7/11: Opinions

7/11: Opinions

  1. Thank you Frank, what a great reminder of how to classify opinions. Not only to "stand porter" in letting opinions influence our thought but in being careful in our offering of them. Opinions have their origin in mortal beliefs, and not spiritual truths. It is interesting that Mary Baker Eddy begins her definition of "Knowledge" in S&H page 590, with, "Evidence obtained from the five corporeal senses: mortality; beliefs and opinions; human theories, doctrines, hypotheses;..." I'm reminded of a phrase from an old t.v. series, "Just the facts". For the facts, spiritual understanding should be foremost in our thoughts.

  2. Thank u thank u!

  3. thank you Frank such a good lift from one who often offers my unrequested opinions I will try to remember 5this lift.

  4. Thank you Frank for this important reminder to distinguish between the human opinion which would look at the material appearance and what God's opinion of His man is. Mortal thought would analyse matter and then make a diagnosis and a prognosis as if matter had produced the man.

    In the Bible we are asked:

    II Cor 10:7

    7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.

    I find it helpful to silence all the false opinions about man by knowing that the most important opinion of me is the opinion which God holds of His creation of man:

    Matt 17:5

    5 This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased;

    It's the only eternal opinion that actually counts because it is the only eternal opinion.

    And it always tells the truth about me and those that I meet each day.

  5. Wow, love this. Thank you, Frank.

  6. Thanks Frank, for this great 'lift into more spiritual perception'... I wasn't familiar with the acronym but
    enjoyed your transposing 'humble' with 'human', especially given this weeks lovely Bible lesson on what constitutes 'true humility' and how healing that really IS. Your DL also brings to mind MBE's comments on (not) "Taking Offense":

    "We should remember that the world is wide; there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; that each person has a different history, constitution, culture, character, from all the rest; that human life is the work, the play, the ceaseless action and reaction upon each other of these different atoms. Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; with an equanimity so settled that no passing breath nor accidental disturbance shall agitate or ruffle it; with a charity broad enough to cover the whole world’s evil - and sweet enough to neutralize what is bitter in it, — determined not to be offended when no wrong is meant, nor even when it is, unless the offense be against God".

  7. What a great Lift, Frank! And of course that's more than just my humble opinion! It's based on your previous Lifts, and the wonderful spiritual understanding gained from the blessings of spiritual understanding arrived at through studying and putting into practice the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy. My cousin's daughter writes novellas aimed at a niche market that is bringing in much needed money. But I woke in the night worrying about this. I had read that worrying is just ingratitude in advance, and that wasn't someone's IMHO. As I knuckled down to some well-aimed praying I woke wonder and amazement: Hey! Love is spiritual, divine, unassailable - not physical or carnal. Whether or not the writer is a relation. So I prayed with this all day: the essence of the Christ, Truth, is the purity and reality of Love. And that's not just my opinion, humble or otherwise!
    Nate I enjoyed the fiddle this week. And I firmly believe many of our Lift family would agree that it has blessed the Lifts we've heard so far.

  8. Very, very helpful. Thank you, Frank.

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  9. Thank you Frank ...

  10. Human opinions are often words thrown to the wind, unless, of course, they are backed up by some spiritual Truth.

    I ought to know, I am a very opinionated woman.

    I found that when I consult with my Pastor: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and the Holy Bible, —before sharing my thoughts— these lose materiality and fly on wings of blessings.

    (This brought to mind the words of “Thumper”, the lovely bunny in the movie “Bambi”:
    “If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all”.)

    ESPAÑOL
    Las opiniones humanas son a menudo palabras lanzadas al viento, claro que a menos que estén respaldadas por alguna Verdad espiritual.

    Sin duda yo sé eso, soy una mujer muy opinionada.

    He descubierto que cuando consulto con mi Pastor: Ciencia y Salud con la Llave de las Escrituras y la Biblia —antes de compartir mis pensamientos— éstos pierden materialidad y vuelan con las alas de bendiciones.

    (Esto me recordó las palabras de "Thumper", el conejito encantador en la película "Bambi":
    "Si no puedes decir algo bueno, no digas nada en absoluto.")

