Isolation of Life

Isolation of Life

Isolation – the state of being separated, alone, or apart

The 2020 Pandemic Isolation is the requiring of distance from the other, no touching, and having a manufactured barrier to prevent breathing on any other.  Also, restricting numbers of people in groups of many types of affairs normally attended by the countless of beings.

All contrary to the norm, making all, not just feeling isolated but divorced from each other in so many ways.

Complaints by many of rights being infringed upon and an injustice but done so to protect the many from the few.

Some, old and young to have the final isolation by being totally alone, gasping for breath on an insensitive machine supplying oxygen till another monitor finally flat lines, signaling the end of life.

Choices to be made by the many, while the numbers keep going up and up and up.

It will take time, but that is what we have for those in the isolation of life.

Sequences in Life

                                                Sequences of Life                              

Daylight, Nightlight, on again off again, awake, asleep again and again, over and over as the sequence of life continues. Repetitive episodes of life letting us know of our existence, during this Pandemic.

For some a routine of difference, for others a boredom of sameness.

Old ways are part of the byways, gone and forgotten.

Time will tell when it is over, contained and ending then done

Meanwhile a leaking faucet of life drips continuously, allowing us to pause in life.

Spend it wisely or squander it, the time of our choices to make.

As the life periods of awake, asleep, day, night sequences continue, or lives continue in the way we dictate unknowingly.

Life goes on, and on and on, thankfully, hopefully, and eventually eternally.

DDB

White Privilege 2020-02

White Privilege     6-6-2020

I am a white male individual. I am not black; I never considered myself a privileged person from my childhood growing up, but perhaps I was at the time or even since then.  I was an ignorant white guy, that did NOT know of the plight of the black man. I did NOT know any black individuals as a child in Penna. I had one instance of interacting with a black person in high school, who wanted to kick my butt to the moon and that is another story; not for now.  It wasn’t until I joined the U.S. Marines that I was exposed to many black people as a norm. I did not associate myself with any then, because it was not something anybody did then per both sides of the equation.

I think it was in 1991 that I recall the Rodney King episode that brought my awareness to the light. To see that man being abused by the police was enlightening to say the least. Could that happen in America? YES it could and did!  I did not consider myself a racist then or now, or even prejudicial in any way, just did not understand their predicament of life.

How many whites do understand those of color and what they go through? Not enough I would think. Those whites,  I know closely. probably are of the same ilk as I am, Ignorant and uninformed of the life of black people in any knowledgeable way. That is sad and I can only say that is the way of life for many today.

I love to see the commercials on TV showing white and black actors portraying closeness in life, as they film a scenario of living, promoting a product they are shown in the advertisement. Another plus is when, in another commercial, a white and black are shown as man and wife. One more is when a gay couple are depicted as being married as they show another scene of life. We need more of this type of characterizations.

I know of only one person who is proud to claim being a racist in life, and he bragged or stated with pride that he was one to me, and that is sad.  Till this day I have not communicated with this person, for that fact only, I guess. Pride in being a racist is disgusting!!!!   He is also a believer of the current non-leader in the WH in Washington, so I can only think it tells us something; don’t know.

The death of Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis hopefully will be an honest wake up call to all of us. My question for the aftermath of the protestors and to our leaders of government is – WHAT NOW? Will we just revert to the same old, same old, past of indifference or can we make a change in some way? Is it time to make different rules in police procedure and follow up with them? Is it time for black people to stand up and be progressive for their rights and also be responsible to each other in their actions?

If our leader or leaders cannot push for change then we must, as voters, elect new leaders. It is too long overdue to just let things go on the way they were in the past. it is time to do something, to change our ways, and to go further on to a better way of life.

I guess I am still a white privileged person in comparison to the average black person. A recent news statement said that it is an average $17l,000 to  $17,000 ratio of white verses black family wealth in the United States; I guess in assets; not saying I fit in that high end though.  That alone will make privilege a factor in life.

So, time for change, time for admission, time for a new way of life. Are we up to it?  It is overdue in the United States and in the World.

Masks and the Virus 2020-01

Masks and the Virus  2020-01

I must be stupid, because of many reasons.  My being older than 75 makes me vulnerable to the virus, so I do things to prevent getting this disease. BUT, being, at risk, I must contend with others that do not care about my wellbeing.

Going to the grocery store and mingling with those that don’t wear masks, for whatever reason, is a chore. It is a little exhausting to be aware of my being at risk and trying to do the right thing.  Those that do not wear masks are putting ME at risk and I resent it.

I confronted a woman who was blocking my way in an aisle and we did the right left with our carts for a moment or so and since the aisles were marked enter or no entry at the end of the aisle I knew I was going the correct way.  She looked at me and I had to ask why she did not have a mask as I pulled a spare out of my pocket. She shook her head no and said, “I do not wear masks.”

I told her I wear my mask to protect her in case I had the virus and she should do so also. She again, shook her head and barged past me. I guess she did not care.

The activists that are protesting against the lockdowns across the country, which are now being relaxed, that appear on state building front steps, armed to the teeth with AK-47’s, etc., usually do not wear masks either, but some do, I admit.  They also irk me, for they appear to be “loyal Americans” wanting their Amendment rights to be uphold somehow, but some have Confederate flags, swastika flags, etc., for some reason, at the same time and that is beyond understanding .

I was in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, and, as a veteran, feel disgust for these individuals that want something they feel is theirs to have today.  Another matter, I guess.

