What If We Volunteer For The Life We Lead?

 

My dad used to have a saying he would utter whenever I got myself into a really big jam, and I hated it .

He would just tell me, “You were smart enough to get yourself into that mess, I guess you are smart enough to get yourself out of it. Let me know how it turns out.” And then leave.

I hated it when he said that, but I did learn how to solve my own problems.

What if we do volunteer for the life we lead, and what if we do create our problems in order to solve life’s lesson and make us a better person?

To me, it never made much sense to blame God for everything that occurs in our life, why would God decide to punish one person and not the other?  He is supposed to be a just God. 

That one question lead me on  fantastic journey to discover the truth, or my truth

Journey to enlightenment

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

My conclusion was that we do actually create our own reality and we do create the events that mold and shape our lives. 

We create these events to resolve karma brought on by past actions and to grow beyond them to create a better life in the future. 

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.

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Grand Turk: The First Space Flight

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn made his historic flight in Friendships 7, being the first American to travel in Space

NASA station on Grand Turk

After three trips around the earth , he landed near Grand Turk, Lookouts on the destroyer USS Noa sighted the main parachute at an altitude of 5,000 ft from a range of 5 nautical miles. The USS Noa had the spacecraft aboard 21 minutes after landing and astronaut John Glenn remained in the spacecraft during pickup. 

Friendship 7 spacecraft

 Glenn was transferred by helicopter from the USS Noa to the USS Randolph, and then flown to Grand Turk for his debriefing and medical as planned. The capsule joined him later when it was delivered to Grand Turk by ship.

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.

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.

Minority Privilege

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

Written by Gary Wonning

We hear a lot today about white privilege, I grew up poor and worked for everything I have, I’m not sure what white privilege is. 

There have been times I felt I was discriminated against and shunned because of some “flaw” in my being, there are other times I was favored because of some characteristic I have. Over time, the “good” and the “bad” have pretty much evened  out. 

Few would argue that certain minorities have been discriminated against in the past, not just in the United Sates but around the world. Realistically, I believe each and every one of us has been discriminated against at some point in our life, regardless of race, gender , religious affiliation, nationality, etc. 

Undoubtedly, the Jewish population has been discriminated against throughout history more than any other group of people, and you hear them complain the least. In fact, I have never heard one of them complain. As a group, they don’t dwell in the past, they just take it for what it is, pick themselves up by their boot straps and try to create a better life for themselves and others. 

Whatever life gives us, we need to overcome it and make a better life for ourselves and those around us. That is what our life is all about, there isn’t anyone who leads or were born into a perfect life. 

Without a doubt, there are some bad cops, just like there are bad people in any occupation, however, probably 99.9% of the law enforcement officers are good people who are only trying to do the right thing and keep our communities safe. 

This narrative of the police always being wrong became popular around 2010, the Trayvon Martin incident and the incident in Ferguson Missouri,  the actions taken by some of our elected officials who publicly condemned law enforcement and others for the actions of law beakers created an environment and a narrative from the media that cast a negative light on all first responders, it was all done for political gain and TV ratings. 

There is also an element of our society that wants to break down the moral fiber of our country by destroying all our time honored values and traditions. 

Some would say it even began earlier with the Rodney King incident in California, a video was shown of the incident that showed police violence, the only problem was the video didn’t show the whole story of what happened before the cameras rolled. Most often, the law breakers have arrest records as long as their arm, that is seldom brought up.

Your police record follows you around, the local police know you and deal with you daily. In most instances, the police will only deal with you if you cause a problem, they have enough issues without going out and looking for  more. The old adage, “If you have the name , you get the Blame” plays well here. Keep your nose clean and in most cases you will not be harassed. If you cause them problems, they without a doubt will be watching you, it only makes sense. 

All of this has created an environment where minorities are favored and assumed innocent without people even giving it a second thought.

You see it every day, in a case such as the Covington school kids being attacked by the Native American, the press’s automatic knee jerk action was to blame the kids, because of a partial video of the incident. When a video surfaced that showed the entire incident it became apparent who was to blame, and when the facts started coming out it was discovered the Native American had never been to Vietnam as he claimed, he was a refrigerator repairman, not that there is anything wrong with being a refrigerator repairman. He was AWOL three times while in the military. He made false claims about the incident, and had committed these very same actions before. 

