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Mindset 165

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by C.L. Harmon

Mindset
by C.L. Harmon
Nothing has ever been destroyed by peace, lost through understanding, burdened by compassion or stolen through honesty. These are lessons that have slipped from the human conscience as we have grown older and grown apart.
We have become a people that has forgotten to raise our nations in simplicity, thus we have become a race lost unto itself.
We have forgotten to teach honesty to our children so they will be become adults with integrity. We have forgotten to teach that we all must accept responsibility for our actions and learn to apologize so we can understand that the true meaning of respect is earned not self-proclaimed.
We have forgotten to live with understanding so that new generations discover fairness and compromise and that one only works when applied to the other. We have forgotten to express compassion to friend and enemy alike and so our world has suffered the tragedies of indifference and not the benefit of charity.
We have simply forgotten to be who we should be. If we continue to allow these lessons to slip away from our lives, then eventually they will be beyond our reach. A people who can no longer learn the simple lessons of life are a people who lose themselves and ultimately become lost to history.

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In A New Light 6

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 18, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

In A New Light
C.L. Harmon
During the Holocaust, a brave group of people who had lost everything except their own lives, took a stand to risk their only tie left to this world—their very existence.
On October 7, 1944, several hundred Jewish prisoners at the death camp Auschwitz (at Birkenau,) were being forced to carry corpses from the gas chambers to the furnace to dispose of the bodies. In those horrible moments, they chose to show the scope of humanity’s spirit in one of the world’s darkest hours.
The band of broken, weak souls blew up one of the gas chambers and set fire to another, using explosives smuggled to them from Jewish women who worked in a nearby armaments factory.
Out of the 450 prisoners involved in the sabotage, 250 managed to escape the camp. They would all eventually be found and executed as well as those co-conspirators who never made it out of the camp and the five women from the armaments factory.
Their actions however, are a lesson in the sense that we should never stop fighting for what is right and good even when it seems hopeless. When we choose to give up, then those who oppress and harm us find our acceptance in their deeds, but when we fight, they are to forced to ask why and within that answer lies the self judgment of their very actions.

Mindset 112

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 18, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

Mindset
by C.L. Harmon
 Why is it that we fear those who seem foreign to us? What is it about us that allows our differences to bridge distances between us when that very bridge could be keeping us from reaching that which we need the most?
 Overt actions of contempt or the intentional act of ignoring someone simply because that person is different is a grave injustice to ourselves. We are all born with messages to share that develop as we grow. These insights are sent with us by our Creator with the notion that some will be given to individuals and others to the masses to help us in times of need and to become the people we should be.
 Those messages are not always sent in packages that make us at ease and without fear because in the Creator’s eye, the package is as much a message as the actual message inside. Once we overcome our fear and close the distance, we have not only learned the insight of others but the fact that it was never difference that separated us but simply what we had not yet learned from others.

Mindset 73

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 18, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

Mindset
by C.L. Harmon
 Where do we stand when it comes to our principles? Do we lead with what we believe or do we follow others and their beliefs? It is not always clear when to lead and when to step aside and follow, but a person’s principle belief system should always be an indicator as to which choice we should make.
 How we reflect our positions in life’s many challenging situations represents our convictions and who we truly are to others. It is not through appearance or individual actions that we show our core identity but through the rules in which we choose to govern ourselves.
 These rules become our laws and when we choose to abide and live within those boundaries, others will know who we are, where we stand and most importantly where they should stand.

Mindset 51

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 18, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

Mindset
by C.L. Harmon
 At times being ourselves can be the most difficult task in our lives. Because of prejudice, fear, lack of self confidence or a desire for acceptance, we often conceal what is on the inside creating a persona that is safer or one we believe others will find more intriguing than our true identities. We seek those qualities that we do not possess or simply have not yet developed in hopes of gaining acceptance from others
 What we accomplish though is not real acceptance because we have not accepted ourselves. As a result, we have only succeeded in mimicking those qualities we see in others and disguising those characteristics that make us different from every other person in the world. It is only through the discovery and then acceptance of ourselves that the world is given the opportunity to meet someone new, someone who is truly a unique individual.

Mindset 15

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 18, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

Mindset
by C.L. Harmon
We are an extension of everything we do and those actions are a reflection of who we are in that moment and who we will become for the rest of our lives. If we represent those who prey on the weak or innocent through our words and actions then we too are guilty of harboring darkness in our hearts. There will always be those who serve themselves first and they do so by their own accord but their ideas of greed and hatred only become ours by choice. By serving them, we not only lose pride and self-respect but we lose the part of ourselves that makes us invaluable, our identity.

Mindset 1 (written 3-4 years ago)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 18, 2009 by C.L. Harmon

Mindset
by C.L. Harmon
 It seems we spend a great amount of our lives picking up the pieces of broken dreams; hearts and hopes that sometimes belong to us and other times belong to those we care about. It is as though we are all pieces of a puzzle that long to connect with each other in an effort to be completed or whole. I can think of no other definition that explains the internal unity we feel towards others. Perhaps it is out of this need that qualities like compassion and kindness toward others are born and hopefully from these we can truly become a million pieces of the same picture.