Opinions

Stay focused, stay positive, and keep moving in a direction which contributes to kindness. Quickly put distractions in the rear view mirror, move on with determination, and stay on course.

During the past few years I have posted many thoughts on FB and on my blog which personally came from within and from my experience with life, it’s easy anyone can do it. Some people are interested, others could care less. I would be very naive to think my opinions and experiences resonate with everyone. My intent is to build a story over time that relates to everyday occurrences in real life. For every good intentioned thought or point of view, there will always be a different perspective. Different perspectives are fine, they can ignite a change which results in positive growth, understanding, and revising an existing opinion if we are open minded.

Over the years I’ve come to accept that it is fine for people to have different opinions, after all they are entitled to them whether they fit my narrative or not. Besides, if we cannot fathom anyones’s opinion except our own, we will travel a path which leads to a narrow tunnel. We become stuck in that tunnel and unwilling to budge. Each person is responsible for the actions they initiate in their life, and everyone has the freedom of choice. It’s how we choose to implement choices that determines our progression in life and thereafter.

Differences of opinion help define our world, they can steer misguided thoughts and actions in a positive direction or they can be misguided and create discord if encouraged.  Our voyage through life is filled with agreements and disagreements. Differences are a way of life, they are bound to happen on a daily basis, that’s just the way the world operates.  If one believes whole heartedly in a concept, step forward and defend it in a rational manner.

Stay focused, stay positive, and keep moving in a direction which contributes to kindness. Quickly put distractions in the rear view mirror, move on with determination, and stay on course. Opinions will come and go, some peoples mind cannot be changed regardless of facts. Yet others are open enough to modify their opinions based on facts. Keep your family and friends close regardless of their opinions because the love for each other far outweighs anyones opinion.

No Time To Waste

We don’t have a moment to waste on doing nothing when we should be doing something.

Ready, set, go, we are born into the human race and the finish line will come quicker than we think. In the meantime we can manage our time and grow each day with wisdom, we can experience something small each day that enlighten’s us. These small revelations bring discovery, joy, and peace to our life. A huge key for our life to progress in a favorable manner is learning from mistakes, from accomplishments, from elders, from youngsters, from theologians, and from other honorable sources. As long as we are alive we can never give up, we must learn. Nobody wants to suffer failure and decline from lack of knowledge or from lack of motivation to keep all of our  bodily systems functioning at an optimal level. There is no time to waste.

We can easily understand that it does not matter how old we are or how much we achieve in life, we must continue to manage our life and be engaged in life. Sometimes it takes determination and courage to constantly try new concepts, but that is exactly what must be done in order to progress. We were destined to learn the day we were born till the day we come to the finish line. Time seems slow or swift depending on age, either way it must be managed and not ignored if progress is to be made. When we reach the age where we make our own choices, we either go up, stall, or go down. We can gain all the tools to manage life’s timetable by following  the righteous path. If we challenge ourself we are bound learn, we are bound to make life better. A moment wasted is a moment that could have made a difference in our life or someone else’s life. Manage time wisely, the alternative is simply decline. Time belongs to us, even those who have nothing, have time. Once you’ve lost it, you can not get it back. We don’t have a moment to waste on doing nothing when we should be doing something. Time is not to waste, unless nothing is expected.

The Corrector And The Know It All

Habitual Correctors look for the slightest miscue to pounce on to assert their dominance with a gotcha moment in front of peers. Others can be Know It Alls who vehemently insist their perspective is the only way. These types of operatives are not pleasant and look at others as being unable to formulate anything that comes close to their intelligence.

Enter the constant Corrector of every perceived or real miscue a person makes and enter the Know It All who always has a better perspective on everything. We all know them, we have all been exposed to them. We do not and should never pretend to know it all.  Many of us are not professional authorities on everything with the exception of a few distinguished individuals who I have yet to meet. Our principles are usually based on our life experiences and our current understanding of what we are trying to convey.  It is possible to convey the wrong message, but to spring into action with constant interruptions, name calling, rudeness, or other attacks which assert superiority is unnecessary. Sometimes critique can be quite helpful and enlightening when done with compassion, other times not so much, especially when it is forceful or quarrelsome. The Corrector and the Know It All they are so full of themselves, their ego bursting of superiority, their facial expressions contorted like a clown. Why do we put up with them?

