The world has become a place where there is so much hate and lack of unity. People are turning on others out of pure hate. The question I have to ask is why all this hate? Why is it so difficult for all of us to coexist and get along. How can each of us play a part in healing our world instead of being a part of the problem? We need to be more accepting of others and understand that everyone deserves the right to live and be happy.
Every day we must give thanks but especially onThanksgiving Day. For families and friends, for health and strength, for just being alive to celebrate today let us give thanks.
From my family to yours: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Often the greatest joy we derive in life come from those moments spent with family. Yet so many miss the opportunity to create great moments because they are in pursuit of everything except investing time in family.
Acquiring great wealth is okay, so are the titled positions and accolades, but nothing beats having a family who loves and cherish you. That is the greatest wealth anyone can have. Many people neglect their families in pursuit of wealth and find out too late the chances they missed to create memories.
We must make time for family and cherish the moment spent together because at the end of our lives all the wealth we have acquired in this world is meaningless and when we go all we can take with us are the memories in our hearts. Let us no longer miss those opportunities to create great memories.
Does his Family Dislike You
You are dating him not his family so their opinion of you shouldn’t matter right? Not quite, sometimes his family’s reaction to you can have an influence on the relationship. When you are up against his relatives who don’t like you and do not approve of your relationship it can make it more difficult for things to work out with him.
The man may love you but may not like being in a situation where he has to choose between you and his family. If you find yourself in this situation tread carefully. It is going to take a lot of work from the both of you to reach a common ground with his family and make the relationship work.
A farmer got so old that he couldn’t work the fields anymore. So he would spend the day just sitting on the porch. His son, still working the farm, would look up from time to time and see his father sitting there. “He’s of no use any more,” the son thought to himself, “he doesn’t do anything!”
One day the son got so frustrated by this, that he built a wood coffin, dragged it over to the porch, and told his father to get in. Without saying anything, the father climbed inside. After closing the lid, the son dragged the coffin to the edge of the farm where there was a high cliff. As he approached the drop, he heard a light tapping on the lid from inside the coffin.
He opened it up. Still lying there peacefully, the father looked up at his son. “I know you are going to throw me over the cliff, but before you do, may I suggest something?”
“What is it?” replied the son.
“Throw me over the cliff, if you like,” said the father, “but save this good wood coffin… Your children might need to use it.”
The moral of this story is be careful how you treat others. What you do to someone else the same thing might happen to you!
As we celebrate Black History Month let us remember the words of this song by Bob Marley
Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And abandoned –
Everywhere is war –
Me say war.
That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man’s skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes –
Me say war.
That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race –
Dis a war.
That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained –
Now everywhere is war – war.
And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
that hold our brothers in Angola,
Have been toppled,
Utterly destroyed –
Well, everywhere is war –
Me say war.
War in the east,
War in the west,
War up north,
War down south –
War – war –
Rumours of war.
And until that day,
The African continent
Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight – we find it necessary –
And we know we shall win
As we are confident
In the victory
Of good over evil –
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil –
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil –
The Wooden Bowl
A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and a four-year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together nightly at the dinner table. But the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating rather difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass often milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about grandfather,” said the son. I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor. So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner at the dinner table. Since grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. Sometimes when the family glanced in grandfather’s direction, he had a tear in his eye as he ate alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?” Just as sweetly, the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and mama to eat your food from when I grow up.” The four-year-old smiled and went back to work. The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled. Children are remarkably perceptive. Their eyes ever observe, their ears ever listen, and their minds ever process the messages they absorb. If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives. The wise parent realizes that every day that building blocks are being laid for the child’s future.
Life is what you make it and if you are not satisfied with the life you are living that it is up to you to try and do something about it. Some people go through life like a breeze. For others it is a daily struggle. There are so many negative factors trying to drag you down. You have to try and keep your sanity and your head afloat so you do not find yourself drowning in the problems that life throws at you.
You may be dissatisfied with your job. You may be dissatisfied with the way your relationship is going. You may have children who disrespect you and friends who betray you. That is just one side of the coin. On the other hand you may have a job that you love, a man who respects you and children who adore you. You may also have friends who will stand by you and have your back when you need their help.
The thing is, in life we wont always have it all. So we have to count our blessings and be thankful for what we have. We are not going to have sunshine all the time. There are going to be those cloudy days. We are not going to have it good all the time for there are times when problems will come along. We have to take it all in stride and remember that although life may not be always perfect it is the more precious gift we have and we should cherish every moment of it.
Happy Birthday Terriann
On May 27, 2000 a little baby girl was born into this world. Today that little girl will be celebrating her thirteenth birthday. How time flies! She is now entering the next phase of her life that will prepare her for adulthood; the teenage years. It is a period in life where peer pressure is stronger and all you can do is hope that the values instilled in them will come into play and they will be strong enough to stand up for what they believe in and do not compromise just to follow the crowd and fit it.
Today I just want to say Happy Birthday to my little girl. I hope the lord will continue to bless and guide her as she enters her teens.