  11. Thank you so much for this inspiring lift. It has reminded me to be silent rather than giving an opinion that might hurt or not bless someone.

  12. Spot on Frank, thank you!

  13. Thank you Frank and thank you Maggie in NZ (#6) !

  14. Thanks Frank!

    Thinking of how one human opinion proliferates another (unless, like Elena noted, spiritually backed) or rumors, or anything based on sense-testimony, this passage from S&H comes to thought to share:

    “The multiplication of a human and mortal sense of persons and things is not creation. A sensual thought, like an atom of dust thrown into the face of spiritual immensity, is dense blindness instead of a scientific eternal consciousness of creation.”

    Love to the DL community!

  15. Thank you Franj for this wonderful lift. I hadn't heard the term IMHO but nevertheless it's wonderful to be reminded to be on guard. Opinions and judgements sometimes go hand in hand and judgements is what I am tring to avoid, so no
    IMHO's for me

  16. To #6, Maggie in NZ: Where can I find the source of MBE's quote? It's wonderful. I struggle with the convictions of my opinions, having to remind myself repeatedly that it is but one of perhaps five billion possibilities. Thanks, Frank, for a great litmus test of sharing an opinion. The acronym THINK comes to mind: Is it Thoughtful, Honest, Intelligent, Necessary, and Kind? If so, perhaps then you may say it. Thank you!

    Daily Lift Team:
    The article "Taking Offense" is in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896 by Mary Baker Eddy beginning on page 223.

  17. Thank you for this inspiring Lift and many thanks to all the Lifters.

  18. Many thanks Frank for this great reminder: "In Christian Science mere opinion is valueless. Proof is essential..." (S&H 341:11). And the marginal heading is: "Supported by facts". "With gifts of healing in his wings/ To light the Christ now guides us,/ The heart that knows him burns and sings,/ For endless joy betides us." (Christian Science Hymnal #392).

  19. Thanks, Frank, for a good and much needed reminder on opinions.

  20. Wow, does this help put things into perspective--the human vs. the divine! Thank you!

  21. With the internet and cable/satellite TV, the flow and intensity of political and economic opinions seems to be reaching a crescendo. It's so easy to get engulfed in this, and by this. What a wonderful and arresting demand to remove ourselves from the hubbub and seek a spiritual retreat from human opinions!

  22. When Mrs. Eddy said, "Watch and pray", she too, was guarding against human opinions of the day. Certainly with all that is out there today, we sometimes get caught up in it but need to watch. Thanks for the questions that we can ask ourselves and the alertness reminder.

  23. Have always loved Mrs. Eddy's council as to opinion being "valueless". Would like to add my "thank you" too for this week's music - most enjoyable.

    Daily Lift Team:
    Quote is from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, page 341:11
    "In Christian Science mere opinion is valueless."

  24. Thank you, Frank, for “Opinions …”

    Since childhood, I was encouraged to share “what I think” as a way of loving others. So, I’ve always been ready with an opinion, while praying as to what would be most helpful for each person. Many people came to me for advice. Sometimes I’d even go on a “rescue mission.” I felt it would be cruel to hold back an opinion that could “save” someone. I meant to bless and uplift and encourage others to be the best version of themselves. It’s good; but, I’ve found something even better – in fact, the best!!!

    “In Christian Science mere opinion is valueless” (S&H 341:11).

    Wow! It’s got me to thinking and praying about how to really love others (just like a Christian Science practitioner does!). I’ve come to understand better that whatever proceeds from God’s laws is our only right answer. And so, I increasingly go to God in prayer to tap into the “kingdom of God within” and encourage others to do the same. In that way, we each have our own right answers straight from God, always available and accessible.

    “And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest” (Hebrews 8:11).

    Today at the luncheon I’m scheduled to attend, I’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice what I’ve been learning – like a review at the end of the chapter called, “Opinions.” :-)

  25. IMHO a great Lift!

  26. I have definitely used up my life-quota of human opinions! They often started with “You should…” Like you, Frank, I get a bad feeling when I try to opinion-ize what I may see today. But I can still put two cents worth in when I start thinking with “God does..”

    God does .. find expression in these wise words . We …” should daily watch and pray to be delivered from all evil, from prophesying, judging, condemning, counseling, influencing or being influenced erroneously.” Mary Baker Eddy, A Rule for Motives and Acts. Manual.

