7 Ways The Bible Influences You Today

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Power, lust, greed, sex, gluttony, laziness, and war.

Forget about reading Fifty Shades of Grey just read The Bible or watch it on The History Channel!

Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) and reality show mogul Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Amazing Race) produce The Bible, and have brought viewers what is being called, “The Bible for today’s generation.” They’re not kidding.

Today, children are growing up with more wars than their parents and grandparents. Sex and violence are prevalent in TV shows, video games, and movies. The internet can be a dangerous place kids because you don’t really know who’s lurking on websites and from where. And most kids are becoming desensitized to all of this.

Can we trace power, lust, greed, sex, gluttony, laziness, and war back to The Bible? Sure we can. Here’s how The Bible influences you without you knowing it. [Read more…]

Are ‘Spiritual’ People Less or More Judgmental?

I’ve attended my fair share of metaphysical/spiritual groups. What surprises me is that the organizers or facilitators and group members usually ‘poo-poo’ judging others. They don’t like the idea of judgment and believe it’s not conducive to judge others and situations. But how non-judgmental are spiritual people? Do they practice what they preach? The answer may surprise you.

Experts believe that if you judge someone, you’re really judging yourself. You’re projecting your ‘shadow’ or some part of you that you don’t like onto others. What happens when you’re in a group setting and members start judging you and your feelings? You say what you feel but instead of listening, they point out why you’re wrong or why you shouldn’t think the way you do. Say what? How is this helpful? Isn’t this a form of judgment? Some ‘spiritual gurus’ believe it’s unhealthy not to feel your feelings. If you don’t feel them, you end up stuffing them down where they fester until they come back up to the surface and explode.

I’m often amazed how ‘spiritual’ people claim to be totally open minded but then discount or write-off what others say. They don’t know how to agree to disagree. They don’t understand that others won’t think like them and that’s all right. It’s apart of learning and growing. You take what you want from information and leave the rest. There’s nothing wrong with this.

I decided to back-off or take myself offline from metaphysical/spiritual groups. I need a break from these people! I have enough books that will help me continue on my spiritual path. I’m also apart of groups on Facebook where I can ‘check-in’ if I have questions or feel the need to participate. As far as attending local, physical groups, it’s time for me say Adiós for awhile.

Rebecca

Reality Contestants Miss Their Families: Why?

I watch reality shows such as The Biggest Loser, The Amazing Race, What Not to Wear, and Survivor. I often wonder why people sign up for these shows and then break down crying they miss their families. Why? You signed up for the reality show. You knew what you were getting into, didn’t you? Did you read the contract? Did you understand the contract and rules? If you’re going to miss your family, don’t sign up for a reality show!

If you sign up for The Biggest Loser and get picked, be grateful and don’t complain and whine that you miss your family. The other people who didn’t make the cut would gladly trade places with you in a second. You’re there to change your life for you and your family. Be grateful for the opportunity and wipe away your tears.

When you go on a show like Survivor, you travel to an exotic location far away from your family. Make sure you’re ready for this adventure. You can always take yourself out of the game, but you may regret it. Survivor can be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Even though you may miss your family, stick it out. It’s only 39-days!

If you’ll miss your family, don’t go on a reality show! Stay home and watch the show on TV.

Rebecca

What Everyone Can Learn from Charlie Sheen

I’ll probably catch some flak for this blog post, but, whatever. I watched the March 1, 2011 ABC 20/20 special with Charlie Sheen. I mean, how could you not watch it? Charlie seemed very hyper during the interview and had me laughing during the interview but he made sense. Yes, you read that right, he made sense. Hear me out before you run for the hills. Do I agree with him having porn stars living with him taking care of his kids? No, I don’t. It could land him in hot water with Brooke (or Denise), his ex-wife, and the judge who granted the joint custody. I also question the motives of the goddesses. Are they gold-diggers? Will they move on after they get bored or the money runs out? Time will tell, but it’s his life. As he said over and over again, he’s 45-years-old!

No one can deny that Charlie is super confident. Some may say he’s a narcissist. However, he seems to know who is and doesn’t sugar coat anything. I give him credit for this. How many people are afraid to give their opinion for fear of rejection? How many people where masks and cover-up their authentic self? How many people do you know that aren’t confident? How many people go through life not knowing how great they are? A lot of people have the opposite problem of Charlie — they have no or low self-esteem or confidence.

He’s also against judging others. I have to give him credit for this as well. How many people judge others? How many people judge others unfairly? No one is perfect. Remember the saying, “Judge ye not, lest ye be judged yourself.” Who’s to say there aren’t people around the world like Mr. C. Sheen? The difference is they’re not famous and don’t live in the public eye.

What everyone can learn from Charlie Sheen

    If you have faults, admit and own them.
    Be confident; own who you are.
    Stop judging yourself and others.
    Learn the phrase TMI (too much information) and commit it to memory.
    It’s up to you to admit you have a problem.
    It’s up to you to ask for and accept help.
    You created your life/problems. It’s up to you to fix/change it.
    If you’re happy with your life, own it.
    Live and let live.
    Adult children are not toddlers. Parents, they have the right to live their life, even if you don’t approve of it. You can’t fix it.
    You can’t force someone to change.

