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Sunday, June 19, 2016


Actor Anton Yelchin, 27, who played Chekov in recent "Star Trek" movies, was killed in a freak accident early Sunday morning, police told CNN.

 A little more than a week after the shooting rampage at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub, 

key details remain unknown about what exactly happened during the violent episode and the hostage standoff that followed.

What can we learn from these two seemingly unrelated events?

Life is uncertain.

 We shouldn’t have to face a pivotal, life-threatening moment to truly appreciate what he have.

 Unfortunately, most of us forget what we have and how grateful we should be for it all.
In fact, usually we tend to count our misfortunes instead of counting our blessings. 

We take life for granted and forget to live our lives the way we should: with peace and contentment.

Nothing lasts forever. 

And before our fleeting life takes away from us what we fail to appreciate, we need to change our mindsets.

 Instead of attaching ourselves to the thinking that we need to keep adding to our life, 

we need to embrace the mindset that what we already have is quite enough.


For many the past is full of tears and the future is full of fears.

 The happiest of souls make it a point to “live in the present.” Only then can we truly started noticing the things around us and appreciating what we have.


As I wrote two posts ago, thanks to technology and media we have naturally forgotten to notice our surroundings.

 We notice what’s displayed on our screens more than we notice our surroundings.

As a result we lose sight of what’s important; the work we do, the people we love, the good things we experience, and the things we have.

Even a simple chirp of a bird is a blessing, because we are able to hear and understand what is in our surroundings.


 Helping others will make you realize that there is so much that you should be grateful. Get in touch with your altruistic side and give back to the community.

This weekend, I worked 25 of the 48 hours.

True, I am exhausted, but I am uplifted as I realize that because of my efforts, 

ill patients are receiving much needed blood that saves lives and eases pain. 

What we burnt, broke, and tore is still in our hearts. 

Our minds hold the echo of fragile things,  

and they keeps the part of us that is indissoluble.



  1. Hi Roland - a man - questionably deranged ... the reasons why are not obviously clear .. mental or Far Right ... killed a Member of Parliament here this past week ... in broad daylight in the street of her home town.

    She was an exceptional person ... leading a very full life dedicated to others ... and always working across the political divide. She was a leader ... lost way too early.

    We need to live each day ... and we need to remember to do that and encourage others to do so.

    I will write about this later in the year - once my move on Friday has gone ahead.

    Such sad news wherever we look ... humans shouldn't be'temporary' - with thoughts to consider - Hilary

    1. Our physical residence here on Earth is temporary, but the best parts of us, love friendship, and compassion, they are eternal. Best of luck this Friday with the move!

  2. Such excellent points. It is too easy to get caught up in the little things, a luxury really. I have a dream of being a writer. The book is up, but I must market. How many hours should I spend? Is this selfish? It can be hard to find a balance, but I agree that stepping away from the computer and seeing the world around us is important. Our time here is limited.

    1. Seeing outside of ourselves and taking time to reflect on what we see will make us better writers.

      Marketing is the hard part of writing these days! :-(

      Hard to know how much time to spend in each of the areas in our lives!

      Need help in marketing your book on my blog?

  3. So sad about Anton.
    Living in the present is a far better state of mind. And if we can make others feel better in the process, then that's the best way to live.

    1. Just look at the Dead Sea and the Red Sea -- one receives and never gives -- the other receives AND gives. One dead, the other alive. :-)

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    1. Very. And to think that car company is doing a global recall due to that problem. :-(

  5. So sad for everuthing you have written about in the past three posts. But I understand you have to do it and you are so good at it, writing. I don't know if you have to be an aware person for this to happen, but I find that being old has huge benefits: It is easy to live in the moment, to not worry so much, to be aware of birds and other critters, sunrise and sunset, and to find peace. I am so grateful to have reached this age with relatively few health and other issues.

    1. I believe that experience lends perspective, a grid upon which to place the events and thoughts that make up our days.

      Yes, to reach this perspective with few health issues allows us the energy to really see life and not have our focus drawn my pain, illness, and worry.

      I think I need to add some humor to this blog to counter-balance this "philosophizing" as the ghost of Mark Twain calls it! :-)

  6. One of my most favorite of quotes is from Kahlil Gibran: Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. I go barefoot much more than I am wear shoes and sitting on our porch listening to the birds and insects and the wind rustle the leaves is a soothing lullaby.

    1. You are truly experiencing the world around you then. May the world appreciate you back!

  7. What are my thoughts? In a very few words, I would agree. :)

  8. Nothing in life is certain. Death is certain. Eternal life awaits.