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Do You Know Your Neighbors?

Are we too consumed in our own little world that we can’t take 5 minutes: to say hello, help out someone, go for a walk, welcome a new person to the community, or just visit with a neighbor.

I heard on the radio the other day that 1/3 of the American population does not speak to their neighbors. They could have been living there 10 years and do not even know who lives next door or across the street. That was an unusually high number I thought. Maybe the statistics are exaggerated. So I did a little research. In a study, State Farm found that only 25% of Americans know their next door neighbor. Ok that is less than 1/3 but still 1/4 of Americans is still way too high for me.

We as a society have forgotten how important face-to-face interaction is. We as a human species need relationships to flourish in society and if we do not have this we become reclusive.

Technology is great and all but it should not take place of good old fashion relationships. We need friends, and I am not talking about how many friends we have on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or even LinkedIn.

This kind of technology is feeding into the massive numbers that have depression, anxiety, social and mental disorders. Just look up the list of mental disorders and you will see well over 100 disorders. I personally have gone through depression and anxiety. I know how it feels to go through that. It is a struggle every day, every little thing you do is a struggle. I never want to feel like that again.

According to The National Institute of Mental Health, 18% of the American population suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. That is just anxiety disorder, which does not include the 100 plus other mental disorders. Those are just the ones we know about. Imagine all the others that we cannot account for. I think it could easily be close to 50% of the population that suffers from some sort of mental disorder.

All this could be the reason we don’t know our neighbors. Get to know your neighbors. Those relationships could be the one to make your day or your neighbor’s day.

Love, Happiness, Peace and Harmony to you all!

Life Continues

I have not posted in a long time, I have been away for a while meditating and thinking. You would be amazed at the things that will happen when you can just sit and think–solutions to problems, ideas, stress release, better sleep and peace of mind. I have taken time to be with myself and learn who I am and who I want to become. Back on My New Years Resolution post when I disclosed my changes in my life that I wanted to make I had no idea of the magnitude that these changes would have on my life.

I found out that I am fine with who I have become over the past decade after recovering from my depression and anxiety. After my bout with depression, I felt nothing. I was lost so I tried to find myself. However, the more I tried the more it seemed I would never find anything. Nothing excited me nothing motivated me. I was just here…a zombie. Every day was a struggle just to get out of bed. The things I enjoyed doing brought no more joy. All of that is behind me now. Although I still have episodes of anxiety from time to time, I am okay with that. I deal with it.

I have also realized it is okay to be alone. Everyone needs alone time but it is when I can say to myself, “I am happy with myself” that I find peace of mind. Meditation has taught me that being alone is okay. I do not need to have someone around me all the time. Good things can come from being alone:

  1. Recharging myself.
  2. Reflection time.
  3. Getting in touch with my own emotions.
  4. Start doing things that I actually enjoy.
  5. Be more productive.
  6. Relationships flourish more.
  7. Feel more independent.
  8. Get a break from making others happy all the time.
  9. Stop looking for validation from others, be myself.

Along with all this, I am working on other writing projects; take a look at the list here if you like, My Projects, which has been keeping me busy.

In conclusion, I have learned a lot about myself especially after the death of my brother. He was only a few years older than me and I have committed to living my life with joy and happiness; living life and having fun.

So be happy, live life and have fun!

I have done a lot of reading lately. This is my 3rd book in as many weeks. I found this one while researching Jesus Christ’s life and it intrigued me.

In 1887, Nicolas Notovitch—a Belarusian Jewish adventurer and self-proclaimed Russian aristocrat and journalist—traveling to India to study the Hindu culture comes across an interesting find. While recovering from a broken leg in a Buddhist monastery in the Himalayas the abbot told him of a manuscript they had in their possession that was written of a Saint Issa. According to the Buddhist monks Saint Issa was Jesus Christ. The monks said that he was with them learning and preaching. He had many followers and apparently was held in great respect by the Buddhists.

Nicolas received permission to see this manuscript and had it read to him by his translator while he wrote the translation down. It was fourteen chapters of 244 verses in total, titled “Life of Saint Issa, The Best of the Sons of Men.”

