Thursday, November 23, 2017

DAMNED IF I DIDN'T GET KNOCKED DOWN AGAIN

Man, let me tell ya, life sure is funny! Seems no matter what happens to be going on in one's life, there will come a time when they just get knocked down flat on their back by someone's actions. It happens all the time. The secret is to just keep on getting back up, looking life in the face and saying "Bring it on, I can handle it". I remember a song by B.B. King that says  Flying high, some joker clips my wings, just because he gets a kick outta doing those kind of things, I keep falling in space, just hanging in midair, but I know, yes I know, there must be a better world somewhere! Here's hoping that the next time you get knocked down you can once again pick yourself up, take a lesson from whatever happened, forgive(I hear you Christopher lol), and just become a stronger and better human being from having been knocked down again! Much love, inner peace, and joy I send your way. Be good to yourself and even better to others.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

I want to share with you the link to my good friend Christopher Ledgerwood's short story. Chris is one of the most talented and creative people I have ever met. His latest short story The Expedition is a tale of two 12 year old best friends from Oklahoma who set out in their search for Big Foot. Although the story is fiction it is based on his experiences growing up. The story is well written and the undertones carry with it the message of what is really important in this crazy old world we live in. The following link should take you to Amazon.com where you can read and purchase the book. I do hope you will enjoy it and if possible leave Chris your thoughts on his work. If the link does not work you can go to Amazon.com and type in Christopher Ledgerwood and it should take you to his book. Thanks.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

HERE'S AN IDEA

Would you like to really be happy for a change? I think most of us would. Well here is just a thought or two to think about. How about if we all just take a moment and decide to just distance ourselves from all the negativity fora bit and just live and let live. We all have our own personal opinions as to what we think everyone else should be thinking or doing. But what if we decided to allow everyone else the same freedom to do as they see fit without trying to push our belief system on them? Does that mean we have to agree with them? Or even to like what they are doing? No, we don't have to like it in the least. But we can still give them the right to have and express a different opinion than the one we have. And we can still love them no matter what it is they are choosing to do. We can remain true to our beliefs without trying to force anyone else to think or act as we do. If we do this does it mean we will be free from being adversely affected by others actions? No . I don't think it will. One thing I have learned is that other people are going to hurt our feelings a times. Those we love the most will at times cause us much heartache and tribulation. Ones we have never met will do the same by their actions also. People will fail to repay a debt to you, they will abandon you for reasons you may not fully understand, they may even treat you with hate, disrespect, or total disregard for you. But even so you still have the ability to just love them anyway. Does this mean you just turn your head when you see a wrong. No. Of course if you see a wrong you can maybe correct then by all means do it! If you see someone being mistreated and you can help then  by all means step in and do something. But just because someone may have a different opinion than yours please don't hate them and try to convince them they are wrong and you are right. Just step away from their drama and try not to let it affect you in a negative way. Because more times than not when you try to change anyone all you do is wind up immersed in their drama and the conflict becomes at times almost unbearable.It is human nature for us to believe that our "way" is the right way and that everyone else should agree with us.But it never works this way of this I am almost sure. I know it can be hard to do but if someone hurts you in any way just love them. Personally when I find myself in any conflict with another I just try my best to throw as much love into the situation as I possibly can. And you know what?  This has never failed to help me to step back, accept them as things are, and to remain in my state of being happy. Probably the greatest freedom I have ever discovered is when I realized I don't have to be "right". All I have to do is love everyone. It ain't always easy to do but I have found it is the only way I can truly be happy. I do hope the day will come when we all just decide to live as one and begin to treat each other with the love and respect we all deserve. My sincerest wish for each of you beautiful people is that love will be the Light you carry forth at each moment.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF............................................

