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The Components of Courage

Courage

Number six in a series of seven articles on virtue

Courage is one of the most important of virtues. In fact, it is involved in the practice of all other virtues.

In hope of increasing the understanding of this virtue, here are some essential components of courage. Components which define both what courage is and is not.

Courage Is Not The Absence of Fear

This is a common myth that is often dispelled by real-life experience as a person matures. The first time one makes a courageous stand in any situation the experience will be accompanied by a certain level of fear.

CourageIt might be just a small twinge of uncertainty in the back of the mind. A slight cringe in the spirit because of the costs of making your brave stand.

To the extent any of that is true, a certain amount of fear is present. Courage is acting in the face of that fear.

Moreover, courage is impossible without fear being present. It takes no courage to act in an atmosphere without any risk.

Author George R.R. Martin wrote in character voice,

“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Bran’s father is right. Unless there is a real fear, bravery is not necessary.

Fear defines and can shape action courageous or cowardly. However, courage must not give way to panic and act in a foolhardy manner.

Courage Is Not Foolhardiness

Acts of courage are often portrayed in popular media as acts that seem hopeless from the start. In fact, they seem so hopeless that a reckless and foolish response of someone to rescue the imperiled is deemed necessary.

CourageThere is an old saying, “Discretion is the better part of valor.” These words have been misused in the past to excuse cowardice.

However, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one of the main definitions of discretion is,

 

 

The quality of having or showing discernment or good judgment…the ability to make responsible decisions.

This definition of the word discernment sheds further light on why discretion is called the ‘better’ part of valor. Discernment is,

the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure

It means to act with understanding. Understanding the consequences not just to oneself but to others as well.

Discretion is why soldiers train for battle, law enforcement trains to fight crime, fire fighters have rigorous training and testing, and ordinary people learn CPR.

Courage can take many forms. It can require quick and decisive action. It could be a persistent effort over a long period.

Whatever the situation, discretion employs wisdom and thinking. It is especially important to use discretion if one’s valor is to be service of what is good rather than what is evil.

It would be tragic and foolhardy to risk for evil. For courage requires righteous faith, thus it is wise to exercise discretion in choosing the beneficiary of valor.

Courage Requires Righteous Faith

CourageReal bravery requires faith in someone or something. Without a belief important enough to risk perhaps life and limb for, courage is impossible.

The faith itself does not have to be in a higher being. Moreover, it does not have to be faith in a being at all.

Faith can be faith in an ideal. However, for courage to be truly virtuous, it must be employed on behalf of righteous ideals and principle.

Someone may have risked their life as part of the Gestapo, but that does not qualify as true courage. Conversely, those involved with Operation Valkyrie against Hitler demonstrated real valor.

The officers involved in this failed attempt to assassinate Hitler realized their faith in the Fuhrer was misplaced and evil. They risked and paid with their lives trying to atone for that misplaced faith.

Bravery is not amoral. Nor is it without context. It requires a context of righteous faith and that is found by faith in the LORD.

Real courage requires a righteous faith because it will also inevitably involve sacrifice. Sacrifice akin to that given by Christ.

Courage Is Sacrificial

CourageActs of courage are sacrificial acts. They exact a real cost from those who exhibit them.

This is easy to understand when speaking of physical bravery. Anyone can see that physically defending a person from another, stronger person sacrifices personal safety to varying degrees.

There is another level of courage involved when many people are in danger. It is a willingness to sacrifice even your life for those you may not know.

The ultimate example of self-sacrificial courage was given by the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave His life even for people who hate Him, scorn Him, and reject Him.

In fact, while on earth Jesus chose to spend a lot of time among those that had been rejected by the world.

And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:15-17 [ESV]

CourageThe courage displayed by Jesus began when He left His heavenly home to become a child in the virgin womb of Mary. As the Son of God, to know the fate and sacrifice which awaited and choose to go anyway is an astounding display of courageous sacrifice.

A sacrifice which culminated upon the cross of Calvary, when the sinless Son took upon Himself the penalty for our sins.

