Lotta Changes in 2005...

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What's next?

People leave our lives; people arrive in our lives...so much seems out of our control. We have choice in a lot of aspects of living, but some elements, so pivotal, it seems as haphazard as leaves in a windstorm.

Those things we can affect, maybe we should. Nobody knows what's next, really.


Be well and safe.
 

Nasty

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Change happens...it's how we choose to react to it that defines us.
 
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It is alright, for I have discovered the purpose of this life. To buy an HI Kerambit with a Daniel Koster made sheath. Yes, this is the answer. :)
 
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We are. God knows if the Race will make it; but we are here now.
God Gives. God Takes. And when God puts someone in your path, I look for the moments now, because I know they can go.
And I can never get rid of the feeling that something always good happens at the end.


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We've all made it this far. I never look for guarantees. That is what scares me about my kids. I want to be there for them into old age. I've seen enough to know that that doesn't always happen. I guess, at least, we have each moment to live fully.
 
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Change happens...it's how we choose to react to it that defines us

Well said. It (how we react/act/think/feel/speak) also effects us. And it effects others. For good or not so good. I only add to what Nasty said because I think it goes beyond our self definition, and continues on into responsibility and legacy for those who come next.

To quote a mentor/teacher "you call forth what you think, say and feel"
 
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And I can never get rid of the feeling that something always good happens at the end.

Good. I hope you never do. I must remember that also.
 
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Kismet said:
...it seems as haphazard as leaves in a windstorm.

Those things we can affect, maybe we should. Nobody knows what's next, really.

An apt analogy, Kis.

A deeply religious coworker of mine just lost his wife... day before Christmas.

We'll be going by his house for a visit, but... what has to be going through his mind?

A 25' wall of water destroyed almost of all of the Mississippi Gulf Coast... Why? Because "these things happen?"

That's not enough for me. That's not an answer.

The reality is that we are all just leaves in a hurricane. We are almost powerless.

Almost.

A few things we can control- the choices we make.

We were given (or evolved) the ability to reason. Well, a bug has that too- eat this, ignore that.

But right action- that is in our power.

Not everyone does choose it, but everyone could.

Every day is like a spin of the "Wheel of Fortune" wheel-
you might hit $1000, or you might hit the "tradgedy-for-no-reason-at-all" space.

We all take the same spin every day. The odds are the same for each of us.

So when you have a choice, be grateful you HAVE a choice.

Exercise the tiny power you have over this world, and choose right action.



Mike
 
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From Ecclesiastes:

11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all. 12 For man does not know his time. Like fish which are taken in an evil net, and like birds which are caught in a snare, so the sons of men are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.

But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God; whether it is love or hate man does not know. Everything before them is vanity, 2 since one fate comes to all, to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good man, so is the sinner; and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath. 3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that one fate comes to all; also the hearts of men are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

4 But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward; but the memory of them is lost. 6 Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and they have no more for ever any share in all that is done under the sun. 7 Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already approved what you do. 8 Let your garments be always white; let not oil be lacking on your head. 9 Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life which he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
 
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Thanks Hollow...

One of my favorites.

"Do it with thy might..."

Another favorite in the same book

"If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct" Ecc. 10:10

We can become dull ourselves, with over use and under care.

Let's take better care of ourselves this year. We will cut a little cleaner, and with a bit less labor, through the tangle of this life .

AHHH, to practice what I preach!

:)

Tom
 
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gravertom said:
Thanks Hollow...

One of my favorites.

"Do it with thy might..."

Another favorite in the same book

"If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct" Ecc. 10:10

Tom

The whole book is one of my favorites. It doesn't sugar coat life. Solomon was kind of the Confucious or Lao Tsu of the Bible.
 
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I find it comforting that the "abnormalities" we experience are "normal" after all.

And that someone understands what seems un understandable to us.

Tom
 
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Wow, that's not the God I know at all.

But I may not have understood the passage at first read either. No offense intended, just my thought upon reading it.
 
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:mad: :( :confused: :eek: :) :D (pay this no mind just my weird sense of humor: it's my progression is life so far:D )

Rob
 
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BruiseLeee said:
I was playing Monopoly.
:rolleyes: :) :D


Tax evasion or insider trading? The big crooks in this country ain't the ones on the street corner selling dope. The really successful criminals wear $600 suits and hang out in country clubs.:grumpy:

Did'ya get a prison name Bruise? Hunh? Not even a tattoo? :rolleyes: :D :)

Sarge
 
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