Caring for Others

You may be able to change your life by changing the way you look, a surer way is to change the way you see. – Michael Josephson (derived from observation by unknown author)

CHARACTER COUNTS! Official Page by Michael Josephson

REPOST: MOMS ONLY: IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS YOU MUST. I PROMISE YOU’LL LIKE IT. IF YOU HAVE SEEN IT, ENJOY IT AGAIN AND SHARE IT WITH OTHERS. -MICHAEL JOSEPHSON  HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=CXGOJ0F5ESQ  

The Mom Song with lyrics

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Thanks for all the views and positive feedback! I’m so glad people are enjoying this! I put this together for my dad to use in a talk on Mother’s Day at church.

“If we spent as much time as we could improving ourselves we wouldn’t have enough time to criticize others.” Adapted from Christian Larson

CHANGE YOUR WORDS. CHANGE YOUR LIFE.   I LOVE THIS. SAW IT ON POSITIVELY POSITIVE FACEBOOK PAGE.   IT’S WORTH TWO MINUTES.   HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=WGI0T2AP-US

The Power of Words

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This short film illustrates the power of words to radically change your message and the effect you have upon the world.
repost: Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there. -Norman Vincent Peale…
“Think how much more rewarding your life would be if you began to look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. What you are looking at doesn’t change because of your attitude, but you do.” …Michael Josephson

Michael Josephson Commentary

“I am a strong believer in the power of positive thinking, which is the title of a best-selling book published in 1952 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a controversial preacher and pastor who popularized the idea that if you can change your attitude, you can change your life.” Michael Josephson

“I completely agree with this statements because I saw it happen to a woman I worked with several years ago.  She was a nasty and difficult person that myself and others really disliked.  One day, she changed when her and I talked about our families and she shared a problem she was having with her husband.

“As we talked, I began to understand from where her bad attitude was coming. I told her about similar experiences I had with my husband and how I handled it.  What I shared seemed to help her and we became good friends after that conversation.

“The point is that we learned from each other as we shared stories.  By sharing my own experiences, I was able to help her through hers.  As  a result, she changed her nasty attitude and became decent to the people at work.  All she needed was a friend to talk to.”    Judith Sherman

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Published: 28 April 2011, 9:44 am
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There are two types of people – those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am!” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are.” ~Frederick L. Collins

In the natural order of the world, suffering is random. Bad things happen to good people just about as often as they happen to bad people. We have not been given a shield protecting us from misfortune, but there is within all of us waiting to be discovered, the strength to deal with misfortune, to overcome it, and learn from it so we can still find love, laughter and joy despite of it.-Michael Josephson

Do You Recognize How Blessed We Are

As we watch the evening news, we see a lot of suffering happening at home and around the world. How can we complain about our own misfortunes when we know what is happening to people who don’t have the blessing of living in America or other western nations who are free?

It is true that, although we have many in America who are poor, the poorest among us cannot possibly be worse off than those in countries like Syria and North Korea. Even considering those living on our own city streets, living in city parks in tents or under the freeway, cannot compare to the conditions we see on television of children, old people, and families. It makes our hearts ache to see such suffering.

Almost every day something is on the news about President Trump doing something, about corruption in government, and fears that North Korea and possibly nations like Russia are planning WWIII ( with North Korea hitting our West Coast with an atomic bomb).

Sure there are terrible things going on right here at home and abroad (terrorist attacks and natural disasters all over the United States), but we rarely hear about all the good things happening unless the media thinks it’s News Worthy (such as people helping each other in a natural disaster).

March 18, 2011: on JulynneConsulting.wordpress.com, I reported the following about suffering.

Rick Leventhal just reported that the conditions in Libya are worse now than they were before the UN’s no fly order. The water, electricity, gas, and food are shut off from the people so they are going without the necessities of life. Gaddafi is slaughtering the rebels with heavy artillery without mercy, just as he promised to do if they did not surrender.