If the second video hadn’t surfaced, these kids lives could have been ruined forever by this fake news promoted by the media, as the Duke La Cross players lives were affected several years ago. 

In South Africa, where apartheid was such an issue for so many years, the pendulum has swing and is gotten to the point where whites are being persecuted because of their skin color, many are being raped and killed, many have had their land taken from them. I personally know of three families who have left and migrated to the United States because of the violence and threats. 

This issue needs to be addressed, two wrongs don’t make a right. 

Just as white privilege is wrong, if it exists, so is minority privilege, I thought we were supposed to be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. 

We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty and not tried in the court of public opinion. 

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.

Grand Turk: The Beautiful Beach

My photography books.

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

Grand Turk is tiny but beautiful.

Sail Boats in the harbor

Boats in the harbor.

The front door to Grand Turk

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.

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.

Grand Turk: Cockburn Town Beach

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

Grand Turk Island is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s dotted with the remains of salt ponds and windmills from the island’s sea salt industry, prevalent from the 17th to 20th century. The 19th-century Grand Turk Lighthouse is perched on a rocky bluff in the north. Beaches with clear water ring the island, which is home to wild horses and donkeys.

Grand Turk has been put forward as the possible landfall island of Christopher Columbus during his first voyage to the New World in 1492. San Salvador Island or Samana Cay in the Bahamas is traditionally identified with Guanahani, the site of Columbus’ first landfall, but some believe that studies of Columbus’ journals show that his descriptions of Guanahani much more closely fit Grand Turk than they do other candidates. Magnetic variations that caused misreadings in Columbus’ compasses demonstrate that several of the recorded moorings using a rope-secured anchor to a clear sandy bottom would not have been possible had Columbus sailed from the islands of the Bahamas. In addition, the latitudes recorded in Columbus’ diary place the landfall island at 90 nautical miles from Hispaniola, too close for the Bahamas, but almost exactly the distance from Grand Turk.

Grand Turk was first colonized in 1681 by Bermudians, who set up the salt industry in the islands. In 1766 it became the capital of the country. For some time, at least until the early 19th century, Grand Turk was often referred to as Grand Cay, not to be confused with either Grand Cay in the Bahamas or Grand Cayman.

Beautiful beaches are a trademark of Grand Turk

Grand Turk Pier

The beach near the reported landing of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Many Caribbean islands claim that Columbus landed on their island first. 

Tranquil Beach

If Columbus landed here first, he probably would have stayed.

Grand Turk

The unused pier at Cockburn Town. 

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.

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.

St. Maartin: Philipsburg

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

Philipsburg is the capital of Saint Maarten, the Dutch side of the Caribbean island Saint Martin. Beachfront bars line the boardwalk along Great Bay. Voorstraat, or Front Street, has duty-free shops and casinos. The St. Maarten Zoo is home to parrots, monkeys and a playground. Sint Maarten Museum displays artifacts from the indigenous Arawak people.

Saint Maartin

The island was first sighted by Christopher Columbus on 11 November 1493, but there was already an Arawak settlement there before his discovery.

Philipsburg was founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch navy; the settlement soon became a bustling centre of international trade. Two historic forts bear witness to Philipsburg’s strategic importance in St. Maarten’s history: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem

Saint Maartin

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.

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.

America is a Healthy Body

Values that made America great

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

Written by Gary Wonning

America is a healthy body and it’s Resistance is three fold:

Patriotism, it’s morality, and it’s spiritual life.

If  those three areas are undermined, America will collapse from within.

This quote often attributed to Joseph Stalin has been circulating the Internet.  I have done extensive research and apparently Stalin never said it. (No surprise.)

However, truer words have never been spoken.  The individual who coined this phrase would have been well advised to have taken credit it.

Today, probably more than anytime in our nation’s history we need to remember what made this country great and pass it on to our descendants.

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

There is no option. We live in the greatest country known to mankind. In spite of our differences and shortcomings, there is no where on the planet where an individual has the freedom to practice what he believes and become whatever he desires, based on ambition and ability. That must be preserved. 

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.