Habitual Correctors look for the slightest miscue to pounce on you, they assert their dominance with a gotcha moment in front of your peers. Others can be Know It Alls who vehemently insist their perspective is the only way. These types of operatives are not pleasant to be around and they look at others as being unable to formulate anything that comes close to their intelligence. Their mission is to assert control and belittle a person to the point of rudeness, disrespect, and sometimes to the point of violence? The Corrector and the Know It All are nauseating when they declare their way is the only way. Being full of arrogance and holding on to a sense of superiority over others vehemently interferes with the ability to be reasonable or to have a balanced conversation. We have all seen abrasive and toxic personalities destroy friendships and quell any meaningful exchange of ideas. The constant Correctors and Know It Alls have always been around, but todays environment seems to promote and encourage aggressive tactics which ignores the principles of manners, respect, and honor. I have to wonder where on earth did these folks get the idea they are the only people on earth with the intelligence to know everything. They will fill a room with such arrogance that folks are turned off by their ignorance.

If one has witnessed or been the receiver of the pesky Corrector or Know It All, you understand it can be quite irritating and frustrating, yet it is liberating to know the high ground is available. The Correctors grunt with unending tirades of gotcha ya again and the arrogant Know It All rarely garners a compromise. Some of the best ways to deal with such behavior is to take a breath and quickly think about the meaning of life. The questions are, will this be a situation where I can bring some enlightenment, or are they bringing enlightenment which needs to be considered, is this a situation that is headed for no resolution? What will be the effect this Corrector or Know It All inflicts on me and is it worth getting caught up in? It’s ok to graciously excuse yourself from situations that became invasive, abrasive, and forceful. On the other hand, if a person is wrong and gets corrected or enlightened responsibly, there is no shame in willingly admitting a mistake.

There is no reason to become a victim to the Corrector or the Know It All who siphons the life out of everyone they come in contact with. Move on quickly and summons your spirituality, confidence, and strength to overcome remarks that forcefully seek to keep you under their spell. Meanwhile the Corrector and the Know It All revel in their superiority. They are one hundred percent convinced their assumed superiority is untouchable. Give them plenty of space, they will eventually end up in a vacuum where no friends exist. There will be no hot air for them to expel,  no wind to fill their lungs, nor an audience when they try to proclaim their victories.

Life is a continuing education, however some folks believe they know it all, they never progress past their ingrained ideologies. Most of us learn something different with each new dawn and incorporate that into our life, some don’t and that’s another story. I believe the majority of people have balanced conversations and exchange ideas in a respectful manner. There is no data available that confirms any of us get to the point where we are so perfect that we are ordained to constantly correct all miscues. We never reach the point of being the perfect all knowing Know It All.  We are the ones in control of how we choose to react to situations that challenge our patience and perspective on anything. Never give anyone control of your values, morals, and honor because they will gobble you up like a vulture and leave the leftovers for the worms.

If a person calmly and reasonably states their case, they are bound to come out on top. Personal attacks rarely change opinions or generate camaraderie. Consider not responding further when attacks become overbearing, stick to your guns because the more a person continues the conversation, the Corrector and the Know It All will find an avenue to respond. If a person feels the need to correct or impart knowledge upon another, gently correct, do it wisely, do it with love, and please no explanation points are needed.

Feel free to correct me and if anyone knows it all, I would love to meet you. Never present yourself to be more than who your are, never be less than who you are, just be yourself.

Steve Cowgar

We Are More Than Just A Physical Body

We frequently look at our bodies as something that is physical, solid, observable, and perceptible.  If this is the case, how do we explain our will, our mind, and our spirit?

The overwhelming belief that our physical body projects who we are to ourself and to others is a total misunderstanding of who we really are. There is nothing on this earth we know better than ourself which should be all inclusive and not just a physical body. Many people worship the body they see in a mirror, completely ignoring the internal functions powered by God which sustains our life. Our physical body does not propel itself without an inner engine. It’s the inner workings of God which ignites all functions of the physical being we see in the mirror.

We look at our bodies as something physical, solid, observable, and perceptible. If this is how we see ourself, did we forget to consider our mind, will and emotions? Think for one moment of a living body and then an expired body, what propels life and energizes the body to function? When a body expires, it is physically present but there is nothing inside to sustain it. This empty vessel is not who we were, the divine energy that powered the body has escaped.  Although the expired body is present, it is incomplete and it would be unwise to consider only our physical body. A living body is fully functional both outwardly and internally. A live person is full of divine energy which propels life and determines who we really are.

Lets think of our mind as an infinite source of actions, ideas, and functions which come from God. These are internal forces powered by God that cannot be processed by our five senses. The internal mechanisms of God determine our actions that power the physical body, they must work together. Do not think for a minute that our physical body alone is who we are. It is our inner being,  the force of God, that brings forth the person we know. I consider it impossible to know the bounds of our body, mind, will, and emotions which work in harmony to give us the essence of life. The more we analyze ourself, the more we realize our external body is not who we are.  We begin to understand our physical appearance and actions are just a vehicle for our inner mechanisms which are orchestrated by God. We put so much emphasis on our external body that we totally neglect the infinite power of the mind which is of God and guides the operations of the physical body.