Courage is compelled by sacrificial love which puts the other person ahead of oneself. That is known as agape in the New Testament Greek.

Agape is by far the most common type of love spoken of by Jesus. In the next and final piece on virtue, we will look at agape as well as the other types of love in the Scriptures, as love is the queen of all virtue.

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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What If Pearl Harbor Had Not Been Attacked?

Pearl Harbor
U.S.S. Arizona in flames after being bombed

December 7, 2018, was the commemoration of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which occurred 77 years ago. That event propelled America into World War II in 1941 changing the course of world history.

The events leading to the attack reveal that Pearl Harbor Co-Commanders Admiral Kimmel and General Short ignored significant warnings from their superiors prior to the fateful Sunday. Moreover, other ignored warnings and mistakes in communication on the morning of December 7 increased the devastation.

What If It Never Happened?

What might have been the consequences if Pearl Harbor had never happened? For example, what if the warning given on November 27, 1941, had been taken more seriously,

The notice of November 27, to Kimmel, began, “This dispatch is to be considered a war warning,” went on to say that “negotiations have ceased,” and directed the admiral to “execute an appropriate defensive deployment.” Kimmel also was ordered to “undertake such reconnaissance and other measures as you deem necessary.” The communication of the same day to Short declared that “hostile action is possible at any moment” and, like its naval counterpart, urged “measures of reconnaissance.”

Perhaps the attack would have been called off if the Japanese saw the increased defensive preparation of the U.S. Navy 10 days before December 7. If that had been the case, the United States probably wouldn’t have entered WWII until later, possibly not for a long time.

Without the timely entry of America into the conflict, it is unlikely the Axis forces could have been defeated. At the very least, a victory would have cost far more in time, lives and destruction.

What Was Meant for Evil…

 

Pearl HarborLet us make no mistake. The attack on Pearl Harbor was an evil act.

The bombing was a surprise attack resulting in a decisive victory for Japan. The American casualty toll was enormous, while Japan’s was very small.

2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. … Japanese losses were light… 64 servicemen killed. One Japanese sailor, Kazuo Sakamaki, was captured.

Moreover, the intent was evil as well. It was meant to destroy the American fleet and allow the Empire of Japan free reign to perhaps conquer China and all of southeast Asia.

However, what was obviously meant for evil turned out to be critical to stopping the global evil of the Axis powers. Perhaps, what man meant for evil purposes was used by God for the triumph of good over evil.

Pearl HarborToward the end of the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, we find the story of Joseph, one of Jacob/Israel’s sons. As a young man, Joseph is sold into slavery in Egypt by his own brothers. He serves faithfully and ends up in prison falsely accused of sexual crimes against his master’s wife.

Later, Joseph is released from prison by Pharoah himself in order to interpret some ominous dreams Pharoah has been having. Joseph is rewarded by being elevated to second-in-command of all of Egypt.

A few years pass and Joseph’s brothers are forced to look for food in Egypt because of a severe famine. Joseph meets them and at first, he is not recognized by his kin.

However, he reveals himself to his brothers and they respond with fear. They remember the harsh treatment they inflicted upon Joseph and fear now he will punish them from his new chair of authority.

Here is the account from chapter 50 of Genesis:

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Genesis 50:15-20

War Cannot Be Sanitized

The day of December 8, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan, and it was granted.

Almost four years later, WWII ended with the unconditional surrender of Japan after the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. The horror of a nuclear catastrophe became a real possibility from that moment.

A-Bomb Terror.inset.3.12.8.2018
Atomic cloud bursting over Hiroshima, 2 minutes after the explosion, at 8:17AM

Over seven decades have passed since then. Though the threat of nuclear war remains in this world, no use of these horrific weapons has as yet been employed.

In fact, once fearsome enemy Japan has now become one of America’s strongest allies in Asia. That is unquestionably a good thing for international relations and peace.

There are at least two great lessons to be garnered from Pearl Harbor and WWII. The first is that war cannot be a sanitized event.

