Thought For The Day 06/06/14


We Learn What We Live

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The young always have the same problem – how to rebel and conform at the same time.  They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. 

Quentin Crisp


Never before in my lifetime has the speech of so many young people been peppered so liberally with the prolific use of 4 Letter words. From music to writings, to the conversations overheard in the local shopping mall food court, profanity has become as common place as are cell phones and the home PC! Now I do not know whether the goal of so many of the world’s youth is to shock or to simply rebel against the authority adulthood represents, but if that is the case, it is working! The language of today’s youth is capable of making a sailor blush! However, whatever the goal is, it does seem to be the mission of the youth of the world to shock and dare at every opportunity. It existed in my early teen years, AKA the “free love” generation. It was to be found in the 50’s era of swiveling, Elvis like, hips and teens emulating James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause”. Heavens, it was the goal of young people when men wore “Zoot Suits” and flappers bared knees. And no doubt, if we had the capacity of time travel, we probably would have found the same pinched faces and gritted teeth of adults bemoaning just what has happened to young people even 2000 years ago!


Transitioning through the teen years and becoming an adult is no easy task. Faced with a world at war, and the starved faces of children staring back through pictures brought into every home by news media, can not help but create a negative effect on the world’s young men and women who are trying to figure out exactly what their role will be in life. They see members of the American Congress who will not budge an inch either way toward the bi-partisanship that is needed to unify not just our country, but the world, as well! They see religious factions acting in ways that are anything but religious as women and children seeking an education are mutilated and disfigured throughout the Middle East. How can we expect that our youth will grow into adulthood as individuals willing to change the world for good when the only example they see growing up is one of hatred, anger and apathy?


For my money, the answer is simple. The buck stops here! It stops with all of the adults in the world! Children do not just happen. They do not emerge from the womb with a fully established sense of morals and values. Children are created by the example they see every second that they live. They require nurturing and love and all the advantages we can possible find within to give them. It became our responsibility and debt to them the moment they were conceived!


Some of you might recall that I posted a picture not long ago on my “Heroes For Children” social media page for the Guardian ad Litem program here in SC, which pretty much sums it all up. I like to call it “If A Child Lives With…..”. I am sharing it with you today here in this blog. Read it carefully, memorize every sentence and store each word away in your heart where they will always be near at hand for you not just to remember, but to share with a child, every opportunity that you get. After all, do we not owe it to the children of the world to help them become responsible, caring and moral adults? Are they not our only hope for a world where our tomorrows are better that our yesterdays were?



 “Only take care, and keep  your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and  lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to  your children and your children’s children…

Deuteronomy 4:9-10 NIV


Mandy 2014

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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