Sunday, November 25, 2012

Resolutions While I Still Can!

the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.

I am determined to do what I want or think is right, whether right or not. This manner of thinking or acting has been my fundamental way of living and I do not apologize for it. Passing 66 years, I have been convinced by
  1. my health(just trust me here)
  2. my doctors(Oncologist, Ophthalmologist, M.D., Chiropractor, Surgeon, Massage Therapist, and Urologist)
  3. my wife(supportive suggestions)
I must improve my consuming habits or I will be miserable until I leave this fine Earth. I DO NOT DO PAIN! I prefer sedation before having my blood taken from ANYWHERE. When the nurse approaches my finger tip with that Rail Spike disguised as a needle, I ask, "What did I do to You?".

Anyway, recently, and FINALLY I believed everything I was being told and felt. A friend and Pastor has evangelized me for years about acting and eating healthy and I agreed young folks should do so. Recently, I just finished a Coke ice cream float and didn't fell well. I commented to Connye maybe I should not be enjoying these pleasures since the doc just upped my dosage of insulin and added one.
I know, I know, jus sayin'. My M.D. suggested a book 'The Blood Sugar Solution' and made a profound statement (to me), if I acted on the author's instructions, in a few years or less, I would be off ALL the diabetic medicine AND be healthier.

We purchase the book and within the first chapters, the evidence and rationale make known to us and I for decades was there again. Okay, Jesus, flaming bush, over forty years later, I am finally ready.
How many doctors and others have I exhausted? Well, as Paul said, "putting those things behind me..." I press into the change.

This has captured my zeal for accuracy, truth and commitment for success. Let me clarify an important concept here. Size does NOT equate to health. Read Dr. Mark Hyman or the plethora of doctors, dieticians, nutritionists to hear the same message.
We tend to judge by shape or size to determine a person's health and responsible living. This simply is not true but really, who cares. ON with my blog.

I accept my responsibility to my family and my God to SUBMIT to what is correct. Ya know, this whole submission thing is a rip to my/our carnal nature; especially when we are called to submit to that which is right, correct, pure or perfect. What we do on Earth directly relates to what happens in Heaven and the reverse.

I have spent the past week studying nutrition, diets, teas, origins of food processing, types of vitamins and supplements to learn what will work best for us as Seniors. Regardless of how perfect a prepared plan may sound or look, each of us are ultimately responsible for our actions, health and eternal home.

My wife and I are excited for our future, which, does not have to wait until a "New" year.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!

Monday, November 19, 2012

FIRE!! and other ignored warnings.

I woke this morning thinking about preparing for and reacting to emergencies. Certain concerns have been part of my life and irritation to others. Being trapped or confined in an area of danger causes sensitivity to my environment; are there emergency exits, fire alarms, emergency lights, fire extinguishers, guns, etc. I consider these  part of any public facility, including private schools and will request their installment.

I discovered decades ago that many owners and managers place the costs of such items at greater priority than safety of the occupants. Innocence of the differences blinded me to the possible reaction from those in charge when I pressed for updates. Being younger and much more aggressive than now, I developed mind blowing demonstrations to prove my point.

Failing to convince the management, of a private school my daughter was attending, to add security lights to their interior or quick release handles to exterior doors, I procured the cooperation of the supervisor for a real time demo. The interior room had no windows or doors, so as they were inspecting the students, I turned off the main breakers. Although, the supervisor was expecting the loss of power, he confessed later, he had NO clue to how dark BLACK can be.

Outside the building, I counted five seconds and restored power. When life is wonderful and routine and lighted, five seconds does not sound like a long time. An instant, unexpected transition to blindness (cannot see the inside of your eyeball) is mind altering. The lights were approved with my agreement to NEVER do that again.

We had special services with special visitors and I ensured the exit door remained locked. The quick release handles were approved and my entrance to Heaven was placed in probation. Church and Corporate management were not always pleased with my activities and suggestions.

God demo'd a power out, during a storm, and the ushers could not find their flashlights; new emergency lights were installed.

Join me in reflection; The mentioned events were the repercussions of people not contemplating the consequences of inaction.
  • When asked, "What would you do if all the lights went out?" was answered with a contrived scenario, "We would turn on flash lights, light candles, etc."
  • When asked, "What would you do if a fire ignited in _________?" was answered with a contrived scenario, "We would 1) begin removing the students/employees, 2) set the alarm, 3) use Fire Extinguishers."
Contrived scenarios have the intended effect of allaying fears the situation would be out of control; and once calmed all involved return to normal routines believing the fiction. Unplanned and unscheduled demonstrations clearly define fiction from reality, which usually frightens, then angers the sources and acceptors of the original fiction.