Attempts to make war less destructive, while somewhat laudable, are also short-sighted. Attempting to prevent war is better than trying to make war more palatable once it is upon you.

A good illustration comes from the classic sci-fi series “Star Trek.” In an episode from season one of the original series, two planets are involved in a war by computer.

Computer attacks were launched and the results recorded how many casualties from each planet there would be. In accordance with a 500-year-old agreement, those numbers of people, randomly selected, were to be killed in disintegration chambers.

Captain Kirk destroys the war computer of one planet because his crew is selected as casualties. The horror of the Planet Council to this action is countered by Captain Kirk’s reasoning.

He tells the head of the Council that they have made war so clean that they have no reason to end it. It has resulted in 500 years of war the two planets had little real motivation to actually come to peace.

Death, destruction, disease, horror. That’s what war is all about. That’s what makes it a thing to be avoided! You’ve made it neat and painless. So painless, you’ve seen no reason to stop it. Since its the only way I can save my crew, I’m going to end it for you; one way or another.

Real war, once begun, must be ended as decisively as possible by victory as quickly as possible. The horror of the cost of such a victory should always give us pause.

Evil Didn’t Get The Last Word

A second great lesson from Pearl Harbor is that evil didn’t get the last word. No matter how hopeless it seems and horrible the situation is, God is still in control in ways beyond our fathoming.

The United States was ill-prepared for war with Japan, let alone Germany and Italy on December 7, 1941. I am convinced that somehow, God had a hand in the near-miraculous turn about in less than a year.

Pearl Harbor
U.S.S. Yorktown during the Battle of Midway

In fact, less than six months later, June 4, 1942, the Battle of Midway was a stunning victory of America over the Japanese Fleet.

 

 

 

During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own, the Yorktown, to the previously invincible Japanese navy.

Man may intend much for evil, including world war. But with courage and faith in God, the evil can be defeated, as Pearl Harbor reminds us.

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Proverbs 19:21 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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🌈 ~ SIWO Poetry Contest ~ 🌈

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I hope you’re doing well and are filled with enthusiasm for Christmas and New year!!! 🌀

We proudly announce that another poetry contest is being organised by us!! 🌸

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My fairytale revisited





If you already know my fairytale, you will hear about it again. You will hear it again and again. It is a tale that we will tell till the end of our days.

Are you among those who wish this world were an excellent place for everybody? If you are then you think like me on this issue. I strongly believe that God meant the world to be an excellent place for everybody, not just for some to enjoy, but for all to enjoy.

I believe that despite that evil has taken over the world, hope must not be lost for the world. I strongly believe that good can replace evil on our globe; that we can turn things around and make the world an excellent place for everybody to enjoy.  True that this is not an easy task; but  it is a possibility. 

My fairytale which many of you already know, is to mobilize one billion people to focus on making the world an excellent place for all to enjoy. One billion people? Yes, you heard right. What a fairytale! If you laugh at us, we will laugh back, but we will stick to our tale.

What is our strategy? To win one person at a time to join our CRUSADE FOR AN EXCELLENT WORLD so that we continuously send out positive vibes; to keep drumming into people’s ears, hearts and minds the idea that the world is meant to be an excellent place for all; to continuously fill people’s minds with positive thoughts, so that they end up hearing only postive ideas, thinking positive ideas and doing positive things.

We will saturate the world with positivity to counter and replace the negativity which many others are inundatig the world with. We will create an ocean of positivity. We will fill the air with love thoughts, hope thoughts, excellence thoughts etc so that people will breathe and live these values.

We are conscious of how deeply rooted evil is in the world; and no doubt it will be an uphill task to eliminate it. We have no illusions about this. What we are doing is setting the ball rolling. How long it rolls is not important as long as it is the right thing to do and it is rolling in the right direction.

We see this approach as the way out for the world – filling the world with positive vibes to sound louder than the negative ones; saturating the world with positive messages.  Getting as many people as possible on board. I invite all of us not to think of how soon we can reap results from this endeavour, but of how sound this thinking is.

