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Character Study: A Brief Examination of Daniel the Prophet and John the Baptist
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This first post summarizes the results of my examinations of the lives of Noah and Job. Presented below are the results of my study of lives of Daniel the Prophet and John the Baptist.

 

  • Daniel was a young man who was taken into captivity in Babylon. Chosen by God to be a prophet to the exiles, he was given the ability to interpret dreams and visions. Chosen to serve the king of Babylon because: (a) he was from noble Jewish lineage; and (b) he and his companions were deemed to be, what we would call today “the best and the brightest”. Young men who, because of their intelligence, it would be easy to teach them the ways of the nation where they now lived and they could be very useful to the ruler, in so many ways. Daniel proved to be so useful, that the king often called on him for advice and wisdom. His peers (other members of the king’s court; not his friends) became so jealous and envious of this special relationship, they plotted to have him killed. Alas! The evil plan backfired and those who would have killed Daniel, ended up the way they had hoped Daniel would end up. Daniel counseled 3 kings – Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus and Darius – but served only one God, faithfully, all the days of his life; even though he was a slave, a captive in a foreign land.

 

  • John the Baptist, was the cousin of Jesus, a preacher who lived in the wilderness. He survived by eating locusts and wild honey. One wonders how he could appeal to anyone. The description of him sounds like a mad man. Yet he preached a message of repentance so powerful and convicting that many came to him to be baptized and begin a new life. He was not known for being politically correct. In fact his speech was so plain, it cost him his life. He spoke out publicly against the unlawful relationship between a political ruler who took his brother’s wife as his own. Though John had publicly condemned his relationship, the ruler himself respected John as a holy man. He imprisoned him but had no intentions of taking his life. The wife, on the other hand, wanted John the Baptist dead! She succeeded in getting what her heart desired. It’s a gruesome story. John the Baptist, this righteous man, was beheaded for speaking the truth. But not before he had accomplished his mission. His mission was point others to Jesus. He did that.

 

Hope you derive a benefit from this character study. I did.

 

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Character Study: A Brief Examination of Noah and Job
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I read biographies and study characters for the purposes of my personal development. Many of the people I choose to learn about are people mentioned in the Bible. People that we would likely know nothing about had they not been mentioned in the Bible because they are not written about in non-Biblical records. The starting point for this particular character study was a question.

 

  • The prophets were regarded by the people as “holy” men of God. Ever wonder if there were people who the prophets thought were holy?

 

Based on my research I determined that there were four men honored by the holy men as holy men: Noah, Job, Daniel and John the Baptist.

 

A summary of my examinations of their lives will be presented in a 2-part post. This first post summarizes the results of my examinations of the lives of Noah and Job.

 

  • The man named Noah in the Bible and the character depicted as Noah in the movie, Noah (2014), which starred Russell Crowe, did not resemble each other at all. In fact, the only thing in the movie that resembled the Bible record was the fact that there was an ark and there was a flood. Noah was a man of faith who preached a message, warning people of a global disaster. The only people who believed him were his wife, his sons and their wives. When the rain came down from the sky, no doubt many wished they had listened to words of that crazy old man. But it was too late!

 

  • Job was actually described by his Creator as “an upright man, who fears God and shuns evil”.  The Bible record of his life tells of a man who had done nothing wrong, yet several calamities happened to him all in one day, including the loss of all of his children. That day of calamities was just the beginning of his sorrows. The things that happened to Job, had they happened to another, that person might have committed suicide or lived to curse God every day for the remainder of their lives. But Job remained faithful. Did he know what the end of the matter would be? It is clear that he did not. One must personally read his story to reach an understanding as to WHY, in the face of such grief and adversity and knowing that he had not sinned to provoke God’s wrath or judgement, why he chose to remain steadfast and devoted to God and not do as his wife urged him to do … “curse God and die!” For me?  There was a lot that Job did not know and/or understand.  But he held on to what he did know.  He knew that God was not his Adversary.

 

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Anger is normal our emotion like any other.
May 14, 2017
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Somewhere I read that to feel anger to the other person is the same as to drink a glass of poison and expect that the other one will die. Anger is normal our emotion like any other, which accompanies us. It is important that we adequately accept the rising anger in us, clearly realize the cause of its. Of course, this is an unpleasant emotion that we do not want to experience ourselves, and do not want to monitor it in the environment surrounding us.

