Decisions, decisions

Decisions!  They are not always easy, yet, we make them repeatedly in our life.  We usually fear making a decision because we might make the wrong choice.  As a result, we are often frozen and find ourselves stuck in the muck of fear.

I am not a fan of having to make decisions any more than the next person, but I have found in life that even the wrong choice is often better than doing nothing.  A wise mentor I had many years ago taught me that making a choice is less scary if we spend time to go within for guidance.  She said when we do that and then move forward, even choices that seem wrong at the time will work out for good eventually.

That is sure true in my own life.  It seems that all the wrong turns I made still put me just where I was supposed to be – eventually.  I believe that when we reach the end of our lives on this planet, our biggest regret will be that we didn’t do what our hearts and soul are calling us to do.

Quote of the Week

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” 
Michelle Obama

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Friendship = Love

We just celebrated Valentine’s Day, and although we often attach this day to romantic love, there are many ways to show someone you care about them – other than romantically.

One way is through friendship – because true friendship is about caring enough for someone, that you put their well-being ahead of yours.  It is that kind of friendship that should truly be celebrated. 

On Valentine’s Day this year, I was blessed to be the recipient of such friendship.  Christopher and I decided to get some fresh air to celebrate Valentine’s Day and as he was helping me onto a chair, his back went out, and he fell with me falling right after. There we were, both on the ground, him not being able to get up because of pain, and me not being able to get from the ground onto my scooter.  

On top of it all, both our phones were in the house.  I had to crawl through the house to reach mine and I called my friend Tina,

Within minutes she and her friend were there getting Christopher up and into the house.  I had called our friend, John, right after Tina. He dropped everything and came over to help and take care of both Christopher and myself and has stayed with us ever since.

No matter how many times I may be the recipient of such love and friendship, I never stop being grateful for such friendship, such love.  So, this Valentine’s Day I not only got to spend it with the man I love but two friends who remind me that God is always working through our life, if not directly then through the angels he sends to us to be His hands and feet in the flesh.

I thank God that he has blessed me with such angels as these, and I only hope that one day, I can be that angel to someone else.

Quote of the Week

It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” 

Marlene Dietrich

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A Lesson in Humility

For a long time, I prided myself on being very self-sufficient.  I actually considered it one of my positive qualities.  Then last week, I had foot surgery and was put in a cast the size of a large log.  I knew I was going to have a cast and that, for 2 months, I would not be able to put any weight on my foot – but I was not prepared for the cast being as large and heavy as it is.

All of a sudden, I couldn’t do whatever I wanted; go wherever I wanted, and do the things I did on a daily basis.  I went from an independent person to one who was dependent on someone else to do some of the simplest things for me.

Being independent is good, but being prideful about it is not.  We are not separate beings because each one of us is but a small part connected to other members of our human family, and as a result, we are dependent upon each other.  

Through my admission to another that I needed help, I began to see that this experience was a great lesson in humility.  And in this humility, I discovered that God not only blesses me vertically and directly but also, horizontally through other people.  I am filled with gratitude that this lesson did not come with a higher price tag than it did. 

Quote of the Month

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.”

 Thomas Merton

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What Am I?

Humans are made up of 3 parts – Spirit. Soul and Body.  Our Spirit nature is that of God. Like a wave in the ocean, we are part of God and It is part of us. But that does mean that we are God no more than the wave is the ocean.

The Soul is the part of us that is our emotional and mental self.  It is the part of us where all our growth and development occur.  However, the soul does not have the 5 senses, hence we need the body to be the eyes, ears, hands, and feet of God.

It is in the soul that all of our big changes occur.  For instance, the body can work out in order to change, but the decision to want that change and the determination to do what it needs to do comes from the soul. Without it, at the first discomfort, the body would say – forget this!

We connect with God through the spirit side of ourselves, but it is the soul that decides to take the time needed to have that connection.

So, what is your soul yearning for you to be, to truly express the aspect of God that is unique in you?  In the movie, Soul, Joe finally realizes that the best part of living isn’t chasing ambition or catching hold of a fleeting dream, but to truly live every minute.

That sounds like something God created us for – to appreciate life and to live it fully

Quote of the Week

I’m going to live every minute of it [life].”

From the movie, “Soul”.

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God is ???

Have you ever wondered, “What is God?” 

Maybe you were brought up with such a strong faith, that you never questioned if there was a God or what that God is?  However, if you are like so many people, it might be something you have thought about quite a bit.

Someone once told me that if the Higher Power I believed in was not big enough to handle all my fears and concerns, then I needed to find One that was. I did in Unity, and it is a God that is Omnipotence, Omnipresence, and Omniscience. 

What does this mean?  It means that God is not just powerful, but is the Power that powers the Universe including the Power within me.  That means that I have a Power to tap into when things seem like they are more than I can handle. It is the strength and courage that sees me through life’s challenges. 

God is Omnipresence means that God is not just present everywhere but is Presence Itself and in everything (including us). Therefore, there is nowhere I can be that God is not.  One of my favorite affirmations is: “I live and breathe and have my being in God.” 

God is Omniscience means that God is not just all knowing but is the wisdom of the Universe, Divine Mind, Creative Force and this Wisdom is within each one of us.  This is why spending some time in the silence is so important – because more than anything, we cannot know God with our minds but we must feel it with our hearts.

So, what do you believe about your Higher Power?  It does not have to be what I believe or for that matter, anyone else.  It just must be big enough that you do not lose faith that It is greater than you or the things of the world.

Quote of the Week

“When the rationality of the brain utterly fails to grasp the Tao, the heart will step in to embrace it with a way of knowing that is beyond knowledge. Feeling is the key.”                                                         

Derek Lin. “The Tao of Daily Life.” 

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