Our Mental Hard Drive – “The Brain”


“Challenging Ourselves through Questions”

Have you ever done something and later asked yourself, “Why did I do that?”
Did you ever tell yourself, “If I would have know that, I would have done things differently?”

Information is generally involved in everything we do. Information is essential and can be critical as we take steps through life desiring to make the least amount of mistakes.

The information available today is at an all time high. Media and online resources are exploding. It is at our finger tips if we care to explore for it. Even if we don’t realize it, the information that is absorbed by our mind, plays a role in how we react to any given situation. It is at the heart of what we eat, the fun things we enjoy doing, the work details we perform, our reaction to things we fear, virtually every function or task we undertake.

In many ways we could look at the information absorbed by our brain similar to information stored on a computers hard drive. Our thinking process utilizes this stored information. We use our mind to search back in time to what we recorded in it, or we kick in gear an understanding or reaction based on past experiences. A little like an application running on a computer. Sometimes we utilize our stored information subconsciously in our decision process. Sometimes we need our subconscious mind to quickly react but it doesn’t because we never trained it properly. Then after the fact we might say, “If only I would have done this.” There are times when we react so quickly that we never recognize if we reacted properly all based on something in our minds that triggered the response. Only when someone calls us out do we possibly slow long enough to question if our understanding was correct.

Through repetition, receiving the same information several time, repeating the same thoughts, we begin to place a priority over less received information. Companies today monitor our activity online or our purchasing history. They begin to see a pattern and as a result, they put things in front of us that follow this pattern of thinking.

We need to be aware that we can subconsciously feed our minds with one-sided information.

If we feed our minds with one-sided information, then we become lopsided, or possible what someone else would like us to become. It may be our way of feeding our minds with things that bring comfort, satisfaction, or even fill our emotional desires. The more we feed or are fed the same information, the more we believe it.

Is it possible that we are allowing ourselves to become brain washed?

Sometimes a computers hard-drive becomes overloaded with outdated, incorrect, or flawed information. This can cause results that while looking correct, are not. So some hard-drives may require reformatting, or at the least, old files and programs need to be removed. A clean-up program can be run to enable it to operate correctly. Outdated programs need to be replaced with new one that have bugs removed. Proper information needs to be made available to them.

Our brain requires a similar type of updating. Some things we learned 10, 20, 30, or 50+ years ago may not be totally correct. Sciences continue to learn and produce updates. New findings become available that could totally alter what one was taught during their education years. If we stop our learning process, we become outdated, we lock in our beliefs and understandings.

What would be nice is if we could just install a mental program that would search out and remove all misunderstandings, erase old outdated information and beliefs, clean up all the fragmented thoughts and reorganize how our information flows during our thought process.

Our mind is a powerful tool that we are blessed to have,
and

Proper care and maintenance are required.

This brings us to the question about the evolution of, or the creation of our brain.

Regardless of where you choose to place your faith, in evolution or in creation, one need to explore and understand details behind both sides. Did we evolve or is God real? Do the sciences support both creation as well as parts of our understanding of evolution?

Are the grounds that you stand on with respect to God and creation solid?

 

 

The Rope of “Political Correctness”


Have you ever tried to push a rope?

Have you ever tied something or even a friend to a rope and then attempt to push it in a given direction? I guess you would agree that it doesn’t work very well. However, if you pull on the rope, you at least have the chance of getting things moving in the direction you would like them to move.

A key question is:

Are you the puller of the rope or are you the one being pulled?

If you are the one being pulled, which in many cases we are all pulled from time to time, which direction are you being pulled? Are you aware of where you are headed? Do you know who you are being pulled along by? Have you peeled the layers back far enough to discover who or even why someone is pulling you?

In todays life in this country as well as many others around the world, people have been pulled in the direction of “Political Correctness” (i.e., PC). The “PC” movement is a force that is gaining momentum and goes unnoticed. It is as if it is pulling our rope and we don’t recognize that we are tied to it.

PC really is not the same thing as “Love for all.” PC keeps telling us that we should let everyone live and do as they desire. It is their choice. Live and let live. Stand to the side and say nothing. What they do won’t hurt me. We need to ask ourselves the question; But will it?

We can love someone, but do we let them jump off a cliff because they choose to do so just because it’s PC?

Now maybe everyone is not ready to jump off a cliff, but one can show love and compassion and still speak up on issues of life. It’s ok and correct to listen, to try to understand, to discuss and exchange ideas. It’s also ok to have an opinion and to speak up about it, to be heard by the minority or the majority.

