Remember history class in school? Remember memorizing names of people of which you had never heard and dates, usually dates of wars, elections, or inventions. The lessons usually not excitingly presented. Real history includes us all not just the famous.
I remember a classic film called “It’s a Wonderful life”. In this film, at a time of crisis, the main character wonders if the world would not have been better if he’d never been born. An angel helps him see what the world would have been like without all the things he had done. By doing good things, sometimes seemingly small things lives were changed, even saved.
What we do effects our children, our friends, our communities, our societies. Our acts of kindness, encouragement have ripple effects…like a stone thrown into a pond. We are not insignificant because others say so. We all affect more than we know because the people we effect…affect others. In the biographies of “great” people we often see references of a “nobody” that encouraged or mentored the “great”. No body is a nobody. We make positive impacts in our world by choosing our attitudes and actions well. Sometimes we get a glimpse…but often we don’t know how much we have made others’ lives better.
Be sure that your goodness and kindness do not fall lifeless on the floor. You make history. What kind will it be?
HAVE A GREAT WEEK.
It is good to be back. I hope my readers are all well. Let’s start with a few corny jokes. After all, I was raised in Iowa.
- Q. What do you call kids who play outside in the snow? A. Chilled-ren
- Q. What do you call bears with no ears? A. B
- Q. What do you get when you play tug of war with a pig? A. Pulled Pork
- Q. What do you call a bear without a single tooth? A. A gummy bear
As youngsters we had dreams. Some of us still have them. Life and people have a way of challenging our dreams. Sometimes parents or friends mean well but discourage dreams. As you get older it is easy to settle…to write off your dreams. Don’t let anyone steal your dreams…not even you. The way most dreams die is neglect. Dreams just don’t come true because we want them to come true. We must walk out our hopes and dreams if we want them to be anything more than fantasies. Have dreams. Hold onto them. But for them to become reality you must take action. May all your good dreams come true.
DON’T LOSE YOUR MIND.
As elections come up there will be many disagreements. But don’t lose your mind. Be careful of the haters that give you encouragement to do unspeakable things to people you disagree with politically. We must think not become a political nut jobs. If America is going to improve we must respect others’ rights even if we strongly appose them politically. Political bigotry is as ugly as other bigotries. We must think. We must protect freedom of speech. Violence and hate is not what grew America, even though they have always been with us. Hard work. Honesty. Co-operation. These three will get us to a much better place than some politician’s rhetoric. Believe, act, feel passionate. BUT DON’T LOSE YOUR MINDS.
Due to a lack of resources as well as a personal computer there will be 3-4 week break until I can continue the blog. I apologize for the inconveniences.
Many things about the good old days weren’t so good. Outhouses, no air conditioning to name two. But in Mt Pleasant Iowa every labor day weekend thousands of people have fun revisiting the past at the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. Today I share some of the images.
I hope you have found something enjoyable this summer.
Let’s revisit some humor.
- What are they planting to grow seedless watermelons? Jerry Seinfeld
- If we shouldn’t eat at night, why do they put lights in refrigerators?
- How come you never see a headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”?
- If all is not lost, where exactly is it?
- Horse sense is the good judgment that prevents horses from betting on humans. W.C.Fields
- The early bird gets the worm. So remember, you’d really be an idiot to be an early worm.
Do not let anyone take away the rights with which you were born.
In the United States constitution freedoms of speech, religion and association are three of the several human rights identified. Do not trust any person, group, or politician that wants to take away basic freedoms…even from those which you disagree. For sooner or later they will disagree with you and want to deny your freedoms. Be careful of those who say they believe in democracy then constantly attack their political enemies when their side doesn’t win. Be careful to guard your freedoms from any one right or left. They are your freedoms. You were born with great rights and freedoms. Protect your rights. Be careful to protect other people and their rights. Only with a commitment to all persons’ freedoms can we have a free society. Be careful of those who teach hate and are only about the freedoms and points of view they agree with.
Your rights are precious. Be careful. Do not let the haters win.
I unplugged and walked into the country-side. The cool mist of the morning caressed my face refreshing my senses. The grass swished under my feet and little of the quietness soaked in,
Down the valley carpets of blue red and yellow flowers stretched before me. Blue spruce lined the far end of the floral mural highlighted by the rising sun.
A doe and a frisky fawn crossed the meadow seemingly unaware of my presence. Immobile and silent I watched them cross on out of sight.
I needed this. So much anger and hate in the media, in politics. I needed to remind myself that that’s not all there is. That’s not even a big part of the whole of human existence.
The music of the birds and the gentle breeze are so soothing. The warming sun caresses me and comforts me.
My day in nature is great. But I wonder if the lack of the negative is as much responsible for a great day as the beauty nature has to offer. I think both or either would do any soul good.
I need to have more great days. I need to consciously shut down the negative intake and on-purpose replace that with beauty of some sort.
I encourage all my friends to do the same. Remember…SMILE!
- Some men will have their first dollar. The man who is really rich is the one who still has his first friend.
- Keep a fair-sized cemetery in your back yard, in which to bury the faults of yor friends. Henry Ward Beecher
- He whose hand is clasped in friendship cannot throw mud.
- A friend is a present you give yourself. Robert Louis Stevenson
We are in the time of fairs, festivals and such. Get out of the house enjoy yourselves. But better than that, share the experiences. Events are often richer when shared with feiends and family, just like blogs.
Enjoy Share Love