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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hallelujah...Pass the Ammunition!

Do you make your own decisions, or let others make them for you?

How much control do you have over your life?

What is true strength?

(65 Deep Philosophical Questions by Operation-Meditation. Three above questions retrieved from

As a youth I deeply envied John Wayne.   When portraying a character he swaggered in with guns ready at the hip--nobody was going to tell him what to do.  Later I learned that my fictional hero was just that – fictional.  In reality, willingly or unwillingly a myriad of decisions that affect our lives are beyond our control.  If measure of control is not a reliable indicator of  personal strength, what is?   I think it very simply has to do with the guts we show in defending our inner lights.  Conformity is the name of mediocrity. The drudge disease is to go along to get along. How refreshing it is to find someone who assumes that God placed them on this planet to make a unique contribution to the flow of life. I am particularly thinking today of someone I saw yesterday that I greatly admired when I worked for St. Petersburg's Parks and Recreation Department. His name is Steve and he is the manager of Twin Brooks Golf Course.   I have seen him in a meeting when a mounting tide was flowing strong in ill-advised ways. The lone dissenter, he convincingly made his case! Yes!!! --"Hallelujah...pass the ammunition!"

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