Being PC should never stand in the way of doing what is right!

In the USA, 85% of the people believe in God. The people around the world that believe in God, or Allah or just in peace and the study of how to live in harmony accounts for a major amount of the worlds population. So why do we allow the “Political Correctness” to take over and pull our rope in it’s direction. It appears that small minority is in control and are changing our culture and directing what our future generations will become. All for what appears to make them feel good, that fits their agenda, their life style preferences, or their beliefs.

However, the minority has rights and should be heard. The majority also has rights and should be heard. Love and understanding should be embraced on both sides. Political Correctness should not play a role in shutting down one side or the other, even if both sides believe the other has it wrong. Peaceful protest should be allowed, however non-peaceful protest should be shunned by both side.

A question to ponder:

When will we drop the momentum of “Political Correctness” and allow love, understanding, compassion, and an openness to “Truth” to find its way back to the top?

If God is real, and I personally believe He is based on my discovery down both roads, then why should I not be taught about this in my schools today as a possibility? Schools are for learning. Just because you may not believe in God, does not mean that there is no possibly that He may exist. I would think that in either case, one would want to know both side, be allowed to make ones own decision, to be given all available information, and to make ones own discovery and choices.

It truly takes a level of faith either way. I just wanted to know as much as possible so I could place my faith where I believed it belonged and not be driven by the “PC” of this world. I want to speak up and not let “PC” get in the way of someone who should be given a chance to learn what I have learned. To gain the knowledge allowing them to make life decisions based on what they choose to believe, not on what someone else tells them to believe.

So ask yourself:

Will you listen and share?

Will you look for “Truth”? 

or

Will you stay in a comfort position remaining
“Politically Correct – PC”?

 

 

 

The Paint of our Heart


When you open a fresh can of paint it is clean and ready to beautify. If you have completely cleaned up all the dust and debris, your paint remains just as it was prior to opening the can. The more you paint the beauty continues to shows it face. It’s when our brush picks up some dust or dirt and we dip it back into the can of paint that the paint begins to change. If we forget and leave the top off for a period of time a film can form which creates small lumps in the paint can. Before long you notice something on the wall that you need to remove or even worse, it is not found until the paint is dry. What happen? It started out so perfect.

How we handle our fresh can of paint is the same as how we handle the emotional side of our heart. It starts out so perfect with nothing but love. But then we allow it to become contaminated. It’s never the heart itself, but it’s the surroundings, the environment, and the influences that change it into something different than how it began. If we put the cover back on the paint, debris cannot enter. If we protect our hearts or the heart of a loved one, we keep it clean.

The heart just like a fresh can of paint requires proper handling. We need to be aware of what we put into it or it’s beauty and love will change or even disappear completely. When this happens it takes some hard work to restore it. But just like a can of paint, once it is contaminated, it never returns back to it’s original state.

Reflecting on Life


When I look back on my childhood, taking the time to evaluate my life, or maybe I should say the areas that I wrapped my arms around and embraced and those that I didn’t, it brings great joy and in some cases a level of sadness. Turning the clock back to my childhood, growing up on the farm during the 50’s and 60’s with little spare cash, just enough to get by with and sometimes not even that much, I had a good life that taught me more than I ever gave it credit for.

Graduating High School in 1968 while the Viet Nam war was in full swing, seeing many of my friends serving there and returning home not the same person, some in a box, some missing limbs, but mostly changed personalities due to the effects of the war, was a difficult time.

Getting married at age nineteen, building our first house at age twenty, becoming a father at age twenty-one, were huge steps in life for me.

The foundation learned as a youth growing up was never lost, only forgotten for many years. Saddened by so much I had witnessed as a youth and my mid-teenage years in the religious arena, set my life path in motion. Determination set in, a drive to enjoy life, to become financially sound, to take a stand against all that didn’t fit into my version of faith, all began while still in high school.

Working my way up the ranks of my first job, I worked hard. I took on two jobs in those early years trying to earn what I felt was required to be a good provider. Then becoming licensed in the electrical trade and eventually starting our own company my life was very busy. Between work, family and fun, I had my hands full. Then my eyes were opened to the rest of the world when I took a new job in 1986. Being able to travel to many parts of the world, I began to see and feel the effects that war really has. To be close to war, hearing how others dealt with war both old and new, grasping the many religious faiths and beliefs including those that have no belief in God, it kicked in motion my past and the emotions caused me to re-evaluate my understandings of life.

