Highs and Lows in LIfe 2018-104

The Highs and Lows in Life   2018-104

There are some people that think they are mightier than others and could be called the Highbrows in their thoughts and actions in life.

They would also, perhaps, call some other people in life, “the low life’s” and treat them as such, in some way.

Ironically, those same people in the lower life spectrum could also consider themselves as highbrow types and look down at some others as low life.

This almost sounds like a pecking order existence, and makes one wonder who the devil is actually the lowest of the lowest?

Higher education, or lack of such, very large income against a small type 1040 total, a respectful and professional employment, compared to a menial job existence and other factors create these feelings of high and low existence for others.

Some factors of many that are not in this equation has to do with things that are not easy to put a check mark for either.

Character, kindness, loving nature, self-respect, empathy toward others, and a few more are traits that cannot be measured by a high and low type existence of thought.

If one thinks they are at the top of the heap but are lacking in good and decent relations with others, they might be classified as, on that in reality, belonging in the bottom of the pit, not the top.

The soul that others might look at as being near the lowest rung on the ladder could very well deserve a top pinnacle of thought, not as a low one.

It would be too easy – NO, it IS too easy – for some to classify people based on just certain factors and not take in the other person in THE WHOLE, and not just look at a part of the other person. Looks, dress, status in life, jobs held, education itself or not, are not in the equation of determining how the status of life is seen.  It DOES, but it does NOT make it right.

Peace,

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Bah Hum Bug 2018-103

  Bah Hum Bug   2018-103

The season of Christmas is almost here.

To practicing Christians, this is a time of significance where the birth of the world’s savior is celebrated. For many, this is a time of (hopefully), good feelings, good times and a period of giving and receiving. To many, regardless of faith beliefs, it is a time to celebrate, regardless.

Overall, I feel both groups with their thoughts of why to observe Christmas have merit and it is good in my mind. There are so many traditions, acts of joy, ceremonies, and parties, other get togethers and good will occasions it makes for a wondrous time of year.

Some thoughts of this Christmas period:

I will say “Merry Christmas” to anyone and not “Happy Holidays”. If they celebrate a different holiday time and respond with their holiday wishes, I will wish them well.

I feel Christmas has become very much commercialized with gifts to one another the main focus.

When I was a child in the forties and fifties, I had NO idea why we were exchanging gifts or what Christmas was all about, so in some ways, nothing has changed for some of us. It would be great if something was discussed about the reason we celebrate Christmas, at least on Christmas day.

I know of someone who does NOT celebrate Christmas because he states, correctly, that Jesus Christ was NOT born on December 25th, but what he ignores is the fact that Dec 25th,is the day we celebrate his birthday anyhow. He also wants me to know that this date originated from a Roman festival of the god’s Mithra and Saturn which was adapted to the birth of Jesus.  He adheres to a cultish type religion that has many strange beliefs but claims to be a Christian.

One thing about the Christmas season is where I see all the good feelings of Christmas fall off the cliff and disappear on December 26t;; it is then, back to the normal way of existence.

I used to have (actually still do in a box somewhere) a mirror with a picture superimposed on it of Scrooge and the words “Bah, Hum Bug” on it. This was brought out each Christmas and was mine to look at and express my feelings of Christmas.

I don’t do that anymore, but instead, try to live my part as a Christian and remembering why Jesus Christ died for my sins.  I then think about the next religious holiday Easter and what that means to me too.   Maybe we all should do that.

Peace,

Den Betts