Such a simple answer to a straight forward question that speaks volumes about who the people of Ukraine are with their strength and resilience that they possess and why we must now all look to emulate, donate what we can, and advocate to who we can, our politicians and fellow citizens on their behalf.
This answer was to a question that was brought up by an extraordinary mother with 3 young children (who thought her self not extrodinary at all), she has a 4 month old baby and they were all presently sheltering in Kyiv in Ukraine. She was being interviewed on the radio today to listeners in the UK. Her husband is working on a checkpoint and she has only seen him once since the war broke out for 20 minutes when he visited the shelter too.
She talked about the collective of the people in those shelters how they took things only day at a time. Things we take for granted like food, life and liberty are all now in the balance for her and her family and the fellow Ukrainian citizens that seek shelter with her in Kyiv.
They don’t plan what is going to happen next week as they don’t know if there shelter will have been bombed by then or even if they will still be alive (those were her words and thoughts not mine) They also cry a great deal together but somehow find things to share to laugh about together too.
Today this young mother went above ground to the shops to try and get some food and managed to get some bread and bits and pieces she also came across a sweet shop that was still open with two young girls serving at the counter who she bought some sweet and chocolate from and this is where she asked the young girls behind the counter the simple question “girls why are you here?” And they answered her by saying “because this is our home”.
Again I will now ask you, why are you here? The same answer ricocheting right back to me again. Which is, because it is our home.
My brother would have been 50 this year but sadly he took his own life on 28th February 2015, 7 years ago today. It still seems unreal that he is not still here and each year my parents and I mark both his birthday and the day he died.
The pain that a parent goes through from having lost a son or daughter is a pain that I cannot comprehend. I don’t know how much their heart would break if they were ever to lose me too before my time was due to.
My brother was a spirit medium; he could see and communicate with the spirits of the dead. For those non-believers in god, the supernatural or life beyond this one you would think him delusional or at best misinformed. But my brother was a man of honour and a truth seeker as well a truth speaker. So I knew what he lived through and experienced from the other side was real.
Although I don’t have his gifts to communicate with the dead I do like to believe I have a good relationship with god and am able to have a good insight into what god wants expects and needs from me and others and what is the right way to interpret gods teachings and what is a negative or self serving interpretation of Gods teachings.
I am no teacher or preacher and like to think I have a personal relationship with God one crafted through my existence from before the day I was born and hopefully to be continued after the day I die too.
To me god is love.
You can write a book and put it within a library of books all explaining what in fact god is and what that means and some people might still never understand a simple truth such as that and what it means to live a life that loves God.
As God is everywhere and knows everything, your deepest darkest thoughts and deeds, then you can’t just justify and hide the bad things you do to God or bullshit God. You can swindle, lie and cheat your way though this life in front of and behind the men and women you know or have power over or have power over you. But you won’t be able to cheat, swindle and have your lies be believed by God.
I think and hope that even though my brother took his own life that he still has a good relationship with God and I very much look forward to discussing this with my brother when I pass on to the other side myself.
There are many ways he could have survived the night that he died and it was not for lack of trying to save his live by some of the people that love him very much who tried to stop him from taking his life.
My brother also has or had a Native American spirit guide that he lived with and communicated and guided him through his life and I like to think he had a kinship with Native Americans. I have a photo of us as children playing Indians & Indians (no cowboys in our crew)
In life he was always the spirit warrior and I was more or a spiritual philosopher or truth seaker of the word of god. God bless you brother.
I also hope this NYE message finds you in good heart and spirit. I have just finished doing a little home working trying to clear the work email inbox a little so there is less to do on our first day back in the office in the new year.
Things are quite on my street in my city at the moment. I am trying to psych myself up to go out tonight or decide whether I want to a NYE evening sat at home or in a local bar.
The last two years I don’t think I even had a choice as was ill 2 years ago and under a lockdown last year. So I think I will go out for a change.
I think if there is going to be a lockdown of sorts in England or changes to the present restrictions or lack of them, they will probably get announced next week. So tonight could be the last chance in a while to be out on the streets of Exeter of an evening to rish catching Covid-19!
A few pubs in Exeter have closed due to Covid-19 being caught by staff and then not having enough staff to open up their premises and so just like everywhere else covid-19 is doing the rounds here too.
Best wishes and love to you and yours and I hope 2022 is prosperous and happily eventful for you and those that you love
It’s my Dad’s 70th Birthday this Friday 13th and seeing as how he was also born on a Friday 13th back in 1951 it somehow seems fitting that it’s a Friday that he celebrates his birthday on this week too. I can’t thank him enough for who he is what he does and how much love, support and help he has given me over the years.
He’s had his tough times in life but also I hope been given the opportunity to experience much joy too. I am not sure who or where I would be without his support. We are meeting up for his birthday in Exeter nothing too big or brash just a nice meal, some presents and a pint of ale or two for him and we will hopefully have a lovely night.
I have been digging through the archives of my computer, Facebook and other places and found a selection of photos that I really like that show you a little more about him.
So work for this planet like its the only one we have, becasue it is. Every little positive step is a step in the right direction. Think fair, shop fair, act fair. Support the local, act global define what is your normal.
White Buffalo Calf Woman (Lakȟótiyapi: Ptesáŋwiŋ) or White Buffalo Maiden is a sacred woman of supernatural origin, central to the Lakota religion as the primary cultural prophet. Oral traditions relate that she brought the “Seven Sacred Rites” to the Lakota people.
