Thursday, March 5, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

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]

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 8 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • HAARP - Chemtrails - How They are Change You - BioengineeringMay 17, 2014 - 6:25 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5y1WorkLJw

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • ? 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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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....

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • 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....

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

     
    Show resilience in the face of adversity

    By Mayrene Bates | From Page: A2

     
    Real McCoy II Ferry set for maintenance

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

    Vacaville police slate annual awards ceremony

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3

     
    Limited damage to apartment from carport fire

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Students sample industry choices during school career fair

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
     
    National Red Cross Month celebrates heroes

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

    Il Fiorello schedules citrus class

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

     
    Jury convicts ex-con who served as own lawyer

    By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A4

    Red Carpet Gala to benefit theater foundation

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

     
    Pet remembrance event set in Vallejo

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

     
    Friday concert benefits Families Helping Families

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A4

     
    Vallejo police arrest 4 in connection with 3 killings

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

     
    Suisun City police log: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

    Fairfield police log: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

     
    .

    US / World

     
    Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    ‘It was him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    California lawmaker pushes child care worker vaccinations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Children in Southern California breathing easier, study says

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man’s death

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Second Los Angeles hospital reports ‘superbug’ infections

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

     
    House panel issues subpoena for Clinton’s personal emails

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Feds: Evidence backs Ferguson officer’s account in shooting

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    A defiant Alabama regains ground against gay marriage

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    How much sugar is in that? 7 foods with added sugar

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Microsoft co-founder says he found sunken Japan WWII warship

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

     
    Coal mine blast kills at least 24 in war-torn east Ukraine

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    .

    Living

    Today in History: March 5, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community Calendar: March 5, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: March 5, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

     
    I can’t tell if I still want to be married, or just don’t want to be alone

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

    .

    Entertainment

    DiCaprio partners with Netflix for series of documentaries

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ tops MTV Movie Awards nominations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

    Glen Campbell children fighting wife’s control of affairs

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

     
    .

    Sports

     
    Posey has 2-run double in Giants’ 9-2 loss to A’s

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Local report: Vanden softball slips by Rodriguez with late run

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1

    Curry shoots Warriors to 102-93 victory over Bucks

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Prosecutors can’t bring up Florida shooting in ex-NFLer case

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Vikings agree to trade Cassel to Bills

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Scott opens a season of change at Doral

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    ‘It WAS him': Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    With Peterson’s status in question, Vikings pay a visit

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    NFL stadium supporters in LA suburb file ballot paperwork

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Alex Johnson, AL batting champ in 1970, dies at age 72

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Goodell: NFL responsible for Super Bowl seating problems

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Former player Nate Jackson calls for NFL to allow marijuana

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Phoenix to install tire barriers before NASCAR visit

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Pirelli sticks with same tire choices for first 4 F1 races

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    AP Source: Peyton Manning returning for 18th NFL season

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    NCAA reports big jump in home runs with new flat-seam ball

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    MLS, players agree in principle to 5-year deal

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Aaron D. Malave

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Thelma A. Roche

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Cesar Luis Garcia-Regalado

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

     
    Rodolfo Landabora Porquez

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

    .

    Comics

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9