I was blessed to wake up to another very beautiful day this morning. And as usual before getting out of bed to begin my day I began to count my blessings in this life. And fortunately I have many to be thankful for! While drinking my first cup of coffee I went online to check out the FaceBook page and see what was happening on social media. And guess what? As usual I saw so much anger, so much derision, so much misunderstanding, way too much drama, and yes, even a little hatred being spewed out for all to see. You know, just the usual stuff! What a shame I thought to myself. People all over the world waking up to quickly share all the B/S and drama they possibly can. Just to express an opinion. Getting so worked up over stuff that really isn't even that important, at least to me it's not that important. Sometimes I just don't get it! I just wondered once again to myself what would happen if every single one of us would take the energy we expend on trying to get others to see our point of view and instead focus that energy on just loving everybody no matter their belief. Just for one single day, take all one's love and peace and share it with everybody. I'm sure not trying to say I have the solutions of bringing about the changes necessary for not only our country but the entire world, but I do firmly believe that to be the change we wish to see we must become that change in our own lives first.So today I am going about things in my usual manner. And that is to show as much love to everyone as I possibly can. And instead of complaining about anyone else and what they are doing, I am going to just accept them as  a reflection of myself and wish them well. Do I honestly believe this will cure the world's ills of today? No I sure don't. But at least it won't hurt any I hope. If you decide to spend the day being caught up in all the drama complaining about this or that, all I would say to you is Ok I wish you the best and do hope it brings you peace and understanding. I gladly accept that your "Path" is "right" for you even if I may not understand it. And all I ask of you is to accept me and allow me to walk my path without condemning me. My sincere hope is that your day will be filled with much love, peace, and joy in whatever it is you decide to do. Be good to yourself and even better to others if you can. Blessings to all of you beautiful people.

Monday, September 11, 2017

GOD I LOVE THIS TREE

Once again I find myself sitting on the front porch just enjoying the beautiful afternoon. Since I have made myself a promise to get back to just "BEING" this seems to be one of my favorite spots. This past couple of years, especially the last three months or so, I have made a sincere attempt to further distancing myself from all the illusions of this 3D existence. I rarely turn on the news, I don't get overly excited at all the B/S going on all around me, and I don't get caught up in other people's drama. Today I'd like to share with you a story about the Bradford Pear trees that sit in my front yard. When this home was built in 2006 there were two of these trees which sat by side. They were very small saplings and were staked to a rod to help them to grow straight. I've always loved these trees. They come into bloom in the springtime and are filled with lots of beautiful white blooms. After the blooming period the leaves turn a beautiful dark green color. They stay green until the fall season then they turn brown and fall to the earth and once again begin the cycle of life. Now I must admit that there are times when I still tend to take for granted Mother Nature and all Her glory! But here lately I find myself more attuned to all the life around me. I have gone back to my "old self" and even started to once again talk to the plants, the trees, the hummingbirds, the squirrels, and all the other living things. Back now to this one tree in particular. Back in 2009 I think it was, we were hit by a really severe ice storm. Major damages all around. The weight of the ice on many trees became unbearable and the limbs snapped and fell to the ground. It was an eerie night as I lay in bed and heard the cracking and popping of tree limbs coming down throughout the neighborhood. The next morning I surveyed the damage and noted several trees in my back yard had fallen completely down. But as I looked at the front yard those two Bradford Pears were still standing. However the one on the left had about one third of its limbs caked with ice and it had snapped those limbs in half. It had also been bent to the left quite a bit and no longer stood straight up. The other tree looked to be untouched by the storm. After the storm finally cleared and it was time for the cleanup, I did notice that the one tree had lost its shape and I had to cut away the broken limbs and I tried to straighten it up best that I could. I got to admit it did look little weary and abused. Come spring while its yard mate looked so good blooming, this other one did bloom but still leaned to the left and looked traumatized on the one side. But it kept on growing and looking better and better each year. Today as I sat out here and talk with these two trees, I couldn't help but see that they look almost identical. Both are healthy looking and very full of dark green leaves. Other than the small lean to the left I'd say they look the same. But I think I feel a special connection to the one that is bent a little. Because like it my life too has been hit by several "storms" and I too have been knocked to the ground by a very heavy load on my "limbs". And I've been down and not looking so great for a while as i struggled to stand back up straight. I too have been traumatized a time or two. But I have managed to keep on growing.  I may still be "bent" a little bit but you know what? That's okay, it gives me character. But you know, none of this really matters. In this world of illusion I know I am the tree, I am the plant, I am the hummingbird, I am the squirrel. I AM THAT WHICH IS THE I AM. God, I just love this tree!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH


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Ronnie McIntosh I really can understand your frustration with this Susan. In that big beautiful heart of yours lie the answers you seek. Is it ok to be angry? To be sad? To even feel disgust with your fellow man? Of course it is! This is what makes us human beings. But above all else us humans can simply Let It Be. If we see an injustice should we speak out? Of course we should! But one reminder here, as long as we focus on the negative it only gives it strength. On the other hand when we focus on unconditional love that also gives strength to Love. We must be the change we wish to see manifest. So as long as we are filled with anger, hatred and such that is what we will continue to see. Vice versa when we focus on love we begin to see that instead. Those who still live in Darkness are the ones who need our love the most! Instead of judging and hating and feeling angry all the time may we instead send as much love as possible to those folks. Give love, accept love, be love for that is truly all we are. Of course all this I have said is only my personal belief. There are many ways one can be a part of the solution instead of the problem. I suppose it is up to each of us to decide which way we need to go.Please remember that you have such a warm and beautiful heart that it will from time to time ache when you see some of the B/S that goes on in this world, but at the same time you possess the power to Love! I send much love to you and yours as always my friend.


