Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WOULD YOU BE MY FRIEND?

As I tend to do at times I was sitting in the park just watching the wheels go round one day last week. My mind it seems is forever rambling (Thank goodness for that!) about this and that. Well for no particular reason I began to think about friendship and what all that entails. As I have gotten older I have come to realize that family and friends are the only thing that means very much to me. I am just so thankful that I was born into a family where love and respect was taught from day one. I was taught to respect others and to love people with everything I had. Ok, so I messed up some regarding that. Yeah, I once was more occupied with myself and the things I thought I wanted than I was on learning to love everybody. I know I've changed for the better over my lifetime and I no longer look back with any regrets when it comes to the way I have treated others. And I have been blessed with great family members and many really great friends. But here is what was rambling through my mind on this day about being a friend. There are different types of friends as I'm sure you are aware of. Here is just my views and in no way am I trying to tell you how to be a good friend. Let's say you was to fall and break a leg. A friend may call and say they are sorry to hear about the accident. Another friend may stop by and offer a helping hand with things. Another friend just shows up with enough food ready to eat. Then there is that friend that not only helps you out taking care of chores around the house, but also insists on helping out with the bills until you are able to work again. Another example that crossed my mind was this. God forbid you were to ever get in trouble with the law for anything but let's just say you are falsely arrested for something and taken to jail to await trial. A friend of yours contacts you and wants to know the whole scoop about things. Another friend tells you they are behind you and will help in any way they can. Yet another friend just seems to want to gossip to everyone else about what has happened. Some friends may believe you are guilty of whatever and just turn their back and forget about you. Another friend may go out and try to collect evidence that you are not guilty after all. And another friend tells you this, Whatever you did or didn't do you can count on me to stand beside you and continue to love you no matter what happens. One final example, Just imagine you have "lost" the love of your life when he or she has breathed their last breath as a human being. A friend calls, comes over, and stays with you through the long night ahead, offering solace and compassion. Another friend calls and asks if there is anything they can do. Another friend does whatever needs to be done as you go through the grieving process by helping out with all the small things one has to do on a daily basis. Then there is the friend who not only does all those things, but remains in your life long after this ordeal is over. They realize that so called death is a hardship that we all have to deal with the best way we know how. So rather than disappearing after the funeral services, this friend checks in with you quite often, especially on dates that remind you of the one you have "lost". They also remind you that love never dies and that the person you have loved will always be in your heart. These are just a couple of examples of how being a true friend may entail a little more sacrifices for you but a real friend is truly a blessing. I do hope all of you have some really great friends to be there for you in good or bad times. And to have someone call you a friend is the highest compliment one can receive. In parting may I gently remind you to be good to yourself and even better to others. Show someone this very moment that you consider them a friend and love them deeply. To all of you I wish only the very best to you and yours.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Most of us have heard that phrase used at times. What happens to us when we are blinded by the light? I suppose it can be used in many different ways. If that dead deer lying by the roadside could talk he's have to say that it cost him his life. Today I'd like to share my personal thoughts on this subject. Needless to say, I've been "blinded" on many different occasions. By the light I am referring to the "Light' one thinks is shining the truth down on them. As I think back on my past years, it really is amazing the number of times I thought I really knew the answers to life. And each time I felt I had "arrived" at the truth it was way too easy for me to tell others the answers. But at long last I finally came to the conclusion that my "truths" are not very important to any one but me. In my days of youth once I had seen the light I could not understand why everyone else could not see the same light. Now I realize how arrogant I was in thinking I had it all figured out. I've come to see that I have been blinded  many times by my ego self. But thinking upon these things now help me to accept and understand others actions without condemning them for not seeing things the same way I do. At times I cannot help but see others who I feel may be blinded by the light of their own personal truths. It's not that they are either right, wrong, or somewhere in between. But I can't help but think that they may be so blinded by their light that they are short changing themselves. I say this because if one thinks their light is the only truth there is they have shut their minds off to learning anything new. I do feel it is important for all of us to arrive at some point in living that we do "adopt" our Light. The problem as I see it is that we often times fail to see that other truths lie in wait for us to discover. Also we may tend to judge others too harshly if their truths do not agree with ours. Like a deer blinded by the light of an oncoming car, we may allow our light to cause us to freeze up and never move forward to search for new truths. Truths that may indeed take us to new places in our minds. Tis better to keep moving when we are "wrong" than to freeze up when we think we are "right". This Light we all seek to discover can come to us in many different places. It can also come from just listening to another's truth without prejudging them as wrong. Light comes to us in the most unexpected moments. Beware that at any given moment you may be struck with that oncoming light. If and when this happens  to you my hope is that instead of causing you to freeze up, it will enable you to run with it and allow it to help you soar to new heights that until now you have only imagined! Be well my friends. Be good to yourselves and even better to others.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Facing tough decisions is something that comes to each of us from time to time. Often times we make our decisions rather hastily which usually don't work out too good. Then there are the times when we waffle back and forth as to what we should do until we really mess things up. But whatever decisions we will have to face one thing is for certain. Either we make our choice wholeheartedly or half heartedly. And if the decision is a major one for us, we may spend a lot of time looking back and doubting if we made the right choice or not. When this happens it usually serves to make our lives seem like a mess from which we have no escape. In the book A Separate Reality don Juan Mateo states this: "The most effective way to live is as a warrior. A warrior may worry and think before making any decision, but once he makes it, he goes on his way, free from worries or thoughts; there will be a million other decisions still awaiting him. That's the warriors way." So today I hope all your decisions will be made with the highest degree of love and that each choice will be an easy one for you to make. Make a decision to be the very best human being you can at this moment. Take a respite from the worries of todays world you find yourself in, reach out to a fellow human being and do something nice for the both of you. I wish for you all the gift of love, peace, and understanding.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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If you folks want to listen to some really great music click on this link and enjoy some tunes from The Thrift Store Poets. Chris and the band are a hard working bunch of guys who still manage to find time to write and play music. Give 'em a listen if you will.

