Sharing Good Ideas
You might like a new Facebook Group I just created and be a valuable part. Here's a background story of how this came about. See if you can relate to it.
While taking care of my dad I'd take time to read amongst other activities while engaging and experiencing his last days...precious memories! I'd had in my posession a book by Kokichi Kurosaki entitled, Let's Return to Christian Unity. Kurosaki, like many believers was troubled by religious division. He indicated that the Japanese Christians were confused when many American church groups came over and tried to convert them. They understood that they were already in Jesus the Christ...but why were churches trying to "convert them"? Make sense to you?
Reflecting on the so-called "Christian Community" my focus began to center on the idea that God actually created unity at the point of birthing people one by one into His family. That "unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" was the design of the Creator provided for us. All we were ever admonished to do is "keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace". My own heritage in reality sought unity by conformity. God's plan was much simpler than that! Too simple for them to accept.
Engagement in the greatest purpose upon acceptance of the greatest news the world has ever known led me to focus on helping my heritage simply recognize that unity and then promote, keep or maintain it. What higher purpose can a disciple of Jesus the Christ have? Well, that sums up my new Facebook group, "United Peacemakers". What greater contriubution could one make in order to leave a better world for our children?
Life being made better for ourselves and others must include considerations for those with whom we communicate. Here are a few points of courtesy others will appreciate as relates to common activities:
Greetings: Make the other person feel as if he or she is the most important person in the world.
Phone, email: Always be sure it is OK with the owner to share a cell phone number or email with a third party.
Email: Try to limit the length to 3 to 5 sentences. Better to do essays as documents and attach to emails as you can edit for careful content such as grammar, punctuation, spelling etc.
Texting: Reserve for important matters, not a place for essays. Make each text count in a postitve way. Remember some unintended person may read your text without your permission.
Parting thoughts: Remember that you may never see the person again. If not (as in case of death), have no reason for regrets.
Name usage: According to Dale Carnegie a person's name is the most important word in the human language. Use it frequently and respectfully.
Listen: Not always easy but people want to be heard more than "preached to".
Smile: The one "universal language" all can understand. Be sure it's sincere.
Space allowance: Think of each person as in an imaginary "bubble" or comfort zone. Respect this and be mindful that such is usually detected by non-verbal communication.
There are other considerations to master in the art of courtesy. Don't forget that we need not be courteous only to strangers or friends but to family as well. As always you are invited to share your wise thoughts. Thank you...!
Activity on Facebook continues to take time and attention. Several months ago I began a campaign to make a positive difference in the appearance of a specific group, "Church of Christ Facebook". As some of my readers know my background is set in the South identifying with the so-called, "church of Christ". Being concerned deeply about love, peace and service to mankind and my daring questioning of my heritage, not free from bias and imperfections in theology, you can imagine the isolation. My efforts are to share truth beyond a flawed tradition which claims to be the epitome of truth demonstrated. I began a quarter century ago to see beyond the blind limitations allowed for equality in the kingdom of God as we defined it. Hope you will visit my many posts and see how love, peace and great care can win over one of the most judgmental religious groups of the last Century and beyond. I welcome your input and suggestions.
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Having lost my bride (see picture on "Coming Soon!" page) I can tell you that good health is precious. Nothing can take its place! She and I had frequently discussed the issue of medicine, food and the value of the art of prevention as one hope for decreasing the prospect for pharmaceuticals. Calling me a health nut does not hurt my feelings, knowing that the best of anything is not the most popular practice. The Road Less Traveled by the late psychiatrist, M Scott Peck took its title from Robert Frost who reminded us of the importance of wise decision making in life. It's easy to follow the crowd and sometimes lonely to take the less traveled road but the choice is worth the discipline.
I recently purchased The Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle, an Alternative Daily publication. What grabbed my attention instantly was a quote by Henry David Thoreau, "A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine." There are many things we can and should avoid but also many things we can do in the nutrition area to promote good health. More and more people are beginning to understand and act on incorporating the wise old theory of prevention (see Sep. 17, 2017 post below) is better than cure. Watch for a short article (soon to come) about moving toward organics as one way to improve nutrition. In the mean time, let's decide to spend more money on enjoying a better diet in the war on ill health rather than secumbing to the last resort by saying, "Doctor, fix me". We can enjoy the former and maybe avoid the latter. I think of my body as the "temple of the Holy Spirit" and feeding it takes on an added meaning and dimension.