Posted in Poetry

Alone [Together], As One

Early I Rise
with the Dawn of day
Visions of you
in my head do Play

Bringing such Joy
and giddy delight
for the Love shared
through the dark night

Once Reality
now but Dream
worlds change
what remains, but Dream?

Life goes on
only Dreams persist
keeping the Faith
They DO exist!

Those Dreams of Love
and one day True
when Love returns
and begins anew

Dreams ARE Hope
and the Light of Day
that keeps me going
while you’re away

©16DEC2020 J. Elron MINGS

Posted in Deep(er) Thoughts, How I see the World..., Life

Did You See the Sunrise?

How many Sunrises have passed you by? How often do you take a moment, and simply enjoy the moment (there are so many), when the sun comes up over the horizon? Have you considered the uncountable Blessings that came with that Sunrise?
I can’t imagine not thinking about such things… but I compare myself with no one. I am unique to a fault, I think. If such a thing be possible. I know only, that I’ve not found another like me. No mate, who understands…
I thought I had. But she left. I say this, not to draw sympathy, but to point out how difficult it is to find someone who “understands” you (me)! How difficult is it, to be Grateful, and Thankful, for all of Life, and to share that Joy (and sorrow, the highs as well as the lows, the Good with the bad) with another? …I’m still working on it. I suppose some people find perpetual Gratitude a false front. I don’t understand how anything less is possible! Just because my heart is broken, does not change the beauty or grandeur of a Sunrise, or all the Blessing(s) of Life that accompany it!! That I suffer is simply a reminder to be Grateful of/for the moments when I am free of affliction(s), whatever their nature. How can we know the pure Bliss of Union, if we haven’t been raked by the pain of loss/separation?
It hurts, yes. Does that relieve me of the Duty and Honour to acknowledge the Wondrous Beauty of all Creation, and give credit where It’s due, for the unfathomable Blessing(s) that are/were those precious, Sacred, shared moments!?!? The Joy brought in those moments made/makes it all worthwhile! To have in memory, that smile of delight, and those eyes, filled with the Light of Their Love, reflecting the Joy within!! Aren’t those moments, worthy of the greater parts of our energy(ies)/focus? I think so. And that those precious moments are always worth the effort. All of Life, while we are Living, is worth celebrating!

I arose this Morning, to the Glory of the Sun, not quite over the hills and obstacles and terrain that separated it from me. How Miraculous, that wondrous display, that I arose from my bed and went immediately outside (…after some Prayers of Gratitude for all this Life’s experiences, and for the Well Being of others) to greet the Mighty Light of our Salvation!! Don’t think It so grand? Try living without the sunlight, see how long you last! Sadly, it takes but a moment for the Life to be frozen from its vessel, without Sunlight to nourish it, and keep it warm. A darkness I Pray never to know!
And so I gave Thanks, for that tremendous ball of gas giving its Light to us, millions of miles away! It didn’t take long (though I could have gone about it all the day long), just a moment, to pause the “busy-ness” of existing in this “society” of ours. And I’ve felt Great for having done so all day long!!

Several years ago now, a great Friend of Life introduced me to an “Attitude of Gratitude”, and I’ve not been the same since. The charge, is for 30 days, to write down on (something) 3 new things you are grateful for, every day. The only “rule”, is “No duplicating!” So you actually have to come up with 90 different things, 3 per day!
By the time 30 days had passed, I wanted to write more! I found I didn’t have all I was grateful for written down, and I wanted to fill the gaps I had on the (3 X 5) cards I’d been writing them on! There are new additions to the uncountable Blessings every moment, and not in any lifetime could anyone write them ALL down!! They keep coming, each and every moment we Live!!! ..Ever tried counting moments? Good luck if you’re brave enough to try!

But again, this is just me. One day, I may have that mate, with whom to share such immeasurable Glory! With whom, I may give/offer Thanks to [our] Powers that Be for the unlimited Blessings of Life!! All Glory, Honour, and Praise be, to They who Created all Life on Terra! I Pray one day to be so worthy, to say that I, as small and insignificant as I may be, had benefited Life on Earth in some manner. The verdict is still out, I’ve much Life to Live (I hope) before I am judged, for having served Life, or been a detriment to It. A choice we all make, every day. All day.
That, is what this Life is all about!! Promoting Life, or promoting death. Which do you do? How much? Did you know, that Promoting Life, is as easy as a smile? Sure, there is a world more of things we can do, but really, just a smile is still beneficial to the Life around you! If we can do no more, we can at the very least offer a smile, can we not? In shared Gratitude, for the opportunity to Live another moment? To share, another moment!?

Why do we so wantonly choose to be miserable? What appeal is there, to being so ungrateful? Sure, there are aspects of Life that are less than pleasant. We all experience them. We cannot Learn without contrasts, and so must endure the challenges, before we can fully appreciate the ease. Sure, the periods of ease may not be as plentiful. But they are there! Aren’t they worth the effort(s)? Isn’t that the whole point to our running around this Life, like Chickens with our heads cut off? For the sake of enjoying those rare, precious moments, when we get to share in the Joy(s) of the Life we experience!? Is there a better reason, for doing all we do, than being able to share in the Joy(s) of Life??
I think not. But who am I? I am yet Alive, and so I Dream still! And so, when I am able, I am willing to take the time, to enjoy the moment of Sunrise! It need not be the entirety thereof. Just a moment. To be reminded, and Grateful for the reminder, that such a precious moment is not granted to us all, and is not always granted!

Blesséd be to thee all!
Aloha! Namaste! As-Salàmu Àlaykum!

