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The Chicken Shop

A cute little eatery where they have chickadees on the walls, and free video arcade games while you wait. A fish tank with electric blue fish and tiny snails add to the atmosphere. Squeezable rubber chickens are available for the little ones to play with and take home to drive you a little crazy.  The friendly first time restaurant owner Henry greets you with a smile as you enter. The layout is very clean and spacious. The menu is simple: deep fried chicken and seafood. They offer savory sides such as the classic mashed potatoes and gravy, along with the unexpected but tasty fried okra. The hush puppies are a personal favorite. There is a thick crispy layer of fried goodness coating the outside of the chicken while still leaving it non-greasy and tender on the inside. To wash it all down they have fountain drinks that excite the taste buds like lemon berry soda, as well as different flavored Boba teas.  The Chicken Shop will be hard to forget. A little nugget tucked away in the heart of Santee, California. Go try their amazingly delicious chicken. You won’t regret it! Contact: http://sdchickenshop.com/  Address: 8929 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA 92071  
 

Positivity By Thought

We are constantly trying to find ways to better enrich our lives at Humanastory. One of those key ingredients, in our opinion, is how to be a happy person in a world where most people act and speak so negatively. Most of this information might be common sense to you; but, how often to you assert happiness into your daily lives to try and enrich not only who you are, but how you live. It is not always easy being a positive person, to look at the light off in the distance and call it what it is, a light that is seemingly to far adrift. But does it really hurt you to try? We completely understand it, negativity sells, which is why it is so much more popular, and we've always lived by the rule, if it is popular, go the other way. Besides do you honestly think your life is fulfilled with this, your current way of thinking before you even attempting to be positive? Happiness While the issue of happiness is a complicated one, too many people report being unhappy with their lives. A study of American adults, for example, showed that their Happiness Index number is a mere 31 out of 100. Of course, several stressors come into play: money worries, work problems, health concerns, political anxiety, among many other issues that might keep us from being happy. The truth is, none of that is what’s holding us back from our happiest lives. According to psychologist Shawn Achor, even when we are successful and things are going well, we aren’t happy. Instead, we believe we always need more to be happy. As he puts it, And the end result? If we continue with this way of thinking, nothing we do will ever be enough to make us happy. Don’t worry, though—happiness is within your reach. You don’t have to be stuck in this pattern of thinking, although creating change and a new way of being does require some effort. One key component is the power of positive thinking. Positive Thinking It’s not what you’re thinking about—it’s how you’re thinking about it. Or, in Achor’s words, The way you think about things matters, and it can change how you feel about your life. Take your stressful job, for example. You might think that your circumstances make it difficult, but Anchor found that 75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat. Those are all things within your power to modify. Thinking about your job with optimism and initiative can change how happy you are. Positive thinking can do more than help you hate your job less. Research shows that positive thinking helps you see more possibilities in your life. That means you can see your potential, you can build new skillsets, and you can create the life you want to live. If you adopt a mindset of positive thinking, you’ll be able to apply this to all areas of your life. Even if your job isn’t ideal or if money is tight, positive thinking will help you identify the parts of your life that are indeed good and working for you. It might appear that this is easier said than done. It’s one thing to say you want to think positively, but it’s another thing entirely to put it into practice when you get a flat tire, your heel snaps off in the street, and you get splashed by a car driving by. So how do you cultivate positive thinking? Gratitude It turns out that simply expressing gratitude daily can make a big difference in the way you perceive the world. Achor goes so far as to say you can in as little as 21 - 27 days, if you’re training it correctly. His method is simple: each day, record three things you’re grateful for. Do this for 27 days. It might not sound like much, but Achor reports that the results are impressive: participants do this for 27 days, and They train themselves to think positively—in other words, they train their way to happiness. It shouldn’t be surprising that gratitude can have that kind of effect. Research has shown incredible benefits from expressing thanks, including better sleep, improved physical health, and stronger self-esteem. When you’re thinking positively, happiness is bound to follow. There are plenty of other ways to express gratitude. What matters is that you’re doing it consistently and daily. Try setting a reminder on your phone if you need to. In fact, try incorporating gratitude into your morning routine, before you ever get out of bed.  Do whatever it takes to express gratitude—you might be surprised at how different you feel in three weeks. Rewire Your Brain Happiness won’t just happen to you, and no one can give it to you—that power lies within you alone. If you’re ready to love your life, then start today! Express gratitude, change the way you think, and live happily. Sources and Discussion Topics: Want to Contribute (We are 100% Viewer Funded) | https://www.paypal.me/humanastory Success | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/658-success/ My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Episode 63 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/648-e063-friendship/ Thanksgiving 2017 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/712-e075-thanksgiving-2017/ Episode 72 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/689-e072-anxiety-today/ For A Smile | Gallery | https://community.humanastory.com/gallery/category/13-for-a-smile/ Inspired Change | HS Official Inspiration | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/78-inspired-changes/ Two Simple Words | Story Submissions | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/714-two-simple-words/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

In Time

What has happened to the human voice; Vox Humana. Hollering, shouting, quiet talking, the buzz of life. This little bit of interesting life-lesson came to me as I was leaving the airport, this incident was in Atlanta. At first you leave the gate and take a train that took you to the concourse of your choice; I got into said train. Dead silence. Of course, there was a few people already seated and standing about. Up above you heard a voice, that once was the human voice, giving out instructions as the train began its journey; but no longer, now it talks like a machine, a mindless automaton, a mere specter of humanity's past. The interesting part of all this was just when the doors are about to close, automatic doors; I mean. A young couple rushed in; That was after fighting the automated doors, with no help from any other human interaction, eventually they won the fight, the doors opened and they got in with the rest of us. Without missing a beat, the voice above said ‘… Because of late entry, we are now delayed 30 seconds.’ Everyone that had been on the train already; looked at the couple as if the couple committed some mass murder or something as heinous. The couple could do nothing but shrink with embarrassment. Now, I am known for my talking in tense situations, as anyone who knows me would tell you, “I am gabby” – so I blurted out, ‘George Orwell your time has come and gone!’ I expected a laugh – dead silence. Now those who on the train looked at me, too. I stood in solidarity with the couple; the three of us were at the hill of Calvary on Good Friday. I was not able to help myself and I said ‘My, god. Where has the human voice gone?” Realizing how isolated the everyone has become. But. Life, oh mighty, life; has a funny sense of humor, as I began thinking those sad thoughts of mine - I had noticed a baby just on the other side of the cart we were all in. the baby was maybe a year old at most, and had been watching me the whole time. So, I said, “Sir or Ma’am”, looking to the baby. At that moment the infant started giggling happily. It is as if the tiny child got what it was expecting the entire time. a 'smile' in a sea of negative emotions. I remember thinking to myself, “Thank God, the sound of a human voice.”.  Sources and Discussion Topics: Want to Contribute (We are 100% funded by you) | https://www.paypal.me/humanastory Inspired Change | HS Official Inspiration | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/78-inspired-changes/ Changing Perspectives | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/678-changing-perceptions/   For A Smile | Gallery | https://community.humanastory.com/gallery/category/13-for-a-smile/ My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Episode 75 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/712-e075-thanksgiving-2017/ Wait, Before You Go | Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/74-wait-before-you-go/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Reflections of Time