Some inaccuracies were pointed out in his story and the true existence of this manuscript. So at the beginning Nicolas was discredited, however that does not explain the other 9 people that have witnessed the existence of the manuscript in question. To this day it is still a controversial finding.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to you all.

This book is a good read on the way to a meaningful life. It has daily exercises to achieve and maintain a meaningful life. According to the Dalai Lama this is accomplished through morality, concentrated meditation, and finally wisdom. Of course, since this book goes through the path of the Buddhist it may feel strange, awkward, or different. To be honest, it is. It may be difficult at times but change is always difficult because it is going against what you have always known. Stay with it and you will flourish with amazing results.

The main principle of Buddhist morality is to help others and, if that is not possible, at least to do no harm.

As the Dalai Lama says, “True change is within; leave the outside as it is. Spiritual practice is not about externals—food, clothes, or the like. Spiritual practice takes place in our hearts, in our minds. If your behavior truly reflects an improved mind and heart, that is fine. However, if you are just making a show of your spiritual accomplishments in order to get money, for example, that is hypocrisy.”

There are many things that can be taken from this book without converting to Buddhism. Exercises in this book can be put into practice in everyone’s daily life.

The lessons I have learned from this reading has helped me grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. I am glad that I took the time to read this book. If you want to make any improvements in your life you should read this good book. It will change your life too.

Peace, Love, and Happiness to you all.

Happy New Year

It is that time of the year to put the past year to rest and ring in the new. For me I will be enhancing my ways. The changes that I started in the past year will be enhanced for more effectively making my life and those around me better.

My New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Do no harm to others.
  2. Be kind to everyone.
  3. Be mindful in everything I say and do.
  4. Meditate daily.
  5. Set aside more time for reflection.
  6. Put down that TV remote and set aside more time for writing and reading.
  7. Work on making relationships stronger.
  8. Live Simply and make my life spectacular.
  9. And most of all BE HAPPY!

I will implement all of these items building to make myself a better person. I am not a materialistic person. Material things is not what matters, life is what matters. Live life!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and may you have an abundance of happiness and love in the coming year.

Life Reflection

A follow-up to my previous post.

There comes a point in life when you sit down and contemplate, think, ponder, mull over, what life is all about. What is the purpose of Life? I recently watched a movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, and the following motto is prevalent throughout the movie:

To see the world,

Things dangerous to come to,

To see behind walls, to draw closer,

To find each other and to feel.

That is the Purpose of LIFE.

You go through life thinking it will go the way you want. You want to get married, have kids, get a good job, be rich, have a big family, and have lots of friends. Somewhere along the way it veers off course. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and adjustments have to be made. If you don’t then you will never get back on track until you do make those adjustments.

Sometimes as we grow older we forget what is important to us and the real purpose of life. Whether it is the speed that life seems to pass by, the stress that we all are under, or just the overwhelming obstacles that we all seem to encounter, we must not forget the importance of living LIFE and the real purpose of life.

Have fun with your life. Laugh at the absurdity of life. Don’t take it too seriously. We are only here for a short time. Do what you want? Do keep it within reason, of course, moral standards being considered. Because in the end when you look back on your life from your deathbed you can say that you have no regrets and you feel fulfilled and satisfied.

If you feel that you are not on the road that you want and you made a wrong turn at the last fork in the road it is not too late to turn around and make a course correction. That is one thing about life; you can change it whenever you want. Here is what I do:

1. Get a notepad and pencil (or use a computer, whichever is comfortable with you. My personal choice is a notepad and pencil that way it will stay engrained in your memory longer. You can transfer it to a computer later.) Sit in your favorite chair or in your favorite place.

2. Start making a list, a bucket list, so to speak. You can call it anything you want: To do list, travel list, bucket list, accomplishments, whatever.

3. Write on this list anything that you want to accomplish in your life. Use your imagination. Let it run wild. Nothing is too far-fetched. It’s your life so make it SPECTACULAR!!! (Reference from Robin Williams’ character in movie “Jack”)

4. You can also start a list of things that you have accomplished. Been there done that list.

5. After an item is accomplished take these lists one step further and write a little blurb (or long article) about each item. Write about what you enjoyed about it; even include what you disliked about something in that item.

