What’s Valentine’s Day?

I think if you had asked my wife she would have said either a chore or a teaching assignment! At least for the first 5 or 6 years we were married! Though not for the reasons you might think! First if you hadn’t caught on yet I am slow. Slow to reason things out. Perhaps a post down the road can help with understanding that, but it takes me awhile to get it!

You see I would get her maybe the best and most expensive Kitchen aid mixer from Macy’s or a Neiman Marcus ‘something’ which took me awhile to discover that anything from there would cost me 6 month’s of my wage! (j/k)

It got me the reply … what’s this Dick?! Why it’s the latest and … Never mind! Thank you! This went on for many holidays including birthdays I’m sad to tell you! How many Valentine’s holidays work out just right?

Something Connie (my wife) and I used to talk about. We’d wonder if it really was a holiday promoted to keep greeting card companies in business to feed their families ? Someone else said that I think?

Valentines Day isn’t that bad and hopefully it brings a little more understanding at least for one day a year here, but what about people in Ethiopia, West Virginia, Laos, the Congo and so many more that don’t or can’t celebrate!

We were most interested in the kids … Can you imagine being a mom or dad and your baby is sick and maybe dying for lack of food, water or worse! I hope not! Rather you or I would like to just think of the great dinner and the movie we’ll see. There’s nothing wrong with that! Honestly! I just want all of us to realize how lucky we truly are on this day. But what about the other billions. I think we can love them too!

Again I would come back to you and ask what can we do? I see kids of all ages along with moms and dads and aunts, a majority of workers here who have a little bit extra! Could we go the extra mile and spare a quarter for each member of our family making up a dollar? A gift from our families only once a year? Connie and I thought so. We even started working at that and Connie’s most heartfelt concern were the Chinese kids … girls especially! What if we could love those few children in the almost 200 countries in the world. The love we could share and give today would be about $320 million ONCE A YEAR ! That’s a $160,000 per country! Just from only a $1.00 extra to take care of as many kids as we could that might not make it otherwise! Yeah our concerns were mostly for kids – our hearts went out to those who were least able to help themselves and kids always jump to the top of the list!

Imagine Love from just one day and only from one country in the whole world! How’s that song go … “What the world needs now is love sweet love … “ . Valentine’s Day is a good day for that here in the US as we will do this Saturday! Can we afford both? Who of you can help us do this?

Charity water ( https://www.charitywater.org/ )gets it all done without using any of the donations. Who can tell us how they do it .. Maybe we can do the same here !

That would be nice and as those of you who know me, I am a helper, giver and a ‘prayerer’ … is that a word? My love is to protect kids and those less able to protect themselves! I know there’s so many more of you out there and it’s great what each one of us can do! However many of us want to do so much more! We can together! We can do amazing things even with little money. Haven’t you seen kids raising hundreds and even thousands from their allowance, bake sales or car washes. We only have to get involved and share ideas. The only one stopping us is you and me. You know what trips us up so often in the course of all our lives and endeavors is fear! However, that which rescues us is always Love! That is what Valentines Day has meant for the past centuries.

There’s a scripture ”And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: FEAR NOT, neither be dismayed.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:8.

That verse goes back even further. I think a great many of us believe that God is Love!

In most of our hearts I truly believe we want the absolute best for one another. I am convinced that God definitely wants the best for all of us!

This Valentines Day I pray is the most loving, memorable and fun day you’ve all had ever!

Can we make a difference? Can we help each other have richer and more fulfilling lives! Can we all increase our successes and joy together?

Go to www.richardlcarter.com and let me and the others know what you think and can do to contribute to everyone! God Bless! Rick =)

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New Beginnings !

It’s September 1, 2014 and my son’s birthday! Happy Birthday son and blessed to have you! I am starting to write once again via this blog. I began my first book about the mid 70’s and wrote the dedication for it on my birthday September 29, 1977!

That was a very long time ago. So here I am again! I have written for over 5 decades for too many topics, but there has always been one continuing thread in all these years! Helping and protecting people from themselves and others wishing to hurt, abuse and in general use others for selfish purposes! Sadly, I have to be included in that group perhaps with many of you as well.

I want to provide a safe place for us all to help each other.

My basic core belief is nothing else really matters in life except each other! Follow me for a moment and I think you will agree! It’s really simple actually because without us – all of us – there’s no need for homes, workplaces, cars, bikes and the list could be endless!

I thought that back even in the 60’s along with millions and millions of others! We wanted to move boldly forward to reduce and perhaps end hunger , stop the increasing corruption and deal honestly in all that we did! Stop the wars! Put an end to the senseless killing for power , greed , by lobbies, huge corporations and yes even countries who didn’t care for any people except themselves!

So many of us idealized many things believing we were the generation to end all this corruption, evil and hurt. Then as we grew up things changed. Life happened.

Yes we got our schooling and entered into life! Found too often if we wanted to keep our jobs we had to keep secrets that in hindsight didn’t need to be.

In each of our own lives we began to wear different hats. As a man I wore one as a father and another as a husband. I was also an engineer spanning a couple disciplines in field engineering or sales or building nuclear power plants and even did nursing! I was also a friend, a patient, and so many of these I felt it required me to behave differently – wear a different hat.

NOT TRUE!

It was well into my 40’s before I really started combining all the hats into many less to get it down to almost one! My only point to mentioning this from the get go is we need to know who we are … and what we are shouldn’t change no matter who or what we are dealing with. That is unless we discover new truths!

We all need a good Rulebook that is factual, truthful and can be counted on in all we do! I’ll be writing about that in the upcoming months as we all begin to help each other.

How can we help each other? I know a great acupuncturist in Upstate NY and in Tampa FL. Perhaps a subscriber has a need for one who is moving to one of those locations. Another is considering a car purchase or a repair and wonders what they might need to be careful of . I could go on and on. Responding to each others needs we can build a great community where we encourage one another and provide compassion. By helping just one be it here, or in your own community and doing it in love … I believe we will find increased happiness and excitement in each of our lives!

We are all needy at times as we are full of blessings at others and this is where life happens now as it did 40 years ago. Only now I think we need a new Rulebook – one that we can find comfort and truth in – some higher power that works for all we are now.

You check out the about me pages and it will tell a little more of me but I and everyone else interested will want to find out about you!

I also plan and hope we can find solutions that can be helpful for each of us in different and varied areas. I was always asked for help when other got stuck … I want us all to be willing to still listen first and if we can … help! Tall orders I was told.

I believe we all really do want to help. Has anyone ever asked you for directions? Even if you didn’t know I bet you’d say wait a minute .. Hey Charlie! C’mere you know where xyz street is or is there a Kia dealer nearby? Yes, for many of us we want to help and I hope and I am looking forward to meeting you! One by one kinda like a day at a time! We can make this a better world and community for each of us!

I guess this should be the end of this post but who says! Actually I want to tell you it will be monthly for sure. I know I can do that and not disappoint anyone. I hope to post more often but will guarantee monthly. Why? Sometimes my body doesn’t co-operate which isn’t a big deal generally. I have health issues so things happen. You’ll find out more as we go but I figured you would want to know when you’re going to hear from me and fellow subscribers. Fellow subscribers can answer in the comments once they show to be ok . No websites need to be listed.

I guess that about covers it for now and God Bless! Rick :=)

PS if I ‘talk too much’ let me know ! I’ll never get to the brevity of Seth Godin (http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/) probably, but I will try. Hope he doesn’t mind me mentioning him but he’s gained a lot of wisdom over the years like you!

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