I am reminded of that momentariness of the journey, that lonely walk; we all will take at some point in our lives. I am reminded of this perversion of life, on a daily basis. Most people will never experience the daily reminder of how precious they really are, or how life really is - this amazing journey through what can only be described as the cavern of time and space. Today we send our love and respect to Helen Taft, the loss of a monument of experience, and life; an elderly woman not known to many, but she affected everyone who had the pleasure to meet and get to know her intimately, in some way. To me, she was a pillar of life; I will remember her laugh most of all. The laugh of an angel who endured life and kept on, keeping on, rest well Helen. Not two days ago her son came to me requesting I speak with my connections in getting her into Hospice. I knew, at that point, it was only days. She was well aware of her cancer, and by now, this being the fourth fight with, her demon, cancer; by now she was exhausted from the fight, having gone to her house to make sure the request asked of me, was indeed, the one she wanted, I watched as she had a hard time gasping between breaths. I won't claim to understand her thoughts, but I do understand her plight, having had this monster twice myself by 18, and don't get me wrong; I question why i am even alive on a daily basis, because even I should not be here. If I could relay just one message to anyone who hears or sees the daily content we provide it would be that while you sit here reading this entry - Think on the positive nature of life and remember that life is to be cherished. And for the love of all that is alive; Live, love, laugh (A lot) and, know you are loved. This life is short, and you are here only the blink of an eye, understand this well. Remember to reflect on your own timeline. What have you done to improve yourself in the eyes of others? It is their memories of you that will endure the passage of time. It is how you lived that will reflect on how people remember you. Helen you will be missed, but may Mark escort you to peace, the relaxing adventure awaits. You both are greatly missed. On a small side note I would like to throw in the Suicide Prevention information in the Sources, having only heard of this today, a gentleman a few days back, shot himself in desperation and had no one to talk to. Remember these feelings are only temporary. George, may your soul find peace. Sources and Discussion Topics: Want to Contribute (Help Keep Our Lights On) | https://www.paypal.me/humanastory Contact Me | https://community.humanastory.com/contact/ My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Totality of Listening | HS Official Inspiration | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/29-the-totality-of-listening/ Suicide Information | HS Official Inspiration | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/74-wait-before-you-go/ Life is Fickle | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/71-life-is-fickle/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Course Correction

When life gets you down, it is hard to get back up on that wild horse, that ship has got a hole in it, and you are at sea, that plane ran out of fuel and you are in the sky. Okay, Okay, you get the point. Here are some interesting set of ideas that might help you cope with your situation, just that much better. Of course you should have dreams, work toward your goals, or save money for the future. But when you set a rigid, long-term plan that maps out your whole life years in advance, you’re asking for disappointment and heartbreak when those plans are disrupted. Take one day at a time, and stay flexible. And if you must map out your future, have a Plan B … even C or D. Like an unhealthy relationship, you might think you can’t live without social media. As with any other relationship, however, boundaries are essential. Though it’s a useful tool, social media makes it too easy to compare ourselves to friends, coworkers, and celebrities. When you struggle with late-blooming adulthood, these comparisons are discouraging and soul-crushing. It’s time for an  amicable breakup with social media. Stay friends–not dependents. Difficult life phases can be isolating, so friends are more important than ever. When your life takes detours, be open and honest about it. You don’t have to bare your soul to everyone; share your struggles with a few trustworthy, compassionate people. Don’t be afraid to let on that life isn’t going how you originally planned. They may reciprocate and share some of their own difficulties, and you’ll both feel less alone. (After all, no one’s life is perfect, however it looks!) There are benefits to mindfulness, introspection, and self-care. However, they also make it easy to be self-absorbed and to wallow in your disappointment. It’s time to get out of yourself. Volunteer at a local nonprofit, invite a neighbor over for coffee, or email a friend you haven’t seen in awhile. Try a new hobby, or take a class–even if it has nothing to do with your goals. You don’t have to ignore problems or live in denial. Just give your brain a break. This can help ease anxiety, reduce stress, and give you a chance to make life better for someone else. When your circumstances aren’t ideal, it’s easy to just wish the present away as you work toward the future. But you could miss the chance to learn from–and even enjoy–the here and now. It may take a little creative thinking, but it’s worth it. If you’re working hard to find a new job, for example, take some time to really think about what you’re learning in the process. Is there a way you could share your experience and teach others? Reach out to others in similar circumstances. Think about what you can do with your time now. Not only will you help someone else, but you’ll feel less isolated. You might even find yourself enjoying the present after all! Live, Love, Laugh (A lot) | We are funded completely by viewers like you. If you like what we are doing feel free to express it in any way you can. Sources and Discussion Topics: Want to Contribute (Help Keep Our Lights On) | https://www.paypal.me/humanastory Inspired Change | HS Official Inspiration | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/78-inspired-changes/ Changing Perspectives | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/678-changing-perceptions/   For A Smile | Gallery | https://community.humanastory.com/gallery/category/13-for-a-smile/ My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Episode 72 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/689-e072-anxiety-today/ Wait, Before You Go | Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/74-wait-before-you-go/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Small Thoughts