To YOU Adults in any Public or Private position of influence over the safety of those assigned to YOU, I propose consideration of:
  • The cost of safety versus injury or death of ONE person.
  • Your personal responsibility for the safety or security of Each and All male or females, under your domain.
  • Your daughter, son or spouse is in an unsafe Academic or Employed area, that could affordably be upgraded but is not.
  • You approved the launch of the Shuttle Challenger.
  • You ignored the policy and safety of the BP rig.
  • You attempted take off in severe weather, knowing your plane was not ready.
  • You approved construction of the Wall, Room, or Building ignoring obvious violations.
The testimony of many involved in the above listed events include:
  • I/we did not know or understand or plan for this.
  • I/we were not prepared or equipped for the severity or speed.
  • I/we followed the written rules and policy (knowing they were not adequate).
Regardless, the Club Burned, the Rig Sunk and the Shuttle Exploded.

Maybe you are asking what my intention for this thought is OR even better THINKING about what action you can and may take. I am not going to answer because this truly is not my responsibility.

Our responsibility  is to act on those things in our life on our path. This weekend I received a course correction from an unexpected source. I decided, this year, to make a conscious effort to stop actions or voicing thoughts that irritate others, as long as no immediate danger exists. With this in mind, this weekend I was encouraged to post my thoughts other places and took this as a course change.

Have you received course corrections that, maybe, irritated or confused you but became a benefit?

I often feel like the Coyote partner to the Road Runner. A safe or piano has to fall on me to alert me to changes; In reality, I would have preferred a safe.

Well it is Christmas before Thanksgiving and all through the house the turkeys are confused seeing decorated trees and hearing those songs already. They are always the other people that drink, drug and drive; SOOOO, our goal is to strategize and compensate. Eat, stay alive, don't fight, enjoy and pray for lots of help from here on.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Correct OR Right Attitude.

Concerning the election..Like it or's over.
I DO NOT LIKE POLITICS in any form, but not because one party or another wins or loses. I do not like politics because of the division it creates with God's people.

During any election season we tend to forget that the church is not Republican or Democrat...we are Children of God. Our Savior
is King...

of Kings...not a politician.

The right attitude should be...
As an are allowed 1 vote. Pray about your decision and cast your vote...then trust God.

I realize that many are disappointed this morning while many are excited. If your favorite candidate lost......I'm sorry. If your favorite candidate won...congratulations. Let's decide to be gracious today to one another. It might be good if many take a break from commenting on Politics all-together. Let's focus on Jesus today. Prophecy is being fulfilled every where we look. The entire world will soon bow at the feet of the Anti-Christ. The Bible tells us that this whole world will eventually burn with fire. No Republican or Democrat politician can change that. Our world is getting worse...Heaven is getting sweeter. Let's not get so wrapped up in the Kingdoms of this world that we forget....ONE DAY WE WILL NOT BE A PART OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA..but residents of The United Church of Heaven.

Let's love one another...
Think the best of one another...
Try not to offend one another...
Trust one another...
Then work together and see how many we can get to that victory party!

(Rob McKee)

A friend posted this AFTER the election. After the elections, the surgeries, the hurricanes, we slowly calm down, get a grip on ourselves and start thinking like wise folk. AFTER instead of BEFORE and tragically almost NEVER DURING.

Obama Admin Tells Court: Hobby Lobby Must Obey HHS Mandate

How often we see and hear people, after experiencing a catastrophe, explain how they did not prepare for it. They heard the warnings but did not believe them. Once a person has survived a disaster, they tend to honor future dangers. Such fortune is not guaranteed but misfortune is a surety in this country's future.

The owners of Hobby Lobby AND their employees will have to decide what they are prepared to lose for their convictions. Each of us would be wise to forget a saying, "they can't do this to us. We have rights." That depends on what the authority honors and our Federal, State, City governments are not going to honor that which is different from their laws or doctrine.

Watch the History channel about some of our "great" builders of today's corporations; steel, cattle, oil barons. Most people reading this know what other people WILL do for money, power, positions or praise and they can get very nasty.

Decide how you are going to prepare and I suggest do so quickly. BTW Christians, you might forget about getting out of here early and start preparing to whether a STORM!