#3 Have Faith

#3 Have Faith

The expression “Sometimes Shit Happens” is true for me today as I write this tip to you on how having faith will tune into God’s program of living well. So I must take my own medicine.

What happened? Doesn’t matter. But it was a strong emotional blow to me with no immediate indication of how I would get through it. It is time for immediate First Aid. My First Aid is to have faith that God loves me and will get me through my trauma and back to Living Well.

Here is a piece of wisdom: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” The quote is by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), the French philosopher and Jesuit priest.

The present human experience that is giving me pain is temporal relating to earthly natural time as opposed to the eternal which is supernatural and is my spiritual home. But in my human experience, the only way I can see my spiritual home, where all is eternally well is through Faith.

And so, through faith, I can just decide that, regardless of my human condition, I am well.

“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23).    “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 1:6), but if we can believe, all things are possible!”

This world is divided into two groups: those who make it happen and those who ask, “What happened?”  The one group has faith, and the other group does not!

The battle lines are drawn between believers and unbelievers, between the faithful and those without faith, between the optimists and pessimists and between people of action and those who do nothing but sit on their hands!

So my word to you (and myself) is have faith that God will bring you through. Then act … and do, and move on to Living Well.

Shalom.

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# 34 Anger

Anger! ‘

My friend Pam was suddenly bedeviled several days with Anger. She had no idea what caused it. Or what she was angry about. She just was. So she called me on her phone just to vent. That was healthy. She is a Biddy and she lives alone. But she works and was so upset that she seriously considered calling in sick for a couple of days because of her distress.

After we talked for a while she suggested that I write a blog about anger that sometimes affects us Biddies and Geezers. So here we go.

Actually there is a lot of anger going on in all age levels of our society right now. Not good. Anger can cripple the physical and mental health of people no matter their age. Strong emotions stir up hormones and can be devastating to our well-being. So … what to do about it? What about me?

I must be doing something right because I am not (at the moment) infected with fear or anger or anxiety.

Typical “First Aid” remedies for people fending off the attacks of these emotions are comfort food, booze, or maybe a joint. But these are destructive in the long term. Pam’s reaction of venting to a non-judgmental friend was a healthier solution. (Although I suspect Pam enjoyed a glass of wine after she talked with me. There are people who are pushing for spirits to have a warning label: Warning: consuming two or three glasses of this beverage increases your risk of not giving a shit.)

I confess that I have momentary bouts of anger, or anxiety. But I have come to believe there are two practices that prevent chronic damage. I spend about 40 minutes exercising each day. This has a cleansing effect on my body and my mind. And the second? I try to do some good deed for another person every day. This can be as simple as giving someone my seat on the bus or subway. But it gives me a good feeling. It is healing for me.

Will there ideas work for you? I guarantee it! If they don’t I will cheerfully refund your misery.

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