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I love to read, I read books, magazines, newspapers and anything else I can find to read. I love to read different types or styles from Stephen King to Bishop Fulton Sheen. Give me a Catholic book, magazine or

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With the political session to start in full swing soon, I thought I would take the time to mention a few things. As any reader of this blog knows, I am a concretive both in my faith and

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Yesterday, I will admit it, I watched the services for the King of Pop… I had to see it for myself, and all in all , it was well done. But it does bring up some questions that we as a society must answer.

The media and fans and even some nonfans have turned Michael Jackson in to a saint a world peace maker a ambassador for race relations, and well the truth be told he was a troubled man with many issues.

I too think that he was a very gifted and multi talented person, and I agree that he brought happiness to the world through his gift. And yes he should be praised for this, but the out pouring of grief for this man, whom most of us did not know on a personal level is, well jest just say its a tad bit overboard.

King of Pop or not, Mr. Jackson had issues to deal with. In the limelight or not, he is human and should be held to the same standard as all others are help too. It seems that we often times forgive the sins of the famous with all to much ease. Lets look at a few of his:

  • Accused of child molestation
  • Drug use
  • Self hatred

I do not list them to be disrespectful, but to point out that MJ was not a saint, as most of us are not. That we must be willing to accept him as a whole being. He was not a monster as some would like to make him to be, but nor is he a saint as others would like us to believe, but what he was, was human, like all of us are.

To counter balance the short list of his sins, lets look at his humanity, he was:

  • A Son
  • A Brother
  • An Uncle
  • A friend
  • A Child of God’s
  • An Entertainer like no other
  • Listed in the Gunnies book of world records for the Pop Star to give the most to charity
  • and lets us not for get a Father

To be fair to him we need to list all his traits, good and bad, but we mustalways keep in mind that he, like us all, was human. Mr. Jackson was a frail little boy locked up in a mans body, the issues run deep with in his soul and in some ways we all have a little responsibility for this, we as fans place him up high, create a god of him than we abandon him in his hour of need, we play to his vulnerabilities to fulfill our needs, leaving him empty and spent. We treat our stats as our own personal play things and disregard them when we are done with them. Mr. Jackson, like all of us was given the gift of free will, he chose to do the drugs and other acts of self pity and hatred, but lest us not forget that we all, in someway, enabled him to do so.

You may not be a Jackson fan, so you may be saying, “Not Me”, but I would say to that, “Yes You” because if you did not do it for Mr. Jackson you did it for some other star. Indirectly we all all played a roll in this, in someway we all enabled him, in some way we all can take a small bit of reasonability for his demise just like in some way we all can take a bit of responsibility for his rise to stardom.

 

RIP Michael… May God Bless your soul…

Paul

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Sometimes you have to let go to move on. It seems People like to hold on to issues and things in life. This past summer my sister and friend and I had to close down the store we opened up only 18 months before, in doing so we had lots of left over merchandise so we decided to have a garage sale. This provided us with the opportunity to unload “stuff” we have collected over the years along with the left over’s from the store. It truly was a blessing for me, I was able to go through all the memories and junk I was keeping in my home, some of it had lots of meaning to me, in the past, and some of it I am not sure why I kept it, but I did. I had books I had already read; my grand plan was to build a library to display all the books. I was an avid Beatle collector in my youth, but all my prized possessions where stored in boxes in the basement where know one, including me, could enjoy them. I collected things for this reason and that, but none of it was displayed, it was all packed away in a wet basement. So out it went, and priced to go. My theory was “Let someone else enjoy them”. Many told me to hold off, place it on eBay and make some real money off it. And with some I could have, with others not. But truthfully I knew that if I didn’t sell it than it would still be in my basement collecting dust, and no one enjoying it.

Sometimes you have to let go to move on…

A new chapter was started that day in my life, I have decided to continue the process of cleaning out my house, I will go through every closet and drawer, look in every corner to discover what is hidden and then clean it out! It truly is a refreshing feeling to know that you have less in your life of more.

Some people seem to have a difficult time with that, they never want to let go, to clean out the hidden spot with in their home. They hold on to it, and just pile more on top. Then they wonder why they have no room for the new, why nothing seems to be fitting as they planned, life is a lot like that.

We do the same with our lives, we never let go, and we just keep adding on top and then cannot figure out why we cannot change, why it seems to be always the same.

Recently my Brother lost his 23 year old son to in an auto accident, it was, as you would expect, a tragic time in our families lives. But from that tragedy came a revelation on my part. A revelation that I thought I had learned before. “Life is to short” prior to the death of my nephew my brother and I were not on very good terms, I was holding on to the old, and packing new on top of it. It was a very unhealthy way of life. But I have learned a lesson, much like cleaning out my house; I need to clean out my life. The process has started, and like my house, it will be an ongoing process, one that will take time. But I will clean it out, I will remove all that holds me down, keeps me from become all I can and I will open up the closets of my soul and allow the sunlight of forgiveness and kindness in. Very poetic words, but of little value if I do nothing with them, much like people telling to hold on to my collectables and sell them on eBay. I knew then that if I held on to them I would never let them go. The same with my life, if I continue to hold on to the bad, to wait until the perfect time comes to let them go, I will never do it.

Sometimes you have to let go to move on…

Paul

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We all want to be something we are not, me I want to be better at a lot; speaking, writing, my faith, and  how I interact with co-workers, better friend, better brother, uncle, and the list goes on. But I also understand that I can only do so much, and sometimes I can’t do anything about it. But should that mean I should not try, absolutely not! I keep trying, I keep making efforts, with the hopes that I will change, that I will grow. Sometimes the effort is more important than the outcome.

Often times when I am chatting with youth, and we get on the topic of sports or school, they will bring up a big game they just played or a big test they took, the first question I ask is how did you do, did you win or pass? The second, and to me the more important question I ask is did you try your best and did you have fun (if it was a sporting event). They normally look at me like I am nuts, especially if they lost the game. “Fun, how could we have fun, we lost!” But to me, if the only reason I am playing is to win, they why play, because you’re going to lose, it’s going to happen. So if you know that, if you know you can’t be perfect, why bother. To truly love a sport, means you truly love the game of it, win or lose.

Well that’s how I feel we need to look at change, we truly need to love the game of it, and we need to love the challenge of change. Sometimes we are not meant to achieve what we set out to do. Sometimes the plan is to fail, to learn from that. Just like a team needs to lose, so they can see there weakness, we need to fail to see ours.

So yes I still want to be a better speaker, and given the chance to do so, I will speak, and I may fail or I may succeed, either way I am way ahead because I was able to speak, for the game of it, for the love of it.

So get in to the game…

Paul

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