But it is important to realize that anger has a positive side also. It can be a force, motivating and positive, helping to achieve a particular goal or object you wish for, despite of facing various difficulties and obstacles. Anger also may reveal a big part of the truth about you, of course, only in a case if you analyze yourself. This emotion can motivate to change, grow as a person, it helps to retain a sense of control.

However, prolonged detention of anger and avoiding to express it to the environment can cause considerable damage to man. When a man get angry, his whole body system react to this anger, it rises up energy that he has to use for anger’s attack and has somehow to release it out. It is natural to outcry, curse, and punch the pillow.

But there is cases when adults do not allow themselves to be angry because of certain childhood experiences. Then the feeling of anger is blocked, energy released of anger is detained and severely controlled. Quiet anger can become intractable fury, hatred, or even cause some body disorders like hypertension or asthma.

Also, it is important to forgive even if you feel angry. The ability to forgive grows with experience, it must be learned and we must mature for this. The most important is work with ourselves. The realization that you are imperfect, fallible and changeable, makes it easier to accept people around you and to forgive them and yourself for the mistakes made.

 

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Criticism is necessary for everyone and in all areas of life.
May 13, 2017
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Emotionally damaged people do not accept criticism. The main reason is the poor self-knowledge, psychological trauma caused by parents or other people, due to which we feel inferior and not accepted by others. If self-esteem is low, we hardly are going through criticism and hardly accept any notes. Such people any criticism personally apply to themselves and believe that was criticized only their character, and can’t accept criticism even if it is true.

After all, sometimes people can express own critical observations in order to wish the good, for example, to assist or enhance. But those who are criticized and does not accept criticism are simply emotionally damaged people and they always take any kind of criticism as their rejection. In such cases, it is necessary to work with emotions.

Negative reaction to criticism is because of:

  • Low self-esteem.
  • The view that everything should be done perfectly. These types of people are serving for their own high expectations and criteria, but they do not recognize that they are imperfect, they trying to live according to own developed criteria, but are unable to do so. Efforts to be perfect in every area of life do not allow them to be imperfect, to be criticized by others or to feel being wrong. Their aspiration is perfection, so they accept heard criticism as a threat.
  • Pride. These people are so exalting themselves that believe being not able to do anything wrong, cannot go wrong, are better than others. Being pride, they do not accept neither fair nor unfair criticism.

Everyone should look at yourself and figure out how you respond to the criticism. When we reject critics, we restrict our own mind, emotions. Distancing ourselves and not wanting to hear criticism, we decide to do everything by selves, we refuse to accept new ideas. Then our feelings and emotions stop developing and we stop growing.

Some people try to avoid criticism, simply because they are afraid of failure. But from that we learn! Criticism is necessary for everyone and in all areas of life. Of course, it does not have to be harsh, cruel and rude. After all, our observations we can say gently.

 

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Be Creative and Explore Using Self Identity
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Ever wonder why so many choose to take on another person’s identity? God gave every person their own identity, talent, and gifts. “Why so many choose to commit identity theft?” Not wanting to use their own creativity or just desperate. Mainly desperation. Doggy dog World we’re living in. There so many ventures to adhere to so there’s no reason to try and take on another person’s identity when there’s so much within. It’s amazing how so many aren’t considering their own gifts. Hiding their talents because they’re too afraid failure. Afraid they’ll be criticized so taking another identity will put the pressure on the one who has had their identity stolen.

Every person has creativity even the disabled. Some may have wasted so much time in other areas and forgot about taking some time to explore. Reaching deep down and finding the gifts. Taking their frustrations out on the ones who have chosen “to explore” their creativity. Some of their thinking doesn’t seem logical but not every person will appreciate the gifts which were given by the Creator of Mankind.

Trying to take away another person’s dreams because they’ve failed to live their own. Shouldn’t they use their own creativity? “What’s the use in impersonating another when eventually they’ll be discovered.” Some have to fight to gain their identity back. individuals who continuously steal identities are mentally disturbed. They could be suffering from a personality disorder. even the mentally ill can utilize their talents. There’s some with some outstanding talents.

My father played the guitar, was an artist, and wrote songs. Yes, the mentally can be as creative as any other person. Some may use laziness as an excuse. Not trying to further their lives with supplying the gifts to the world. Not allowing their abilities to shine and “continuing” to knock others down who are trying to elevate. The envy which is so settled into the world causes so many to try and ruin a person’s dreams and vision. Perhaps the ones who take on another person’s identity should have their day in court and be sent to jail.

