Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Karma 101

Last week 'Heart of Glass' somehow allowed a 'troll' to post. I didn't respond, because I didn't want to respond in anger. It was Gandhi who said about retaliation 'An Eye For An Eye Makes the Whole World Blind' this along with my belief that if I expend energy on a negative it will grow, kept me from responding.

Instead I found myself rereading Good Karma - J.D. Oliver, unless readers sent great photos, or write post this week we will be focusing on Karma.

West Virginia Janis was kind enough to immediately respond to my troller "I just learned you are a "troll," someone who goes around writing incendiary messages to try to get people to blow up with rage over nonsense. So far, no blow ups!!!! Happy trolling! Try another, less civil group of bloggers. " No one attacked our troll!
Rabbi Hillel (lst century BC) said " What is hateful to you do NOT do unto others. That is the entire Law. The rest is commentary."
This leads me to believe the problems of anger and mis behavior are very old. In Good Karma - JD Oliver suggest Intention is one of the most significant factors in determining _____ or not some contemplated action is likely to produce bad karma. 'IT PAYS TO THINK AHEAD'
Oliver continues with the thoughts that in a world that at times seems unjust or uncaring, every act of concern spreads hope and goodwill. When we do good works, we not only help others, we help ourselves. It was Lilly Tomlin's who said WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER ALONE"
Altruism is innate in humans and many animals. Even a small act of generosity gives us a sense of being useful. It used to be that extended familes and neighbors help one another as a matter of course. Now often we have to rely on the kindness of strangers. SOMETIMES IT'S OUR TURN TO BE THE STRANGERS THAT OTHERS RELY ON.' Most all the Blenko Collectors that I know could be considered altruistic,as a whole the group acts with integrity and empathy, is giving, has pure values and concern for the community and the world as a whole.
Sometime ago from observing Uncle Reemas I learned NOT to seek retribution for every hurt or slight, that revenge makes matters worse. It is my goal to look for appropriate ways to achieve justice, acknowledge my own role in conflicts and be forgiving.
J.D. Oliver states: ' Karma is an impartial justice keeper: it brings human folly into line without our intervention.'
It is my belief that West Virginia is a great state, and living here is a privilege. Doesn't mean I think everything is perfect, but that I choose to work within the system and to stay positive.
We can make West Virginia and the USA better by being positive and working together for change. BUY MADE IN West Virginia and MADE IN USA. hjh
Margie Hale sent this photo - from the Glass Garden Tour - part of Festival of Glass - PLAN TO ATTEND NEXT YEAR and Join the Blenko Collectors Society.


sweetdoc said...

Your Uncle sounds very nice, or very evil, did you learn from his positive or negative behavior?

lewisdvdphd said...

AWESOME Column Hilary.
I for one like having you a bit off subject of glass.

Anonymous said...

Concern becoming a minister, well written sermon.

bridgett said...

karma is always a good topic, bring it on.

Dr.BOB said...

This new age talk is exciting.
I am auditing a Zen course. Old dogs can learn new tricks.

Anonymous said...

Well I like good karma. I love the Holy bible and I do believe that it is a eye for a eye and a tooth for a tooth. If you steal and know you will do it again cut your hands off you will not do that again. My Dad, bless his heart taught us girls that it is not what goes in a man that hurts him, it is what he lets out. This is also from the Bible.I also have big shoulder's and it is better to not pay any attention to what others do or say because sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. They only hurt should you let them. And besides on this old computor you can say any old thing that you would not have the nerve to say otherwise. Do not forget to send pictures of your Blenko to Hillary so that we all can see the different collection's. Send picture's of the different colored frogs and does Blenko make a troll? Just thinking of why to collect different Blenko to remember stuff by. Roxie ps. special days.

Anonymous said...

Read more - having a good understanding of Karma is essential for personal growth.

bridgett said...

"Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there..."
Will Rogers

jedijawa said...


Hillary J Homburg said...

Its Wed and I've neglected Karma topic this week/ perhaps next week we will focus on Karma.
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