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Life Without Henry – Seasons In The Sun


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An important part of my life ended last August 12th, when I laid next to, and watched, my closest friend and companion take his last breath.  His spirit was so strong his entire life, yet at that last moment, it was silent and peaceful, as it dissolved into another form of existence.  Like many aspects of our journey, it was at that instant I realized the enormity of my loss and experienced a pristine clarity and appreciation for life.  Indeed, this was no ordinary friend and companion.  It was Sir Henry, my closest of friends, my 14-year-old Golden Retriever; well, 1 day short of 14 years.

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Reflective of his entire life, Henry left on his terms.  And truthfully, that was a blessing for me, as he spared me the horror of needing to take that dreaded and last visit to the Vet office, to end a pet’s life for them.  You see, even if that is the best decision to be made, to end suffering (for both pet and pet owner), Survivor’s Guilt runs rampant for a long time, as you feel like an executioner.  Indeed, it has taken me eight months to be able to share my emotions about Henry with you.

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“As Henry departed right next to me on that early Monday morning, I laid motionless, a feeling of emptiness permeating my every thought.  All the great memories of Henry with me, along with my entire family, played like old movies in my mind.  Happy thoughts, of days gone by, of Sir Henry, from our first day together when he was just a pup, through the gamut of experiences in his (our) life, he pranced like a prince, played like a happy child, pleased others without hesitation, and commanded respect as a noble and regal royal; which is truly how we (everyone) saw him.”

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And yet, as these treasured memories danced in my heart, the reality of what was before me struck and hurt me like a bolt of lightning.  Sir Henry had moved on and I was still here.  The truly worst aspect was that I knew what I had to do next.  Locate and Prepare a final resting place, along with a fitting burial enclosure, worthy of the likes of Sir Henry.  Without question, a few of the more difficult days I can remember.

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Being the craftsman that I have come to be, I searched for the best material, the best accessories, and proceeded to build the vessel that would securely and protectively carry Henry to the Rainbow Bridge.  As an understatement, there were many tears, deep sadness, and farewells.  Yet there was equally, dignity, respect, and bittersweet happiness, as Sir Henry being the alpha male and leader his entire life, would fittingly pave the way ahead, as I watched him fade into a memory from my life.

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His last sunset here was an amazingly beautiful, peaceful, and brilliant August evening.  His presence was felt more strongly in my life than by many people who were and are in it.  Indeed, there was and will always be, something very very special about this one.  Difficult to explain, but a tangibly spiritual presence.  Henry made me a better human being.  He helped me to maintain my sanity in a chaotic and complex world.  He was abundantly special.  And he now resides on our property, appropriately in the area he loved to roam most, surrounded by trees, nature, and love.

This is Life without Henry.  No more beautiful smile; nor physical sense of his positive energy, no Henry to greet me at the door, nor to lay beside me just to be with me.  No bumping his head under my arm to take him for a walk, or to simply afford him some always deserved attention.

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Only memories, of his “tangle” with that porcupine when he was two and the hundred quills he inherited from the encounter; of him nonstop playing with his favorite beach toy; of his attentive and watchful obedience; of his priceless habit of carrying his leash in his mouth as he walked me; of his enjoyment of sitting, watching, and loving the warmth of the fireplace; of his determination to catch that squirrel in the brush pile.  We were kindred spirits and Henry was all these things, and more… to me.

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Sir Henry was a force of nature, so strong, you could feel his presence and connect with him more easily than with most people; without saying a single word.  There is gratitude in my heart for having had the privilege of his friendship and companionship for all but a day of fourteen years.  There is satisfaction and happiness for enabling him to spend twelve of his fourteen years at

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our retirement lake property, sitting on the front porch, soaking up the Northwoods air, watching people walk by, exploring the woods, chasing animals, basking in the sun, swimming in the lake, enjoying pontoon rides on the flowage, being such a pleasant yet determined creature of God.  Oh, how I miss my closest friend.

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And like a soft, wistful breeze, he quietly, yet nobly moved on.  And Sir Henry wouldn’t have had it any other way.

 

 

Goodbye to You, my trusted Friend…

Life is a Bittersweet Symphony…  Yet, play it, we must.

