Posts Tagged ‘patriotism’

Joyful Noise Celebrating its’ 375th Issue

November 13, 2009

tree6U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter,

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Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

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Volume 8 page 46 (11-12-09)

AFFIRMATION

I am proud to support my country!

Refreshing Your Patriotism

          While driving to work yesterday morning (11-11) I was amazed by all of the half-staff flags. I know that these flags represented not only Veteran’s Day but also were in honor of our fallen military and civilians in the Ft. Hood tragedy. Each flag produced an emotional response within me. Some of the feelings were sad, a few of them were angry and some provoked patriotic reminders. I recalled the wars I have lived through, family and friends who have served in the military and the negativities that still exist in our country.

          Many members of the Universal Church of the Master and CCL are veterans. We have men and women who have been in Viet Nam, The Gulf Wars and some who have served in Iraq. They stand proudly in the sanctuary when we discuss the Fourth of July and other historic holidays.

My great-grandfather was a drummer boy in the Civil War; my grandfather fought in the Spanish American War and my father was the youngest captain in the Pacific during World War II. I have a brother, a brother-in-law, a half-sister and two half-brothers who have served. Some are still living – others like my uncle perished fighting for his country. I know that many of you reading this were either in the military or have had members of your family who have served in various capacities. Please take this opportunity to thank them. Maybe you could call, write, e-mail, or drop by.

          As I write this – it is still Veteran’s Day 11-11-09. And, the ghosts of fallen soldiers are talking to me. They speak to me of liberty, freedom, courage and bravery. They whisper tales of extreme hardship, degradation, and cruelty. But most of all they express the love they felt for their country and how important freedom was to them.

          Do you feel that life throws us a curveball when we witness horrendous cruelty, major hostility or even our own illness or money troubles? It’s easy to feel disconnected from your faith and your appreciation of your country. Quite often when I feel very uninspired – I ask for a sign.

          And – usually the sign is a penny lying on the ground. Its value is in the message, not the materialism.

          The face of a penny contains three messages: The word Liberty, reminds us we are all free to be ourselves. The picture of Abraham Lincoln, facing forward, reminds us to accept our mortality and live in the moment. And above all is the phrase “In God we trust.” When I find a penny – I pick it up and know that God is showing me there is abundance and reminding me to appreciate who I am, what I’m doing and the country where I live. These found coins are pennies from heaven – crumbs left for me to follow home. They are always an uplifting experience.

          And now, let’s read those who have gone before us – as they speak of freedom and liberty:

“Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

                   King James Bible – inscribed on the Liberty Bell

“Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.”

                   Voltaire (essay on Epic Poetry) 1727

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.”

                   Thomas Jefferson – 1774

“The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.”

                   William Hazlitt – 1819

“True liberty acknowledges and defends the equal rights of all men, and all nations.”

                   Gerrit Smith – 1854

“Whenever I hear any one, arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

                   Abraham Lincoln – 1865

“None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.”

                   Pearl S. Buck – 1943

“If men and women are in chains, anywhere in the world, then freedom is endangered everywhere.”

                   John F. Kennedy – 1962 

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”

                   Malcolm X – 1965

The following was passed on to me by Christine Milly:

When doing your Holiday cards this year, take one card and send it to this address. If we pass this on think of how many cards these special people will get. You might want to say – Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule or Kwanzaa on the outside of the card! Or, just “thank you…”

A Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

If you aren’t buying cards this year – pick one up from the Center sign it with a message and we will mail it for you. The season of thankfulness and giving is upon us!

Happy Fourth of July

July 3, 2009

Full moon Tuesday the 7th

A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon, safedoti@aol.com

Volume 8 page 27 (07-02-09)

Affirmation

I am Free to Be Myself!

