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.
Niovember Recent Posts
Relationships: "When a Man Loves a Woman" - My friend's relationship with his girlfriend evolved from her indifference to affection during their 8 months of dating. Then, she took a job 1,200 miles away. My friend flew down to visit her once a month, followed up by daily phone calls, and weekly letters, that included Shakespearean sonnets. But, it was the monthly visits that melted her heart. On the 1st visit, they... (Read More)
Family: The "Kissmobile" - Literally, La Dolce Vita - When my friend's oldest son graduated from college, he and 3 college buddies headed for Chicago, seeking fortune & fame. Reality dictated that they needed to get jobs to even pay the rent for an old, large apartment over a grocery store. My friend's son got a job driving the "Kissmobile" - a long flat-bed truck with 3 large Hershey Kisses on the back. The job required driving to the Children Hospitals in large cities West of the Mississippi to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. The female co-worker assigned to accompany him quit in the 1st week. The son's girlfriend replaced her. A series of creative circumstances gave new meaning to the moniker of the Kissmobile. For example... (Read More)
Joy & Loss: Quotes that Treat Triumph & Disaster Just the Same - My friend wrote an open letter to the Coach of the High School Varsity Football team that lost a gut-wrenching game which cost them the Conference Championship. The local newspaper published the letter which began, "The following quotes are not some sour-grapes for losers. The contrary is true. These quotes form the rock-solid, common denominator of the spine of a Champion. They are:... (Read More)
Cultural: Thanksgiving - Then & Now - My friend's letter to the editor compared Presidential Proclamations for a National Day of Thanksgiving midst the carnage of war or the desolation of economic depression to today's desire for door-buster gadgets & gizmos midst gratuitous surplus. Unlike today's worshipers at the altar of "Plus One Whatever I Have", Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt said, ... (Read More)
Inspirational: "Beetle's" Song Lyrics Similar to Biblical Themes - The "Beetle" songs that describe a young man's loss of direction in life, his plea for "Help", his journey back on a long and winding road to her door, but still missing something is similar to the Biblical stories chronicling man's eviction for the Garden of Eden, wandering through the desert for 40 years, arriving at the land of "Milk & Honey", but still missing something. Both the "Beetles" & the Bible found that more than anything, a man needs... (Read More)
True North: A Life of Participation in Communion with God's Love - The letters of St. Paul eschew the "Ladder Theology" that we earn our way to heaven by keeping commandments and doing good deeds, to earn God';s Love. God loved us by sending his Son to die for the sins of all mankind. We simply need to believe that Christ';s death acquitted our sins, and that we become Children of God & Heirs to Heaven by loving God and loving others as Christ has loved us. The hardest thing for people to accept is to accept that... (Read More)