Don't Judge Books By Their Covers

enoch
By:  @enoch, 5 months ago
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Recently we endured three feet plus of snow over 72 hours in a late winter storm.

It started Monday night.

That morning the brother of a motorcyclist passed on to the world to come.

The earliest we could hold a Memorial Service and Internment Ceremony was the following Thursday afternoon.

The family asked me to officiate by conducting both Services.

 

In freezing temperatures on frozen ground with snow and ice up to our mid legs over 90 motorcycle group (gang) members attended.

Many did not know the deceased.

All they knew is that one of their own, a fellow cyclist moved on and up.

 

He left behind family who needed consoling and support.

He deserved the respect of having his memory cherished.

His passing mourned.

His good deeds and values kept alive by their actions.

 

For some years I serve as Chaplain to various motorcycle groups.

Not everyone looks with favor at them due to their dress, language, mannerisms, and socio-economic status. 

In the worst of conditions close to 100 of them came to pay final respects, and support survivors. 

I have conducted Memorial Services and grave site Interment Ceremonies in perfect conditions with much smaller crowds for "the right people".

 

More than they and their critics know, they get the major point of religion.

Any religion.

It is to best serve G-d by being of service to any and all of His if they want and need it, on their terms.

 

To those who look down their noses, and focus on undercutting others because they are different I say, never judge books by their covers.

Open them.

Read them.

Learn from them.

Be a better person for so doing.

 

Peace, Abundant Blessings and Fellowship to One and All.

Enoch.

Red Box Rules and the Four B's Apply.

Please see first comment for the Four B's.  

 

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 09:58:15AM @enoch:

Please observe Red Box Rules and the Four B's.

Be On Point.

Be Respectful.

Be Positive.

Or Be Gone!

Kindly do share what you learned and made you a better person in interaction with those different than you.

What makes us different, makes us unique.

Peace and Abundant Blessings Always.

Enoch.

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Spikegary
link 03/27/17 10:19:32AM @spikegary:

Good morning, my friend,

In the Snowmobile world I work with all kinds from all different parts of the socio-economic structure and have made friends with many.  Ours is a volunteer world-we depend on people to give of their time and talents, when we have emergencies we respond to, we get to see what people are truly made of.  And they have made many of us strive to be better and to do better. 

Just came back from Edmunston, New Brunswick and a meeting with many folks from different states and provinces.  And they all had (more than) one thing in common:  All strive to make things better for the benefit of all.

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:21:12PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Spikegary: Welcome home.

Great post.

When a message is as good as yours, there is nothing left for me to add.

I do stand in awe of it.

I also honor you for it, and all you do.

Your Good Friend, (and within months dining partner) Enoch.

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PJ
link 03/27/17 11:15:07AM @pj:

Good to see you posting Enoch.  

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:21:45PM @enoch:

Dear Freind PJ: Likewise.

E.

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Dowser
link 03/27/17 11:51:55AM @dowser:

What a lovely, loving reminder for a Monday morning!  Thank you!!!

So GLAD to see you!

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:23:02PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Dowser: As ever so very nice to see you.

You brighten my, as all lives you touch here.

All the best to you and yours.,

E.

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Dowser
link 03/27/17 07:54:24PM @dowser:

Thank you, dear Enoch!  I haven't felt very bright lightish lately...  winking

We all have discouraging times, don't we?  We just have to keep going.

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PJ
link 03/27/17 07:56:09PM @pj:

Lady Dowser you are the brightest light on this site in my opinion.  I love reading your comments.  Even when you're spitting mad you're polite. hahahahahaha

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Dowser
link 03/27/17 07:57:16PM @dowser:

Thanks, PJ!  Far from it, for sure!!!  But I sincerely appreciate your kindness!

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 10:07:22PM @enoch:

Dear Friend PJ: Agreed.

Dowser is a treasure.

As are you.

E.

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 10:07:27PM @enoch:

Dear Friend PJ: Agreed.

Dowser is a treasure.

As are you.

E.

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 10:05:44PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Dowser: Use the power of your faith and full rich tradition to sustain you in times of travail.

Devotional literature is also and very importantly inspirational.

Here is one example.

As it is written in Misparim (Numbers) 6: 24-26 The Birkat Kohanim (Priestly Bleesing) looms large in meaning for us both.

May the L-rd bless you and keep you.

Make His Face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. 

Lift up His Countenance upon you, and grant you peace.

May the Spirit move you in ways consistent with your heritage, and most meaningfully for you and yours personally.

E. 

 

 

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Dowser
link 03/28/17 12:45:44PM @dowser:

Thank you, dear Enoch!  I say this to myself, every day!  How did you know?

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Enoch
link 03/28/17 01:02:10PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Dowser: GMTA = Great Minds Think Alike.

Cyber Hug of Fellowship.

E.

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Dowser
link 03/28/17 01:15:49PM @dowser:

((((((((((((Enoch))))))))))))))))

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Kavika
link 03/27/17 12:05:32PM @kavika:

Good morning niijii,

The cover of a book is only the beginning, and the end is never the end.

