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.

My Pensive Nature 2019-29

My Pensive Nature  2019-29

My pensive nature (or so I have been told) puts me, at times, into a musing state of mind.  Dreamy deep thoughts make me think in careful and thorough ways, requiring abstract ideas and ways of performance of self, or so I think.

I question the reasoning of these thought patterns, but not in much detail. The word “WHY” is a constant refrain, in my infernal mind, without answers, recourse or finalization of my being.

The unanswered, at times, becomes a stumbling block of inaction on my part, a festered boil of unnatural thinking.

I still ask “WHY”, but do not expect any answer to the question of why, and realize the why has no answer, perhaps, and will always be a question without knowledge of the why.

BUT, if we do not ask why, we will never know will we?  We will be forever be in a dense state of mind —- wondering….

I cannot, will not, disparage my self and allow the “Why” of life affect me and instead use the word “BECAUSE” for that can only be the word to use, in my mind.

For instance, “WHY did Jesus the Christ, have to die on the cross and the answer is BECAUSE, and I will allow the theologians to fill in the words to answer this question.

“BECAUSE” is such a great word to use regarding “WHY”, for it gives an answer without an actual answer.

My pensive mind allows me to now muse and let this time to be a stimulus to lull myself to sleep, oblivious to any Why’s of the world. 

Dennis Betts