Self love will prevent individuals from wanting to take on other identities. Loving their own gifts and not being fearful to “let the gifts shine” will help individuals rise up. Some are extremely insecure and are afraid to be who God called the persons to be. Some will spent their entire lives trying to be someone else. Trying to disrupt what was rightly given can be a mistake. Trying to take away a person’s vision can cause a meltdown with so many groups of people. Not a good decision to do so. So many reap because they can not be who they should be.

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Why it so hard sometimes to apologize for bad behavior?
May 13, 2017
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From a very young age, when acted inappropriately, we used to hear that we must to apologize. Not always it was easy to apologize, right? We grew up, but even now sometimes it is complicated to apologize and to forgive. The word “sorry” is really miraculous and at the same time, it is also one of the most difficult spoken words.

For some of us even recognition of small mistakes means a great internal struggle. After all, everyone makes mistakes overstepping the limits of the other person, offending others or otherwise improper acting. Usually at these moments we feel ashamed, we feel discomfort and would like to leave as soon as possible such situation, saying barely audible, and, most likely, and not completely perceived apology.

However, in most cases, it should be much more than a simple silently said sorry. Perception of own guilt and its acceptance, taking responsibility for own deeds during a conversation with someone you hurt, can improve relationships, to mitigate the situation.

Most often, people do not want to admit they have made mistakes, they seek to ignore, displace it from their consciousness, but, unfortunately, often unsuccessfully. The inability to apologize is associated with the defense of the person, his pride, and perhaps even fragile self-confidence. The man denies his guilt, trying to get rid of the responsibility of the guilt, because it all brings to the light all his flaws, fears and his character. For such people to admit own guilt and mistake can require significant internal resources.

The most important thing is that would be said a sincere apology, appropriate intonation and understanding how feels the person who is hurt. Empathy in apology process is particularly important and can help you achieve your goal – to get relief.

In no way I do not propose to justify yourself while accusing the same man that you hurt. Also, no need to look for excuses for your behavior and understate the consequences.

 

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How important is appearance and clothing at job interview?
May 13, 2017
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Of course, standing as a candidate in a particular place of work, we believe that for the employer is the most important our experience, skills, education and so on. However, the first impression of us in a working interview, it is also very important. How important is appearance and clothing during a job interview?

I think, clothing and appearance is very important, because the employer forms a first impression of candidate to vacancy and the first thing what he sees is your appearance. When the employer sees the person for the first time, he can instantly decide whether a person raises his sympathy, trustworthy, and so on.

The first impression of a person is formed in the first few moments of communication and influence subsequent human’s perception. Of course, this does not mean that the first impression of a man in any case be true, and yet, although in some cases, the opinion of a man can later change, it frequently remains the same as it was formed at the start.

The first impression can be a fundamental reason for the collapses job interview and it occurs within the first minutes. In addition, many studies showed that persons with physical appearance that is perceived as attractive, also were assigned a positive inner qualities.

The first impression of a man, his image depends a lot on the facial features, body shape and clothing, and so on. Not for nothing that many people pay much attention to their external image.

The saying that we meet a person according to his garment, but see out according to the mind is as well as correct. On the other hand, to judge someone paying attention to his outfit is basically logical, because dressed up in one way or another, person is ready to show how he would like to be perceived by others. Thus, employers generally must paid attention to how a man is dressed for a job interview, and accordingly decide whether the potential employee is suitable.

 

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Appreciate criticisms, it helps to grow emotionally.
May 12, 2017
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Often the criticism seems like any evil to people. Some react to criticism with so many negative emotions that gives the impression that a few negative words to them tantamount to the end of the world. In my opinion, people should be grateful for criticism, and when a person does not accept criticism, his feelings and emotions are stop developing.

Consciously or unconsciously, we all react to criticism, but how we respond will depend on our own. If you are able to hear the criticism and calmly lay down all the arguments for and against, it helps us to change ourselves, to grow our personality, develop ourselves. We respond to criticism as learned respond from the childhood. I think that the most appropriate response is gratitude for the criticism and discussion of said things. When you hear the words that you do not like something, you should be open to them and take a closer look at yourself. Furthermore, you should remain polite an open, even if the criticism is angry.

