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The original John Doe Speech from the 1941 Film, “Meet John Doe”

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“What’s it all about?” You may be thinking this, as you are reading through my blog. Is she against people who are wealthy? Is she blaming society and the “Haves” for the circumstances of the “Have-Nots”? Does she really think that this blog is going to make a difference? 

Well…yes..and no. I’m not placing the blame for the uneven socioeconomic scale on anyone, wealthy or impoverished or even middle class. I’m not thinking that things will change overnight if we all, from every background and walk of life, hold hands and sing “Kumbaya” . The reason for my “shouting from the rooftops” speils of socioeconomic equality & walking in LOVE, is because I was moved by this film. My pastors, Mike & Kathy Hayes of Covenant Church, are always encouraging us to CARE – LOVE- GIVE to others and to show Christ’s Love in all that we do. Well, this speech here and the essence of this extraordinary film, seem to capture that sentiment and carry it on a sweat-blood-tears-stained flag for all to see…and ponder about afterwards. So this is my flag for the world to see…and ponder about afterwards. *hugs* ~ the beautiful john doe

THE SPEECH

John Doe:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I am the man you all know as John Doe. I took that name because it seems to describe — because it seems to describe the average man, and that’s me — and that’s me.

Well, it was me — before I said I was gonna jump off the City Hall roof at midnight on Christmas Eve. Now, I guess I’m not average any more. Now, I’m getting all sorts of attention, from big shots, too — the mayor and governor, for instance. They don’t like those articles I’ve been writing.

 “Well, people like the Governor — people like the Governor — and that fella there can — can stop worrying. I’m not gonna talk about them. I’m gonna talk about us, the average guys, the John Does.

If anybody should ask you what the average John Doe is like, you couldn’t tell him because he’s a million and one things. He’s Mr. Big and Mr. Small. He’s simple and he’s wise. He’s inherently honest, but he’s got a streak of larceny in his heart. He seldom walks up to a public telephone without shoving his finger into the slot to see if somebody left a nickel there.

He’s the man the ads are written for. He’s the fella everybody sells things to. He’s Joe Doakes, the world’s greatest stooge and the world’s greatest strength.

Yes, sir — Yes, sir, we’re a great family, the John Does. We are the meek who are — who are supposed to inherit the earth. You’ll find us everywhere. We raise the crops; we dig the mines, work the factories, keep the books, fly the planes and drive the busses. And when a cop yells: “Stand back there, you!” He means us, the John Does!

We have existed since time began. We built the pyramids. We saw Christ crucified, pulled the oars for Roman emperors, sailed the boats for Columbus, retreated from Moscow with Napoleon and froze with Washington at Valley Forge.

Yes, sir. We’ve been in there dodging left hooks since before history began to walk. In our struggle for freedom we’ve hit the canvas many a time, but we always bounced back! Because we’re the people — and we’re tough.

They’ve started a lot of talk about free people going soft — that we can’t take it. That’s a lot of hooeyl A free people can beat the world at anything, from war to tiddle-de-winks, if we all pull in the same direction.

   I know a lot of you are saying “What can I do? I’m just a little punk. I don’t count.” Well, you’re dead wrong! The little punks have always counted because in the long run the character of a country is the sum total of the character of its little punks.

But, we’ve all got to get in there and pitch. We can’t win the old ballgame unless we have teamwork. And that’s where every John Doe comes in. It’s up to him to get together with his teammates. And your teammate, my friend, is the guy next door to you. Your neighbor — he’s a terribly important guy that guy next door. You’re gonna need him and he’s gonna need you, so look him up. If he’s sick, call on him. If he’s hungry, feed him. If he’s out of a job, find him one.

To most of you, your neighbor is a stranger, a guy with a barkin’ dog and high fence around him. Now, you can’t be a stranger to any guy that’s on your own team. So teach down the fence that separates you. Tear down the fence and you’ll tear down a lot of hates and prejudices. Tear down all the fences in the country and you’ll really have teamwork.

I know a lot of you are saying to yourselves, “He’s askin’ for a miracle to happen. He’s expectin’ people to change all of a sudden. Well, you’re wrong. It’s no miracle. It’s no miracle because I see it happen once every year. And and so do you — at Christmas time. There’s somethin’ swell about the spirit of Christmas, to see what it does to people, all kinds of people.