 

 

 

 

The 12 Seeds of Immortality


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Life is precious, yes? Even more profound, is appreciating it. Indeed, perhaps, this is the most essential life skill to master.

The pure experiences of nature, our senses, and life’s lessons, distill in us our sense of purpose, being, goals, thoughts, and behaviors. Wisdom is a fleeting thing at best, nearly impossible to attain at worst. Yet we try.

And so it has come to being, my being, in that I believe I have discovered the seeds of immortality through experience, contemplation, observation, experimentation, and maybe a little bit of luck.

My good fortunes in life initially stem from being the youngest in my family. I had the opportunity to witness life as a child, through the eyes of my brothers and sisters. Indeed, what worked for them, along with what to avoid at all costs. They were, unknowingly, the best teachers I’ve come to realize. The luck came in the form of me recognizing the important moments in my life, analyzing their significance, and creating the path I followed throughout my youth, young adulthood, up to and including my present life.

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And so, I’d like to share with you the 12 things in Life that will all but guarantee the essence of your life to live on forever… in the hearts and minds of those who love you.

Collectively, these paths of life intertwine and grow into and with one another, creating and developing an unstoppable force; the force of You.

It all begins with Feeling the Spirit. Our conscience is the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts, minds, and souls. To embrace it is the foundation of understanding our being and purpose in life. Better yet, to act upon its whispers to us.

In focusing on the positive energy in the world, we must Give Gratitude for Life. And not just our own, but every facet and manifestation of it on the planet. Cherish life, as it is precious, meaningful, beautiful; and finite.

Hand in hand, we must Demonstrate Goodwill through our thoughts, actions, and behaviors. In a Pay It Forward mentality, Karma is real and powerful. Develop Goodwill into more than a habit. Make it an instinct.

Recognizing and appreciating that we are not alone, Share the Love of God with others, by being an example of it. You just might be the only Bible someone experiences on a particular day. Be ready to teach as well as learn.

And in being aware of your role in the tapestry of life, use yours to Strengthen the Family, as it is the core that sustains you, nourishes you, emboldens you, and ultimately, helps to mold you into your future.

True wisdom exists when we Accept the Reality, Divinity, and Power of God. Life is no accident, we are not cosmic coincidences, but intelligent beings created by Intelligent Design. Breathe in the life force that is God.

Life is a lot more fun and enjoyable when we Advocate for Peace. We are all made uniquely and with purpose, yet because of that fact, it is nearly impossible to agree on everything with everybody. So, give Peace a chance.

We were born with senses, to not only understand the world around us, but also each other. And in following that learning, there is positive energy, tremendous power and goodness in the Physical Touch and Caring we extend to others in our Walk through Life.

Recognizing patterns in life, culture, family, and society, speaks of things people hold dear. Accordingly, Appreciate and Respect Tradition and others will do the same for you.

It is said that to Know and Not to Do is to Not Know. Following, we must Practice Discipleship through our lives as witness to God, in the interest of helping and supporting each other, and in teaching our children Right and Wrong.

As imperfect human beings, each of us has and will, undoubtedly hurt others through our words and/or actions. Life is a long journey, so the best approach to leveraging it in a positive light, is to Advocate Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Healing. Humility is underrated.

And lastly, to set the example for others to see us more clearly, we must Demonstrate Compassion and Giving in our life to pay homage to our Creator. Indeed, to imitate His ways, actions, and life.

If (and when) we can successfully and effectively meld these 12 seeds into a living, breathing entity, it will grow deep and strong and cause our lives to be more meaningful, impactful, and memorable. And, in the Larger picture of life, isn’t that the ultimate goal each of us truly desires?  God Bless us all.

You Can’t Stop The Truth


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As human beings, each of us is a complexity of experience, genetics, knowledge, opinion, bias, fear, judgment, and imperfection.  Throughout our lives, we have gathered information, formulated thoughts, conclusions, and feelings.  We react to our environment, especially to other people.  Our core values direct our life whether we are aware of it or not.

Facts are indisputable, measurable, and descriptive aspects of physical things in the world around us.  They are discovered, formulated, documented, proven and are real.  Information is the totality of individual details of anything and everything.  Facts and information help us make sense of the world and all that is in it, via dictionaries, reference books, diagrams, formulas, instructions, etc.

