OH GOD, I’M DISCUSSING BLESSINGS…this should be good.

 

bless you

I said “bless you” to someone yesterday and I questioned exactly what that meant coming from someone like me…someone who is not “religious” and is still puzzled in my senior years with the entire concept of religion and God.

I did not say to the person “GOD bless you.” I simply said “bless you.” When you use only the two words, is the third implied? I don’t know.   I guess you interpret it as you wish, depending what your beliefs are.

When I say “bless you” to someone I think—note, I said I think—it means I am wishing goodness and happiness for them because they deserve it. In my interpretation, God is not necessarily present and doesn’t need to be. So am I okay blessing someone? Or am I practicing religion without a license?

There are two areas I rarely discuss here on my blog, they being things political and religious. I am not a very active participant in either one. That does not mean that I do not have beliefs and follow certain rules by which I live.  Nor does it mean I am void of emotion when I see children shot in school or concert-goers in Paris senselessly executed.    I started a list…

THE GOLDEN RULE – This is the one concept I attempt to live by that comes to mind first. It’s perhaps my “Bible” all in one sentence. I love its simplicity: do unto others as you would have others do unto you. How simple is that! Yet it is perhaps the most complex concept to get people to adhere to. Imagine if everyone followed the golden rule? Yeah, I know, sounds like John Lennon’s Imagine.

FAIRNESS – I am also big on fairness, to a point that it gets me in trouble from time to time. When it comes to fairness, no matter how petty the issue, I will stand on principle until my legs give out. It’s the one area in which I am most often accused of “being ridiculous.”

EMPATHY – My tank is usually filled. I regularly think about how lucky I am despite the many areas of my life in which I am disappointed, or feel I could have done better. But there are so many others who have achieved so much less and are faced with so much more. It gives me a sense of…

HUMILITY – What is it with people who cannot take a backseat every once in a while and let someone else have a glory moment? This, I think, is the one thing most lacking in the American psyche. We gloat too much, greed too much and are ungrateful too much. Not all of us…but too many of us.  It is why…

DISCRETION – is poorly defined and mostly lacking in our current way of life. It’s what makes holiday sales like Black Friday totally annihilate the heritage and meaning of some of our country’s previously sacred holidays.  It’s why only a minority of people take time out on Memorial Day to really attempt to acknowledge what this day is all about, while the rest of us go to car sales and fire up the grill for huge picnics.  We need to be still and…

LEARN – As we birth new generations we send them off to public schools that have abandoned education for test scoring.  Then, as parents, we have become tired and lazy because we work too long and hard for the sake of corporate shareholders.  The result:  we fail to attend to our kids as much as past generations have.  Our country is losing its sense of past.  We grow soft and have no…

GUTS –  especially those born after my generation’s parents, the rightfully-called Greatest Generation.  If the “Greats” were around today I think they would be outraged that the world’s freedom-minded nations have not aggressively banded together right this very moment and collectively, thoroughly taken off after ISIS in huge numbers and force to rid it from our earth.  How many more people must be senselessly slaughtered merely because of their beliefs?  Is this generation so insensitive to, or unschooled about Hitler, that it cannot see what is happening all over again?  Or is that my religious bias overreacting?

I probably could add a few more items to the list, but these pretty much define my politics and my religion. I don’t wave these things on a flag, attempt to impose them on others or put bumper stickers on my car. And, as I said above, I rarely use my blog to express them.  I just go through life with these principles in mind, using them as tools to help me stay intact, relate to others and maintain my worthiness of being part of humanity. This is my religion.  It all sounds right to me as I am sure your beliefs sound right to you. That said….Bless us!

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And dare I say “bless you” to those who recently stopped by marc’s blog and left a “like”….they include:

Margie, Mike Fuller (his just-released detective thriller, Sink Rate, now available at amazon), Ron Carmen, Damyanti Biswas, Rita Petrushanski-Mastroni, Veronica Deleo, Ellen Rothstein Weiner, Ronna Woulfe Gershberg, Kathleen Neiman, Jacob Mangoro, Tom Stewart, Peter Bolger, John Hutchinson, Lynda Louise Mangoro, robertsonwrites (in fact, he’s written enough books to have his own book store…check it out at crimsonedgepress.com), pseudonymous, Mae McDonnell and Alex Markovich (check out his excellent photo skills at markovich.tv)

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About Marc Kuhn

I am a retired radio exec. I've worked at major stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami. That was then. This is now: I've published seven books and this blog thingy. Need to know more? Really? Okay, I bare/bear all at http://marckuhn.com The other links are for the websites of each of the books I've written. I've been busy! Hope you'll stop by and check them out. Thanks for your interest!
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4 Responses to OH GOD, I’M DISCUSSING BLESSINGS…this should be good.

  1. Marc Kuhn says:

    Lenor L. Torres …thanks and have a good turkey yourself..but don’t forget Myra will probably want a picture of it first….

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  2. Leonor L Torres says:

    Great piece. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Rosemary.

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  3. Marc Kuhn says:

    Mike Fuller Author: Thanks for the comment,
    Mike…I doubt our “sect” will ever get a lurative cable TV show where we can raise milllions of dollars to perpetuate our mission…it is just as well because I don’t know how to “heal” people. …meanwhile, congrats on your launch of Sink Rate and best of luck!

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  4. Sounds like you have a lot of the same stuff between the ears that the rest of us good guys do. The world has always been an ebb and flow of good and evil. So far the good guys seem to be keeping the hordes from storming the walls. At least in most places. Europe may learn a terrible lesson soon. We’ll see. If history teaches us anything though, it is that humans are able to survive. The more who adhere to Marc’s rules the better.

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