Now, why can’t that spirit, that same, warm Christmas spirit last the whole year around? Gosh, if it ever did, if each and every John Doe would make that spirit last 365 days out of the year, we’d develop such strength, we’d create such a tidal wave of good will that no human force could stand against it. Yes sir, my friends, the meek can only inherit the earth when the John Doe’s start lovin’ their neighbors.

You better start right now. Don’t wait till the game is called on account of darkness.

Wake up, John Doe. You’re the hope of the world.”

Meet John Doe Speech

~ the beautiful john doe


Tis The Season

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Many apologies for my absence last month. I’ve been a bit busy trying to keep up with the trials & joys of life. Little trinkets of unexpected laughter, bouts of sadness, health & body madness and the like have all kept me on the merry-go-round of circumstance. I have finally decided to take a mental detour and offer some (supposed) words of holiday wisdom.

Happy Holiday 2011

Thanksgiving & Christmas Cheer!

First off, I hope that everyone’s Thanksgiving was amazing. To those who enjoyed it, what a Blessing! To those who didn’t enjoy it as much, I’m sorry to hear that. Perhaps we can make Christmas the “do-over” good time that God means all special times to be. I’ll certainly try to keep you encouraged.

Here is a song that always helps me to get into the festive mood:

I LOVE this song, of course, from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, but way before I was introduced to all things Chevy Chase, I loved the melodious crooning of Bing Crosby. Remember, I’m a connoisseur of all things vintage.  😉

White Christmas Film & Song

Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" Film & music still gives me Christmas tears...

Veering away from Yesteryear, what plans does everyone have for Christmas? I am reppeating what I did for Thanksgiving, which is make a huge from-scratch Turkey feast. We’re also adding egnog & hot apple cider, if we can afford it. We are planning on giving somehow, this year, even though we have been struggling financially. I’d like to donate some hair products to a children’s hospital by late January. I am also giving to single mother’s this Christmas. My mom ended up being a single mom after my parents divorced and for much of her journey, she did it sans child support, so the single moms have a huge space in my heart.

I caught myself wishing the other day that I could be a ‘Heel-Lot”, just so that I would have the money to help others. A young man walked up to my car in the parking lot in a very prestigious zip code on Saturday. He asked me if I wanted to buy a homemade loaf of banana bread that he was selling to raise money for his church’s ministry. I SO wanted to say “YES! I’ll buy all of them!”, but what came out was “I’m sorry, sir, but thank you.” The guy sort of shook his head, rolled his eyes and walked away. I could understand his attitude, seeing as he and his fellow church members were getting turned away left and right by shoppers carrying carts full of Christmas gifts and rushing to their luxury cars. What the young man didn’t know was that my gas tank was on E, thanks to my hubby, and that my wallet was on its way there as well & I still hadn’t bought the fixings for dinner yet.

*sigh*

Why am I bringing this up? Not for you to feel sorry for me. My family is Blessed to have a roof over our head, my hubby works two jobs and God always provides what we need. 🙂 I am saying this so that we can see that not all of us have money. My mother is on the phone now telling me about a community of 2,000 people in Southern California (“Slab City”), lots of families as well, who have nowhere to go and are living on desert land. They have lost their jobs and are destitute, so much so that they are all bathing at the same well.

You can read more about it & view the CBS news clip here:

This is absolutely horrible! We are living in America and in California, where all the wealthiest movies stars and entertainers live, there should not be this level of poverty. Will Smith is worth 500 million dollars. Hey Fresh Prince, I love you man, but can you spare a million and help those 2.000 people out?

Being a good steward over what God has Blessed you with includes GIVING.

Lend a helping hand

Deuteronomy 15:7-11

I’m not pointing fingers, I’m just using Will’s financial situation as an example. We cannot continue to sit back and be satified with putting a couple bucks in Santa’s Salvation Army bucket or sending a bag of used clothes to your favorite cause. We need a real awakaening of the heart and a real call to action. I am so happy when we do the tings mentioned above because every little bit helps, but why crawl when you can walk? Why should we walk when we can run? If you can help out at a “crawling” level, that rocks. But if you are able to help, give, volunteer or  aid in any other way on a “walk” or “run” level, that is even cooler. It is time to awaken the Good Samaritan in us all. Rise up and WALK

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.¸.•´•☆*¨★..~ the beautiful john doe

P.S.

