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All of us have this insatiable desire to belong, to share, to possess the knowledge of our future; to be able to influence our future.  Indeed, to become our future.  And what hangs in the balance, what buoys our spirit, humbles our minds, and drives our determination; is faith.

Faith, in knowing there is much more to life than meets the eye; faith, in our salvation; faith, in life after death; faith, in God, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The kind of faith that people have been persecuted for having since the beginning of time, faith for which people have died, faith that people protect with their lives.

To be sure, the fundamental construct of faith is founded in the future, in knowing the past, in trusting God, in loving life.  And the reality of our collective existence is distilled into a single universal truth; to Believe is to See.

As much as our faith is centered around our singular existence, relationship and respective accountability with our Creator, it likewise is circular in nature, in that it involves the impact our lives have on others and others impact on us.  The whole of our being can best be described as an interconnected, interdependent conscious organism (spirit), et. al.

We spend our entire lives searching for those worldly areas where we belong, yet spend precious little time searching (and preparing) for the eternal life where we will belong into the infinity of time.  We must consequently examine our lives and ask ourselves; What are our priorities in contrast to what should be our priorities?

“At the opposite end of the spectrum is the beginning of new life, of being born, of witnessing the miracle itself, of acknowledging and accepting the awesome responsibility and privilege of becoming a parent.  And most importantly, nurturing, assisting, influencing, valuing and respecting that precious and amazing life; for it is your legacy as a child of God, your responsibility as a Christian, and your opportunity to enhance, enlighten and empower another ‘soul’ to serve and praise the Creator.”

– (Excerpt from My Amazing Life Is Not In Vein, Michael Cerkas)

Robert Eddison

To belong to anything involves prescribed values, thinking, behavior, priorities, commitment, and restraint.  Yet the key to these aspects is rooted in free will, not in indentured servitude.  Each of us chooses where we belong, in part, by our desires, and in LARGE part, by our actions.

In choosing where we belong, remember that Love trumps Hate, Good is more powerful than Evil, and actions indeed have consequences.  So, in those famous words of the Grail Knight (portrayed by Robert Eddison), in the 1989 film classic, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade…..  Choose Wisely.

 

God Bless You and Be well.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Holy Grail Scene)

 

(Up Where We Belong: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes)
Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world few hearts survive
All I know is the way I feel
When it’s real, I keep it alive
The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world below
Up where the clear winds blow
Some hang on to used to be
Live their lives looking behind
All we have is here and now
All our lives, out there to find
The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb a step every day
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Where the clear winds blow
Time goes by
No time to cry
Life’s you and I
Alive today
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Where the clear winds blow
Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry
On a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong

The Greatest Gift


Life is truly like winning the lottery.  So, why then, aren’t more people Happy?

The answer lies in a complex word called “Perspective”.  Each of us enjoys life to the degree we perceive it to be.

“It’s about the Attitude we carry, the Optimism in our Heart and the Outlook in our vision.”

We are indeed, as Happy as we empower ourselves to be.  Collectively, Life reflects our Soul.

Think well, Act well, Visualize well, Live well, Be well.

Embrace_the_Light

 

The Pursuit of Perfection in Perspective


Aaron-Rodgers-Super-Bowl-Sports-Poster-PrintYou’ve heard it all before; Sacrifice, persistence, practice, focus and commitment.  In all walks of life, the pursuit of perfection is a common journey, whether it be in professional sports, careers or any other venture.  Additionally, the dedication required to pursue perfection is not a sometime thing, it is many times a lifetime endeavor.

Examples in professional sports includes winning the Super Bowl in the NFL (National Football League), pitching a perfect game in MLB (Major League Baseball), winning a Gold Medal in the Olympics, bowling a perfect game of 300, winning the Boston Marathon, and on and on and on.Olympic_Gold_Medal

In the business world, it includes being the most profitable, creating that “New Thing” product (like the iPad or iPhone), Google Search Engine, a successful or perfect merger or acquisition, become the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of a notable company, being honored with a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, a Nobel Peace Prize, or becoming President of the United States.

Steve_JobsIndeed, the pursuit of perfection requires steadfast dedication, fervent preparation, unwavering commitment and mostly, hard work and focus.  As human beings, the pursuit of perfection itself has almost reached “cult” status as we hear and read story after story after story of some individual or team accomplishing the seemingly impossible.