I tend to do my best thinking when it is late; it allows me to reflect the day and all the work completed - and when I reflect on the day, I really reflect, and try to analyze if I have done things in the direction I should be moving in the most positive way I can, but, more importantly, I ask myself the question "Have I done all I can do for everyone I can?" I won't say this has been easy creating Humanastory; as the idea behind it was to get the stories of success, love, and  happiness, through the trials of the human condition we call living, and then show those who would otherwise falter on these small objectives; without support of some kind, some hope, through the support I am personally creating. I've spent so much time, money and sweat over this creation, the rise has been slow going and it reminds me of how many countless nights I've stayed up late contemplating my own sanity. But I believe in the end, if I can help just one other person out there I would be all the more enlightened myself for doing so. I am honored to say we get so many emails with the stories of humanity from all walks of life and in so many different ways and it is a blessing to know how much we've helped. But I am not without my struggles, I have sustained everything I am doing out of my own pockets, and rightfully so, it is a project I feel must go on with or without the help of others, and it is a much bigger project then just one man alone can do; it is the idea that must live on; Humanastory must go on. Lately I have been getting exhausted from everything both mentally and physically, but then I run across someone whom likes our work and I am reminded, it must continue. Today I was walking with my crazy wife when we ran across a homeless man, I sometimes do things impulsively and tonight I gave him the rest of the cash we had, and we both told him "Happy Thanksgiving." I am not sure where it would go, but I quickly realized why I am doing what I do - The thought of Humanity is one that often gets left out of subjects in this ever increasingly narcissistic world; the more social media pushes onward, the more anti-social we all become; fixated on our tablets, computers, and mobile devices. Just don't forget to look up from time to time and smile at the sun. Live, Love, Laugh (A lot) | We are funded completely by viewers like you. If you like what we are doing feel free to express it in any way you can. Sources and Discussion Topics: Want to Contribute (Help Keep Our Lights On) | https://www.paypal.me/humanastory Contact Me | https://community.humanastory.com/contact/ My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Episode 31 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/309-e031-social-media/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Four Thoughts Husbands Wish Their Wives Knew

In life, no matter how rough it can be, you make of it what you will; and given the right type of tools and the correct mind set, you too can make the difference in another's life. I ran across this set of four thoughts from a male perspective I felt like sharing. But, mainly it reminded me of a small inspirational phrase I heard once from an old friend of mine.  "I want you, to want me; more than I want you. I want you to want us; more than you want me." - If we all felt this way about one another, life could be extremely different.  Men say "I love you" with their actions. When you need him to help you clean the yard or repair a leaky sink faucet, he will do it because he loves you. Even when he is not gazing lovingly into your eyes, or seems distracted by something else, he is listening. Your man wants to solve your problems to show that he loves you. When he seems silent and distracted, he is probably thinking of ways to solve your problems. To strengthen a relationship, men will want to do things together as a couple, such as games or sporting activities. Spending time "playing" together is one way that he expresses his love for you. Though it may be news to you, your husband does not own a crystal ball. If you want him to understand something, you will need to speak clearly and directly. He can't be expected to decipher sadness in your eyes; you need to explain to him what is wrong. Men learn from the examples of their parents and the people who influenced them while growing up. There may be wonderful men in his life that provide great examples of what it means to be a good husband and father, or he may not have had that kind of guidance. Be sure to observe and understand the examples that are the mirrors in your husband's life. Be sure to help your husband make a loving connection with you. With the stress of work, having a family, financial strains and other pressures, it's important that he has a supportive wife by his side. If you are being cold and distant, it's difficult for your husband to help you fulfill that role and for him to make sure you are happy. Intimacy in a marriage is for both husband and wife. Having an honest and open relationship about this topic can help you have a strong physical and emotional connection in your marriage. Men love to see their wives happy. But men also want to be happy. If he does not feel loved or appreciated, it can cause serious separation issues in your marriage. He may resort to spending more time at work, or fixate more on hobbies. Some men may cheat, or indulge in addictions to cope with this loneliness and unhappiness. Men will invest more in a relationship if they see that it is an equal partnership. Just like women, men require some alone time. Activities like mechanics, sports, gardening, etc. should be encouraged. Appropriate time spent on hobbies and interests is healthy for the relationship as a whole. Men and women are different, but that's what makes marriages strong. As his wife, you should work to help your husband be better each and every day. Without this support, you are just working to take care of yourself independently. Building a life together takes understanding from both sides. Life is only what you make of it; live well. My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Episode 63 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/648-e063-friendship/  C.A. Ayres | https://www.caayres.com/ Family Share | https://familyshare.com/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

The Little Things

We are constantly reminded, from inspired stories such as this how our lives have so many facets and when you don't stop to look around you tend to get lost in the minutia of the fickle little tide we call living. Take a moment to understand how to treat one another and how wonderful of an impact will have on that other living breathing person.  We are by no means perfect, but we can all do something, no matter how small to brighten another's day. At one point in my life, I sold furniture and I was [not good] at it. It was a rough time in my life where I made maybe $1,000.00 a month (around 10 years ago) and pretty much had nothing left after rent and what few little bills I had. There were a lot of times when I didn’t eat for days because I couldn’t afford to eat that much. Anyhow, one day I’m trying to sell furniture and am selling nothing. It was nearing the end of the day and I had made $0 (I was on commission). An old couple comes in and is looking at TV stands. All the other sales reps avoid them because we all know that they’re going to take up a bunch of time end up buying something for around $100.00 and then your commission is going to be $2.00.   I look at them and figure … if I can sell anything today, at least I won’t get skunked and maybe my luck will turn around after that. They ended up buying 2 stands ($6.00 commission for me) but asked how they would be put together. … There was a service I could have referred them to (for a fee of course) but … I said “I’m off at 9:00 p.m., if you come pick me up, I’ll come set up the stands for you for free.” They took this offer, paid for the furniture and left. The other sales reps laughed at me. They laughed at me more when my quitting time came around and I hadn’t sold anything else. The old couple picked me up promptly at 9:00 p.m.  We got into their beautiful condo … I could smell some food cooking and tried to ignore it (I hadn’t eaten in about 3 days at that point, so it was hard). I worked for almost 3 hours straight until it was done.  The old lady grabs me and takes me to the kitchen. She seats me and pulls out a plate of freshly made roast beef. That was better than any money. I was so grateful and thankful. I held back tears as I ate the delicious home cooked meal she had prepared for me. The lady handed me an envelope [after driving me home]. I didn’t open it, just thanked them. I happily went up to my apartment knowing that I was going to sleep with a full stomach that night and that I would get to eat for the next few days. I was feeling great. I opened the envelope and there was a thank you card. Inside was $100.00. I cried.  After that, for the rest of the time that I sold furniture, I always ran to help the people nobody else wanted to. I changed my focus from getting a big sale every day to getting all of the small ones nobody cared about and it got me through until I got a better-paying job. Sources and Discussion Topics: Inspired Change | HS Official Inspiration | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/78-inspired-changes/ Changing Perspectives | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/678-changing-perceptions/   For A Smile | Gallery | https://community.humanastory.com/gallery/category/13-for-a-smile/ My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Episode 63 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/648-e063-friendship/   

