Feeling good

Feeling good is OK

It is OK to want to feel good. Your body was designed to operate in ways that enable you to feel good. All of your organs were created to work together in harmony and in coordinated ways with each other, even through periods of growth and other normal changes. It is normal and OK for a child to feel some pain and discomfort when he or she is cutting teeth, but a sore throat and spells of coughing are not OK. Such pain and physical reflexes are signs that something is wrong and not good. Unusual and persistent pain is a sign that some part of your body has been injured, is being attacked by some “foreign” element which will probably be labeled as an “infection”, is being subject to unusual stresses or strains, or is in other ways not functioning normally. A certain amount of pain should be considered to be OK if you are pushing your muscles to become bigger so that they can increase their abilities to perform their intended functions, but such “pushing” should still be done within normal ranges of muscular function that ultimately enable you to feel good. A good physical workout should not make you “sick”.

And feeling good is also a mental state

And feeling good is not just a condition of being free from physical pain or discomfort. It is also a mental state of being at ease with your present circumstances and immediate prospects for your future existence. So being free from fear, worry, and persistent anxiety are important factors in your ability to keep feeling good. And persistent emotions of anger and guilt and sorrow can hamper your ability to feel good, and they may even cause physical signs of stress to appear within your body.

And you can make choices regarding what you do to feel good

So you were created with a body that was normally designed to physically and mentally enable you to feel good and to warn you in direct physical and mental ways when you and your body were not operating in ways that could maintain that condition of feeling good. In such circumstances a change in your life style might be required, or maybe some medicine or other chemicals or special nutrients could help your body recover from some unusual problem, or maybe the loving consultation of a relative or friend could help you get through a difficult experience, or maybe you need to consult with God who created you to get his loving instructions regarding how you can live each day in internal harmony feeling good about your circumstances and prospects for each moment of time that you have.

But you will be wise to recognize that not all of the chemicals and things that you can put into your body or do to your body or contemplate with your mind or choose to do are equally good for you or helpful in your specific circumstances. You may need to avoid some foods, give up some drugs, change some habits, and rethink some desires and attitudes that may have led you into circumstances for living that were not conducive for ultimately feeling good but were basically harmful and deadly.

Feeling good may not be easy, but it is possible

A persistent condition of feeling good all of the time is probably not possible, which is why pain can be such a impressive teacher. But if we can learn from what we physically suffer and from our times of mental anxiety and depression, then an ongoing condition of feeling good is possible. What changes in your life style are you willing to make in order to feel good? What loving and wise instructions for living each day with feelings of peace and vitality are you willing to consider in order to feel good? Let’s talk about this.

to blog or not

Should I continue this blog?

Since I’m not receiving much interest in my blog from viewers, I’m wondering whether or not I should continue to take the time and to make the effort to maintain it and to add new posts to it. I have a couple of hundred “subscribers” to it, but I don’t see where many of them are leaving any comments on my posts. I understand that some viewers will not choose to leave comments on any post that they view. I don’t understand why some viewers would make the effort to leave “spam” on one or more of my posts, when it only takes about the same amount of effort to leave a “comment”. And “spam” is only deleted with no benefit to anyone while “comments” are cited and listed with some notice being given to the “commentator”.

I know that my blog is probably not well cited in the social media, but I still recognize that its posts represent matters that are of keen interest to a lot of viewers on the internet. Note particularly these two posts that are currently receiving a lot of attention in our popular media: gun control and banning gay marriages. I’m particularly interested in getting people to talk with me and others about these issues and others and basically what is “good” in their lives. This shouldn’t be a boring matter for any discussions. And I’m not particularly committed to the position that I’m not the only person who has the “right” perspective on these matters, but I welcome civil discussions on these matters.

Let’s talk about these matters. Please let me know if you would like me to continue to publish this blog. I welcome your feedback regarding this blog. Thanks.

Gun control

Why control guns?

Because of the horrific murder of 27 people in Newtown, CNN. our politicians and legislators and other public officials are now considering how they can control access to guns in a way that will restrict their use in acts of violence. And so various groups of such leaders and educators and parents and religious leaders and those who enjoy having and legally using and selling guns are engaged in wordy discussions and debates regarding various aspects of how limiting access to guns or certain types of guns might restrict their use in acts of violence.

