Happy Thanksgiving!  

Whatever Thanksgiving looks like this year, take time to be grateful for all you have.  Be grateful if you have a roof over your head and food to eat.  If you have people to love and that love you, be grateful whether you are with them or not.

If you woke up this morning, be grateful.  Gratitude is an action verb.  We have to practice gratitude not just on Thanksgiving but every day, and we will find we have more things to be grateful for.

So instead of thinking what you don’t have this year, spend time thinking about what you do have.  If you do that, you will not celebrate Thanksgiving, but you will be “Thanksliving.”

Quote of the Week

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is.” 

Ernest Hemingway

Sacred Service

Are you currently challenged in life? Has fear and doubt set in? The answer to all your challenges may be Sacred Service.

Sacred Service to others is one of the best ways to make our day and our life not only more meaningful but more joyful as well. It is also one of the quickest paths along our spiritual journey. Sacred Service is so beneficial to us spiritually because it helps us get out of ourselves and is a means for pushing the energy of love to others.

I am not talking about helping someone or, for that matter, fixing someone but giving sacred Service, which is quite different. What is the difference?  

Helping is not based on a relationship between equals but on inequality. When we help someone, we are coming from seeing ourselves as having more strength than the one we are helping.

When we serve, we are aware of our strength, but we do not serve with that strength, but from the God, within us that sees the other as a whole child of God. How do we do that? We draw from our experiences. Our wholeness serves the wholeness in others and the wholeness in life. The wholeness in each of us is the same as in every other person; therefore, Service is a relationship between equals.

Helping incurs debt. When we help someone, they owe us one. But serving is mutual. There is no debt. Both the person we are serving and ourselves are served. When we help, we have a feeling of satisfaction, yet when we serve, we feel grateful. These are two very different and distinct things.

Also, serving is not fixing. When we try to fix someone, we are saying they are broken, which is a form of judgment. When we serve, we only see the other person as a whole, and serving brings forth that wholeness.

Although serving may seem to feed both the one serving and the one served the same, in fact, it most likely is more beneficial to the one who serves. Why? Because helping and fixing drain us while serving renews and sustains us.

Quote of the Week 

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.

I awoke and saw that life was Service.

I acted and behold, Service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore 

Little Victories

Did you ever make some big life plans and, when stuff happens, get discouraged that your goals were not realized?

Maybe the issue is not about failure but not seeing the little victories that make life worthwhile.

I saw a great cartoon with a figure on a bike happily heading to the finish line with a checked flag, and it said, “Your ‘Plans’.”  

Underneath it was another figure on a bike, but the path was filled with many ups and downs, including one with water. After each challenge was a little flag, and that cartoon’s heading said, “The Universe’s Plans for You.”

I loved it because that is how life is, with ups and downs, hills and valleys, and even some “water holes” we can wind up in. The thing is that after each of the challenges, there was a flag denoting a victory.

We map our lives, days, careers, and relationships to the best of our abilities. We try to account for any possible surprise that may come along, but it seems not to matter how much we may plan, something comes along we do not expect – it can be something small like not getting a job we want, or it can be something big, like losing someone we love

Think how much joy we would have in our lives if we celebrated all the little victories rather than all the “failures or disappointments” in life. What if we saw the progress we make as something to celebrate? What if we use minor victories to motivate us – to keep us going despite the ups and downs of life?

What if instead of looking at how far we have to go to achieve our goals, we look at all the big and small ones we have achieved thus far? Remember, before a child walks, he crawls and falls frequently. It is said that Thomas Edison failed 100 times before his light bulb was successful.

This week take time to see the little victories in your days, week, and life.  When you see them, celebrate them, and then move toward the next challenge, the next success that the Universe has in store for you.

Quote of the Week

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” 

Keanu Reeves

The Masks We Wear

Halloween is when people put on masks and costumes so they can be someone different for a day. In truth, we wear masks every day. They are the masks that we show to the world. 

The psychologist Carl Jung wrote about these masks we wear daily, which he called the persona. The persona represents our public image. The word is, obviously, related to the word person and personality and comes from a Latin word for mask. Jung said our persona was a mask we put on before showing ourselves to the outside world. Also, it is the mask we wear to hide our true nature from the world.

Similarly, one of Unity’s earliest writers, Emily Cady, wrote in Lessons in Truth that we have two sides to ourselves – our personality and individuality. According to Emily, our personality is the human side of us, the outer part that we show to the world (Jung’s persona). Our individuality is the real us, our spiritual selves, our God-created selves, the Divine within us. 

At any time, one or the other is whom the world sees when they see us. The big question we need to ask ourselves is which side we reveal most of the time. Remember that spirituality is about progress, not perfection. 

What is important for us to ask each morning is that our individuality is more evident to the world than our personality. That was how God created us and that is what our goal in life should be.

Quote of the Week

“One’s individuality is that part of one that never changes its identity. It is the God self.”

Emily Cady, Lessons in Truth

Season of Change

Change – it’s that time of the year. The seasons are changing, the weather is changing, in fact, all of nature is changing.  For many people, along with the season, their life may be changing.  

Whether the change is something we initiate or whether it is something that is thrust upon us, most people do not like change. Change often means an anxious fear of the unknown. That fear is usually based on the bigger fear that they are going to lose something that they have or not get something that they want. 

But changes are inevitable whether we like it or not.  We can, however, make a decision to initiate change rather than sit and wait for some change to happen to us. The advantage of initiating change is that we don’t feel so much like a victim of life. We become cocreators of our life.  We decide where we want to be, what we want to do, and more importantly who we want to be.

The truth is that no matter how much we plan, no matter how much we try to control things, and no matter how much we hold onto things, we cannot avoid change. 

Like nature’s seasons, every season of life has its gifts, its joys, and its challenges. What will you do with the season of life you are in?  

Quote of the Week

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”.
Charles Darwin