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Inspired Changes

The individual in this story inspired us some time ago to try this little act and for that we at Humanastory are all extremely grateful for the experience. Our experience began while having dinner at a restaurant one night. Before leaving we decided to leave an extremely generous tip to our waitress, and why not, we had it and didn't need the cash. It was what came after the tip that was one of the most spectacular and humanistic things we had ever seen. Our waitress's began crying and her tears flowed hard, seeing her reaction made me personally wish I could do more; she didn't expect the tip, but when she got it she was in extreme disbelief, at first she thought we mistakenly added our balance wrong, when we stated that we were 'just paying it forward' and wanted to help out, she told us how she didn't know how she was going to pay her rent that month, she supported 2 children, one of which had fallen ill and she was recently in the Emergency Room. our waitress cried for some time before letting us know her situation and how grateful she was. Because of that, we now try to make a concerted effort to do this a lot more often, life is only what you make of it. Make it well. The story that inspired us to try this we have pasted below, we do not know if it was real or not, but it seemed real enough to us. The fact is, it is a moral story on how humanistic we all are and how we all tend to forget this quality and we all forget to be just a little nicer to one another. May you find inspiration as well. The "Secret Santa" of Kansas City spent more than 30 years spreading holiday cheer to those who least expected it. "I give folks who need a lift some holiday magic to believe in,” says the mysterious philanthropist who gave away $65,000 last holiday season alone, much of it in $100 bills, including a Secret Santa mission to San Diego in the wake of the biggest fire in California’s history. “I’ve been at rock bottom myself -- 30 years ago I was an out-of-work salesman living in my car in Houston, Mississippi. I’ll never forget the diner owner who gave me $20 for a good breakfast and a tank full of gas to drive out of town.” Ten years later, employed at a secure job in Kansas City, and married with two young children, Secret Santa struck for the first time. A few days before Christmas, he decided to pass along his blessings by giving a waitress at a drive-in a $50 tip. Her eyes filled with tears as she told him he had no ideas what his gift meant to her. “I thought of how that diner owner’s kindness has given me a second chance, and a light bulb went off in my head about how to repay him.” That first year, Secret Santa gave away $400 in $20 bills. Since then, the successful entrepreneur increases his generosity as his own good fortune continues to grow. “He’d go down to the railroad tracks or just stop people on the street and hand out $100 bills,” says Mike Strong, a police officer who escorted Santa into some of Kansas City’s rougher neighborhoods in 1999 and 2000 and is sworn to secrecy about his identity. “The look in folks’ eyes as they just melt with disbelief and joy is a real thrill to see.” Santa has also handed out cash and holiday cheer in New York after 9-11, and in Washington D.C. after the rash of snipers in 2002. Not long before he passed away in 2007, the Secret Santa of Kansas City returned to Houston to surprise the diner owner who started it all. “At the time, that $20 seemed like $10,000 to me,” Santa says. So, that’s how much he gave the surprised elderly gentleman and his ailing wife ($10,000!).

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

That Perplexing Little Bugger (Life)

I am reminded constantly of how life can play those little games on a person's life. I would be lying if I did not, at times, think it had absolutely no affect on me in some way or another. Particularly today while I was at the senior luncheon with my mother whom didn't want to go alone to this function, she felt isolated at this, her first senior function in the new senior citizen mobile home park.  As we were at this function, talking and enjoying our Thanksgiving meal, when two of the other seniors within the senior lunch had fallen trying to get to their seats, literally one right after another. Being the only person there with medical training (being a medic) I helped them to their feet and checked them both out; but during the process of making sure these two individuals were okay, for some reason unknown to me. I got to thinking of our neighbor whom is bed ridden and now in the care of hospice; this just after a person whom I called brother died in the hands of hospice, nay, one year ago, in the very house my mother now lives.  After the lunch and dropping my mother off at home, I went to see our neighbor in her home next door, just seeing her face light up when my wife and I entered the house. This got me thinking on how the older a person gets, the more frail they become. Moreover, the more isolated they become from society and family; as if they are just trash to be discarded. I began to think of my own mother and how lonely she must feel from time to time and why I chose to care for her in the home my wife and I gave her from that friend that passed. Live, Love Laugh (A lot). Time is short on this little blue rock, let the person you are happy with, know that you are happy; do something nice for them. If you do not have someone you are close to, talk with a stranger; just sit down and begin by saying those little words; "Hi, how are you?" Just know you're not alone and if you ever feel the way I did today please feel free to contact me, I'll chat with you. Remember, there is so much to look forward to. Even the best of us get down from time to time. Sources and Discussion Topics: Changing Perspectives | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/65-changing-perspectives/ Contact Me | https://community.humanastory.com/contact/ Success | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/658-success/ My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Episode 63 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/648-e063-friendship/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Parenting The Plants

Once upon a time, there were two neighbors living next door to each other. The men were from different walks of life but they shared an interest in gardening. The two of them planted the same plants in their garden. One of them was giving a small amount of water to his plants and didn’t always give full attention to them, while the other neighbor had given a lot of water to his plants and looked after them on a daily basis. One of the men's plants were simple and looked healthy, while the other neighbor had plants that were fuller and much greener. One day, during the night, there was a storm that brought heavy wind and rain. The following morning after the storm, both of the neighbors came out to inspect the damage to their gardens. The neighbor who had the fuller plants noticed that the wind had pulled his plants out of the ground by the roots and they were totally destroyed. The other neighbor examined his plants and found they were not damaged at all and were standing firm. The neighbor who's plants had been ripped from the soil asked the other, “We both grew the same plants together, I actually looked after my plants better than you did for yours, and even gave them more water. Still, my plants were torn from the ground while yours stayed safe. How is that possible?” The other replied, “You gave your plants more attention and water, but because of that they didn’t need to work for it themselves. You made it easy for them.  While I gave them just an adequate amount of water and let their roots search for more. And, because of that, their roots went deeper and that made their position stronger.  That is why my plants survived”. Like any living thing, you can aide it and help it grow but it still has to have the ability to survive on its own.

