A life lived fully, tunnel vision and a time for prayer

How we live

After reading Brad Rogers’ tribute to Rick Tuten in Sunday’s paper, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes by author, Tom Wright: “Life is responsibility; like a job”.

You show up on time, do your best, and enjoy some satisfaction, with an occasional vacation to bad behavior.

Some lives are stimulating, some are creative, some are monotonous, and some are just icky.

We can change our lives if we’re brave. Sometimes we lose lives through no fault of our own. Some lives are taken by others. Sometimes we just quit our lives.

Life satisfaction increases with attention paid to others. Most lives do not require self-sacrifice, but it might enhance your “resume.” Think Mother Theresa.

Sometimes our life evaluations come from others — trophies, money, large funerals; but the most valuable life assessment is done by the “employee.” Did I do my best? Did I have some fun? Did I bring some joy to others? Did I do no harm?

It is not important what job one has, but rather how one goes about doing it.

JoAnne Willits, Ocala

 

Nice column

Kudos to George Cohen his column “Propaganda machine destroying our nation” (May 26). I just had to write to thank him for such an insightful and kind letter that explained so many things so well. The best thing about that letter was that it was written without an ounce of acerbity. Thanks again, Mr. Cohen.

M. Denise Coleman, Ocala

 

Paper towel tunnel vision

Recent bloviations seen on this page might be the result of looking at the world through a paper towel tube. That little round circle at the end of the tube just doesn’t let in enough light, and conservative tunnel vision sets in.

One conservative declared that two wrongs make a right based on a non-existing hypocrisy. Most Americans were shocked that FBI Director James Comey went against longstanding FBI policy and re-opened the Clinton email investigation weeks before the election (with no actual evidence). Comey later admitted he felt “mildly nauseous” at the possibility that he may have affected the election, a feeling most Americans can relate to. Then the POTUS fired Comey during FBI investigations regarding Russian interference in that same election. It is completely logical and reasonable for intelligent boys and girls to think both situations are scandalous.

Also, stating that there is no evidence regarding said Russian interference simply means that one must move one’s cardboard tube around a little and try to get a less constrained view in order to comment on complicated issues.

Additionally, regarding the “queasy” media and their so-called reluctance to report on female genital mutilation, I heard an in-depth report on the subject on National Public Radio (NPR) weeks ago.

If one gets one’s “news” exclusively from propaganda fountains featuring opinionated soap salesmen, or one of numerous conspiracy theory generators, it may make one feel good about himself and compare others to cockroaches, but accomplishes nothing otherwise.

Gary Lasby, Ocala

 

A time for prayer

What happened recently at a Virginia ballpark to U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise and those with him was a sign of the evil times in which we have been living in. My prayers are with those who were injured.

Why have I named the times as evil? Our country has ignored God. This was obvious since the 1962 U.S. Supreme Court ruling of no prayer in schools.

Recently at a Citrus Community Center, it was noted that instead of prayer there was “a moment of silence.” I spoke to the manager of that community center and recommended that he let people know that they can actually pray out loud because of our constitutional freedom of speech.

So what could honor God more than people getting together and praying for our country? Such as the recent prayers by the Democrats bowing their heads in prayer, according to the Washington Examiner (June 16): “Democrats practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game prayed for their Republican Counterparts.”

The Los Angeles Times (June 16)7: “Patrick Conroy, Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, leads both teams, Republican and Democrat, in a moment of prayer before the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (Note: The adjoining photo shows the team on their knees in prayer.)

This was not a “moment of silence.”

We are not in times that we can count on “moments of silence”.

Renee Christopher-McPheeters, Homosassa