Deuteronomy 15:7-11 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be. Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the Lord against you, and you be guilty of sin. You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Show LOVE

I LOVE you all. Christ LOVES you all. Let's Show some LOVE to each other...

From Mediocrity to Greatness In A Single Step

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I’m never quite sure the route I’m going to take when I start writing a post on here. I am always listening to music, my muse & source of creativity. Music leaves the speakers, gets on my skin and seeps into my pores, making me a living, breathing, walking instrument of melody. What else can I do with all of that rythym & sound pulsing through my veins but put it into words. So instead of the pen & notebook (my BFFs) I touch my fingers to the computer keys (not unlike piano keys, in this instance) and let the words flow. It is exactly that strange and beautiful and it is how I come up with all of the craziness I’ve written thus far.

Taking a different route, I’d like to discuss mediocrity. First off, I want to interject my incomplete thought and say that I plan on taking some HUGE strides in the near future towards really making this blog not just a vehicle for voicing my inner frustrations with society and the economy, but a way for all john does to meet, discuss options for bettering the community (starting with their own backyard) and offering help and assistance to those who are in need of food, shelter, employment, faith & Hope, and most of all LOVE. The greatest of these IS love because without that foundation and jumping off point, we wouldn’t care to attempt these feats at all. 🙂

“There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.”  ~Buck Rodgers

Always Aspire to Greatness!

Always Aspire to Greatness!

So as I was saying before I interrupted myself (oh, the irony), Mediocrity is on the forefront. It has been on my mind of late, why some people achieve greatness and why others maintain mediocrity and wear it as a badge of honor. Are we so small minded a people that we choose to alienate ourselves from the human condition and avoid at all costs doing things to change the obvious ills of society? I’,m not saying that we all have to be Robinhood or Martin Luther King Jr. I’m not saying that we have to be Mr. Deeds and give all of our money away to those in need. But my goodness, have we not even considered doing at least one tenth of that? I have and that is why I decided to start this movement. My hope is that, if nothing else, my blog and eventually, my efforts, will open people’s eyes to the true Christian LOVE that is in the world and that there are still, in 2011, people who care about one another. That is the greatness I aspire to. A mansion, a luxury vehicle, loads of currency will not a happy heart make. But doing something beyond yourself and putting your heart into living a life of LOVE & COMPASSION, in that hope lies the sustained Peace & Contentment.

Spread LOVE

Try Spreading A Little Love Wherever You Go

So, in conclusion, I’d like to encourage everyone to aspire to greatness. Feed your soul, not your ego. Do something awesome this month to help someone else. Volunteer, Take someone a meal, go and pray with someone who is facing difficult times, give someone who is struggling financially a gift card to a shopping mart or Bless them with cash. This is just the first step to what I would like to see go global. Charity starts at home, though, so lets take  one small step of kindness and see where it leads us.

Help & Lend A Hand

Helping Hands

We Can Make A Difference - Together!

Here are some great quotes to remember when embarking on this journey with me:

“To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.”  ~Marleen Charles de Montesquieu 

“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” ~ Napoleon Hill 

“Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate in yourself this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke 

God Bless,

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.¸.•´•☆*¨★..~Chel

Infinite Paradise

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Paradise-Found By: David Miller

Paradise Found - Artist: David Miller

I think that every man, woman, and child starts out dreaming big. BIG Hopes, Big plans for their futures and BIG visions of happiness. Whether or not those whispers on the wind become reality or not, most of us are still on the lookout for our paradise. The rich get richer, but most do not find a wealth of love, peace or happiness. The poor often remain in poverty, but may have acquired slivers, glimpses and inklings of happiness or peace. In both scenarios and in most cases, the mark for contentment gets missed. True happiness seems unreachable… a passing fancy. Sort of like Paradise. Will we truly be happy once we have more money, more friends, more food, a better home, the newest fashions, longer or shorter hair, fairer or darker skin, are taller or shorter, thinner or larger, sweeter or meaner, tougher or softer, loved harder or stepped away from ardor???