“And then there is Truth… Ah yes, those things that exist in a vacuum, that many times cannot be seen, heard, touched or proven, but merely acknowledged…  Things like; time, good and evil, the universe, electricity, life itself…  and God.”

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There are truths we more readily accept because we don’t or can’t perceive the difference they create by their existence, and then, there are Truths we protect with our lives; justice, freedom, goodwill, fair play, safety, philanthropy, love…  and our Faith.

Try as we might, and people have; we cannot prove or disprove faith.  Truth can not be compromised or erased.  Facts are not the truth.  Indeed, that is the fundamental essence of it and which defines it.  To understand faith, you must possess it.  To understand Evil, you must recognize and know it.  To understand goodwill, you must demonstrate it.   To comprehend God, you must experience Him.  This is precisely why Good and Evil exist in the world; so that people know the difference between them and can recognize them when and where they exist.

As a Christian by choice (you know, that Free Will thing), I believe in my heart that God is Truth, God is Light, Light is Truth, and that Truth is Unconditional, like Love and Compassion.   I acknowledge God as my savior and strive to practice His Truth daily, in spite of the fact I am an imperfect being.  Indeed, I am imperfect so that I can recognize God.

To fully experience life and grow as a human being, it is essential to face the truth, every time and in every way.  The Truth strengthens and enriches your soul.  It crystalizes priorities and solidifies motivation.  It makes your hopes and dreams achievable and is the basis for happiness.

You can’t stop the Truth, and Only the Truth will set you Free!

Faith As A Power Source


Intrinsic motivation has always intrigued me as a chess game intrigues a chess player.  Indeed, I have been driven my entire life, by multiple forces, yet one plateaus above all others.

Something inside me responds with energy and inertia when I am told I don’t have the skills, resources, determination or vision to accomplish some objective.  Is it simply a desire to succeed?  Or perhaps, the appeal of a challenge?  Maybe, to seek an opportunity to help others?  Or, to gain their approval?

“I believe, in my heart of hearts, the driving force that catapults and propels me forward to accomplish any worthwhile objective is the resulting opportunity for me to Witness that God provides whatever is necessary to accomplish His goal(s) through a sinner like me.”

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In short, I wholeheartedly crave the ability to credit God as my Power Source in every meaningful thing I do in my life; to Witness to Him as my Lord and Savior. To use His Power in my life to help others, to learn from others, and to help others find themselves and their faith.   Collectively, to grow His kingdom on earth.

I have asked myself many times, could it really be that simple?  Is God that powerful?  Is He that omnipotent?  Amazingly, is God that Real?  The answer, simply, is yes, Yes, YES, and YES!

“For some, personal power is derived by knowledge, others by the desire to succeed.  Still, others believe in a survival instinct of sorts, and yet others rely on successes that build self-confidence.  Certainly, there is no singular right answer.  All I know is that my motivation comes unilaterally and explicitly from my faith in God and all He provides, allows, bestows, offers, and wills.”

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Much like an athlete sets goals for him/herself, their focus yields a building block approach. The football player focuses on the next First Down before the Touchdown.  The Nascar driver each lap, before the finish line.  The Christian, the next opportunity to Witness, before their personal salvation and resurrection.  We are all, in fact, competitors and participants in the game of Life.  And, to be successful and grow, we must remain focused and aware of what is directly in front of us each and every day, regardless of the longer-term objective, goal, need or desire.

You see, faith is an incredibly powerful source of energy and Truth.  Both emanate from a single point of origin, God the Father.  Energy is created through inspiration, survival, fear, need, desire, protective instincts, indeed, love.  Truth, however, comes solely from God, is not to be confused with facts, and by design, is accompanied by and rooted in morality.  Man possesses no innate morals as morals are learned and man is imperfect.  True and objective morality, therefore must emanate from the creator as He is the teacher and is perfect.

Most assuredly, many people have heard the phrase, “Trust your Instincts”, yes?  And, in many circumstances and scenarios we face in our lives, our instincts come into play and focus on determining our actions and behavior.  Yet, at the core of our spirit and being, those instincts we all possess, are founded in morality, and morality originates singularly from God.  The point being that God influences and largely, controls the higher level direction and trajectory of each of our lives, whereas, we are simply charged with our thoughts, actions, behaviors, and ultimately, our choices.

