Sonntag, 4. März 2012

Traveling Angels...

Traveling Angels...
a story donated by Christian Olsen, Polunsky Unit, TX

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels in the mansions guest room.

Instead the angels were given the space in the cold basement.
As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall ay nd repaired it.

When the younger angel asked "Why?" the older angel replied...
"Things aren`T always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to resat at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.
After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their beds where they could have a good nights rest.

When the sun came up the next morning, the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears.
Their only cow, who`s milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The young angel was infuriated and asked the older angel; " How could you have let this happen?
The first man had everything, yet you helped him," he accused. " The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let their cow die."

"Things aren`t always what they seem," the older angel replied.
"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion. I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune. I sealed the wall so he wouldn`t find it."

"Then last night, as we slept in the farmers bed. The angel of death came for his wife. I gave her the cow instead. Things aren`t always as they seem."

Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don`t turn out the way they should.
If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage.
You just might not know it until sometime later....

Montag, 6. Februar 2012

"Imaginative Impression"

Imaginative Impression...

Think about that for a moment.
Are not all our impressions based on our imaginations. How we perceive ohter people is based, usually, upon experience, except when love si involved. In love our imaginations take control and we see people as we imagine them to be, as we wish them to be.
Seldom are we completely right, nor are we ever completely wrong. It goes hand in hand with another saying:
"People belive what they want to believe."
We believe in the goodness of our fellow humans because we imagine them to be so, overlooking faults, if any.
The reverse is true, especially here.
We, - society- imagines all prisoners are bad, therefore, they are.
They overlook all the other factors that put people in prison, often falsely accused. This leads me to another quote:
" Seek and ye shall find. Unsought goes undetected."
The bad is usually obvious in people, not always but usually. You have to look for the good qualities in a person, don`t accept the obvious if you don`t look, you don`t see it.
That last bit is especially true in here. Loud people, grounchy people, quiet withdrawn people, even the bullies, if you look hard enough, deep enough, you will find something good about them - no matter what they have done.
An older man told me that back in the 80`s, I have never forgotten it!
How we perceice other people and our differences is well stated in " Secret Language of Symbols" by David Fontana. .." The underlying reason for these differences is..the creative limitations of the human mind."
This was written about symbolism but it also applies to people.
A policeman, the courts cannot see a prisoner as anything but a prisoner, a wrong-doer. While they are usually, but not always, correct in that, they are limited in their thinking. The prisoner is a human, subject to human error.
They miss that and any good that person has within them.
It applies to race, religion, customs and cultural differences.
One of my quotes touchted on acceptance of differences, toleration of differences. Through  those,  and understanding, knowlege and effort we free our minds of limitations.

Harold Lee, in his letter from January, 27 2012

Harold Lee
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Powledge Unit
1400 FM 3452
Palestine, TX 75803 - 2350

"Imaginative Impression" quote from Nosterdamus by J.H. Brennan
"Seek and ye shal find, Unsought goes undetected" quote from King Oedipus by Sophocles

Montag, 16. Januar 2012

To know that someone...

To know that someone loves you
to know that someone does care
Is enough to bring comfort
when life seems so unfair
No matter what the trouble
love can ease the pain
It soothes the hurt
keeping a person sane
It`s that knowing
that gives strength and hope
for in knowing we are loved
we are able to cope
When you love someone
Showing them that you care
it brings them comfort
when life seems so unfair
When two people love eachother
Showing that they care
Its the greatest comfort
Beyond compare

Harold Lee -- January 9. 2012