Success

Success is a very elusive term.  Success to one man is sometimes the object of ridicule and scorn to another.  If one sets out in life to be successful he or she will probably never find true success or at best be viewed by only a few as successful. There are probably as many definitions of success as there are people in this world and it really depends on a person’s set of circumstances as to what success is to them.  Sadly enough, the status of being successful is not something one can bestow on one’s self. Being successful is a status that is bestowed on one by others. There are other aspects of success to consider such as physical, intellectual, and spiritual.  There are many who would not even consider the physical, intellectual, and spiritual aspects and the only criteria considered would be that of wealth.  Some would consider talent as the only qualifying factor to be successful regardless of wealth. Many, who have developed winning attitudes toward a successful life, have no talent. Often it is the relationship one has with another as to whether they would be classified as successful. Success is a very elusive term.

How is success calibrated or gauged?  Success is sometimes measured by counting the number of people that love a person. Success is sometimes measured by the number of times a person laughs in a single day.  It is sometimes measured by the number of others that a successful person causes to find laughter. Peace and contentment are good indicators of a successful person but even then one could still be evil and sinister. The people that surround a person are indicators if a person is successful or not.  Does the successful person give energy to others or do they waste the energy of others? Does a successful person in order to accomplish his or her goals cause strife or are they peacemakers?  Does that person bring light and blue skies or does that person bring darkness and clouds.   Does a successful person give meaning and definition to the lives of others or does that person leave a path of confusion and ambiguity?   Is a person’s absence more conspicuous than their presence? Is a successful person’s presence a blessing or a curse?  Does a successful person deserve, command, or demand respect or is that person just the lesser of two bad choices?  Is a successful person part of the solution or are they part of the problem?  Can a successful person lend themselves to fixing a problem?  Can a person work successfully with others in order to accomplish a common goal?  If you use the aforementioned criteria you will be able to determine the degree of success of a person in question.

If a person uses the criteria spelled out in the Bible while obeying God, a person will not have to look for success.  Success will find them. Knowledge, wisdom and understanding you must seek from Proverbs. Denial of self from Jesus is important so that you don’t put yourself ahead of others. Don’t set up store houses and don’t be a lover of money and other materials. Love your family members more than you love yourself but make sure all of you know and love God more than you love yourselves. All of you must always seek His counsel first on everything of importance and wait patiently for His answer. Love yourself but love your neighbor more than you love yourself (but not more than you love your family members). As was mentioned earlier, do not strive for success. It is a moving target.  Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness; then truth and success will find you.  If success doesn't come soon enough for you, then ask God for it and the ability to handle it.   

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The King of All Drugs- Part II

This material is based on Wikipedia's article(s) on Oxytocin; an outstanding piece.  

The king of all drugs, Oxytocin, is not only produced by the body but its chemical formula and structure are mimicked and manufactured in the laboratory for research and commercial purposes. The objective should be to keep the concept of Oxytocin and its intrinsic value limited to the benefit and "summoning up" by the individual. It should not be socially manipulated by vested political and commercial interests. Oxytocin, it appears, is being turned inside and out in efforts to know how it affects a single person. This research is noble, indeed.  The scientific community through the use of the "scientific method" is uncovering unbiased and untainted information regarding personality traits, good and bad, that affect overall social interaction without any preconceived notions. This is a major breakthrough because it indicates sufficient evidence that personality traits and human behavior are very much "predisposed biochemistry" that is not addressed by psychology and psychiatry, which is the study of the "effect" and only rarely offer solid proof for "behavioral predictability". 

"Oxytocin is normally produced in the hypothalamus.[5][6] It plays a role in social bonding, sexual reproduction in both sexes, and during and after childbirth..." (Wikipedia- Oxytocin).  This is only part of the roles of Oxytocin. Researchers have administered this wonder drug through three different ports of entry into the body; intranasally (nasal passages), intravenously, and muscle tissue injections. "Oxytocin was discovered in 1952.[9] It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most important medications needed in a basic health system.[10] As of 2014, the wholesale cost of the medication is US$0.10–0.56 per dose.[11]..." (Oxytocin- Wikipedia). By using the three different ports of entry forced reactions occur, which are void of the normal emotional stimuli that trigger the reactive dispensing of Oxytocin. The effects of this research are quite astounding. Probably the greatest thing that has come to light is the diversity of personality traits and what rules or principles that govern the emission of this amazing drug.  Where do a person's rules of "self" and "unselfishness" begin and end?