Posted in Deep(er) Thoughts, Life

Oh, ye ends of the Earth…

Good day to thee all!! How are my fellow Earthlings weathering this media storm??? Seriously, I Pray all are well, and those who have contracted this flu-like virus named “Covid-19”, a speedy and full recovery! It is tragic, that there are those among us whose immune systems cannot handle the strains and stresses of the flu, as is always the case. Every year, and change of season. Even more tragic, that an inept, would-be dictator, who continues to assume the throne of these United States, has so egregiously performed his duties, fulfilling 0% of the responsibility(ies) required of his post and station.
To they, all those who have been so grossly misrepresented, and mistreated as human beings, with undeniable rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness! To them (to us all, in case you missed that), and their Kindred and Friends, my condolences and sincere wishes (and Prayers!) that we may all someday soon see a return to “normal”, wherever in the world you may be. For not one of us Living Human Souls, has gone unaffected by our -collective- current circumstances!
For all who have recently suffered the loss of a Loved one, I understand it is always a difficult time, and my wish(es) and Prayer(s) is that a comfortable “normality” may return to your lives, as their physical absence becomes slowly familiar enough that you (we) may carry on, cherishing the memories of those left behind, instead of the mourning we at first endure.

There is bitter irony in the saying/fact that, “We don’t know what we’ve got, ’til it’s gone.” That being (the irony, that is), that it/they are not “fully” appreciated until we no longer have them! How sad, that in the moment, we don’t realize the value possessed!
I know of no one (myself included) who has not, at some point (or many), experienced the Truth of this. Loss of a car, a house… more importantly that of a Friend, Kin, and/or Loved One, these events tend to bring to the forefront of our minds just how much a part of our lives they are! And not just the big things, but the little things as well! …If not more so.
Rarely do we understand/appreciate just how much said person/object means to us, or the smooth/continued function(s) [they] bring to our lives, until it is too late. And then the loss is all to clear! The ramifications, suddenly, abundantly, clear. Then does the real value become painfully, highly polished, crystal, clear.
So too of our Freedom(s)!! A wise man once said, They who can give up essential Liberty to obtain a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. How much more liberty are we willing to give up? …How much more do we really have left to lose?

No matter your geographic location, we are all Human, and as such; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [wo]/men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” {-Preamble to the Declaration of Independence}
There is not one Human-being on Terra that this does not apply to. So why are only the 1%ers achieving this? Simple. They’re afraid that if they share, they won’t be able to enjoy the same level of “luxury” they inherited. The irony is, that there would be greater abundance, not less, if we all enjoyed such high standards of living. Such is the inherent flaw of narrow, short-sided, short-term thinking.
But, then, if they actually poked their heads out of their tiny boxes, they might see the world around them! The wonder, the majesty of a Divine Gift we’ve all been given… the Gift of Life!!!

That’s right! Ladies, Gentlemen, the cat’s out of the bag!! You’re ALIVE!!! And guess what!? There’s more! You… have… the… right… to… choose… how… you… Live… that… Life!!! THAT is an “inalienable” Right!! But WAIT!!!! There’s more!
We can ALL do so, Peaceably, Cooperatively, Interdependently, in Harmony and in Unison with EVERY OTHER LIFE FORM on the Planet! Hard to believe, I know. Because “they” have been telling you otherwise for milennia. But think about it! What’s stopping us?? All 7 (I’ve recently hear 8) + billion of us, are capable of Living, together, upon this abundant, verdant Earth we call home! Don’t believe me? Ask yourselves this; Why not???
For what reason (other than greed, or any other self-serving “sin”), what valid reason is there, why we cannot ALL prosper? There isn’t one.
Imagine, if we ALL, simply Lived as we wish, followed our Dreams, we would ALL be too busy enjoying Life to be envious, greedy, malicious, selfish, murderous, etc.)! There is NO Good reason, why we cannot. If we simply cease to imprison ourselves, cease allowing others to convince us why we should serve them, at all, and simply return to doing what we already know to be Right!!

Let’s throw Religion in the mix! Tell me of any One of them that does not have a version or form, type if you prefer, of The Golden Rule! Tell me, please, with so many billions of followers of Faiths around the world, each one of them “adhering to the same guiding principle”, it is humanly possible that we “live” in the kind of world we do??? Can anyone explain that to me? Please?
And don’t hide behind the Name by which you call upon Deity/Divine/Higher Power (or even if not at all, for you still bare a moral compass that has the same principle), because it matters not by what Name, or Element, or Universal Instructor/Constructor… really! It doesn’t matter! Are you practicing what you preach? If you were, WE could not POSSIBLY be struggling as WE are to survive!!!! Think about that! If even half of the “Believers” of “XYZ” Religion actually practiced what they preach/”believe”, would it even be possible that we would have even half the issues we humans have!!!??? I say unto you Nay! It would not be possible!
We, each and every one of 7 + billion of us, every single one of us, has the opportunity, in every single moment we are alive, to “Choose the Right!” Are we? Do you? I say unto you, Nay! For if ye were, that Righteousness would sweep across the face of the planet like a tornado against the filth that is “running” this world today!
But we don’t. We are all far too complacent. After all, it is not that evil is stronger, that it prevails, it is only because “Good” people do nothing. Putting them directly in league with those that continue to try to find ways to suppress and control your movement, your speech, the very air we breathe if we keep letting them!
And PLEASE I beg of you, don’t try to inflict your will upon another with violence (And words can be violent too)! There’s no need, it solves nothing, and since there isn’t a single solitary one of us that doesn’t have the exact same basic needs for Growth and Life: Love, Food(Water), and shelter! And in that order, for with the one before it, we can do with a little less of the next. …What possible gain can there be from inflicting violence upon another? There is none!! And just imagine, imagine, what we could accomplish, if we acted for each other’s Benefit, instead of detriment!? what we, the citizens of Planet Earth (Terra), could accomplish, in harmony with the Life that sustains us, and the Planet that provides it!! Act as you “Believe”, “Do unto others, as you would have done to you!”
There is one, and only one reason, ever given, where aggressive acts are condoned against another “sentient” being (…though, there are many “lesser” Life forms that understand the necessity for balance in Life better than we do), and that is in defense of an other, and their Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Not even your own, but theirs. In defense of an other than yourself.

