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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February Recent Posts
Family: A Daughter’s Love Letter to her Dad – My friend received a “Love Letter” from his 47-year old daughter about an incident when she was in 3rd Grade. Her father would take her to a fancy restaurant for her favorite dinner for getting ALL A’s on her report card. But this time, she got a NS for bad penmanship for making a “Bad Letter”. His daughter cried from the time she got home. She was stunned when her father told her to get ready to go to the restaurant. She asked, “Why was she going when she didn’t earn it or deserve it?” Her father said, “… (Read More)
Relationship: I Found one Love - My friend previously told me the details of meeting his wife and his relentless pursuit of her, resulting in their engagement & marriage (which I wrote about in a prior blog post). He now told me about his “Secret Vows” on his Wedding Day, and the results of those Vows, over the next 47-years: … (Read More)
Culture: Punching a Corporate Bully in the Nose – My friend, his wife, and son had enjoyed an incredibly wonderful 2-week vacation in London & Scotland. He had conformed to ALL of the British Airways pre-flight policy requirements. He arrived at the airport an hour before the necessary time to get his Boarding Passes & Seat Assignments. He was stunned when the BA Rep behind the counter said, “The computer gave away your reserved NON- Smoking seats. You and your family will have to sit the SMOKING Section for the entire 8-hour flight.” My friend said, “NO.” and then proceeded to tell that BA Rep in clear and assertive manner, the reasons that BA WILL Restore his reserved seats: “…(Read More)
Joy & Loss: Triumph over Disaster, by God’s Providence – My friend had lost all of his income, assets, and money by the nefarious tactics of greedy investors & an unscrupulous Master Distributor. He lost his home and was forced to live in his daughter’s house & take low paying jobs for the ensuing years. Then a few years later, his son called his dad about some Life Insurance Policies that expired years ago, because of non-payment of premiums. His son worked at that Insurance Company. My friend followed a series of instructions from the Life Insurance Company's Rep over the next several months, that resulted in miraculous… (Read More)
Inspiration: Triumph Over Polio, by a President and a Child – My friend was discussing FDR’s tragic onset of Polio at age 39, with an acquaintance at Panera. FDR was confined to a bed, unable to stand or walk, ending any opportunity for a productive life, much less the Presidency. Yet, against all odds, through sheer perseverance and ingenuity, Fdr became the President of the United States, for an unprecedented 4 terms. Towards the end of their discussion, the man at the next table stood and walked towards my friend’s table. The stranger said that he had contracted Polio at the age of 4, a year before the “Iron Lung” was invented, or the Saul Vaccine that eradicated Polio in the mid-50’s. He, too, was confined to a bed, with metal braces attached to his withered legs. He told my friend that he overcame Polio by… (Read More)
True North: “What Dreams May Come When We Shed This Mortal Coil?” – My friend has pondered Shakespeare’s query for several years. Recent scientific evidence confirms that we are NOT some “Flotsam & Jetsam, the resulting progeny of a common ancestor, formed by Natural Selection, by Random Chance through Time.” That’s a “Life that struts and frets its hour upon the stage, to be heard no more” - A “Dust to dust existence”. Kind of sad & worthless. My friend was then convinced that “We don’t have a soul. We are a soul. We have a Body.” – C. S. Lewis. That’s a life that experiences the companionship of God, an eternity of Peace & Joy. My friend arrived at his conclusion by the answers to the following questions: … (Read More)