Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

How often have we heard that comment?

Probably not very often these days. There seems to be a popular misconception held among many that before we can correct someone else’s behavior, we need to be perfect in every way and never have committed an act that was below what is acceptable in society. 

How many of us can do that? 

Often times the individual who makes the statement that we shouldn’t criticize his actions is committing an act that is unacceptable and is looking for an excuse to justify his actions.  

One of my mother’s favorite expressions was, “Do as I say, not as I do.” 

It would be made after she told me not to do something, normally a minor offense and a few minutes later she would do the same thing, and I would catch her in the act. 

She would just look at me and say, “Sometimes you need to do as I say and not as I do,” meaning that it was my decision to do the right thing regardless of what someone else does. 

It most often would be followed by her saying,”Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

This means that just because someone else does it, that doesn’t give you the right to do. That just makes the offense double bad. 

You are responsible for your actions, regardless of what someone else does. 

I often think she did those acts to teach me a valuable lesson. Too many times she would do this for it to be a coincidence. 

Mom was pretty smart. Like many in her generation, she never finished school. She only had an eighth grade education, but knew many things college graduates of today don’t know or understand. 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

Art Prints

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

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Why Don’t Liberals Support the Jewish Community?

Written by Gary Wonning

I never could understand why the democrats never support the Jewish community.

Throughout the modern era, the Jews have almost unanimously support the democrats, voting in a large block for the democratic candidates.

The democrats have never returned the favor, they almost always support those in opposition to Israel , often times blatantly so.

It puzzles me why the Jews continue to support them when they get no support back, from the many comments I have heard over the years, many are asking the same question.

I still don’t have an answer for that particular question, but I think I have finally solved the mystery as to why the democratic party never supports the Jewish community.

The liberals are always looking for people who portray themselves as victims. They are looking for people who are presumed downtrodden and have been discriminated against in life.

These are the people they can brainwash and make them believe government can improve their lives, they believe they know  how to improve the lives of others by  singling out those who rely on others to do it for them and convincing them the liberals know what is best for them. 

Despite being discriminated against and subject to more hatred than any other group of people in history, as a whole the Jewish community doesn’t feel discriminated against, I have never heard a Jew utter any more than a passing comment about their plight.

After every set back, they as a whole have picked themselves up by their bootstraps and created a better life for themselves and their families.

They don’t worry about the past, they only try to make their life better by succeeding at their own level.

That is not the  the kind of candidate that does well with the indoctrination of the far left.

The liberals continuously find people who prefer to be victims, those who continuously want someone else to take care of all their wants and needs, the people who don’t realize that by putting some one else in control of their life by making their choices for them, they are once becoming slaves to another being or entity.

Some never learn. 

I believe we all need to think and use good common sense and critical thinking instead of going along with conventional wisdom, conventional wisdom , or herd mentality is many times wrong. 

Common Sense for the Modern Day

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

 

And So It Was Done

 

One day in heaven, the Lord decided he would visit the earth and take a stroll. Walking down the road, the Lord encountered a man who was crying. The Lord asked the man, “Why are you crying, my son?”

The man said that he was blind and had never seen a sunset. The Lord touched the man and he could see and he was happy.

As the Lord walked further, he met another man crying and asked, “Why are you crying, my son?”

The man was born a cripple and was never able to walk. The Lord touched him and he could walk and he was happy.

Farther down the road, the Lord met another man who was crying and asked, “Why are you crying, my son?” The man said, “Lord, I work for the Government,” and the Lord sat down and cried with him.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

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Michigan, the Wolverine State

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Remember the Sabbath

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

The Sabbath has been called a day of rest for many reasons besides the obvious reason; that time to worship God.

There was a time when no business was conducted on Sunday, except for the almost mandatory occupations to keep the world moving and to protect us from harm and provide a service if harm did come to us.  Even most restaurants , what few there were, were closed on Sunday.  Sunday dinner was around the family table, with as many relatives  as possible. 

In most families, going to church was mandatory, and was only missed if weather or other circumstances mandated.  

I grew up in Indiana, basketball country. Hardly a day went by where I wasn’t shooting hoops dodging cow pies in the ban yard. 

