There Are No Excuses

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Last night, meeting with some friends, and some new friends, the conversation turned to all the sexual harassment claims in the news. 

One of the men made a statement that back in the day, women were afraid to speak up because they were intimidated because their job may hang in the balance.

I don’t see it that way, maybe some were, but I learned, as many of my female friends learned, there were no excuses for your behavior, and your reaction to bad behavior. 

You stood up for what you believed in, regardless of the consequences. I know many women who never put up with this kind of behavior and stood their ground, and came out winners because of it. 

If I did something wrong,  or someone I knew did something wrong, the first words out of our parents mouth was,”You know better than that. “

There were no excuses.

In most cases I did know better, and if I didn’t know better, I knew better  at that particular instant.

  I had just messed up, or had a memory lapse. 

In either case, my mom’s response soon dispelled any memory lapse I may have had, and the chances of another memory lapse coming anytime soon were greatly diminished.

Over the last several decades, many of us have forgotten the valuable lessons taught us by our ancestors, it is time to begin remembering them.

Our ancestors taught these lessons for a reason, look at the condition the country is in because we have forgotten.

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Instead we have become way too forgiving while on our path to political correctness and trying to create a kinder gentler society.

We have to stop forgiving bad behavior and people’s reaction to bad behavior. We learn through our mistakes, or we are supposed to . When we excuse people for making bad decisions, and reacting incorrectly, it only makes the situation worse, and no one learns anything. 

The only way to learn is to own up to our mistakes and learn from them. To excuse them, or rationalize does nothing and in fact destroys the persons confidence in themselves, they soon begin to realize they don’t have to be responsible for anything. They can always just explain away bad behavior, or bad choices. 

Instead, we need to once again learn how to stand up for what we believe in, regardless of the consequences, in the process, we will learn how to solve our own problems without resorting to relying on others who will not always be there to support us when we need it. 

When someone does us wrong, which they will, it is our duty to ourselves and others to do the right thing, not only do we learn, the perpetrator learns a valuable lesson also.  

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

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Everyone has Dragons To Destroy

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

Written by Gary Wonning

We all have our demons or dragons to destroy.

Just like Don Quixote who set about destroying the windmills of Holland, we all have our own demons or windmills to destroy.

Each and everyone one of us comes into this world with a mission, and part of that mission is to overcome fear or dispel whatever karma we may be working on at the time.

Every challenge in life presents us with an opportunity to learn. We often erroneously think the challenges we face are someone else’s doing.

They aren’t.We each create our own destiny and learning experiences.

Although there may be a perpetrator, and someone we believe is doing us wrong, that act is something we created ourself to enable us to solve an issue and create an environment for us to move past some karma created by us in this lifetime or in the past.

After we get past the initial anger, the only thing left to do is to understand  what we can do about it and learn from it.

Those instances of perceived injustice can actually make us a better person, and I have found if I don’t learn from them, the actions get repeated until I do.

There isn’t anyway around them.

In today’s world with all the advancements in technology, life should be easier than it ever has been in the history of man, but people keep inventing new ways to make their life more difficult.

This just proves to me that humanity continuously needs new challenges  to grow intellectually, deep down inside, no one wants an easy way in life.

We need challenges to stimulate our minds and souls, the unhappiest people are often times the ones who life has handed them a silver spoon.

As a result, slaying our dragons should be one of our main objectives in life.

Many times we worry about someone else’s dragons and forget about our own.

There is only one person who can meet their own demons, no one else can do it for them.

We can help, but they have to do it themselves, we should always remember this.

That is why it is often said,”No good deed goes unpunished.” When we do too much and interfere with their karma, the universe will let us know in no uncertain terms.

People only want so much help, and to know that someone is thinking of them, then they can do what needs to be done, in their own way.

We have enough to think about taking care of our own issues, and only by solving our own problems can we help anyone else.

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

Are Extraterrestrials Our Spirit Guides?

