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: Family, Relationships, Cultural Issues, Joy & Loss, and Inspirational Experiences, while searching for the “True North” of our heart.
My friend's experiences are augmented by the writings of: Shakespeare, Kipling, Emerson the Books of the Bible, "The Book of Virtues", "The Breakthrough Effect", "The Seven Seasons of the Man in the Mirror, "The Quotable Lewis", "Things That Matter", "The Book of Joy", "The Greatest Generation", "1776", "Signature in the Cell", "Let There be Light", "The Purpose Driven Life", "The Traveler's Gift", "When in Doubt, MAKE BELIEF", etc.
This website's purpose is to open minds, soften hearts, and touch souls to "Make even one life breathe easier", through the common denominator of shared experiences, that often requires "Treating the Imposters of Triumph and Disaster, just the same." (paraphrased)
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May Recent Posts
Family - A family’s 4th of July Declaration of Kindness – My friend read the Declaration of Independence every July 4th. Several years ago, he modeled a “Family Declaration of Kindness” after the “Declaration of Independence”. All of his family members signed the ”Kindness Declaration” with enthusiasm. It binds them to… (Read More)
Relationships - 49th Wedding Anniversary Card – Thru the Lyrics of 18 Music Videos – My friend created a 49th Wedding Anniversary card to his wife by utilizing the lyrics of 18 music videos. Each song was relevant to a significant event in their lives. Components of their relationship are relevant to all relationships. For example, … (Read More)
Culture - Kindness begets Kindness – When my friend had a complex surgical operation a few years ago, he was confined to a wheelchair for several months. He needed a community van service to take him to physical therapy. All the van drivers picked him up in his driveway and dropped him off in the clinic’s driveway, rain or shine. Then, the opposite sequence occurred upon return home. Except One driver. That driver… (Read More)
Joy & Loss - A Life Changing Experience for $5 Bucks, at Mc D’s – My friend lost all of his money & income because of the nefarious deeds of his business partners. My friend had only $5 a day to spend during the brutal financial adjustment to his devastating loss. He was in Mc D’s about to buy a value meal breakfast, when the man next to him was fumbling around, looking in his pockets for money to buy breakfast for his 3 sons. That’s when my friend had a life changing experience. He found himself… (Read More)
Inspiration - Words to Live By – My friend assembled a list of famous quotes that he gave to his daughter & 3 sons upon their graduation from High School, and College. Neighbors asked for copies to put on their refrigerators for their children. The quotes ranged from Lombardi to Emerson to Roosevelt to Jesus Christ to Patton to Shakespeare to Churchill to Kipling to… (Read More)
True North - Life’s 2 Major Tasks - My friend summarized Franciscan Priest, Richard Rohr’s, week-long seminar about Life’s 2 major Tasks: The 1st Task is to build a “Container”, an Identity. The 2nd Task is to find he “Contents”, to fill that Container. The 1st Half is about DOING. The 2ND Half is about BEING. The agenda of the1st Half is Social. The 2nd Half agenda is Spiritual. It’s a “Mystical Matter”. It requires… (Read More)