And here’s the determining question(s) for if what you are doing is Right or wrong: Will Life and Living, be in some way, better for my doing it? Is what I’m doing benefiting more than myself? Does it/will it benefit in some way, some other living thing upon this, our planet? Is what I am doing, going to express in some way, to some thing other than myself that I care?
If the answer to any of these is yes, then do continue!
If the answer is no, let your conscience be your guide! We, as a “civil” “society”, have learned far too much to claim ignorance of our actions. We know precisely which Master we are serving. There can be only One. Life/Light!!!!! …Or Death/Dark.
It’s time we repent of our campaign(s) of death and destruction! Repent! Repent! And you know what, we don’t even have to get all “pious” about it, leave the pulpit and pews at home, and just go out and do some Good! Tear up some concrete (of your own, and/or with permission) and plant a Garden, volunteer, lend a hand, cook a meal, say “Thank you!”, say “I Love you!”, give a hug, give a smile, a warm greeting, something, anything to uplift or benefit another, and I Promise, Good things will come of it!

There you have It, my Friends, the latest and Greatest post yet! 😀 I’ve done my part. There is much to be done (writing, for me!), and no better time than now to be doing it! LOL I think I may go for a walk as well, take in some fresh air. Enjoy the Beauty of the Sights, Sounds, Smells, Tastes and Feels of the Life that surrounds me… while yet I am able. For we are not promised the next moment. Are you/will you be the One, to share it, to send “These Good Words” to another? By last count, I have a 1/51 of a chance, that someone, somewhere will share this with another, and they to another, and on. If not, I have shared it with those 51 of you, I hope you have enjoyed the Rant. I know I “come on strong”… but I do try to be plain, that I may be easily understood. A more difficult task than I once imagined!
I am human, and have many faults, that I daily endeavour to correct. Some days I am more successful than others, procrastination being one of my biggest pitfalls! LOL
So, until next I post… (I feel some poetry coming on… 🙂 )

Aloha! Namaste! As-Salàmu Àlaykum!

Shalom! Peace! Pax!

Posted in Deep(er) Thoughts, How I see the World..., Life

The flu… Yeah, about that…

Good Morning one and all! It is the start of a glorious new day!! Why? Because we are alive!! As the sun rises (and until it doesn’t), we, as “religious” bodies, are supposed to be honoring, cherishing, encouraging, and protecting Life!!!

We, as self serving, selfish, narrow-minded animals, should be encouraging, protecting, and keeping healthy the only planet we have, that has produced for us every bit of life giving -and taking- material in our possession. And our Great Earth Mother continues to provide for our most basic needs (food, water [where available], you know, necessities for survival, despite the atrocities we continue to perform upon her (…for now anyway, we’re in a hurry to stop that too)!

So here we have a choice. And for all interested parties (…you’re among the living, right? Well, then you’re included), the choice is the same. We start NOW to heal, promote, support, encourage, the Life that surrounds us, and with which we ourselves are Blessed, or we will lose that Life on scales rarely recorded.
And we will have no one to blame but ourselves! We cannot say we didn’t know. We didn’t see it coming. Don’t add insult to injury! The damage(s) we’ve already done is irreparable. We’re only beginning to see the effects of our continued greenhouse emissions! That devastation is yet to come, but is quickly coming. Make no mistake! We cannot undue even the mistakes of our most recent past. Namely, 20 years ago ignoring the top scientists of the world, who said, “…if we [didn’t] drastically reduce our carbon emissions in the next decade, the effects would be catastrophic! Well, that was two decades ago, and we’re emitting more, not less.
In fact, we’re destroying Life on this planet faster than has been done since an asteroid took out the dinosaurs! Congratulations! Something to be proud of! Maybe you can etch that fact in to a piece of plastic thick enough, it won’t break down for a million years, memorializing our stupidity in the most ironic of fashions!!

Is this really the “legacy” you want to leave behind? Or have you seriously become so short sighted as to think there actually might be a way to take the wealth with you when you die?

What about Life, do you find so despicable, that you’re not content with ruining just your own by being miserable all the time? Why must we seek to destroy Life as we know it as well, sending us all into a period of famine and death not seen since… well, since “biblical times”!!??

There is not a noteworthy philosophy or religion, or even scientific view, in which the actions we’ve taken, and continue to take against our own survival, make the slightest bit of sense, and/or are justifiable! And yet here we are, boasting in our pride of our “greatness”, when we’ve accomplished nothing more significant than increased the body count of the innocent blood shed, simply so we could say, “See, we can kill better!”

Not one of the Lifeforms upon this planet want anything more than to survive! We are all a part of the Living Organism that is Earth, and what we do to this planet we are inevitably doing to ourselves!! I’m certain I’ve said this before; If we all want to survive, and we will only be able to do so if we do so in support of one another, why then are we killing each other so we can… do the very… same… thing.

How can you fail to see the irony??? We are actually lessening our chances of survival, by drastic decreases in population! If we are going to have any chance at all of surviving the damage we’ve already ensured will bring devastation to us over the coming years, we will need every thinking person available to come up with damage control solutions on a global scale! It will take thinking in directions we haven’t thought before to overcome the dependency we’ve created on unsustainable practices! That goes for our ridiculous over-consumption of produce, as well as the fossil fuels used to make it all possible. We intentionally produce goods in an excess of 2/3 planned losses! Yes, that’s right, from field to market, we produce/purchase for mass consumption with the expectation of 2/3 of it being destroyed/wasted! What hunger problem? We have a consumerism problem, and a fair distribution problem, not a quantity problem, no matter what’s being measured.

