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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/articles.html/our_inspiration/totality-of-listening-r27/ Suicide Information | HS Official Inspiration | https://community.humanastory.com/articles.html/life-related-resources/wait-before-you-go-r18/ Life is Fickle | Brian Klein's Blog | https://community.humanastory.com/blogs/entry/71-life-is-fickle/

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

 

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

 

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

A State of Mind

I often find myself sitting at our site, here in my home; after many of hard worked years, trying to change in an always changing way; looking for new ways to update who we (at Humanastory) are to fit the world, our print on this vessel; a liking of Jason and his Argonauts; a vessel in the sea of time - a constant struggle, a constant rediscovery; even more so when you realize it is all up hill and the seas are heavy. I, too have family – friends; and like most of you, I find that there are very few of them that display any real virtue, any real glances in what I do – leaving me a work to do, both the mental and physical solitude. Alas! I find strength in this, that struggle that comes from the lack within this stay, a sweet reward that comes from one’s own homage to life. Humanastory! My need for human companionship, my need for my Argonauts, and my few; the true. It is all a state of mind. It is what you do with your state of mind that really matters. Live. Love. Laugh (A lot). - Brian

Brian Klein

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