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.
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 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.
December Recent Posts
Relationships: "A Family's Enduring Friendship with a Stranger - My friend's family had endearing friendship with a stranger for over a decade. My friend's neighbor referred a man who played Santa Claus for her family for a long time. "Santa" instructed my friend to leave 1 present outside, in a plastic bag, for everyone who would be there. Santa also wanted a "Naughty & Nice" story about everyone. My friend's 4 children marveled that Santa knew the most secret things about them. They giggled when Santa told naughty things that mom & dad did. But the most wonderful, incredible visit occurred during Santa's last Christmas Eve visit... (Read More)
Family: Disney World, Giraffes, and Random Chance - When my friend's family visited Disney World's "Animal Kingdom", his daughter's 2 girls were mesmerized watching the giraffe's nibble at tree-top leaves and then bed down to drink from the pond. My friend told his grandchildren that the giraffes had an incredibly powerful heart to pump blood to its head when it was nibbling the leaves. Then he asked them why the giraffe's head didn't explode when it bent down to drink when all that blood was rushing down onto its head with terrific force? Its head should explode from all that pressure. With wide eyes, his grandchildren asked, "Why grandpa"? My friend explained... (Read More)
Joy & Loss: About Forgiveness - My friend struggled with the conditional forgiveness of the "Our Father": "As we forgive those who trespass against us". My friend could not forgive his brother who was brutally abusive to his father & mother, his sister & himself, and other family & friends. His brother';s anger knew no limit, and demanded justice. Forgiveness was unthinkable. Then my friend thought about Christ hanging on the Cross, saying, "Father forgive them (His false accusers & brutal executioners) for they know not what they do." And, Christ telling those, who wanted to stone to death an adulterous woman, "Let those without sin cast the first stone." The rock fell from my friend's hand when he realized that... (Read More)
Cultural: Being Judgemental Can be a Sledgehammer or a Scalpel - Certainly, labeling someone with derisive terms, based on whim or or merely a difference of opinion, is despicable judgemental behavior, like a destructive sledgehammer. However, providing corrective guidance, in a sensitive, caring manner, to change personally destructive behavior, is as life-saving as a scalpel in a skillful surgeon's hand. Today's culture needs to make that distinction, or Western Civilization as we know it will... (Read More)
Inspirational: The Touch of the Master's Hand - An auctioneer held up an old, battered violin, and the bidding began at a dollar, then two. Until an old man picked up that violin, tightened some strings, and began to play a melody, pure and true. Now the bidding was a thousand, then two. Many a man,is discarded as worthless,until touched by the "Master's Hand". Then, ... (Read More)
True North: The Meaning of Wishing Someone "Merry Christmas" - Christmas is the echo of Eternity Touching Time. It's the Incarnation of the Son of God entering into the humanity of the baby Jesus. The Divine became human so that humanity can share in the Divine. When we wish someone,"Merry Christmas", we... (Read More)