While our internal body runs the external body, we cannot afford to completely ignore our physical body, that would be a disaster. Examining and being fully aware of our outward appearance and presentation is a good starting point to discover the magnificence of God. Our existence can be modified by changing our eating habits, pursuing our spirituality, and by committing to exercise along with everything that contributes to a healthy lifestyle. This enhances the performance of our body, mind, will, and emotions. When we liberate ourself from the dilemmas we associate with our physical body, we are in a better position to be in touch with God.

Our quest to discover the potential of our mind, will and emotions should never be over run by our desire for the perfect physical body. It is important to maintain the body to ensure our engine fires properly, but putting all of our focus on the physical body ignores the potential for all of our systems to be balanced, in harmony, and to grow exponentially to achieve our true potential in life and with God. The realization that our inner fire controls the external flame is a good step to becoming a person who is at peace with their true self.

Everything in existence has an internal component that determines its external appearance and actions. Our body is no different, we have the divine power in us that sets in motion all the functions that power our life. Our external body is nothing without the internal component that brings our life force into the physical realm. If a person strives to keep their body in good condition and nourishes their heart and soul with the goodness of God’s word, consider yourself a wise person because your internal engine will guide your physical body with the utmost care.

Steve Cowgar

Why Do We Disrespect Others?

Are we so proud of ourselves that we feel a duty to pour scorn on everybody who disagrees with us?

Why do we disrespect others? Are we so proud and full of ourself that we feel a duty to pour scorn on everybody who makes a mistake or disagrees with us? People with bad attitudes, inflated egos, and the belief they are better than others force their disrespect on us every day. No matter how gifted we are, someone is always more or less skilled on the physical and mental plane, yet we are all the same in ways that appear hard to measure. We are all on the same road, which begins with birth, then we fulfill a purpose in life, and then we face death. We are all subjects on the same planet, all of us with a body, mind, and soul, no particular person is better than the next. People have forgotten where they came from, what and who is really important in life and respect is a trait that is quickly becoming a lost art.

Imagine standing in line on an infinite circle that has no beginning or no end, we cannot get off the circle. Are we in a position that is superior to anyone else on the circle? When the line has no beginning or no end, it doesn’t matter where we stand. We cannot get off the circle and there is no advantage in the order to where we stand. It would make no sense to look at the person beside of us as being more favorable or less favorable than our position on the circle. We would all occupy an equal part of the circle.

Is there abuse, inequality, injustice, and prejudice carried out by people? Of course there is, but it makes little sense to add to the fray since we are all equal parts of the Human Race. When encountering someone who struggles with life, why not show some respect and compassion?  When we encounter someone who is highly successful, give a compliment, take notes, and strive to learn from them.

Instead of gloating over being right or being the best, wouldn’t it be nice to be humble and show compassion to others. Our voyage from the beginning is one from blindness to enlightenment. It makes sense to help others and to be kind for all the times we have been maltreated. Some say respect is earned, I say respect is learned, starting very young at home with the love and guidance of a compassionate parent.

Happiness

Critique yourself sternly and honestly, but appreciate your achievements. Defend yourself and educate yourself with the best intentions.

In an era where demands that our time and patience are heightened, happiness becomes elusive and temporary for many, it will not be found until we make time to engage in worthwhile activities. The possibility that happiness can be found if pursued correctly is attainable. If happiness is not sought for respectable reasons, it will surely lead to disappointments. Strive to look at circumstances with an impartial viewpoint, devoid of any connections and recusing yourself from participating in adverse actions. Critique yourself sternly and honestly, but appreciate your achievements. Defend yourself and educate yourself with the best intentions. It is with honorable motives that happiness can be found long term.

Experience, The Best Teacher

If experience teaches us anything, it is that we must pause and learn from it, enjoy it, and change course when necessary. It provides us with the opportunity to prevent mistakes, unveil new discoveries, and offer many life lessons.

Experience gives us valuable knowledge we can call on. Experience is the means that allows us to learn from past events to address various situations with a measured response for the best possible outcome. If experience teaches us anything, it is that we must pause and learn from it, enjoy it, and change course when necessary. It provides us with the opportunity to prevent mistakes, unveil new discoveries, and offer many life lessons. The knowledge gained from experience is a great ally to call on when a decision must be made or an action taken. Experience is never ending, it is something we can continue to absorb and share with others throughout life. Experience is never useless, golden opportunities to pursue knowledge always exist for wisdom in the future. The most prestigious degree in the world is no substitute for experience.

The Money Illusion

The price paid is often accepted for something so shallow as enough is never enough. It is with blurred vision and a misguided belief in a false sense of security that propels some to do anything for the sake of money.

