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I decided that I should amend my Spark page as follows: First I note that although I attend a Christian church with my wife, I am not a full believer in the divinity of Jesus and that the bible does have its faults. However, I believe
a) that Jesus and his followers were inspired by God or by the wisdom of the universe if you don't believe in God.
b) whether or not the whole bible is correct, there is an underlying message of wisdom and inspiration for all contained in this great work that merits consideration by all believers in an ordered and purposeful world.
c) that the majority of the social teachings of the bible are such that they can even be accepted by a majority of non-believers.
d) that it is evil to insist that one act contrary to one's beliefs unless to do otherwise would endanger the welfare of the community.
e) that as members of the greater community, we have a duty to speak out against evil and that meditation and or prayer should guide our good works.
f) Finally, that anyone (whether they live in a poor community where there is little crime and just barely get by, or make more than enough money to tour the richest areas of the world) that determines that their main purpose in life is to do good works and thereby contribute to the welfare of the greater community, can live a wholesome, inspirational, healthy and joyous life.

To have wholesome, inspirational, healthy and Joyous days, one should eat wholesome foods and get plenty of exercise. Also, study the works of several spiritual leaders, and copy or write down, for frequent reference, guiding principles of living that are complete. Everyone should decide for themselves what they are and strive to live by them in everything they do. Having such carefully chosen guiding principles makes one's decisions easier and less apt to the error of blindly following the temptations of the world.
For example my Guiding Principles are
1) Eat only wholesome foods, and regularly exercise.
2) Be a strong contributor to the welfare of the greater community
a. follow the ten commandments
b. look for the good in all people
c. do unto others as I would have them do unto me
d. do not maintain that my morals should be followed by all, for instance my view on abortion are that unless their is a medical reason otherwise or in cases of rape, an unwanted baby should be carried to term and adopted out, however other good citizens may differ either by a more conservative or a much more liberal viewpoint.
2) cultivate my mind daily and be able to have something to share first on a wide range of topics, and second particularly on what interests me,
a. watch C-Span
b. watch sports news but don't watch the games for it wastes too much time.
c. read at least one book a month
d. decide on what web sites to follow
e. read on topics that affect personal growth
3) give credit to others for their efforts,
a. praise Trump for giving attention to improving the quality of life of all, and for encouraging tax reform and economic renewal
b. praise the Democrats for finally coming up with a plan for economic renewal of their own. (Citation needed, today a Democratic fund raiser said they had one, but couldn't give me link information)
c. give thanks and praise to others where the opportunity arises.
4) do not try to influence others except through first developing a rapport by showing interest in what interests them, then by example,
a. accept that it is natural and right for others to hold views that I do not and try to understand where they are coming from.
b. admit that I am human and do not know all the answers.
c. explain my reasons for my viewpoint and how I arrived at it.
d. live by it but don't insist that others follow it.
5) share my passion but do not violate principle number four,
a. devote time to my Spark team "A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy & Joyous Life" and invite more co-leaders from diverse areas so that it will be an effective and inspiring source of spiritual renewal for members of Spark regardless of their faith or non-belief. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
6) invest in others and give to charity,
7) take ownership of my short comings and take action to overcome them,
a. show more love for my wife
b. eat more whole foods in proper proportions
c. tour the USA with my wife
8) make honoring commitments to others a top priority,
a. Don't take on more responsibility than I can handle.
b. be more active in the Spark teams that I co-lead.
9) each evening, do a self-reflection, determine what is important; plan and prepare for the next day,
a. between 8:30 and 9:30 plan and prepare for the next morning by setting out necessary clothes and materials and removing or hiding all obstacles to a productive day
10) get a good nights sleep and an early start on the day (6:am) each morning,
a. follow the 10-3-2-1-0 goodnight formula
b. do not engage in watch any activity after 8 PM which causes stress, such as arguing.
c. go to bed by 10 PM
d. get up by 6 AM
11) strive for consistency and trustworthiness, not perfection,
12) keep a journal and do a self-reflection monthly.

I will strive to live by these principles and be an example to others, including my wife, my 4 grown daughters and my 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandsons.

Member Since: 5/15/2013

Fitness Minutes: 7,891

My Goals:
Keep in touch with my brothers, sister and their families.
Keep fit physically and mentally.
Overcome my speech handicap by working with a speech therapist and practicing daily.
Be a mentor to others including family members.

My Program:
Spend at least 300 minutes a month exercising.
Eat wholesome foods in proper proportions
Spend at least 30 minutes weekly keeping a journal.
Set time on my calendar to achieve my goals

Personal Information:
Currently live in Spotsylvania, Virginia
Grew up in Washington, DC and attended George Washington University
Retired US Patent examiner
Have 1 sister, 3 brothers, 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson

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  • v JERICHO1991
    Hope you are enjoying the VIP lounge.
    37 days ago
    Here's hoping that you have an emoticon emoticon day as VIP in the CT Lounge!

    I enjoyed reading your post on the Casual Traveler thread, "What works for you?" I wondered what SUMOREADS meant exactly so I looked it up to find there are many 5 second rules by Mel Robbins. His quotes are great and I will be revisiting his site. Do you have a favorite?
    37 days ago
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    /╲ ︵ ╱\ VIP Mr. Owl
    l (◉) (◉) l There was an owl who lived in an oak.
    \ ︶ V︶ / The more he heard, the less he spoke;
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    ↺↺↺↺↺ We all should be like that wise old bird.
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    37 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/12/2017 7:12:22 PM
    emoticon Enjoy your day in the VIP Lounge, Mr Owl!

    I like to read, too. I'm a big fan of John Grisham, James Patterson, Tess Gerritsen, and David Baldacci. I have read others though, too many to mention.

    37 days ago
  • v KURTZIE1998
    Enjoy your day in the VIP LOUNGE. emoticon

    I like your philosophy of life. I agree with much of what you have written, I wondered if anyone else thought the same or felt the same as I. There are. I also like to read, I read a variety of books, spiritual, mysteries, fictional and non fictional , some westerns, and especially history.

    What are your favorite books?

    Have an excellent day.
    37 days ago
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