In the end, collectively, a large objective of human life lies within each individual discovering their (our) purpose in life.  Once found, life transforms and ascends into something much more meaningful, worthy, and impactful; for us, and for all the other people we come into contact with, along the way.   Here is praying, hoping and wishing each of us is open to learning as much as we need to live a Purpose Driven Life.  In the big picture of eternity, it’s your life, so live it like you mean it.   Who do you want to be?  God Bless and Be Well.

 

 

Mind, Body, Soul – The Harmonic Symphony Of Faith


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As a young Christian, I was an Altar Boy, learned the Holy Mass in Latin, respected the Institution of Church, and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Life was simple; you honored God with your life, you became more familiar with the Bible, and you consciously attempted to avoid Sin.

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And then you grew up to join the world of Adults. Life became more complex, more interesting, more opportunistic; indeed, more dangerous. New emotions were born, along with the awesome sense of independence, responsibility, and choice; yet was fraught with anxiety, fear, learning, self-awareness, and sense of purpose. Self-doubt became a familiar foe, and uncertainty, as well as unsureness, occupied the top floor in your mind.

Adulthood was a vast swimming pool, inhabited by a plethora of personalities, agendas, boundaries, opportunities, detours, dangers, and few reassurances, if not, real and true friends.

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Even as a young child, then youth, and now, adult, I’ve possessed a unique ability to recognize patterns, whether they be mathematical, associative, visual, environmental, behavioral, societal, or spiritual. Patterns, when examined and analyzed, yielded profound insight, dare I offer to say, wisdom when combined with personal experience and knowledge.

Mind, Body, and Soul, is one of those amazing euphemisms that lends itself to analogies, corollaries, and logical deduction. My intuition leads me to associate it with the traditional Christian prayer and Mass opening symbology, i.e., “In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. Specifically, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Indeed, Christianity is steeped in Trinity, as in things grouped in three’s.

Let’s begin appropriately with the Mind and how it relates to the Father. The mind is the head or leader of the body, as is the father in a family. It is the origin of thought, ideas, innovation, solutions, and planning, as it relates to the body, as is the father as he relates to his family. Likewise, its primary function is to protect the body, like a father protects his family.

Following, the Body is to the Mind as the Son is to the Father. Both are inherently submissive, take direction and are dependent upon their predecessors. Until fully trained or conditioned, both grow by learning via cause and effect relationship. Both mature from creation and both share an intensely intimate relationship with their Master. Both provide iterative feedback in an ongoing fashion.

And, at last, the Soul and its comparison with the Holy Spirit. As the soul represents the ethereal origin of our human/mortal component of Christianity and our existence, the Holy Spirit shares that role with the Father and the Son.  Each represents intangible, yet necessary if not essential form and function as parts of the whole.

“Collectively, with each scenario, a synergistic force is manifested when the three components combine and function or work together. The mind, body, and soul join forces to establish and identify each of us as human beings. And, accordingly, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit meld into what we can only define or describe as the Supreme Being, sometimes referred to as the Divinity. God is what I refer to as the Incomprehensible Truth. Omnipotent, Present and Eternal.”

Most notably, God is the divine and harmonic symphony of Peace, Love, Joy; and Life. We exist solely because of, and for, His preference and direction. It is in our, or more precisely, your best interest to acknowledge His existence and presence. It is, however, your choice to accept Him as your personal savior and King.

Bottom line, to Believe is a Bittersweet Symphony. Accountability with Eternal Life. God Bless you and Be well.

(This article is dedicated to my Parents (Leonard & Agnes), whom I miss greatly, yet whom I undeniably know I will see again. Love you.)

 

Planning For The Time There Will Be No Time Left


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As children, most of us were encouraged, reminded and advised to seek happiness in life.  Indeed, a wise and noble observation.  And, without hesitation, most of us did.  So often, in fact, that seeking happiness became a habit that influences, motivates and to a degree, controls us.  Yet, at some point, as we reflect on our mortality as human beings, we must not only contemplate but rather, plan for our swan song.