Yet all of these people basically recognize that guns do not kill people; people kill people. And all of these people basically recognize that murder, including that committed by the use of a gun, is against our laws. But it is being argued by some people that banning the access to “assault rifles” and other such automatic weapons and their ammunition might reduce the number of mass murders and violent assaults against groups of people in our society. And another official has said that “the only way of stopping a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. And so some officials argue for the placing of more “good” guys or gals with guns in places where people gather, particularly in schools where a lot of helpless children are brought together every day. Yet there was an “armed” guard present at the Columbine High School in Colorado when two heavy-armed young guys assaulted the students and their teachers in 1999, and although he was joined by another armed police officer they were not able to stop these two “bad guys” from killing 15 individuals and wounding 23 others before they committed suicide.

How can we control violent assaults in our society?

Our earlier political leaders gave us an amendment to our Constitution that gave all of us citizens “…the right to keep and to bear Arms” (2nd Amendment). And so we have a nation of citizens who are more heavily armed than any other nation in the world, yet we obviously haven’t been able to control the violence that takes place between our citizens. And some people are suggesting that the passing of more laws may keep some people from committing more acts of violence that are already ruled to be illegal.

It is recognized that the mass murder, even that of three or four individuals, is usually done by someone who has a “mental problem“. Yet it is also recognized that in many of these cases the killer was rational enough or “sane” enough to plan and to carry out the assault before it could be prevented. They were able to hide their plans and their thoughts of violence from others who might have been able to change them.

So the challenge is not just simply how can we control access to guns in our society, but how can we control acts of violence against others in our society or ultimately how can we change thoughts and plans for violent acts in the minds of others as we all seek to live safely and legally with each other in our communities. And the acceptable strategies for the “control” of these matters are far from simple.

What do you think about gun control and violence in our society?

So what are your thoughts or recommendations regarding the access to guns that is the constitutional “right” of every citizen? What are some reasonable ways that we might reduce acts of violence in our society? What practical legal steps should be taken to “control” or otherwise reduce thoughts of violence in the minds of some individuals who can’t think of any other way to resolve their feelings of being mistreated by someone else? Let’s talk about this challenging matter.

Good gifts

Now is the time for good gifts

Perhaps you have most of your Christmas shopping done. You’ve shipped all of the presents to distant relatives so that they will get them on time. You have gotten all of the special toys and gadgets for the kids, wrapped them, and hidden them away for the time of your celebration. If so, then it is time for some especially good gifts

What are these good gifts?

Christmas is depicted as a time for joyous celebrations, but it is also noted to be a time of great depression. Some of your relatives and friends probably need more words of encouragement than they need more “stuff”. With all of the “broken” families that now fill our society, there are probably some relatives that need your words of forgiveness more than they need a new item of clothing. In spite of all of the gatherings of people that take place in Christmas celebrations, there are probably some in the midst of such gatherings who are feeling lonely and would really like to receive a personal gift of a warm hug and hear the sincere sound of these words I love you. Hope is a traditional Christmas message, but now when all of the shopping is done some people in your circle may still be anxiously seeking this gift. A personal word or a special gesture of kindness might give this gift to someone who is waiting anxiously for it.

What’s special about such good gifts?

You don’t have to go shopping for them. You already have them somewhere in the recesses of your character. They may just need to be uncovered. You don’t have to go to a great deal of work to wrap them and deliver them, maybe just a phone call could do it. And they aren’t particularly expensive; probably just the cost of some humility. And now would be a great time to deliver such gifts as some of your friends and relatives are approaching the celebrations of this season without them.

Let’s talk about such good gifts What other such qualities of loving relationships might you cite as being “good gifts”? Have you made an effort to share such “gifts” with others? If so, what was their response? What difference did it make in their life? What difference did it make in your observance of Christmas? Christmas might really be made “merry” by the sharing of such good gifts. May you all have a Merry Christmas.

Danger Ahead Bridge Out

Danger ahead; political gridlock

The election of Barack Obama to serve as president of these “divided” States for another four years has not provided a strong bridge over the economic chasm toward which we are heading. And the chasm is not just an economic matter, it is a matter of national security. Four more years of political gridlock in Congress in the face of ongoing economic changes in the world’s markets and resources and the persistent efforts of our enemies to destroy us does not offer any of us Americans much hope for a return to a prosperous and safe America.

