Personal Insights
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One of the most important things I've learned is that you should always believe in yourself.  Whether the situation is using your magick or understanding the world around you, decide what your beliefs are and stick by them.  Don't let other people tell you what to believe!  If something doesn't sit right with you, investigate.  The truth is out there.
Studying is important in all that you do.  You may not think of it that way, but it is!  Can you cook without learning?  Can you make an informed decision without studying the situation?  If someone told you to stand in a bed of fireants, would you do it?  Of course not!  But, we often take other's views as our own without knowing why.  It begins in childhood, when we learn from our parents and teachers.  But, it should end with childhood.  As adults, we are able to decide things, like our spirituality, for ourselves. 
One night, around 10:00 pm, my mother called.  My father was going into the hospital the next morning for tests.  There was a problem with his lungs.  Since I had to report for duty before leaving, I didn't arrive until the next evening.  Everyone looked at me strangely, since I was in camoflauge and carring my field gear bag.  I'd come prepared to stay for a while.  We only stayed 4 days.  Late afternoon of the 3rd day, the doctor came in, without a mask.  We thought that was a good sign.  I was sitting by my dad's bed when the doctor said "John, it's lung cancer."  As I took my dad's hand, I saw one tear roll down his cheek.  A death sentence was handed down.  That was in 1995.  He died on July 4, 1997.  Needless to say, that holiday will never be the same for our family.  My son was born 2 months later.  During Yule-time, the following year, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She's still going strong.  Both my mother and father battled their cancers valiantly.  I'll never know, or understand, where cancer came from or why people are cursed with it.  Cursed?  Yes.  Cancer is a vile and ugly thing.  The person it attacks goes through unspeakable torture.  It's time we all said ENOUGH!!!  While there are many agencies out there who "fight" cancer, only one is proud to show you where the $$ it raises goes to.  The American Cancer Society (ACS) has funded researchers who have discovered all forms of detection and treatment of cancer.  They have pioneered patient services and support.  No, I am not an employee, I am someone who has benefited from the work these people have done.  I support the ACS by participating in their annual Relay For Life.  There are other ways to support their work.  I encourage you to visit their website (Links page) and learn more.  They offer so many programs that most people don't even know exist, including camps and college scholarships for children, patient support groups and lobbying Washington DC for laws to make cancer screenings and treatment available to everyone (regardless of financial standing).
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