Make no mistake, seeking happiness in life is key to expressing our core values, self-actualizing our dreams, and living a balanced and fulfilling life.  Yet, it is paramount to remain cognizant of the fact that our physical lives on this planet are temporary, while our spiritual lives are eternal.  And, sure enough, guess which aspect gets neglected the most?

As our physical lives require attention, discipline, critical thinking, benevolence, and compassion, even more so do our spiritual lives deserve the same.  It is completely understandable for this phenomenon occurs across the globe, regardless of location, upbringing, commitment, race, heritage, society, and education.  It is, you see, human nature.  As children of God, we are bestowed with both physical and spiritual gifts, talents, abilities, and acumen.  It behooves us to expend our energies toward both, at different times, to different degrees, yet with the same commitment, resolve, and protection.

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

So, in taking that first step toward planning for the time there will be no time left, ironically, time must be spent assessing and reviewing several aspects of your life; soon to be your legacy.  Worth contemplating and in no particular order, are your finances, assets, personal possessions, service arrangements, special wishes, obligations, technology footprint, faith, and the most important yet most neglected, your relationships.

The relationships with the important people in your life typically eclipse all other aspects of your legacy.  And this should come as no surprise, as the world largely revolves around the people in it.  Take the time (now) to reflect and analyze those important relationships, specifically, why they are important.  Then, perhaps for each one, identify what you want to make sure they know about you, that perhaps they do not know, once you have transformed into the next phase of your eternal life.  How do you want to be remembered?

Pass on the words you want your spouse to know about you, the intensity and lasting love you always had deep inside, the things you always loved most about them, perhaps, the secrets they never knew, or their secrets that you did know.  Speak to your sons and your daughters, let them know how amazing and loved they were (and are), tell them all the things you believe they need to know about your essence, and the things you want them to know to be happy, successful, compassionate and meaningful as human beings.  These…. are the things which give your legacy meaning, these are the things which give your legacy life, now, and forever.  What a gift to share with your loved ones, yes?

Accordingly, doesn’t it make sense to spend the most time and attention on matters that are more important, lasting, and will describe your life and who you are, without you being able to change the impression as you transition into eternity?  Without question, Free Will is understated as is the ongoing conversation with your (our) creator.  Gratitude, Humility, Authenticity, and Dedication are key to finding yourself along the path of the journey that is your life, much less, finding happiness of the eternal type.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”   –  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

God bless you.  Wishing you peace, love, happiness and the time of your life now, and in the future.  Be well.

 

What If…


What if… There is indeed a God;

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What if… God created the Universe and Humankind;

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What if… Humankind was given the gift of Free Will;

What if… through the gift of Free Will, Humankind determined their future and fate;

What if… that future and fate included where Each Human being spends their eternity;

What if… that eternity was defined as Heaven and (or) Hell;

What if… Those that believe in God create their own Heaven after physical death;

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What if… Those that believe there is no God, create their own Hell after physical death;

What if… Heaven is an ethereal consciousness with only Beauty, Peace, and Love;

What if… Hell is an eternity of Darkness, Pain, Fear, void of God and Light;

What if… We had this Gift all along and never realized it could be that Powerful;

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What if… God left His Consciousness for us to have by simply Choosing to have it;

What if… The Bible was in fact, the Truth of Life Everlasting, of Good and Evil;

What if… Our physical life is but a single phase of the transformation of form;

What if… Our Mind and Spirit truly live Forever;

What if… The Future is ours to create;

What Then?

 

Los Lonely Boys (Heaven)
Save me from this prison
Lord, help me get away
‘Cause only you can save me now
from this misery
I’ve been lost in my own place
and I’m getting’ weary
How far is heaven?
And I know that I need to change
my ways of livin’
How far is heaven?
Lord, can you tell me?
I’ve been locked up way too long
in this crazy world.
How far is heaven?
And I just keep on prayin’, Lord
And just keep on livin’.

The Righteous Side Of Reverence


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Throughout time, people across the world have demonstrated a deep reverence for the deity within their culture, history, and tradition.  Reverence steeped in profound respect, submission, and orthodoxy.  Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, among others.

Many of these deities have common traits; wisdom, insight, calmness, overpowering presence, generosity, and kindness as examples.  Likewise, each of them emphasizes specific behaviors that are required of followers to comply with as believers.

