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Just Sayin'

Some people begin life on a dazzling trajectory that never sags into swamps of disappointment or dejection, but most of us swerve and falter a few times once we are shot out of life's cannon.  Things go haywire, we get hurt or sick, we lose loved ones or bad guys really seem to be winning.  Life hurts sometimes.  

I've heard that you attract to you that which you believe most sincerely.  I don't know if I'm so convinced this is true.  What I believe is that stuff happens and you had better figure out what to do about it so that you can live on.  And you have to help other people out.  You just do.  

I used to be naive and then I became a nurse.  Lots of bad things happen to really good people and lots of good things happen to criminals.  That's the weird thing about life.  Kids get hurt. Old ladies who have done nothing but good all their lives get whacked and then what? Crooks rip people off and nothing seems to happen to them.  Can we really attribute mayhem and chaos to anything but fate?  I don't believe we can.  But I do believe in the goodness of people, or at least the potential for good in people.

The odd thing is I don't not believe in God.  I just don't believe God (or the creative force of the universe) is vengeful or plans things in terms of reward or punishment.  Fate is fate and if you are in line to slip on a banana peel, you have to figure out how to get up.  And I believe that life is better if we lend a hand to others instead of walking past.  

It's pretty obvious we're all in this together, and that brings up such mixed images in my mind that I could just scream sometimes.  Then, I think of everything that dazzles and inspires me that people have done and dreamed of, and I want to cheer. 

I am not yet a cynical, disappointed, formerly hopeful person.  Too much about life is mysterious and stunning to be cynical. Just sayin', I'm looking ahead, avoiding banana peels to the extent that I can and relieved there are good people in this world.  That's all.  Just sayin'.  

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I like the Karma C - and I

I like the Karma C - and I agree with everything you were 'just sayin'. m

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Karma and kindness

Hi Mary,

Seems sometimes goodness is like a talisman, warding off what might happen next, keeping the darkness a little further away from our hearts.

Want some fog? I'll be happy to send some. Trade ya for something warm.  

Cheers,

Christine 

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Hi C - just wondering if you

Hi C - just wondering if you sent me that hat!!! I hate to think that the mailman ran off with it..................I am asking because I don't want you to think I am being remiss or rude. Anyhow, good Karma to you and all the ways of the ~West Coast. mx

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Absolutely, Christine.

Absolutely, Christine. Refreshing.
I so admire your line, “I used to be naïve and then I became a nurse.” Yep. M

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The Parade

The humanity that shows up every day I go to work is unbelievable sometimes, but most are lonely, confused or tired, so I start with that and see what happens.  Thanks very much for your comment. I appreciate it very much indeed.

Cheers,

Christine 

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Christine

Christine,

My smile was wide when I saw you were featured on Red Room's homepage today. Congratulations! You deserve it a hundred times over.

I enjoy your blogs and ability to connect nature and human nature with thought provoking words. I agree that bad things happen to good people and vice versa, but I also think Karma and fate co-mingle now and then because most people aren't l00% good or bad; black or white. Most of us have lived through a few gray moments; others reside in the shade.

Jules

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Hanging out in the shade

Hi Jules,
Thanks for clueing me in. I hadn't checked RR until you responded. It's a big honor, and I'm surprised, but I'll take it! I agree that karma and fate co-mingle in some way, but I'll have to study it more. Most people are surprising, I'll give you that, and most of that bunch are inspiring because they're surprising.

I hope you are well. I'll be catching up on your posts today as I finally have some time.
Cheers,
Christine

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As usual

You've captured me. Thank you. I agree with every word. There is still so mluch about life I love, and I don't dwell on the bad - I look for the good. I see the bad, I experience some bad...but I still try to look for the good.
Wonderful piece!
And yes, how nice to see you on the R home page.

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Experiencing

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for commenting, and please excuse my late reply. I have been dousing myself in chlorinated water for a few hours every morning, which has taken away from my writing time, but, hey, it's summer!  Time to swim.  

I am so glad to see you expressing your hopefulness and optimism even in the face of frightening or tiring circumstances.  Keep looking for the good.  It's there somewhere, awaiting your sensitive eye.

Cheers,

Christine 

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Haven't checked the home page but...

I saw you on Facebook and clicked on this blog. Although I do believe in God and think that evil results from sin, ignorance, and/or bad choices. I still agree with almost all of what you said. If I had to go to the hospital, I'd love to have you as a nurse. Good begats good. Bread on the water is a wonderful teaching. And evil begats evil. Yet certainly bad things happen to good people and vice versa as you pointed out so clearly. I have been reading the last few days some old books about the county I live in--not called "Bloody Williamson" for nothing. The possibility for evil in humans is staggering and almost incredible at times. And so is the possibility for loving kindness. And as Jules points out, most of us are a mixture of good and bad deeds and good and bad attitudes. Congrats on being on the home page!

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History is Telling

Hi Sue,

I know it doesn't sound like it, but I believe there is a mysterious incredible force of life that we can call God, although I shy from that moniker since it forces one to immediately think in terms of gender and hierarchy in certain ways.  Truly, there are deeply beautiful passages in the Bible that cannot ever be truly understood, so mysterious are they, and compelling.  

Human nature - in negative terms - on the other hand, does seem so tiring at times, and we all keep making the same mistakes time after time. I so admire people who are inspired and positive about their potential, their impact on us all consequently.

Thanks for your observations; I really appreciate it!

Christine 

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Belated congrats on that

Belated congrats on that front page nod! Well deserved !

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Good people

Christine, cheers to you for holding on to that notion of good, in everyone!