JOY IS THE CURRENCY OF CHOICE

In this Redmond's Review, Darren covers two different levels of thinking.

JOY IS THE CURRENCY

Joy is the currency of choice. Habits, in many ways, get a bad rap. We often hear of the need to break a habit or to move away from its more sinister sibling; addiction. I bring this up because I have a habit, learned long ago, that germinated and blossomed during my time in college that I still take part in each day. That is the habit of looking at things, and life in the way some one like Socrates would. Literally, standing around, (or in our world, sipping coffee at Starbucks) discussing life, philosophy, current events and any and all things relevant to the particular topic we are discussing.

Its funny, how so much of what the professors tried to jam down my throat. I disagreed with that; however, one professor, (my favorite professor) who while lecturing on subject of the Supreme Court, taught me the process of discussing and learning from any and all who are around. Simply put, the method Socrates used as he walked among the marble structures of ancient Greece.

I bring this up because just a few days ago, I was speaking with someone about various topics and the subject of joy came up. It came up in this context, I was relaying a story about someone who recently had some good news come their way at work, and that while happy about it, they did not feel joy. I was surprised at the reaction of the person I was talking to, when they said, “Joy, in my opinion has little or no real currency.” I can not tell you how much I was shocked by this view, because I am shocked by very little these days. As a student of the method of Socrates, to me every view has merit for discussion, but not every view has the stature for implementation in my life.

I pondered this view during quite times at the gym or at home at night while reading. What is my real view on the topic of joy; does it truly have value or in other words, lasting currency?

To back track just a bit, I never understood the Stoics, or those that adhere to that philosophy. Clearly, I am not judging that way of life, but it is not a life style for me. I was born with emotions, and they are a vital part of me. In my opinion, to shut off my emotions in all aspects of my life, would be to shut off a part of me that I was born with. It would be like asking me to show up at some place, but leave my ribs at home. My emotions much like my ribs are a part of me. Now, that being said, I learned like most things in my life to modulate my emotions and look at them as just another variable in the make that is me.

We, as humans tend to play volleyball with words. They seem to start off with a specific meaning then take on a life of their own. Words like happiness, glee, contentment, and yes, joy, seem to end up in the “same broth” of our vocabulary as we move along in the world we live. But, I look at this jumble of words and meanings in the same way we may look at the world’s financial currency. All have value, but depending on where you are (the individual, or country) currency (Joy, Happiness, Euros or Dollars) may have very little value, or an extremely high value to your personal life.

A person walking the streets of New York, with a Euro in their hand, may not be able to make a purchase, because that currency, in the situation they are in, at that moment has little value to them. It may and in fact has value if they take a trip to Europe, but not if they want to make a purchase right then. To me, the concept of joy, works much in the same way. You may not be able to “cash it in” for anything other than a high five, or a happy cry, at a particular moment, but that real feeling of Joy, can be cashed in down the road, when you need it most.

Are you Happy to receive praise for a job well done? Can you compare that to the joy you feel when your child reaches out to grab your hand and look into your eyes? Tell me, which of these do you cash in, when you are feeling overwhelmed or lost? The thoughts of others who said well done, or the look of love from your child who reaches out to hold your hand because you exist in their world.

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Darren Redmond shares his views on what is the true currency we should be using.

That is the funny thing about joy, its currency many times manifests itself from you as the individual watching others do simple things. The joy you get from observing the way an elder you love, sits on the couch watching her or his family at a holiday gathering and is just soaking up the occasion. As, in the joy you get when you hear good news about a stranger going through a hard time. Tell me in your definition of the word joy, for those of you who are old enough to remember, was it not joy you felt when they rescued that little girl all those years ago, from that well? Do you not cash in that currency of joyful hope when you hear of others who are lost or need rescue?

In my view, joy has real currency and in fact unlike the dollar or other forms of barter currency, does not seem to fluctuate in value. The joy you felt as a child becomes a driving force in helping you find joy as an adult, and then that joy helps carry you into your later years.

The real secret and best part about the currency of joy, is that you are the banker. You decide how much joy to take in, or to withdraw. Fill your bank with joy where you will always be rich.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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FEAR IS HUMAN, SO IS BRAVERY

Darren Redmond is a contributing author with Universal Digest. His book reviews and spiritual insights are becoming well known.

Fear is human. So is bravery and grace.

On this Sunday and every day, let us remember, doubt and it’s sibling fear, can actually bring us closer in faith. Do not let this pair overtake you in the time of Shelter in Place.

If you are scared now or uneasy, that is perfectly normal. It does not mean you have a lapse in faith.

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Fear is Human. So is Bravery and Grace.

For even Christ asked, “Why have you forsaken me?”

Remember in fear, Peter denied Christ, and was still chosen to build his church. Paul was a tax collector and worse. Paul went blind and was frightened. But, he then went on to write much in the New Testament.

Never let what others would size upon as failures or short comings or moments of fear, pull you away from the understanding created by God’s love and with purpose. We are not and never will be perfect. We were not made to be so.

Shelter in place? Isn’t that what was asked during Passover as we learned in the Torah, or Torat Moshe?

In the Quran it is written, “The reward of goodness is nothing but goodness. (Al Quran 55:61)”. Does it mention we won’t at times be fearful?

Fear and uneasiness are part of being human.

But even more so is Faith, Bravery and Grace.

Written By: Darren Redmond


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DARREN REDMOND – FENTANYL WARNING

Darren cares about the future of families, children, and humanity.

