Happy Friday, All!

Just want to take a special moment and say a hearty, thankful T.G.I.F.!

Every now and then, I like to focus on gratitude.  You know, I try to keep it simple … my approach to life … and somewhat hope that “other things” fall in to place.  I mean, things have happened to me and I have had people cast the greatest doubt … or at least question … on what will I do next.  Maybe it was the loss of a job, a significant other or woman in my case, or the loss of an apartment … even a motorcycle accident!  I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t sure WHAT I was going to do …but I keeps me some faith!

Something I have woven into my spirituality is to trust in MY higher power, whom I choose to call God or The Creator.  I know there is more to me than meets the eye.  I also know and believe that there is more to our existence other than what is created by “man” … and I use that term loosely!  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t knock “human kind” completely, but I do think that Western civilizations are rather narrow, yet technologically advanced, but not balanced in “its” approach to humanity.  We don’t encourage nor nurture spirituality in our schools nor our institutions.  The fabric of our society doesn’t have “room” for this type of thinking, which in my opinion (and others that I have spoken to) is why there is so much mental illness and imbalance in members of our society when under stress or uncertainty.  Folks don’t know how to “rebound” from life’s twists and turns and choose a variety of responses to these type of situations.  I mean, we can’t control everything that happens to us.  Yet, we can tailor how we respond!  Ha!  So many of us are reflexive, going with our emotions, which are usually out of whack because we haven’t developed them nor our knowledge of “ourselves”!  It is important to know or at least anticipate how we might respond in the face of tragedy, trauma or unexpected circumstances.  This “freedom” thing sometimes haunts us when we think we can say what we want or do what we want, even if it means taking the life of another person.

Let’s face it, it is a lot less challenging to deal with people who are “authentic”.  That is, their inner state matches their outer behaviour and vice versa.  It is when an individual is transparent, somewhat predictable, and their thoughts and actions are aligned with “what is” … you know … that thing we call “reality”?!?!  An example of how NOT to be, for me, is to see a person like Trump … pretending he is “in favor” of women when he has clearly knocked them, criticised them and did his best to defame some.  Imagine our world with deceptive leaders like he … and Vladimir Putin!  God save the world from characters like these … living in their own worlds and trying to subjugate people to their own realities!!

For me, I just try to be authentic nowadays.  I have been through my changes, trying to be a different person that who I “really” am … an honest, peaceful, humble yet proud person as ordained by my Creator … and my parents!  The world would be a much better place if we all practised “authenticity”!


John I. Cook, Director

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