Sugarcoat Vs. Captain Obvious

Gone are the days of denial when the truth is blaring you in the face how can you escape it?

Yes welcome. I know it’s been some time. Sabtaccals work out that way sometimes. Glad to be back. Heavy unpleasant incomings either cause you to retreat or stay in the fight. I decided to stay in the fight long ago. There is no turning back now. Thanks. Fight for what? you may wonder. Well, the fight for life in the perseverance of peace, justice, and for heaven’s sake the forsaken Truth. Yes in the hidden corridors of rest beyond the catfish sea there is a voice called liberty screaming out to me. It calls me every day and in that sense, I can not escape its plea.

Thank You all who have joined this mysterious exhibitor on this journey on Manilla Villa and hope you stay tuned for more. There has been so much happening this year. There seems no end in sight for the onslaught of unprecedented times. 2022 is still going strong of course and displaying its fierce fury but in the sweetness of all that blah, there is a Love that gives me hope. This Hope lingers in my soul as I relish in a vision for a brighter day and a more prosperous future for all.

The Days when We The People said, Enough!

As the wind blew the night watchmen peered into the sky looking on as the world shook into its place. The world seemed broken and bled with tears from all those weeping. Groans and wailing could be heard throughout the land. Yet at the breaking of the day, victory chants could be heard all over the place. Some began to question its cause but there were those who did not want it to exist at all. Suddenly the bells for justice began to ring and truth began to spread. Happiness and Truth were marching towards the horizon and there was nothing that could be done to stop it. Nothing.

Sugarcoat-Everything is fine. Nothing to see here folks! Move along and shut up. Now, do as your told.

Captain Obvious– No it’s not. Something is terribly wrong here and we are going to fix it.

Sugarcoat– What do you mean by, we?

Captain Obvious-We The People. We are going to fix it.

The Face of Things

Facts matter and so does ART

Every moment is a great time to reflect on the past lessons, and present futuristic dream seeds.

Most of the time we can spend our lives searching for fulfillment only to discover that we were looking in the wrong places…

In reflection of the face of things at times, this may include interactions with others and encountering various viewpoints we may disagree with. Often it is our egos or pride that can get in the way of us being able to listen to opposing opinions and we can end up aggressively yet passionately seeking to persuade someone else to our position or we can provoke increased hostilities BY NOT listening enough. Hence, it seems that when we emotionally attach ourselves to a set of beliefs we feel connected to and passionate about it may be more difficult to remain calm when listening to opposing opinions and views. However, if we are able to overcome our aroused emotional state intelligently we can foster meaningful and healthy conversations with others in peace. So how can we remain open and emotional temperate to other opinions and viewpoints?

We’ll almost certainly meet folks with whom we disagree or don’t get along. Instead of burying our heels in even more to defend our own ideas and convictions, it’s best to listen to what they have to say. This will take practice but is worth the effort. Listen carefully and try to comprehend what others are saying. Spend less time defending your position and more time learning about the other person and their viewpoints. In summary, seek to understand rather than to be understood within this phase of the interactive conversation before you give your response. Become an active listener. Try to refrain from thinking of counterarguments while someone is talking or thinking of the next responsive comment. Empty your mind and consume yourself with the words being expressed by someone else.

Bottom line As much as you would like someone to agree with your position and accept your beliefs the same way you do resist the need to want to aggressively persuade them. We ought to resist attempts to control others. Recognize that a person has the right to accept or reject a belief and we must also accept that we may not have all the expert answers for everything either. Even if you are right and disagree with someone, you don’t have to tell them what to do or give them advice. While it’s admirable to be helpful, don’t be overbearing. Know when it’s better to agree to disagree. And that’s okay.

In modern times especially on social media, the thirst by some individuals to control others and persuade others on how they ought to think is real. But humanity is at its best when we forfeit our pride and the need to be right, we then can allow room for open discourse and the exchange of ideas. Sharing non-criminal ideas and viewpoints help humanity stay informed and reach beneficial solutions to complex problems. Hopefully, we can transcend our School Yard approach to conversing with others and actually be able to communicate in a healthy manner.

It’s sad we are living through times where there is so much division over disagreements that people are being polarized and divided just because they disagree on certain issues. As a result, massive censorship of free speech is taking place. And For some, these are make-or-break issues. However, it is a living hope we the people do more than break communication but repair it one meaningful conversation at a time.

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

 –John F. Kennedy

Seeking Aleph-Bet

Seek Aleph-Bet one short prayer at a time.

Again the quest is on to take back what was stolen. How sweet. Isn’t it great to finally receive back what has been unjustly taken that you thought was lost forever? what a relief it is for one’s grieving soul to miraculously take possession of what was once deemed lost. Even today we can affectionately look at truth in the eyes and smile. Vindication is gloriously appreciated but so is love. Finally, we can move forward in a positive productive direction instead of being drenched in shame and dysfunction.

Looking beyond the veil looking past the fault intended we see the day the good Lord has designed. Can you see it?

Seeking the alef-bet in daily living is a quest fulfilled in love, pure love. Again we the people can see the truth and we can get to where we are going in love as informed beings ready to take back what was stolen as we peacefully demand equal justice. As we live we embark on a mutual beneficial cause that includes sharing and resetting humanity to recognize that we are the creations of a Creator that is in sovereignty in control over what happens in this world and to our own liv3s.

We can then rest in noble action to be the light and salt of the earth to bring love and protection to the innocent and vulnerable to live free from the crippling chains of oppression. We pray for our oppressors and against their foul behavior our persecutors. We pray for their souls and hand them over to their Creator for ultimate Judgement. We also prayerfully ask these aggressors to stop being unkind to people and to humanity. We humbly ask by the mercy of the good lord that we are set free and there is a turning away from tyranny to a path that is just.

Yes, we have the option of being a purposeful gateway to the truth or an advocate of deception. It is a living hope that we will overcome our uncertainties and embrace a life free and independent of the alluring control of totalitarianism in all of its brutal manifestations of forced implantation.

Many people desire peace and not war. Perhaps this generation or even the next will experience what it is like to live in a world free from blood lust as means of dominating others and creating pain for gain. At best there is nothing wrong with keeping the dream of universal harmony alive. As it is put teamwork makes the dream work. The path won’t be easy but it will be worth it. Stay strong and keep praying. The Best is yet to come for those who live by faith. Shalom.