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Wait, Before You Go

Wait, before you go; just know that you are thought of. I personally having been through my share of pain understand how you feel, I may not understand your situation; but I do feel pain too - I know the feeling all too well, let us chat a moment, let me get to know who you are. No one can stop your thoughts but sometimes those thoughts are just temporary. Allow the conversation, if only for a minute. I would like to share with you who I am in hopes you will share a little about you; "Hi, I'm Brian.." We ran across this letter while surfing the internet, and felt we could do something positive with it, to those who are on the brink of a decision they might soon regret; please allow this message to fill your heart. While we do not know you personally, we hope; just one of you might see this thought before leaving. - The fact that you’ve bothered to read this means you’re alive. I know you don’t give yourself much credit for it but allow me just this once to tell you “You’ve made the right choice”. You’ve made the right choice when you choose to fight for yourself. You’ve made the right choice when you choose to get out of bed no matter how much you’d rather slip under the covers and not see the sun outside. You’ve made the right choice when you attended that counseling session you dread and obsess about every second. You’ve made the right choice when you talk to close friends and family about how screwed up you feel in and out and how they can maybe help. You’ve made the right choice when you chose you. Choosing ourselves. Isn’t that one of many things we struggle with? We have issues with permission. We don’t allow ourselves to accept love because we think we don’t deserve it. We don’t allow ourselves to admit that we’re fucked up and it’s painful and we need someone to help us get out of the pit we’ve dug for ourselves. But you’ve made the choice. You chose you today. I know it isn’t a piece of cake to do that each freaking day but you did it. And I sincerely believe that you can do it tomorrow and the day after tomorrow because you’re worth it. You’re worth fighting for. You’re worth loving. You’re worth choosing. Yes. I know you struggle with believing in these words. That they’re sometimes hard to swallow (let alone embrace). But that’s okay. We all do. And we all know (although sometimes we’re not convinced) that the truth wins in the end. And the truth is the darkness can never overpower the light. And here’s what the light is all about, in the wise words of Jon Foreman: “The shadow proves the sunshine”. We don’t see the sunshine yet because we’re still going to and for the seemingly endless tunnel. We don’t feel the heat and the hope the sunshine brings because the seemingly endless tunnel is dark and scary and seemingly impenetrable, too. But here’s the thing. There’s light at the end of that tunnel and you’re strong enough to get there. And you will no matter how impossible it may seem because your story is worth telling. Because there are other walking wounds who don’t believe in love, in hope, and in recovery and you’re going to be the one to tell them that they’re no myth because you’ve proven it yourself. Yes, recovery is possible. But the road to it isn’t smooth. To say it will be messy is an understatement. It will be chaotic. Nerve-racking. Painful AF. There are days you’ll want to throw in the towel and just be done. There are days you’ll be in relapse. There are days you’ll just want to give up on the process and forget how far you’ve been from where you used to be. But you’ll push through despite the unspeakable agony because you know that we all have parts in the bigger story and no one else can play yours better than you can. You’re irreplaceable. Your recovery is worth looking forward to. And no, don’t rush. Who cares if it takes you years before you get there? Nobody has the right ever to put a timeline on your healing. You’ll get out of the tunnel and see the glorious sun one day and whichever day that is, it’s nobody’s business. So, shut your ears stop giving a fuck about what others’ say. Open your ears (and your heart) only to those who can help you survive your pain. Yes, you’re still struggling. But just because you’re still struggling does it mean that you’re not on your way to healing. You are. Just keep walking. Just keep on living. - This particular letter was written Maine Belonio. If we could add just one line of thinking, it would be to remember this one bit of truth; when you were born, you were the one that made it over that little 9 month hurdle, you are one in a billion, you were the one that got 9 months to join the living.  I personal would like to thank you even if you are determined to do what 'must be done', and let you know by reading both Mrs. Belonio's thoughts and mine, you took the time to get to know a small piece of who we are, you are always welcomed to talk with me simply click here. I'd like to extend our hands open to you, start by having a look around here.  Please understand I am not doctor, nay, am I claiming I can change your mind in anyway. I am, however a simple man with simple thoughts, who has been down this road and understands the feeling, each individual feels who undergoes a transformation like this. and each person does so in their own unique way, your own situation is literally, that, your own cross to carry. I am just a man who is willing to listen and understand; my hands are open wide and my heart on my sleeve. Sources and Discussion Topics: Changing Perspectives | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/678-changing-perceptions/   Thought Catalogue | Dear Friend | https://thoughtcatalog.com/charmaine-belonio/ For A Smile | Gallery | https://community.humanastory.com/gallery/category/13-for-a-smile/ Success | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/658-success/ My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Episode 63 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/648-e063-friendship/ Rest Well | Serenity Series (Entire Playlist) |  http://bit.ly/2jmbIVs The Promise | Story Submissions | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/717-the-promise/ I'd also like to give these number 1-800-273-8255, this number is to the National Suicide Hotline and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. UK - 116 123 | Canada - 5147234000 | Ireland - +4408457909090 | Australia - 131114

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Unwavering and Never Ending Love

It is not often these days that people express their love for their fellow man in such ways any more; people have become so close minded that when works like this show up, it is a shocking reminder of who we can become, yet again; We felt like sharing this because it is a reminder of how we all should be, unconditionally throughout our lives. I personally hope you enjoy it and take something of value away from this.   Each year he sent her roses, and the note would always say, I love you even more this year, than last year on this day.   My love for you will always grow, with every passing year.” She knew this was the last time that the roses would appear.   She thought, he ordered roses in advance before this day. Her loving husband did not know, that he would pass away.   He always liked to do things early, way before the time. Then, if he got too busy, everything would work out fine.   She trimmed the stems and placed them in a very special vase. Then, sat the vase beside the portrait of his smiling face.   She would sit for hours, In her husband’s favorite chair. While staring at his picture, and the roses sitting there.   A year went by, and it was to live without her mate. With loneliness and solitude, that had become her fate.   Then, the very hour, The doorbell rang, and there were roses sitting by her door.   She brought the roses in, and then just looked at them in shock. Then, went to get the telephone, to call the florist shop.   The owner answered, and she asked him, if he would explain. Why would someone do this to her, causing her such pain?   “I know your husband passed away, more than a year ago,” The owner said, “I knew you’d call, and you would want to know.   The flowers you received today, were paid for in advance. Your husband always planned ahead, he left nothing to chance.   There is a standing order, that I have on file down here, And he has paid, well in advance, you’ll get them every year.   There also is another thing, that I think you should know, He wrote a special little card…he did this years ago.   Then, should ever I find out that he’s no longer here, that’s the card that should be sent to you the following year.”   She thanked him and hung up the phone, her tears now flowing hard. Her fingers shaking, as she slowly reached to get the card.   Inside the card, she saw that he had written her a note. Then, as she stared in total silence, this is what he wrote…   “Hello my love, I know it’s been a year since I’ve been gone. I hope it hasn’t been too hard for you to overcome.   I know it must be lonely, and the pain is very real. Or if it was the other way, I know how I would feel.   The love we shared made everything so beautiful in life. I loved you more than words can say, you were the perfect wife.   You were my friend and lover, you fulfilled my every need. I know it’s only been a year, but please try not to grieve.   I want you to be happy, even when you shed your tears. That is why the roses will be sent to you for years.   When you get these roses, think of all the happiness that we had together, and how both of us were blessed.   I have always loved you and I know I always will. But, my love, you must go on, you have some living still.   Please…try to find happiness, while living out your days. I know it is not easy, but I hope you find some ways.   The roses will come every year, and they will only stop, When your door’s not answered, when the florist stops to knock.   He will come five times that day, in case you have gone out. But after his last visit, he will know without a doubt!   To take the roses to the place, where I’ve instructed him and place the roses where we are, together once again.

