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Casting positive shadows into the future

By From page B5 | May 17, 2014

Have you ever had a series of observations or events make you stop and think? I have.

Recently, three things happened in close order that  made me stop and wonder about how we might be living our lives in a more fulfilling way.

The first was a presentation at a meeting of the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club. Their (our) meetings are always worthwhile; sometimes more than others. The presentation I refer to is “Full Life Balance: The Five Keys to the Kingdom.

The  speaker was William K. Wesley, an attorney with a master’s of business administration degree.  What impressed me about the event was that  Wesley had gone through a genuine life-changing experience and was sharing it with us. He described his transformation from a selfish self-serving person with a most unhappy life to a servant of God who had found the pathway to happiness. He organized his experience into  what he called the five keys to the kingdom: the physical key, the emotional key, the professional key, the spiritual key and the charitable key.

Recognizing the roles that each of these facets of our lives plays can lead us to a life of greater contentment. I’m not sure that’s the right word, but it’s close.

Next I have been seeing and reading about the relationship of faith  to our personal moral compass; the ability we have to recognize what is right and what is wrong and act accordingly. Those folks who substitute ego for faith also reject the moral and ethical codes that accompany systems of faith. Perhaps reject is too strong a word. But  whether  it is rejection or ignorance of basic moral and ethical tenets , the consequences are the same – winning or losing become of utmost importance at the expense of right or wrong.

If I seem to be too philosophical. I don’t mean  to be. I’ll try to tie it together with my third observation

I walk each morning about dawn. I regularly notice at sunrise, with the sun at my back, I cast a very long shadow – maybe 200 feet. I believe that casting that long shadow in life means that you act in ways that are bigger than yourself, which is following your faith-based moral compass, doing what is right and opposing what is wrong in all areas that are keys to the kingdom.

The thought struck me that the shadow you cast can outlive you. Ethically and morally you are a role model for those around you – your family, friends and the community. Living  a robust and healthy physical and emotional life are parts of that. Doing right radiates out of your professional life and personal kingdom. The shadow may extend for generations into the future through the lives you change in your charitable life.

It is unfortunate that some folks choose to live lives that cast no shadow at all.

The underlying  factor is genuine humility. It’s OK to recognize and use those skills and abilities that make you unique. But it is also important that you accept what you are not: immortal and infallible.

Embrace humility. Only then can you find your way into the kingdom.

Do you have a shadow?

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or [email protected]

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  • ? will this postMay 17, 2014 - 6:32 am

    Wikipedia Amerigo Vespucci ..... and look at his relationship to the Medici......OK so I am still making my case for the existence of the Illuminati and The International Banking establishment.... It is Important to remember that at even the founding of the United States of America, these powers existed with personages such as Alexander Hamilton, and that yes the original plan for the lay out of DC was Masonic.... Remember these people worship the Devil and Money, they are very mercenary.. and that money makes the world go round... So the USA has always had a Liberty aspect and a Dark Aspect.... and now we have given ourselves over to the Dark Side and become Mystery Babylon....wake up people 9/11 was an inside job by both the top Republicans and Democrats... It would not let me do a long post about this on Murray's other column.... but check it out... OK

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  • In General Google...May 17, 2014 - 6:26 pm

    Mario Draghi medici.... See...The Florentine - article » Mario Draghi .....In 1991, the Andreotti government appointed him director general of the Italian Treasury, an office he held throughout the life-span of nine different governments until he was replaced by the Berlusconi government in 2001. He returned to America as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, but in 2001, he was quickly snapped up by one of the oldest and biggest financial institutions in the world, the Goldman Sachs Group, where he was appointed vice chairman and managing director of Goldman Sachs International and a member of the group’s management committee. From 2006 until just before his appointment to the ECB in 2011, he was governor of the Bank of Italy and sat on the boards of the Bank for International Settlements, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Asian Development Bank. ..............A dark, pleasant-looking man, Draghi does not enjoy a ‘yuppie’ lifestyle but prefers to keep his family life private. Draghi lives with his patrician wife, Serena, who is a descendant of Bianca Cappello, the wife of the grand duke of Tuscany, Francesco de’ Medici.

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  • http://wlym.com/archive/oakland/brutish/TheModernAngloDutchEmpire.pdfMay 17, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    Google... The Modern Anglo-Dutch Empire - Harmony of the World (old site) ... Some interesting things here... Extra for Experts 114 pgs approx...

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  • The MisterMay 17, 2014 - 6:52 am

    Very powerful observations, Murray. Thanks for the column. Also, when the sun is at your back and you are casting long shadows... you can also make animal shapes with your hands. Sending your shadow into the future can also have its fun moments too.

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  • http://christianity.about.com/od/New-Testament/a/JZ-Money-Changers.htmMay 17, 2014 - 7:00 am

    In General you can Google... Money in new testament times.... or .......Jesus Clears the Temple of Money Changers Bible Story Summary By Jack Zavada about com Christianity.......For a modern look at the money changers ... Youtube..The Money Masters Bill Still also check out on Youtube.... Money as Debt.... Thanks

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25uibKc3PUsMay 17, 2014 - 7:09 am

    This Squirrel's Got Nutz .... I still miss Plunkett... and see B. Still has a sense of humor... send Bill some money so he can make some more Documentaries.... Like maybe a take on All Wars are Bankers Wars..... or the life and times of Averell Harriman.... or How the Bankers created and installed communism in China and Russia and Nastyism in Germany....or suppressed energy technologies, with the addendum that with clean coal technologies we have enough coal to fuel the US for ? 200 years....

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-mzqxZNp2gMay 17, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Chinese shadow puppetry ..... OK so why do I post stuff like this... to show humanity, to show creativity... to show that all people have worth... and Why are we letting the Illuminati, trick us all into killing each other world wide?... Why are Americans letting our military be used for destroying people that really are not our enemies?..... WAKE UP PEOPLE ALL WARS ARE BANKERS WARS... 9/11 was an inside job.... with genetic engineering, chemical overload, Chemtrails HAARP the Illuminati are destroying Humanity and the Planet....

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