Is there an alternative to this as a way of saving the world from perdition in the hands of evil? I don’t know. Perhaps there is. I do not claim to have the best answer or the only answer; but I do feel confident of this approach.  

We will go one person at a time, step by step, brick by brick and one day at a time, and one day our mansion will be built.

If you are in with us, its simple. Just start or keep  writing and sharing positive messages, messages of love, peace, justice, truth, harmony, understanding, kindness, friendship, unity, in short anything that can make someone happy, better, more successful where you are. 

We also think it will be better to jorney together as one body so that we can better withstandnthe bullets ofthe evil peopeofthe world. Sutely, the will aim bullets at us; bullets of discouragement and ridicule which can easily derail or killmur dream. Hence we encourage you to be an author here on this site, SIWO so that we have our messages flowing out like an ocean from one place. Tell me how the rest of the world can fail to feel our impact; and the more we impact the world , the more successful we will be.

 To be an author here, contact us at: ngobesingromanuss@gmail.com. 

We are open to new ideas also. WE ARE ONLY THE STARTER. If you have some ideas about how we can carry this work forward, do not hesitate to let us know. We consider you part of this dream which we are building together. It is our dream, not my dream alone.

If it is my fairytale, it is also our fairytale.

Thanks for reading. Reading is already a big support to this dream.May God touch your heart to be part of it! We need everybody on board. We need all hands on deck.

Your colour does not matter. Where you live does not matter. Your social status does not matter. The language you speak does not matter. Your religion does not matter. Your country does not matter. Your gender does not matter. The only thing that matters is your belief that we need an excellent world for all and that working together to promote that excellence through the spread of positive thoughts is a worthwhile exercise. 

Thus, if you are not yet in, I am extending a hand to you. This is an invitation to you to join. If you are already in, please, share or reblog this post. That will mean a lot and will do much.

Action now!

My love to all.

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The Left’s War Against Immigration [Video]

Immigration

The hottest story on the planet at the moment is taking place at the southern border of the United States. The unwashed masses of ordinary Americans are being assured by the Leftmedia’s press politburo that illegal aliens rushing the border are only a problem because of President Trump.

The now infamous photo of a woman running from tear gas with children in tow is offered as evidence of Trump’s evil intent regarding immigrants. Surely all those racist and misogynist Trump supporters will realize that the Left is only trying to help open their eyes and they will turn away from this obviously insidious man.

Of course, this means that the Left must ignore or downplay the fact that President Obama did exactly the same thing to other groups of illegal aliens trying to rush the border. Moreover, he did this on hundreds of occasions.

In truth, the Left isn’t interested in engaging the facts of the matter. Nor are they bothered about the destructive fruit of their efforts on the American citizen.

Their sole concern is the completion of their malevolent mission against America. Those people and institutions destroyed as a result are considered acceptable civilian casualties of war for the sake of the Leftist ideal.

Encouraging Illegal Aliens Harms Immigrants

ImmigrationThe truth of the matter is that encouraging illegal aliens to break in and enter the United States harms immigrants themselves. Not the leftist-lionized illegals, rather those who are legal immigrants are substantially harmed.

As a clarification to those who might wonder why I use illegal aliens to identify the wannabe invaders. I use the legal term for these persons, as should be used for we are discussing the rule of law and sovereignty of a nation.

Legal immigrants are really the only people who deserve the title of immigrant. They have earned the name because they entered America respecting the laws of America as their first act.

Many of these same people go through a grueling process to gain their citizenship as an American. A process that is costly in many respects.

These honorable and courageous people are being ignored in the current debate, much to our detriment. They are also adversely affected by invading illegal aliens, and their voices should be heard.

Those immigrants who come to America legally by visa, green card or become citizens are in the same pool of workers as any other American. Thus they suffer the same fate of seeing their wages undercut by the cheaper labor of illegals.

Legal immigrants also suffer just like other Americans with the drain on social and governmental resources caused by illegal aliens. The legal immigrant suffers as well from the increase in crime that often accompanies large numbers of illegal aliens in many areas.

