Dehydrated, I am told

Dehydration of the earth

Dehydrated?
I would describe the way I am feeling as having been run over by a ‘steam roller.’

Perhaps a steam roller is before your time, I remember them.

Well, this is how one looked, approximately.

being dehydrated feels like being run over by a steam roller

Why am I talking about being dehydrated

Because I have just had a phone call from the oxygen monitoring service and dehydration is what they figure I am suffering from.

(I have to log in online every day and enter a bunch of stats. Things like my oxygen saturation, flow rate of oxygen, and a bunch of questions to be answered.)

Cause: Fluid restriction, several days of 100 f plus days, lots of appointments.

Solution: Told to drink a bit more water, go watch a movie, or at least not do very much.

(When I was in hospital recently the consultant doctor said they wanted me to be dehydrated so that I would lose the fluid.)

Just looked at what’s on TV – not worth  wasting the electricity. Maybe read a book.

Since I do not have the energy to argue I will find somewhere to sit and drink some water. Preferably in front of a fan.

Hopefully, I will re-hydrate instead of dehydrate.

I have to smile,

Susan

Bonfire Night

Bonfire

Bonfire night was celebrated when I was young in Scotland. As it took place on the 5th November the weather was not always conducive to burning wood, which at that time of year was often damp, if not wet. Therefore it entailed planning. On a suitable open space, and there were many when I was young, the ‘bones’ of the bonfire were set. Nearer the time, twigs were collected as kindling. Old clothing was also needed, and either straw or newspaper.

In those days we could also explode fireworks.

fireworks on bonfire night

There were sparklers, and penny rockets – which would be launched from empty pint glass milk bottles. Catherine wheels might be nailed to a fence, if there was one nearby. Then there were the ‘bangers.’ I think the only people who liked ‘bangers’ were the people who lit them, dropped them on the ground and watched people jump in shock.

Bonfire night was a community affair, although if your ‘community’ did not build a bonfire, you could still have your own family celebration with fireworks.

So, what is Bonfire Night

There are a number of ‘bonfire night’ celebrations or commemorations, but the one I remember as a child was also called Guy Fawkes Night. The clothes were ‘stuffed’ and someone made a ‘head’ to make an effigy called ‘the guy.’

There’s a ‘ditty’ we used to chant…

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November
Gunpowder treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

After that there are different verses that may be included. One goes:

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, ’twas his intent
To blow up the King and the Parliament
Three score barrels of powder below
Poor old England to overthrow
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match
Holler boys, holler boys, let the bells ring
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the King!

But Guy Fawkes was only one of the thirteen conspirators, and depending upon which account you read, Guy (or Guido) Fawkes was a mercenary they hired to set off the explosion.

Why did they want to blow up the British parliament?

Well, they were Roman Catholics and James 1 (or James IV of Scotland) was on the throne, a Protestant king.

The plot was centred around a group of Roman Catholic revolutionaries furious at the persecution of their faith in England.

(Lots of history and information here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes)

In short, they had hoped for better treatment from the new monarch James I after 45 years of hounding under the reign of Elizabeth I, and decided on drastic measures when things did not improve under his reign.

Warwickshire-born Catholic Robert Catesby and his friends planned kill the King, his ministers and scores of nobles by blowing up the Palace of Westminster during the State Opening of Parliament on November 5, 1605.

The plotters rented a house nearby and managed to smuggle 36 barrels of gunpowder – around 2.5 tons – into a cellar under the palace ready to blow it sky high.

The explosives were discovered with hours to spare after an anonymous tip-off warning one peer to stay away.

To this day the cellars under the Houses of Parliament are ceremonially searched before the annual State Opening.

Crispijn van de Passe the Elder [Public domain]

Although some would say Guy Fawkes was the ‘fall guy’ for the group, he is the one who is (or was) burnt in effigy on bonfires throughout Britain on the 5th November.

That is the Bonfire Night tradition I remember.

Execution of the plotters…

Had nothing to do with bonfires, or burning at the stake. The sentence was that they be hung, drawn and quartered. (Penalty for high treason in those days.)

“To be hanged, drawn and quartered was a punishment in England used for men found guilty of high treason. The full punishment was made up of the following – the victim was: Dragged, usually by a horse, on a wooden frame to the place where he was to be publicly put to death. This is one possible meaning of drawn.”
https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanged,_drawn_and_quartered

Tradition

Well, tradition very rarely is truth. Sometimes there is a kernel of truth somewhere, but the tradition of burning a ‘guy’ on a bonfire because Guy Fawkes was blamed for something thirteen conspirators did is stretching the imagination.

