Rev. Arlene Meyer, our Minister, posts mid-week messages on this blog. Come back often to read her inspiring and thought-provoking posts. Learn more about her.
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Sometimes everything that’s happening in the world can seem overwhelming. If we spend too much time watching the news on TV or On-line we can get a misconstrued notion of what is really going on around us. However, there is always as many, if not more, wonderful events occurring as there are terrible incidents.
We should remember to see everything from a higher perspective. Rather than getting drawn into the negativity of some, we can be a light to help change our world for the better. You might be thinking, ”But I am only one person, what can I do?”
Never underestimate the power of positive thought in the world. Things can change and do change. Not just by people such as Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr, but by individuals such as you and I. Everyday there are stories, if one chooses to look for them, of people who are making a positive difference in this world. They may not be changing an entire nation but they are changing someone’s life and by doing so, they are creating a positive energy, which when multiplied by many, can do amazing things.
Never doubt the power you have in your hands – you can make a difference, you do make a difference!
Quote of the Week
“I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the grace of God I will do.” Canon Farrar
How do you approach life – are you a giver or taker?
Before you make a list of people you know, and which class they fall into, why not ask the question of yourself?
I am not referring to whether you give money to church or charities or whether you volunteer. The answer lies in our motivation for giving, not where or how much we give. If we are motivated about what we can get, then we are takers. If we are motivated by a call of the heart to give, then we are givers.
Takers, no matter how much they get, never truly feel safe because they live from a consciousness of needing to have more than enough so they can feel secure. Givers give because they love to give, not because they will benefit from the giving.
Ask yourself, how do I look at life? Do I look to see what I can get all the time? Do I ask, “What’s in it for me?” Or, do I believe that life is a gift from Spirit and my job is to take that gift and, in gratitude, give back to life.
Wherever we are in life now, it is never too late to change from a taker to a giver. Being a giver has gifts that go far beyond those of the material world. It fills a person with love, peace, security and a contented and grateful heart.
Quote of the Week
“It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
Adversity – no matter how much we try to avoid it in our lives, it just seems to keep popping up. It could be of a financial nature, health, or, maybe a relationship. Whatever form it takes, sometimes, no matter how developed our consciousness is, things just happen. So the question is not whether it will happen but how do we deal with it when it does?
First, we can remember the phrase, “This, too, shall pass”. You may or may not like this statement but it is true. Everything in life changes, which means that at some point, no matter how much we plan, things can happen, which may not be as we would like. When it does, we can remember it will not be forever.
Second, we can practice the Serenity Prayer, (“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”) We can ask for guidance on whether there is anything we CAN change, and if not, to accept it for what it is at that moment. The more we resist things, the more we fight them, the more we deny their existence- the longer we have to deal with it.
There have been many times in my life that something I was struggling with disappeared almost as soon as I practiced acceptance and letting go of the need to control.
Thirdly, be aware that very often the things that cause us the most pain, are those that bring us the greatest gifts. This is not easy when you are in the middle of a crises, but it sure is a great way to get through those difficult times.
Which brings me to my last point – no matter how much you try to go around a challenge or avoid it, the best and quickest way to get to the other side is to just go through it! It may seem like the hardest way but in most cases it is the most effective way.
In the end, it is about how we face the challenges in our life that count, not whether or not we can avoid them.
Quote of the Week
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me…You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
It is easy to blame outside circumstances or other people as the cause of our challenges and difficulties in life. Feeling like a victim is something most of have done at one time or another in our lives.
When it is something outside ourselves that has caused what we are unhappy about we do not want to look at our part in it. A friend of mine used to tell me that I was not a victim but a volunteer in life. I immediately reacted – “But what about this or that, the economy, the loss of a loved one, etc.”
She explained to me that I always had a choice of how I reacted and what I did regarding the event. IF we look at the Depression in the 30’s, there were many people who, in despair, jumped from windows but there were, also, other people who, although they, too, were in the midst of this sad time, rose above it because they refused to let it rob them of even more than their money or livelihood.
To understand that I have a part in my life and how it is unfolding, means that I have to look honestly at myself and the role I played, either by what I did, said, or where my consciousness was.
This is never a fun or easy job but it is necessary if we want to have a happy, joyful and inspired life. Like Eric Butterworth said, “your fortune begins with you” (as does your happiness, health, and relationships.) It is time to stop blaming and start changing our thinking and how we look at everything so we can move forward to have the life we want.
Quote of the Week
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens”. Carl Jung