Money will surely run its course, the cycles of ups and downs, wars fought to prop it up, a teetering game of value or devalue with only a promise to back it up. The veil of deception under which the more one has the more one is revered is temporary, yet the veil of deception is held with pride and a sense of power over others. The greedy, the arrogant, and unyielding powerful forces, all eager to grab and consume everything in sight. The price paid is often accepted for something so shallow as enough is never enough. It is with blurred vision and a misguided belief in a false sense of security that propels some to do anything for the sake of money. With a little effort to enlighten the heart, pitfalls of a life lived for the love of money can be exchanged for a life lived for unselfishness. We can learn to love and cast a smile, lend a helping hand or a word of praise, we can be happy with what we have, and we can be the person who show our heart and soul with honorable actions. It is then, that we accomplish something noble in life. All the money in the world will not dismiss all of your problems, in fact it might increase your problems. If nothing else, it will definitely give you a false sense of security.

TIME

The days come and go, the years creep up on us like a shooting star streaking swiftly across the sky, so fast it’s gone in a blink. Time is measured according to the motion of all things which surround us. Our life is but a second compared to the boundless age of a universe. Yet we live like we are supreme, the masters of all, conquering anyone or anything which threatens our ability to be the controller of our own time and space. We believe if we are the conquers, we control destiny. Perhaps temporarily true, but not true in the long run. Because time is measured, we exert great effort to control it, but we cannot control the preset motion of time which has been ongoing since the beginning. Everything has an order in the realm of time, we are part of an order that has been ordained to go on forever, just not forever on earth. We are here in the present, let us live with the knowledge that every day brings different challenges and emotions that requires our time. It is how we negotiate our journey in this very limited time on earth that determines our destination for each day and for our life.

Because we measure time, we realize a beginning and an end, but everything in between is often a blur. Time exists, it is valuable and evident on the physical plane of earth. No matter what age we are, the forward motion of the clock continues. Sometimes it appears to go fast, other times it seems to stand still, but in the end it is never long enough. The forces of time are knocking on the door of each generation with a tick tock announcing, “I am measured, I have a beginning and an end, and when my measurement of your time runs out, you will physically cease to exist on earth.” The awareness that we do not control the forward motion of time emerges as a reality. It becomes imperative to make the most of each passing second, it can never be rewound for a redo. Most successful people have found ways to use time usefully. Unsuccessful people waste time, they are unmotivated and rarely finish projects, much to the annoyance of others.

We are born to accomplish as much as we can in our lifetime. Being efficient plays a huge role with time management. The more efficient we are, the more we can contribute to future endeavors. The last minute is not the time to complete a task that required forgiveness, research, creativity and facts. Time will wait for no one, manage it wisely and make the most of every moment whether that be a much needed rest or surge of productivity.

Freedom, Or The Enemy?

If we understand what is corrupting us and its dangers, our enemy has less power to occupy our thoughts, words, and actions. We cannot give the enemy a chance to hold us hostage

Can we find freedom from alluring temptations and immoral principles that our enemies cast with the hope of holding us hostage? The battle rages within us to adhere to our principles and implement our strategy to do what is right. Often we are overcome with the illusion of elevating our self to a disillusioned reality. Our enemies are very good at manipulating the truth and presenting a package of grandeur which creates conflicting interactions with what we know to be true.

By nature of birth, we have the potential to be tempted and manipulated with every step we take. We are highly susceptible to be drawn into distasteful behavior from a single word that comes from an entire chapter or a single challenge that wanes in comparison to a lifetime lived for righteous ideals. We must be very aware and careful about how we process information which seems out of line with our principles. If we understand what is corrupting us and its dangers, our enemy has less power to occupy our thoughts, words, and actions. We cannot give the enemy a chance to hold us hostage. Our reasoning power to process right and wrong scenarios gives us the opportunity to make sound decisions. Clarity often comes when we realize our dispute is not with others, it is actually with judging and arguing with ourselves. Our confidence can grow when we are surrounded by survivors who have faced similar circumstances that threaten to dishonor us.

Knowing and understanding our antagonists ambition and purpose, gives us a chance to conquer the enemy and secure an opportunity to enrich our life. Our existence can become very guilt ridden and depressing when we cede our will to adversaries. Even in difficult circumstances, our mind can forge astonishing concepts to overcome our foes grip. If we can take charge and get control of our life, we will not become accountable to enemies which seek to undermine our self worth. Our journey through life assures that we will be accountable to someone at some point in time and that doesn’t necessarily mean they are our enemy. We can still maintain our sense of control and manage how we interface with accountability.

Why should we accommodate our enemies desires when we know there is a price to pay in regards to our own ethical code of honor?