About 15 years ago, I was starting my college experience at Lee University in Tennessee. I started as a Music Major, but after a year decided on a different path. I ended up studying psychology, the study of human behavior. In developmental psychology, we were given the definition of growth. To paraphrase, the definition of growth in developmental psychology was positive change over time. The fact is that from birth, we are in a constant state of change. Either it’s positive change (growth), or negative change (atrophy, death, deterioration). Let’s embrace and strive towards positive change. If you do not embrace and seek change, change will find you on it’s terms.
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
~W. Edwards Deming
Mark Twain was a cynical yet funny feller. I dig his way of communicating his satire and sarcasm. Today, the temperature didn’t break 50 degrees F until about 10:00 AM at my house, according to my weather station. From all reports I have heard, we won’t even break 60 degrees all day. So, it that is actually pretty cold for those of us here in Homestead. Here’s what Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain for those of you in Rio Linda) has to say about cold weather in an area that is notoriously hot all year.
In India, “cold weather” is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.
Let me qualify the proceeding quote by saying that Paul said the things he struggled to do the things he wanted to do and did things he did not want to do. Truly, happiness and joy is being obedient to the will of the Lord. But we should all strive to accomplish the following while being obedient to God’s will.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Benjamin Franklin was one of the great figures of American history. He was not a supporter of democracy in its purest form, but he did support a representative style of democracy. You elect leaders, they lead. This is the form of government we have today, though we are more democratic than he envisioned on many levels. His quotes on freedom and liberty still hold water today.
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.
Here is another great quote by Franklin:
This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.