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PJ
link 03/27/17 12:07:07PM @pj:

Very nicely said Kavika.  Big hugs

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:42:41PM @enoch:

Agreed.

E.

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:25:58PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Kavika: As ever your thumb is right on the pulse. Piror to walking on for good and all, each of us dies twice.

The first is cessation of all mortal bodily functions.

The second is when the last life we touched experiences the first.

Even so, we are all part of something bigger than us.

Came before and succeeds us.

We, like matter and energy are neither created or destroyed.

We endure, we abide.

Superior wisdom my good friend.

Thank you.

E.

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PJ
link 03/27/17 12:27:55PM @pj:

I will share an incident that happened while I was on a shuttle bus a couple weeks ago.  At one of the stops a woman started to step onto the bus to ask the driver where the bus was going.  Her speech was muffled and she was hard to understand.  The driver started to ask her questions in an effort to figure out what she was trying to say.  After several awkward moments I stood up and walked to the front and started to sign and asked the women if she was deaf.  The look of relief on her face was priceless.  We figured out that she needed to wait for the next bus.  Not being able to communicate a basic question is daunting and frightening.  Many of us will never know how this feels.  I'm glad I was able to help.  It made me feel like I accomplished something enormous even though it was a few simple question.  I was even able to use my sign language in Israel during my visit.  I realized that the young man who was serving us was deaf and when I started to sign his whole face lit up.  We could only communicate a little because he didn't know too much American sign language but we exchanged names and pleasantries and he walked away with a smile and checked back with us often.  

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Uptownchick
link 03/27/17 12:47:19PM @uptownchick:

It's a wonderful feeling isn't it PJ?  The looks on faces when you start to sign is priceless!  Many, many years ago I tried learning ASL...did okay but had trouble remembering a lot of the signs but boy could I spell!  One of my senior residents at a place I managed back then was deaf from the time he was five.  He taught both my husband and I (he was much better at it than I was!).  Ray, my teacher, could speak but with some difficulty...pneumonia was pronounced "new mo knee"...we all knew what he meant!  But, he would laugh at me for spelling everything, saying I "spoke" with an accent! Haven't thought about Ray for a long time...thanks for sparking a sweet memory.

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Dowser
link 03/27/17 01:08:30PM @dowser:

Lovely, dear Uppy!

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:34:07PM @enoch:

Agreed.

E.

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PJ
link 03/27/17 01:15:27PM @pj:

Yes Uppy - I couldn't agree more.  I felt so glad that I was able to help relieve some of her anxiety.  

I'm no expert by any means and I still have a lot to learn but there's no better feeling than to engage a deaf person and to see how pleased they are that you are trying to communicate with them.  They are very patient with us hearing folks.  :0)

 

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:33:44PM @enoch:

Dear Friend PJ: They are also very visual.

Writing back and forth to communicate when one doesn't know sign language is also greatly appreciated by the Deaf and Profoundly Hard of Hearing Community members.

Whoever we are, at some point we can both reach out to help, and accept the kindness of those we know and strangers alike.

We are all in this life together.

Great post.

'Thanks.

E.

 

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Dowser
link 03/27/17 01:07:07PM @dowser:

That's wonderful, PJ!!!

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:34:27PM @enoch:

Concurs.

E.

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Larry Hampton
link 03/27/17 02:27:07PM @larry-hampton:

Great to see ya Enoch!

I've noted reading these particular books at work, that biker members often make fantastic doctors and nurses.

:~)

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:36:48PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Larry Hampton: Super seeing you again.

Al;ways is.

Biker is an umbrella term.

There are many standing under the same umbrella.

They often haven't much more in common except the umbrella and the rain.

Its nice to huddle and stay dry with each other.

Great point.

E.

 

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:29:05PM @enoch:

Dear Friend PJ: What a wonderful contribution you gave us.

Such an inspirational and role modeling incident shared.

Bless you for what you did, all you do and evreything you shall do.

E.

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Uptownchick
link 03/27/17 12:38:51PM @uptownchick:

So very true and well said.  Thank you Enoch for sharing your wisdom with all of us.

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:30:29PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Uptownchick: You are most welcome.

We value your presence and contributions in our threads here.

With gratitude.

Enoch.

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Anita Blackman
link 03/27/17 02:50:50PM @anita-blackman:

I've dealt with this many times. Some women treat me bad because my body is so young looking for my age and I like to wear low cut blouses.

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 07:40:40PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Anita Blackman:

Inner beauty is the most attractive of all.

Let yours shine through.

You can be the beacon of light that illuminates and warms others.

You can accomplish this with your truth and acceptance of them.

They may need a role model.

You are perfect to help them out in this.

Peace and Abundant Blessings.

E.

 

 

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KatPen
link 03/27/17 10:00:54PM @katpen:

HI!  Brother Enoch, you were missed!   

 

Biker story:  I went to Bike Week in Daytona, FL with some friends, years and years ago.  Surrounded by bikers in large crowds was scary enough, but I must confess that the "looks" of the bikers scared me even more!     I bumped into a man dressed in black and leather, with tattoos up and down both arms.  I was so afraid he'd hit me or something.  HA!  But the man turned around to look at me, and said, "Excuse me.  I'm sorry."   Whew!   I told him "No problem.", and we continued on our way.  That eased my fears quite a bit.  

