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Whistle Blowers

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Whether on a small scale or a large scale the whistle blowers of the world often become the target for revealing the facts they dare to reveal to the world. No matter the insignificance of their lives prior to revealing the facts of deeper truths, their story can suddenly become a circus show under a spotlight. What was once a life of insignificance can quickly become a highlight. The media, a single person, or a small community group can turn an innocent person into a guilty party. A microscopic view of their life can suddenly be the focus. Gossips ensue, their past becomes the present, mistakes they made become the new target. In a matter of no time at all, the whistle blower becomes the guilty party, and the story of the facts revealed become a lost echo in the night. No one even remembers what the original story was. Now, all they remember is the whistle blower. That is what the story becomes.

It happens in a small circle of friends, it happens in the work environment, behind the church doors, within schools, amongst families, and in the hierarchy of governments and high powered agencies. Facts get twisted into lies. The guilty party that the whistle blower so daringly revealed becomes the innocent party. Their life shines like they were just awarded a medal of honor. No one believes that such a stellar person of the community or the family or the organization could do such acts that the whistle blower has revealed.

The whistle blower dares to come forth and risk it all. Marching boldly to reveal the serpentine behavior that has harmed many beyond any words. Doing it all in the name of what feels best and right. Doing it so they no longer have to carry the burden of secrets. No longer do they have to live with the knowledge of how this person can continue to harm others.

It was done with no expectations of glory, not for attention, but for the mere goodness of doing the right thing! Standing true to their beliefs and the convictions they honor.

But what all too often happens is the whistle blower walks away with nothing and the pond scum that caused all the harm to begin with walks with his/her predecessors standing by their side.

The next time you witness a courageous person coming forth with the facts of a story and it quickly turns on the whistleblower, remember the story. Ignore the lies and deception of those around you that do all they can to discredit the whistle blower. The whistle blower is not the story, the story is the story!

By Diana Wanamaker

Copyright June 2, 2016. All Rights Reserved

The Saints Among Us

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By Diana Wanamaker

Though grounded in theology, validity lies beyond the walls of chapels and the followers that gather there. It is those that pass by us in our everyday life that define the essence of those that live their life with others in mind.  It is the ordinary souls that make deep commitments for simple things. They wear no medals on their shirts, carry no titles of honor, and are assigned no acknowledgment for the work they do. They walk among us each day, with no reward for their work.

They are your neighbor, the cashier at the store, the person who delivers your paper, the recovering drug addict, the introvert, the mentally challenged, those with no job, those with many jobs, those who are homeless, those rich and those poor. Oridnary people, going to extraoridnary lengths for the purpose of others.

The saints among us are also the least likely. They may live in unhappiness, or carry the bitterness and anger of the world gone wrong.  At first glimpse they may look tattered and worn. Their demeanor may shout out they don’t like people and people generally don’t like them.

Dig deeper and you will find more beneath the outer surface. They are saints that carry their hearts as guides. Deeply committed to the values that live within.  The presentation of who they are is not carried in the appearance, but only in their commitment to they’re saintly actions.

They do not allow the unfairness of the world, the harshness of the evil that takes so freely with no remorse…..to take their heart. Never let them take your heart!

The Saints Among Us……

  1. Do for others even when they don’t want to
  2. Never give up
  3. Speak up and be bold
  4. Stand up for themselves and others, so they might be heard
  5. Make sacrifices
  6. Take risks, even when the odds are stacked against them
  7. Are courageous
  8. Show compassion
  9. Offer humanity and care
  10. Give to others even when they have nothing to give
  11. Offer kindness even when they are unrecognized or unappreciated
  12. They don’t become what may have been a part of the hardships of their past
  13. They are heroic and brave
  14. Saints are human beings (flawed human beings)

Inspired by the movie, “St. Vincent”.

Here is a link to the speech in the movie that is heartwarming and beautiful, made by a young man in the movie.  https://youtu.be/wo1CYlRDz8g

Copyright May 2016. All Rights Reserved