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Who Am I?

From Ted Talks on YouTube: “Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.”

This video starts out mild enough, but be prepared to be moved by the powerful emotion.  For those who have had a stroke, you may want to share this video with those who you feel “just don’t get it” when you have tried to explain to them what is happening to you.

You might be asking: What does having a stroke have to do with the question “Who Am I?”

A simple question, but if you have been searching you know there is no simplistic answer that can fit into one sentence.  Jill illustrates her experience, her unexpected jolt from her ordinary routine of daily life, in such a beautiful way that you cannot help but question your reality from yet another perspective.

It is my personal opinion that you are not learning about the world around you unless you are provoked into even more questions. Wisdom is found along the path, not in the destination.

Blessed is the man that Maketh the Lord his Trust

Posted in Health, Psychology, Religion, society by farmerjaneusa on April 20, 2011

Psalms 40:4

Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

A simple statement from King David, but even Biblical commentators do not ignore it.  The most profound truths can be found in a plain spoken sentence.

From John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible:

Blessed is the man that maketh the Lord his trust
For such are safe and secure in him, are possessed of all blessings of grace through him, have peace in their own souls now, and shall enjoy eternal happiness with him hereafter;

and respecteth not the proud;
such as the Pharisees, and all self-righteous persons, who trust in themselves and their own righteousness, submit not to the righteousness of Christ, and despise others; to these such who trust in Christ have no respect; they neither esteem them, nor imitate them;

nor such as turn aside to lies;
to idols, the lying vanities of the Gentiles; or to any doctrines injurious to the person, office, blood, righteousness, sacrifice, and grace of Christ; which are no other than lies, and which those who believe in Christ have no respect to, but abhor both them and the abettors of them.

In a world of hyperboles, it is important to remember to remain plain spoken, even if you think others ignore your quiet words.  Vague and flashy people-pleasing statements are soon forgotten, or foster anger.

The simplest statements stand the test of time and have a chance as being seen as the most profound.  With reflection by the listener, they do not need iteration or long winded explanations.  They do not break up on the shore, but continue their journey down the stream, self-sufficient, strong and flexible.


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