The worst of it is, it’s not a lack of Life, which surrounds us wherever we go, for Inspiration, for Beauty, for a glimpse of the Divine, that is driving us to the brink of destruction. It is our own lack of attention to that Life, that is threatening to destroy us all! There are more forms of Life in a fist full of healthy dirt, than there are people on this planet! And putting our hands in that on a regular basis is worth more to our physical and mental health than a years worth of drug therapy and vitamin supplements (opinion, based on fact)!

We have entered a pivotal point in our time, and in/for the future of our existence, Brothers and Sisters. We have a choice. And we can no longer sit idly by and claim ignorance. There is too much information out there, and you can either seek to choose it wisely, and do your own fact checking, making educated decisions… or follow the herd of lemmings to their destruction. We are all being faced, with Right or wrong, Good or evil, Life or death, Love or apathy decisions. Haven’t you noticed? It’s not just the tension in the air, over too much hype on/over the negative, the glory hounds, the lunacy that our “decision makers” and their process has become. Are you being represented? Are you asking questions of your “leaders” that lead to productive, informative responses, on both sides of the table? There’s a Good question: Are you reacting, or responding?
Are you Choosing the Right? Are you being led, following, or leading? And to what end? There is nothing wrong with questioning authority, and authority should not be afraid to be questioned, nor fearful to give, or to have discovered, the truth! And why are we???

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Who can tell me what this is from?
It doesn’t matter how many of you can tell me, I know many can. But the fact that there are so many that can’t (without Googling it), is cause for alarm! That writing has been taken out of our schools, IS CAUSE FOR ALARM! What were you thinking, when you said/thought this was okay??? And don’t tell me, “I didn’t say/think that… I didn’t even know they were doing it!” It is the responsibility of every living thing to be aware of their surroundings. And of the governed to be mindful of those whom they allow that governance! Until you sell them your freedom for that ever allusive security, you, as a “represented” individual, have the right to vote for those bills, and those “representatives” that are going to act in your best interest, to provide for, and make possible that which is italicized above. If they aren’t doing that, you aren’t being fairly represented, are you?
“Legaleeze” (that language only lawyers speak) is only in existence to ensure you are being deceived!!! If it were otherwise, the language of the law would be plain, and simple, for every wo/man to understand, without having to have someone else “…interpret the fine points!” 😐

Here’s a Good question for all you law-abiding citizens: Why are you letting these people “you placed” in government, tell you, you need them? Do you? What proof have they, that the piece of paper they say “proves” the value of their “profession”, gives any value whatever, to you, who are, again, the one being “served”… What exactly are you being served?

These are all, very simple, plain questions. That no truly “representative” government should be afraid to have asked, and should be happy to answer, and do so in a manner that “makes me feel like…” my question(s) has(ve) been heard, and my concerns are worth the time and effort to respond…
Which, cannot, and is not, accomplished, by a form letter that proves you have neither seen/read nor heard my complaint/issue/concern, and you have absolutely NO intention of coming off the golf course to see that an adequate and fair amount of effort is put into resolving said complaint/issue/concern
Signed, your hard-at-work “tax payed” civil servant,
Mr./Mrs. Politician, who got here not by scratching your back!!!

Do you feel, like your interests are being looked after, in/during this present “crisis”? And, if so, may I ask what tax bracket you’re in?

What exactly, are you thinking? We are better than this, people!! We are capable of so much Good, if we just would…
The adversary (of Life) can only win if Good people do nothing! Guess what!? We are all capable of being either/or!! It’s all about the choices we make. Are you repentant? Do you seek to Love/Live more than hurt/destroy? What choices are you making that say so? Because actions often do speak louder than words… or tweets.

I’ve been, and remain, so very Blessed in/by Life!! And Truly, we all are. We just don’t always choose to acknowledge it. And when we fail to feel even that slight bit of Gratitude for Gifts beyond our ability to give, we miss out on feeling the purest of all emotions around! The greatest of all, Charity [Love]! Pure, unconditional Love! You know, like the kind our “pets” (I prefer animal companions) give us, no matter how we treat them (to an extent)! My Aunt Marie told me when I was still young, that there was a reason doG is, what it is, backwards! And it’s stuck with me all these years, ’cause it makes perfect sense! What better example have we, of what Unconditional Love should be about.

Why is it so hard to understand, that Love IS the answer, to all of our problems, public and private!? And that it was when focus was taken away from Family, that we lost sight of what’s truly important in Life!? (Hello! Each other!?!!?)

We can do this, Brothers and Sisters! We’ve overcome worse (…though we seem determined to make it worse), but the way is getting rough, and it’s time to discover if we’re worth our salt. We have each other. And United, we will stand! History tells us so! …Divided, we will fall! History tells us so.
It also tells us, there’s no new way under the sun to hurt, maim, and/or kill one another. Violence begets violence. And violence has not ever benefited us. It detracts from our humanity.
Peace is the only way, and the way of every Profit I’ve ever read or heard mention of. So long as we Live, and Love, Peace, and we, have a chance! Let’s see how many ways we can discover to heal one another, to Love one another, to lift up and support! Most especially during their time of need! And we are all in need!
And if we throw in enough Faith to fill a mustard seed, there isn’t a man made illness/drug or bullet made that can keep us from seeking the Light of ALL Life!
And therein lies my Hope!! I Love you my 7 (?8?) billion Brothers and Sisters! More than most of you will ever know! And I desire for each and everyone of you nothing more than a Peaceful, and prosperous Life! …But you have to want it for yourselves, as well!

