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Out with it.

Today has been cleaning day!  I have taken several large plastic trash
bags and shoved them full of old, worn out items.  You know those
things that somehow you have trouble parting with, but they really have
no purpose in your life?

It feels great to see the results of a cleaned up environment. There
is a certain crisp freshness in replacing broken electronics or faded
shirts.  Sometimes life gets clogged up with broken feelings or
faded relations, that need to be cleaned up as well.

It is good to mentally clean out our minds of un-needed regrets and
emotional drains.  Take the time soon to clean out some area of your
life.

“You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, ‘I
release the need for this in my life’.”
Wayne Dyer

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.”
Agatha Christie

Cutting Loose!

I have had the house to myself since last night, and I feel like the
kid in the  movie, “Home Alone”.  It has been a blast.  I love to cut
loose, sing to the top of my lungs, and turn my music collection up
loud!
Putting some extra steps into my dance with the vacuum cleaner
always makes cleaning time more fun.  It seems my Jack Russell Terrier
enjoys my enthusiasm as well, it appears to perk up his energy level.

How refreshing it is to put our serious faces aside and play as a child.
When is the last time you were able to cut loose?  The nature of
the holidays can become stressful, so I encourage you to do yourself a
favor, and have a little fun along the way.

We don’t stop playing because we turn old, but turn old because we stop playing.
Unknown

Take time every day to do something silly.
Philips Walker

If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right.
Bob Basso

Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and
really enjoy it.
Eileen Caddy

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In Quietness

“In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)

Sometimes you just need to steal away a few moments for yourself and regain your center balance. It has been my goal since I started this blog, October 7 of this year, to post everyday. I have missed a few days here and there but I have come to realize that it may not be in my personal best interest to do that, even as much as I may want to. I think for me personally it works out better to take the weekends off and also Wednesday is my busiest day of week.

I am not limiting my posts to only 4 days a week, but I would like you to know that the frequency will not be every day. I love writing these blog posts and it has been so enjoyable for me to do this. You all give me back so much positive feedback and I love it!
I am still going to be here, and I am still going to be posting every day that I can, and loving every minute of it!

It is important to set aside time in the day, or in the week, just for you. That rest and recuperation time for you may be napping, meditation, praying, listening to music in the dark, or simply looking at the clouds in the sky.
Whatever the strength source for you is, find it, and fill up your tank as often, and as much, as you can. You will feel the power in your quietness and confidence!

I have often lamented that we cannot close our ears with as much ease as we can our eyes.
Richard Steele

Nowadays most men lead lives of noisy desperation.
James Thurber

Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation. and honor the reward of action.
Francis Quarles

Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass.
Owen Feltham

No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.
Walter Bagehot

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What is your gift?

Some people have several gifts, but everyone has at least one. Do you know what I am referring to by, ‘what is your gift?’

What quality just comes natural to you, that you excel at? It could be any number of things.

Here are just a few examples from people that I actually know. You may fall into one of these categories, or you may have some other gift that I do not list.
There are far too many for me to even cover in one post, but nevertheless, this should give you some idea of the concept I’m sharing with you.

First off, one of the more well known or familiar terms would be to classify your gift as being a “Leader”.
The first person that comes to my mind in this group would be my friend and fellow blogger C.L Sostarich, which you may know from the blog, It’s Real To Me.
I met K (as we refer to her in game) in World of Warcraft. She is the leader of the guild I belong to, and she is a fine leader at that.
She naturally embodies that quality and leads us well. She knows how to logically think situations through and handle them diplomatically. She is aware of the needs
of her flock and cares for them. Do you see yourself as being this type of person? Maybe or maybe not. This gift is not mine.

Next example would be someone that I have not know for very long but have met here in the WordPress community, Art, the author of the blog, Zendictive.
I would say Art is an “Encourager”. His posts are uplifting and always have a positive moral value associated with them. It is not difficult to see the encouragement that flows through him.
Also, he is probably unaware of how much he has personally encouraged me through his comments on my posts. You know the feeling when you write a poem or post
and you are just not sure if it is going to come across how you meant it? Or even if others will gain anything from it? Well, Art to say the least is a wonderful encouragement!
That is an important role, and we all need encouragement!

Now lets go to another aspect, more on the spiritual side this time. There are some that excel at sharing God’s word and bringing hope to us for the future, or keeping us on the right track.
LeRoy Dean, author of the blog, Wordsmith’s Desk, would be a prime example of that. Also in this area would be prayer warriors, someone that you can say, “Will you pray for me about this?” and you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will. My Mom is a wonderful example in that area.

Lastly, I will say just a few lines about what I enjoy doing and think is part of my gift, and that is, I am a people person. I love to be around good people, they energize me. I am not good at conflict situations, but I do know how to form a party. I love to bring people together for a common goal and work together through it. I love to help others have fun and laugh. It usually ends up blessing me more in the process than them.

There are so many, many possible gifts that you many have, the gifts of imagination, laughter, art, poetry, and this list goes on and on. But my thought today is, realize what YOUR gift is, and give it to the world! A gift is meant to be given, don’t hide your light!

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage.
Sydney Smith

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
Lady Blessington

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.
Mary Dunbar

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?
Benjamin Franklin

Work while you have light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
Henri Frederick Amiel

Are You in Perspective?

What is Perspective?  In art, it’s “a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface.” But in life, it’s both a way of judging the distances and relative sizes between objects, and the way a person looks at the world, an event, or an idea.

Most of us can do this on the physical realm without any problems. But how do you do this in the realm of things you cannot see?
How do you put your feelings, emotions, drives, into perspective? Oh, that is so much more difficult, and probably one of things I struggle with the most.

