Posts Tagged ‘hope’

Enough 

Posted: January 20, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Ok, its confession time for me, I have a reading problem. The problem I have with reading is not one of ability or inability but of not having enough time to read all the literature I would like to read. I am currently reading one book on my kindle another hardback and I have one book on the nightstand next to the bed. The nightstand and my amazon shopping cart serve as a sort of reading queue. As I mentioned I have one on the night stand and 3 in my Amazon shopping cart. You know that you use the shopping cart as a queue too. I wonder how often the cart is used as a queue I bet it is frequent and numerous . Currently one book in my queue, that I cannot wait to read is, “Strong is the New Beautiful” Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power” by Lindsey Vonn.

Lindsey Vonn is the most successful United States downhill skier in the history of the sport and when asked about her book she admitted that even at the height of her popularity she struggled with insecurity.  She made mention to having the feeling that she was not enough and it was this struggle and her overcoming this struggle that prompted her to write the book. So have you put this book in you cart yet?

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I cannot wait to rad her book! She also made mention to how females can fall into the trap of comparing themselves to one another and loosing the important sense of worth. See, the thing is this; everyone is special and beautiful even the biggest monsters I can think of deserve some respect and have the potential to do great things. For me the best way to stay secure is to understand not only my beauty and potential but also that of my neighbor and even the potential of my enemies. It is my neighbor and own potential that bring me security and the potential of my enemies to do good that bring me hope.

peace

john 3c

 

 

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How Arcs work 

Posted: January 16, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Today the United States should and will join together to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. In the United States toady is Martin Luther King Jr. day.
Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. was  a Baptist preacher and civil rights activist who, promoted non violent civil disobedience as a Christian response to the racial atrocities that were legal and happening to African Americans throughout the United States in the 1950’s and 60’s. Sadly Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated before he could see his work brought to legal fruition with The Civil Rights Act signed into law in 1964. The Civil Rights Law, made it illegal to participate in based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  This law seems like something that should not be needed but, I would be err if I did not remind you of the racist, misogynist and exclusive nature of the United States, the law was needed then and now as well.

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The Civil Rights fight was a long and laborious one that still rages on in the United States today. Doctor King was an excellent speaker (he preached for a living) and he was asked to speak all over the nation and explain the plight of the African American, what was happening to change the plight and how the average American could help. One sermon that the dr. preached at was in Los Angeles at The Temple Israel of Hollywood. The sermon preached by King was exemplary. This link will give you a transcript of the speech. That link, is worth your time and I encourage you to read or listen to it. In the speech, King compared the African Americans struggles to those of the children of Israel at the hands of the Egyptians. He made mention of moving forward to the promised land and of a moral arc in the universe.

And I believe it because somehow the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” MLK jr.

This quote inspired, Michael Shermer to create a book titled, The Moral Arc. In Shermers book he discusses how, How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, until the most recent United States presidential election most would have agreed with Shermers  book but, after the election of the most recent candidate many would and do argue that Truth, Justice and Freedom are not going to be rewarded to all races, religions, and sexes. I would ask that my fellow citizens remember entire description that King had for the Arc.

 arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” MLK jr

It is long and we are merely a part of it. If we do our part as individuals and communities I believe as King believed that there will be progress no matter who is president. No matter what his stance is on race religion and sex there will be Truth, Justice and Freedom for all  I believe this because I believe in God and humanity. What do you believe in?

For some reason in the United States we took a step backwards but this is only one step. When King marched on Washington DC and made another speech; his “Dream Speech”, he marched with millions of men and women. The steps made in that march numbered in the millions and those steps were towards, Truth, Freedom and Justice and those steps out numbered and overcame the backwards steps. Let us remember the legacy of Dr. King today, the resolution of Dr. King today and most of all the hope and belief that King had in God and humanity despite the terrible actions of humanity.

peace and Happy MLK Jr. day

john3c

 

It’s always there

Posted: December 15, 2016 in Uncategorized
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An interviewer on the radio was discussing moments that have been imprinted on Americans that are part of a certain generation. Those moments when you are asked and can remember “where you were when fill in the blank happened”. The interview came up with; 9/11 World Trade center and Pentagon attacks,  Challenger space launch disaster and OJ Simpson Bronco chase from the LA police department.