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Thoughts on Success

Success, I’ve been thinking a lot on how this little word applies to the real world and if it is worth actually spending the time talking about – let alone trying to obtain. I can’t say that I know anyone who is, in what some would call ‘modern’ terms, actually successful; and what I can see from those that are actually successful – it doesn’t seem they are happy about being where they are in life, so why bother. Just simply turn on any news broadcast and there are mounds and mounds of reporters going on about the drama unfolding. I wanted to look into financial, but noticed most people who are successful in finances; lack in the family arena, sure some will say that they are both financial and successful – but, quietly they know they jest or lie, just watch them alone when they are alone wiping the steam off of a mirror and ask them what they see staring at their own reflection, that blank look as their reflection stares back at them. I have a brother who worked hard his whole life, and yes he is one of my favorites in my family – a rare person indeed. All throughout my childhood I wanted to be like him; strong and fierce; hell, he even held down a job most would say is a courageous goal in life and one that should be honored because of that; a dedicated cop – but I barely know him, and know even less about how he lives, because he was never around; one of the other relatives would often call him the ‘half time brother’ - To me he is just as much a stranger as the man staring at me in the dark corner of the café. Did I mention; that brother has two children that barely know him. It seemed that brother, in his chase for financial gain; sold his family out as the price, who then picks the pieces up. This got me looking at family, and what I saw was those who created families to fill this void, got destroyed by the very act of doing it as well. I honest believe most families are inherently evil in their ways of abuse and morals; these people excuse their behavior and justify what they do by making the family member they do it to feel morally wrong to gain what they themselves want; Take for example my own sisters pushing our mother down to a point of making our mother cry endlessly to get their own selfish ways.  Or the abuse that comes from when my second brother comes over to my home just to insult me and leave, literally. I speak from experience on so many levels here, and even I don’t know how to answer this enigma other than saying; family can be the worst enemies a person can have. The mental abuse of a family is insane. But I digress, that a person still – even knowing this still would create a family to feel loved. That extension of love extends to even friends; most people whom have so many friends only live a shallow and hollow existences, and it reflects like a mirror on to them; just look at anyone who has a lot of people they know. Let their actions towards you express their actual feelings. I can further this by stating they don’t really know their ‘friends’. If it isn’t money or friends what is it then? I am reminded thinking about this that when we are born, we are born with nothing – no cloths, no friends, and no understanding of family or the world around us. Race doesn’t enter into a child’s mind and that somehow we influence every aspect of this; from Black Lives Matter to the KKK to SJW’s – We are the ones that need change, each individual person is responsible for their own actions, period. It begins and stops with me – with that said; I noticed success is measured in happiness, how successful are you? Sources and Discussion Topics: Success | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/658-success/ My Wife; My Friend | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/64-my-friend-my-wife/ Episode 63 | Coffee With Humanastory | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/648-e063-friendship/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Life is Fickle

Life is fickle word, and an even more ironic moment in time – no one really understands how it began or where it will end – to some, life is to be spent living to the fullest; while some prefer the solitude of a mountain top in seclusion. The one thing we are aware of, is that life is a very fragile moment in the slipstream of what can only be described as eternity. Your life should be spent doing what it is that you feel you want to do with yours, as it is a short remembrance in the grand scheme of those who were close to you. How you lived will be how people remember who you were, live well. Sources and Discussion Topics: Life the Fickle | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/289-life-the-fickle/  

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Power of Words

Words are amazing and strong; they can be both nurturing and destructive. Words are as symbolic as they are historic; and people use words every day – but do we actually understand what we are doing every time we talks; sure we understand sounds; but, do we actually hear when someone speaks. Do we actually listen to their words? Do we ingest what we hear, not just regurgitate what is said? Do we completely and fully, and without bias hear those words as if they are our own; are we fully understanding of our own responses, and do we take the time to listen to ourselves; to hear what we sound like to other people? It is important because a word comes from a thought and that thought comes from the person’s interpolation of the symbols that they see, and those symbols turn into data collected within their brain. Words are how we all begin and how we all end. To have a valid, committed – view point you must first understand the other person, not just say you do. You must fully, and intently, and completely – and with all your passion, your ears, and your mind - fully understand that person’s thoughts; and to do that, you must be willing to give for even the slightest moment, your views of what they are saying up – because your views are not theirs; and after all, are you are responding to their views in the first place; – you must be willing to put yourself in their shoes, to hear how they hear and to completely surrender your own beliefs and own thoughts over to them; again for even the slightest moment. You must truly listen, to truly hear them. Do you actually do this, and if you do, then do you do it 100% of the time. Think of your own experiences and when you got violently angry at someone; did you completely surrender to their thoughts – even for just a moment, to see how they are thinking through the words they use? The reason I state this is because, while most people can say on the surface they do listen, do they really understand that person? Only you can say with 100% surety if you do, but that truth is on you and only you. Words shape nations, control the human emotion, and most of all create laws and direct life. How closely are you paying attention to the words of other people? With words one can completely control you completely or one can release you to freedom of unexpected heights, but you must understand words first. Take this time to learn the words you use, before expecting others to understand you. Sources and Discussion Topics: Words | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/75-words/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Gratitude and Karma

