Why Do We Disrespect Others?

Are we so proud of ourselves that we feel a duty to pour scorn on everybody who disagrees with us?

Why do we disrespect others? Are we so proud of ourself that we feel a duty to pour scorn on everybody who disagrees with us? No matter how gifted we are, someone is always more or less skilled on the physical and mental plane, yet we are all the same in ways that appear hard to measure. We are all on same road, which begins with birth, then we fulfill a purpose in life, and then we face death. We are all subjects on the same planet, all of us with a body, mind, and soul, no particular person is better than the next.  Yet we allow a myriad of events to shape our attitude which gives us an inflated ego, the sense of being all knowing, and the belief we better than others.

Imagine standing in line on an infinite circle that has no beginning or no end, we cannot get off the circle. Are we in a position that is superior to anyone else on the circle? When the line has no beginning or no end, it doesn’t matter where we stand. We cannot get off the circle and there is no advantage in the order to where we stand. It would make no sense to look at the person beside of us as being more favorable or less favorable than our position on the circle. We would all occupy an equal part of the circle.

Is there abuse, inequality, injustice, and prejudice? Of course there is, but it makes little sense to add to the fray. When encountering someone who struggles with life, why not show some respect and compassion?  When we encounter someone who is highly successful, give a compliment, take notes, and strive to learn from them.

Instead of gloating over being right or being the best, wouldn’t it be nice to show compassion to others. Our voyage from the beginning is one from blindness to enlightenment. It makes sense to help others and to be kind for all the times we have been maltreated.

Happiness

Critique yourself sternly and honestly, but appreciate your achievements. Defend yourself and educate yourself with the best intentions.

In an era where demands for our time and patience are heightened, happiness becomes elusive and temporary for many, it will not be found until we make time to engage in noble activities. The possibility that happiness can be found on a permanent platform if pursued correctly is attainable. If happiness is not sought for respectable reasons, it will surely lead to disappointments. Strive to look at circumstances with an impartial viewpoint, devoid of any connections and recusing yourself from participating in adverse actions. Critique yourself sternly and honestly, but appreciate your achievements. Defend yourself and educate yourself with the best intentions. It is with dedicated honorable motives that I believe happiness can be found long term. May this weekend bring you the fruits of happiness.

Experience, The Best Teacher

If experience teaches us anything, it is that we must pause and learn from it, enjoy it, and change course when necessary. It provides us with the opportunity to prevent mistakes, unveil new discoveries, and offer many life lessons.

Experience gives us valuable knowledge we can call on. Experience is the means that allows us to learn from events to address various situations with a measured response for the best possible outcome. If experience teaches us anything, it is that we must pause and learn from it, enjoy it, and change course when necessary. It provides us with the opportunity to prevent mistakes, unveil new discoveries, and offer many life lessons. The knowledge gained from experience is a great ally to call on when a decision must be made or an action taken. Experience is never ending, it is something we can continue to absorb and share with others throughout life. Experience is never useless, golden opportunities to pursue knowledge always exist for wisdom in the future.

The Money Illusion

The price paid is often accepted for something so shallow as enough is never enough. It is with blurred vision and a misguided belief in a false sense of security that propels some to do anything for the sake of money.

Money will surely run its course, the cycles of ups and downs, wars fought to prop it up, a teetering game of value or devalue with only a promise to back it up. The veil of deception under which the more one has the more one is revered is temporary, yet that veil is held with pride and a sense of power over others. The greedy, the arrogant, and unyielding powerful forces, all eager to grab and consume everything in sight. The price paid is often accepted for something so shallow as enough is never enough. It is with blurred vision and a misguided belief in a false sense of security that propels some to do anything for the sake of money. With a little effort to enlighten the heart, pitfalls of a life lived for the love of money can be exchanged for a life lived for unselfishness. We can learn to love and cast a smile, lend a helping hand or a word of praise, we can be happy with what we have, and we can be the person who puts our heart and soul in honorable actions. It is then, that we accomplish something noble in life.

TIME

The days come and go, the years creep up on us like a shooting star streaking swiftly across the sky, so fast it’s gone in a blink. Time is measured according to the motion of all things which surround us. Our life is but a second compared to the boundless age of a universe we struggle to fathom. Yet we live like we are supreme, the masters of all, conquering anyone or anything which threatens our ability to be the controller of our own time and space. We believe if we are the conquers, we control destiny. Perhaps temporarily true, but not true in the long run. Because time is measured, we exert great effort to control it, but we cannot control the preset motion of time which has been ongoing since the beginning. Everything has an order in the realm of time, we are part of an order that has been ordained to go on forever, just not forever on earth. We are here in the present, let us live with the knowledge that every day brings different challenges and emotions that requires our time. It is how we negotiate our journey in this very limited time on earth that determines our destination for each day and for our life.