The interviewee agreed with the interviewer in that they were moments that are imprinted on society but they differed in that the Challenger wreck and the 9/11 attack were disasters.

I began to think about the difference between the Challenger disaster and the 9/11 attack. Space travel is dangerous and carries with it high risk. The 9/11 attack victims were men and women coming to work. Work at office buildings, work that is carries low risk and yet many of the workers suffered awful fates and some even death.

See, danger and risk is always there. We can do our best to avoid it and yet it will still be there. The fear of danger can often cause stress and in some cases it can cause a crippling sensation.  Under extreme stress bodies can and do shut down.

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It is imperative to living a happy healthy life style to learn how to recognize and deal with stress.  One coping mechanism that is not recommended is denial, because that danger is always there.

Don’t get me wrong denial does work, but often only for a short window. So a better strategy than denial is honesty and hope.

Whatever you are dealing with or not dealing with, be honest about it.

Examine what is happening and could happen. Perspective is very important.

List the pros and cons of the possible outcomes. Once again get some perspective

Allow yourself to run through all the emotions with the stress you have. Fear is usually only one part.

Finally speak with friends and families about your stresses. They can and will help and you maybe a help to them as well.

I encourage every one to not live in denial gain perspective and some hope this holiday season

peace

john3c

 

faith-in-humanity-restored-8227If given the opportunity men will usually do the right thing. I have thought this to be true for most of my life and I still do. I have heard it argued by some that man is a wicked race, but even with wicked actions in humanity there are still far more instances of good than evil.
The idea of hope in man is a common theme in all major religions. The christians have hope for men in the man and god jesus christ. Greek mythology brings hope through the science of fire a gift from mans creator Prometheus. The muslim religion has a path to salvation through confession and faithful service. Hinduism has a belief that through enlightenment humans will attain an afterlife. It seems every religion which believes in an afterlife has a path to gain a blessed afterlife. Even philosophy which doesn’t believe in an afterlife like atheism believe that, humans can help themselves and each other solve the world’s problems.
There was an article in Time magazine which stated that ”
both neuroscience and social science suggest that we are more optimistic than realistic. On average, we expect things to turn out better than they wind up being.” Really good article I suggest giving it a read, but we are wired to be optimistic and it is important that we believe in humanity and each other and I am convinced when we don’t well we are not living the way we were created to live.

peace
john3c

It’s what we do

Posted: June 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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If you look up the word believe in the dictionary, you will find that it is a verb and is defined as: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute truth one is right in doing so.

The word believe is a verb and a powerful one at that! Often we find ourselves, despite living in this age where information is plentiful, without knowledge of absolute truths. When we are faced with situations when we don’t know the “whole story” we can stop our actions and do nothing or we can start believing and see thing get done.

We all have beliefs and we all we believe something today. So I think the better question and one that only an individual can answer is: What do you believe?

One more thing to keep in mind is the constant in all the situations you face is….. You so one more time What do you believe in?

Peace
John3c

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Drumroll please…. Today is Thursday annnnd The first day of Winter annnnd The 200 post on the blog www.john3corrigan.com. Impressed? I know it is not that big of a deal I mean winter comes every year and goes every year. Followed by spring, summer and fall. 

Winter carries with it longer nights, shorter days and in many areas of the world a bitter cold and yet it is this time of the year that all types of celebrations are scheduled and festivities taken place. Why is that? Maybe because if we as humans can survive the winter we can celebrate this survival and know that despite the hardships and ups and downs of the new year everyone will be ok. When I think about winter and the end of the year and a new year approaching many images come to mind. Images of plants blooming animals awakening from slumber people shaking off the chill and getting ready to face a new year full of resolution for all their newly made resolutions (I know it’s lame).

Have you ever seen the movie “Defiance“?  The movie follows two Jewish brothers who escape the Nazi regime and build with other escapes a village in the woods. The movie is based on a true story and the move ends after the villagers survive through a year and the snow thaws. Despite this being the last scene of the movie the audience knows that the villagers will make it the ice has thawed the snow is clearing the sun is shinning and they will not only survive but thrive. This is our future after the ice has thawed and the snow has cleared there will be many exciting and new things to experience. Take this winter to rest relax and warm yourselves. The next year is going to be a trip.

peace

john3c