6. Revisit these lists to add new things or change them.

In a nutshell, make the most of what life has to offer. Experience life and all the nuances that come with it. The emotions, the adventures, the people, even the dangers of life are worthwhile.

Now a message from my favorite comedian and actor, Robin Williams. He made me laugh rolling on the floor until my gut bust. He also had a serious side. Rest in peace, Robin.

Purpose of Life

Live Life

What is the purpose of life? The purpose is different for every one of us. Since I saw the movie, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, it left me pondering the purpose of life.

To see the world,

Things dangerous to come to,

To see behind walls, to draw closer,

To find each other and to feel.

That is the Purpose of LIFE.

“To see the world” is self-explanatory, travel. Not only just to see but to experience the culture, the people, the food, and the traditions. I have done this and still do.

“Things dangerous to come to” at first I had difficulty coming up with the meaning. It is going through with something even if it is difficult or dangerous: the obstacles we face in life. These things will make you stronger.

“To see behind walls” is being curious like we were as a child: be inquisitive.

“To draw closer” is being close to family and friends. Spend time with, communicate and share feelings.

“To find each other and to feel” is always looking for new relationships, helping one another and to let your emotions flow.

What is your purpose in life? Feel free to add your own interpretation and your purpose of life in the comments.

Live Life with Peace, Love, and Happiness!!!

Imagine…

Imagine a world with Peace and Harmony. The words in John Lennon’s song Imagine have a profound meaning if you just listen. I saw the following on another website and just had to share it. Let’s all be a dreamer and strive for Peace throughout the world.

Peace, love, and happiness to us all!

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The Calling

Hello everyone. I have been away for a while to catch up on some other projects: writing, yard work, and of course a major project at work. I am posting another one of my poems from a long time ago. I hope you enjoy.

The Calling


Driving alone
A long deserted road.
Staring at the lights
A town in the distance.
A strangeness passes over me.
Feelings I know not what.
I feel this town calling,
Pulling me.
What about this town
Attracts me so.
The name,
The surroundings,
The memories.
Nothing is left here for me
But I still here the calling.
It is trying to tell me something.
Unconsciously I am looking,
For a piece of me.
An origin, a place to start.
Searching endlessly
For that one missing piece.
I long to find what captivates me so.
So my mind can be at rest.
What could it possibly be?
I am venturing through this whole town
Wondering who or what wants me here.Me at 9 years old
I have to find the calling
Before it passes me by.
Then it would be too late.
Clutching to the feeling
So it will not pass.
When I think I have it
Or know what it is
It fades away.
Will it return,
Or not at all.
Hoping and praying it would.
When it did not return
I realized it wasn’t the town I longed for…

It was my boyhood.

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Change the World

There are billions of us on this tiny blue dot in this universe we live. Each and every one of us is so small and insignificant compared to the overall picture of this earth and in the whole universe.

In society, no matter what your religion, race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or color, we need to strive to be better. We all need to strive for wisdom, learn compassion, and have the courage to change. Wash the negativity from your mind. What is the phrase used widely today, “Don’t be a hater.”

Lay down your guns. Why do we need guns if we all want a peaceful society? All it takes is one brief moment to take a life. That fraction of time changes lives. Even if it was unintentional. Accidents happen all the time, especially with children.

“All the energy that the human race uses to destroy each other can be used wisely to underscore our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another.” I believe Carl Sagan said that in one of his videos.

We humans are capable of greatness if we can choose the right path. We need to save ourselves from our childish mistakes. It is not all about you and it is not all about me. It is all about the collective. It is not about how much stuff you can collect and own. It is not about keeping up with the Joneses but caring and helping the Joneses. Take a little time out of your schedule and do for those that cannot do for themselves. Just do one act of kindness and see how you feel afterwards.

All the sayings and proverbs in the world do not mean a thing unless you take action. You can read them all you want. That alone will not make change.

It all starts from within oneself. I vow to do my part to change the world. Join in on changing the world because without change this pale blue dot…well it may just cease to exist.

Take care of our planet, it is the only one we have. Take care of humanity and take care of one another.

Peace, love, and happiness to us all!

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