Written by Gary Wonning

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Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

We often wonder where extraterrestrials come from, who they are, and what is our relationship to them.

How do they travel those vast distances and how do they appear out of thin air and then disappear so fast when pursued by military aircraft. They seem to be traveling thousands of miles per hour, and even then, they suddenly disappear in plain sight of trained pilots and ground observers.

There must be something we are missing, they don’t seem to be following the same natural laws of physics as we do here on planet earth. If they did, they would be unable to function as they do.

I believe what we are missing is many don’t actually live in the physical world as we humans do, and they have learned to teleport and only manifest when they enter the earth’s atmosphere.

I believe we humans do the same when we come into physical form after being in the spirit world, in other words, we gather what we need to exist on earth from the elements of the earth.

Isn’t that what we do while we are in the womb?

We need to stop thinking as humans having a soul and begin thinking as a soul that has a body would think. Our thinking has become obsolete, and we have put ourselves in a box. 

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Our visitors come from many different solar systems, planet and realities, it’s not a one size fits all situation. They come for many various reasons and agendas. 

Some wish us harm, but I believe most are here to learn about our cultures and also to guide us in our spiritual advancement and learning, not only do we advance but by us advancing in our evolvement, we advance everyone else in the universe and thereby enable every soul to eventually return to Source.

I’ve heard them tell me they are our future, what does that mean? In that respect, they need us to advance so they (we) can exist in the future. If we don’t (do it right), neither we or they will have a future.

They are here to guide us so we don’t destroy ourselves and them in the process if we cease to exist, they also no longer exist.

Even the so-called evil ones, who would do us harm are here for the same purpose. 

That purpose is to teach us to stand up to evil and do the right thing, regardless of how we think the outcome will be. 

It’s all about positive forces and thoughts overcoming the negative forces and thoughts we all deal with on a daily basis. 

Only when we encounter and overcome the negativity and fear in life, will love reign supreme. 

It is then the earth will welcome a new level of thought, the Christ Consciousness in what many believe will be the second coming.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

Equality For All

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

Both sides of the race issue have to realize this.

“Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained… now everywhere is war.” – – Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia – Popularized by Bob Marley in the song War.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

 

The NFL Dilemma

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

The NFL, National Football League, has a tremendous problem.

The kneeling incident, created by several black players. protesting the actions of police who have upheld the law by arresting and sometimes shooting activists who have resisted arrest and threatened the lives of police officers, is backfiring on the league.

Fans are getting tired of the continuous protests, especially since they are based on a lie.

There was no police brutality, and in most cases, no racism. Just police officers upholding the law and protecting their own lives.

But it is a bigger problem than that, and it has been coming for a long time.

At one time, athletes were role models, someone a kid could look up to and emulate, someone to model their life after.  Athletes lived to a higher standard, they avoided trouble, and tried to live a good moral life.

That time has disappeared, especially in the NFL and the NBA, in today’s world many have fallen from grace and are no longer role models.

About half of the NFL players have some sort of police record and many have served time in jail.

Except for congress, no organization has this high of a crime rate.

I wonder if this is why they don’t like the police?

In any profession, you only hire the best people you can find, and their criminal record is taken into account. How many businesses would hire someone with a criminal record?

Most corporate executives know that to hire people of that caliber, you are only asking for trouble, so they shy away from them and never employ them, thus avoiding trouble.

The NFL ignores this issue, and cater to them because of their talent.

They are discovering that regardless of their talent, these people are becoming a liability.

The few trouble makers are destroying the game for everyone, the players, teams, and the fans.

Where are the Peyton Mannings and Tim Tebows?

Remember when Tim Tebow was scorned for praying on the field?

Now players are praised for exercising their so-called first amendment rights.

The fans go to the games to be entertained, they are trying to forget all the political garbage in the world today, and a vast majority of fans are extremely patriotic, the last thing they want to see is an over paid entitled Prima Donna protesting about how hard life is when they are making millions of dollars a year throwing a football.

