Passionately Pursue

Look at the things that you are seeking first–what do you care most about?–and go to the bottom line: How lasting are they?  How permanent?  Can you depend on them?

And when we answer that question, we come to the conclusion that the only thing worth pursuing is not popularity (what people say and think about us) because we know that changes.  And it’s not money because we know that goes away and we always want and need more. And we know that it’s not some kind of physical pleasure because that only lasts for a moment and usually leaves us with more regret than before…

The truth is we are all going headlong after something. We’re really intensely pursuing, seeking, worried about something…What is it we are so passionate about? …

Let’s passionately pursue God. Let’s seek Him first.  Let’s give Him all the zeal that we give our sports team, and let’s give Him all the love that we give our families, and let’s give Him all the time that we give our stuff. Let’s let God have it all.Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

~ Jacob Hudgins, 2016


A Voice of Compassion

This is why I love WordPress. Thanks so much to my daughter for unintentionally turning me into a blogger. And thanks to those of you who open your hearts of compassion to total strangers.

“Do I know exactly how you feel? No. Do you know exactly how I feel? No. But what we do know is this… we can share our life experiences with one another so that no one feels alone when they are hurting… physically or emotionally… when they are sick… in sadness… or lost within the darkness. We all have that light within us that can be shared with another… ” ~ by Michael33

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Recovery Update #2

Saturday, February 13, 2016

I hope that all of you are already enjoying or about to begin enjoying a beautiful weekend filled with love, smiles and laughter.  Perhaps I should leave this post with that comment instead of bringing you up to date on my recovery.  But, then… that would not fulfill my ‘vision of hope’ that this site is intended to bring.  So I’m going to whine… complain… gripe… whimper… perhaps even snivel a bit… I would even throw in some mewling… but that bothers the kitties and they gather on the coffee table and stare at me with that special kitty look that says… “Really?… Mewling?  You’re seriously going to mewl right in front of us?”  So, I suppose I’ll just stop at sniveling…

The shortness of breath is the most serious of the side effects at this point and I actually can’t say for…

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Observations of Life

ME!   ME!   ME!   It’s all about ME!

With or without realizing it, I may be living my life with a “ME attitude.”

Concerning relationships, Lizzie puts it this way: “Society has the habit of ignoring or scorning anyone who they consider inferior or different.”

In her blog called “Helping Others,” Lizzie wrote about our interactions with people with dementia and their caregivers, but the principle is applicable to our relationships with anyone we meet.

There’s a world of people around me, many of whom are hurting and all who are equal in value to ME! That being the case, I would do well to quit focusing on ME and seek out any compassionate, loving actions I can take to brighten someone’s day.

I hope you will take the time to read her post and do a little self-examination because we’re all in this life together, and relationships truly are what make life worthwhile.

Life - Happiness & Joy

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What if life flowed along with tranquility, like a beautiful arrangement of music, or a rippling stream of water, or an eagle in flight?  We can all make that happen.

Life is the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual.  To exist is to continue to be, to have life or the function of vitality.

When your mentality disappears, and there is no vitality as you function in life, what does this mean?  I think of those with dementia.  They are disappearing mentally, they do not function with vitality in their existence.  Does life cease if you cannot be that total productive, normal functioning human being?  After all Life is – The period of birth to death.

I noticed when I was a caregiver that people acted as if those with dementia did not exist.  How sad!  The person with dementia was still…

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To the Point: Heart to Heart

I had a long heart-to-heart talk with a dear friend of mine last night.  We laughed; we cried; we honestly shared our hopes and concerns.  We disagreed on a few things, but our friendship was not harmed because we value each other’s ideas and will carefully consider each other’s loving advice.

Genuinely loving someone is doing what is best for that person.  It is helping that person mature and move forward in a positive direction, even if their personal growth will involve some growing pains.

Genuinely loving someone is NOT hiding the truth to avoid dealing with the risk of conflict or disappointment.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

~ Proverbs 27:6