Paradise

"Paradise is in the eyes and heart of the beholder..." ~ the beautiful john doe

I believe that in all of us there is a chance to find Paradise. My hope lies in my faith in Jesus Christ. Even believing that I will someday see the Pearly Gates & Golden Roads Up Above and hear the precious Angels singing, doesn’t stifle the fears or dry up my tears or push away the wants, the needs, the hurts, the hopes, the pains, and the dreams of a better year, day, hour, minute. We can only press on in this farce of an existence, living expectantly in this temporary home away from Heaven & helping each other along the way. Rich or poor, less or more, we can all link arms and find our way to a semblance of true humanity. In that lies our infinite Paradise…

“Paradise is like an intricately spun spiderweb. Its been there forever and if you dare to touch it, it will keep you in its grasp. You can’t really get away from it, but if you yank too hard, it will break, and the beauty and wonder of it will be lost forever…” ~ michelle dowell

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.¸.•´•☆*¨★..~the beautiful john doe

NOT Barefoot In The Park With Beautiful Works of Art

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Dear John Doe Club,

A very happy Saturday to you! It’s a beautiful day here in Frisco, TX, although we won’t be spending the day here. There is an art festival today that we have tried to attend every year. They hold the Cottonwood Art Festival twice a year, once in May and once in September. Check out this year’s line up of activities: http://www.cottonwoodartfestival.com/

The Cottonwood Art Festival is held in May & September every year.

It is absolutely free to attend and parking is free as well. The food is a bit pricey, but if you either pack a lunch and then go about an hour or so before they close, the prices of their concessions drop to about 50 cents to a dollar! So we go then. I have a strategy, you see. 😉

Peruse the artists tents to find treasures & one of a kind goodies!

"Aha, El Toro"! LOL! I LOVE this piece!

We missed the one in May because we were low on gas and on money, but today is payday for all state employees (my hubby included) and we’re going to make drive there a fun one, stopping at small inexpensive shops along the way and window wishing. 🙂

I’m extremely excited to see that one of my favorite painters is going to be there: Ping Irvin! Ping’s Work can be viewed here: http://www.craigirvin.com/ping/resume.htm Her paintings are AMAZING! I own a small print of one of her paintings ($9) and I’m so excited to meet her again and speak with her. In these times I wish I was a Heelot that could afford to purchase a painting. But I’m perfectly happy with my 5″x7″ print.

Evening Song by Ping Irvin

So our cheap fun is chosen for today and I’m excited about it! Join us there if you are in the area of Richardson, TX.

In other thoughts, I wanted to clear the air about something. I hope to goodness that you guys do not believe that I am following suit wholeheartedly with the John Doe character’s original plan of suicide on Christmas Eve. I value my life and everything about it that God has Blessed me with, so I will NOT be jumping from the roof of a very tall building. I am, however, determined to get the message of social & economic equality out there to the best of my ability. I will not stop until I am heard, and you can take that one to the bank.

The Beautiful John Doe is here…look out world.

XOXO

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The Heel-Lots!

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

He WAS John Doe

I’m tired. My husband, James, just came in from working his second job today. He’s tired, but he knew that I had been stuck in the house all day with our four-year-old and our nutty cats, and I was nearing a meltdown. So do you know what he did? He put him to bed for me and cleaned the kitchen, so that I could go, lie down and rest. But rest, I could not…

I’ve been struggling with the aforementioned quotation from Gandhi. To me, “being the change” means to put on my big girl heels and make what I want to happen, happen.  Sort of like what it says in The Bible, in James chapter 2: verses 14-18 & 26 14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

So if I see a need, just praying about it or foaming at the mouth about it is not going to solve the problem. In order to work towards an amiable solution to the issues at hand, whatever they may be, I must take action.  So with this newfound resolve to “Be the change” and have “Faith With Works”, I needed to DO something.

Do something about what??? Well, I’m glad you asked. 🙂 I’ve been pondering the social and economic challenges that the “Average Joe” faces in a society where they are the minority, and the seemingly “Solid Middle Class – Upper Class” majority rule and are totally and most uncaringly oblivious to the needs of their ‘lesser’ counterparts. I face these challenges on a daily basis, as I happen to live in Collin County in Frisco, TX, one of the wealthiest (and snobbiest) counties in North Texas. There are a LOT of great things about Frisco and the area of Collin County as well. I am not here to debase or disrespect ANY society or class or socio-economic sect. Classicism is just as wrong on Cinderella’s foot as it is on her arrogant Step-Mother’s. But I am here to tell the truth, which by the way, The Bible tells us, will set you FREE. And I would just LOVE to be free. And also, as The Beautiful Jane Doe, I like to KIR = Keep It Real, so it is what it is.

