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Kindred Spirit

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.Pierre Tielhard De Chardin

This will be the first of my posts describing an awesome experience my family and I shared this past November, 2011. We found an organization, A Child’s Hope Foundation, with whom we traveled to Baja California, Mexico and helped with their mission to support orphanages there.

We were able to do this over the Thanksgiving break. My wife Linda, and our boys; Cody 17, Cameron 13, and A.J. 9, served with 60 other men, women and children from the USA, Including Paul and Carolene Cook , the founders of the organization and their daughter Megan. (Please read their story here!) The picture to the right is Megan on our mission, with one of her “kindred.”

The whole experience was overwhelmingly positive. The work they are doing is important, valuable and mentally, emotionally and spiritually rewarding… and, on a selfish note, I lost seven pounds from the physical labor too!

We worked in an orphanage, Buena Vida in a small valley city, La Mision (only one “s”) between Rosarito and Ensenada. 

Being a Parent is like being a rock star! –Joe Hamilton.

It’s true, as a father I’ve come home and had my children lose their minds! “Daddy, daddy, daddy’s home!” They make me feel better than the Stones on their return tour at the Colosseum in LA!

The children of Buena Vida treated us the same way. They accepted us as family, immediately, and without question!

I was most struck by the fact that certain children attached themselves to each and every one of us, as if we were returning after a long period of absence. I couldn’t help but think of Pierre De Chardin’s quote at the beginning of this post.

I can’t find an adequate description for this part of the experience, it was so powerful. The phrase “kindred spirit” came to mind;

kindred: “a group of persons related to another; family, tribe or race.”

Spirit: “the soul regarded as separating from the body at death.”

My “kindred spirit” was little six year old Mia. I affectionately “nick named” her “Mia, Mi amore!” The only explanation I can find for her connection to me, as a person, is that we are “kindred,” even family in “spirit” not just separated from our bodies at death but most certainly united with our human tabernacle/body at birth. I know in my heart and soul (spirit) that we, mia and I,  were certainly spirit family before our temporal existence here, only to be reunited on earth last November.

Certainly we are all spiritual brothers and sisters here together, kindred spirits having a human experience.

It is my hope and prayer that this small effort on my part will encourage you to serve your kindred, wherever they may be on earth. I hope also that you will consider A Child’s Hope Foundation as a vehicle for that service!

Here are a few more of the 100’s of pictures Linda took on our trip. I’ve included these few in keeping with today’s “Kindred Spirit” topic.

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A Big ‘Ol Pile of Horse Manure

No, I’m not going to talk about the current political campaigns… EVER! Rather I’d like to comment on positive versus negative thinking.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.  —Winston Churchill

This quote was taken from a book Linda’s reading on her Kindle,  Brett Blumenthal’s 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You. I immediately loved this quote, as opposed to the age old, half empty versus half full cup. But to beat all, (even Churchill?) I would like to share a scientific study with you:

Behavioral scientists studied two eight year old boys, one was reported by his parents, peers and teachers, as being extremely pessimistic, the second was said to be an incurable optimist.

The pessimistic boy was placed in a room full of toys, the optimist in a room full of horse manure. That’s right, manure, muck, dung, compost, fertilizer, droppings, stinky, smelly Horse s@#t! Or for scientific journals “Equine Defecation.”

Four hours later, the learned scientists looked in on the pessimist and found him sitting, head bowed and held in his hands with a sour look on his face among the toys. His inactivity and sour demeanor prompted the following exchange:

Scientist: What are you doing?

Pessimist: Nothing.

Scientist: But why? Why not throw the football or baseball?

Pessimist: I’ll break something!

Scientist: oh, uh, well why not ride the bike?

Pessimist: I’ll fall and hurt myself!

Scientist: Well you could read a book, watch the TV, or play one of the Video games!

Pessimist: Books are boring, TV will hurt my eyes and video games will turn my brain to mush.

After taking a few notes, the scientist went to the room with the optimistic boy and horse manure. They found him covered in manure, running up and down the mountain of muck, gathering it in his hands and throwing it up in the air while  dancing and singing! The Q and A period was much shorter in this room;

Scientist: What are you doing!

The optimistic boy answered without taking a second to stop what he was doing: Are you kidding? With all this horse poop there’s got to be a pony in here somewhere!!

Okay, maybe not better than Churchill, but hopefully made you smile! Have a dung filled day!  And don’t forget; “there’s got to be a pony in there somewhere!” Joe H

Please check back tomorrow, I hope to tell a little more about the Casa Hogar (Orphanage) experience in Mexico (see yesterdays video, under Computers Sex and Nuclear Energy) and share some pictures. Thanks, Joe H

P.S.! Did you know that the spelling for the words defecation, and deification are only off by two letters! I’m serious! Check the links on each word and think of that next time someone places some Hollywood God/Goddess, Singer, Sports Star, Blogger etc. on a pedestal! Hey, I’m just say’en!

Computers, Sex and Nuclear Energy

What do these seemingly disparate subjects have in common?

Computers, Sex, and Nuclear Energy, each has the power to create, each has the power to destroy. Joe Hamilton –Peakaboomer, January 2012

Wow! Pretty heavy no? Fear not, I won’t bore you with a verbose philosophical, moral, spiritual, political rant. If you’re asking why in the name of peak performance I would come to make such a statement, the answer is simple. At least in my wandering, ADD riddled brain. My intention this morning (Tuesday, January 10, 2012) was to CREATE an informative and motivating post with a video about a recent service project my family and I went on in Mexico. Alas my computer had a different plan! It (my computer) hasn’t necessarily DESTROYED  my plans but you may see this post and video later today… or maybe even Wednesday the 11th, as I sit here writing this I’m honestly not sure yet!

On a serious note, I’m curious what your thoughts are on my quote, please do comment! When I said this I was thinking in serious terms:

COMPUTERS can create a myriad of opportunities in education, employment and more, or it can destroy via gambling, pornography and other all too popular websites.

SEX can create a temple (body) for a new spirit sent to a family from Heaven itself, or it can destroy the same family if conducted outside of marital bonds.

NUCLEAR ENERGY can create power for the use of entire cities, or it can destroy the same cities if applied in the form of a weapon of mass destruction.

Well there you are. Hopefully we’ll go out and create all things positive, with the many tools God has given us in these modern times. If I’ve met my goal for today’s “creation” you should be able to watch a video (above) showing the boys and girls of Casa Hogar (literally; House Home) Buena Vida (Good Life) In La Mision, Baja California, Mexico. Linda (see about page under peakaboomer tittle) created this video from pictures she shot while we (Linda and I, Cameron, Cody, and A.J.) served there. The music is a great track, I won’t let go, from Rascal Flatts’ album, Nothing Like This. If the video is not here when you visit, don’t worry I won’t let the computer demons win! I WILL PERSIST, I WILL SUCCEED  Have a great day, night, week… (I still don’t know when my computer will let me post this!) Joe H

P.S. A special thanks to my friend Pete Greene for motivating me to volunteer and serve! And to Linda for finding A Child’s Hope Foundation, a great organization with whom to volunteer and serve.