But that’s tradition for you. It doesn’t need to make sense, you ‘do’ it because you always have.

The first in the tradition series started last week with Tammuz, but it only introduced it, didn’t explain it. Maybe next week.

Have a wonderful week,

Susan

Tammuz – who, or what?

Tammuz, cakes made for the queen of heaven

Who or what is Tammuz. Well, he is a who, and it is a what. When I was young, I would have referred to such a statement as being ‘Irish.’ (No offence to the Irish intended. I am part Irish myself.)

It was my intention to write on ‘traditions,’ however, I find I need to go a little back to cover the source of one of the traditions.

So, who is Tammuz?

As a ‘he,’ Tammuz is an important person… or god.

“Tammuz, Sumerian Dumuzi, in Mesopotamian religion, god of fertility embodying the powers for new life in nature in the spring. The name Tammuz seems to have been derived from the Akkadian form Tammuzi, based on early Sumerian Damu-zid, The Flawless Young, which in later standard Sumerian became Dumu-zid, or Dumuzi.”
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Tammuz-Mesopotamian-god

Then there are rather confusing statements.

He has to do with Easter

Nimrod was killed because of his violence and iniquity against the true and living God and his body was cut in pieces and sent to various parts of his kingdom. His wife/mother told the people of Babylon that Nimrod had ascended to the sun and was now to be called “Baal”, the sun god. Semiramis was creating a mystery religion, and with the help of Satan, she set herself up as a goddess. Semiramis claimed that she was immaculately conceived. She taught that the moon was a goddess that went through a 28 day cycle and ovulated when full and that she had come down from the moon in a giant moon egg that fell into the Euphrates River at sunrise at the time of the first full moon after the spring equinox, on a Sunday. Semiramis became known as “Ishtar” which is pronounced “Ish-tar” referred to as Ashtoreth in scripture, and her moon egg became known as “Ishtar’s” egg.” One of her titles was the Queen of Heaven, and two of her fertility symbols were the rabbit and the egg. She soon became pregnant and claimed that it was the rays of the sun-god Baal (the ascended Nimrod) that caused her to conceive.

Here comes Tammuz

The son that she brought forth was named Tammuz. Tammuz was believed to be the son of the sun-god, Baal. Tammuz, like his supposed father, became a hunter. The day came when Tammuz was killed by a wild pig. Queen Ishtar told the people that Tammuz was now ascended to his father, Baal, and that the two of them would be with the worshipers in the sacred candle or lamp flame as Father, Son and Spirit.
https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Hebrew_Roots/Neglected_Commandments/Idolatry/Easter

To add to the confusion…

There is some link to Christmas…

The Saturnalia was named for Saturn, otherwise known as Cronus. Cronus is an alias for Tammuz. Tammuz was Nimrod reborn – alias, his son. His wife and mother was Rhea (Semiramis). Egyptian and Babylonian antiquities recognize his mother as Semiramis, and his birthday is celebrated on 25th December. Semiramis was depicted as a virgin Madonna holding the “Christ” child.

Ezekiel sees the women weeping for Tammuz

The Saturnalia, therefore, was just another observance for Tammuz/Nimrod, the Babylonian, counterfeit redeemer.

Ezekiel was shown some of the abominations taking place in the temple with the people incorporating the worship of Tammuz in their religious observances. (Ezekiel/Yehezqel 8:15-16).
https://en.m.wikibooks.org/wiki/Hebrew_Roots/Neglected_Commandments/Idolatry/Satan’s_Birthday

Confused? There is more…

What is Tammuz?

Tammuz (Hebrew: תמוז‎: Standard Tammuz, Tiberian Tammûz), or Tamuz, is the tenth month of the civil year and the fourth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar, and the Assyrian calendar. It is a boreal summer month of 29 days, which occurs on the Gregorian calendar around June–July.

The name of the month was adopted from the Assyrian and Babylonian month Araḫ Dumuzu, named in honour of the Assyro-Babylonian god Tammuz.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tammuz_(Hebrew_month)

And here we have something that has answered something that puzzled me when I looked at the Hebrew months back when researching the Apostle John Series. Why would the Hebrew calendar have the name of a Babylonian/Assyrian  god?