M   O   V   I   N   G           O   N…

In my year and a half spent residing (and RENTING, BTW) in Frisco, TX, I’ve found that the grass is not always greener on the other side. I’d initially moved to Frisco to be closer to people, places and things that I thought were the ‘bees kness’ and because it is a great place to raise kids. I adore the Frisco Library. You will find me there at least 2 times a week with my four-year-old son, perusing the aisles for written goodies or video bliss. I also love the feel of downtown Frisco! The specialty shops, the flavor of ‘regular folks’, the well kept park/veggie garden near the train tracks and quite close to my house. It is a little known gem and my son loves playing there.  No matter if its retail shops, big store chains, restaurants galore, or summer fun events, Frisco is the city to be in.  So why the ‘weird’ feelings towards it?

My feelings come from a place of miscommunication, misunderstanding, & misplacement.

Be Yourself

I don’t communicate well with others here because I truly feel like I don’t fit in. I’m an average Joe. My family struggles to pay our bills and keep our heads above water. We do not, at this time, own our home. We value the morals and ideas of yesteryear and try to hold on to those with clenched fists. I don’t have the nicest of anything. No Coach or Louie Vouitton here. Our SUV is 11 years old and in desperate need of repairs. We are choosing to homeschool when our son turns five next year. Most of our furniture are garage sale ‘finds’ that agreed with our wallets, if not with our exact taste. We are a John Doe Family in a Joneses state.

Because of all of the above, I tend to shy away from getting close to most of the folks here. They may be nice enough and some may even share my love for Jesus, but I have found that that is where the familiarity ends. Our lives are so completely different. They go on vacations and mini-weekend trips just because they can. They think a Guess bag is ‘cheap’. They think a three bedroom home is a ‘starter home’. They switch cars like they switch computers and electronic gadgets, just to have the latest and greatest thing. Meanwhile, I’m clipping coupons, shopping at the Dollar Tree & the 99 cent store for deals and wearing the same shirt I’ve had since before I got married over 6 years ago. Now again, some of you may be biting your manicured fingernails, furious with me for acting like you are selfish snobs who do nothing more than shop and gossip all day. I never said any of those things. I’m just calling it like I’ve seen and experienced it, so chillax. All I’m saying is that I feel misplaced most of the time. I’m from Baltimore, MD, the daughter of two working Joes, one of which was raised in the East-side projects.  Growing up I was Blessed that my mom bought a small home and still lives there to this day, but we were not middle class AT ALL. Heck we were barely floating! Most of the kids I grew up with, I’m still friends with today and we are thick as theives. I can count on them for anything and they can count on me as well. That is the kind of stock that is in Baltimore. Real Red-blooded folks taking one day at a time to achieve dreams and make it work with God’s help. That is who I am, still, deep down. So I do not feel akin to all of the fronts and masks that are worn out here in the South West. That has NEVER been me. And as I always tell people : “I can only be me.”

So in conclusion to my first post which has absolutely nada to do with Heel-Lots ( save that they are here in Collin County  and they are HUNGRY), I will say that

I created this blog for US: The John Doe Club. Gone but totally not forgotten. If  Gary Cooper could play the faux co-conspirator to a movement and cause worth standing up for, so can I.

I just would like to see a change in the world. I’d like to see us John Doe’s unite & helping to uplift one another, pray for one another,  give to one another,  volunteer,  be kind,  be thoughtful,  be Good Samaritans! It is a concept not lost of many do-gooders out there, but I’d like to get the word out that there is nothing impossible with Christ. It takes a village to raise a child…so it must take the Heavens to save the world.

The Golden Rule

And to the Heel-Lots or the Middle Class & Upper Class:

“Don’t get stressed! God’s BLESSED you with the Best! But Please do SHARE when you have Extra to Spare!” ~ @ Michelle S. Dowell 

★☂❤ the beautiful john doe❤☂★