A Word on Life, Death, & Everything in Between…

A Death in the Family

Death affects us all and we will all come in contact with death in some way shape or form.  And finally, one day we will each die, it is the fate of us all.  People have this affinity to not discuss death amongst themselves, their family, their friends, etc.  The only way that your wishes can be abided by is to approach this subject with all those people in your life, as a fact of life.  It is not a subject that should be avoided, or discussed in a fashion which makes it all warm and fuzzy, because that would take away from and denigrate the subject matter at hand.

Two family members have died within 3 months, which is hard enough; however, they were siblings.  It was not a surprise that either one of them died because of their conditions and ages.  With each one I was fortunate enough to speak to and carry on a conversation just the evening prior.  It could have easily been minutes prior to their death.  In the matter of religious beliefs, I am not concerned because they were close to their creator.  One went slowly, which enables a person to be rather comfortable with the idea of death and very unsurprised when it does come.  With respect to the other it was rather sudden, but I latter found out that he had but months to live due to his condition.  Although, I was unshattered by his death, because I know it was all a part of the life we live.

One of the best things you can do is discuss life and death with your loved ones.  It is only through this that they will know your wishes and prevent and precarious moments and fights.  Plan for it and make the decisions before hand, it will show that you take the subject matter seriously.  Set up your burial, service, insurance, who you want to deliver the eulogy and any final words you would like passed on to those who survive you.  Do you want to be buried or cremated?  Do you even want a funeral service or perhaps a party?  Do you have a will?  Is your insurance in order, or for that matter is it enough?  Things such as these should be decided by you!

Finally, we each come to a point where we question our mortality; I know I do every time I attend a funeral.  Not as much as to where we come from, but rather how long do I have left?  Life is not only a process, but is also a classroom in which you can learn all that you want…if you would just start reading, studying and listening.  We each have one life to live, long or short matters not; just one human life to life to live.  Use this as an opportunity to redefine yourself, because you live on.  Use this as a pivotal moment in time as the new beginning enabling you to achieve a lifelong dream, or perhaps a dream newly created.  I would implore you to live your life with meaning, live your life with purpose, and live your life with integrity!

Death is a fact of life, after all no one will get out alive.  Nor is it strictly a religious issue, because whether you are religious, or spiritual, or not does not matter because it comes whether you are ready or not.  So, is death the end or a beginning?

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Think Small My Friends, Think Small!

I found this article on LinkedIN and found it to be rather telling of most of our planning abilities, or lack thereof…

Hope you enjoy it as much as I!

Why Thinking Small Is The Secret To Big Success

I also hope you get quite a bit out of it.  I read a few of Lewis Howes’ articles and found them to be very telling and helpful.  We each could use a little push here and there…here is my push to you!

A Moment to Reflect…

I was wondering what I was going to write for the fourth of July.  Something patriotic, perhaps?  Bet you didn’t see that one coming, eh?

There are many who fail to seek out our history and yet continue to refer to it in order to make a point.  At some point in time, the actual history of America becomes revised to fit the circumstance(s) while failing to reflect its entire purpose.  We the People of the united colonies, in one voice, declared our independence from King George for usurpation of power without adequately representing our interests and for what amounted to a 1% tax.

Now, sit back and reflect on all of the wrongs that have been committed against the people of America:

  • Arrests without probable cause and trumped up charges
  • Setting up of law abiding citizens just to make an “justifiable” shoot
  • Constant abuse of our individual privacy – drone uses, Patriot Act wire-taps, etc.
  • The loss of our property rights (Kelo v. New London City decision)
  • Legislation from the bench at various levels of the Judiciary, including the recent US Supreme Court ruling over the Affordable Healthcare Act
  • The refusal of the Senate and the Congress to do their job – one in particular is their refusal to organize a militia, instead they increase the size of the military; authorize military toys for the local and state police forces, etc.
  • Look at how much in the way of taxes you are paying.  Add it all up and you will be surprised that it amounts to almost 50% of your income.
  • Look at our looming and ever-increasing federal debt…

For all of these, and all we do as Americans is complain.  Looking back on things, throughout the actual history of these United States of America – don’t you think that our Founding Fathers and all of the Revolutionary warriors who spilled their blood upon the ground in defense of this nation would be turning over in their graves?  Our taxation alone is enough cause to be riled beyond belief – yet we just complain until we get used to it and then our taxes rise again, because we become comfortable…again.

As you ponder and reflect on our history and our Independence from tyranny from afar, consider the tyranny that is so close to us.  Remember the liberties that were fought for and the God-given Rights that were recognized – yet we take them all for granted, if we even recall what any of them are, hmmmm.

I leave you now with some words from one of our Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, the principle author of the Declaration of Independence, and the Third President of the US under the US constitution.

Where is America’s sense of resistance?  The resistance we once had is as American as hot apple pie and baseball…so where is it?

God bless and Godspeed to you all on this holiday, be safe and be vigilante in all your endeavors!