Thoughts on Villains and Heroes

The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people.  – Chadwick Boseman

I think all of us have a hero and a villain in us.  _ Anson Mount

Every villain has their belief system that makes perfect sense to them.  – Patty Jenkins

Happy – A Documentary

“The constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”  Benjamin Franklin

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This documentary is available on Netflix.  It takes an in depth look at what makes people happy and how we can improve our own happiness.

Here are a few things from the documentary that I found to be interesting:

  • Dopamine is a chemical in the brain and it is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy.  Physical activity releases dopamine, so engaging in exercise is a natural mood booster.
  • Events have a limited impact on our happiness.  When something good happens, we may feel ecstatic.  However, those feelings will dissipate quickly.  When something bad happens, we may feel devastation, but those feelings will also dissipate.
  • A key ingredient to happiness is being able to recover from adversity quickly.
  • Once our basic needs are meet, an increase in income has a limited affect on our level of happiness.
  • You will always be able to find somebody that has more money than you or that has something you don’t have.  A constant desire for more will have a negative impact on our happiness.
  • The more people focus on money and image the less happy they feel.
  • The more people focus on relationships, personal development, and community service the happier they feel.
  • Changing your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have that you can share, will promote happiness.
  • The building blocks of happiness are play, new experiences, and relationships.

Take time to do something that makes you happy today.

 

Be Good Inwardly and Outwardly (Matthew 5:21-6:4)

Yesterday, I talked about living a life of righteousness which involves more than just following a set of rules and checking off a list of requirements.  A life of righteousness comes from a pure heart.

When I read Matthew 5:21-6:4, I see that idea continuing and advice on how it should be played out in our life.

The law teaches us to not murder and it teaches an eye for an eye when seeking retribution for a wrong done to us.  However, Jesus wants more from us.  Jesus teaches us not to be hateful, angry, or insulting.  Instead, we should seek reconciliation and forgiveness.  This applies to our friends and to our enemies.

The law forbids adultery, but Jesus teaches a lustful heart is evil.  We should avoid things that lead to lust, if we want to live a righteous life and have a pure heart.

Jesus also condemned those who practice spirituality and charity to impress others.  Doing good to bolster your sense of self-pride, will not win any points with God.  Jesus wants us to do good out of a sense of love and compassion.

Living a life of righteousness is more than behaving a certain way when others can see us and it is more than just following a list of requirements.  Living a life of righteousness starts in the person’s heart and then it is demonstrated through their actions.

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Life is Good

Ahari Lawn Care cut my grass yesterday.  Today, Pet Butler is cleaning my backyard and Maid Pro is cleaning my house.  At the moment, I am eating delicious French toast for breakfast.

Life is good and I know I have been extremely blessed over the last few years.