Aloha! Namasté! As-Salàmu Àlaykum!

Peace!!!!

Posted in Deep(er) Thoughts, How I see the World..., Life

Happy New Year_2020!

Happy New Year!

    Good Morning and Good Day to thee all!!  A bit late, perhaps for some tastes, for such greetings (either in the day or year… take your pick or both), but I offer the first [title] (usually) until the end of April, and the latter all day long, wherever I am!  Besides, I’ve been more than a bit lax in my posting, so such Greetings are overdue anyhow!  😛

    I’ve had many reasons and occasions as of late, to be an observer of the world around me.  And a Beautiful, tragic, big bit of Life, is there, out there, to be observed!  I am Blessed, that I have within the last 2 years, and for nearly 7 years before, been incarcerated!  Not that there is anything of Good report in the fact of being imprisoned, but in some of the consequences thereof (and not including the Blessing(s) daily of remaining alive in a highly volatile environment)!

Case-in-point, I appreciate with delight the sound of birds, and the song of the wind through the leaves of the trees!  And though I was a nature Lover before my incarceration began, having been deprived of so much as touching a tree (and for about half the time even seeing a tree was not possible), my appreciation for Nature is now a thousand-fold what it was, and I am no longer as comfortable away from Nature (“in the city”) as I was, either!  It’s amazing the ways in one can be “broken”… and startling allthemore that we continue to go to such lengths with such glee, and a sense of pride that “justice” is being done!

It is astonishing to me, that we are so quick to judge, and so slow to understand.  One would think of most “devout” religious/spiritual folk as being predisposed to the latter over the former… one would think!  But reality paints a far different picture.  Where is the understanding of not only religious organizations, but business and government conglomerates as well, when the inmate/convict is released back into a society that says it’ll give you a second chance, but the reality is so much lip service as to make recidivism appealing to the weakest and most powerless among us!  Why fight the system, when you can ‘do what you want’ on the “outside” ‘til you get busted, then be given a (albeit for me most undesirable) routine/program to -again- do (or not) what you want, minus the “dangers and pitfalls” of trying to be a part of a system/society that not only rejects you, but profits from your/our poverty and recidivism!  The entire system, benefits financially from our incarceration!!  It/They depend upon it!!!

    As it is the dawn of a new year, and as we near the blooms of Spring, it is time to reflect upon what it’s taken to get us here… what we truly hold dear and/or give importance… and decide what path we are going to take.  As winter’s frost and dormancy give way to Spring’s fresh starts, and the awakening of that which has slumbered and survived through a cold, long winter, and all that has transpired in the dark times, comes to light as the days grow longer!

Rivers forged anew, Trees fell/survived, all of Nature begins with a shift towards Life, and away from death!

    Where are we going?  With all the amazing advancements we’ve seen in technology, we’ve not ever been further behind in our ability(ies) to relate one to another!  Why is that?  Any therapist/group worth their salt, is going to tell you the value of effective communication (rooted in effective listening)!  And how utterly necessary it is to any sustainable relationship!  So why have we fallen so short?  Why, and how are we failing each other so miserably???  We are capable of sooo much more, if on no other level than empathy!  There is absolutely no reason why we couldn’t divert every one of our scientific/technological endeavors, immediately, from Life threatening/endangering to Life promoting pursuits!  Overnight!!  No jobs lost, in fact, there would be a great enough demand for all positions, to employ every able-bodied man, woman, and child on Earth!  …If we were serious about it.  If we really wanted to end suffering on Earth.  If we were serious about changing the direction we were going, and not repeating the mistakes of the past… but we’re not.  We’re consuming resources and destroying/covering up our only habitat faster than She can recover!!

    If you haven’t noticed, our Mother (that Earth we live upon) is screaming at us to STOP doing what has already caused irrevocable damages to our climate and ecosystems!  If we wait any longer to act, we may not survive!  And our connection to our Mother plays a direct part in our own Happiness, Health, and Well-being!  We can have NONE of those without Her!  We have/share a symbiotic relationship with every Lifeform upon this planet! When It/She/They are Healthy, so are we!!  When It/She/They are barely hanging on to Life, so are we!!  She provides the ONLY source of sustenance any Life form on Earth has!!!  If we destroy Her, and continue to allow her to be raped for her wares, there will soon be nothing left for anyone/thing!  And it is NOT because there isn’t enough now, it’s because we waste 2/3 of it all!!!!

    I’ve plenty to say about the pitfalls of social media and technology, but little that hasn’t already been voiced by those “more professional” than myself.  It is appalling to me that we, as a society, have allowed ourselves to be led to a place where it’s okay that we know longer teach our children the skill of writing!  And communication/language is quickly deteriorating into a small collection of acronyms and emoji’s.

    At a time when it is so very important that we communicate, and understand one another, there is little surprise to me that the adversary has so effectively crippled the very means by which we do so.

    Make no mistake, there are no works of man that have not been infiltrated by dark forces!  What are the end results of what we produce?  Greed?  Domination?  Waste?  Destruction?  Death?  If any or all of these receive a “yes”, you may “unwittingly” be working for the wrong side.  Here’s a simple test:  Does what(ever) you do promote, or discourage, Life?  I’m not talking profit margins, or net depreciation vs. total value of output.  Does your work, and/or do your efforts, promote the furtherance of all Life on Earth, or the deterrence of [all] Life on Earth?

    You see, whether you choose to Believe it or not, we do have, and are a part of a symbiotic relationship with all the rest of the Life and resources upon this planet!  When we act selfishly, we are acting to the detriment of the Life around us.  When we act for the benefit of the Life around us, it is then able to act for our benefit!