Freedom of Self

          This coming Saturday we celebrate our nation’s Independence. This acknowledgment of freedom from the British Rule has come a long way in the past two hundred and twenty-three years. We have fought for freedom from slavery, equality of men and women, equal education and the freedom to vote. Lots of freedoms have been not only fought for but written, sang, and discussed on every street corner of our great nation.

          However, one of the greatest freedoms we have yet to acquire – is the freedom to be ourselves. So much of our lives are spent living in the shadows of others, trying to please or waiting for something to happen.

          Many people are committed to professions and personal endeavors they never consciously planned to pursue. And we feel stuck – not realizing we have the freedom to change every aspect of our life. I know you are probably shaking your head in a negative manner; convinced of the impossibility of changing and climbing out of your rut.

          However, as spiritual beings – we know that not only do we have the opportunities, the challenges and the abilities to be free of all negative and hostile feelings about ourselves – we also have God on our side. 

          Our Mother/Father God has given us many options in life – freedom is one of the most sacred. We have fought for those freedoms in this country – and yet we let our mind trap us into thinking we will never be free to be who we are in our hearts.

          The more you grab the power of freedom – the more positive options are available. Freedom is the ability to do things. The more things you do – the more your power increases. the more your freedom increases.

          Quite often we are stuck in not knowing what we want to do. We just know we are unhappy. Freedom is knowledge. The more you learn – the more freedom you have. It is time to take a class, read a book or attend a workshop. Stop going in a downward spiral when you could reach the stars!

          When we join together in a community of like-minded people we create connections. Whether this group is through UCM, with support from AA, working with the Goddess, singing in a choir or being in a book club; through a network of friends we create a rapidly growing potential for more positive options.  And, we free ourselves from self-doubt, frustration and loneliness.

          Many of us attribute the shape of our lives to circumstances, taking on roles we feel are tolerable. Each of us, however, has been blessed with a purpose. Your life’s work is what allows you to express your intelligence and creativity, live in accordance with your values and experience the profound joy of simply being yourself! Working at a dreary, dead-end job is to be stuck in a negative option. Free yourself by finding work you love and enjoy. Your work needs to be an unfolding expression of who you are. 

          If you need the economic support you receive from that horrendous job because of family or debt obligations – then find a way to look at it differently. Embrace it! Counsel someone at work, join the bowling league, volunteer your time, turn your energies around. Get Free from the negativity!

          Learn how to use the new technology. With the internet, MP3, twitter, facebook, blogs, telephone, cell phones, fax, etc. you can do so much more than ever before. You can talk to people all over the world.  Within 24 hours you can fly by plane to almost anywhere in the world.  Technology vastly increases your options for freedom.

          If you were ill in bed, or confined to a wheelchair, you would have far fewer options available.  The healthier you are, the more positive options you have. Being healthy is Freedom!

          When you can’t think clearly you tend to act irrationally.  Uncontrolled emotions reduce the positive options available.  Freedom is emotional control.

          The opposite of self-confidence is self-doubt.  Self-doubt can paralyze you, preventing action.  When you can’t act you are unfree.  Self-confidence enables you to act.  Being self-confident brings about a sense of freedom.

          If we “don’t have time” to do what we want to do, we are unfree.  Lack of time enslaves.  Life-extension provides more time.  Freedom is time.

          In order to produce the result we want, we need to define what we want and focus on that.  We need to calculate what actions might produce the desired result.  We need to test these actions and observe what result they produce.  If they don’t produce the desired result, we need to choose a different result and/or we must try different actions.  We may also want to examine our minds for programs that prevent us from taking the necessary actions.  If we find such programs, we could replace them with programs that enable us to produce the result we want.

          The most important result I want is greater freedom for myself, my family, my friends, my church and all humanity.

          According to scientific evidence…when I die I lose all freedom…all my options have expired.  However, I know that death is not the biggest and ultimate enemy of freedom.  My highest priority as a spiritual being is to overcome death and render it harmless.  Spiritual re-birth is freedom from the physical. . . It is immortality.

