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One of my favorite people to look to or to quote is Albert Einstein. I think is because we both are so much a like…. (I’ll let that one sink in a bit before I move on…….)

Truthfully I do see a lot of similarities between us, no I am not as smart as him, no were near, but we both share a thinking pattern. For anyone who reads my blogs or knows me personally will know that I am a person with an imagination and a positive attitude. Albert also has this trait, and I have quoted him several times, in fact I have a small postcard of his hanging in my office and I have read biographies on him. I find him to be a very interesting person. I have no ability to understand his math or his logic (most of the time), but I can understand his outlook and his way of dealing with the world. Today as I was thinking I should blog about something, but I didn’t know what. I didn’t want to blog about politics again, not because I don’t have anything to say, because I do, but because both of my blogs are not primary political they are primarily spiritual. So my latest rant concerning Obama will have to wait…. So what than do I blog about. As I often do when I don’t have a solid idea I will look up quotes on the internet (God’s gift for writers block). What I found was this quote from Mr. Einstein:

The important thing is not to stop questioning. -Albert Einstein

I like that, in fact I teach that… I have from the start, I have always valued questions. To me if you are not questioning that you are dead, dead to the topic at hand, dead to the presenter, dead to the faith, dead to what ever it is you are not questioning.

To an insecure presenter or teacher the questions may come across as attacks, good question by e-magic.as if the questioner is challenging there domain. And they very well may be doing just that, and that’s ok. Hell if it was good enough for old Albert, than it’s good enough for me!

My overriding passion is my faith and teaching my faith to youth. In fact this will be the first time since 1990 that I will not be actively involved in a teaching ministry, but back to my point… My passion is my faith and the passing on of my faith (teaching). Part of this passion is also learning more about my faith on my own and taking formal classes. It is the process of questioning my teachers and my students that grow and learn more. It is the process of questioning that allows my mind to explore other areas it normally would not travel. It allows me the freedom to play the “devils” advocate in the name of knowing.

Questions are what makes America a land of the free, if were are not allowed to question of government, than we are no better than and no different than present day Cuba. Our ability to place our public officials under the microscope of public questioning is our key to freedom. My ability to question my faith is what makes my faith mine is my ability to question her teachings and to question my understanding.

Albert got it right, The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Think about a toddler and there constant why? why? why?, it is their ability to ask why that allows them to grow, why should that be any different for a pre-teen or teen, a parent of grandparent. Our ability to grow never ceases, just our own limitations placed on ourselves do. We have that same power as the curious 3 year old, the power of WHY… That power to change the course of events is not limited to the mind of a 3 year old, it is innate in all of us, it is our nature to question. God created us to question and he celebrates us when we do so.

A single question has changed the course of history, a single question can place common scene on it’s ear and turn right to wrong and evil to good. The power of a question should never be over looked nor should it be played down or belittled.

The question was asked of Jesus, “Are you the Messiah, the King of the Jews?” and all of history was changed for ever. The question was asked, “What is the price of liberty” and a new nation was born.

The ability to question is our basic right as part of humanity, to stop questioning is to stop participating in humanity. Teacher and politicians and parents that stifle the questions of those they are charged with not only stifle that individual but also all of humanity.

Just imagine if:

  • Edison never question electricity
  • Ford never question the assembly line
  • Jefferson never questioned Liberty

It is the questions that have created the humanity we know today. With each stifled question our next Ford, Edison, Einstein or Jefferson might never be able to ask that all important, life changing question.

If we do not allow questions, than who will question poverty, hunger, global war’s and the outer limits of space or the inner limits of the mind? Sniffle one is the same as stifling all.

 

 

Just something to question….

Paul

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I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.

Martha Washington

 

The first, First Lady, wife of President George Washington has it right, our outlooks, attitudes and dispositions determine how we will face the world. This is not a new thought; this is a thought that goes back to the creation of the human race. Adam and Eve struggled with the same issue; they too had difficulties and choices to make. Eve ate the apple because she had a bad outlook on life; the devil convinced her that life could be better, that life could be more. Her outlook was the one of deception, one of a broken nature. Adam fell in to line and bought the line that life can be more, can be better only if he took of the apple. There disposition was one of negativeness, one of a void. They felt that life was not whole that they were due more.

The outlook of the human race is one of negate, and we must work to change that inner beliefs, we must dig deep and remove the roots of negativity and learn to change our outlook on life. We must learn to see the positive in all. In these times of economic struggles and people hear despair and doom daily on TV and the radio, it is more important than ever to find the positive in the world.

Our life is ours, and we can make it what we want, and what we make it is based on how we view ourselves and the world around us. I try to live out this message daily in my life; I try to see the good in all and every event of the day.

It is easier said than done, I understand that, but that is no reason not to change. The process of positive thinking is a life changing process, on that will affect all aspects of your life.  The effort is well worth it, you will be amazed at the transformation in yourself and others around you. Positive thinking is contagious, as is negative thinking.

So tell me, would you give your child a debilitating disease? Would you wish them an illness that would darken there days here on earth, would you pass on to your co-workers a deadly virus or to your family and friends, would you wish them harm? No we would not; we only wish our family and friends the best. But we do pass on our illness to all we meet when we project a negative outlook; we pass on our disposition to all we come in contact with.

The same is for our positive outlook, we pass it on. Our smile and a good morning can change the day of whom you greeted. The opening of the door for others can open there hearts to the world. Little efforts carry big results. The power of the positive will always overshadow the power of the negative. The human condition gravitates to positive energy, we are drawn to it, yet we fight it and are determined to generate negativity, we are willing to work harder at being negative until it becomes easy to fall in to, until it becomes our nature. Why would we work so hard to be something that is disabling and life killing? Yet we find it too hard to work towards a  positive life, to live life with a heart filled with a love of life and all it offers us.

Paul

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