Favoring Illegal Aliens Profoundly Insults Immigrants

ImmigrationThere is a very insulting message sent by the Left to immigrants with their favor of illegal aliens in America. It is the message that their patience, perseverance and hard work were the efforts of fools.

In an excellent piece by Don Feder, he writes,

My wife’s father was born and raised in Barbados. He immigrated to the United States when he was 17-years-old. Although it would have been easy for him to enter the country illegally, he chose to enter legally and stood in line for hours to be processed through Ellis Island.

He was proud to be a legal immigrant his entire life, until his death in 1985. He worked for the United States Post Office in New York City and in Arizona. He also served as an officer in the New York City Police Auxiliary.

Living in Arizona he was very familiar with the influx of illegal aliens and often spoke out against them. He believed that every person wishing to enter the United States do so legally, as he and so many others did.

The hubris of Leftism declares this immigrant a chump for following the law. By leftist thinking, illegal aliens are far more valuable than American citizens, especially those who immigrated legally.

After all, immigrants who become citizens are on record with an oath of loyalty to the United States and its Constitution. Loyal American citizens are always a source of irritation to the Marxist Left and their minions.

Immigration
Immigrants become citizens in Naturalization Ceremony at Grand Canyon National Park

The fact that a former resident of another country would renounce his homeland to become an American is even worse for the Left. That person willingly embraces what they reject; that America is a great country and patriotism is a worthy ideal.

Moreover, illegal aliens are easy to attract and recruit for the Left. They are praised by the Leftmedia and given a plethora of handouts thanks to our Left-leaning politicians.

This serves to increase a population the Left will push hard to turn into a legal voting block. Should that fail, they always have their race card to pull which facilitates not requiring ID to vote and makes voter fraud their art form.

The Border Wall Can Save Immigration

The current situation at the southern border is untenable. Dishonest politicians in collaboration with the lying Leftmedia exacerbate the problem of an illegal alien invasion.

On his November 28, 2018 radio program, Buck Sexton superbly highlighted these lies of the MSM concerning this recent “caravan” of illegals,

Number 1: “It’s mostly women and children.”
Number 2: “It’s mostly valid asylum seekers.”
Number 3: “No criminals (in the caravan)”
Number 4: “No external organizers”
Number 5: “The troop deployment is not helpful”
Number 6: “There is no threat to U.S. personnel posed by this caravan”

Border patrol agents on the scene at the border stated the following revealing the truth and countering these lies.

President Trump made solving this problem the keystone of his campaign in 2016. The promise to “build the wall,” was repeated often during the campaign as the biggest solution.

It is the one major promise which has yet to be fulfilled. In fact, there is no timeline or substantial funding for a wall at present.

This is surprising considering that both the House and Senate have been held by Republicans for the past two years. It is to the shame of many RINO “never Trumpers” that we do not have the needed security of a border wall.

Without such a physical barrier, there is no way to control the southern border onslaught America is under today. If America is under such assault, immigrants are as well.

Israel and San Diego Show Walls Work

ImmigrationThe question of a border wall’s effectiveness has already been answered. Yes, a border wall does work, both in other nations and in America.

American ally Israel and the city of San Diego have both shown positive results by using physical barriers at their borders.

In a 2017 statement by Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis, he said concerning Israel,

Johnson, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, released a report titled “Securing Israel: Lessons learned from a nation under constant threat of attack.” The report came after a trip Johnson made to Israel where he met the Israeli prime minister and other security officials. The report notes that the number of people illegally crossing the Israel-Egypt border was more than 16,000 in 2011 and less than 20 in 2016, a 99 percent decrease.

San Diego used to be the primary entry point for illegal aliens in the 1980s and 90s. Almost half of all border apprehensions in the United States in 1991 were in the San Diego area.

“Before this primary fence was built, migrants were coming north with no fencing, no barrier to stop them,” [San Diego Border Agent Tekae] Michael said, noting that before they began constructing the initial barrier in 1991, people were “driving basically straight on through the border.”