Monday, May 9, 2016

I'M DYING AS FAST AS I CAN

Death. The one word all of us know and accept. In The Teachings of Don Juan he reminds us that Death is forever by our side, stalking and waiting until the time he strikes us down. He also reminds us to have the utmost awe, respect, and reverent fear for Death as he is our constant companion. In the book ILLUSIONS by Richard Bach a character named Donald Shimoda tells Richard this: "Remember where you came from, where you are going, and why you created the mess you got yourself into in the first place. You're going to die a horrible death, remember. It's all good training, and you will enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind. Take your dying with some seriousness, however. Laughing on the way to your execution is not generally understood by lesser advanced life-forms, and they'll call you crazy."
Personally I find the thought of so called death so very intriguing. There are just so many different beliefs about death. I can only say I don't have any preconceived notions about what happens at that moment. Of course there are many who claim to know exactly what happens but I don't get that at all. Human beings are equipped with a finite brain and then we still try to explain the infinite. Just can't be done I don't think. The only thing I do know for sure is that death will get each and every one of us one day. So with that in mind I am going to try my best to make today one filled with love, peace, and happiness. And my hope is that you will do the same. Be good to yourself and even better to everyone you meet this day. Live now, because death awaits us all. I leave all of you with thoughts of love and kindness. Enjoy the moment!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

RETURNING THE FAVORS

The following quote comes from The Second Ring of Power by Carlos Castanda. The quote from don Juan  Matus  says this: If a warrior wants to pay back for all the favors he has received, and he has no one in particular to address his payment to, he can address it to the spirit of man. That's always a very small account, and whatever one puts in it is more than enough.


So today I would like to give thanks for all the favors I have been fortunate enough to receive. And that payment I make is to give all of you my best regards and to say I love you. What you decide to do with this gift is entirely up to you. But I do hope you take it and allow it to make your moment a little brighter. And if so, may I ask you to send this favor on to whomever you choose. May the "Battles" of your moment be easy ones indeed!