UNIVERSAL DIGEST SUPPORTS DARREN REDMOND’S EFFORTS

Darren Redmond is the Executive Director for a non-profit organization, P.A.I.N. Parents & Addicts In Need has been helping so many families in central California over the years. His message is painfully clear about the fentanyl-laced Xanax tablets that have been taken by unknowing children.

This article points out the dangers of illicit drugs posing as prescribed medications appearing in the marketplace, unbeknownst by their parents.

Please view Darren’s plea in this supported YouTube video that follows.

REMOND WITH FENTANYL WARNING

Darren Redmond contacted Universal Digest about this dire situation. They have received calls at their offices decrying the death from overdoses. Children have been taking fentanyl-laced drugs thinking they are anti-depressant drugs disguised as Xanax.

Here is Darren’s YouTube video:

Mr. Redmond supplied Universal Digest with his narrative that follows:

A short message and a warning. My name is Darren Redmond and I want to remind you that during these times of stress we some times make really bad decisions. We all get frustrated, we all sometimes feel the need to escape the anxiety or depression we may be feeling. But please NEVER use Xanax that you can by off thee street or even from some one you know. If it was not prescribed to you please leave it alone. To many people are dying from Fentanyl related overdoses. The fact is that many Xanax bars are supplemented with Fentanyl.

Written with Universal Digest support: Darren Redmond

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Darren Redmond is a man who cares about family, friends, and community.

Mr. Redmond is a constant contributing author to the Universal Digest network. His frequent book reviews are read by many. Children, as well as, many parents read his posts.


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COMMUNITY SERVICE FIRM IN NEED

Hands in the Community is in severe financial distress. Help in any way is requested.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION IN DISTRESS

Community Service organizations all around central California have been severely affected from the coronavirus pandemic. Hands in the Community is one of them. Lester Moon, Founder and Executive Director, met with Universal Digest in an exclusive interview to discuss their present hardships. They have not been helped in any way from the present stimulus programs available, to date.

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Hands in the Community is in severe financial distress. Help in any way is requested.

As a proponent of elevating the human condition, we at Universal Digest are committed to doing what can be done to help those in need, where possible. Please read on, dear viewers. Any help that can be given in any way, from volunteer work to financial assistance is most appreciated. Hands in the Community may not be viable to help others within the next few weeks or months. Where and how to help is mentioned later in this article.

COMMUNITY SERVICE SEVERELY HAMPERED

The following is the video interview with Lester Moon. When this author visited the HNC offices in October of 2019, it was abuzz with activity. Every office and computer station was occupied and in use. This visit was shocking. When called for appointment confirmation and directions, Lester answered the phone, personally.

Since we last met, the coronavirus has taken its toll at this non-profit organization. There was only one other person present and it was for an unrelated matter for that which we are writing.

Imagine. From March to April of 2020, funding income dropped by 95%! Of course, this is unsustainable for an organization that helps so many in a tri-county area.

WHAT WILL THE FUTURE BRING?

Succinctly, if Hands in the Community (like so many others) does not increase its funding to continue helping in their Christian ministry to support and assist those in need, they must close the doors. This will add another vacuum of help in the community.

Who is helped? Of the programs to help seniors in need, so affected are the programs for parents and children in their situations. Please note; fully 75% of all funding received is returned to help those in need. That is almost unbelievable in present times. Most non-profits return so much less in funding to those who need help.

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Many area companies and organizations have supported Hands in the Community. Since the COVID-19 crisis, funding has literally dried up as everyone in business is affected.

As with many other businesses and organizations in the United States have suffered from such a notorious ‘invisible’ attack from outside our shores, all have suffered, severely, financially. Hands in the Community who depends on area businesses, as well as, from private individuals for funding are now beyond struggling. Please. Help however, one may to keep this noble, Christian organization afloat.

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN CLOSING

In fact, this author must state that in a previous contact with HNC, one of our friends received assistance from them. In the end, she received the help she needed.

And, as mentioned in the video, one project was to build a fence for someone who needed a new one. HNC priced a contractor who could build the fence for $4,500. Of course, this would cripple the budget. So, they went to work to find volunteers and those who could help with materials. In the end, the fence project was completed at a cost of $1,000.

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Hands in the Community helps so many needy individuals in three area counties. These include Tulare, Kings, and parts of southern Fresno counties.

So, in closing, almost no one and no organization in our are communities have not been affected by this heinous situation not of our doing. Let us all pray that we do not go to a ‘new’ normal, but to a ‘regular’ normal.

If anyone who is reading and viewing what is here can render any form of assistance; it will not just be Hands in the Community you are helping? You will be helping hundreds of people in area communities, now and in the future.

HOW MAY ANYONE HELP HNC?

Please call (559) 625-3822 from anywhere in the United States. If calling from outside the US to help, please remember to enter your country code first. Then, enter the US code 01. After that, please enter the telephone number given above.

If one wishes to reach Hands in the Community via their website; it is: https://hnconline.org/. Thank you all for taking the time to read this article. Render assistance where possible. It is understood that at this time, there are so many people and firms in need of help. Thank everyone for taking the time to read this article. Hopefully, there are some who will be able to reach out to this well-known organization.

To be clear and to the point, HNC will help anyone who lives near or below the poverty level. And, this is verified before they help those who request it.

Please, reach out to help Hands in the Community, wherever one may be able to do so. God Bless us all, in these time. We remember, we are not forsaken. For He knows our plight. And, He is returning. Count on it.


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There is certainly not enough of it to go around for so many.

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