As a young teen raised in the Christian religion, I asked my mother deep questions in my understanding of life. I remember asking her if one should forgive a person who does not ask for forgiveness. Her response was quick, and replied that Jesus instructed us to forgive others not seven times, but seventy times… Continue reading Should you forgive those who do not ask for forgiveness?
I was adopted as a child in Indiana. No information about my origins was given to my adoptive parents. I was baptized into the Christian religion. I was given a Bible as the source for my moral instruction. I was taught about heaven and hell, good and bad, and the power of prayer and forgiveness.… Continue reading Just call me Diamond Mike
The hardened criminal may say he was never loved. But is more love the solution? Can we create more love? Is there only so much love out there? Or is love a finite element like hydrogen and oxygen? While a torrential downpour floods one country, another country may be cheated from a single drop of… Continue reading The Importance of Knowing
Henrietta Lukemeyer was an elderly lady who lived down the hill from my childhood home in Indiana. She rarely stopped by to say hello to my mom, but when she did I remember her positive energy and politeness. She always wore a smile and smelled like fresh flowers. Sometimes she sold Avon products door to… Continue reading Henrietta Lukemeyer
We invent a vehicle that can transport us back and forth to work and for family vacations. Then we use it to plow through a crowd of bystanders. We invent a flying machine that can soar above the clouds as we travel to faraway lands. Then we use it to destroy skyscrapers. We learn how… Continue reading Technology and Mankind
It is striking how the nation is so starkly divided on whether or not they support our President. As a non-supporter, I feel I have been scolded for being a sore loser in the election. A non-supporter does not necessarily dream if the other candidate had won. More than the desire of one candidate or… Continue reading Take a stand. Raise your voice. Make positive change.
This is not a trick question, but a sincere concern. In a college Humanities class of 1977, I remember a discussion on how humans could digress into apathetic invalids. We sometimes simply don’t care about anything or anybody. I have previously written about one of my teenager experiences where I refused to help an elderly… Continue reading To a degree, are we all sociopaths?
You are the master of your destiny. Make your bed. Have confidence in your abilities. Shake off your anxiety. Take the first step. Get freshened up. The world needs you today.
I always try to look at the bright side of life, realizing that everything most of us consider a tragedy is really a valuable experience that can teach us to do better. I lived with loving adoptive parents but my father had a difficult time expressing his love for me. He became an alcoholic and… Continue reading Learn From Every Experience
If we want to be happy, we must first find happiness within ourselves. Therefore, we should never look for objects around us to make us happy. We are filled with happiness only when we know someone loves us.
This may be hard to understand. Everything is nothing. Nothing is everything. All that remains is consciousness. Can you imagine a universe with us not in it? Me neither. Now think of this. The universe, and everything in it, is only here because we can observe it. When we close our eyes, is it still… Continue reading This may be hard to understand
I'm impatient. I don't enjoy being stopped by a red light. I don't like to be put on hold. I abhor waiting in checkout lines. I seek instant gratification. I love a one-minute thrill. I savor a delicious meal. I delight in a good sneeze. I chase pleasure and avoid pain. I live for the… Continue reading Time
Please do not call me a Christian. Although the teachings of Jesus have shaped me into the person I am today, that statement might seem shocking for many of my friends. From the writings of the New Testament to learning the noble qualities of my mentors, including my dear mother, I have learned how to… Continue reading The Miracle of Walking on the Earth.
Real happiness does not come from material things, but from the thoughts of love we hold in our heads. If we want to look at the past with a smile, we must create a good memory today.
When I was a child, my adoptive father would always joke with me, telling me that he and my adoptive mom picked me out from a room of babies. "I want the curly-headed one over there," he told me he said to the nurses. For years, I happily believed this story of my beginnings. When… Continue reading Never Be Afraid of a Bully