  27. I love what Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures which was included in the Christian Science Bible Lesson recently: "The cement of a higher humanity will unite all periods in the one divinity." All that is temporary is human opinion and fear. All that is eternally permanent is consciousness of God and fearlessness.

  28. Thanks so much. So helpful.

  29. "Hurry to follow it (the divine idea)". What a wonderful, divine idea this is!
    "And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us".(Heb.12:1 NIV) I'm running my race today, following divine ideas!
    Thank you, Frank. Thank you, dear Mother Church.

  30. So important for today's world of Social Media and constant News and Comments on the Inter-Net and Television! Thank you, Frank, for this wise counsel! I thought of a statement in Science and Health that could help us take pause and consider the source: "For right reasoning there should be but one fact before the thought, namely, spiritual existence." S & H p. 492, l. 3. Also, thanks to #21 Cliff for: "........seek a spiritual retreat from human opinions." Not always easy in a materialistic world to keep thought on the spiritual fact.......Thank God we have so much support with all the avenues the Christian Science Church has to help us on our way - one of which is this Daily Lift! My humble Thank You!

  31. Generalmente somos propensos a dar opiniones, sin embargo, no aprendemos así en la Ciencia, sino más bien no dar opinión, por que es fácil opinar, pero entiendo que no edifica.

    "Cuando la sabiduría entrare en tu corazón, Y la ciencia fuera grata a tu alma, la discreción te guardará" Proverbios
    Sabias palabras que nos dicen de la importancia de la prudencia en el hablar.

    También la Sra Eddy ha hecho referencia de la inconveniencia de no dar opiniones, y la importancia de guardar silencio.
    Lamentablemente tenemos demasiados opinadores que no agregan nada al progreso espiritual y si mucho al retroceso de la humanidad.

    Muchas gracias Frank.

  32. What a Wonderful Lift. Thank you Frank.

  33. Thank you, Frank, for this great reminder!

  34. Thank you for this mini lecture on the value of personal opinion. What God tells each of us is where the real value lies.

  35. For about a year, I had a sticky note with the word "opinion" with its dictionary definition pasted on the wall at eye level. One of the definitions is that an opinion is a conclusion reached not based on one's experience. When wanting to express an opinion, I'm reminded of Mrs. Eddy's admonition regarding prayer: "The lips must remain silent."

    Daily Lift Team:
    Reference is made to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, page 15:11
    "Lips must be mute and materialism silent, that man may have audience with Spirit, the divine
    Principle, Love, which destroys all error."

  36. Thank you so much Frank! This is just what I needed to hear today. Of course, the concept of human "opinion" seems almost ludicrous in Christian Science because, "Mind alone possesses all faculties, perception, and comprehension" (MBE "Science and Health" p 488). We are the reflection of God, Mind; therefore, "...faculties, perception, and comprehension..." belong to God only.

    But as we daily rub up against the world of mortal mind, it is difficult to remain "Porter at the door of thought" (p392). MBE also states in "Science and Health", "...the senses of Mind are never lost and ... matter has no sensation"....How can man, reflecting God, be dependent on material means for knowing, hearing, seeing" (p489). So we are being asked to be at the forefront with our thought and gently point out to those we meet daily, alternative God-directed interpretations of reality; thus, we can help everyone around us.

    What a wonderful reminder Frank, and thank you!
    Thank you also #6, and The Daily Lift Team, I am off to read "Taking Offence"...

  37. Thank you Frank for this valuable reminder.

  38. Thank you Frank for that very timely lift! A great way to read that acronym. Thanks also Maggie #6 - wonderful passage from Mrs. Eddy. Also appreciate your comments Elena #10, a good reminder to consult the Pastor before sharing our opinions. And Susan #16, love your phrase for THINK -good litmus test for our opinions! Finally, thank you to the DL team for the beautiful music this week! Enjoy it all, but especially this week! Could it possibly be Jason Marsh playing?
    Blessings to all from sunny Nevada!

