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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

 

The Redeeming POWER of Forgiveness


Camaro_69_SS_MikesAs a car freak growing up, I learned from my dad about tuning and rebuilding engines.  Integral to acquiring any significant knowledge or insight about mechanical things like engines, is the ability to diagnose problems.  I learned that the most effective way to troubleshoot and resolve them, was by learning to look for and recognize symptoms; a leaking vacuum line, an improperly adjusted carburetor (lean or rich), a bad spark plug wire, engine timing not properly set, etc.

Symptoms are like clues that when properly observed and considered collectively, can lead you to discovering the root cause of a problem.  And so it is with life.

Most of life’s problems are not mysterious or elusive.  Whether it be depression, anger, paranoia or obsession, most of life’s Griefchallenges involve hurt feelings, abandonment, betrayal and yes, other people.  The inability to deal with these feelings prevents the negative energy from leaving your spirit and self, much like trapped air in the brake lines of your vehicle.

In both scenarios, you and your car are unable to function in a normal capacity. The fix for your vehicle is pretty simple, either take it to a repair professional or bleed the lines of air yourself.  The only variable is cost.  The fix for your self, however, may be a bit more involved, but nonetheless, is very achievable and unlike your vehicle, will be accompanied with intense feelings of relief, liberation, peace, energy and Healing.

“The magic solution to many of life’s problems?  Very simple; forgiveness.  When a person holds on to negative energy from previous hurtful experiences, it entraps them, much like a jail cell confines a prisoner.  You become a prisoner trapped by your own emotions.  And in a damaging sense, this negative energy accumulates within you.”

In many instances, you won’t even realize you are holding on to these feelings. Discovering the root cause of emotional pain can be elusive and the best approach to identify it is reflection and self-evaluation.  And perhaps even more difficult than identifying the source of your pain is, once found, convincing yourself to transform that pain into positive energy by deliberately and consciously committing to forgive whomever is at the other end of your pain.  This is No small feat!

“The unmistakable and inexplicable sense of peace and balance, however, comes simply by letting go of the pain, releasing the negative energy built up in your spirit and mind, honestly and genuinely forgiving another human being…  for being human.”

Sunset background25And once you have forgiven your transgressor, you (and them) will experience the  incredible sense of cleansing and redeeming POWER that forgiveness creates within you.  Indeed, each of us at various points in our lives has desired to be forgiven by someone else whose life we have  adversely impacted, whether it was deliberate or unintentional.

What are the symptoms of the need for forgiveness?  Anger, guilt, regret, anxiety, stress, and even depression.  Most of these symptoms the average person encounters in their life, worst case, on a daily basis.  It doesn’t take a deep dive to discern that this type of negative energy can quickly accumulate inside a person and actually impact their physical well-being.  Without question, it can and does impact your spiritual well-being.

This time of year, Christmas, is a most appropriate time for personal reflection, analysis and yes, forgiveness.  You owe it to yourself and others in your life, to take the first step toward whatever reconciliation opportunity is present in your life.  And most profoundly and importantly, many times, the first person you need to forgive is yourself.

Take the first step toward renewal and strengthening of your relationships, and let it begin with you.  Be well.

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