“So this primary fence was built to stop those huge loads of people and narcotics,” she said. These days, it’s relatively quiet. Michael notes that on this tour of the border wall, it’s unlikely we’ll encounter many people trying to cross illegally—something that would have been a common sight in the 1980s and ’90s.

ImmigrationPresident Trump was right to emphasize building the border wall during the campaign. His efforts to build the wall in the first half of his first term have been frustrated by his foes both Democrat and Republican.

The president still believes this must be done soon, and he is correct. The wall is necessary for American security despite the whining from the Left.

If the Left really cared about immigrants or immigration, they would support building the border wall. Instead, they chant at their violent protests,

No Trump, No Wall, No USA at all!

If the Left cared about immigrants, they would not support sanctuary cities that harbor illegal aliens who have committed serious crimes including rape and murder. Instead, left-leaning federal judges declare that President Trump cannot withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities.

The truth is that Leftists despise immigrants for getting in their path to an imagined Socialist “utopia.” They would rather open the border to a flood of illegals and help destroy the greatest free nation the world has yet known.

Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people; help me when you save them, that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance. Psalm 106:4-5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles 2001

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SIWO Founder’s Award To 10 Best Authors

SIWO has instituted a SIWO Founder’s Award for authors on SIWO. It is called

“SIWO Founder’s 10 Best Authors’ Award”

This award is to reward the most hard working and brilliant authors who publish on SIWO.

It shall be a yearly award.

The winners will be announced at the end of December or early January.

Each winner shall be given a certificate which they can display on their site.

Good luck to all our authors.

Jobless Scenario- Time to rethink in New way

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Our concern is about new generation who are currently studying in different field. Are you worrying thinking that after completing your course what you will do? Simultaneously, your parents are also worrying. your parents are spending so much money on you, so they have enough reason to worry.

But, it is you who can change the world and can bring happiness to your parents. Always use good, positive words in front of yourself and your parents. Think something in different way. There are so many things to be developed in Technology. Technology must improve but simultaneously you should observe the negative impact of any technology. There will be some negative sides in every technology. You should improve the Technology such a way so that controlling the negative sides are in your hands. Think something different out of Youtube, out of google. Apply your brain. Your brain has more power than…

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5 reasons it is important to learn from others

Do not hesitate to learn from someone who knows better than you.

If a younger or less qualified person knows how to do a certain thing better than you, learn from the person.

You cannot go far in life if you depend only on your own knowledge and experience.

You must learn from others both far and near; both young and old.

Look at the way people who have succeeded in certain areas did it and see what you can learn from them. Read the success stories of others and draw both inspiration and knowledge from them.

In as much as you need to respect your own ideas, pay attention to what others are doing and how they are doing them.

You will be stronger if you cultivate the habit of learning from those who know or can do better than you.

  1. Learning from others shows you are intelligent enough to know it is important to learn from others.
  2. Learning from others shows humility which is a great virtue.
  3. When you learn from others, you grow in knowledge and thus you become stronger.
  4. Learning from others will help you succeed better.
  5. You benefit from the effort of others who have spent time to learn whatever it is you are learning from them.

How do you learn from others?

There are 5 main ways you can learn from others:

  1. Observation: you observe others and see how they are doing what they are doing.
  2. Questioning or interview: You can question or interview someone to learn from them.
  3. Listening: When you listen to people, you learn from them.
  4. Seminars and workshops. This is also a very good way of learning from others.
  5. Reading: Through reading you can learn from others you will never meet or see even people who are long dead.

Thanks for reading. Your comment will be appreciated.

SIWO Global News 8th November 2018 #206

Grace in Housekeeping

Knowledge is Wealth

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Another Massacre In The United States Of America

A man wearing a black trench-coat fired 30 times into a night club where hundreds of students were dancing the night away.  He started off by throwing smoke bombs to panic the group who were line dancing at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles.  12 people died including a hero police officer, who had gone in to confront the gunman.  The Police Chief was overcome with emotion at the loss of all the young people whose parents has had their hearts broken and praised his officer as a dedicated comrade and friend whose wife had been talking  her husband minutes before he went into the club.  The identity of the gunman is still not known.

