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.
October Recent Posts
Relationships: "Kindness Begets Kindness- After a complex surgery, my friend couldn't stand or walk. He relied on van transport to get him from his home to the physical therapy clinic, and back. All van drivers picked him up in his driveway to get him to the clinic. And dropped him off on his driveway, on the trip home, rain or shine. Except one driver. One driver took him from inside his home, and back again. One day, that driver seemed terribly troubled. He admitted to being a recovering alcoholic, and that day was particularly challenging and disturbing. He was at peace after my friend told him ... (Read More)
Family: A Father Will Do Anything To Protect His Family - My Friend's family spent the entire Sunday attending his Father-in-Law's "Wake", the day before the funeral. It was late at night when they began the hour-long car trip back home. My friend's wife and 2 kids were exhausted and asleep in the car. There was no traffic on the expressway. Until, a few miles from home, my friend noticed a car parked in the emergency lane, with its lights off. When my friend passed the car, it put its lights on, and began to accelerate towards my friend's car. My friend slammed on his brakes, and made a sharp turn onto the nearest exit ramp, as the stalking car sped past. Except, that car backed up on the expressway, all the way to the exit ramp, and began following my friend's car, again. My friend... (Read More)
Joy & Loss: "The Saddest Words of Tongue & Pen are Those of What Might Have Been?" - My friend negotiated a lucrative 6-State Distributorship for a unique fuel additive. He successfully garnered the difficult, required approvals from the US EPA, and State & Municipal Governments to sell that additive nationwide. The result was a guaranteed annual Multi-Million Dollar Compensation Agreement from a nationwide distributor of a non-competitive product. That agreement meant peace of mind, security, and freedom for his family, for the rest of their lives. Until the County Sheriff knocked on his office door... (Read More)
Cultural: "Get me to the Church on Time" - My friend was "Best Man" for his friend's wedding. His friend demanded that the Bachelor Party be held the night before the Wedding Day, just like in the movie, "My Fair Lady". My friend provided a gentlemanly evening of Dinner & Drinks in his gracious, 6th floor apartment, overlooking Lake Michigan. All the groomsmen were enjoying themselves, when the Groom suggested that they visit his favorite college bar to finish reminiscing. Everyone agreed. It seemed reasonable. So, off they went. However,the next several hours were anything but reasonable. They were... (Read More)
Inspirational: "Words to Live By" - My friend provided a list of insightful & inspiring quotes from famous people to each of his 4 children when they graduated from High School & College. They were the same "Words" that were life-changing for the van transport driver. Many mothers in my friend's subdivision put a copy of these "Words" on their refrigerators, to guide their families. Those "Words to Live By" are... (Read More)
True North: Who Are We? - We are either, the flotsam & jetsam of a common ancestor, formed by random chance through time and the "Natural Selection" of the survival of the fittest. Or, we are made in the image & likeness of God, as children of God, and heirs to heaven. This blog post compares & contrasts the validity of both philosophies, and the consequences of the behavior of their beliefs. It found... (Read More)