Are you ready for divorce?

There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.

Josh Billings

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Wait! Wait!

Don’t tell me that you are not married!

Don’t tell me that you love your spouse so much that you’ll never divorce her or him!

I am not talking about dissolving marriage.

I am talking about your readiness to listen, to think, be flexible, to part with your opinions if it makes sense.

courtesy of Wikimedia Commons courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Several weeks ago a couple of friends visited us in Pocono Manor. We had a very nice time together and we discussed different topics. They mentioned that their grandson (who is a college graduate) had opinions about everything and became angry and rude if somebody had expressed a different opinion.

It did not surprise us. We hear very often that students and professors are against discussions in universities, that they simply vote against allowing people with different opinions to speak on campuses.

I remember with great love wonderful teachers who gave us…

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Is Poseidon around?

When i was 70 years younger I enjoyed reading Greek mythology. At that time my memory was very good and I remembered everything about Olympians.

POSEIDON WITH TRIDENT   courtesy of Wikipedia

POSEIDON WITH TRIDENT courtesy of Wikipedia

I knew that Poseidon was very powerful and “…when offended or ignored, he …struck the ground with his trident and caused chaotic springs, earthquakes, drownings”. (from Wikipedia).

I always tried to be a good boy but still there were many “chaotic springs and earthquakes” in my live. Despite that I am a good swimmer I almost drown twice.

So when I see a trident I immediately ask myself: “Is Poseidon around?”

You know, it is always good to prepare!

Today I looked at my photos trying to find at least one to enter in

CEE’S ODD BALL PHOTO CHALLENGE

I found one photo (see below), looked at it and thought:

“Is it an odd-ball picture? Is Poseidon around?”

What do you think?

IS POSEIDON AROUND? by JF

IS POSEIDON AROUND?                                 by JF

Are you ready for divorce?

Wait! Wait!

Don’t tell me that you are not married!

Don’t tell me that you love your spouse so much that you’ll never divorce her or him!

I am not talking about dissolving marriage.

I am talking about your readiness to listen, to think, be flexible, to part with your opinions if it makes sense.

courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Several weeks ago a couple of friends visited us in Pocono Manor. We had a very nice time together and we discussed different topics. They mentioned that their grandson (who is a college graduate) had opinions about everything and became angry and rude if somebody had expressed a different opinion.

It did not surprise us. We hear very often that students and professors are against discussions in universities, that they simply vote against allowing people with different opinions to speak on campuses.

I remember with great love wonderful teachers who gave us good knowledge of their subjects and at the same time taught us to think, to read a lot, to form opinions, to express them, to listen to opinions of others, to like discussions and to divorce (change) our opinions if necessary.

Teachers salaries were low in the Soviet Union but it was an honorable profession. Teachers were “Engineers of Human Souls”.

Think about it! Not engineers of human minds but engineers of human souls. Teachers taught us love, friendship, responsibility, difference between good and bad. They did it in all possible ways but the most effective way was by personal example.

Please, try to find time to read my story OH, THOSE AMERICANS! and pay special attention to what our teachers Boris and Nasir did. It is no wonder that we loved and respected then so much.

I hope that in the nearest future our society will drastically change and students will learn to think, to listen, to discuss, to form opinions on their own instead of taking opinions of their politically motivated teachers or professors.

I want to finish with two quotes:

The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holders lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately.

                                       Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
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The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.

                                     Elbert Hubbard (1856 – 1915)

Appreciate life, appreciate beauty!

For some of you December already started, for me November is winding down.

Anyway, this is the time of the year that is very good for meditation and appreciation.

Appreciation is the most important step to happiness.

Unfortunately, many people don’t appreciate life and their positions in it.

Very often it caused by the fact that their expectations were not realistic. Often it is because they never compared what they had with what other people had.

I also believe that only people who had great difficulties in life and suffered a lot can appreciate how wonderful life is.

Below are two beautiful photos. The first one reminds me that life might be calm at the moment and then a storm can come and change everything. The conclusion is simple: enjoy every minute and be ready for difficulties.

The second one just captures beauty. I also remember how wonderful it is in the warm house with a family to look at falling snow.

Both photos tell me: “Appreciate life, appreciate beauty!”

RAFTERS ON THE BLUE RIVER SOCA IN SLOVENIA by Beno Saradzic

RAFTERS ON THE BLUE RIVER SOCA IN SLOVENIA  by Beno Saradzic

LITTLE SNOW BEFORE THANKSGIVING by John Rossignol

LITTLE SNOW BEFORE THANKSGIVING     by John Rossignol

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