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For Christianity, there are the Ten Commandments and the Words of the Bible, albeit, the core set of rules and expected behaviors for Christians to adhere.  Like many philosophers and thinkers, however, the inevitable question raised in seek of answers revolves around the “Why”.  As in, Why must I follow this rule?  What future does following this rule provide?  And conversely, What is the penalty for violating this rule?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written by different authors at different points in time.  The miraculous reality is a common theme, even though many of the authors of the 66 books never met each other, let alone, lived during the same period of time.

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Often overlooked, at the core and foundation of the Bible and the Ten Commandments rests Morality.  At the base of what is right and wrong, the morality of life was established and handed down by Jesus Christ and given to Moses to share with humankind.  Of all that is ethical, just and right, the Word of God embodies morality for the ages.  Mankind has attempted to define morality, yet has continuously come up short, as incapable of divine wisdom.  Conversely, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and God (Divine Trinity), as the Supreme Being and Eternal Lord, singularly possesses and represents perfect knowledge and Truth.  This fact was exemplified by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, followed by His Ascension into Heaven.

And without doubt, perfect knowledge and truth are accompanied and characterized by Supreme Power;  A power not of this world.

In truth, it is not enough to show reverence; it is not enough to offer respect.  It is only enough when we understand and acknowledge the Righteous Side of Reverence.

Comprehend the immense and unending Grace of God; Witness His Sovereign Power in the lives of His people; Testify to His Greatness with your life.  That… Is how you will live for eternity.

Which Side will You be on?  God Bless you, Be well.

If Today Was Your Last Day (Nickelback):
My best friend gave me the best advice
He said, “Each day’s a gift and not a given right.
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by.
That first step you take is the longest stride.”
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you had?
If today was your last day
Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live it like you’ll never live it twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you had?
And would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day
If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes
‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothin’ stand in your way
‘Cause the hands of time are never on your side
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you had?
(Would you? Would you?)
And would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

Eternity Road (The Moody Blues):
Hark listen here he comes
Hark listen here he comes
Turning, spinning, Catherine wheeling
Forever changing
There’s no beginning
Speeding through a charcoal sky
Observe the truth we cannot lie
Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a peace of mind
You’ll see us all around
You’ll see us all around
Turning, spinning, Catherine wheeling
Forever changing
There’s no beginning
You’re so very far from home
And so very much alone
Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a peace of mind

In The Course Of A Lifetime…


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As a child (and sometimes even as an adult), when you’re waiting for something or someone, time seems to stand still.  Yet, concurrently, when you’re having the time of your life, time slips away like a “Thief in the Night”.

Each of these events feel as real as the light of day, yet most logical people understand that time, as we know it, trudges on in perfect cadence within the universe, unaffected by our physical presence and undeterred in its marching band procession into eternity.

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Most assuredly, time warps and truly accelerates as we mature and physically age.  Memories of our past accumulate and simply add to the weight of time on our hearts, minds and souls.  And in contrast, our souls never really age, even as they mature.  Our souls are everlasting orbs of energy that will, without question, outlive our carbon life form shells.

 

“The key to grasping in crystalline fashion, the significance of our being comes into perfect focus when we step outside of our own lives and dwell on the constructs of Love, Salvation, and Redemption.  For it is only when we acknowledge, accept and internalize these timeless and abstract emotions, that we come to understand just how special each of us genuinely are, and accordingly, how incredibly precious and delicate this life and its realities become, in contrast to the minute details of life, that in truth, consume the lion’s share percentage of it.”

There are several lessons for us to internalize:

  • Live “in the moment”
  • Don’t hold grudges; learn how to forgive
  • Recognize the Power of Family
  • Never procrastinate those difficult conversations with loved ones
  • Erase the word “Regret” from your vocabulary
  • Tell them how much you love them and how much they mean to you
  • In Testimony to God, live your life to demonstrate how Thankful you are
  • Value your Parents and appreciate who they are as children of God
    • A Parent’s job is anything But easy
  • Forget their human presence, because in Truth, they are immortal spiritual beings

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Call your Parents…

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.  – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Forever….. means Forever.

