Posted in Education, Politics, SocialMedia, Writing

Angst of Perspective

In this post I’ve decided to share several thoughts that have come into my head that I’ve only shared via Twitter….with a little explanation about what prompted the tweets!  Some bloggers aren’t Tweeters & many Tweeters aren’t bloggers…so I want to share with both communities!

Tweeted 17 Sep 12:  In the end…it truly is about perspective! With a change of view the worst can have value & disappointment can mean relief! #GlassHalfFull

This tweet came after hearing how my wife’s day went.  One of our twin daughters (Madeleine) is struggling with accepting the requirements and demands of high school and college curriculum.  Even though at 17 years old she’s figured everything out concerning the rest of her life for a career, there are things she must accept are steps that must be taken to get to her destination.  As my wife says, you cannot know in this moment at what point in your future you may borrow from what you learn today.

Tweeted 16 Sep 12:  Part of life’s journey includes sometimes feeling/being lost…it’s in the absence of knowing that we are truly free to explore.

My other twin daughter (Megan) thought she had all of her future figured out as far as college/career.  Within the last several months however, she’s come to a place where she realizes there are several other things that passionately interest her.  She had a dream that she relayed to me on Sunday that she had last week about “trying to find her home” because she was lost.  The man in her dream didn’t give her the answers but extended a hand to her after she finished sobbing at his feet.  I asked her what she thought it meant.  She stated that maybe he was telling her that it was okay to “be lost.”

Tweeted 16 Sep 12:  Life abhors incongruence…dissonance is tolerated as long as there is movement toward eventual harmony! #OrderFromChaos

I was thinking about the teacher’s strike in Chicago, the anti-American sentiment over the poor-taste film that’s stirred the ire of Muslims, conflicts in the workplace, and disputes in families.  The goal of many in Psychology disciplines will try to help troubled individuals gain a healthy perspective on your unique situation.  Counselors and mediators in the workplace will listen to both sides of a story and try to facilitate resolution.  No matter the issue…when actions and attitudes become destructive, somehow both sides desire closure–even though the goal for each is toward their own advantage.  When two opposites disagree…as long as discussions are the agreed upon approach, the tempers can be kept in check, when both parties believe there will be some positive outcome from their perspective as long as they willingly participate.  These predictive behaviors is what makes psychology an art/science…defined, repeatable behaviors.  In nature, similar repeating patterns occur…often a natural resolve toward harmony or something that looks as though an artist intentionally created the beauty…Fractals (patterns on a window pane during frosty nights) are the example that come to mind.

Tweeted 2 Sep 12:  Hate is easy, lazy, & destructive!–there’s quite enough in this world. Spread a little love–find a worthy cause & give of yourself!  

Was just thinking about all the mud-slinging going on in the media about the opponents in the Presidential Campaign!  The extremes of opinions and positions on critical issues facing our nation requires us to be a team to solve them.  Blathering on and on or mindlessly forwarding, sharing or reposting political crap on social media platforms does little more than annoy those who don’t agree with the shared opinion/sketch.  This is NOT helpful or productive.  If you really care about the future of our free nation, you’ll actually find legitimate news sources, do your research and vote the best man or woman for the job–PERSON NOT PARTY!  After all, primarily the person who does get elected has a limited influence in what actually happens in our reality.  It is the Congress and the Senate who make the majority of the decisions (on our behalf) that we have to live with and complain about.  So if you’re unhappy…don’t blame the man (or woman) who’s hair upon leaving office will be ten shades of white paler than when entering office…..blame yourself!  YOU HAVE A VOICE and a RIGHT/OBLIGATION to participate in this democratic form of government.  Our republic depends upon you!  Your job isn’t finished when you fill in the circles on the ballot.  Pick up the phone, write a letter, join a campaign effort, or run for office yourself!  At the very least…time spent tearing other people down is time wasted.  Be a part of the solution to problems and challenges.  There are plenty of charities, shelters, and fundraising efforts going on that could use your time and energy toward greater purposes.

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Pay It Forward ~ Family in Need

IF YOU READ THIS STORY & ARE TOUCHED BY COMPASSION, even if you cannot donate, please repost, retweet, or share this story through your social network. This is a great family and their need is immediate!

All,

First off, for those who have followed me and interacted with me on social media over the years, you know that the most I ask of followers are responses to questions or opinions about what I write.  This post hopefully will help a family stay in their home, keep the kids in school, and help a mother get her child in need get through surgery and recovery.

When I retired and moved back to Nebraska in 2005, we attended church with a great family, the Alabis.  The Alabis are from Togo Africa.  Mr. Alabi was a doctor in Africa.  Because of political turmoil, they fled the country and found their home in Omaha, Nebraska.

Their children sang in the church choir with our daughters.  My wife often picked up their children on the way to church.  The children’s choir director Ms. Karen Johnson, is the piano teacher for our daughter Megan, and a couple of the Alabi children.  Ms. Johnson just conveyed to me this afternoon that Ms. Alabi’s daughter, Kween, has a tumor in her spine and must undergo surgery this coming Friday.

Here’s the verbiage she sent to me:

Kween Alabi is a 5th Grader at  Prairie Wind School in Omaha, NE.   She likes reading, dancing, playing the piano, and hanging out with her sister and two brothers.

Kween has been diagnosed with a 5-inch tumor inside her spinal cord.  She is scheduled for surgery Sept. 7.  Her prognosis will be unknown until after surgery.

Kween’s father is in Togo, Africa, attempting to re-establish the medical practice he left in 1999, and he is not yet able to support his family.

Kween’s mother will have to quit working for at least 3 months to care for Kween, and the family will have no regular income.  Although Kween’s medical expenses will be covered by Medicaid, and the family will qualify for assistance, it will be inadequate to meet their expenses.

The Alabis are in danger of losing their home.

Kween and her family need your help.  Fundraising activities are being planned, but much more will be needed in the months ahead.

Donations can be made to:
The Kween Alabi Donation Account at any
US Bank (e.g. 222 S. 72nd St., Omaha, NE 68114) or you can donate at Fundly http://fundly.com/the-kween-alabi-fund

for more information email: kjpiano@cox.net or phone Karen Johnson (402) 558-3027

Thank you for reading and sharing this story to help this family!

Cheers,
Ed