Oxytocin has a role to play in these instances: 1) Letdown reflex: In lactating (breastfeeding) mothers, oxytocin acts at the mammary glands, causing milk to be 'let down' into subareolar sinuses, from where it can be excreted via the nipple.[14] (Oxytocin- Wikipedia).  2) Uterine contraction: Important for cervical dilation before birth, oxytocin causes contractions during the second and third stages of labor. Oxytocin release during breastfeeding causes mild but often painful contractions during the first few weeks of lactation. (Oxytocin- Wikipedia). 3) Social behavior[16][17] and wound healing: Oxytocin is also thought to modulate inflammation by decreasing certain cytokines. Thus, the increased release in Oxytocin following positive social interactions has the potential to improve wound healing. A study by Marazziti and colleagues used heterosexual couples to investigate this possibility. They found increases in plasma Oxytocin following a social interaction were correlated with faster wound healing. This study provides preliminary evidence that positive social interactions may directly influence aspects of health.[18] (Oxytocin-Wikipedia). 4) Oxytocin and oxytocin receptors are also found in the heart in some rodents, and the hormone may play a role in the embryonal development of the heart by promoting cardiomyocyte differentiation.[22][23].  Have you ever heard the saying "(something) warms the cockles of my heart?"(Oxytocin- Wikipedia) 5) Autism: Oxytocin may play a role in autism and may be an effective treatment for autism's repetitive and affiliative behaviors.[25] 6) Nasally administered oxytocin has also been reported to reduce fear, possibly by inhibiting the amygdala (which is thought to be responsible for fear responses).[31]  7)  Oxytocin affects social distance between adult males and females, and may be responsible at least in part for romantic attraction and subsequent monogamous pair bonding. 8) The researchers suggested that oxytocin may help promote fidelity within monogamous relationships.[41] For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the "bonding hormone". There is some evidence that oxytocin promotes ethnocentric behavior, incorporating the trust and empathy of in-groups with their suspicion and rejection of outsiders.[16] Furthermore, genetic differences in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) have been associated with maladaptive social traits such as aggressive behaviour.[42]  9) Trust is increased by oxytocin.[35][36][37] Disclosure of emotional events is a sign of trust in humans. When recounting a negative event, humans who receive intranasal oxytocin share more emotional details and stories with more emotional significance.[36] Humans also find faces more trustworthy after receiving intranasal oxytocin. In a study, participants who received intranasal oxytocin viewed photographs of human faces with neutral expressions and found them to be more trustworthy than those who did not receive oxytocin.[35] This may be because oxytocin reduces the fear of social betrayal in humans. There is much more important research that is left to be concluded both by layman and behaviorists. There will be much more discussed later. 

It should be more and more obvious how important this research involving Oxytocin is becoming. We as witnesses of "History in the making" are one step closer to exposing some of mankind's long time foes such as why one nation will rise up against another, why a political party is ground zero for subversive activity for control, why and how a society becomes undisciplined, selfish, amoral and/or what causes prisons to fill with temporarily socially maladjusted perpetrators. These are only some of the examples of how Oxytocin will play a role in social interaction. (Stay tuned for Part III.) 

The King of All Drugs- Part I

Nothing happens in the human body, or any other animal body, unless a biochemical or drug manufactured by the body flows across a responding receptor for a certain response. Pursuant to the post "Feelings", that was put up on Friday 2/26 (2016), the king of all drugs produced is known as Oxytocin, which is not to be confused with Oxycontin. Oxytocin is produced by the body in the hypothalamus, an organ of the Limbic system.  Oxycontin is a pain killer produced by drug companies to give cancer patients a few more days of bearable life. Oxytocin is stored in the posterior portion of the pituitary gland, an organ of the endocrine system, for not only immediate deployment but continual emission; continual to the point that it is present in many different areas of the body for many diverse processes; simultaneously. The "overall responsibility of Oxytocin" is to deliver a certain life style we want and feel we need for ourselves. 