Because we measure time, we realize a beginning and an end, but everything in between is often a blur. Time exists, it is valuable and evident on the physical plane of earth. No matter what age we are, the forward motion of the clock continues. Sometimes it appears to go fast, other times it seems to stand still, but in the end it is never long enough. The forces of time are knocking on the door of each generation with a tick tock announcing, “I am measured, I have a beginning and an end, and when my measurement of your time runs out, you will physically cease to exist on earth.” The awareness that we do not control time emerges as a reality. It becomes imperative to make the most of each passing second, it can never be rewound for a do over. Time deals us a myriad of circumstances, will we overcome them or submit to them? Either way time is limited.

May the best of everything come your way this day in time and may time treat you kindly with loving moments of health, happiness, and long life.

Freedom, Or The Enemy?

If we understand what is corrupting us and its dangers, our enemy has less power to occupy our thoughts, words, and actions. We cannot give the enemy a chance to hold us hostage

Can we find freedom from alluring temptations and immoral principles that our enemies cast with the hope of holding us hostage? The battle rages within us to adhere to our principles and implement our strategy to do what is right. Often we are overcome with the illusion of elevating our self to a disillusioned reality. Our enemies are very good at manipulating the truth and presenting a package of grandeur which creates conflicting interactions with what we know to be true.

By nature of birth, we have the potential to be tempted and manipulated with every step we take. We are highly susceptible to be drawn into distasteful behavior from a single word that comes from an entire chapter or a single challenge that wanes in comparison to a lifetime lived for righteous ideals. We must be very aware and careful about how we process information which seems out of line with our principles. If we understand what is corrupting us and its dangers, our enemy has less power to occupy our thoughts, words, and actions. We cannot give the enemy a chance to hold us hostage. Our reasoning power to process right and wrong scenarios gives us the opportunity to make sound decisions. Clarity often comes when we realize our dispute is not with others, it is actually with judging and arguing with ourselves. Our confidence can grow when we are surrounded by survivors who have faced similar circumstances that threaten to dishonor us.

Knowing and understanding our antagonists ambition and purpose, gives us a chance to conquer the enemy and secure an opportunity to enrich our life. Our existence can become very guilt ridden and depressing when we cede our will to adversaries. Even in difficult circumstances, our mind can forge astonishing concepts to overcome our foes grip. If we can take charge and get control of our life, we will not become accountable to enemies which seek to undermine our self worth. Our journey through life assures that we will be accountable to someone at some point in time and that doesn’t necessarily mean they are our enemy. We can still maintain our sense of control and manage how we interface with accountability.

Why should we accommodate our enemies desires when we know there is a price to pay in regards to our own ethical code of honor?

Don’t Associate Humility With Weakness

Even in humility, the time comes when we must put someone else in their humble place.

The old man sat on the same park bench every morning with the warm sun while the tranquil rays warmed his soul. He was alone now and the peaceful comfort of his surroundings afforded him the opportunity to reflect on younger days. Many people passed him offering good morning cheers each day. The old man had always taken care of himself and maintained his great physical condition. He was a humble man, never flaunting his physical skills.

One morning a middle aged hoodlum began to hassle the old man. Each morning the old man sat on the park bench minding his own business. The hoodlum became more aggressive with his taunts and thought he had someone who was gutless and faint hearted. The old man tried hard to avoid the confrontations day after day. Then the morning came, a cloudy day with a chill in the air. The hoodlum spoke no words and the assault began. The old man quickly overwhelmed the thug on this day with exceptional fighting talent. He had been a Golden Gloves Champion in his younger days and worked hard to maintain those skills throughout his life. His powerful skills were evident in front of several people who had gathered to witness the spectacle. Once the old man had shown himself, he retreated and was never seen at the park bench again.

We live in an aggressive world, it’s good to be invisible sometimes. There is no harm in going through life without boasting, being the center of attention, or making outrageous gestures. These will get the attention of others who will be at odds with us. Shrewd people get all they want without defiance or hate from others. They are able to navigate life for the benefit of accomplishing the deeds of their heart. They are able to remain in the background, out of sight and away from attention. Yet they carry out amazing feats.

In reality, it is unavoidable to go through life without turmoil which requires a person to justify their honor, morality, and values. During those times, we must call on all of our abilities and perform to the best of our competence. In those moments, there is no time think about ideology and being humble.

When the time comes for defense, perform swiftly, do what must be done, and when it’s all over, there is no need to boast. Retreat to the solitude of peacefulness within and fade into the background. For it is there in humility that the greatest things in life are accomplished.