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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!


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.

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!!!

This Never Happens to Me…

Just a short post about my happenings of this weekend.  I had plans to go back to my High School hometown to visit old friends.  The plans started great.  I already made reservations at a hotel so that was taken care of.

I drive a little over 200 miles to Dover, Delaware.  Check in to my hotel.  I had a few hours to kill so I took a nap.  Woke up about an hour later.  Took a shower and decided to drive around town to see what changed.  I did not recognize over half the town.  It changed tremendously.

It was about time to meet up with all my friends so I went to the restaurant.  I arrived and only about a handful were there.  So we started conversing and drinking and eating.  More and more people showed up as the night went along.  Everyone having a great time.  It was wonderful.

Now we come to the tragic part of the early morning.  Unbeknownst to me I lost my credit card somewhere.  I had no idea where.  This never happens to me.  Me…lose my credit card.  No way!  I am impervious to these things.

PanicI wake up the next morning take a shower and start on my way.  First, I have to get gas.  Open up my wallet…OH NO!!!…(those were not my exact words but I want to keep this clean).  Where’s my credit card?  PANIC ATTACK!!! PANIC ATTACK!!!  I thought I was going to flip out.  Okay, Frank you can do this.

Imagine…no credit card…$5 cash…need gas…only gas card is Shell and no Shell station for miles.  So pretty much I was stranded.  I could just start driving and see how far I get but knowing this day I would run out of gas in the middle of nowhere.  So I searched my bags for anything…money…other credit card…change.  Aaagghhh!  Nothing.  But wait I found my checkbook.  I thought people don’t write checks any more.  But hey let’s give it a shot.

There is a Safeway.  I went in and found the customer service counter.  I asked if I could cash a check.  They said, “Only up to $20.”  That should be enough to get me to the nearest Shell station.  Woohoo!  Saved by the Safeway.

I was able to get to the nearest Shell station but it was in Maryland.  I don’t think I would have made it if I just started to drive at first.

I have always been prepared for these kinds of incidents.  But this one just came and hit me right out of the blue.  I guess I am not so impervious as I thought I was.  I can attribute this to excitement, drinking, and getting old.  WOW!!!  What a rollercoaster ride of emotion this weekend was.

Unlikely Friends

Elephant’s Unlikely Friend Elephant’s unlikely friend. The human race can learn from this. Peace for all Now before it is too late!!!

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