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I find it interesting when I attach the following freedom quotes that the U.S. government had deemed it unlawful and illegal to read Anthem by Ayn Rand in the early 1950s (remember the McCarthy hearings?) So, I manually typed a copy smuggled in from Canada on an old non-electric Smith Corona typewriter – one original and 5 carbon copies. And now, through so many different freedoms granted to us it can be sought out on the internet and read worldwide.

Anthem by Ayn Rand: “There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. That and nothing else.”

Return to Reason: An Introduction to Objectivism by Paul Lepanto:  “Full freedom is the absence of restraints, other than natural ones, on an individual’s actions.”

“The degree of a man’s freedom decreases as the restraints on his actions, beyond those imposed by nature, increase in number or extent.”

“Although the influences reducing a man’s freedom can vary in form, the source of any and all such influences can only be the actions of other men.”

For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto by Murray N. Rothbard:  “Freedom is a condition in which a person’s ownership rights in his own body and his legitimate material property are not invaded, are not aggressed against.”

The Discovery of Freedom: Man’s Struggle Against Authority by Rose Wilder Lane:  “Freedom means self-control; no more, no less.”

The Ego & Its Own: The Case of the Individual Against Authority by Max Stirner:  “It is not recognized in the full amplitude of the word that all freedom is essentially self-liberation – that I can have only so much freedom as I procure for myself by my owness.”

How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne:  “Freedom is living your life as you want to live it.”

Pope John Paul II (1920-2005):  Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”

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What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small curly-haired dog?  Yankee Poodle.

What would you get if you crossed George Washington with cattle feed?  The Fodder of Our Country.

What did one flag say to the other flag? Nothing.  It just waved.

What did the Yuppie say when she saw the sign in front of the YMCA? “Look! they spelled MACY’S wrong.”

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Fourth of July Presidential & American History: 

Calvin Coolidge was born July 4, 1872

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died July 4, 1826

James Monroe died July 4, 1836 in Richmond, Virginia

          On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, solidifying the U.S.’s independence from Britain. Although it had been celebrated in one way or another since 1777, July 4 was declared a federal legal holiday in 1941. Around 1791, we started calling July 4th “Independence Day”.

          Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776:  John Hancock and Charles Thomson. The rest were mostly added on August 2nd of that year. The last person to sign it, Thomas McKean, got around to it in 1781.

Joyful Noise June 11,2009

June 12, 2009

 
Affirmation
I am a spiritual being acknowledging my patriotism.
 