The only way this is going to get settled is for the decent athletes to stand up to the nonsense and once again return some common sense and decency to the sport.

If they don’t, the sport will be ruined beyond repair.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

Should Healthcare Be Paid For By Corporations or Government?

 

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

The debate goes on, should the government be responsible for providing our health care?

There are many arguments for and against national healthcare. 

At one time, everyone was responsible for their own health, there was no insurance. In that day and age, medical care was a lot less expensive than it is today, even taking into account the rate of inflation over the years.

The rise in cost has in part is because of all the new technology available today, but to a large degree, the rising cost is due to increased demand. 

Because of the change in our national mentality, in a large part due to negotiated union contracts, everyone thinks their health care is free. Most have come to believe it is a right, a right no one pays for. 

I’m a firm believer that affordable healthcare should be available to everyone. 

However, because of the present system, very few people realize the cost of health care, and because it is presumably free to them, they go to the doctor for every little sniffle they get. Many visits are unnecessary and costly. People go to the emergency room for a skinned knee, or a splinter in their hand, these emergencies could be taken care of at home. 

It has become “fashionable” to go to the emergency room. 

Health insurance should be paid for by the individual. If each individual was responsible for their healthcare, they would become more knowledgeable on what “works” and what doesn’t. 

Most companies that provide health insurance allocate a certain amount of wages for the payment of benefits including health insurance, whether they tell the employee or not.

The individual employee should be made aware of this, that money should be allocated to the individual so they can purchase their health care on an individual basis.

Thereby eliminating any corporate influence the company could exert on the insurance company, and it would open the insurance industry to more competition, that is always a good thing.

That would enable the individual to have more control over his health and ensure his right to have or not have insurance.

In some cases, when both spouses work and are covered by their individual company insurance,  both companies are providing and paying for health insurance and only one health plan is needed.

Therefore, money is wasted by the couple because they don’t use the insurance provided by one company. If the money was allocated to the employee, he or she could decide how to best use the money in a way that would benefit the couple instead of the money being flushed down the drain.

It would make the individual more responsible for his own health and welfare, and it would be his choice to have or not have health insurance.

If he chooses not to have health insurance, then he would be responsible for any charges incurred, and pay the consequences for not having insurance.

By cutting down on the demand by eliminating people going to a doctor or emergency room unless necessary, then the cost would naturally come down, and people would find the alternative, less expensive, better forms of treatment. 

Of course, there will always be an element of society who are unable to care for themselves and they should be provided for, but there are far too many people abusing the system.  

The only way to prevent that is for people to be in charge of their own health.  Regardless of what you believe, no one, including the government will look after you like you will.

This is America, our country was founded on the idea of the individual being able to make his or her own choices concerning how to run their lives, it’s time we returned to those ideals and get government out of life management.

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The Vietnam War Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

More People Live In Fear Than Live In Faith

 

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A Journey For A Greater Understanding of Life.

Here in Florida, we once again survived another hurricane season with a couple of near misses in Florida, especially Irma.

There was a reason for concern, Governor Scott declared the whole state a disaster area before the hurricane was even close to making landfall.

In part, because of the overreaction of the Weather Channel, and CNN, people immediately went on a buying frenzy, buying enough supplies of food and other survival goods to last for months.

While there is nothing wrong with being prepared and cautious, many lost all resemblances of faith, completely freaking out at the possibility of losing everything and even their lives.

This is somewhat natural, as we all want to preserve life and live long and healthy.

But there are limits as to how we should let fear run our lives and many have lost all faith in a Supreme Being and forget there is always a hand watching over us, to protect and guide us through all adversity.

When we remember there is a Divine Intelligence and it guides us if we only listen, and we remember that in all actuality, we never die, the soul lives on, it can relieve the fear and enable us to weather the storm , so to speak, and go on with our lives and take what comes in stride.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome