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NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW OPPORTUNITIES

What a whirlwind year 2016 was!!  Now we are embarking on 2017 with lots of newness in mind.  With a new national leader - there is much anticipated thought about how folks as a whole will respect and treat one another.  How will Social Justice issues take a front and center position within a potential new national lens of less tolerance and more polarized thinking?

I am hopeful, though, that the basic humaneness of the citizenry will not answer this call of divisiveness and intolerance, but rather make the change to more independent thinking, acceptance and thoughtfulness to not only rebuild self but also one's fellow man, woman and most importantly our youth.

Another Year Another Season

Bru is soon to be a year older- oh wow what a blessing!! So much has happened to make another year a tremendous accomplishment.  Lessons learned; people discerned. I am in awe of offspring return to the basics of parenting.  Impressive and honorable.  Makes me feel that my advancement in years has paid massive dividends - at least it seems as such.

What is next in this advancement of a year - one looks to settle in and settle down with a better half observing life and years pass by with dignity and comfort.

How does one handle being a "fallen hero"?

I recently met a gentleman who experienced what he called "fallen hero syndrome". Being clueless about his dilemma,  i inquired "whatever, sir, might that be? " The gentleman, went on to explain that he had in essence fallen from the good graces of those in his "circle of life" who considered him their hero!!!!  This gentleman expressed that although the hero status was not one he voluntarily sought - his colleagues as their leader, his children and spouse as their role model became distraught, disappointed and discouraged when he dishonored himself and by association, them, from the high esteem held and stature bestowed on him.

JUST ANOTHER PLAN

The best laid plans….often go astray - so the saying goes. No matter how much dutifully one makes plans you should always be prepared to plan and replan again.    Such is life in this ever changing unpredictable world community in which we live.  I try not to become too frustrated or disappointed in those uncontrollable mishaps but as they say… just bare it.  Not so sure I can do the grin anymore.  

There is still a bright spot in my life - that of my offspring and their offspring who are at least a hope that my disappointments don't necessarily have to be theirs.

WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN?

The need for tolerance, understanding and sensitivityis at a critical point in our society and world right now - this very minute!!! Such is the illustration of events in Ferguson, MO, the status of our political acumen, the middle east and across this world in general.  How is it that we as a people refuse to learn from all the violence and unrest that besieged our citizenry and society to yet repeat over again and again?  

Why is it that people of color and those economically challenged must relive the experience of insensitivity by those with privilege and obsessive power?

Just Another Routine

Every morning I get up and squeeze into a white steel box- it has windows although they do not open.  It has ventilation, but often uncomfortably maintained by the person operating the big white container.  Then my fellow riders and I zoom off to a our respective locations 100 miles north to "earn the bacon" in order to maintain the life styles to which we have become accustom and fto provide food on the tables and other necessities for our families and loved ones.

Such is the life of a daily commuter.

Someone New!!

I realize it has been a while since submitting this page- but I do have a good reason. Just recently, we became proud grandparents of a lovely healthy baby girl - Lily Jade.  Wow, jsut when you thought nothing or no one else could bring such pride and happiness to your life then along comes "baby girl"!!!  For all the other grands out there - I know this is nothing new - but it is new and special for me.  Was not sure I was ready for the "grandpa" status but like my grey hair - it is one of those things in life one has to accept and appreciate as another  blessing from the creator above!

Maintaining a Stand for Tolerance

So what's it all about - Alfie??? Lots of positive social justice in the news-yet intolerance is still alive, well and running a muck!!!  

Thanks readers for all the thoughtful comments you have posted about this continuing blog.  You are very kind and I do appreciate you checking me out.

The latest rant if you will is about Arizona law makers who took it upon themselves to decide businesses could actually say in 2014 - customers will not be served by us because our values/religion disagree with "who you love", "who the almighty made you to be" and even though you bring with you a healthy economic base - we in essence do not want your business or your presence in our public space to serve!

GROWING NEED FOR TOLERANCE - 2014

This past sunday- I missed mass due to the weather, so why not take the opportunity to watch it on television?  As unusual and uneventful as this might seem - it soon turned into a disappointment and most distasteful experience.  The theme of this week's sermon revolved around "family" and Marriage - marriage of the "traditional sort"!  Hmm, how alarming when this "man of the cloth" began to pontificate and singularly define family and marriage to his congregants and television audience.

What's in a holiday?

We have reached the final month of another year. The holiday season is upon us and what have we done to make a difference in the world in which we live???  With the loss of Mr Mandela and others within in our global society - what do we do to continue the work of change and progress in this global environment?  There are so many folk doing positive things but their efforts seem to get lost in what is wrong in the world versus what folk are doing right!! Let's keep above the fray of negativity during this season of giving and care - make that the
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