NO you can't judge a book by its color.  And bikers, I learned after being around them for a while, are very kind-hearted and giving people.  

Thank you for your contribution, Brother Enoch!     

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 10:10:47PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Katpen: Super seeing you again.

Great contribution.

Goodness is all about us.

We need to make sure we do not ignore or shut it out.

E.

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Kavika
link 03/27/17 10:16:52PM @kavika:

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Enoch
link 03/28/17 12:01:25AM @enoch:

Dear Friend Kavika: Is there anything that looks better than a child smiling?

You just mace the day or everyone who sees this.

Thanks.

E.

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Kavika
link 03/28/17 08:22:53AM @kavika:

He is a biker as well, niijii.

He has to grow into this, but it's his when he's big enough.

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Enoch
link 03/28/17 01:05:00PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Kavika: Its a wonderful garment.

I hope he wears it well and appropriate pride. 

E.

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Spikegary
link 03/28/17 07:08:28AM @spikegary:

I re-joined the ranks of bikers this past summer (had been away from it for several reasons)......there is a camaraderie among bikers, most flash you a low wave on the road.

 

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Enoch
link 03/28/17 01:07:18PM @enoch:

Dear Friend Spikegary: Indeed there is.

Long after you cannot feel the wind in your hair, due to a paucity of hair (been there done that) there is the fellowship of being a part of something greater than yourself.

No feeling like it.

We did not evolve to be alone.

E.

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One Miscreant
link 03/27/17 11:26:56PM @one-miscreant:

As my better half and I turned up the dairy isle one day. I saw a elderly woman being pushed in wheelchair towards us. As she drew near she raise a crooked finger up and in an unobtrusive voice said, "Santa". I thought for a moment and replied, "Ho Ho Ho...have you been a good girl?" The smile on her face made both of us smile. Mine, because I thought I looked more like a biker. I'm not sure why it made her smile, but I guess it made the chair fade for a moment or two.

I turned to my wife and asked, "Still want me to cut it back?"...She smiled and replied, "I still do."  So, even though the world might want you to shave, don't do it. Someone else might just get a kick out of it too. 

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Enoch
link 03/27/17 11:59:06PM @enoch:

Dear Friend One-Miscreant: Beards worked well for us men folk thought out history.

You did a great good deed by making someone smile who needed one.

Good on you.

Keep the face hair Bro.

E.

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Perrie Halpern R.A.
link 03/28/17 12:07:10AM @perrie-halpern:

Good to see you Enoch! Hope you have been well. 

Years ago, my mom had a children's clothing store. One day, close to closing, a group of 4 bikers came into the store. I was pretty sure we (my girlfriend also worked in the store), were going to get robbed and I jestered to her with my head to stand near the phone. 

Turns out that these were the nicest guys. One was a college professor, who after losing his wife, threw it all in, and joined this biker group. Over the years, they came in a lot to buy their nieces and nephews gifts and were always pleasant and polite...

So I get your story, totally. 

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Enoch
link 03/28/17 01:20:58PM @enoch:

Dear Perrie: I am stil here. So I guess I am feeling well enough.

Smiles.

I first met the initial Bikers group that used me as their Chaplain five yeras back.

It ws a summer Monday.

I had been sprinting up and walking slowly down 50-75% degree inclines in an area that was seismic 14,000 years ago. The marathon session had gone on for 9 hours straight.  

My clothes in near 100 degree F heat were pretty much pasted to my body. I smelled rather like food garbage left out in the hot sun for days.

I stopped into a Dunkin Donuts for a cold brew to re-hydrate. 

There weer no other seats in the shop available, except one in a series of three tables of leather jacket clad Bikers. Without hesitation they invited me to join their compliment. They had me on the spot.

Over time they asked me to join, and then to be their Chaplain.

As you know, guys are big on nick names in a group. Mine is The Wrench. I fix things for them.

Not everyone gives them a fair chance, due to outward appearances and negative stereotypes.

I know them to be accepting, kind, generous, and unrelenting in their support for each other.

We can all learn from others, and be the better for it.

Its all a matter of letting truth, like beauty and wisdom in.

Our friends in the Buddhist community have a good point for us in that matter.

Thanks for a wonderful contribution.

As it occurs next month, Chag Pesach Sameach.

A joyous and meaningful Passover to you and yours.

E.

 

   

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jwc2blue
link 03/28/17 08:46:39AM @jwc2blue:

Good to see you Enoch, I haven't seen you around the ranch for awhile.

I never judge a book by it's cover. I don't even pay much attention to reviews.

I use the index. ;)

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Enoch
link 03/28/17 01:23:21PM @enoch:

Dear Friend JwcBlue2: I am on and off these days.

One thing about being older than dirt.

It does slow you down a tad.

I greatly enjoyed your comment.

So true, and very funny.

Thanks fro both brightening and enlightening my day.

E.

(Happy Passover Forthcoming).

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