The "overall responsibility of Oxytocin" seems to imply that Oxytocin is capable of thinking for us. It isn't but it is part of a process that is our thinking.  Our memory has a great deal to do with our actions. The juices of Oxytocin are constantly inducted into our systems by both, our good memories and our bad memories. Did you ever hear the saying "History determines our future"? This is true but only when some things of value are learned through questionable decisions on our part. Have you ever heard the saying "History repeats itself?" This is when nothing of value was learned the first time.  However, forgiveness does cause us to repeat poor choices when our fellow man is worth another try. Libraries are full of the effects of Oxytocin. World history is oozing with the effects of Oxytocin.  Newspapers and the Internet are bulging with copious amounts of Oxytocin.  You can't have social interaction without the juices of Oxytocin!     

In a way, Oxytocin is like a "seeing eye dog" for a blind person because it is an unseen aid to so many events in our daily life and because of it, things run on schedule and then...because of it, things don't run on schedule.  More than likely, the most important aspect of the effects that Oxytocin has on a person is not so much the drug itself but the receptors, which receptors, how much drug should be dumped into the blood stream, what combination of receptors are used, what the objective is, but finally which template our memory has used in order to answer the call to action...or suppression of action. Since we were born, the templates for the dispensing of, and detection of, this wonder drug have been established. In almost all cases it is our memory of both good and bad things that have guided us.  There are also times when we are in uncharted waters when our survival instincts "kick-in" and we maneuver successfully thus establishing a new template.

Oxytocin is truly a wonder drug and it is free. It comes with the rest of your package straight from the dealership. There is no "sensory adaptation" making you have to increase each dosage to get high. It does have its limits however and that usually comes when you allow your mouth to overload your ability, you go to jail, you get your face slapped, etc. If you learn to control your Oxytocin and let it work for you your life will be very productive. If you let it overwhelm you, suffering and strife will be in your future...but that is how we travel the road of life isn't it?  (Stay tuned for Part II.)      
                                                               
 Hank                                                                        

All Around the World

Hi Everybody,

I am enjoying hearing from all over the world. I hope you are enjoying this site. We have peace in many parts of the world but we also have strife where one man is trying to overcome another man’s rights, welfare and rights for (his) survival. Please remember the only peace that is genuine and eternal is having the Spirit of the only living God within your very being.

Happy Easter!

  Hank

Feelings

Did you ever wonder why things cause you to have different responses?  Diverse events cause diverse reactions or responses.  There are almost as many reactions as there are events…almost.  To have alternative responses or diverse reactions to new occurrences is one of the wonders of the human body.  Do you realize that the event, or cause, generates a reaction, or effect? So what! What wiring or chemical solution connects the cause to the effect? This is much like the power of a car’s motor needing to be connected to the wheels to make it go.  In a car, the drive shaft connected to the (rear) axle and differential will transfer the power from the motor to the wheels.  In a person, the connection between the event and the reaction is caused by chemicals, or drugs, manufactured by the body.

The proper amount of the chemicals, or drugs, is just as important as the manufacturing of the correct chemical or drug.  So ladies, when a fly is accidentally let into the kitchen through the back door you aren’t supposed to use your husband’s shotgun to kill it. That’s what is called “over reacting”. “Over reacting” occurs when the amount of chemicals manufactured by the body is much more than you need to do a simple job. In the kitchen, in order to avoid the dangers of a misguided burst of bug spray, not to mention the unpleasant odor, every ingenious homemaker knows its time to employ the vacuum cleaner and suck that varmit out of the air and down a deep, dark hole or spray window cleaner on it instead of bug spray.  Thus, diverse events cause diverse reactions. You may just want to explore a less dynamic method of insect removal, however.  

