Posts Tagged ‘Life’

Happily Ever After Constitution Day!

September 17, 2017

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By Dahni

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Happily Ever After Birthday Constitution!

Today marks two hundred and thirty years since 1787. It is Constitution Day! Today commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution, by thirty-nine brave souls, on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. It was signed in Philadelphia, PA, the city of “brotherly love (and sisters too). For better or worse, indifferent or just different, WE’re still here! That in and of itself is a reason to celebrate. That’s it for history today. Rather than a lengthy essay or a long drawn-out post, let’s us just take some time today, to consider:

  1. How far those original 13 colonies had come in 1776
  2. How far those sovereign 13 states had come, from being so anarchistic and so un-united, in 1787
  3. How far this republic has come since 1787
  4. How far you and I have come in 2017
  5. How much further, are WE willing to go

How Much Further?

Happy Birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 of WE,

Dahni

 

 

 

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What Happened to Love thy Neighbor?

August 17, 2017

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What Happened to Love thy Neighbor?

By Dahni

© 2017, all rights reserved

 

There was a day. It was warm and beautiful. The skies were blue and friendly puffy floating clouds drifted by. Birds were on the wing and in song. Hope was in your heart. Possibility in the air was blowing through your hair. You felt good and walked with confidence in every step you took. You smiled. You smiled at others you knew or met. You said hello and they in turn, gave it back freely and friendly, like a hug and kiss from just a gesture. You opened doors for others and they for you. You complimented and were complimented. You helped out and others helped you. You checked on others and they checked on you. You stood together with them and for them and they stood together with you and for you. Your joy was theirs and theirs was yours. Their sorrow yours and yours, theirs. You were alive and glad to be. You stepped as if you knew where you were going. You were fearless with nothing to fear as all you met and would meet, had your back. You had no doubt, no worry and no fear. You loved and you were loved. The sun and moon and planets and stars and the whole earth revolving under your feet, were all in alignment, for you. You were in agreement with everyone and everyone agreed with you. Life and Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness was good, very good, good for you and good for everyone and anyone!

Then, something you did not agree with happened. Someone that was different happened. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

A fever of the mind took you. It took your heart. It started slowly – no opinion, no confrontation, no questions asked, no getting involved, no making waves, no want to offend. As evil surmising(s) began coursing through your veins, you kept to yourself, you kept quiet, but your temperature continued to rise. Your apathy began to boil and boil over and out of your words and deeds. Disagreements led you to arguments and the fever took your heart. It was only a matter of time; it is only a matter of time until, the fever took and takes, all of your body, your heart, soul, mind and strength. And it is contagious. It is highly contagious. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

I am writing here, to you, you of this country, The United Sates of America. Whether loving your neighbor is, a universal truth like, the golden rule, doing unto others as you would them do unto you or not, I am writing this and speaking to you. WE were never united because, we are all the same. WE were and may yet still be united because, all of us created equally, are all equally fervent and desire the same— Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

What happened to— Love thy Neighbor? I will tell you, whether you believe in God and believe God or not—the love of money happened! Not money, but what it represents—power and control. Not just power and control, but the love of power and control! Things like money, are made to be used, not loved. People are made, not to be used, but to be loved. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor? The love of money (power and control), happened. It is, the root of all evil! If you require a reference, here it is: 1 Timothy 6:10 King James Version (KJV)

How easy it to love Him that we cannot see, if we cannot/will not love him or her we do see? How can we say we love Him, if we cannot/will not love them He created equally? What stone do you first cast at yourself, for your own weaknesses and errors, sins, shortcomings, your differences and flaws, and corruption and imperfection? If you are to love others as you love yourself and you do not, how much even self love do you have?

Whom or what has made you feverish? Whom or what has infected you? Whom or what owns you? Whom or what controls you? Whom or what bribes you? Whom or what gags you so that you cannot/will not speak? Whom or what blindfolds you that you cannot/will not see? Whom or what has stopped your ears that you cannot/will not hear? Whom or what binds your hands or places instruments of destruction in them? Whom or what chains your feet so that you cannot or will not move or threatens you, your loves and/or whips you, harms you, kills you or your loved, unless or until you do? Whom or what has stricken history, from all your memory or your recall and whom or what strikes it still? Whom or what will come to your aide, if you cannot or will not come to the aide of others? What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

I write these words. I have read these words. I read these words. I am just like you. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor, my Neighbor?