Mother and Child Reunion (Paul Simon)
No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
Oh, little darling of mine
I can’t for the life of me
Remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be
But it just don’t work out that way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again
No I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the mother and child reunion
Is only a motion away
Oh, little darling of mine
I just can’t believe it’s so
Though it seems strange to say
I never been laid so low
In such a mysterious way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life / Green Day)
Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life
So take the photographs and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth it was worth all the while
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life

 

Will Your Legacy Be The Fire Or The Embers?


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The true permanence of anything worthwhile in this world is its legacy.  The reputation it earns, the light it shines in your heart, the image it paints upon your soul, the ability to change your views, direction, path and future.

 

 

 

 

True Legacy is born when you pass…

It becomes crystal clear as glass.

Then it leaves an indelible mark behind…

To be searched, in waiting to find.

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From the moment we become an object of this world, each of us create an unmistakable imprint upon everything we encounter, developing our self as an instrument of God, whether we are aware of it or not.   And as much as our life is our own, it’s remainder is found in the memories of others we met and touched along the way, the lives we impacted, those lost and saved.

Admittedly, memories that can empower, inspire, motivate, yet equally, sadden, weaken or hamper.  And ever so slight, is the difference between these ends of the spectrum, whether it be a word, an act, a derived emotion; indeed, a feeling.

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We are all given ample and tremendous gifts that define us, drive us, and emblazon us as flames of the fire that is our spirit and our life.  A fire over which we have complete dominion and determination whether that fire warms, comforts and elevates; or burns, damages and destroys.

“Indeed, legacy is a very tangible and permanent entity, as it literally takes on a life of its own when we are separated from this earth.  When our physical being returns to dust and our spiritual soul travels beyond the confines of this celestial body we call home.”

Our senses drive the construction of our legacy, yet our heart, mind and soul effectively transcribe our story, give it form and substance, and package it for the world to experience without filters… forever.

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And as with so many other aspects of our being, there are lessons to be drawn, lived and learned, arguably the most important being our legacy; Your legacy and My legacy.  Will it be a positive, constructive and endearing story that others treasure, or a terse, cold and unattractive horror piece that most desire to leave unexamined, avoided and feared?

Like a fire, legacy is a powerful force and it behooves each of us to take extreme caution in creating and nurturing it to become a true reflection of our soul and essence, a fond memory of us, a sweet aroma of our life, a touching tribute to the extent we have touched and enhanced the lives of others around us.

Here is wishing each of us create a legacy of Love.  What will Your legacy be; a powerful fire or a flickering ember?  #DontGiveUpOnLove

Dark Star Lyrics: (Rachel Reinert)

I’m not scared of the unknown floating out here in the night sky on my own but I get afraid I’ll be forgotten already had my chance and lost it for good.
Nothings ever what it seems, I was trying to live someone else’s dream I get afraid I’ll be remembered not for the fire but the embers for all the almost was and what it could have beens.
You can’t see me where I am, hiding out here in the moonlight shadows, You can’t see me from where you are, Cause I am a dark star.
All the light that I have left, it ain’t burned out it just hasn’t reached you yet, I want you to feel it, yeah you just gotta feel it.
You can’t see me where I am, hiding out here in the moonlight shadows, You can’t see me from where you are, Cause I am a dark star.

All Things Must Pass (LYRICS)
Sunrise doesn’t last all morning, A cloudburst doesn’t last all day.   Seems my love is up And has left you with no warning,  It’s not always been this gray.    All things must pass, All things must pass away.   Sunset doesn’t last all evening, A mind can blow those clouds away.   After all this My love is up and must be leaving, It’s not always been this gray.   All things must pass, All things must pass away.   All things must pass. None of life’s dreams can last.   So, I must be on my way To face another day, And darkness only stays at nighttime.   In the morning it will fade away, Daylight is good At arriving at the right time.  It’s not always gonna be this gray.   All things must pass, All things must pass away. All things must pass, All things must pass away.

Lyrics:
Everybody’s talking at me
I don’t hear a word they’re saying
Only the echoes of my mind
People stopping, staring
I can’t see their faces
Only the shadows of their eyes
I’m going where the sun keeps shining
Through the pouring rain
Going where the weather suits my clothes
Banking off of the northeast winds
Sailing on a summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone
I’m going where the sun keeps shining
Through the pouring rain
Going where the weather suits my clothes
Banking off of the northeast winds
Sailing on
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