So then, let’s turn to Faith.  As Christians, we are already painfully aware of our imperfections as human beings.  We also acknowledge the existence of only ONE flawless, perfect Supreme or Divine Being; God.  To the point, considering the larger picture of our existence in the universe, which pursuit of perfection is (or should be) more important?  Is it sports or business, a hobby or perhaps our spiritual well-being that is manifested by our human and physical life?New_Year_Resolutions

I offer that if people dedicated as much energy, focus and attention to their spiritual lives and faith as they (we) do to sports, jobs/careers and hobbies/personal interests, that the world would a more peaceful place and provide an even better opportunity to live, grow, share and experience Love and Joy.

But, we have to first ask ourselves and as an understatement, be honest with ourselves; what are the priorities in our lives?  Are they respectively, God/Faith, Family, Country and Career?  Or, could it be that we sometimes have these items in a different order?  The obvious answer, of course, is that many times we do; because we are in fact, imperfect beings.  Let us not, however, use this fact as a crutch or excuse to prevent or deny ourselves from making changes (Real Changes)  in our lives that will enable each of us to live more disciplined lives and ultimately, become closer to God.

GodRinging in a New Year is always an apropos time to consider, evaluate and establish these types of changes or commitments.  They are truly meaningless, however, if we do not fully engage our complete selves and commit to making them happen.  And, most importantly, to regularly and frequently assess our progress in reaching or striving to achieve each one.

I contend that caring and nurturing for our spiritual being or self is hands-down not only the most critical or essential aspect of our entire existence as human beings, it without doubt is also the most challenging.

Let us pray to find the unwavering courage, commitment and faith to do just that in 2013, and forward.   God bless us all.

Reality Check – Writing Your Own Obituary


I’ve shared my thoughts about Self-Awareness, Faith, God, the concept of “Being” and Free Will.  All somewhat abstract, yet oh so real concepts that define, frame and help us comprehend who we are and what we’re about.  One exercise I learned as a high-school student, however, stands out above others in not only communicating to others who we are, but in viewing ourselves through the eyes of others that intimately know us as well as those that do not.

That exercise is writing your own obituary.  It may seem morbid at first blush, until you consider what an obituary really is at its core and what it concisely frames for others to see.  An obituary is a recounting of someone’s life, the choices they made, the people they associated with, the obstacles they faced and overcame, the items they deemed highest priority, the circumstances they met, the legacy they leave behind and the manner in which they left this reality.  It is your biography in condensed form.

In truth, an obituary is so much more than a paragraph in the local newspaper.  It is a testimony and story that summarizes and distills the being of a single child of God and communicates how a person prioritized their life and what they emphasized as important.  In many ways, it reveals the character and personality of an individual and encapsulates the essence of their being.

Ironically and unfortunately for each of us, it is precisely these bits of information, insight and compassion that would be much better served if they were known by others and in some cases, by us, before we die and leave the world to speak no more.

So, what better way to look at ourselves, our lives, our decisions and priorities than to compose and conduct that symphony of life with our very hands.  What is produced as the outcome of the exercise will undoubtedly be an uncanny perception of our being that may or may not reflect who we really think we are.

In essence, it is that Ebenezer Scrooge moment of clarity and introspection, hopefully absent of remorse and abundant with just what value or quality we added to the world by our presence.  At best, it will present an argument for personal change in certain areas of our lives that need better alignment with our spirit and soul.  Most importantly, it provides that opportunity, that luxury of time for us to recognize and implement that change.

Take the time to recognize who you really are.  You may just get the surprise of your life!

Is today the day before Saturday or the day after Thursday?


Yes, I’m talking about the “P” word.  You know, the one that goes hand in hand with attitude.  You guessed it!  I’m referring to Perspective.

How we look at the world is as unique as we are from each other.  How we interpret what we see, hear, feel touch and taste every moment in our lives is different than another person placed in an identical situation.  The reason is that our pasts our different and we subsequently have conditioned our brains to think differently.  This reality is both a blessing and a curse; obviously based on how we choose to view it.

Below is what I call a great mind-expander in that it provokes thought.  It is entitled “The Pink Bat”.  Please watch it and then internalize it to see how you can personally grow as a result.

Now, how do you answer the question in the Headline above?  Is today Friday or the day after Thursday or the day before Saturday?  Be well.

 

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