    Daily Lift Team
    Daily Lift Musicians

  39. IMHO. . . that was stellar advice! :-)

  40. Thank you Frank! What a good reminder.
    Thanks also for all the grateful comments. And #21 Cliff -- such wisdom to seek a spiritual retreat from human opinions!

  41. This is so perfect and true - just what I needed to be reminded of today, and often! I plan to listen to this regularly. Thanks so much, Frank.

  42. Thank you for this arresting thought. It reminded me of words from hymn 232 :2 in the Christian Science hymnal:"O Light, in Thy light we can see /That man is ever one with Thee./In love our lives Thou dost enfold,/And now our waiting hopes behold / That man is God's own child."
    Plus the last line of the 3rd stanza: "Man is the loved of Love."
    I will focus on keeping my thought on seeing and knowing each person is the loved of Love as I go through the day! This will also connect with yesterdays Lift to find a new idea today to pray with and find inspiration.
    Thanks to all who share their spiritual ideas in these Daily Lifts! It is blessing everyone!

  43. Thank you for a good wake up call. Even if an opinion is only voiced to oneself, a strongly held opinion still resists the humility required to worship God "in sincerity and in Truth." But what a vigilant exercise and practice this will be!

  44. Ditto 22 and 23. Outstanding lift today. Thanks Frank.

  45. How lovely. thank you for today's clear message. "How can we be sure that we are led by divine impulse and we are not giving opinions too much credence? Does it uplift the listener and does it lift me up? Does it have its source in Principle, God? Pray. Be patient and then the human opinion yeilds to the Divine Idea. You will know it and hurry to follow it. " I am getting better at weeding out human opinions and I agree with your register-if it turns me sour and does not lift me up, then I can reject it as a distraction right away. I am thinking perhaps I need to pay more attention to the opinions that I give out-are they truly helpful in a deeper way? That is a wonderful thing to consider and act upon. Thank you so much for this lift and also to the lifter who spelled out MBE's Not Taking Offense....a powerful invitation to look, think and act a mightier path in our daily lives. Again, thank you.

  46. This is an important thought to consider. Thank you for this helpful message.

  47. Refreshing and so helpful to be made aware of in both as receiver and broadcaster!!!--Thank you! Merri

  48. Great lift! Wonderful comments! Thanks to all daily lifters!

  49. Thank you! Excellent reminder for this day!! I'm on it!!

  50. Ahhhhhhh. So supremely accurate. Thank you for the enlightened thought on the various hackneyed expressions.

  51. Thank you so much ! Great guidance!

  52. Great, great lift and great reminder. Many thanks.

  53. YES ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  54. Frank! Wonderful! And every lifter...I loved them all. Nancy from Yellow springs, you always make me laugh as I imbibe your wry 'right on" views straight from humility. I have been learning and learning not to chafe at others' opinions...which makes Melanie's comments #43 so pointed to me...Yes, sometimes I am voicing a "silent" opinion to "myself," perhaps even as I "know the truth outward..."being nice" outwardly. Hmmmm, That is IMPOSSIBLE. There is only MIND, dear pure and loving MIND...I will disassociate my identity from holding any judgment "inwardly" or "outwardly," and "cling steadfastly to God and HIS idea." (S&H) This is the truth of me and my fellows. As Tony says in #4, I will pray with the Matthew verse, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Mrs. Eddy is telling us that God told her to write that "In Christian Science mere opinion is valueless." So what do I do with anything of no value? I discard it. Ah... silence with a holy prayer taking place of "inward" opining!! What blessings ensue, "pressed down and running over," for all. Thank you, thank you, Frank and all Lifters.

  55. Excelent! thank you!!!!!!!

  56. What a wonderful idea to go right along with this week's Bible Lesson's reminder what true humility is, a willingness to sacrifice our human will to the divine good will.
    I loved the thoughts of the woman from Canaan who only desired to have her daughter healed. She refused to personalize the human charge that she was not worthy because of her background and birth to have the Christ heal her daughter. Instead she found a "common ground" in the statement that even dogs deserved to be fed the crumbs of the master's table! Who could disagree with that?
    Finding a place where we can build a bridge to another's thought, is a healing way to see that The Divine is blessing all.

  57. Frank, what a great reminder to share those divinely authorized thoughts that uplift and not mortal opinions that can mislead.