Anyhow, I wear masks to protect others, to give myself some protection to a degree, and those that feel they have the right to NOT wear masks, can do so, but my feelings for them are negative. This is long, this is somewhat mild for me to state how I feel, but that is life…………………

Escape of Reality 2019-40

Escape of Reality 2019-40
To close my eyes and escape reality and enter into a fantasy world of wonder is truly amazing.

My mind tears itself away from the turmoil of the world happenings today and allows itself to bask in splendor of created thoughts. Wow!

I am here, I am there and everywhere, but where I am; and no longer a prisoner of today and its doings.

No longer confined to newsworthy tidbits of ugliness, snapshots of horror, and wanton acts of despair.

I can release myself of the constant need to comment on the actions of others, opinions of some and lies of anyone. I am alone with myself, my constant companion.

Instead, bliss reigns, comfort envelopes me, and I am at peace.

I can turn to God, look at the heavens above, contemplate my “other” existence, commune with my Savior, Jesus Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to reside beside, and within me. No other submission and surrender can surmount this and produce this feeling of completeness.

God is Good, God is Great, thanks be to God.

So be it…………….

Neighbors 2019-39

Neighbors 2019-39
What makes a neighbor; is it a close proximity to the others or something else? OR, is clarification needed? A more defined question of what is a good neighbor, or a bad one? What is bad?
I have spent much time in a couple of places and found that it takes all kinds of people to be good or bad in this respect.

One place I remember was when I did not talk with someone 3 houses away in all the time spent there, which was decades. Whose fault, mine or theirs or both of us not caring about the other. It takes all kinds to be a cohesive entity and to have a relationship with any group of people.

In our present dwelling, out of 72 condo owners, I know first names of 7 of them after being here 3 years of living here. Correction; make that 8, one moved into a close by house and I went over and introduced myself to them and lent them something to help him do a job easier.

This is not much different that where we have lived in the past, and probably very normal. The inhabitants behind, front and both sides of us are the ones we get to know better. Having children or animals and getting involved with others via these two factors are a way to break the ice, to a degree.

Where we live now, most of the other people, at best, give a “condo wave” (I call it this) to fellow condo inhabitants and leave it at that. Another normal?

The attitude of “my world”, “your world” type feelings I am sure, and I am not dejected or having bad thoughts about this, just noticing and commenting on reality. We all have our sphere of interest, which we adhere to and enforce, where our lives are personal and we tend to keep it that way.
Life goes on and neighbors are neighbors; such is life.

TheBettsDen.com

Cloudy Immaginations 2019-35

Cloudy Imaginations  2019-35

I sit at the entrance to my garage, watching the world go by in front of me and in the sky. People walk and drive by, waving, letting me know of their existence.

Up above, clouds slowly travel through the sky, somewhat churning in form, as they pass. A zooming plane occasionally makes its presence known, going from where to where.

Contrails from the planes pierce and stab at the fluffy white teddy bear cloud, lying on its back, while clutching a large white ball. A creature like being,  from Dr Seuss, challenges me to give it a name, while it cavorts around another unnamed animation.

A buzzard flying too low to disrupt a cloud, slices through the air, wafting in the currents still high in the sky above me and the village I live in.

A tame alligator, with mis-happened snout chases a tidbit of cloud, before dissolving into a mishmash of nothingness.

Out of nowhere, actually from behind me, a REAL LIFE quiet glider plane disrupts my thoughts as it tries to snag a wind draft to elevate itself for a continued journey. So quiet!!

I sit and contemplate as the sky above me remains a menagerie of wonder and busyness in its own way. I feel blessed by the activity and wonder of man and God that surrounds me and appreciate all that I see. In my own way, I appreciate life and what goes on around and above me, and to know that the Glory of God is what it is and life is good.

DDB

Aware of God and His Presence 2019-31

Aware of God and His Presence 2019-31

Some feel that they do NOT have the presence of God in their lives. HMMMMmm!!!
If they have the normal senses most people have, they could use them to enjoy and cherish the presence of God that surrounds them.
How many have seen the Glory of God in the simplest of ways on a daily basis? An aside to this is asking what the Glory of God is. I saw a description of “The glory of God is the infinite beauty and greatness of God’s manifold perfections. Sounds good to me. I also liked “The glory of God is the manifest beauty of his holiness. It is the going-public of his holiness.” A wrap up would perhaps state, “God is in a class by himself. He has infinite perfections, infinite greatness, and infinite worth.”
A majestic eagle flying above and soaring here to there, (Alaska has tons of them there). All around us are examples of His presence giving us insight as to His being with us.
The wind blowing through the trees, touching a windchime, kissing our cheek; all to be recognized as the touch of God, letting us know He is there.
His hand in the help of making the ingredients of a special pastry, enjoyed by all at a reunion of His children at an event. The taste that reminds us He was involved.
The smell of a field of flowers wafting to our nose, as the colors dazzle us with vibrant areas of splendor as hummingbirds swoop in to enjoy the nectar of the flowers God has blessed.
NO, I disagree with t hose that are missing the Presence of the Glory of God. They are not appreciating what is there and who was involved – God Himself!!!!!!!!
Peace,
Den Betts thebettsden.com

Existence in Life 2019-30

Existence in Life 2019-30

Everyone, bar none, are existing until we are not; a fact. How we exist is up to us as individuals in most cases. Being rich or poor, young-old, smart-dumb, are some things that does affect our existence at the time.

We CAN do things that will change how our existence will turn out. A lottery winner can lose what they won and be back in the same way of life before.

Fate can play its part in what we do differently than before and affect our lives in many ways. Adapting to the change in life, or not, is up to us, for we all have some choices in how we go on with our lives.

We should NOT make excuses for how it could have been, but we can take credit for how we adapted to the now.

Easier to say than to do at times.