The bridge is out

Some Americans tried to establish a strong “bridge” over this chasm through the reasonable political process of a free election of political representatives, but it did not work because of the political power of a few “swing” states that were able to give a political “victory” to Barack Obama without putting in place a strong “bridge” or even a well defined “road” to the political compromises that reasonable citizens were hoping for from this election. As president Obama seeks to move “forward” with his political agenda, I don’t believe that there is any strong “bridge” in place that is going to enable him and his friendly supporters to restore prosperity to Americans and even to guarantee our safety.

Various options

What are the various options that now face our congressional representatives? What can we as individual and gathered citizens now do to provide a strong “bridge” over this chasm toward which we are now heading? What practical steps can be taken to “bridge” the emotional and conceptual gaps that strongly divide us as Americans from each other so that we can use our common resources to meet our common needs? And who or what “leaders” are going to implement these steps for us? Let’s talk about this.

Becoming program dependent

Becoming program dependent

The constant expansion and improvement of various devices for the communication of messages and the gathering and manipulation of bits of information from around the world is mind boggling. My son, who is a professional computer consultant, indicates to me that it is becoming more difficult for him to keep up with all of the changes that are regularly being made in all of the various programs that he has to handle in his work. I get reminders, almost daily, of the need to update some of the files of programs, which are few in number, on my computer, and many of the emails coming into my inbox are newsletters and reports from professionals regarding some important changes that are being made in existing programs or the issuing of brand new programs to improve and to speed up the ways in which I share and process information.

An example of an impersonal message

I got an email message a week or so ago from someone who just said “Thank you” to me. I don’t know what they were thanking me for, who they were, or where they were from. Nothing in their email address gave me any personal information, apparently to protect their privacy. It is good idea to protect one’s privacy on the internet, but I think we are in danger of becoming very impersonal in our communications with each other. And many of the messages that we share are so brief, like 140 characters for tweets, or just some photos, as on Facebook, that they are almost meaningless. Some of the photos from my grandchildren are cute, but they are soon lost or otherwise buried in archives of “old” notes or albums of unorganized and unidentified photos in various files on my computer. It is easy to build a network of hundreds of “friends” on Facebook, but knowing each of them or sharing anything of real value or meaning with most of them is almost impossible.

Are you becoming program dependent?

Can you write a personal note to another person without being dependent on a computer to compose it and to deliver it? How long can you get along without your cell phone or Ipad? Can you balance your checkbook or figure the interest on your credit card without depending on a calculator in your hand to do the calculations? How good is your memory for some important facts and figures in your life without depending ona handy link
to take you quickly to the appropriate files of data?

Are communication mistakes really funny?

Political commentators and critics have made a lot of jokes about gaffs and factual errors in various statements that our presidential candidates have made from time to time, often in response to spontaneous questions where they are without the aid of some handy device to remind them what to say. But are such “mistakes” really funny or are they symptoms of a serious problem that is facing us all; are we becoming so dependent on various software programs and technical devices that we are becoming almost meaningless and very impersonal in our communication with each other? Such mistakes may not be very serious for most of us private citizens in our personal conversations, but I think that they could be very serious if they continue to appear too frequently among our political representatives who daily make important decisions about how we conduct our civic lives together.

Let’s talk about this. Are we becoming too dependent on software programs in our communications with each other? Are we becoming so dependent upon calculators in our hands that we are in danger of losing some basic personal mathematical skills? If so, what might we do to correct this tendency and avoid some of its problems?

What is good?

What is good in your life? There is a lot of talk these days about what is wrong in America, and there are apparently a lot of serious problems facing citizens in other nations as well. Severe economic challenges are evident in many major countries of the world, and violent protests against various “abuses” of people are daily reported in the media and social platforms of our world. So we have hundreds of daily statements regarding various serious problems facing people in our world, but there is almost nothing being said about what is good? anywhere in the world.

And apparently there isn’t a lot of confidence among the voting citizens in America that either one of the candidates for president can fix the problems. They each claim that they will be able to do so, if given the chance. But neither one of them are too specific when it comes to citing the details regarding how the “fixes” will be accomplished. And the representatives of the American people in Congress seem to be reluctant to take any “bold” steps to “fix” the problems or even to reasonably address the issues. The facts regarding these national and personal economic problems and the danger of personal violent abuse that faces many people in our world are clearly cited, but in many cases the talk is only about who is to blame for the problems without anyone proposing reasonable solutions to them.

What is good in your life?

Let’s talk about this. Do you have any good news to report where you live? Who do you know who is being able to solve some of these serious problems that are facing many individuals today? How are they doing it? Many people throughout the world are really needing to hear some answers to this question: What is good?. Share your comments.