The idea of heaven is much more of a paradox than it is a paradise. The world would be a better place if people would come to terms with the idea that Earth is an extraordinary place in the universe. It is one of the very few that supports life as we know it.
It is through play that we nurture our imagination, creativity, and ingenuity. If you give a child the opportunity to play, along with the playfulness, he will carry those characteristics into his adult life.
Too often, when they become adolescents, our children feel they must decide on what they want to be when they grow up. Adolescence is just too young for somebody to decide what they will do for a lifetime. Setting long-term goals at such a young age can hinder a young person's growth more than help it.
So yesterday, another school shooting. This one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Brower county Florida. Dozens of hearts were broken yesterday by the deaths of 17 of their loved ones and dozens of children, teachers, and parents were unnecessarily terrorized.
"Thoughts and prayers" have become numbing over the years. A sign on twitter reads, "Policies, not prayers." I agree.
At one point or another, every parent hears their child say, “I didn’t meant to” or “I didn’t try to.” Sometimes all that is needed is a nod and a, “I know. It’s okay.” Other times something more is called for. One of my favorite responses was “You didn’t try not to.”
Baggage keeps us in the past and blocks the road to the future. You can’t live in the past. Shut the door behind you. Travel light. Take with you only those things you have learned from the mistakes you have made.
Every now and then I find something that I believe is very important to share. The following is such an item. This was originally published on Twitter by Seth Abramson, and at this American political juncture it is information we should all have and consider. Mr. Abramson was kind enough to grant me his permission to reprint it here.
Up in Arms. Many of today’s gun owners are up in arms. They see a government that seeks to disarm its citizens and is willing to twist the facts and turn them inside out to accomplish its goal.