Do you remember, do I? Do you know, do I?? What are you, what am I, going to do about it???????

If I have a fever, I do not need or want to spread it! I do not need or want the undertaker, the mortician! I need and want a physician! I need and want to be healed! I want and need to Live! I want and need Liberty! I want and need, the Pursuit of Happiness! I want and need to be made whole! Please come my neighbor, come and love me and make me whole!!!! I will do the same for you!!!!!

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

 Excerpt from: The first inaugural address by Abraham Lincoln

Fourscore and seven [now, Twelvescore and three (243=1774], years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863


 

Dahni

1 of WE

 

 

PS My inspiration for this piece is from a four-year old movie I just watched yesterday (twice in fact), called: ‘Copperhead.’ It is very similar to the times in which we are living in today. It has always been thus—What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

 

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Good Morning USA

July 4, 2015

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by Dahni
© 2015, all rights reserved

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Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

 

Is it that these three, barely exist

or that a remnant, still persist?

Is it that WE do NOT know each other

or WE are impatient, for it all to smother?

Is it that WE were ever united

or the fire has been ignited?

 

From 1776 and 1789, for 239 and 226 years respectively

Through hell and back, these three have stood collectively

Are all just separate relics of the past, WE’d just soon forget

Are all meaningless scraps of paper and cloth, We surely and sorely regret?

 

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

 

Is it that WE’ve traded, for all our wants and security

or that we deserve NOT— Life, Happiness and Liberty?

 

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

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#Portrait of an American

March 15, 2015

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By Dahni © 2015, all rights reserved

 

From time to time, we all have searched, for pictures to see what something or someone looks like. It is said:

 

“A Picture is worth a 1,000 words”

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a picture of a 1,000 words

 

“The expression “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” appears in a 1911 newspaper article, quoting newspaper editor, Arthur Brisbane, discussing journalism and publicity.”

“In a 1913 newspaper advertisement, a similar phrase, “One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words”, appears, for the Piqua Auto Supply House of Piqua, Ohio.”

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“An early use of the exact phrase appears in an 1918 newspaper advertisement, for the San Antonio Light, which says:”

 

“One of the Nation’s Greatest Editors Says:

One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The San Antonio Light’s Pictorial Magazine of the War
Exemplifies the truth of the above statement—judging from the warm reception it has received at the hands of the Sunday Light readers.”

Source for the above quotes and image is, Wikipedia. The key words: ‘A Picture is worth a 1,000 words’

 

OK, I think we have the picture now. 🙂

But what does a – ‘Portrait of an American’ look like?

I ‘Googled,’ ‘Yahoo-ed’ and ‘Bing-ed,’ with these words – ‘Portrait of an American’ and chose ‘images.’ I invite you to do the same, right now and return to this post and continue reading to follow. I’ll wait. 🙂

If you did perform a search, from the three main search engines that most people use, there were some surprises, at least for me. The first bunch of images from Google was, the same album cover, for Marilyn Manson. That’s NOT quite, what I was expecting to find. 🙂

Yahoo and Bing, both returned similar results and were each a little different than Google, but still, NOT what I was looking for.

Well, what does an American look like?

We know that the word “American” can mean the Americas and include any place or anyone in North America, Mexico, Central America and South America. But we here in the USA, think of the word “American” as US, WE the People of, the United States. We are like the independence-glue, for not just the Americas, but the entire world!

We know that the one thing that has made us prosperous and has enabled our independent greatness is, our unalienable rights are written into the government of, by, and for the people. We know that everyone in the world has these same rights, but in the United States, they are written!

We know that our legal system does NOT recognize, The Declaration of Independence or the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, in ANY court of law. But the Preamble to the Constitution is, the independence-glue, for all our rights, fought for in the American Revolution (Declaration of Independence) and all our rights and freedoms in, The Bill of Rights and The Constitution of the United States of America.