A lot has happened in my recent days, most of which I couldn’t begin to explain with any other word, other then – ‘Thankful’. I am not a person whom believes in, well, a great many things when just merely shown to me – I tend to be skeptical and very critical of those that would explain large events away to some deity in the sky riding a cloud and throwing bolts of light at the ground. This line of thinking has just as much merit as a man who sails the mighty sky once a year to deliver presents to good little children across all the lands of the world using his reindeer to pull his sled, eating cookies along the way. But I have noticed a change in my life, I can’t really explain why, this was due to one small piece of my own reality, my own facts in life, a piece of me that I had the power to change -  I chose to think happy and give love and respect to even those I would assume, don’t deserve it. With just that small change within myself, and within my mind my own body begun to feel free – I not only feel better as a person, but more productive and well-rounded as an individual. This small change of my own mind, has created a whirlwind of emotions and actions that has changed my life and allowed my own body to follow – I see things with a much brighter light and colorful lens, that has freed the mental bonds holding me down – it is almost as if a fog has lifted and I’ve been able to let go of all the hate, worry, and anxiousness. Through this experience I have noticed in just days; finances have gotten significantly better, I am more pleasant to be around, and those that once avoided me are now hugging me on a daily basis. My life has changed in so many ways and I have no one to thank, but all of you, just the fact you took the time to hear what I had to say is all I needed. Thank you for being you. If I could leave you with one parting word, let go of hate, and take the time to appreciate at least one person around you – You’ll be surprised what Karma does.  Sources and Discussion Topics: Gratitude | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/670-gratitude/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Thoughts on Perception

Perception is a tricky little word that controls the creation of impressions– it is the power of reframing thoughts; it is the power to control emotions, the power to rebrand ideas and the power to change one’s views. How you frame ideas really does matter, how you use words when describing something really matters; do you call them crazy conspiracy theorists, or those who can see an actual events unfolding, and are trying warn us, to clues that we would otherwise miss; because these two things are the same thing, it is what you call them that creates the idea in the minds of people. Impressions have an insane effect on how we think and what we do. There is an imbalance an asymmetry in the way we treat creative, emotionally driven psychological ideas vs the way we treat rational numerical spreadsheet driven ideas. People have an existing framework and believe the logic is its own answer, so they don’t go ask anyone else if there is a better idea out there. They consider others to be crazy. Sources and Discussion Topics: Perceptions | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/226-perceptions/  

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Your Life

Your life – like a stone being thrown into a lake – has what is known as a ‘ripple effect’; this ripple effect that your stone has begun, has a great impact on the lake that now surrounds it – these effects far exceed your existence, and are far greater than you ever thought possible. While some of you just don’t care because you can’t see past your own blinders; or really don’t want to begin to understand this logic because you believe it has little, if any, effect on you now, or ever; we assure you it does affect someone you love, if you can love at all. What if it is not just your stone that vanishes as it plunges deeper and deeper into the lake, but rather the entire lake itself disappears – what have you left behind, what will people remember you as; you cannot take money, or your earthly possessions, and all you really leave behind is a lasting impression; a moment in time, that you strived to define as YOU, one way or another – whether you meant to or not. Of course, those who know you for who you really are, will inevitably remember you for who you really were. What have you shown them in the lasting snapshot, which is now your life’s work? Your greatest achievement, your stone – Your life. Sources and Discussion Topics: Your Life | WBT | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/154-your-life/ 

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Perceptions and Thought

I wanted to start this by expressing I did vote in favor of trump and I was on that band wagon, but recent events in my own personal life made me look deeper at who I am as a person on this little blue ship we call home, our mother, our intimate relation with earth. I am not one for globalism, but I recognize we are all people, which is where my conflict begins; I was unsure on how to come to terms with my thoughts – let alone, how to get them out so I could begin narrating them to you. I will do my best. As many of you know, I try hard to take a neutral stance when it comes to how people think and feel as our own realities (experiences and environments) shape who we are. I am reading a book based on self-reflection and experienced through a PHD in eastern philosophical discussions, a gentleman by the name of Alan Watts, as I read his book I got stuck with my own conflicting thoughts on the ‘Wall’ and ‘Trumps’ actions and wasn’t sure what to make of my new opinions. I’d like to open with a passage, the passage that made me stop and think for a moment, and the crutch to my dilemma. Because of this line of thinking, I began to reflect on this ‘wall’ and the reasons people are suggesting it be built, I couldn’t help but think ‘Is it because of fear and insecurity we are actually doing this? Or is there some other reason’ to date I haven’t been given a real reason other than ‘a need for security.’ Which is something even ‘Trump’ has stated several times over and over; but looking back on this passage I wondered. “Are we stopping the very process of life, or taking that step backwards, spiritually or psychologically, and if we proceed with this wall are we damaging ourselves as a people?” I know the generic answers, but as Watts stated, by isolating one’s self, are we, in that ironic sense, shooting ourselves in the foot, spiritually – with this need for security, are we holding our breath and burring our heads in the sand? Is there a better way? Sources and Discussion Topics: Trump Wall | WBT | - https://community.humanastory.com/topic/672-the-trump-wall/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Changing Perspectives

There are events in our very own lives that help guide us along in our ongoing journeys, This was one such event in my life that I will never forget. In what ways do you think you need to grow and change? I ran across this question by complete happenstance, I didn’t even really click anything, I was watching a YouTube video, and a rather comical one to boot – when for some, unknown, strange reason, the question was in the video after the one I was watching on auto play. Now, at that moment, I remember thinking – “It is amazing how life throws those curveballs at you.” Anyways, when I was watching this video – the ironic thing is that my mind begun to think about the strangest damn thing; a really close friend, I called brother – Mark Ehmke. Now Mr. Ehmke passed almost 1 year ago, but this is a story for another time. Now this video I was watching made me remember an event that took place literally 3 days ago and this video was about how to handle narcissistic people – Which ironically enough, had nothing to do with the line of thinking or mood I got into, because of the video; The event I am referring to was in business called cox cable (our cable provider’s offices), I was getting ready to finally switch the cable into my name from his, I was holding his death certificate with me to do this; when the words ‘Hello, Mr. Ehmke, how are you doing today, how can we help you.’ Came from a clerk’s mouth – she wasn’t rude, or mean in any way, in fact her voice was quite pleasant, I just remember breaking down and crying, literally like a baby, and I mean the mere mention of his name was all it took. I don’t know where it came from, or why. I was happy with his passing, he died telling me Literally “I Love you, kiddo. Thank you for taking care of me.” Were the last words 20 minutes before he died. I will never forget that moment in my life when a man with only ‘11’ words changed my life forever with a smile on his deathbed. I remembered we’re all human, we all make mistakes in life, it isn’t an excuse for bad behavior, but rather a reason for why it happens, some are smart enough to put it all together, while others aren’t – but that is where patience comes in from those who understand. I am reminded of how fragile life really is, and wish those who are mean to one another could understand the frailty in which they live. Color and race had nothing to do with this man’s thoughts to me, just living in his moment, final moment. If those who were mean could understand this, they might take a look in a mirror and say the words they use on others, to themselves, understanding that hurt. And hopefully, at some point in the future, use the words ‘In what ways do I think I need to grow and change?” But what do I know, I’m just an ordinary man with an ordinary thought. ... this is what Brian thinks, what are your Thoughts? Sources and Discussion Topics: Changing Perspectives | WTB | - https://community.humanastory.com/topic/678-changing-perceptions/ Meet Mark Ehmke | Life In Review | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/286-mark-ehmke/

