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Niemoeller and “When They Came for Me. . . “

Today’s quote from A.Word.A.Day:

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the
tormentor, never the tormented.

-Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b.1928)

When I read this quote, I was reminded of Pastor Martin Niemoeller’s poem about Nazi Germany, “When They Came For Me:”

In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

We are all by nature cowards. We take the easy way out, we look the other way, we tell ourselves “later” I will do this or that, “later” I will get involved. When our nations and our character slide into the dumps, we have no one but ourselves to blame.

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January 30, 2008 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Bureaucracy, Character, Community, Random Musings, Relationships, Spiritual, Words | 2 Comments

Sunrise 30 January 2008

Here is the best sunrise photo I could get. This is actually about ten minutes after REAL sunrise, but this is the sun breaking over the thick layer of haze and pollution near the water. My friends, I think we are breathing whatever it is that makes up that cloud . . .

Meanwhile, we are having the most wonderful weather, cool evenings, chill nights and nice warm days with lots of sun. Oh! It feels like Spring!

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Here is just a few minutes earlier:
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And here is one where I thought God had sent me a bird to add interest to my sunrise photo, only to discover I had shot a photo of a gracefully flapping garbage bag:

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January 30, 2008 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Weather | | 2 Comments

Tips for an Exceptional, Superb and Powerful Life

I was at an utter loss for a blog entry today, when I was blessed to receive this from a wonderful friend in Qatar. Many thanks, Grammy!

Tips for an Exceptional, Superb & Powerful Life!

1) Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant.

2) Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

3) Buy a Tivo (DVR), tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

4) When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to________ today.’

5) Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6) Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did last year.

7) Always pray and make time to exercise.

8) Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of Six.

9) Dream more while you are awake.

10) Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in
plants.

11) Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli , almonds
& walnuts.

12) Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13) Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14) Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative
thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15) Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class….but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17) Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

18) Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

19) Life is too sho rt to waste time hating anyone.

20) Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21) You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22) Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

23) Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24) Ladies – Go on and burn those ‘special’ scented candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good china and wear our fancy lingerie now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Everyday is special.

25) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27.) Forgive everyone for everything.

28) What other people think of you is none of your business.

29) Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!

30) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

31) Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.

32) Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

33) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God provides remember?!

34) The best is yet to come. (in Heaven)

35) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

36) Do the right thing!

37) Call your family often.

38) Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: ‘I am thankful for __________.’ Today I accomplished _________.

39) Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

40) Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast
pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

Please share with friends!

January 30, 2008 Posted by | Exercise, Family Issues, Health Issues, Spiritual | 8 Comments