In the human body many chemicals are manufactured and dispatched. These drugs or chemicals are strategically placed for immediate deployment upon notice from the brain.  In some cases these chemicals are dumped into the bloodstream and picked up by the proper receptor a long way from where they are produced. Generally these chemicals or drugs are produced in glands. The function of some of these glands is so important they don’t even have to answer first to the brain.  Their function can sometimes be triggered by an imbalance of other chemical criteria such as acid-base balance (pH) or positive or negative concentrations, but in any event, the brain has a great deal to do with proper glandular functions.  Sometimes the brain reacts just to the type and amount of these chemicals, manufactured by the body, that are unused and remaining for cleanup.

Did you ever have to be out in the cold and rain all day?  By the time your work, or the shift, was ending, or you had reached your destination, your bones had begun to ache.  All day the wind and rain made you have to keep your head down. You just kept keeping on. Your hands had become so cold that you could hardly move your fingers.  Finally, you could go home.  The fan in your car’s heater had ground to a halt two months earlier and won’t work. When you get home and you unlock the door you remember that you had turned the heat off that morning to save energy and the money that it takes to pay for it. Your hands shake a little by the time you move your frozen body toward the thermostat or the gas heater with a burning match.  Your body shivers. You creep back into the kitchen. You fill the kettle with cold water and put it on the stove at the proper temperature which will allow hot soup in about thirty minutes; just long enough for you to soak in very warm bath water. You go to the bathroom and start your bath water and begin peeling your wet clothes off at a rate not to exceed the water filling the tub. You put in the soap and finish peeling off your wet clothes. You remember to relieve yourself.  You are striving for maximum comfort. Finally, the warmth you have been dreaming about all day is a well deserved reality.

At first you really can’t tell how hot the water is because the feeling is just returning to your cold, damp, frozen, carcass.  As your body begins to warm, your brain notifies the proper glands and they begin to dump heart thumping drugs, manufactured by your body, into your bloodstream. Your first thought is that you have died and gone to heaven.  You bask in the warmth of the hot bath water and you reflect on the day.  It had been a successful day but only because you had stuck with it and got the job done.  The drugs or chemicals that your body is manufacturing and oozing into your bloodstream due to the bath are the same drugs that your brain remembered from better days.  These were the same drugs that your brain recorded as giving you the warm fuzzy feelings when your mother had supper on the table, a warm bath and a soft, warm bed to sleep in after a hard day at school and playing outside until dark.  In this scenario the item missing is mom, or someone at the same location demonstrating some form of love. At least, the power bill was current. It’s amazing how our subconscious draws from past experiences and can relate to things long since forgotten.  

Were you ever successful at something regardless of your age? Remember how important you felt when you were presented with the award or singled out as being special?  You were suddenly and openly accepted and appreciated by others because of an achievement on your part. Did you hold back just a little to show humility or did you stick out your chest and grin big like a briar eating jackass? If you humbled yourself your brain was actually holding back some of the drug and not allowing an overwhelming rush of excitement.  In other words you were trying not to be overwhelmed by the award.

Years later you realize how important that day, or that period, of your life really was and you kind of chuckle at yourself as you reminisce.  It’s hard to duplicate that same feeling but your mind recorded those same chemicals and it’s waiting for another event that has approximately the same criteria for the same type reward.

As you continue your daily life, and you are constantly rewarded for basically the same accomplishments, your brain reduces the amount of chemicals with which it floods your body. Your accomplishments slowly become commonplace to you.  This is what is known as “handling success” or “successful leadership”.  When you try to change the way you do things, in order to regain some of that original excitement, you do what is called “messing up a good thing”.

