February 07,2016
Divine Timing 

One of my favourite books is When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd. I might never have picked it up, but a friend handed me her copy one day and told me how much she enjoyed reading it. I kept the book forever … finally felt guilty that I’d had it so long …. But I couldn’t part with it, so I finally bought my own copy, and returned my friend’s copy to her.

You see, waiting in our society is not a valued action or quality. But, the truth is that sometimes that’s just what we have to do. We need to wait for the right conditions, or for other things to fall into place, or for the right help, or for more information. We need to wait for Divine timing.

In a society where technology allows instant action and decisions, it’s hard to wait. It’s hard to wait when we are evaluated and judged on how much we get done and how fast we do it.

For the last few days, I have been unable to accomplish much. Part of that relates to the fact that I am struggling with the flu and I don’t have much motivation. And, partly, I am waiting for actions to be completed by others that seem to be lower on their priority lists than on mine.

Instead of feeling frustrated and anxious and constantly checking my emails, I must remember to wait and know that everything is in Divine order. I must know that everything will happen when it is supposed to and go and get the rest and serenity that I need.

I must wait for Divine timing.

© Dr. Carla Weaver 2016

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February 01,2016
US Election - Media Bias and Republican Circus

I have been watching with interest the US campaigns and the news coverage on CNN. I am astounded by the media bias and the Republican campaign circus.

First, let me say that I am not American and thus, not voting in this election. And, I do not want to express political views….everyone has the right to make their own decisions…that is what democracy is about. My concern is about human rights and world harmony and peace.

Let me speak about the Republicans, and in particular, the popularity of one candidate. This man repeatedly makes bullying, sexist, racist, prejudiced, rude, unsubstantive, narcissistic, egotistical comments, and yet, a significant number of people seem to be demonstrating that they think that it’s okay for the President of the United States to demonstrate these behaviors. Someone recently said to me that he’s a good businessman. Well, I believe that he’s been bankrupt more than once, and most good business people in this day and age have had some diversity training and they know that it isn’t okay to demonstrate bullying, sexism, racism and prejudice. Hasn’t the United States and the rest of the free world fought hard for human rights and equality?  Now forty some percent of the Republicans are willing to throw that away? Other world leaders are even speaking out against this candidate and it is evident that he will not do anything to strengthen foreign relations for the United States. He does not demonstrate any ability toward diplomacy.

Now, let me go on to the media bias and the coverage of the Democratic candidates. Yesterday, I had CNN on and they announced that the Iowa polls show Bernie Sanders in second place, not really mentioning that he’s three or so points behind Hilary Clinton. They then cut to Bernie Sanders’ campaign and gave them significant time to talk about how they intend to win the Iowa caucus votes. They never went to the Clinton campaign to give them equal time about how they plan to win, or even focused on the fact that Hilary Clinton was leading the poll. In fact, I googled the results of polls in other states, and Hilary Clinton is significantly ahead in most of them. CNN then went on and on and on about Hilary Clinton’s top secret emails. The impression was left that Bernie Sanders was out front, when in actual fact, he is in second place in the Iowa polls after Hilary Clinton….although admittedly close. CNN demonstrated clear bias in favor of Bernie Sanders.  News should be news. It should be unbiased. Editorial may give opinion. Clear manipulation is propaganda.  CNN seems to have blurred the distinction between news, editorial and propaganda. If they wish to influence the outcome of the selection of the Democratic presidential candidate in favor of Bernie Sanders, then they should be honest and publically endorse him so that the viewing public is clear that they are not reporting; they are supporting.

© Dr. Carla Weaver 2016

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