Messages From My Friend
“Messages from My Friend” is an ongoing collection of real-life experiences about "Making even one life breathe easier", by resolving the daily challenges of: Relationships, Cultural issues, Inspirational experiences, and Joy & Loss, while searching for the “True North” of our heart. That often requires "Treating the Imposters of Triumph and Disaster, just the same." (paraphrased)
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.
It’s purpose is to open minds, soften hearts, and touch souls through the common denominator of shared experiences.
One blog post per each category (Family - Relationships - Culture - Joy & Loss - Inspiration - True North) is published at the beginning of each month.
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January Recent Posts
Relationships: The Relationship Between Mothers & Sons - A group of mothers approached my friend, after a church Bible Study session, about what they could do to change their sons' bad behavior. They were concerned about the dire consequences that their sons would suffer as a result of their bad choices. The mothers were distraught. Their sons ignored everything the mothers said or did to "Help". They respected my friend's insights during the Bible Study sessions, so they asked him for advice in dealing with their sons' life choices. My friend told them to... (Read More)
Family: A Day at Disney World, Like No Other - My friend was a veteran visitor at Disney World. He stayed at the various on-site properties, over many years. But this day was like no other he ever experienced. It started with a "Never Before or Since" moment at the "Breakfast with Disney Characters". That was followed by his oldest son chosen to play "Captain Duck", with bombs bursting all around; and his daughter & youngest son selected to be on top the "Backyard Bee" in "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids". But all of that paled in comparison to his wife picked as a "Can-Can Dancer" on stage at the "Hoop-Dee-Doo Review", while her husband was dressed in a pink tutu as a ballerina, dancing with mincing steps, across the stage. All hell broke loose, when... (Read More)
Joy & Loss: An Ode to a Canine Companion - My friend visited a college classmate whose dog had died a few months earlier. There was a "Marker" in the middle of the flower bed which read, "Sam's Memorial Garden". Below the marker was a memorial which read, "May the Joy & Happiness that Sam gave to others, be shared one to another, so that Sam's Kindness & Love is his "Legacy to Humanity". Unfortunately,... (Read More)
Cultural: Making a Difference - A child was walking along the beach when he saw a starfish washed up on the sand. The child picked up the starfish and threw it back into the sea. An adult who saw what happened, said, "There are hundreds of starfish washed up onto the beach. What difference did it make to throw that one starfish back into the ocean?" The child replied, "It made a difference to that one." Unlike the adult, the child intuitively knew... (Read More)
Inspirational: The Experiences of the Sanctuary of the Soul - The "Body of Christ", described by St. Paul, can also be compared to a mosaic comprised by various multi-colored, broken chards of glass. Each chard refracts & reflects the "Light of Christ", differently. Individually, they are insignificant. Collectively, they display the magnificent Cosmic Beauty of Christ. Keeping commandments, doing good deeds, or knowing Scripture don't earn God's love. God loves us "As Is". We experience the Peace & Joy of the "Companionship of God" by... (Read More)
True North: A Summary of the Letters of St. Paul - By Christ sharing in our humanity, our humanity shares in the peace & joy of the Divine. Not by doing what is right, but by experiencing the presence of God within us. The "Body of Christ" is a bunch of broken branches re-grafted into the life-giving vine of God's Love. The Sanctuary of our Soul experiences God's Love by... (Read More)