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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!

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!!!

Soulmate

Here is another one my writings from way back when. I have not posted in a couple of weeks I have been busy writing some stuff for my novel and other short stories. I hope you enjoy this one. Peace, love, and happiness be with you all!

SOULMATE

Across the fields of green
A wondrous scene.
One thing on his mind
To the rest he is blind.
Thoughts of a woman he has deep love
And glances up to the man above.
He looks in the sky with fear
And asks, “What am I doing here?”
Times they’ve spent together
In the toughest of weather.
Tender moments they’ve shared
Showed they truly cared.
What is happening at this moment
When he is absent.
She’s walking down the aisle
With a lot of style
In a beautiful white dress
Looking like a beautiful princess.

He must hurry
So he won’t have to worry.
If he is too late
He will be without his mate.
Their destiny will be ruined forever
He couldn’t let this be, he had to be clever.
In the early morning dew
Just as she was ready to say “I DO”.
Over the horizon gallops a white stallion
At the speed of light to the reunion.
On its back is her lover
She will later discover.
He reaches the tender touch of her hand
Everything falls as planned.
His touch sends spasms of joy throughout her body
Something nobody did foresee.
Whisked away, they rode off on horseback
Never to turn back.
All is well and all is sweet
Their destiny is complete.

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Lovers in the Night

Cool air blowing through the night

Leaves rustling in the breeze

Voices in the distance

A couple staring at the stars

Whispering sweet words

Arms embraced

Holding tight

Never letting go

Silence…Listen

Couples heartbeat as one

Turning towards each other

He looks deep into her eyes

Sees all her love for him

Hand in hand they walk

Wishing the night would never end

Tomorrow hundreds of miles will part them

Their love will always be

Copyright © 1990 – 2014 Franklin W. Reece – All rights reserved

No part of this may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the author, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review.

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