They brought the tradition back with them after the Babylonian captivity.

Next week, God willing, I will cover what I intended… tradition.

Susan

Balancing the Books

time for balancing the books

These days balancing the books means making sure I write down all the appointments. Then, that done, I have to arrange transport to those appointments. 

LOL – yes, my life is more complicated nowadays.

It is also more difficult to keep track of things, and I find there is a reason for that.

Background: I have two life-limiting conditions that see me hospitalised from time to time. (Three times in this last year.) The last admission was for the CCF or CHF, the other condition stayed in the background, the COPD, but the coughing, which is always there, is annoying.

I noticed this article… https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20856825/

“CONCLUSION:

COPD is a major risk factor for cognitive impairment. Among patients with COPD, hypoxemia is a major contributor and regular use of home oxygen is protective. Health care providers should consider screening their COPD patients for cognitive impairment.”

Aha! There is a reason for my forgetfulness. <smile>

Balancing the books of living - mmm

This is more difficult with so much to keep track of. Despite this challenge, if everything is written down at the time – it is possible to balance those books.balance the books by keeping them up to date

As I mentioned in Living at the end of an Oxygen Tube 

“It takes the planning ability of a Field Marshall or a 5-star General to organize my life now.”

Every outing, even if it only to the local doctor (1 km) away, needs a plan, a time estimate and sometimes help to accomplish it.

I will be able to run a small town by the time this is over.

Now that I think of it, I need to go do some balancing with next week’s books. There is a bunch of appointments to check, plus fitting in the services to sort out. Then I need to check if I need oxygen cylinders replaced and ensure the POC batteries are charged.

Keeping the cognitive impairment at bay,

Susan

Self-Absorbed or Narcissistic?

Self-Absorbed or Narcissistic?

Is being self-absorbed the same as being narcissistic? Sometimes, but not always. Looking at the dictionary definitions… Self-absoribed is “absorbed in one’s own thoughts, activities, or interests” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-absorbed

Narcissistic

Having or showing an excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance.
https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/narcissistic

They sound pretty similar, although narcissism is also described as a personality disorder.

Being self-absorbed

Could be a pre-cursor to narcissism, or it could be a self-protection check. What do I mean by the latter? I mean that if you have one of the many chronic, or life-limiting diseases it is necessary for you to monitor what is going on inside your body. Are you well enough to…

  • Go out to the shops
  • Go to the cinema
  • Go for lunch with a friend
  • Have a friend, or friends, to your home for a visit.
  • Do some chores?

Being Narcissistic

Self-Absorbed or self love

From the Mayo Clinic…
“Narcissistic personality disorder — one of several types of personality disorders — is a mental condition in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for excessive attention and admiration, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of extreme confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20366662

Self-Absorbed monitoring

I have many friends and acquaintances with life-limiting conditions that I am glad I do not have. However, I can ‘speak to’ having to monitor my breathing.

I can go nowhere without an oxygen delivery device. In my home, it is an oxygen concentrator. Then when I go out it is a transportable version, or an oxygen cylinder. Given the amount of oxygen I now need per minute, the oxygen cylinder allows me to be ‘out’ longer. This is necessary for hospital appointments, but has the drawback of being impossible for me to manage alone.

So, what do I need to monitor?

  • Is my oxygen saturation dropping when I walk from room to room? (If so, going out might be foolish.)
  • Am I well enough to drive? (Which includes loading the Transportable Oxygen Concentrator into the car?)
  • Will there be a lot of ‘fragrance’ where I am going? (This is not always possible to figure out.) Same with ‘Will there be smokers where I am going?’
  • How long will I be there? (Needed in order to estimate how much oxygen, or how many batteries I will need.)
  • If traveling by taxi/transport, will it be full of fragrance? (Most people with lung disease find it difficult to breathe where there is strong fragrance.)
self-absorbed needing a system check

“Chemicals used to add scents to products can cause serious health problems for some people, especially for people with lung diseases such as asthma or COPD . Being near a scented product can make some people sick.”
https://www.lung.ca/lung-health/air-quality/indoor-air-quality/scents

Perhaps the most difficult to deal with is the situation where someone says, “You’re looking well,” then treats you if you ARE well, although you are struggling to cope.

