite common that the television as well as any media format is filled with the things that fill our minds with visions of the darker side of life.

Murder is mentioned at all hours of the day. It is on the news, on mainstream television shows, and is a part of our daily lives. We give glory to those who do it and then sit and discuss why/how for weeks, if not years on end. Thus giving the perp. the glory and making the lives of the victims and their families live it over and over and over again.

Arson, hate, lies, blaming games, racial issues, ethnic slurs, political party slamming, the list goes on and on.  These things that come to kill and destroy humanity are so common place that many can no longer see them as the evil that they are. Things that tear us apart are not good. They stem from a power of darkness.

Where is the light? It is there. Yet, we do not focus on it. Let’s look at our news broadcasts as an example

Can you imagine a news cast filled with things such as the release of a man’s celebration of meeting the people he saved from the Holocaust over 50 years ago? (Which I just saw on Facebook the other day.)

How about introducing the new man of God working at the local parish to those in the city and telling them about who he is as a man? (We just got a new one as did where my mother in law attends) Or even an interview with those who feed the needy at that church who have done so for years?

I would love to see shows that teach of the goodness of man. I would love to see what is going on in my community that I can cherish. How awesome it would be to see people attempt to outdo one another with good deeds to be recognized on the news! The bad stuff would be mentioned through the eyes of the goodness of the person whose life was snubbed out and the sadness that they will no longer be able to serve the community as they had.

My  dream newscast ideas –

We offer up our condolences today as we have lost an integral member of our community. Miss Gone was a major influence on the local community as an employee of the local library. Her research techniques were a blessing to many as she assisted them throughout the last 20 years. Her murder fills us with sorrow as the police are yet trying to find the suspect in this case.

No name given as to give recognition to the killer, no family members or neighbors interviewed that knew them. Imagine that! No blaming the parents, no talking about why he did it for days on end and giving the lime light to the person who does not deserve it. None of that. What about this next idea?

    The Red Cross has been called in to help with a family who lost their home today due to suspected arson. The family of five lost all of their belongings and are looking to rebuild their home in the near future. If you would like to help this family please contact the local bank who have started an account or call 000-555-5555 to hear a recording listing the items they need and where to take them.

Now there is an idea! Not only telling what happened but also mentioning that the family is in need of help and how to do so! Wouldn’t it be awesome to know that when organizations like the Red Cross are stepping in and how to help the victims in a tragedy!

Flipping the way we state the news might just help! Let’s look at another fictional broadcast-

  In national news today the streets of Pumpkin town were filled with protestors angry about the election results. Protestors there broke windows and spray painted the windows on several buildings. Aside from these things this protest was peaceful.  The local business people have asked that the costs of repairs be billed to this group in reparation of their assault on their properties. They also ask for  coverage of the loss of business due to these crimes. Police in the area did state that they were able to keep the opposing side from entering the area thus keeping the situation from worsening. The stores on Victims Road will be closed to the public while clean up is in progress. There will be follow up pieces to keep you abreast of the clean ups progression.

Now, this is a bit out there I know. There is no mention of the group’s name or cause. There is no mention of any names of the people involved. The group who protested and did the damage are being held liable for said damage. Not the insurance companies or the tax payers. There had to have been cameras on those buildings to be able to prove exactly who did what. If you want to protest – fine. But, do not hurt others while doing so. The police were praised for all that they did to keep the issue from getting worse.

I could go on and on. Yet, by now you get my point. We, the people of the US, allow things to happen that prosper the dark side of life. We are glued to our media sources awaiting the next tidbit of gossip, sex, or slander and devour it daily. We are not only obese from food in our kitchens but ill from the slop we feed ourselves daily on our media venues. Words are to be used to edify, to glorify, but we do nothing of the sort. We smash, torture and ridicule and go back for more. We hunt down those who we disagree with and send them a message and get our names plastered on the news. Why is that? Because it is what we have done for decades and it sells.