Prince Charles Tells Us His 70th Birthday That, As King…

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Boundaries and no answers. 12.16.18

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Dealing with changes is challenging no matter what your age.

At 56 after waiting 8 very long years for my son, a vet and I, to find a middle ground, I decided to make that move from NH to NC.

Sadly/gladly, thanks to my daughter, the day we packed the truck for the move, I saw my son for the first time in two years.

He stated, you’ve never came to visit me. Interesting statement considering I had been told his home was off limits.

Trying for a mom hug, the response? “You start any shit and I’ll get in my truck and leave.”

Painful? Hell yes!

Am I still sad? Definitely!

Can I continue to keep my life on hold? No!

He’s angry about life.

I’ve researched, tried at least 20 plus ways to approach him.

It doesn’t work!

I’ve been in NC, barely a week and now I’m…

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How Can I Support You?

Upward Journeys

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My mum is having a Christmas party today.  As excited as I am to see friends and family, I have to admit I find these things a bit of a trial.  Old memories become fresh again, etc.  This time, however, I have approached it slightly differently.

‘How can I support you?’  I asked my mum.  This gives me the security of knowing what I’m doing today,, and the happiness factor of knowing I’m supporting someone.

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Mind also follows universal rule

With Nature-By Tanusri Sen

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Have you observed your mind very carefully ?can it be empty any time?

Empty mind means there should not be any flow of words, there should not be any type of thinking.

As there is no existence of vacuum in this universe and vacuum can be created by some mechanical arrangement, similarly, mind also can’t be empty. But it is very necessary to make empty mind sometimes. Empty mind increases efficiency in thinking. Bot how is it possible ? How can we make our mind empty ? Definitely by some special arrangement named meditation, we can create vacuum in our mind.

Hence, mind also follows the universal rule. you may observe the existence of varieties within the minds – some minds are restless and some are thinking less, but you will never see empty mind without performing any special arrangement. Variety in anything makes the thing…

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The Hidden Meaning

 

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A popular religion is deep seeded in the hidden meaning of the holiday song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Did I say a secret meaning? Yes, that is correct! From 1558 to 1829, the Roman Catholics in England could not practice their faith in public because it was a crime. As fate has it, an unknown person, prior to 1780, wrote the popular carol as a catechism song for young children to sing at Christmas. It was encoded to avoid any outsiders from detecting it was written by a Catholic member. As I did some detective work on the ‘hidden meaning,’ I found a few articles which disputed this fact. But Catholic commentaries stand by their story.

Let’s enjoy “The Twelve Days of Christmas” sung by Mitch Miller!

Before I begin breaking down the Catholic’s hidden meaning of this Christmas song, let me pose a question. Just when are the twelve days of Christmas? Is it before Christmas, during Christmas, or after Christmas? What day does it begin? I’ve heard this song since I was a young child but I never thought to ask until now. We will come back to the answer.

Let’s breakdown the song’s hidden meaning….

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“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me”
Who is the true love? It is Jesus Christ! Love for mankind started on His birth.

“A partridge in a pear tree”
The partridge is willing to sacrifice it’s life to protect its own, therefore this represents Jesus.

“On the second day of Christmas my true gave to me – two turtle doves”
The two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

“On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me – three French hens”
A representation of faith, hope, and love

“On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – four calling birds”
The four calling birds are the gospels of the New Testament known as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – five golden rings”
The five rings are the first five books of the Bible called the Book of Moses, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
These passages are important for they describe man’s fall into sin and God’s great love in sending His son to save us.

“On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – six geese-a-laying”
This represents the six days of God’s creation of the earth.