We know that this country is made up of, many people, from many races, skin color, cultures and beliefs, skills, abilities, talents and potential.

We know that this country started with the basic principles found in, our Declaration of Independence in 1776. We know that “ALL are created equal,” and that “we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

We know that we won this beautiful and precious independence by the pledging of our fore-family’s Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor.

We know, we formed a government and powered it to preserve and protect our individual rights and freedoms.

We know that this nation and all that we have, individually and collectively was, and still is, based on unity, unity of purpose. And we know our great motto from Latin is:

 

‘E pluribus unum,’

“one out of many.”

 

We have seen and heard of and many believe in, a very different ‘Portrait of an American.’ Many believe that our government must provide every individual with their every need met and almost every conceivable or imaginable happiness. There are many in government that believe it is their right and responsibility, to provide these for all. Our elected servants have come out from among US, WE the People. If this is what our servants believe, what do we believe? WE are ALL in need of, a greater understanding of the true – ‘Portrait of an American!’

The Declaration of Independence listed three of our unalienable rights and one is, the right to, “the Pursuit of Happiness.” In our Bill of Rights, part of Our Constitution, two rights are listed, just like The Declaration of Independence – “Life” and “Liberty.” But one word in the Bill of Rights replaces “the Pursuit of Happiness.” It is the single or individual word, “property.” Property is, the result of, the pursuit of happiness! Property is, the result of having Life and the Liberty, to pursue happiness. This happiness or property is, based on one’s own individual efforts, talents, skills and abilities. But these would NOT be possible, without Life and Liberty!

So, if we each are responsible to pursue our own happiness and to acquire our own property, what then is, a ‘Portrait of an American?’ What does just one of, We the People look like?

To return to a picture being worth a 1,000 words, I will share the following video, to answer and show this picture.

Most television programs are filmed in a ratio of about 30 frames, for one second of video. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, the following 3:58 (three minutes and fifty eight seconds) edited video clip would be about:

3:58 = 238 seconds X 30 frames per second = 7,140 frames or single pictures.

7,140 pictures X each picture being worth a 1,000 words = 7,140,000 words.

If a book had about 400 pages, which is approximately 100,000 words, 7,140,000 words would be about 71, four hundred page books.

The following short video, speaks volumes to me! It contains thousands of images and are equal to millions of words to me! It is a gorgeous, “Portrait of an American!’

 

Lisa Nichols – ‘Portrait of an American’

 

In the video above, there are two things that Lisa Nichols did NOT do, in telling her story:

  1. She did not blame anyone, that she was “broke and broken”
  2. She did not expect the government or anyone to provide, for her needs or her happiness

There are four things that has made her success Possible:

  1. She had Life, because it is a right in this country
  2. She had the right of Liberty, in this country
  3. She had the right to Pursue Happiness
  4. She pursued happiness until, she acquired the “Property” of all that makes her happy

 

I found it very interesting that she had two teachers growing up that perhaps with good intentions, tried to keep her from getting hurt. Believing Lisa had little or no ability, maybe they only wanted to protect her from trying to rise beyond her ability, only to fall so low? But her English teacher told her she was the “weakest writer she had ever met in her entire life.” Her speech teacher told her, “I recommend you never speak in public…” Lisa did not blame education. In the full length video (link provided below), she explains that she attended the same conference. “42 times” because, she did not understand what they were talking about. But she kept attending until, she did understand and then she raised the money, to start her own business. Lisa Nichols, has since her “broke and broken” days, gone on to write, several best selling books and she is one of the most sought-after, motivational speakers, in the United States today. And she is a true –

 

#Portrait of an American

 

 

The above video is an almost a 4 minute edited clip from, the original. It you would like to watch the full segment (about 15 minutes) see:

Link to full segment –

https://youtu.be/aWc75TDhVOY

If you would like to know more about Lisa Nichols, her bio appears on her website –

motivatingthemasses.com

Link to her bio –

http://motivatingthemasses.com/aboutus/lisa_nichols_bio.asp#bio

 

 

1 of WE the People,

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