No offense to Mr. C. Sheen but there are more important issues going on in the world. The Middle East is in disarray, the U.S.’s economy isn’t quite on track, there are still people (in the U.S.) going hungry to bed every night, Global warming is still hanging around, and other significant things happening in the world. Is it necessary to keep focusing on a celebrity every day? It’s good for ratings which is good for the bottom line. But, wouldn’t it be nice if the media didn’t give in to interview requests? It’s a thought.

Rebecca

P.S.
I wish him the best.

Don’t Ask for Advice if You’re Not Going to Take It

One of my pet peeves is people who constantly ask you for advice but don’t take it. They decide to go in the opposite direction which is fine until they get into a jam. When they get stuck, they contact you and want your advice on how to get unstuck. This is insanity!

How many times does a friend or relative ask you for advice only to do what they want anyway? What’s the point of asking for advice? When they get into a bind, they expect you to bail them out or have the answers that could help them out. You may not have the answer because they went against your advice. They don’t understand that the advice you gave them was based on you knowing how you can help them. It’s a vicious cycle!

There’s nothing wrong with asking for advice if you can get yourself out of a jam if you don’t take it. For example, if you ask someone for advice on what brand of computer to buy and where to buy it, but you go in a different direction, take responsibility for it. If they tell you to have your cable company supply and hookup a router because the technicians will be able to connect it within a matter of minutes, don’t go to Office Max and buy a router if you’re not computer savvy.

When you ask someone for advice and don’t take it, you’re on your own. If you constantly ask people for advice and don’t take it, stop asking for advice. You’ll do what you want anyway so why ask for advice? Do what you want to do and everything will be right in the world. Plus, the person who keeps giving you advice will appreciate you not asking them for advice.

Rebecca

Shh! You’re in a Library — Be Quiet!

Oh Lordy! Since when did libraries become loud? I went to the library today and this woman was speaking on her cell phone. Seriously! WTF! Then the people at the reference desk were yammering on and on about how cold it is outside. You live in frickin’ Ohio what the hell do you expect. I so wanted to stand up and say, “Please be quiet, you’re in a frickin’ library. Shut up!” What surprised me was the people disturbing the peace were old. They were 50+. Shouldn’t they know better? Isn’t this the same age group that slams the youth for being impolite? That’s the pot calling the kettle black.

When you’re in a library, you’re supposed to use your in-door voice. Turn your bloody cell phone off or put it on vibrate. If you need to take a phone call, excuse yourself and leave. No one wants to hear your bloody conversation. It’s none of our business. If you knew you’d have to make an important phone call, why the hell did you go to the library in the first place? I guess you didn’t think that one through did you!

OMG! Two older women just sat down at the table next to me. The one is a teacher! You’d think she’d know better than to yammer on and on in a library. Set-up your stuff and be quiet. If you have to have a conversation, ask about using one of the private rooms.

The next time you’re in a library and feel like daggers are hitting you in the back, you could be talking too loudly. A library is a place of study and research. It’s not the local bar where you can ‘holler and whoop’ it up. There are other people in the library besides you. No one wants to hear your conversation!

Rebecca

P.S.

I will say this for the state of Arizona. There’s no way in hell they’d allow people to speak on their cell phones while in the library. They will kick you out without any problem! Obviously, the state Ohio, specifically Northeast Ohio, doesn’t give a damn!

Stop Using Facebook If You’re Tired of Meddling Family Members

I read an advice piece written by Washington Post writer Carolyn Hax which is featured in The Plain Dealer on Monday’s. An irate mother wrote Carolyn and wanted to know how to handle her meddling family. The daughter of the irate mother posted a Facebook status about her engagement. Instead of calling grandma and other family members before she used Facebook to announce her soon-to-be wedded bliss, she used social media. A cousin saw the status and took it upon himself to call grandma and tell her the news. Now the mother of the bride is ticked off that her daughter didn’t have a chance to call grandma and tell her the good news herself. Who told the daughter to use Facebook to announce her engagement? If it was so important that she tell grandma herself, why didn’t she?

Facebook has become the ‘busy body’ of the 21st century. Years ago, people didn’t know what was really going on within families unless there was a family gossip who took it upon herself or himself to spread news like wildfire. Fast forward to the present and in the less than 2.5 seconds you can learn that your sister and husband are divorcing because he’s been cheating on her for the past three years!

Fact: Years ago, some neighborhoods used to have ‘busy bodies’ who knew their neighbors business. They could tell you who was cheating on who, who was getting a divorce, who was an alcoholic, and anything else you’d like to know!

It’s interesting how the mother kept blaming her family for meddling when it was her daughter that committed the ‘faux pas’ in the first place. If grandma is a priority, then the daughter should have picked up the phone and called her grandma. The mother should be thankful her daughter didn’t send grandma a text message!

The next time you find yourself getting upset with meddling family members, ask yourself why you’re using Facebook to post personal information about yourself. Perhaps it’s time to cool it with social media and go back to a time when people stuck their noses in their own business. Stop reading what everyone else is doing and focus on your own life for a change. If you don’t, it could pass you by and your Facebook status won’t make a difference!

Rebecca