    We are but a miniscule part of a much bigger cog, but our intellect -should- afford(s) us the opportunity to help and encourage on astronomically grande scales, the Life around us!  And we have in our (humanity’s) possession, the starts of several hundred, if not thousand such technologies available now!!  …But instead, we’re using them for destruction.  Or not using them at all.  Wasting not only the God/dess given talent(s), but the Life(ives) it could be saving and/or making better!  Example:  Look up research DARPA and the FDA have done on a fruit from the Philippine’s called Sour Sop.  A fruit 1000’s of times more effective at killing cancer than chemotherapy, but because they are unable to synthesize, and thereby profit from it, nothing has been done with it!  In fact, they’d rather we not know about it at all, but, you know, that little thing called the Constitution (what’s left of it) and Truth in Reporting, they couldn’t not publish the research.  Instead, they just won’t talk about it, and don’t make it any easier to locate!

    Why then, when we could/should be making Life better for all, are we instead doing all we can do to kill each other and the planet we all live on???  What sense does that make?  We’re smarter than that!!!  …Right????

    Though I know the Truth is “yes”, I really wonder about us sometimes.  How could the joke of a man we have as “leader”, ever become elected?  Well, Truth is, he wasn’t!  But, that truth has been known from the start, and nothing’s been done about it…  We couldn’t even get the criminal impeached!!  We are the laughing-stock of the globe, people!  Wake up!!  Or the chances of doing so may quickly disappear…

Posted in How I see the World..., Life

Gratitude!

Happy Thanksgiving, Sisters and Brothers!! I Pray you all, religious or otherwise, celebratory or not, impoverished or well endowed, all of you, are able to spend some time during “this time of year” with Kindred, with Friends, with Family! And may you all do so, as I shall, in the depths of humility and Gratitude, for the opportunity we are given to share these precious, rare, few, cherished moments, one with another!

My to-be-continued(s) will be continued, and I’ve other writings either completed or nearly so, that are also forthcoming. But it is now time for a showing of a bit of Gratitude! So without further adieu…

Sometimes Gratitude for Life is one of the most difficult to learn, at least for me it has been. Sometimes it’s difficult to be Grateful for the pain, the misery, the suffering. My own, as well as that of others. But to be Grateful for these things does not mean I find them pleasant, or like them, or enjoy seeing others so afflicted!

What it means, is that I’m Grateful to be alive, to experience these things, that I may better appreciate the Good things in Life! The Joys, the Happiness, The Love, all these things must have opposites (opposition), or we could not (in our present state of mortality) know them! Light/dark, Cold/Hot, Sweet/Bitter, Wet/Dry, etc. It is in the contrast(s) that we may know a thing, and thereby discern and distinguish, recognize, and “in time” appreciate!!

Life was never promised to be easy, but it was Promised to be rewarding, if we but put forth the effort, do what we know to be Right, and to share what we learn/know/have with others, that they too may flourish, in the Joy that is Living!

And it is this time of year in which we “Westerners” express Gratitude! And I’d like the rest of the World to know, that not all of us yanks celebrate the horrors and atrocities of the past, nor do we all wish these evils to be hid, covered-up, un-talked about, un-learned from, unacknowledged! We should however move on, and not let the past plague us like zombies, instead gain the upper hand against tyranny and the oppression of the Truth, let it be known, publish it upon the roof-tops, that we may NEVER repeat these egregious sins against one another!!

There is so much to Live for, to be Happy about, to be Grateful for, to Love and to Cherish (these last two can only be applied to Living organisms, sorry) each and every moment within the seconds, minutes, and hours of these fragile, beautiful, precious Gifts of Life we’ve been given! It is impossible to physically, or even digitally list all that we have to be Grateful for, for every moment anew, if we are so Blessed, is another to add to the list!!

I am thankful, yea, I am Grateful, for the uncountable Blessings I receive each and every moment, of each and every day! And when I am even more Greatly Blessed, I am able to share a few precious of those moments with some of you!

I am thankful and Grateful for each of you! Those whom I know, and those I do not! We are, all, Sisters and Brothers upon this Planet! We are all worthy, and deserving, of the basic necessities of Life, and more! That the few deny so many, I find appalling!

I am Grateful for all Life!! The birds, the bees, the trees, all the plants and all the animals, all of the organism that is Terra, our Home!

I am Grateful for a shower. I am Grateful for clean clothes. I am Grateful for hot, potable, drinkable water. Something the majority of the people within this Home of ours don’t have access to!

I am Grateful for food. packaged, processed, life stealing chemically altered/enhanced/”preserved” artificial and natural flavors added food, that makes you think you’re nourishing yourself, too expensive, make a wish and hope you don’t die from it food, so “cheap” you can barely afford it, while the fresh fruits and vegetables remain a privilege! Food.

I am Grateful for electricity, the internet, WordPress.com, and all those who are struggling to keep the Gift and Art of Writing alive, by whatever means necessary, even if they do take away our paper and pen!

I am Grateful to be alive, in this day and age! Though our follies are many, our viable options few, and difficulties greater in some instances than ever before, so too are the greatness of Blessings, opportunities for Growth, and Positivity!!! REMEMBER, all things must maintain a balance, so if you’re “seeing” more darkness in the world, then there must be more Light shining upon it!

I am Grateful for having Loved, and lost, and Loved again, and lost again, and… well, that story is still telling itself.

I am Grateful, to be a wordsmith, to know a few wordsmiths, to have read many works by wordsmiths, and for the drive to continue to be better with the skill/talent that wordsmithery is! LOL

I am Grateful, and deeply humbled, by those whom I am able to call/consider/know as Friends! For their presence and undeniable influence in and upon my Life! For their Goodness, Lovingkindness, and tender mercies, and generally bright-Lightedness! 😉 For each and every one of them, near and far, young and old, related or otherwise, Friend made anew, or one that I’ve known for a decade or two, and has stuck with me still, I am Grateful!!