Next, I hear on the news that Yemen has thousands killed by police firing on people. However, the President of Yemen says that people are firing on each other and the police have done none of the shooting on citizens. Right?

Of course, Japan’s disaster and their unimaginable suffering dominates our television screens. We even see animals comforting each other.

One story showed two dogs in the rubbish with one on the ground injured. The other dog affectionately put his paw on the injured one and licked it like we would hug and kiss a child.

There is a gray squirrel jumping out of trees and latching on to people’s arms and hanging on.

People are found in cars and even homes still intact after being caught in the rubble from the tsunami.

Precious babies are born in the midst of chaos, and one found alive after being swept out of the arms of her mother by a wall of water.
I then look[ed]  at what I’ve complained about and think “What am I complaining for? I have a warm home and food in the cupboards and refrigerator. My husband has a job and he gets paid well enough. I have two cars that run and enough money to put gas into them, at least for now I do have enough. I even have enough money to buy a candy bar or a soda if I want to, and I think nothing of it.

I am sitting her posting this blog on a laptop computer and using high-speed Internet to connect. The news I’m watching is on a big screen and high-definition TV set. Really, what is there to complain about? I feel too privileged when I think of Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Palestine, and Japan. Nothing I experience can compare to their suffering and to their lives.

However, I then realized that with privilege comes responsibilities. We MUST get out of our zone of comfort (I don’t mean comfort zone) and pay attention to those around us who are not as privileged. We may not have much to give others in crisis but we always have something that we can give.

[For example] I found that I had an extra room to help a friend leave a dysfunctional lifestyle and turn herself around. She didn’t cost me a cent. She paid for the gas I used to take her to and from work and she, in turn, did the dishes and took out the garbage.

I also had a peaceful backyard with birds singing and shade trees to rest under when we wanted out of the sun. She could sit in the yard in peace, read a book, and listen to music. This replenished her soul and gave her strength to heal. When she was ready, my wounded bird flew home. That’s what Brenda , my friend, named a poem she wrote about her experience here.

JUDY’S WOUNDED BIRD IS FLYING HOME
A LITTLE BIRD THAT FELL FROM HER NEST
WOUNDED WITH TORN WING
HAD LOST HER VOICE AND COULD NOT SING
AND HER LITTLE BODY BEGAN TO STING

WHILE LAYING ON THE GROUND
A STRANGER WITH BLUE EYES PASSED BY
PICKED UP THE WOUNDED BIRD AND WHISPERED
“MY LITTLE BIRD” DON’T YOU CRY

SHE TOOK THE LITTLE BIRD
INTO HER LOVING HOME
AND NURSED HER BACK TO HEALTH
AND MADE HER STRONG

IN TIME THE BLUE EYED ANGEL KNEW ONE DAY
THE LITTLE BIRD WOULD WANT TO FLY HOME
BACK TO HER FORMER NEST
WITH FAMILY SHE SO DEARLY WANTED TO BELONG

THE LITTLE BIRD’S MOTHER AWAITS
FOR HER WOUNDED CHILD
FOREVER GRATEFUL TO THE ANGEL WITH THE BLUE EYES,
THAT HELP MEND HER LITTLE WOUNDED BIRD

JUDY’S LITTLE BIRD IS STRONGER
AND READY TO FLY
AND WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFUL
FOR THE BLUE EYED ANGEL
WHO LOVED HER WHEN SHE FELL FROM HER NEST

This experience cost me nothing, but what I got back was precious and rare. A friendship developed that will never be forgotten and I’ll cherish forever.

The planet we live on is in turmoil and chaos, and it’s all around the globe. We can cave in and become cynical, hateful, and closed off from others and their suffering or we can embrace life and the blessings we share.

My purpose in writing this post is to get you thinking about your own blessings and try to appreciate what you have instead of complaining about what you don’t have. Look outside of yourself and see others. Do what you can to make their lives better and at the same time, make your lives better as well.