Good Morning Friends & Digital Neighbors! Blessed Feast of the Epiphany! Christmas was only 13 days ago, and for so many it is an eternity ago. Is it a natural trait that we rush forward without savoring the moment or is it a modern trend because of our fascination with the new or what's next? I would like to think it is a modern affliction rather than out natural inclination, we just adapt to the environment and the times knowingly or unknowingly. Hmm, on to the Oxymoronica!
A few quotes on parenting which is such a demanding and amazing vocation in life. Prayers for all of your parents out there - one with all of their children raised and those still in the works. I can't imagine anything more important that being entrusted with the humanization, education and formation of another after you have seriously examined that reality for yourself. Most people don't seem to realize that they need to do that for themselves before they get entrusted with a little bundle of potential. Prayer for the many I have met along the path and have survived bad parents and very fractured relationships within their families.
To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still. - G. C. Lichtenberg
Being out of circulation in the seminary doing my own formation, I missed all the concern about self-esteem. Whatever you think about self-esteem for children or adults, I think the easier route to developing confidence and competency (which seems to be what we called those realities before they were bundled in self-esteem) are age and ability appropriate challenges that stimulate growth while avoiding empty praise. Sounds easy, I wish it were. I was a fan of the public education I received in 70's & 80's - such an awesome endeavor to try and education and form so many different individuals. It was a grand project especially when a culture tries to balance unity and diversity. We talk so much about diversity in the last 20 - 30 years, unity has been frayed as an intended or unintended consequence.
Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage. - Thomas Szasz
Not a given that bad parenting will lead to stunted children and then adults, but it is often the case. Life is surprising, sometimes inept adults can manage to raise competent and confident children. More often than not I have seen the opposite. I am not sure if the competent and confident parents were undermined by the education system, the culture or just misfortune in the mix of individuals and experience. This final quote from Heywood Broun gives me hope. While I have a fondness for the weirdos, the marginal, and the underdogs, I love all the "normies" too, each person probably has a little bag of peculiarities that they are les than public about in life. The things we share with closer friends and in more personal moments. Happy Thursday Friends! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year on this Feast of the Epiphany. 🎄
The average child is an almost non-existent myth. To be normal one must be peculiar in some way or another. - Heywood Broun
Hey @SEPTUAGENARIAN, hope they make you smile
Thank you @MinaH for the posting by Neil Oliver, scroll down to find it. It is worth the 10 minutes it takes. I offer my feedback on on the issue of trust and forgiveness.
Good Morning Neighbors from across the Local's landscape! Happy Sunday Refugees, Early Birds, Later Dayers, Conversants, and Lurkers! Hey there Phamily, Dawn Patrol, Day Walkers, Supporters, Members and Visitors! Hello again Triggeratti, Fascinating People and Beautiful Bigots! I am sure there are other wonderous Local's communities with their own vibe and rhythm, but there is only so much time to visit even the ones I favor.
A late start to the day, I was content to listen to the Dark Horse Podcast before hoping further online. I am sure I will be posting it later at Padre's. Some really good discussion about the gaslighting of the last two years. Whatever the day ahead of you holds, I hope you discover joy, or more likely bring joy to the day ahead of you. A few quotes on joy for perspective on a Sunday. Have a blessed day my friends!
Long but very worthwhile analysis of the gaslighting of the last two years and a path forward after the narrative collapses, or more likely pivots as is often the case.
Welcome guests and digital neighbors! I hope you enjoy your visits here. May this little spot become a haven for those who want to connect with others away from the toxicity of many sites. Locals is a great experience for me and I hope it is a good experience for you. Any community is only as good as its members, so please see the community "About" section for guidelines as to what I hope will help us enjoy our visits here.😇
Dues to changes @LOCALS this community is no longer a free community if you want to participate. I believe you can lurk about and read things, but you will be unable to post without signing up for $2.00 monthly charge. Since this changed has happened, I want all of you to know that any funds that come as a result of this community will be given to charity. I came here for community - not for profit.
The two charities I want to sponsor at the beginning will be our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry that services our New Melle Community. The other charity will...