Some medical conditions are ‘invisible’ to others, but not to the person with the condition. That is why they need to be self-absorbed… and that IS different from being narcissistic.

Susan

When I first had to learn to cope with home oxygen it felt as if I was being sucked into a vortex and all the equipment piling in on me.

Eventually, I started documenting the learning curve, and I published it to help others.
https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/living-at-the-end-of-an-oxygen-tube

Bushfires and the Vulnerable

Season for bushfires

I read an article on the bushfires, one which gave me pause to think in a deeper way. Currently making the headlines are bushfires in New South Wales, Australia. Two people have died as well as the homes which have been destroyed… and more. California has fires too, and it was an article about those fires which broadened my understanding.

People lose homes, stock (animals) and equipment, but the article pointed out the long period of time without power. Food can spoil, shops lose their stock, the vulnerable – those who are dependent on electricity to run medical equipment can lose their lives.

Bushfires burn out power lines

Because I need to use oxygen 24/7 power outages are something I have to plan for. My home is registered as having life-support equipment, and I have a backup oxygen cylinder but it had not occurred to me what would happen in a bushfire situation. The backup cylinder would not last more than half a day.

Fortunately, a bushfire is unlikely where I live, although not impossible. But what about those people living where there are fires? If they are unable to make it to a hospital which has enough oxygen they will die.

“But the biggest fears were for the sick and older residents and those who rely on medical devices and equipment like electric wheelchairs.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/us/california-power-outage.html

firemen after a bushfire

Preparing high risk bushfire zones…

“Every year before bushfire season, our crews are hard at work preparing high and extreme bushfire risk zones to reduce the likelihood of a network-related spark that could cause a fire.
https://westernpower.com.au/safety/bushfire-safety/

However, it is not only residents in high risk zones who might be impacted by a power outage as the result of a bushfire. As the article says, some of the regional power lines are hundreds of kilometres long. So, if you, or a friend or relative needs electricity to power medical equipment, or a home oxygen machine an emergency plan needs to be in place before one is needed. Plan ahead.

  • Ambulances might be busy
  • The nearest hospital might not have power

Only the person who needs electricity for a medical reason knows how long he or she will ‘last,’ but might need help with the planning.

Something to think about,

Susan

P.S.

Living at the end of an Oxygen Tube has a new cover.

Check it out https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/living-at-the-end-of-an-oxygen-tube

And another P.S. so it will be a PPS

https://kcbsradio.radio.com/media/audio-channel/el-dorado-county-man-living-oxygen-dies-shortly-after-blackout

Half truth… is it a lie?

Well, half a truth is also half a lie.
Quite a confrontation if you have never thought of it before. 

Dictionary definition… “a statement that conveys only part of the truth, especially one used deliberately in order to mislead someone.”
Or, there is this … “Half the truth is often a whole lie. … If you do not tell the whole truth, you can mislead people just as if you tell them an outright lie.”

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Half+the+truth+is+often+a+whole+lie

Does a half truth harm anyone?

Sometimes. The obvious reply is through ‘half truth advertising.’ But there is another way…

Even though the reason might be to spare someone, the whole truth is hidden. However, in most instances, a half truth is to protect the self. Other times it can be to avoid hurting someone else’s feelings.

With the latter – does it protect the other person in the long run? This is a question a friend confronted me with over the fact I was not fully being honest about how bad my health is. She had a point, and I will rectify the situation because I saw from what she said that it would be more hurtful when/if the full truth comes out.

The same applies to not telling the full truth to cover a fault, or something we have done that we don’t want known. There’s an old saying, ‘The truth will out.’ In this day and age there are more ways for the truth to come out than there were before.

A half truth can be dangerous when it covers depression…
https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/depression-is-not-always-seen/

What about ‘fake news?’

Is it the same?

I had to look this up to see what it really meant.

half truth and fake news

Fake news is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fake_news.

So, there may or may not be an element of truth in the ‘fake news.’

Half truths and lies

I will close with this quote from rhl school…
http://www.rhlschool.com/read8n1.htm

“Advertisers will sometimes use half-truths. It’s against the law to make false claims so they try to mislead you with the truth. An ad might boast, “Nine out of ten doctors recommend Yucky Pills to cure nose pimples.” It fails to mention that they only asked ten doctors and nine of them work for the Yucky Corporation.”

This kind of deception happens too often. It’s a sad fact of life: Lies are lies, and sometimes the truth can lie as well.