The above chemicals regarding warmth and success are good chemicals that our brain uses to fulfill some of our emotional needs for security and love.  There are many chemicals or drugs manufactured by the body that the brain can use to promote “self”.  The promotion of one’s self, generally results in the violation of another’s comfort, space, or physical well being. If your brain floods your body with rewarding chemicals when you abuse others, you are lacking basic qualities. If your brain floods your body with rewarding chemicals when you have stolen from others, even if it is a material possession or another person’s reputation, you are acting out of insecurity and hardness.  Insecurity and hardness spawns condemnation, judging, jealously, bias, bigotry, retribution, etc. When you crave the feelings that come with hurting others without motive you have allowed your heart to harden with chemicals of self destruction.  Only God’s Love can overcome and heal that condition. Even punishment will not heal you. When you hurt others with motive, you have learned how to justify or rationalize self pity, self indulgence, self adoration, self etc, with the bending or denial of truth to favor yourself.  When you harden your heart you can not hear, you cannot see, and you cannot feel the emotions and needs of others. Since God is love and you do not see and feel the needs and emotions of others, you also harden your heart toward God.  God’s gyroscope, GPS and guidance system is installed in each and every one of us as we are conceived.  Before birth, they are attached to our soul. Jesus will make certain not only of the correct chemicals but also the right amounts that will turn our wheels.  All we have to do is flip the switch and activate the program.  Many people go through their entire lives without knowing they have a rich uncle who loves them.  All you have to do is acknowledge Him and get to know Him.      

These self manufactured chemicals or drugs that our brain dumps into our bloodstream or with which our nerve endings are deluged and placated are important to us.  They are the drive shaft that connects our motor to our wheels.   Nothing happens in our lives without a chemical being dumped into our bloodstream or over a synaptic nerve ending causing a reaction. We can’t even have a thought without the flow of a self manufactured chemical or drug passing through our system somehow or somewhere.  

        Chemicals and drugs produced by the body fall into at least 3 categories. The first involves the senses; feel (tactile), smell, sight, hearing and taste. The second is physiological which involves homeostasis or chemical balance of the body. The third addresses the emotional aspects of life. All three categories involve the defense system which attempts to guarantee the perpetuation and overall performance of the body.  

How we know which chemicals and amounts of those chemicals to produce in any given circumstance involves the creation of templates which are developed by initial, reactive and redundant stimuli. These templates dictate the amount and type of chemicals that are used toward recovery. The third category, the emotional, has an initial chemical that is emitted by the body when one of the five senses triggers acknowledgement of a stimulus. The five senses are seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling (tactile), and smelling. The initial chemical response that warrants, laughter, crying, fear, anxiety, lonesomeness, pain, satisfaction, power, etc. alerts the body that a reactive chemical may be necessary. The reactive chemicals that the body produces can be its own painkiller, its own depressant and/or antidepressant; adrenalin, epinephrine, enhancer, dopamine, melatonin, serotonin, etc.

Drugs and chemicals from an extraneous source, outside the body, are unfortunate distractions.  They are lies and falsehoods that allow a person to deceive themselves regarding facing emotional responsibility.  Emotional responsibility comes from within an individual.

Chemicals or drugs, produced by our bodies are, in time, what dictate who we become or don’t become. Opportunities for success are there for those who try.  Small successes lead to big successes.  It is important to remember that what we learn through endeavor is what makes us strong, and not the reward.  The reward comes when we endeavor correctly using all the rules that are preset by our guidance mechanism.  The more we do, the more we can do. The more we can do, the more we will know, the more we know, the more we can learn.  The more we learn, the more we can teach others. Be certain not to cheat yourself.  Your life and the way you live it is a precious gift.  Be a vessel of living water that God pours through you to others.

Between successful times and when there’s no warm bath on a cold day, Jesus’ love will flood your body with heart warming chemicals that will overcome all obstacles. Live your life by using His guidelines. Seek His truth and surely the chemicals of warmth, success, love, patience, and gentleness will flood your body.  Religion is the opiate of the masses. Don’t become a victim of senseless rituals. Love from the only living God can fill your life with purpose and meaning. You find this love by reading His Word, the Holy Bible, associating with others who truly know Him, and praying. Not only will your life have warmth and meaning so will your death in due time.  It is not how we die that gives our life importance but it is how we live our lives that gives importance to life.   Lori/Hank