Neither snow, nor rain or dark of night kept me from my daily routine. In the winter, Friday nights were spent at the local high school gym rooting on our favorite team.  It was unpatriotic to miss the weekly highlight. 

The only thing that put a stop to shooting hoops, was church on Sunday, or some other event at the local church. That took priority over everything else. 

A few years ago, I took some friends to Fort Lauderdale to sail away on a seven day cruise. Normally, people need to be at the cruise port around noon or earlier, this was no exception. As a result I was driving I-75 on my way home through Fort Myers about twelve-thirty, (noon). I noticed a large soccer field near the freeway and probably about a hundred kids playing soccer. 

Because of my upbringing, I was surprised, and thought,” why aren’t these kids in church?”

Thinking back, I remembered, my mom would have strangled me if I even thought of picking u a basketball on a Sunday morning. I never even considered it. 

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Growing up on a dairy farm, the weather always played a factor in our daily lives, everything evolved around the weather, even with that, very little work was done on Sunday, except necessary chores , like milking and tending to the cattle.

The most critical and frustrating times were during the hay harvest. The hay(cow feed) had to be cut down and left to cure in the field for three days before it could be baled and put in the hay mow for the winter feeding of the cattle.

The hay consisted of clover, alfalfa, and timothy, if it was baled too soon, it would still have too much moisture content and would soon mold and rot, rendering it useless, in that condition, it could catch on fire and burn the barn down, and kill any animals in the barn. 

Dodging the weather, it seems it never rains when you need it, and always rains when you don’t need it,  we always timed the cuttings so as to not have to bale hay on a Sunday. 

It is one of the hardest and dirtiest duties on a farm. Despite all of our planning, the rains would come and delay our work, making the first day available Sunday. Even though it is eminent to process the hay as soon as possible, the longer it lays in the field and is exposed to the elements, the condition of the hay deteriorates and can become practically useless. 

Even under those circumstances, I don’t remember ever baling hay on a Sunday. We took the chance, and normally the next day the weather would break and the hay was harvested. 

Even today, Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday due to religious considerations, and it is the most successful fast food franchises in the United States.

You gotta wonder.

We are told time and time again to keep the day holy, besides the obvious spiritual connotations, there are other factors to consider. 

Regardless of our vocation in life, we all need a break and time for rest and refreshment. We do need time to reflect on our relationship to a supreme being, and we need time to pursue other more enjoyable and relaxing interests than our job can provide, we need time to connect with friends and family, and a Sunday afternoon nap while we pretend to watch football.

Many work on Sunday and take another day off to have that time, it may be a good option but I have done that. It isn’t the same. When you work on Sunday, you miss a very important part of your life. 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

 

 

 

We Are All Part Of Divine Intelligence

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A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Written by Gary Wonning

It was Sunday January 13,2019.

It had been a long journey since it began thirty seven years ago.

Early in 1982 I began to question God, who he was, if he existed and what, if any was my relationship with him.

I had run the gamete, I began my religious training in a tiny United Church of Christ in my youth, many years later, I returned to the same religion I had left many years earlier. 

Since then I visited many churches, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon. And others. 

I had questioned religious leaders who could only tell me that when bad things happened to good people, it was God’s Will, that wasn’t an answer to me. It told me nothing.

I then researched the hidden mysteries of masonry, the resulting search lead me to the four corners of the earth. It was a wild adventure as explained in my previous book, “A Journey To Enlightenment.”

In the process I encountered aboriginal, Mayan, Egyptian cultures, made contact with extraterrestrials, and had many past life remembrances.  

Sitting back in another United Church of Christ thirty-seven years later, it all began to come together.

I suddenly understood the words and phrases in the song book more than I ever had before, the sermon suddenly had more meaning. It was like a giant light bulb suddenly came on. It was all very clear. 

The journey I had taken , a journey few are privileged to experience , a journey into a world scorned by many in the mainstream world had all been worth it, my life that many, even today don’t understand or even believe is possible became the catalyst to my understanding what Christianity is all about, and what Jesus was trying to tell us.  