Therefore, we must be on guard, and monitor ourselves as well as watching what we read, see, and checking ‘facts’ carefully.

Half truth+half truth ≠ truth

Sharing some thoughts

Susan

Did God Say?

Did God say? Everything has a code

Most Christians will recognize ‘did God say?’ as the question the serpent asked Eve in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3.1)

Some translations will add the word ‘really’… as in ‘Did God really say?’

What then did God say?

And Jehovah God layeth a charge on the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden eating thou dost eat; and of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou dost not eat of it, for in the day of thine eating of it — dying thou dost die.’ Gen 2: 16, 17 Youngs Literal Translation.

There are many things that can be discussed from these verses, but my thinking lately has been about what we do with what God did say. First, do we believe it? Here I am asking ‘believers’ not the folks who do not believe.

Everything in the universe has a ‘code’ – or rules it runs by.

If God says something, does it make it a command?

This brings to my mind all the law-breaking I see on the news. For weeks there have been protests in Hong Kong. These continued after the original reason for the protest ended.  Read more here 

Then there were protests over Indonesia’s proposed law changes…

The unrest was sparked by a proposed Bill that includes dozens of law changes – from criminalising pre-marital sex and restricting sales of contraceptives, to making it illegal to insult the president.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-violent-law-change-protests-11945346

 

My Way or No Way

It sounds as though this is what we are coming to, if we are not already there.

A simple example…

speed limit sign

How many people obey the speed limit?

It is not a ‘suggestion.’ It is a law.

You will discover this if you are caught breaking it… there is a fine.

Beach closed sign

If you are a beach goer, this might be something you might see. Image: did God say beach

https://thewest.com.au/news/perth/north-cottesloe-beach-closed-after-shark-sighting-ng-b881337656z

Not everyone pays attention though. The result is often an expensive rescue… at taxpayers’ expense.

If you identify as Christian…

That first breaking of God’s word has had some far-reaching consequences.

What do you think about the Ten Commandments? Do you believe they are applicable today?

Well, what about the ‘Two Great Commandments’ as spoken by Jesus?

Are we at the same point as people were here?

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Judges 21: 25 ESV

This ended up with the nation sliding more and more deeply into depravity. (There is an interesting, but long, article here.)

Learning from what God said

When I researched the background and culture for the Apostle John Series (https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/apostle-john-series-2/ ) I discovered a great deal.

One, they lived according to what God said.

Two, they often lost their lives because they did.

There were many who claimed to believe, but ‘did what was right in their own eyes.’ They were often the ones who set up false groups.

King Solomon wrote ‘there is nothing new under the sun,’ and there is much evidence of that today. However, consider this… God’s throne is above the sun.

Believe whatever you believe, consider your destination, and treat others as you would like to be treated.

Susan

The Lonely Life of a Carer

seeing a lonely life of a carer

Being a Carer is a lonely life So, unless a person who has a chronic illness lives alone and has no visitors, that person has at least one Carer. It is a task which is misunderstood or not understood.

Life as a Carer…

Life as a Carer is not easy, and is often lonely. Many times it involves being a ‘parental’ figure. Often the person being cared for does not have an accurate view of his or her condition. This is a hard part of the Carer’s job. Being the one who assesses what is needed for every hospital appointment, how to travel there safely and what medications might be missed/needed during the time away from home.

But Carers often have the unenviable role of ‘nurse’, and – there’s more…

Carers often have to learn…

carer's life involves learning
  • About the disease, its treatment and management
  • About the medications prescribed including what they are for, any special instructions and potential side effects
    • Sometimes these put the carer into the role of ‘antagonist’ to the person they are trying to support, often the person they love.

In the lonely life of a carer...

He or she needs…

  • Skills to help manage the fatigue, pain, frustration and isolation that people with chronic disease often get – as well as their own.
  • To be able to communicate effectively with health professionals by answering questions accurately, asking your own questions and making sure you understand the information provided to you. (Talk about the information needed with the person you are caring for, if possible, and write the questions down and take them with you.)

One of my huge frustrations, and my late husband’s also, was that the specialist/doctor or whoever, wanted him to answer questions. However, he did not understand the terms they used, and having been a nurse, I did. But, at least to begin with, they did not want to hear my observations on his condition.

I remember attending a workshop for carers… At some point we were given a list of all the roles a carer performed. It was a long list.