Buffalo are considered sacred to many of the Plains nations, who often consider them linked to creation, medicine and bringers of sacred messages from the ancestors.
With all that is going on at the moment I have been this morning trying to square the circle concerning righteous anger and this does appear to be the case above according to Christian doctrine. Though I am not a Christian I would say that Christianity is most certainly the root of my teachings. At a young age I attended Sunday school and was known affectionately by others as and identified as a bible basher.
a person who expounds or follows the teachings of the Bible in an aggressively evangelical way.)
Then at Secondary school during my A Levels I went on to study Christian Theology. My grades were very poor put I did pass the course. At that time I had lost faith in the concept of Jesus Christ as my personal saviour and so had a very sceptical view of Christian Perspectives and motives. I appreciated Christianities Theological Righteousness, but had no concept of a living breathing Jesus in my heart or in the world or accepting him as my own personal saviour.
One of many things that pushes me away from all mainstream religions is that they all claim to offer you a pass to heaven and God if you do exactly what they say, teach and preach and that there’s is the only true God.
I know many good people that have passed and if they have gone to your hell to me hell can’t be as hellish as you claim it to be. According to each religion I am sure I would be able to point out millions of souls over the millennia that will never get a chance to go to your heaven and millions of souls that can obey your rules and go to your heaven that might in fact ultimately be very bad people.
So this concept of defining who does and does not go to heaven or hell, does generate within me a certain Righteous indignation.
a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect.
“the poetry of the 16th-century Spanish mystic, St John of the Cross”
another term for mystical.
Middle English (in the sense ‘mystical meaning’): from Old French mystique, or via Latin from Greek mustikos, from mustēs ‘initiated person’ from muein ‘close the eyes or lips’, also ‘initiate’. The current sense of the noun dates from the late 17th century.
Whether you see a sunsetting or a sunrising the photo is still the same.
No matter what your colour, creed or race to discriminate due to colour, creed or race will only lead to hate
hate/heɪt/ Learn to pronounce verbverb: hate; 3rd person present: hates; past tense: hated; past participle: hated; gerund or present participle: hating
feel intense dislike for.”the boys hate each other” h Similar:loathe
detest dislike greatly abhorabominate despise execrate feel aversion towards feel revulsion towards feel hostile towards be repelled by be revolted by regard with disgust not be able to bear/standbe unable to stomach find intolerable shudder atrecoil from shrink from hate someone’s guts disrelish h Opposite : love like
have a strong aversion to (something).”he hates flying”
used politely to express one’s regret or embarrassment at doing something.”I hate to bother you” h Similar:be sorry
be reluctant be loath be unwilling be disinclined regret dislike not like
informal express strong dislike for; criticize or abuse.”I can’t hate on them for trying something new”
intense dislike.”feelings of hate and revenge” h Similar:loathing
Hitler was born to a practicing Catholic mother, and was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church. In 1904, he was confirmed at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Linz, Austria, where the family lived. According to John Willard Toland, witnesses indicate that Hitler’s confirmation sponsor had to “drag the words out of him … almost as though the whole confirmation was repugnant to him”. Rissmann notes that, according to several witnesses who lived with Hitler in a men’s home in Vienna, he never again attended Mass or received the sacraments after leaving home at 18 years old.
In his book Mein Kampf and in public speeches prior to and in the early years of his rule, Hitler expressed himself as a Christian. Hitler and the Nazi party promoted “Positive Christianity“, a movement which rejected most traditional Christian doctrines such as the divinity of Jesus, as well as Jewish elements such as the Old Testament. In one widely quoted remark, he described Jesus as an “Aryan fighter” who struggled against “the power and pretensions of the corrupt Pharisees” and Jewish materialism. In his private diaries, Goebbels wrote in April 1941 that though Hitler was “a fierce opponent” of the Vatican and Christianity, “he forbids me to leave the church. For tactical reasons.”
Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love… Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.
So I have just been online and ordered some Blue Ray films that I have not seen yet which look kind of interesting. I opted for the budget second hand ones that are a few years old at least as there the cheapest and I am a cheap skate.
So I have a nice wooden TV stand with which is nearly full and I then start trying to sort the films out and realised there are DVD’s I have kept for years with which some of the films I even have two copies of and some I have never even watched or wanted to. I sort them into ones that I like and ones that I do not need any more so can recycle.
I don’t need any money for them but I know some charities will beenfit from them. It turns out the charity shops are closed at the moment but what I have done is put the DVD aside and I will wait untiil they are open again and then give them the films.
I also have a Salvation Army shop at the end of my road so I can donate my DVD’s and unneeded clothes there to and if we are still on lock down I can incorporate it into my daily walk. If I could post items to them I have some spare boxes here and I would be prepared to do that to.
I also have an I shall contact them later and see what they say. Charity donations are going through the floor at the moment due to so many people being made redundant so every little helps.
If you’re having a sort out why not donate to one of your local charities. It has also made me think about when I die and what to say in my will I think for my possessions that can be donated that is what I will do, seeing as how I am single with no children and do not want someone else to have the hassle of sorting the stuff out I can donate it to a charity.
I have a will from my mum too and here house is like a labyrinth of beautiful stuff which I thought I would have the hassle of having to sell buy again I think I will try to have most of it recycled and donated to charity now. So it can go to someone that really wants it and also a charity will benefit too.
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