“On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me – seven swans a-swimming”
The sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit to build up the church – wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.
Romans 12:6–8, 1 Corinthians 12:8–10, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11, and 1 Peter 4:11

“On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – eight maids a-milking”
This is the eight beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-10 which describes Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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“On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – nine ladies dancing”
The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23
Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control

“On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – ten lords a-leaping”
A representation of the Ten Commandments

“On the eleventh day of Christmas my true gave to me – eleven pipers piping”
This is the eleven faithful Apostles: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas bar James.

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The eleven faithful Apostles

 

“On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – twelve drummers drumming”
The twelve points of belief in the Apostle’s Creed:
Belief in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth
Jesus Christ, God’s only Son
Conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary
Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried
He descended into hell. The third day he arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit (Father, Son, and God the Holy Spirit)
I believe in the holy catholic Church, the Communion of Saints
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body
life everlasting

 

Before I conclude this blog, let me reveal the actual timeframe of the twelve days of Christmas. This joyous season is considered sundown on December 24th (Christmas Eve) to sunset on January 5th (the eve of Epiphany). There are many renditions of this glorious song, but for me, the original carol will forever deepen the meaning of Christmas. Let us celebrate Jesus’s birth!

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How does one become great?

How does one become great? I have heard it said that greatness can be handed over to you. Is this true?

At one time I believed this. I don’t any longer. I don’t know if you do.

Of course, it depends on each one’s definition of greatness.

If having a fortune or holding high office is what greatness means, then, undoubtedly, some people are handed over their greatness because we know many parents who have handed power over to their progeny. Did that make them great?

In many cases, not at all. As far as I am concerned, riches and position alone don’t constitute greatness or make someone great. Aren’t there so many rich people who die in oblivion; and no sooner are they gone than the world around them forgets about them. They do not create an impact that outlives them. Is that greatness? Not by my definition.

Many of those who have held powerful positions such as the highly coveted position of President of the United states, have not gone down in the annals as great men. Many of the successors of Peter, though that be, if not the highest, one of the highest offices in the world, are forgotten shortly after their pontificate or when they leave the world. The occupancy of high office alone does not confer greatness on anyone.

True greastness is earned by the concerned. You may not be a financial giant; you may not occupy high office; you may not be the leader of your country but your greatness will be unquestionable if you work hard and earn it.

Examples abound. Legends like Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and many others buttress this point with their unchallenged greatness. To the best of my knowledge, Martin Luther King Junior was never the leader of his country; neither was he a member of his country’s government. Yet, he is one of the all-time figures the world has known.

Many of the world’s greatest men and women never had greatness tossed at them. They worked for it. They fought for it and never gave up.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong in someone tossing greatness at you, be it a father or a godfather. And who will not jump at such an offer? However, if there’s nobody to do that for you (if you are like me, there will be none), make yourself great. You can. Work for your greatness.

True greatness is earned. For one reason, you may have an opportunity for greatness handed to you but if you don’t do what is right, you may just squander it. Many have done that. It all boils down to each of us having been designed to be the architect of our greatness working in partnership with God.

With this, you have no excuse for not becoming great. You have nobody to blame but yourself if you do not attain the greatness you desire and which you have been designed to attain. Thus, when it comes to greatness, to say some are born great and some have greatness handed to them sounds very old school-like to me.

The bottom line is if you are to be great, you will be the one to make yourself great because when you say yes to greatness through hard work, God never says no.

10 things to become a great writer

To become a great writer is not an easy thing. But it is not impossible either. It is at the reach of all.

Anyone who takes appropriate measures can become a great writer.

Here are 10 things you can do to become a great writer.

  1. Believe you can be a great writer
  2. Visualize yourself as a great writer.
  3. Go to school and learn how to write.
  4. Learn on your own as t home.
  5. Read a lot of good writings by great writers.
  6. Learn from others.
  7. Practice, practice and practice.
  8. Persist when it is difficult.
  9. Do not yield to discouraging messages.
  10. Pray for help to write the best you can.

No one says these 10 things are easy to do. Don’t expect anything worthwhile in this world to come easily to you. If you do these 10 things, no one can stop you from becoming a great writer.