Messages From My Friend
“Messages from My Friend” is an ongoing collection of real-life experiences about meeting with “Triumph & Disaster” and treating those two imposters, just the same. Or, resolving the daily challenges of: Relationships, Cultural issues, Inspirational experiences, and Joy & Loss, while searching for the “True North” of our heart.
It’s purpose is “To make another life breathe easier, because of my friend’s experiences", by, hopefully, opening minds, softening hearts, and touching souls.
To achieve that purpose, the blog posts follow “The Major Qualities of a Good Essay”, as listed by Professor Peter Kreeft, in the Forward to the Book, “Vibrant Paradoxes”:
- The essay should be interesting. It should wake us up, no put us to sleep.
- It should have “Existential Import” – it should make a difference to our lives.
- It should be short. Ideas should be “bite-size edibles”. Life is too short to waste time.
My friend's experiences are augmented by the writings of: Shakespeare, Kipling, Emerson, and the Books of the Bible, "The Book of Virtues", "The Breakthrough Effect", "The Seven Seasons of the Man in the Mirror, "The Quotable Lewis", etc.
August Recent Posts
Relationships: ":A Family's Enduring Relationship with a Stranger" - My friend received a phone cal from a stranger who claimed that his neighbor thought that he would want the stranger to play Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. My friend said that he would check with his neighbor, and maybe call the stranger back. The neighbor confirmed that the stranger was an amazing Santa. For the next decade, the "Stranger Santa" proved to be much more than an AMAZING SANTA. he was a beloved member of the family, who visited once a year. Then he stopped coming, until more than amazing happened... (Read More)
Family: "A Daughter's Wild Ride - Against All Odds." My friend was blessed with a wonderful daughter. As a infant, she was calm, contented, and pleasant As a child, she was bright, playful, and respectful. In grade school, she did her homework, helped with household chores, and played well with others. She really blossomed in high school, getting top grades, excelling in athletics & extra-curricular activities, and popular with boys & girls, alike. That's why it was so stunning, when one week after getting her driver's license, she... (Read More)
Joy & Loss: "The Book of Joy" by the Dali Lama & Desmond Tutu - The "Book of Joy" is a collection of conversations between the Dali Lama & Desmond Tutu. Both men agreed that "Joy" is NOT found in fortune or fame, nor in pleasure or power, nor in any of our cultural transient wants or human gratuitous desires. "Joy" is found in the rock-solid, common denominator of our soul experiencing the "Spirit" that created it. They disagreed, what happened to that "Soul" "when we shed this mortal coil". They said,, "... (Read More)
Cultural: "Put a Buck in the Clerk's Pocket" - My friend discovered a simple solution to provide a worker with a "Living Wage". He modeled his idea after the way he taught his children to be generous. It's not a government program. It requires little personal sacrifice, and mostly just attention, and consistent effort. While rewarding to the recipient, my friend was overwhelmed by the response. He was hoping that this "Pay-It-Forward, Asking Nothing in Return" paradigm would be tried by others, because of its priceless ROI. It simply takes... (Read More)
Inspirational: "Puccini, Pavarotti, and an Autistic Man" - - My friend received a wonderful gift from his son: The CD & DVD set,of "The Original Three Tenors Concert in Rome". The Grand Finale of the symphony orchestra and Three Tenor singing Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" reaching a triumphant crescendo, never heard before or since, was beyond musically breath taking. It stirred God's heart. Likewise, in a small country church, an adult autistic man was matching the choir's tempo by moving his right index finger up & down, like a symphony conductors wand. Puccini, Pavarotti, and the autistic man, all... (Read More)
True North: "The Counter-Intuitive Journey of Experiencing the Presence of God, Within" - My friend attended a seminar explaining the various attributes of God. However, the small group discussion provided much more than that. In progressive fashion, men shared their personal stories of "experiencing the presence of God within them." My friend was increasingly mesmerized as each story added a dimension beyond the previous. But then, a frail, old man spoke about a "Sanctuary of Being" that was in communion with God. He said, "... (Read More)