So what does this mean in the grander scheme of things? It shows that from childhood on, our lives and personalities are set in a direction and become altered as we continue to age, grasping new information, learning about others we cross paths with. The real question is; do we allow ourselves the freedom to open our mind and explore what we see and hear? Or do we remain set in our ways determined not to allow change? Do we even recognize that we are closed to anything that may disrupt our desires and beliefs in life?

For me, I spent the time to re-evaluate my past, examine what I had learned and experienced, and to wrap my arms around what I believe this life is all about. I worked hard to eliminate the mental blocks that so often accompanies our attempt to truly understand, disabling any rational outcome. What I found was that I could make a decision for myself, placing my faith in what I had come to understand. While it was influenced by many, it was in the end, my choice, my decision, my beliefs.

So there’s this lingering question

When was the time you slowed down long enough, shoved the distraction aside, threw out the external influences of those that educate with an agenda whether religious or non-religious or educational and dug deep enough that you allowed yourself the freedom to choose where you have placed your faith?

One of the biggest things I learned along this adventure is that it takes faith to believe in life, it takes faith to believe what it is all about. It takes faith to believe in God or to not believe in God. It takes faith to believe in the direction we choose for our lives.

Where is your faith placed?  

 

What is Life Worth?


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“The Beauty Around Us”

Asking a hard question is not what most of us like to do let alone being forced to answer it. It is not what makes us comfortable and generally we avoid them if possible. However, sometimes the question is asked and we have little choice but to answer it. So what is life really worth?

If one is faced with making a decision about the importance of the life we know and the need to protect what we have or what we desire, how would we react?

Would we give our life for one last good meal?
Would we give our life for something we can experience only once?
Would we give our life for our wife or husbands safety?
Would we give our life for our kids safety and future?
Would we give our life for our neighbor in need?
Would we give our life for our country and its freedom?
Would we give our life for freedom around the world?
Would we give our life for our freedom of religion or what we believe in?

Just what is important enough to give our life for or to ask someone else to give theirs for or to just stand by while they do?

Ok, this is a heavy question I know. But how would we each react if faced with making a decision to live or to die trying.

Many lives have been lost over the hundreds of years of wars and feuds. Men and women have died protecting their families. Freedoms have been won and lost in the efforts that cost lives. To give of one’s life is no small deed and should not go unrecognized. Disrespect for those lost lives should not be tolerated. Those who take lives disrespecting others just to help themselves should be stopped. Each of us as people have rights and we should recognize how we attained those rights. For those that have lost their rights we should have compassion. To tolerate continued loss of rights should be condemned and stopped in it tracks.

“freedom isn’t free unless everyone is free”

In the beginning there was one man and one woman whether you believe in God or not. In the beginning there was freedom in the human race. What happened?

Achieve Victory!

Achieve Victory!


Perseverance and faith will drive one to victory! Without either one of them we only stand in one place or wander about wondering why!

Orlando Espinosa

We all face daily challenges, but we shouldn’t allow these challenges to deter or discourage us. We should allow them to be a driving force until we achieve that which we set out to do. Too often we miss out on achieving success because we don’t persevere. We give up without realizing how close we are to victory. Remember that victory is achieved through perseverance!

Victory is achieved-orlando espinosa

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42 – Searching for Answers – A Visit with Pastor Dan


Joe closed the door behind them as the four of them made their way down to his car. It wasn’t long and they were sitting around a table at the pub when Carol walked up to take their order and realized who they were. Hey – I didn’t see you guys walk in. How’s everybody doing? Tom, you’re looking pretty good after everything you have been through. I am feeling really very good Carol, but what is even better is that Ann and I are getting married! Joe’s grin told everyone just how excited he was. Ann smiled as she reached over and laid her hand on Tom’s. Carol quickly replied with a big; Wow – congratulations you two. Ann, you must be really excited as she looked at her with a smile. Everyone could see she was happy for them but the expression on her face told them she was a bit envious and would love to feel the same happiness some day for herself. Ann smiled as she excitedly replied; I am so happy. Tom’s getting better and we are… Ann let her mind take over as she was thinking about the new life she was carrying inside her. Joe and Sarah were sitting holding hands under the table remembering their own bit of news that they wanted to share with Tom and Ann but weren’t quite ready to announce to the world. Carol broke the suspense that hung around the table as she asked; so what can I get you guy’s? Tom and Joe spoke in unison as they both said; give me that new IPA you have on draft and Tom added an order of your delicious nachos with an extra side of guacamole. Ann replied, I just want a coke for now and Sarah ordered a Pils.