  58. Thank you all for the opinion-free inspirations.

  59. Thank you.

  60. Thank you very much, Frank! So very often we all find, I believe, that the Daily Lift fits exactly the need we are finding in our daily lives. I had been rehearsing some "parental advice", otherwise known as not so humble opinions! Back to the one Parent for his wisdom and unfailing LOVE! “Let God be true, but every [material] man a liar.” (S&H 471) Now that stops opinions dead in their tracks. Thanks again.

  61. Yes, and one of the mere human opinions prevalent today is that we can be outnumbered! "One on the side of God is a majority."

  62. I loved Martin's (#1) comment on the old Dragnet Tag-line from Sgt. Friday, "Just the Facts" which we know assures us we are God's image and likeness. Beautiful Lift, Frank, is putting fact and opinion in the proper spiritual perspective.

  63. Thank you. What a wonderful lift, and wonderfully uplifting and enlightening comments as well. This definitely goes into the favorites where it will be perused, considered and reviewed many times.

  64. This is EXACTLY what I was needing to hear today! Yesterday, I listened to human opinion tell me (for the umpteenth time) that I just wasn't good enough. I believed it for several hours and let it block out the loving words of someone else. Thank you soooo very much for this beautiful lift !!!! I will listen to it again and again !!!

  65. Thank you, Frank!! And thank you, Daily Lifters! For me, this Lift and the wonderful quotes is a keeper as to why the human opinion is valueless.

  66. How helpful this Daily Lift is for me. I seem to be in positions where my opinion is asked for---and I pray that I will give my opinions the test: Does it bless? Does it uplift? Is it for the betterment of all? Much to pray about and I am grateful to be able to turn to Divine Science for guidance. The main questions is---does the decision to be made and opinions offered express the Christ and the betterment for all mankind. I have some big decision to make and my opinion is being asked regarding several things. Here is the foundation right before me in this Daily Lift to spring from and make the right decisions and give the right opinions. Thank you, Frank, for these thoughts. How timely. Ann Botts, Banning, CA..

    Ann Botts, Banning, CA

  67. Thank you for alerting me to know what human opinion is....of no value.And to seek the Divine Idea.

  68. Thank goodness we have the freedom to offer our opinions without fear. It is the spirit that counts. The key is the H in IMHO. Is our opinion truly Humble?
    Does our opinion come with strong human will, or with humility and flexibility? Will our opinion do more harm than good? Do we have all the facts? And finally, what is the divine will?

  69. So important to be a good listener to the absolute facts, to find peace.

  70. There is only one OPINION to follow. We are amongst our fellow human beings who give their opinion in a much selfless attitude with the motive to help the other guy. But does it? If it's based upon a human sense of things even though it's in the highest motive of the person giving it, it falls short because it's not based on Spirit God, the only OPINIONATER there is.
    By TOBIAS A. WEISSMAN

  71. This lift is so timely as I just discovered Mrs. Eddy's quote about opinions relating to receptivity to healing and normal activity:
    "the lame, those halting between two opinions or hobbling on crutches..." See Misc. Writings p.168

  72. Thank you very much for a great uplift.

  73. MERE opinions are often accompanied by the most egregious logical fallacies, most notably ad homonym, and post hoc ergo prompter hoc -- which is Latin for jumping to conclusions. We must look dispassionately at facts and stay aknight's move ahead of their consequences. Then we have cleared the way for the truth ofTruth to come through. Option gives way to judgment.

  74. BUSTED! You nailed me! I needed to hear that.

  75. In “The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany,” Mary Baker Eddy writes, The right way wins the right of way, even the way of Truth and Love, whereby all our debts are paid, mankind blessed, and God glorified.” (Pages 231-232.)
    Thanks for the fiddle.

  76. Thank you, Frank. I often have trouble deciding whether I am doing the right thing. If it blesses the other person and it lifts me up, it must be of the Divine. I must trust this, have faith in this and allow such fruits of the spirit to follow. Let it be!