 
Patriotism
          When was the last time your heart was filled with patriotism and you felt completely removed from your body as you gazed in a heightened sense at your country’s flag? Quite often I receive a spiritual charge as I look at the American Flag. Not because I revere it as I do God, but rather that it takes me out of myself – puts me in a place of reverence as I recall my own activism and work for equality, justice and freedom. Through marching, singing and prayer I have found myself a part of that spiritual movement that has helped increase the awareness of The Divine in whatever form you believe works best for you.
              One of the most spiritual/patriotic times of my life was standing at the base of Mt. Rushmore at sunset. Lights came on bathing the four granite presidents in luminescence, the American flag unfurled gently in the breeze, fireworks exploded overhead and the Star Spangled Banner drifted through a multitude of speakers. Tears streaming down my face on the cool South Dakota evening – I realized that as much as I had protested, sang We Shall Overcome and championed equal rights . . . still my spirituality blossomed that evening and I was proud to be an American. I was not burning the flag – but embracing it as a symbol of who I am . . . a spiritual patriot.
          Patriotism is defined as love of and/or devotion to one’s country. The word comes from the Greek patris. However, patriotism has had different meanings over time. I find that I most identify with the 18th century belief that patriotism is separate from nationalism. Instead patriotism was defined as devotion to humanity and beneficence; providing charity, criticizing slavery and denouncing excessive penal laws. In both ancient and modern visions of patriotism, individual responsibility to fellow citizens is an inherent component of patriotism. Doesn’t that sound like the Golden Rule? And, as a spiritualist minister – I feel that treating folks the same way I would like to be treated is the basis of my belief. 
          All of these feelings, emotions and thoughts about patriotism were triggered by National Flag Day which was first recognized as a holiday on June 14th, 1877. This was one hundred years after the Continental Congress adopted the flag with the stars and stripes as our nation’s official flag. The congress asked all public buildings to fly and wave their flags in remembrance of this day.
The public also got excited about the idea and started to fly their flags on June 14th as well.
It was President Woodrow Wilson, who in 1916, proclaimed officially that June 14th was Flag Day. But, it wasn’t until 1949 when Harry Truman was our president, that a bill was signed declaring that June 14th was National Flag Day.
In 1966, the Congress also voted to request that the President make a proclamation stating that the week that June 14th falls in be declared as National Flag Week, in which all citizens fly their flags.
The United States of America’s flag is one of the world’s most recognized symbols. For our country it stands for unity, pride, freedom, and democracy.
No matter who you are or where you are from, as a citizen of the United States, you probably got chills when you saw the 2008 Olympians athletes march in holding the flag, or when you watch the soldiers fold the flag from the casket of a comrade, or possibly when everyone rises to salute the flag prior to a ballgame. – I know the symbol of the Flag stimulates the beautiful spirituality that says, the flag means something to you. In case you forget sometimes, that is what National Flag Day is there for. Remembering the past and where we have come from and the struggles our country has gone through is how we love and appreciate each other and our country enough to keep going in the right direction.
We all know inspiration when we feel it. It is a force that enlivens us and activates us to do something—we might dance, sing, paint the house, or envision a new career. We might call an old friend or plan a trip abroad. Or, stand and gaze at a flagpole – feeling the energy of your State and Nation’s flags. Whatever the case, doing what we do from a place of inspiration and spirituality makes all things possible.
If you already know what inspires you, whether it is attending church, looking at old photographs, going to the library, or calling a friend, find a way to incorporate it into your life on a regular basis. If you aren’t sure what inspires you, or if it has changed, take some time to think about it. When we are in the presence of what inspires us, we hear our inner guidance more clearly and we have the energy to follow its cues.
If it has been a while since you have been touched by inspiration, you may feel listless and dissatisfied. Know that you can turn things around by remembering your spirituality, symbols, pictures and friends. On this Flag Day – let the flag light you up and bring that patriotism back into your life.
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The phone rings at FBI headquarters. “Hello?”
“I’m calling to report my neighbor. He is hiding marijuana inside his firewood.”
“Thank you very much for the call, sir.”
The next day, FBI agents descend on the neighbor’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They swear at the neighbors and leave.
The phone rings at the neighbors house. “Hey, Adrian, did the FBI come?”
“Yep.”
“Did they chop your firewood?”
“Yep.”
“Great, now it’s your turn to call. I need my garden plowed.”
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This 85-year-old couple, having been married almost 60 years, die tragically in a car crash. They have been in good health the last ten years, mainly due to the wife’s nearly neurotic interest in health food.
When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen and master bath suite, complete with Jacuzzi. As they “oohed and aahed” the old man asked St. Peter how much all this was going to cost.
“It’s free,” St. Peter replied, “Remember, this is Heaven.”
Next they went out back to see the championship golf course the home backed up to. They would have golfing privileges every day, and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on Earth.
The old man asked, “What are the green fees?”
“This is Heaven,” St. Peter replied. “You play for free.”
Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out.
“How much to eat?” asked the old man.
“Don’t you understand yet?” St. Peter asked. “This is Heaven. It’s free!”
“Well, where are the low-fat and low-cholesterol foods?” the old man asked timidly.
“That’s the best part … you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven.”
The old man looked at his wife and said, “You and your #@!%&~ bran muffins. I could have been here ten years ago!”
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