For abundance, I am Grateful! For the Moon and Stars at night, and the Sun by day, and all that in this Universe is (and for all that this Universe is), I am Grateful!!

Aloha! Namaste! As-Salàmu Àlaykum!!

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Part II : Communication

It’s amazing, how difficult communicating is these days!

We LITERALLY have more words than we know what to do with!!

WHY???? To confuse the tongue!?

If Speech is a form of Communication, why is it so difficult to express how we feel!? Because NO amount of “words” CAN express, what I’m Feeling!!!

Are you alive?!?! How does that feel?! I couldn’t possibly, begin to use sign nor symbol, that makes sense to you as to how I feel about the Joy felt “Knowing” you are alive!!!!

And I say that to all 7 + billion of You, who are my Mother and Father, Aunt or Uncle, Grandma/pa, Brothers and Sisters, Daughters and Sons. To every bird, and cat, and dog, extra terrestrial living organism upon this Planet! Because, by Your Being Alive, I have Learned the Joy of Living! And I wish NOTHING more, than to Live with and to Love you, every moment of Your Life, Now and Forever!

I don’t “have” to know you, to Love you! Why? You are alive, I Love Life! That shouldn’t be confusing. Is it?

With all of the uncountable symbols “we” have created (which we have not! We’ve not yet had an “original” thought…), we’ve lost our sense!! A talent we all “innately” possess, to feel the Life around us, to sense how it’s feeling, to know how to help It Grow! And we all have the Capacity to do so. And to feel this sense of belonging, connectedness, and self-sacrificing obligation to want to watch it Grow, to nurture It, that by so doing, we ourselves might experience the Joy of Living!

We are not capable of Creating Life yet, we’re not that smart! We can (and do) participate from time to time, but It is NOT our doing!! A force Greater than ourselves determines Life and death!! We are merely spectators and participants! We could be that smart, but we’re to “stuck on silly” to STOP harming ourselves, and each other! Even though we desperately need each other to survive. “No man is an island.” (By someone smarter, and before me.)

We are ALL in this thing called Life together!!!! IT IS WITHIN OUR OWN BEST INTERESTS TO ENSURE THE SURVIVAL OF ALL LIFE ON EARTH!

HURRY! NOW!! MOST LIFE ON EARTH WILL COME TO AN UGLY DEMISE IF WE DON’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO LIVE TOGETHER!

GOOD MORNING!! IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP!!! TIME FOR ACTION(S). NO MORE WORDS! “THEY” ARE DEAD, AND NO LONGER BEAR THE MEANING THEY ONCE IMPLIED. SYMBOLS MEAN NOTHING, IF THEY DO NOT EXPRESS HOW YOU FEEL, WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU, AND/OR WHY YOU FEEL THAT WAY. WE MUST SHOW EACH OTHER HOW MUCH WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, BECAUSE THE “words” DON’T MATCH THE INTENT ANY LONGER!! THEY NO LONGER MAKE SENSE!

Count what you will, it matters not. Unless you are counting the number of Lives (or Forms of Life) you have Saved!!! THAT’s what I want to here! Please, tell me too, I’d like to help however I may! Even if just listening is all I can do, and might help! Maybe I’ll have an idea you can use!

I’m not saying don’t speak, communication and understanding are designed to help us express ourselves. Personally, I Believe the ability to communicate is an Gift of our Divine Creators! Whomever/Whatever They are, or “It Is”, that continue(s) to Make Life possible for us here on this planet! It is a force far Greater than “I”, that’s for sure!

Call that Energy and Divine Life/Light/Love whatever you will, but They Give us Life! What harm can be done, in expressing Gratitude to our Creators by the simple act of acknowledging the Life/Energy around us, how, when, and where we will? If we choose to at all?? Why is “devotion” of any type even an issue? Life is Divinely/Mystically Given, why not increase our efforts to acknowledge and appreciate it!? It’s a form of Communicating with the Life around you that you are alive, and a means by which the Life around us can do the same… you Know, like bearing fruit and stuff!!! Light begets Light. Life Acknowledged begets Life Acknowledged!

My Good Friend Steve says (like his Dad used to say), “Communicating/ion [words] are the seeds of Life!”

Let’s use our “words” wisely. Let’s let our Actions speak for us, louder than “words”. Let’s “Be the change(s) we wish to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi) Let’s let the world know how passionate we are about Living, by Living passionately, doing as we will, harming none!! Let’s express our Gratitude for being alive by Living a Life promoting Life, and cease the race towards a death that’s coming for us all anyway! Let’s make death wait, for ALL of our sake!!!

Peace!

Aloha! Namaste! As-Salamu Alaykum!

03OCT2019 (13:00ish) James Elron Mings

Posted in 1, Deep(er) Thoughts, How I see the World..., Life, Poetry

Good Morning!!

Well, somebody had to say it!  LOL  You can’t see me, you’re reading this!  So it is important that I describe to you all that is going on around me, that you may understand.

Life.  Life is going on, all around me!  And I want so much to be a part of it!  But you won’t let me.  You keep the door(s) locked.  I can’t get in {“What if I’m (he’s) a “criminal”??}  Well, the cat’s out of the bag.  I am.

By “societies” standards, and definition.  In truth, I’m not.  I try, every day to be the Best me I can be, every day.

By “Best”, I mean, non-violent, Peace Loving, Love wanting, me that I can be.  I don’t condone violence, of ANY SORT, but I continue to be subjected to it, literally and figuratively.

My Name is Elron!  What’s your name?  How are you??  Simple greetings, to be shared or ignored as you please.  I have only my words, all else has left me.!

