The Paradox Of Altruism

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"A man cannot help himself, except by helping others" ~Anon. This is a paradox... conventional wisdom would suggest that in order to help myself, I should 'look out for #1'... but God's Wisdom says the opposite! It is impossible to perform a genuine act of altruism (selflessness) & feel bad about it. The goal for today, help someone! Have a great day everybody!
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Love Or Hate?

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"Hatred ceases not with hatred. Hatred ceases only with Love" ~Unknown. I finally understand the natural order of things! If someone wrongs me, it is my job to Love them... their own conscience will punish them... & God will teach them how to Love, so the wrong doing is not repeated. The goal for today... Love, because that's the role that He has assigned me! Have a great day everybody!
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Peace Starts At Home

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"True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else." ~Clarence Darrow. The U.S. Constitution says that we should be working to insure 'Domestic Tranquility' (Peace, here at home). World peace can only come AFTER we have some measure of peace here at home. Therefore, world peace actually starts at my house & that's the goal for today... Peace under my own roof! Have a great day everybody!
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Precious

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Time is precious... people are precious... life is precious... embrace it all! We only get so much time here & although there are many people in this world, we only truly share our lives with a select few... our children grow up & life moves on. I have taken this for granted in the past, but no more! The goal for today, cherish every moment... every soul... every breath! Have a great day everybody! (Inspired by being reunited with 3 great friends from my Navy days in the early 90's... Jess, Toby & Chris... I love you guys! Thanks for sharing your lives with me again!)
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My Alcoholic Life

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After years of intensive work with other alcoholics, I feel compelled to share with you the Truth as I now see it. My story begins in a small town in north eastern Pennsylvania. I was raised in an upper middle class family, where neither of my parents drank and both parents worked even though mother didn't need to. Moral fiber, work ethic, and the reinforcement that I could accomplish anything that I set my mind to, where the guiding principles in the home. Under these conditions, I spent my youth excelling in a number of directions. I was a standout academically, and athletically, I was always dating the prettiest girl, I had more friends than I could possibly hope for, I was a young man brimming over with confidence. My…
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Fear Is A Choice

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"Danger is real, but fear is a choice" ~Unknown. I love the idea that fear is an unnecessary part of life and I wholehearted believe it, but damn... it's hard sometimes. We will never fully eliminate danger from the world... what really matters is that we learn how to face danger without fear. The goal for today, overcome fear with love, courage and faith! Have a great day everybody!
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Equality

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'EQUALITY'... In a biblical sense, being 'created equal' means that we are ALL born with absolute Purity, Honesty, Selflessness and Love. This is the true meaning of being born perfect, in the image & likeness of God. We are ALL born perfectly equal on a spiritual level! On the national level, having 'equality of opportunity' means that someone like me, with my GED, can own their own business... be their own boss... live the American Dream. No higher education or royal blood lines are required... we are truly equal in the sense the we can choose our own destiny based on how hard we are willing to work for something! On an individual level, 'equality' very literally means that no one is above or beneath anyone else, unless of course…
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Mind Over Matter

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I never used to believe the whole 'mind over matter' thing until I experienced it. A few years ago I was laying on my couch, crippled with the flu. I had a fever of 104 and literally felt like I might die. I was about to go to the emergency room when my phone rang... someone needed my help. For the 20 min. I was on the phone focused on helping them... I felt fine. I always have to throw this disclaimer out there... problem solving is not a magic trick! Talking to someone on the phone didn't make my flu go away but it was certainly proof that whatever I give my attention to dominates my life. While I was focused on helping them solve their problem, I wasn't…
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Sworn Ally

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Céli Dé is a Latin term that means 'Sworn Ally to God'. For some reason, it's dominating my thoughts. I dreamt about it... I woke up thinking about it... I can't seem to shake it so I thought I'd share it. A group of monks from Scotland & Ireland adopted it as their name... these men were tasked with looking after the originally written bible & I believe that the Knights Templar were tasked with looking after them. I'm intrigued by this part of history & I'm intrigued by the thought of carrying on their legacy. The goal for today, swear allegiance to God! Have a great day everybody!
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Self Interest Vs. National Interest

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Someone recently said to me... "Everyone votes based on self interest" & I agreed. I couldn't deny the statement... it was perfectly accurate but it didn't sit well with me... it was an uncomfortable acknowledgement. The more time I spent mulling it over... the more I begin to realize that self interest & national interest are no longer one in the same & that's why it felt so uncomfortable. We are no longer voting based on what's best for the country... we are now voting based what's best for us as individuals & that's where our problem lies. "Patriotism is easy to understand in America - it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country." ~Calvin Coolidge The goal for today, break the viscous cycle of selfishness…
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