Jesus never wanted to be a savior, he never wanted to be worshiped. He, because of his birth and his life journey enabled him to come into great knowledge that even most don’t understand today. 

He only wanted to be a teacher and for us to understand his teachings, he said, “As I will do, you will do also.”

He never proclaimed to be the King of the Jews.  

He was the son of God, just like we all are the sons and daughters of God.

It’s all about trusting our inner guidance, our Higher Self, the connection to the Christ Consciousness and it’s connection to the Supreme Intelligence. 

I always say that people should not rush to change religions. There is real value in finding the spiritual resources you need in your home religion. Dalai Lama

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.  

 

Christopher Columbus and History

Written by Gary Wonning

On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I was subject to a tirade by the tour director of a tour I was on.

He went on for twenty minutes about all the evil atrocities that Christopher Columbus performed. Obviously, since he had such an issue with Columbus and because I had gone on the trip to relax and enjoy a foreign culture, not to talk politics,  I somehow forgot to leave a tip.

Without doubt, Columbus did commit some acts that it would have been better if they had never been performed.  In those days people were cruel to each other, regardless of race, creed, religion or national origin. 

The American Indians also are not innocent, there is much evidence of war, rape and even cannibalism before the white man appeared on the scene, they didn’t need any lessons from the white man in that regard.  Regardless of where we look, there are two sides to everyone and everything. No one can go without blame. 

These days the rhetoric is all about blaming someone for our own short comings. The media and most politicians are quick to jump on the band wagon when they can blame someone for an issue for ratings or political gain, regardless if the story is true or not. 

Christopher Columbus began the Columbian Exchange where dozens of plants and animals were introduced to  new cultures. The new world gained horses, cattle, and many grain crops and sundries.  The Europeans and Asians gained potatoes, maize, sweet potatoes and many other important crops.  

One writer argues that Columbus is the most influential man in history because of the changes he initiated with his four voyages, I agree. 

Many want to ignore history and only focus on the negative aspects of a particular event, many times to satisfy their own agenda. 

Christopher Columbus did contribute much to the world, despite his short comings, There are always two sides to an issue, that is the case in most turning points in history. 

Obviously, it did not turn out well for the Indians. Columbus and others did bring disease  to the new world, and the 

Europeans were introduced to tobacco and syphilis, so there were negatives on both side of the ocean. 

The Indians were displaced from their land , that is no small thing, but the horse and cattle and the many food crops greatly benefited their lives. 

A world was created that would give them the opportunity for a better life if they so desired.

But when cultures collide, one wins and another loses, especially when the cultures are so different.  It happens throughout history, If we Americans don’t remain vigilant, some day our culture will be replaced.

It is time for the universities and schools begin teaching history as it actually happened and to give credit where credit is due, many great events took place because of the actions of Columbus and those that came after him. 

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Where Did the Idea of Our Government Originate?

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

I have read the bible a couple of times, but I’m not one who can quote scripture or carry my religion around on my sleeve, I discovered the following verses and thought they related to our current government officials, and other leaders as well. 

I think the verses are in Matthew.

James and John met with Jesus and wanted him to do what they asked,

They wanted to sit with him, one on the left and one on the right

Jesus replied, “You don’t know what you are asking,Are you able to drink from the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

They replied, “We are.”

Jesus said,”The cup I drink from you will drink and with the baptism I am baptized, but to sit at my right or left hand is not mine to grant, but it is for those whom it has been prepared.”

Jesus said, “Among the gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. but among you whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, whoever wishes to be first among you must be a slave of all.”

In other words, those chosen to lead are servants to those they lead. Their mission is not to force their will upon us, but let us determine our life plan and goals, and enable us  to follow our destiny. 

Isn’t that what America is all about?

The founders of our country were all religious and spiritual people, they were schooled in church schools. They had high ideals for the future of our country, and they knew that power corrupts. 

The people we elect to office are not supposed to be leaders, they are representatives and are charged to doing our will, they are not supposed to be there for personal gain, or to feed their tremendous egos. 

From the founders  intentions, it is obvious they received much of their inspiration from the bible and other spiritual documents of the time. 

It is there in plain English how our government should be run.

 

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The truth about what Thomas Jefferson believed

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.