So, how do we get the light into our lives? First, recognize when you are a part of the problem and begin to make changes in your life to stop being a part of the system that is on the darker side of things. Next, begin to call out those who ridicule and slander. As an example, I had shared the posting about the man who saved children from the Holocaust and someone decided to make a political statement. I did not delete it but I did clarify that I had shared that post to praise the man not initiate political discussion. Finally, buy into what you want our world to be. If you buy a product or support it by consuming it in any way you are saying that you like what they are putting out. If you like it – they will keep on doing it. If you don’t like it- don’t be a consumer of it – if enough people do that the producer will change as to make money. To bring light to the darkness you have to stop promoting the darkness. I hope I am making that clear.

In summation – where do we go from here? Many think we are on a slippery slope and I tend to agree. Right now we are headed into an area nobody can predict. But, there is a light in the window directing us to change. History years ago told of such a light. The British were coming and light was to be lit – one if by land – two if by sea. We are to learn from history – that light  was used to tell of the future and what to do because of their certain situation. How many lights do we need in this day and age? Surely more than one or two. We must all choose to let go of the darkness we have come to know and move forward. Stop watching the commentaries and the guessing games of today’s media broadcasts. That is not uplifting nor is it factual news. It is commentary – it is an editorial – a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It makes us think that we have the right to look at the things of today and editorialize it ourselves. Then some choose to act upon it in ways that are ILLEGAL. Free speech is a right – yes – but not killing people with your car because your opinions vary. THAT IS MURDER – not free speech. Marching and destroying property is VANDALISM – that is illegal – not free speech. Stop it! You are accountable for what you do. I digress. Place the light back into the US and help us to stop sliding down that slippery slope. I BELIEVE IN THE USA. We can do this but the petty dark side of things has to stop. Choose the light. I beg of you for my grandchildren and their children – choose the light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreams – real or imagined?

All of my life I have had vivid dreams. I have seen color in them and have flown to many locations in the world. Yet, lately (since the accident wherein I got the TBI) I have begun to notice that my dreams have become more detailed.  At times there are aromas in my dreams. I even can sense the temperature of the area I am in. For example, last night in my dream I was entering an area where there was a tunnel to another area that froze over right in front of where I was swimming.  rousing slightly from my dream I gazed up at the ceiling and saw crystals appearing in my room. They grew for a while and then began to dissolve from my sight as I dozed off to sleep. Returning to the watery dream state I had been in I swam more and more seeing all kinds of vintage items as if I was among the ruins of the Titanic. The last time I arose I came out of my room to see a very heavy fog enveloping our home. I told my husband that we were not going to be able to drive to church as the visibility was far too poor. We would not be able to see. He looked at me and told me it was fine out. I asked him about the fog and he restated that the fog was minor and not an issue at all. I looked again and still saw the pea soup thick fog in front of me.  Confused, I went on into the bathroom and began to prepare for the day.  As I walked I felt as if I was in a daze and waddled while holding onto the wall for a short distance.  By the time I was dressed I seemed to have come out of the state of mind I had been in. We drove on to church but my vision was still muddled and my gait was not yet steady a half an hour later.

Are dreams of those who have a TBI varied from those who do not? Or is it just a personal thing? Has anyone else noticed a variance in your dreams? I am curious about this topic. I am also hoping to begin to document my changes as to aid those who research such changes to those of us with a TBI.

Here again. I would love to know what you know. Please feel free to comment with any insights.

“Concussion”: An afterthought

The film, “Concussion” enlightened me in so many ways that I dare not attempt to list them on this blog site. Yet, I dare say that the way I had thought of a certain all American game had surely been through the rose colored glasses offered to all who live in the states and watch any kind of contact sports. I will not delve into all that the film portrayed as I feel that it is best watched for the details and self discernment. But I do wish to expound upon a few things that I have been thinking about since the film.                1. I have a Traumatic Brain Injury. In the film they talked about the formation of proteins that attack the footballed brain and basically suffocate it. The protein formation is due to multiple impacts to the brain.  It appeared to be progressive and stimulate multiple symptoms as to which, some, I can say I have experienced. Yet, it never did go into much detail about how long this takes to happen and if in fact those of us who have experienced a TBI aside from football are in danger of the same things. If anyone has a simplified article on said topic (or book) I would love to get a copy as to be able to digest it on my mind’s own terms.

2. I have been thinking about how the people in the film were homeless. In my situation I am having a heck of  time trying to prove to my disability panel that I have a TBI.  Seeing the only way at this time to prove their condition was after death it left me with wondering how one might prove such a predicament while still alive. Do you know of anything out there to prove such a thing?