  77. The fiddle is wonderful!

  78. Thank you for reminding me to listen more to God than the ear. When listening to God we always hear good and positive thoughts. Also thanks for sending me the Daily Lift, I check it every day. And also I love the lectures I have watched by Frank Prinz-Wondollek too. They were excellent. Thanks, Jan Van Hook

  79. Thank you for lifting us from the 'cloud' of hot air, to the atmosphere of Love.

  80. What a great lift for today! What a wonderful lesson for all of us. I love it.

  81. Thanks for the uplift out of human opinions and into spiritual understanding.

  82. You've answered lots of questions I often have!

  83. Thank you Frank......traveling so I'm a day late but nevertheless, so relevant and helpful and deeply spiritual. thanks everyone.

  84. Thank you for this timeless lift, and for the helpful comments that have been shared. Thank you number 68 and 70....

  85. I recall that some time ago, The Mother Church put out a notice that the #6 quote from. Some year ago, there was a notice from The Mother Church that the article, Taking Offence, was not to be quoted as having been written by Mrs. Eddy. Perhaps we can get some clarity on this?
    Bonnie frfom Louisville

    Daily Lift Team:
    The Mary Baker Eddy Library research area shared the following about the article "Taking Offense”

    Is “Taking Offense” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, pp. 223-224) really by Mary Baker Eddy? Although the question of authorship has been extensively researched, our answers are still somewhat incomplete. The basic facts are these:

    · The first known publication of this article was in February 1870, when it appeared anonymously in Godey’s Lady’s Book (Vol. 80, p. 179), but evidence in Mary Baker Eddy’s own scrapbook indicates that it may have been published elsewhere before 1870.

    · On April 14, 1883, it was published anonymously in the first issue of the Journal of Christian Science (p. 4). In June 1886, an excerpt from “Taking Offense” was published in the Journal (p. 77), prefaced with the comment “SOMEBODY has written these wise words:__.”

    · When Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896 was compiled and published under Mrs. Eddy’s direction in 1897, “Taking Offense” was included, apparently on the assumption that it was by Mrs. Eddy.

    In 1929, critics, citing Godey’s and the anonymous reprints in the Journal, asserted that Mary Baker Eddy had plagiarized the piece, based on its inclusion in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896. However, the authorship of “Taking Offense” remains a mystery. In the collection, this piece is found first as a clipping in Mrs. Eddy’s scrapbook; this could mean that it was among the many articles by her and by many others which she saved and later used to fill the early issues of the Journal. On the other hand, many of Mrs. Eddy’s own contributions in the early years ran without her name in the Journal. Though Robert Peel strongly feels that the piece is not hers (see Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Trial, pp. 185, 355, and Mary Baker Eddy: The Years of Authority, p. 407), we really do not know who wrote it, and it is not impossible that the author is, in fact, Mary Baker Eddy.

    March 2002

  86. Thanks to all! In a meeting of a group of Christian Scientists coming together for discussion and making decisions, one person got up and said that human will (opinions) doesn't stand up and say "I am human will" It says: This needs to happen, or else... And then hands us its list of certain disasters that will result unless the path it outlines is followed. This turned our discussion from fear, trying to avoid bad results to the what does Mind God have to show us. The whole tone of the meeting softened and all were happy with the results. S&H also says that "Human will belongs to the material senses" Opinions are the exercise of human will. I am grateful to be reminded this experience and thanks to all for their insights on this vital point in Christian Science.

  87. You have to ask yourself: is this from God, from Divine grace or from the carnal mind. Which is it? Synonyms are attributes of Divine Mind. They are not Divine Mind. But if you're on the right track, & running the right race, you'll know the difference. Examine the source of the opinion carefully. Who or what told you that you had to follow the fiction of opinion. Not me pal.

  88. This is a wonderful lift. Wish I could print it out
    to read from time to time. Thank you, Frank
    Lovely, lovely music, too.

  89. Thank you, Frank, for this thought-inspiring Lift and so many wonderful Lifter comments. Yes, in the "Amazing Race" of Life that we all travel, opinions can flow without thinking - rather like "ready, fire, aim"! It is good to focus on Thoughtful, Honest, Intelligent, Necessary, and Kind, as Susan #16 referred to in breaking down THINK and the prerequisites for giving an opinion. Sometimes it is better to leave a thought unspoken and keep opinions to oneself, unless someone ask for our opinion.

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