Before long the four of them were laughing and joking around. Joe looked over at Tom and said with a chuckle; you are most definitely getting back to your old self. I sure do feel better than I did a few days ago. Ann switched the conversation back to Sarah when she asked; you guy’s said you had something you wanted to tell us. What’s up? Well… Sarah paused long enough for Ann to quickly say; well what. Sarah leaned over and put her arm inside of Joes and her head on his shoulder as she told them; Joe and I are getting married too. Sarah held up her finger that had a beautiful opal ring hanging on it. We’ll get the real diamond ring later, added Joe with a great big smile. That’s pretty cool replied Tom with a smirk on his face. Won’t be long and we’ll all be old married folks! Ha-ha, replied Sarah. Hey Sarah, are you really sure you want to hook up with this guy? Ann reached over and gave Tom a poke in the arm and Tom just smiled his devilish grin. Sarah looked across the table at Ann with a questioning smiled on her face. Ann, you knew about this didn’t you. No I really didn’t, replied Ann as she looked over at Joe. All I knew was that Joe wanted to give it to you and wanted it to fit when he did. You never told me you were going to propose Joe. Joe was smiling from ear to ear when he added; well that kind of just happened as he turned and looked at Sarah giving her a kiss as she had turned her head to look at him. I am so excited for you guy, replied Ann. Tom was just sitting there with a grin on his face when he added; you little devil you. I should have seen this coming as he reached over and gave Joe some knuckles over the center of the table. You two are made for each other. You’re going to be so happy. So when is the date, inquired Ann. Oh my, we haven’t really got that far yet. This just happened while we were in the park and we still need to tell our parents. But what about you two, inquired Sarah? Have you set a date yet? No, not yet. We want to talk to Pastor Dan and see if and when he might be available. I really hope he will perform the ceremony, added Ann. They continued to laugh and talk as they finished there drinks and before long they were making their way out the door and walked back to Joe’s car and headed to his apartment.

While they were driving, Sarah called Pastor Dan to see if he was in his office. Who you calling, asked Joe? I thought I would see when we could stop in and see the boss. He picked up after the first ring as he could see that it was Sarah calling on his display. Hi Sarah, what’s up? We were wondering when we could stop by for a few minutes? Are you really busy? Can you give me a few minutes, replied Pastor Dan? I just need to return one call and I will be free the rest of the afternoon. Sure replied Sarah. How’s twenty minutes sound? That works for me, replied Pastor Dan. Ann looked at Sarah and said; could we join you two? It would give us a chance to see if he will do our wedding also. Sarah quickly responded saying; I was hoping you guys would join us. Then Sarah sat back thinking about how fast things were moving. Joe continued to make a twenty minute trip to the church out of a ten minute drive. Joe added; I’m taking the scenic tour for you guys. I hope you are enjoying it. Yes sir, added Tom. One of the best I’ve ever been on! Before long they pulled into the church parking lot when Sarah spoke up; do you think we should tell him about us Joe? Ann looked a little confused and said I thought that was why you called him? Well not really but maybe it is a good idea. Well do you need to meet with him alone? We can come by at a different time. Joe, quickly spoke up saying; no you guys should come in with us. It’s just that I need to talk to him about the last two dreams I have had. Ann looked a little shocked as she quickly replied; I didn’t know you have had more dreams. Are they bad ones again? Not so much, replied Joe. They just happen in a way that I remember every detail. They are not like the ones we have and then we really can’t remember them after we wake up.