3. Symptomology was visible in the film but they never actually listed the symptoms nor the signs of the condition. I have read on TBI and know that I do exhibit some of the symptoms of that, but how is what was named on the film and my predicament in life the same? different?

I must say that the film and what it has to say will surely bring life to a topic needing to be revealed. I truly enjoyed it and now have a new person to admire for his fortitude and drive in bringing light to a topic well proven. But, it also left me with multiple questions as well. As I move forward I plan to attempt to delve into the science of the truth with TBIs and their effects on all of us. I will attempt to post more often than I have lately. God bless all.  HUGZ

 

 

 

 

Wailing Wall :Weekly Photo – Historical

This is a picture that I took of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. This shot is primarily focused on the men’s side of the prayer area. There are head coverings available to borrow in this area. The women pray in the area to the right. Both have areas where you wash your hands as you enter. Inside you may pray near the wall and place prayer requests onto small pieces of paper that you have folded up. It is amazing to see the amount of prayers placed here in this sacred spot. HUGZ2all  God bless

Christian: Label (daily prompt)

via Daily Prompt: Label

Those who follow Jesus and worship God are bundled into one category labeled Christians. This includes a multitude of people of all types of faiths. All of us, even those who declare themselves non Christians are children of God made in his image and made to live here on this Earth with his gift of free will.  Free will to choose according to one’s desires and wants. Free will allowing us to be human and in turn make mistakes.

Mistakes, all of us make them. All of us have parts of our lives wherein if we could go back we would change something we did or said. ALL of us, including Christians, are sinners. None of us are perfect.  God gave us the privilege to be able to choose and that includes whether or not to follow him.

There was a time in my life where I left the church and gave up my faith for years. I had held someone in my life, a human, as my spiritual leader. They had been one who had taken me to church each Sunday, taught me to pray, etc. But then in a moment wherein a decision had to take place they did the opposite of what the church had taught us to do. I was confused and the pain of experiencing that haunted me for a long time. But, then one day I heard someone speak and talk about how we all sin and that I had been worshipping (honoring)a human and not God. I had placed my faith in that person and not the one I had been born to trust and to lean on. Since that day I now see that so many of us place our faith in humans. We expect our spouses to take care of our every need.  We expect our children to care for us when we are elderly, we ask others to bear burdens that were never meant to be theirs. Those burdens were meant to be ours.

As we move forward in this time wherein people scoff and blame we Christians for the errors of the world let us remember that the morals of the world are becoming less about the word of the Lord and more about what the people want. It is a natural thing to want to have fun and do as we please. Yet, in that arises more opportunity for sin.

Pray for all of God’s peoples, those who are of like faith, and those who are not.

Uplift those who are our enemies and scoff us. Pray that God help them see that the reliance on humans for the pleasures of life is not a good path to follow. Pray that more who profess to be of faith enter the houses of God to be with those of like minds.  May they live the life of faith and not just talk the talk.

All who profess their love to God above all things are Christians. The label has been used and misused in so many ways. Shall we begin to see when each occur and lift up our concerns to the Lord. May we always remember that we are members of a group wide in variances and deep in faith. Lift up all people. Use words that edify.  We are all children of God and were woven by him. God bless. Amen.

 

 

 

Weekly photo – Spiral

http://www.chihuly.com/ (Go to this website to see more Chihuly art)

 

One of my favorite things to photograph is Chihuly art. The photo above was taken in Columbus, Ohio. I was in awe of the complexity of the piece as it spiraled to and fro capturing the essence of the lighting in the room.  Combinations of transparent and opaque glass seemed to make an illusional world in which the butterflies in the conservatory could light.

 

This next photo was taken as I lay on my back in the walkway and took the photo straight up through the pieces of glass that lay above me in an archway. The images that my camera captured amazed me. It is almost like a menagerie of sea creatures in amongst flowers. Most who have seen this one say that they see jelly fish and more. This is one of my favorite photos I have ever taken.

For those of you who like to use a camera to capture wonderful pictures I challenge you to take photos of Chihuly art. Take them at varied angles and positions and watch what comes about when you view them. God bless. I hope you capture beauty in your world.  HUGZ

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