I tend to put my whole body and soul into what I chose to love, but I’m not sure that is always the right path to take. It depends on whether you are willing to accept the consequences or hurt that comes from putting yourself on the line.

I absolutely loved playing basketball in high school. I dreamed about it. I would turn the porch light on outside and shot hoops till bedtime every night. I would get up in the morning with the excitement of looking forward to practice that day or the big game that night! I would doodle pictures of me making the winning shot in a tied score game. While you are saying at this point, “well, whats so wrong with all of that?” Let me continue…

During the games, that same heart and soul flowed out of how I played. If a loose ball was heading toward the bleachers, I thought nothing of the consequences of banging my body against hard metal, to save that ball. I did whatever possible to make that game a success, even if it meant hurting my own body. In my basketball career, I suffered bruises, bumps, cuts, stitches and surgery, just from giving my all.

Was it worth it? Should I have stepped back from the emotions and tried to put my love for basketball into perspective? Well, if I was not willing to accept those hurts, then yes, I probably should have.

Are you allowing yourself to be beat up over things or relationships? Are there things you need to put into perspective? Only you know the answer to that.

If you asked me, would I do it all over again? I would reply without hesitation, Yes! I loved every minute of it, and the pain and hurt only taught me to be stronger. I understand that may not be the answer for you and what’s important to you. If you wonder about whatever has come to your mind about your own life as you read this, I leave it to you to decide if your perspective is right for you?

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.”
Robert Morgan

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No Mistakes

A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in
all circumstances, said: My king, do not be discouraged, because
everything God does is perfect, no mistakes!

One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the
king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his
majesty losing a finger.

Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman
said “Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and
lost my finger.”

The slave replied only “My king, despite all these things, I can only
tell you that God is good, and he knows the “why” of all these things.

What God does is perfect. He is never wrong!”

Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave.

Later, he left for another hunt and was captured by savages who made
human sacrifices.

In the altar, ready to sacrifice the noble, a savage had found that the
victim had not one of his fingers, and the king was released. According to them: it
was not so complete to be offered to the gods.

Upon his return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave
that he received very affectionately.

– My dear, God was really good for me! I was almost killed by the wild
men, but for lack of a single finger, I was let go! But I have a
question: If God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail?

– My King, if I had gone with you in this hunt, I ‘would have been
sacrificed for you, because I have no missing finger.

Therefore, remember: everything God does is perfect. IT is never wrong

Often we complain about life and things that happen to us apparently negative,
forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose.

Every morning, offer your day to God.

Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, to ease your
feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!

You know why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows,
because he never makes mistakes…….

The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. IT is the
way of all those who trust in him, as he says in 2 Samuel 22: 31

Zen is Addictive!

That’s Right! I am talking about Zendictive!
Master Art Zen has an awesome blog site that I love to follow!
His posts are stocked full of inspiring thoughts, poems, stories, tales, fables, quotes and tons of information.

If you wanna get your “thoughts on” for the day, then you should definitely subscribe to receive his awesome posts!

Here is one of my favorite posts from Zen:  “Reflections of our Actions”  

Thank you Zen, for touching our lives each day! (bows humbly to Zen)

“La la la, Whatever”

I heard a song today that said, “La la la, whatever” as part of the repeating lyrics. I’ve already had to repeat that to myself several times today. It’s actually a much needed motto to have when things are frankly, out of your control. We shouldn’t let petty things annoy us so easily.

I’m not advocating that we live life in a no-caring state of mind, but when we let trivial things ruin our day and cause us anger, then we are only hurting our own selves. Fretting is never going to solve anything, but it can make it a ton worse. I’m sure you probably know that from experience, just as much as I.

So try it out today, someone cuts you off in traffic, blow the horn, flash your lights, tailgate them, and scream!? Nope, say “la la la, whatever”!
You get the idea!

Go have a beautiful relaxing day!

“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”
Benjamin Franklin

Got Your “Awe” On?

What “Awes” you?

The sun setting over the ocean? The sounds, smells and sensations when you walk into “Best Buy”? Someone actually listening to what you are saying? Getting an “A” on a test? Winning a new car?
Maybe all of the above or none of them? Think about what makes YOU go, “Awe”.

Are you making any “Awes” in your life?

Have you had such a productive day at work that as you were driving home you just felt the “Awe” about yourself? Maybe the little league team you coach just won the area tournament and you were filled with “Awe”?

I am going to “Awe” myself if by November 7th I can say I have posted a blog every day for a month! I want to “Awe” myself by losing five pounds before Christmas. I also want to “Awe” myself by writing a poem!

My challenge to you today is to start making some “Awes” in your life!
You are capable of being Awesome!

So go! Get your “Awe” on, right after you read this short exerpt by Anthony De Mello!

A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat on his strong golden wings. The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.

Hold or Fold?

I never could play fish, or any other card game well, that required the so called “poker face”. I am way too expressive to hide my feelings for winning or losing hands.

Some people are good at expressing their feelings while others would prefer you not to know. If you have the tendency to “tell all” like I do, then you probably have faced some of my same challenges.
Do you hold your ground and speak your mind, or do you fold-up those thoughts and neatly pack them away for another time, if any. I don’t think there is ever a clear cut answer for that question. It’s usually a situational decision, but here are 2 questions to ask yourself before you decide which is the right action for you:

1. Will I or the other party benefit from this feeling being verbalized? Sometime words can cause way more harm than good, just for our own moment of wanting to express something.

2. Am I caught up in the moment? Sometimes, if you take just a few minutes to really think about what you are getting ready to express, you might come up with a much clearer, or better way to describe that thought.

“A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.”
Holmes, Oliver Wendell

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