They made their way to the side door of the church which opened into the office area and Pastor Dan was waiting for them as they walked in. Hi you guys. What’s happening anyway, inquired Pastor Dan. How are you feeling Tom? You’re looking pretty good. I’m doing really good, replied Tom. So what did you guys want to see me about? Well it’s like this Pastor Dan, replied Joe. Ok, let’s just call me Dan. You guys can drop the pastor part. The four of them smiled as they said almost in unison; ok Dan. Sarah broke the small talk by saying they each had a couple questions. Maybe Tom and Ann should start. So what can I do for you two, inquired Dan. Ann looked at Tom and he quickly turned to Dan saying; we would like to know if you would… or maybe I should say is it possible… oh just ask him Tom, interjected Sarah. We want to get married and we would like to know if you would do the ceremony? Dan smiled as he said; first of all, congratulations and yes I would be honored to perform it for you. Do you have a time you are looking at? Tom looked at Ann and they both replied, when do you think you could do it? Dan looked a little surprised as he said; sounds like you want to tie the knot sooner than later. Ann looked at Sarah and Sarah quickly stepped into the conversation. Well boss, it’s just that Ann and Tom are also going to be parents. Ann had a blush come over her face, but Tom looked as proud as a peacock. Dan could see the happiness on their face and quickly answered; let’s get my calendar out and see when we can find a date. After a little bouncing around of dates they settled on one for September twentieth. Dan pulled out some information from his file and handed it to Ann and Tom. You two need to review this. It will help you make all the arrangements and give you things to think about. We will also need to schedule a time we can sit together and talk about this commitment you guys are making. Read that over and then give me or Sarah a call and we will set a time to get back together. Thanks so much. We will get back to you in the next couple days, replied Ann.

Ok replied Dan. So what else is on your mind? Sarah looked at Joe and before she could say anything Joe blurted out that they were getting married too. Sarah stood wordless as she pondered what Dan would say. Dan quickly walked over to Joe and shook his hand and gave Sarah a big hug adding; congratulation you two. I kind of felt it was only a matter of time. So when do you want to tie the knot? Well we haven’t even told anyone but you and Tom and Ann as of right now. Tom quickly added with his devilish grin; yah, they just made it official not more than a couple hours ago. Sarah quickly stepped in adding; we need to tell our parents and we are not in that big of a hurry. Joe and I haven’t even talked about dates yet. Ok, replied Dan. Let me know what you two want so we can block it out on the calendar. Wow, that is pretty exciting. You four must be pretty happy right now. Well, interrupted Joe. We have one more thing we want to talk to you about. So what on your mind that can top this, replied Dan?

I am very confused. Not about getting married but about why I am still having dreams. You’re having the same kind you had before, inquired Dan? No, they are a little different but still very real. What I don’t get is why and what they are about. I am such a new believer in this Jesus and God stuff. Why would God be planting dreams on me that I don’t understand? Why me? I just don’t get it, continued a frustrated Joe. Well Joe, replied Dan. I really can’t say for sure but it may be because you are such a new Christian. Yes, I can understand that but remember that I was having them before I made that decision, Joe replied with a little enthusiasm. If you remember that is why I dug into the questions about creation and evolution. That is how I made a decision to accept Jesus into my life. Well you remember how it all started Joe. How you kept digging into finding the answers you were looking for. Maybe that is why you are still having them. Maybe He still has more for you to figure out. Why doesn’t he just tell me, added Joe as he raised both hands to the side of his head showing a level of passionate frustration.

Joe slowly leaned back in the chair next the Pastor Dan desk and just stared at the wall for what seemed like forever but was really only a few seconds when Sarah interrupted his thoughts. Maybe you better tell Pastor Dan what each of your dreams was about. Joe began the story by tell how they both started out similar but both took different directions. One was peaceful and one was scary. One had pleasantness and one had sounds of terror and screaming. After he told the details to Pastor Dan he again sat back quietly in the chair, closed his eyes and waited for some sort of answer. After a short time to think Dan told Joe he would like to ponder and pray a little on everything he had just been told. Would you mind if I say a short prayer right now? I think maybe that would be great was Joe quick reply. Ann, Tom and Sarah sat quietly as Pastor Dan asked God for some guidance for Joe. When he concluded his prayer he looked at Joe and asked if he could come back Monday after work around five o’clock? Sure replied Joe. They all stood up and Dan congratulated both couples one more time as they made their way to the door. I will see you Monday around five Joe. Well I’ll see you tomorrow too, replied Joe.

The four of them thanked Pastor Dan again for his time. Tom and Ann told him that they would get back to him right away about the wedding. Sarah told him not to say anything to her mom and dad yet. They needed to tell them and they wanted to do this after church tomorrow. Sound great, replied Dan. See you tomorrow added Joe. Are you two coming tomorrow also inquired Dan as he looked at Tom and Ann. Wouldn’t miss it, replied Tom. They all waved goodbye as they made their way towards Joe’s car and headed back to Joe’s apartment.

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“To be continued”