I wanted to share with you the above answer to a friend's feelings about all the hate and negativity that seems to be so rampant not only here in the United States but around the world.I am not saying I have the answers to what is going on. I am only expressing one man's opinion and that opinion is just my Truth. I am only suggesting that all of us take an honest look within our hearts and see what lies within. The answer given to me long ago when I was in a meditative state was this, "Give love, Accept love, Be love for that is truly all you are." And to this day that is what I try my best to do. Do I come up short at times? Yes, sad to say but I do. But I keep on trying. And I keep on dreaming of a world where we all walk hand in hand. I've been called a fool, I've been taken advantage of(if that is even possible) and I've had my share of hard knocks. But at the core I have remained true to my beliefs. And I have found that is the only way it works for me.The paths to one's inner peace and enlightenment are many of this I am pretty sure but I wonder. Religion? That fails to work for me because in religion there is always a belief in fear of some sort. Fear of being cast out for a belief contrary to the church's teachings. Also most religions teach a separateness of people. Either be one of us or you are doomed! Heaven or hell they say. Maybe they are right, who am I to say? But once again there is the fear factor. Either do it our way or burn in hell. As for myself I don't claim to know what happens to us when we leave this human form. As a matter of fact I know NOTHING!Only what I believe is what I know and I am not trying to convince anyone of anything. I am only suggesting that we try unconditional love and have an open mind that can accept everyone's beliefs and differences without trying to force anything on anybody. Politics, That fails to work for me too. Once again there is the fear factor. Do as we say or look out! They too teach we are separate from one another. The lower class, the middle class, the upper class, the ones superior who makes all the rules that manage to keep the classes fighting against one another. Keep them at odds with each other and in the meantime we can continue to rule with an iron fist and enjoy the "easy" life we have come to know. I could go on and on but instead i am choosing to stop all this nonsense. And you know why? Because if I continue to think about all this negativity it is going to jerk me away from the life I wish to live. And when I do allow that to happen I begin to feel those negative emotions. Fear being the most destructive one of all. All of us can choose the path we wish to trod as a human being. And whatever path you happen to be on I send you blessings today. I will not judge you, I will not condemn you, I will only love you. And for me that is the best I can do. Am I a fool? Maybe? I don't really know anymore. And yet I don't really care either. You can choose to hate me because I happen to be a white male, or black woman, or a heretic or whatever else I may choose to be. But you know what I can't do anything about that other than to just love you. This world may look dark to lots of folks right now and that I can understand. But I remain steadfast in my belief that to be a part of the solution I must listen to my heart and realize we are all ONE. I bless all of you and wish you the very best of everything. Be good to yourself and even better to others.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

WHEN I SAY I LOVE YOU

Many of us use the phrase I love you many,many times during the course of our day. But how many of those times are we "feeling" what we are saying, and how many times are we just repeating a phrase we have grown accustomed to? Often times I wonder about this. I realize that the word love may mean different things to each one of us. But here is something I have thought about for many, many years now. Sad to say but it does seem to me that most of the people who say I love you are really saying I will love you as long as you continue to do or be something I think I need in my life. And by this I don't mean just giving material things but things also like compliments, a helping hand, or anything else that may make them feel good about themselves. But then, the minute you stop doing any of the things they "need", they no longer have any desire to be around you or to even remain a friend. I see it happen to people all the time. Now, please don't get me wrong, if that is the only way they can define love then who am I to expect them to behave any differently. It may be the only kind of love they are able to give. As for myself when I say I love you that means I love you simply because you are a human being who is a part of myself, a mere reflection of myself. I truly wish there was more of this kind of love going around. This is just one reason why at times I feel I have been misplaced and thrown into a world where I don't belong. But at the same time I know I am always right where I am meant to be. Another paradox of the human life of illusion I suppose! I am tired, I am a little weary, I am ready to go back home! Back home, where all is pure unconditional love! But I know I must remain until that time has come. So in the meanwhile I sure hope to continue to be able to say I love you and really feel the essence of pure love when I do say it. May that little phrase never, never become just something I say without the true meaning behind it. I am at peace even in a world where it seems that hatred, violence, egotism, greed, and so much B/S is the norm. But yet, I keep on dreaming and I can truly say from ,my heart that I love you! May your day be richly blessed. Be good to yourself and even better to others!