A carer needs understanding – or at least acceptance.

With all the stresses of caring for another, and trying to cope with the many demands, it is so easy for the Carer to lose confidence.  The carer may feel alone, may feel like giving up, and that his or her own life does not matter.

If you want to understand how to help… how to pray for the carer and the person being cared for… read up on the condition.  Then you might have an idea of the ‘sandals they walk in.’

There is a section in a previous blog about ‘little things’ – they can hurt or heal.

A note might encourage them a little.

a carer needs encouragement

Alternatively if you know someone who is a Carer – try to ‘cut them some slack.’ One of the first things that happens is they become ‘unreliable.’

  • In the end, they cannot make arrangements to have friends come to visit, or go to visit them. This they have learned from the many times they will have to cancel any arrangements. So, either the friends drop them, or the Carer will withdraw from relationships outside the home rather than face the embarrassment of having to cancel… again.
      • You will have to understand. (Or give up on the person.) It would be kinder to expect nothing and accept that it is a black or white spectrum. There are no shades of grey in this kind of life.

See the lonely life of a carer?

If you decide to care for the Carer… and the person.

  • Be understanding.
  • Accept that arrangements might change without notice, and do not take offence if they do.
  • Be a person they can trust with their feelings.

Being a Carer for a loved one is a very difficult ‘role’, so you need to accept that it is a way of life – their way of life. A life which revolve around medical appointments, tests, medication times, and sometimes hospital admissions.

Sadly, these are the ‘outings’ for the Carer and person being cared for.

A lonely place to be

Being a Carer – or a person needing a carer is a very lonely place to be. Ask any Carer and they will tell you how difficult it is to hide their feelings and struggles from the person they are caring for.
Ask anyone needing care and, depending on their Carer and they will tell you how much it hurts them to see him or her struggling to cope with their care and neglecting their own needs.

Whether the person is a Carer of an adult, a child, or someone in between, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, or any form of dementia – in spite of differences in the type of care, they face the same loneliness.
Sometimes the Carer never ‘gets’ their friends back. Without a supportive family or network, isolation sets in and becomes a way of life.

On the outside being isolated near people is a lonely place to be.

Bur they will probably not admit it.

lonely life of a carer

This post is written from experience, and in recognition of the many friends who are currently living the lonely life of a Carer.

It is also for all Carers out there, and for the people needing them.

God bless

Susan

Judgement, good and bad

Make judgement from facts

Making a judgement is something we humans do without thinking, most of the time.

It is when we decide on a course of action.

In the background, our mind has made a judgement. Unless, of course, we are affected by drugs, alcohol, or totally set on what we want to do and refuse to listen to that ‘inner voice.’

Judgement is good when…

It is used to work out if it is safe to do something, or go somewhere.

judgement based ib facts

Line up any known facts

Gather information

Recall experiences of similar situations, or people

Ask yourself – “how might this end?”

Judgement is bad when…

Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you lavish attention on the man in fine clothes and say, “Here is a seat of honor,” but say to the poor man “You must stand,” or, “Sit at my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Jas 2: 2, 3 Berean Study Bible

judging by appearance

Common forms of judgement

We have to use wisdom, and caution. Apart from the number of unprovoked ‘rage’ attacks, there are also many ‘scams’ so it is wise to hone those ‘good judgement’ skills.

judgement comes by knowledge

I have been judged many times and for many reasons, but never before for this. I was ‘gob smacked’ LOL

It happened when I was invited to join a group of nine others at the preview of Downton Abbey at a Gold Class cinema event.

The person who took me knew some of the others and as part of her introduction said, “Susan is an author.”

I would never have mentioned this, but I guess with five books, four novellas and a non-fiction book I suppose I fit the term.

“What do you write?” was the question from several people.

Well, I started with the Biblical fiction category because those books have been the award-winners. Therefore, my response was, “Biblical fiction…”

“There is no such thing as Biblical fiction!” said the strident voice of one of the women. “Everything in the Bible is true! I am a Christian!”

I was judged and found wanting I guess.

OOPS!

My judgement in this situation was to say, “I agree.”

Our judgments are based on what we hear, what we see, what we read… basically what we allow into our minds.

Guard those minds!

Guard your minds

Here’s to your good judgement!

God bless

Susan

P.S.

I did a search on Amazon…

It is a category.