The Power of Laughter

Historically today has been known as April Fools Day but because of the Coronavirus, many pranks and tricks reserved for this day have been suspended.  I understand why but maybe what we need right now is more humor and less talk of doom and gloom.

Instead of planting ourselves in front of the TV 24 hours a day looking at the latest death count, spend time having a good laugh.  Last night I watched a Jimmy Fallon interview with Taylor Swift.  He had gotten a video taken by her mother when she was drugged from Lasik surgery and it was so funny I found myself laughing out loud so much, I piqued the interest of Christopher.  

Laughter is not only good for the soul but like gratitude, it is also contagious and healing.  While home, try watching things that are funny.  Change the channel and change your life!

Quote of the Week

“Laughter is the best medicine in the world.”

Milton Berle

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How Are You?

These are unusual times, faced with new challenges, a new way of living, and a time when we realize that some of the mundane day to day things we took for granted are truly gifts – gifts like going to work, the movies, visiting with friends, going to church or even going to the mall. But it is also a time of new discoveries, new ways to connect with others, finding things at home to discover and do that previously we never had time for.   As we settle in for this way of life for an unknown length of time, it is important to continue to look at our blessings and be grateful for all that we have rather than what we do not have.

So what are you grateful for?  I am grateful that my surgery happened one day before they stopped elective surgeries, I am grateful that I found a wonderful place to heal in for the first week of my recovery. I am grateful that the surgery went well and any pain I am now experiencing are signs of healing.  I am grateful for a loving husband, good friends, a dog that 

has taken on the job of nursing me with love, and the fact that our church service can be seen by everyone and will, hopefully, bring a sense of peace and connection.

Most of all, I encourage everyone to hold in prayer anyone who unfortunately has gotten the virus and all those that are seeking ways to stop the spread and find a solution.  I am confident that prayer does work and whether or not, the prayer brings about the results we seek, know this – prayer always uplifts the person praying – and reminds us that we are never alone.

Quote of the Week

“All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”
Robert Kennedy

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One Day At A Time

One Day at a Time – 

This is the message I have heard over and over, but today it has taken on a new meaning for me.  The pandemic that we are currently experiencing has forced many of us to live one day at a time, whether we want to or not.

As the world continues to shut down, it is hard to make any plans because at any moment they can disappear. We had tickets to see a show – cancelled.  Tickets for a concert – cancelled. Work – cancelled.  Church – cancelled.  And for me – surgery!

I am scheduled for a hip replacement tomorrow and whether or not it happens can change at any moment. So, what do we do when our lives are put on hold?

One tool I have been using a great deal is the Serenity Prayer.  If I remember to accept what I can’t change – the virus or make it go away and have the courage to change what I can – my attitude about what is going on– I not only show wisdom, but I can find peace in the midst of the storm.

Quote of the Week

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu

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THE TRUE THREAT – FEAR

Franklin D. Roosevelt said years ago, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.  He was talking about the Depression and he understood that if we are paralyzed with fear, we are unable to be open to receiving Divine Ideas as to how to either overcome the fear or walk through it.

When we allow fear to rule our lives, our happiness and our well-being we are doing more harm to ourselves than some of the things we are avoiding.  Fear causes the body to tighten up and brings stress to not just the mind but the body as well, and it has been proven that stress is the number one cause of many diseases.

Fear loses its grip on us when we can see it as just an obstacle in our spiritual development.  Fear comes from the material world while the help we need to overcome the fear comes from the spiritual realm.  Therefore, to overcome fear, we must have a Higher consciousness that sees the fear as an illusion that keeps us from the life we seek.

When we accept the fear, we can then ask for Divine Guidance as to what is ours to do.  We can then move forward by not letting fear take such a stronghold on us.  When we find the solution, we need to walk through the fear or just realize that which we feared is nothing to be feared at all.

Quote of the Week

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Luke 12:32

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Choosing Wisely

Have you ever done something, and then thought – that was stupid!  Often when that happens, we might begin to berate ourselves for being so foolish as to make such a wrong decision.  The Truth of the matter is that a bad decision does not define us.

Within all of us is a wisdom that can help us to make the right choices and give us insights to help us live a life filled with more happiness, peace, joy, and love.  Wisdom does not come from books but from that inner place within each of us – some call it the Christ, the Buddha, or anything that represents wisdom to you.

When we tap into this intuitive part of us, that comes, not from our human side, but our spiritual nature, we get the guidance and encouragement to discern what is ours to do.  All we have to do is become still, ask God what It’s will for us is, what part is ours to do, and set an intention that whatever we do will be the best for all parties involved. The outcome cannot help but be the highest and best for us.  

The next time you have to make a decision, instead of asking everyone’s opinion, stop, become still and go within – asking for whatever the right choice is. If you don’t get an answer, just become willing to receive, and at a time you least expect it, the answer will come.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”                                                                             James 3:13

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