And so I return.  Again and again!  Gladly, for YOU!  Will you have me?

If so, I’ve made the means and the ways for you to contact me when you Wish, available on as many “sharing” “medias” as I’m willing to tolerate.  To be honest, I grow tired of all the technology, the data, it’s all so superfluous!  What MATTERS, IS LIFE!!!!  And the Living of it.

And the people you know, that you invite into your space, matters.  What you do with them, how you do it, Why you do it!

If I’ve confused you, please start from the top, and read it again.  Everything else, is so much fluff!!

I could sit here typing to/at/for you all about what I’ve gone through in this Life, or others, but I do not wish to spend every waking moment typing, or reading, though I enjoy both!  And yet, how else do we share?  I’d rather be Living, alive, feeling, experiencing, all that Life has to offer.  For it doesn’t matter WHAT you do, just so long as you are harming none in doing so.  That includes YOURSELF!

The TRUTH is out there, in every language.  And if that’s what you’re lookin’ for, you’ve found It!  If not, look else where.  I’ll tire eventually of repeating it, but I’ll say it again, perhaps with more words, so you can more easily Understand.

I Love you ALL, that I’ll NEVER tire of saying, to you as an individual, or as a Group.  For THAT is what matters, nothing more, nothing less.  If You’d like to Hear more, feel free to ask (in “person”, in RL preferably), but I’ll respond digitally if you want [you can’t like it or Love it, it’s not “alive”!]!

Aloha!  Namaste!  As-Alámu Álaykum!

~Me~  {~Elron~}

Posted in Deep(er) Thoughts, Life

Precious Moments: Share A Long Hug!

I seem to be posting a lot on this subject lately, but it’s something that continues to be on my mind, and thus the only way I know of to get it out, is to write about it…

There are so many moments in each and every second, and those moments are what matter most in the make up of our being.  They not only define us, but they are what we remember, what triggers our emotions, what drives us to action.  And it’s the “small” things, those fractions of measured time that have the greatest impact on our lives, that inevitably mean the most to us, for Good or ill.

Yet we’ve become so caught up in the day-to-day routine, the digital connection, that we’re missing what’s most important, the “RL” connection(s).  Real Life.  Where those precious moments are not just experienced, but shared!

Life is fragile, and quick, and we don’t have the time to waste forgoing the meaningful, quality time that leads to deeply personal, intimate relationships.  Whether forming Friendships, connecting with Family, or creating a bond with a potential partner for Life, these things take time.  They take effort.  And social media sights are not about building those relationships, they’re about the instant gratification.  Their results are short term, and shallow in comparison.  Yet we’re turning to them more and more for that very reason!  “We don’t have the time to invest!”, “It’s safer, and we’re less likely to suffer heartbreak.”  These excuses sound good, but they are the root of the problem, and in the end, just an excuse, one that will leave us feeling hollow, and terribly alone.

If we don’t take the time to form the bonds of Friendship, that lead to the more meaningful “levels” of True Love (if you’ve read my blog, you know I’m referring to Charity), which can be shared with Friends, Family, and Loved Ones, then we miss out on those bonds that are most likely to keep us alive!  It takes time.  Any thing of value does.  Any thing worth our time, is worth the effort that must be included.  Otherwise we are short changing ourselves, and denying ourselves the opportunity(ies) to experience the greatest moments of our Lives!

There is NO replacement for “face-to-face” time, and NO comparison to the quality of relationship that stems from a serious investment of that time!  Sure, the “instant gratification” method produces those “free” endorphins of stimulation, but they also create a dependency that detracts from our ability to experience that same “rush” in RL situations.  And too, a trend has taken shape towards the digital because we’re less vulnerable…  Perhaps, but at what cost?  We are none of us “safe” in this world, and we are not promised -at least not us typical mortals- the next day, or even the next moment!  We have but a Hope…  we have but this one moment to live, this one Life’s worth of memories to build upon (again, typically), and if we don’t maximize our efforts for building relationships, we are denying ourselves many (if not most) of the greatest of successes in Life!  To hear, and to be heard, to feel, and to be felt, to see, and to be seen.

There is a bonding hormone and neurotransmitter (oxytocin) that is released after a twenty second hug, and it’s a natural antidepressant (…among other things)!  I’ve been a “huggy” kind of guy most of my Life, and I don’t often invest that much time in a hug… what are missing out on???  And why???  I can think of nothing more valuable, nor worthwhile, than Family and Friends!  Don’t we owe it to each other to be “present” enough in our relationships to give more 20 second hugs????  I know I plan on giving more of them, and maybe I’ll get a few in return (…be sure the person is willing, of course)!

Life is too short.  It is fragile, and fleeting.  We do ourselves no favors by shortchanging the time we spend with those we care about, or are interested in spending time with, perhaps leading to a deeper more caring relationship with them.  We are in fact doing ourselves a great disservice.  We are denying ourselves, and others, the opportunity(ies) to develop fundamental and core relationships, that can not only improve our quality of Life, but the length thereof as well!  And who doesn’t want that?

The rest of the “civilized” (…okay, the 1%) world seems to be on the fast-track to destroying the only home planet we have, and all of the Life thereon as quickly as they’re able.  Let us not give in by shortening our own lives for them, they’re trying hard enough.

Posted in Life, Poetry

Echoes

Echoes

Alone
In the not-quite dark
& the constant drone of forced air
Thought the only company
Memory the only comfort

Alone
Surrounded by people
Divided by brick
No common ground
No history shared

Alone
Reality encroaches
Dreams fleeting
The world wanted outside
The unwanted within

Alone
Void of Living
Overwhelmed by apathy
Hope grows dim
Faith, the silent, absent partner

© 01 Aug 2013 James Elrond Mings