You can ask open-ended questions to the criticizing man how you could act next time in similar situation or what he would do in your situation. If the criticism is unfair, still stay calm and polite. Being calm, openly listening to criticism, you will have the opportunity to learn and grow, as well as to correct what is wrong. That our behavior teaches us humility.

If you appreciate the criticism as an opportunity to grow emotionally, it is a very good unit of measurement for assessing your emotional state. After hearing the criticism about yourself, if it is correct, you should agree, consider heard words, you really do not need to defend yourself and blame others.

A man who is constantly looking for other people’s praise or acceptance is controlled by other people’s opinions. It is therefore not surprising that such a person will react not properly to criticism. We must learn how to properly accept criticism and praises. Remember, it is impossible to please everyone. It is therefore necessary to accept own imperfection and mistakes, only then our own image will not depend on others opinion.

 

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What makes us special in life – Gratefulness.
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What makes us to be grateful in life ? Perhaps , there are various of glorious and compelling stories that have impressed you dearly and spiritually .

There is one issue that we do have a tendency or make the most is to abuse one’s kindness. By exploiting the kindness and trust of others, that is appalling. There is one aspect that cannot be betrayed, that is the inclination and this is the sensation of our affection.

One factor cannot be betrayed, that is our truthfulness or honesties. Utilizing the trustworthiness, or the honesty of an individual, this is we do not assume at the liability, by simply picking up popularity and to misleading individuals that once trusted us most.

There is something fundamental, this is companionship. In life there is a fundamental component. That is the companionship, If you are being childish and selfish, continually feeling that exclusive my advantages or that one-of-a-kind my blessings that matter most yet not other. You will never by no means on the planet to find any proper and genuine companions. You will dependably be wound up being desolate and became an edgy person.

You will discover something that is unspeakable, that is our thinking and thoughts; people have their own privacy, rights and interest or passions to pursuits their dreams. We are undoubtedly to respect, every different opinions , freedom of expression, personal privacy, and occasionally maintain a space or boundary , it is likely to make us better in making more understandable and comprehensible relationship.

There is something unpardonable , or unforgettable, That is betrayal; in the event that promised, vowed, alliance over. Betrayal means losing personality, living is worthless. Presently there are elements cannot survive alone, that are despair and depression. Despair and depression are through the failure of various efforts, the destruction of hope.

People cannot live in despair, despair will make people struggling and suffering. It will make people go astray. There is a crucial aspect that cannot or clearly to be disregarded. That is certain, thanksgiving. Everyone came to the world, will or might be favored, loved and cherished by their parents, friends and love ones. Thanksgiving is the gratitude and gratefulness or the cause and effect of the world, is the reciprocal return of mutual benefit.

Generally ,there is one thing cannot be desired, that is authentic distinction and fortune; If people have an influence, want to acclaim personal fame and fortune, It is difficult to come clean and be truthful and for a long time, it will be on a path to self-destruction.

Are films at the present educating and infotainment?
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Movies are a great way of educating people about some serious problem happening in the society. They are great tools in stressing about a crucial matter and to create awareness. If we look at the evolution of movies it is pretty interesting. The history of film dates back to 1890’s where motion picture cameras were being used until 1927 when the fist film was produced without sound. Then came with the sound and with the development of technology, movie industry also developed. The film industry is constantly evolving and adapting itself to the usage of modern technologies like 3d- printing, depth sensors, virtual reality and much more. This results in some great VFX and screenplays which make us glued to the screen until the movie is over. In the olden day’s movies were taken with less glamor and razzle- dazzle and the story line was given the main importance. Neat clothing, stunning and confident looks which portrayed courage and bravery by both male and female characters. The stories were also exciting to watch as they were educating us except for a few.

But nowadays, the film industry is solely focusing only on entertainment. The film industry has become a business and only money matters. If you have lots of money and no talent then you can be a hero too. The films that release in the present day have no story, no message, no acting with poor comedy. Otherwise, the comedies would be hidden with adult content. This is why most of our parents still love to watch the old movies of their generation. But we don’t like it, do we? It will be boring for us while your dad will enjoy the black and white movie. He will talk high about it. But in the current scenario, the number of movies that releases in a day has been increased with new faces. They can encourage new faces but why put a new face in a movie who cannot even act a bit? What we need is movies with a clear message as well as it should be infotainment that will motivate us and not some adult content movies which will corrupt our minds.
what is your say in this about the movies nowadays? Share your thought in the comments.
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