From Rev. Arlene

Who do you respect?  Who do you appreciate?

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We all have people we respect and appreciate – some are famous people and some are people we know personally.  The people we know that we feel this way about we honor, cherish, value, and we hold dear.

What would our earth look like if we did the same regarding our planet?  What if we showed more respect and appreciation, would we take more care in how we treated her?

Last Friday was Earth Day, and for many, it is the one day a year we give thought to this precious, life giving ball of dirt and water we call earth.  Most of the time, we take little notice of all the beauty it produces.  We are rarely grateful for all the creatures that inhabit it and make our lives better because of their existence.  We fail to understand how trees are important, not just to the animals that make their homes in them, but to cherish the fresh air they provide, the shade on a hot day, and the way they help to clean up the pollution we humans so easily make.

Just as it is important for us to let the people we love know how we feel, it is important to let our planet know that we do cherish it.  Instead of celebrating Earth Day one day a year, find three things you can do on a regular basis to take better care of this wonderful, amazing, special place we call home, Earth!  Just a little thing like picking up someone else’s litter can make a big difference.  What we do today becomes our legacy for all the tomorrows to come.

Quote of the Week

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”                                                                                                                                   Jane Goodall

 

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From Rev. Arlene

I recently heard someone say, “If we take our past into our present, we cannot move into the future.”  I know, for me, this is true.  When I cling to things of the past, I am not living in the present, and I cannot see all the possibilities and potential of the future.

We often carry around the baggage of our past as either a badge of honor or as a bunch of garbage that in time only messes up our lives and keeps us from truly experiencing who we are.

How can we be filled with love, joy, harmony, kindness, peace and compassion if we spend our time thinking about what we should have/could have, done in the past.

The past is the past.  It cannot be altered or changed.  Right here and right now, there is wonder and beauty for us to experience – but we cannot see it if we are looking behind all the time.

There are no guarantees for the future, but we can travel the road into what is next for us, a little lighter, when we are not weighed down by the past.

Quote of the Week

“You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”

Author unknown.

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From Rev. Arlene

Is there someone you will not or can not forgive?  Maybe it is someone from the past such as a parent, maybe an ex spouse, or maybe it is yourself.  We often think that by forgiving someone, they win and we lose.

The reality is that when we hold onto anger, resentment or grudges, the only one who loses is ourselves.  Not forgiving is a waste of energy, time, and brain power not to mention a detriment to our spirit.

I have met people who have suffered terrible things such as losing their child or been abused by their parents and yet they still were able to forgive.  All these people say the same thing, that they were the ones who suffered when they did not forgive and they were the ones who benefited when they did forgive.

In some cases, holding onto something can cause not only emotional and mental issues but physical as well.  We hold onto negative feelings to such an extent that we make ourselves physically ill.

Forgiveness is the key to our freedom.  Reading about it, talking about it, thinking about it, and knowing about it doesn’t do it.  Only by doing it do we benefit from it.

Simply say, “I forgive myself”.  Even if you don’t mean it, go ahead and do it anyway.  Say, “I forgive him/her”.  Even if you don’t mean it, go ahead and do it anyway.  Do it for two weeks and you will find that you will come to mean it and you will be free.

Quote of the Week

“Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Lewis B. Smedes

 

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From Rev. Arlene

Do you have zeal in your life or is it one boring, tiring day after another?  Zeal, or enthusiasm, is a God given attribute and although we all have it, some people do not exercise this power to it’s fullest ability.

Charles Fillmore, Unity’s co-founder, said a life without zeal is like “an engine without steam or an electric motor without a current.”  In our world today, we know that we have to charge up our phones, our IPads, our computers, etc. or they won’t work.  So too we have to charge up our lives so we have more zeal, more joy, and more enthusiasm.

Science has confirmed that every cell and organ of our body is literally crammed with vital energy.  When we have more zeal in our lives, our bodies respond not just with more energy but more vitality, good health and a strong immune system.

So how do we bring more zeal into our lives?  Every time an opportunity comes your way that allows you to express your talent, welcome that with open arms.  Every time you feel as if life is boring or has no meaning, find something to do for someone else.

Being of selfless service is a great way to bring more zeal and enthusiasm into your life because it gets us out of our selves and fills us with gratitude.

Look at everyday situations with a new perspective that zeal is an active power in your life.  Think of possibilities in various situations and then allow your imagination to soar.  Find ways to take the ideas that come to you and mold them into workable possibilities.

Quote of the Week

“I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth to do that which should be done by me.”                            Charles Fillmore, age 94

 

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From Rev. Arlene

Are you willful or willing?

When we are willful we push and pull at life to make it go our way. Sometimes when we allow our self will to “run riot” it may seem for awhile that things are going well. However, at some point we may find that we have created a logjam in our lives and we become stuck. Stuck in old habits, old ways, old patterns of living. That is until the Universe breaks up the logjam, usually by blowing things up with Spiritual Dynamite.

When we are willing, willing to listen to our mentors, teachers, sponsors and more importantly, God, we find our life usually flows very well. That is because we are no longer allowing our egos (easing God out) to control what we do. We align ourselves to spiritual principles and not basing our lives on getting more, being more, or doing more.

It is the human will that creates wars, terrorism, violence and the slow destruction of our Earth. It is human will that makes us fight our way to the top in order to prove we are worthy. The Truth is we are worthy, we are important, we are beautiful because we are the creations of a Creator that is Perfect.

An apple tree can only produce apples, a pear tree – pears, and Perfection can only create perfection. Once we stop allowing our self will from going astray, we can then be in the flow of Good and truly become all we can be.

Quote of the Week

“For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be.” Thomas Merton

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