Time

Time is an elusive thing. 

We live our lives by time.  We work, play, sleep, and eat according to the clock.   Unlike money, we can’t make more time even if we wanted to.  Each day has the same amount of seconds, minutes, and hours as the day before.

What we can do is make the best use of the time we have each day by living life to the fullest.  To do that we must live in the moment because when we are living in the past or the future, we are missing our now and can never get it back.

How are you spending the 86,400 seconds you are given today?

Quote of the Week

“An inch of time is an inch of gold. But an inch of gold cannot buy an inch of time.”                                                      Chinese proverb 

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Spiritual Home

Do you have a spiritual home? A place where you can go and be loved, accepted, encouraged, and emotionally supported? Having such a place is good for us on all levels.

It can be a church or other spiritual center, it can be a 12 step group, or a counseling group.  When we have such a group we feel loved, nurtured, and most importantly, we feel the love of God through the warm smiles, hugs and the welcome we feel when we are greeted like a prodigal son or daughter.

I have been blessed to have many such places in my life and they have been a haven when I needed one.  If you do not have a similar group in your life, please find one that coincides with your thinking and feelings.  You might find that this is the missing ingredient to a recipe for a wonderful life.

Quote of the Week

“We inherit our relatives and our features and may not escape them; but we can select our clothing and our friends, and let us be careful that both fit us.”

Volney St. Reamer

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My Best Friend

Some years ago I was asked to make a list of the characteristics of the God of my understanding.  I was told to think in terms of what I would want in a best friend.  Making that list has been of great value to me over the years because it allowed me to think of God in terms of being a Friend rather than as an authoritative Father, Mother, or stern Ruler image.

Thinking of God as a friend makes my Higher Power more accessible, more understanding and easier to trust. Friends are there for each other, to laugh with each other (sometimes because of silly things we do, either on purpose, or accidently), to forgive us, to support us in times of need, they give us a shoulder to cry on when when we are sad, and they celebrate with us when things are going great.

Whatever you think of regarding your Higher Power, the important thing is to have a relationship with Her or Him that works for you.  For me, having my Higher Power as my Best Friend helps me to know that I am never alone.

Quote of the Week

Ooh, you make me live
Whenever this world is cruel to me
I got you to help me forgive
Ooh, you make me live now
 

Ooh, you make me live

You’re the first one
When things turn out bad
You know I’ll never be lonely
You’re my only one
And I love the things
I really love the things that you do
Oh, you’re my best friend

Excerpt from the song “You’re my Best Friend” by Queen

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Community

In our world today, where people are connected by cell phones, computers, notepads, watches, etc., there are many people who still feel alone and isolated. We may have friends at work, family, those we work out with – but I believe there is nothing that can beat having a spiritual community we are a part of.

This community can be a church, synagogue, sangha, temple, or a 12 step group. The spiritual energy that is generated by coming together is more powerful than what can be done alone. Also, a positive spiritual/social environment can make a helpful influence on, not just our physical, mental, and emotional wellness, but our spirit as well.

The world is filled with disappointments, sadness, and challenges but having others to share our goals, dreams, grief, joy, fears and hopes, makes it easier to deal with, when we have a support group holding us up, in the down times, and cheering us on in the up times.
Do you have such support? Are you connected? If not, find one – you will be amazed how much better your life will be with one.

Quote of the Week

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

Sometimes the greatest challenge to our emotional and spiritual growth is what seems the best for us – being in our comfort zone. The comfort zone is that place where everything we do, where we live, our relationships, etc. are what we are familiar with and, therefore, feel comfortable with.

This comfort zone can be our best friend or our worse enemy. Stepping out of that zone can fill us with fear and anxiety, but it often results in a life that is far better than what we currently know.

It helps to have faith that we never have to make the leap alone, that we are loved, protected, guided, and surrounded by a Force that will give us the strength to go on when fear tells us not to.

Many gifts of my life were received as a result of me stepping out of my comfort zone, of making a change that was uncomfortable, but necessary for me to grow and evolve, not just physically and mentally, but emotionally and spiritually as well.

Whenever you are called to do something, to stretch, to reach beyond your comfort zone – to take the leap – you might find that where you end up is in a place far beyond anything you can currently imagine.

It is called a leap of faith, because to take that leap, we have to depend upon something we cannot see, feel, or touch – but is always there to support us.

Quote of the Week

“To get something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”
Author Unknown

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