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

My Friend; My Wife

I have been thinking a lot these last few months about friendship and what it really means. Having lost a great friend this year; a friend that I’d call ‘brother’, and in so many ways, he was a more so a brother than even my own blood – he was more attentive and more caring than any other person that I’ve met (with the exception of one – my wife, My wife deserves so much more than I could ever give her - keep in mind that she was the one that stood by my side, married me, and all while he was dying in a deathbed beside us. We got married in a Hospice (yes - his final request, to be my best man). And she, this beacon of hope was there through the whole thing, suffering just as I. Hell I had a sister-in-law making fun of the situation, laughing and ridiculing the entire event, even knowing the pain she went through, when they found her father dead in that hotel room – her most common phrase to me ‘god, just chill out.’ Acting as if she was joking in some crazy way, only to see the look of disgust on her face, knowing she wasn’t. And that was just the beginning of what would be the nightmare. My own blood related sister would often state to me the phrase ‘you annoy me.’ And other uplifting phrases and during this time as well. It seemed there was light though – when my blood related brother would come over, seeing him at least once a year would make me happy, but again I was wrong, he would only do so with the expectation of telling me how wrong every thought I ever had was, and would do it with the expectation of intentionally making me angry; just to state to me that I had anger issues and no one could see why. (to this day it annoys me so much, because those words were used throughout my childhood - well those words and other little gems such as 'spaz' , 'vidiot' and 'you're a joke', they annoyed me just as bad as the father that abandoned me as a child, that everyone says I look identical to - only having seen him once my entire life for 6 months – when I had to find him. Every day he would criticize my mother, often forgetting I was in the room, and the fact that I traveled from San Diego to Florida to meet him) I would turn to my mother, and let loose my frustrations, but I would only to see her cry and argue that I wouldn’t listen to her, listen to what! It was she who should be listening to me! I went to her! But, she is not to blame - she is damaged herself. She only made the best choices she could with the cards that she had - In her own way, I admire her; which is why when my friend died, leaving me the deed to his house, I gave it to her. I am not allowed to vent, or express my own thoughts, for when I do, I am met with resistance at every turn.  It is as if I am being punished for this, being tortured for something I would not – could not understand; I would turn to my soul friend on the net, but even he lived in another state, hell he was busy, busy, he is to busy with work, more important than life and living. I began to ask myself at that point what does my life mean, what could it mean. I began to think I shouldn’t be here, I should have been dead at thirteen years old, it's not by some natural process that I am alive, it was science that kept me punished; it wasn't it was the natural order of things - was death. Surviving Cancer twice by 18 (the first time at 13 the second time at 16), watching a best friend die at 23 of cancer, and now a man I called brother dies from cancer at only 63, one of the most joyful moments in my life - Gone. What did I do to deserve such hate from the family, from nature, from god? Then in that instant I remembered; her face, the way she closed her eyes when she would kiss the air; when she would kiss me, my wife, my friend. What does friendship mean to you? Sources and Discussion Topics: Friendship | WBT | - https://community.humanastory.com/topic/647-friendship/ Why Old Friends Matter | Life is Good | https://community.humanastory.com/topic/709-why-old-friends-matter/  

Brian Klein

Brian Klein

 

Day 5-- Sedona Arizona

Day 5 - Sedona Arizona     We loved the town of Sedona so much that we decided to stay another day and enjoy the scenery and relaxation of the red rock town. We woke up in the morning to all the rooftops covered in snow and the brisk chill throughout the air. There is a certain feel about the town and its people that leave you with a permanent smile on your face as you walk through the shops and enjoy the views. Of course because we are all coffee lovers and on vacation we could not start our last day without a good cup of Joe. Our boy was so excited that he grabbed my coffee as well and we snapped a shot of him in his coffee lover moment...     With our caffeine in hand we decided to take a little drive through the town. Back behind the shops and eateries there are some beautiful little houses tucked away throughout the trees that still get the best views of the amazing red rocks. There is a wide variety of homes to big and fancy all the way to a quaint little trailer park. The air is quiet and the people truly seem to enjoy the spirit of Sedona as they keep everything nice and tidy and all the places have that sense of "home".     After driving through the hidden parts of the town we decided to check out the rest of the little shops that we had missed the day before. There are so many tucked away throughout the town that they are easy to overlook. From places that offer tours, to many different places to eat and try snack foods, to the local stands where people sell their home made shirts, jewelry, and of course sweets. It is hard to resist all the amazing trinkets and savory treats that Sedona has to offer. Make sure if you are planning a trip that you have plenty of cash on hand if you decide to do shopping as it is a touristy town and you will pay extra for taking money from the available ATMs. We stumbled across an inner mall of sorts where there are several inter-connected shops that are filled with shirts, hats, and all the insects sealed in amber that your heart could possibly desire. Mark even made himself a friend that he tried to take home with us...     There are so many things to see and do when visiting the town of Sedona that we barely got to see the majority of it in a couple of days. Had we known what a beautiful place it was when we started this vacation we would have devoted more time to this magical place. We spent the rest of our day relaxing, taking in all the views and sealing in our memories with some great pictures so we would never forget the awesome time we spent here.      I would love to revisit Sedona just to take in all the beauty once again. Especially the time of year when the breeze has that extra freshness to it after the snow has fallen. We recommend coming here and just taking some time to relax as this is a perfect place for it.     Thank you for coming along with us on our adventure through Arizona from the busy streets of Tucson, to the haunted mountain village of Jerome, and then to the tucked away beauty of Sedona. We will see you on the next Humanastory vacation.

Kristina Klein

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