I’ve Been Thinking

This Christmas cactus in my home has bloomed three times since Thanksgiving!

Of course, the problem with thinking too much is that a person can often wind up with obsessing instead of just “thinking.” That’s happened to me, and it’s probably happened to you as well. I’ve not been obsessing about the following things, but I’ve definitely been thinking about them…

One of the things I’ve been thinking about is health. I wonder why some of us (me included) wait so long in our lives to develop and maintain good, healthy eating habits. At the same time, how is it that many of our parents had horrible eating habits (by today’s standards), yet still managed to live until they were 90 or more years old. Yet today, with all the health information available, many people die in their 60s or 70s. I keep thinking that maybe it’s because of all the pollution and food additives, as well as to the stress we put ourselves under by working 24 hours a day. What do you think?

Another thing I’ve been curious about is why we are cruel to each other. Here are some examples.

1. We have bullying in schools (of course, it’s always been that way, but now it’s coming to the attention of many people who either hid their heads in the sand or who chose to look the other way).

2. Many children totally disrespect their parents by the way they talk to them in the United States, but in Asia, most kids do not do that.

3. We are not always very nice to our friends. We act as if we are friends with someone, but then that person turns around and poof – the supposed friend has disappeared without rhyme, reason or even a simple “Goodbye; this relationship is no longer working for me.”

4. Some of us claim to be Christians. We go to church every Sunday, volunteer to cook the Wednesday night or other special occasion meals, help with the yard sales and send cards to other parishioners who are ill or grieving. Yet, we walk out of church and immediately start gossiping about so and so whose dress seemed totally inappropriate or asking the person we’re with if they’ve heard the latest news about x and y’s divorce and custody battle. We give money to support our church, but when we see a homeless person on the street, we turn our heads and make a fast track for wherever we are going…thus totally ignoring Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:40 — “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

And one more thing – why has my Christmas cactus bloomed three times since Thanksgiving last year? lol – I sure do love these plants!

Anyway, I guess that’s enough for tonight. It seems that it’s been so long since I wrote a blog – another trip to the hospital and the days just fly by. But I’m out now and really paying attention to eating more healthily and using some natural remedies to help God heal me! (Not that He really needs any help, but I think you catch the drift!).

Have a blessed day and week and month and year. And please, please let me know what you think of any of these things – either by email or by leaving a comment!



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2 responses to “I’ve Been Thinking

  1. Judy Manning

    Ellie, I believe you are absolutely right about the food additives and that is why we are growing organically on our farm. Two of my relatives lived to 99 and the rest into their late 90’s and they raised all their food except coffee, tea, flour, sugar, etc. and they did not give hormones to the animals to make them grow larger or faster. They all ate bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and don’t forget the fried chicken here in the South.
    Disrespect for the parents is also a problem but part of that problem is created by the example the parents are setting for their children. How many children have and are seeing their parents living unmarried with a partner, getting drunk, using drugs or staying out partying while the children are left to raise themselves? Also there are the parents who work constantly and leave little time for actually parenting the children they have given birth to. What are the parents giving the children to respect?
    There are many of us who will give clothing or buy a meal for a homeless person but will not give them money because it is often times used for alcohol or drugs. My youngest son keeps a couple of boxes of canned goods in his truck, the type that don’t require a can opener. When he stops at a red light in Atlanta and someone runs out to try to ask for money, he gives them a bag of food.
    I enjoyed this blog Ellie and I hope you are feeling much better. I think your Christmas cactus is blooming repeatedly because it loves you.

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