Category Archives: Midnight Musings
Do you ever wonder what your place is in the world? Or perhaps what it is you are to contribute to this world and in what area your particular talent or gift should be shared? I know I have and often. Actually I was contemplating this very thing the other night when something occurred to me, something that was right before my eyes all along. Allow me to explain if I can. In determining our path, we must not only follow our passion. We must also pay attention to those things that cause us to truly feel, those things that stir our heart in a most deep and singular manner.
I discovered this within a memory of my own, you see. Many years back, I had watched a movie entitled “Crocodile Dundee” and it was the subway scene at the end of the movie that affected me deeply and brought me to tears. Perhaps you remember it. The young lady in the movie realized she loved Dundee and raced to the subway platform to stop him from leaving, from going “walk about “. Can you see the scene just now? The platform was a mass of humanity and though she shouted to him, he could not hear her. She then attempted to get through the crowd to reach him but to no avail. It seemed that he would leave without knowing that she had chosen him as her love. But then a very wonderful thing happened. The folks in the that crowd of New Yorkers began to help her by passing her words along to Crocodile Dundee, letting him know how she felt about him. And then further, they allowed him to reach her by letting him walk across their collective shoulders so that the two of them could be together. We all remember this, yes?
It was that part of the movie that brought me to tears and not because the two lovers found each other. Rather, it was the coming together of folks, good, everyday folks that actually caused this to come about. They became united in their effort and were as one to make something powerful come into being. That is what stirred my soul and caused me to cry tears of happiness and tears of hope for what we could be if we lived in such a way as this.
I have noticed over the years since that incidents like this, whether in a film or real life always bring to my heart this deep and singular emotion. It is things such as these that cause my very soul to come alive with joy as well as pain. Joy in the knowledge of all we can be and pain in the knowledge that we are not these things and in knowing that we cheat ourselves from truly living simply because we turn away from such a unity.
But in returning to my original line of thought, this is how I have come to know what is to be my direction towards my Purpose. I’ve yet to determine the area or the place for me to be. But I shall find out and I shall know. For I truly must know, you see? If I do not come to this knowledge, then I can never truly be. And if we cannot truly be who we were meant to be, then what is the point after all?
So my friends, I would say to you all that do follow your passion and use well the gifts and talents you have been blessed with. By all means, do so for our world has need of you. Believe that for it is true. Yet do be aware of what you feel and identify that deep and singular stirring within your spirit and your heart for it is your compass and your guide that will direct your path and lead you to the area and location of your Destiny.
May your day be blessed and that in abundance!
Authored by William James
Dear government leaders,
Just a short note to you, if I may? You are not so clever as you may believe yourselves to be. More and more, day by day the folks of this country are becoming wise to what it is exactly that you are up to. Perhaps our only saving grace is that your haughtiness and egos have blinded you to this truth. Or perhaps you don’t really care what it is that the citizens you were entrusted to serve feel about you any longer. Either way, we the people who love this country are onto you and know what it is you plan to do.
Permit me please to tell you that this nation and yes, this world does not belong to you. It belongs to each of us, a gift from the One who brought us to be. We have become weary of the way that you and the corporations of this planet rape and pillage the very soil and air that sustains her just so that you can grab yet another dollar to line the pockets of your corruption. You people are a sad lot really. Virtue is a quality that you have grown unfamiliar with and integrity a word you know not the meaning of. You laugh at the idea of global warming and deforestation as if it will not affect your personal lives. If this be your belief, you are more blind within your own ignorance than we would’ve imagined. I personally would feel sorry for you were it not for the fact that in your lust for more, you were not bringing us down with you. Do not deceive yourselves for the once hallowed halls that you hide yourselves in will not protect you from the damage you have wrought.
And as for the plans you may have for the citizenry of this land, a land once based on personal freedom where its leaders were in place to served and not to be served? Folks today, by and large are in the way of knowing what it is you have in mind for them. The concept of RFID chips being used to where buying and selling will be impossible if the individual has not been implanted with one? Do you actually have the idea that this is something new you have thought of? The fact that you may think this is so is sadly laughable. The plans being put into place for this atrocity towards our freedoms as citizens was predicted long, long before you were even a thought in the minds of your parents. If you wish to verify this, take a look into that Book you have forgotten so long ago. It is referred to as the Bible. I mean, do you have the temerity to believe that the Creator who brought you to be and yes, even gave you the position of servitude that you hold today does not know what it is you have planned for those you were supposed to serve? If this be true, then I am sorry for you all. For you see, the position of leadership carries with it the mantle of responsibility and woe be to those who wear that mantle poorly.
Let me state here as well that it grieves me deeply to speak as I am today. I love my country deeply. And I was raised by parents who knew what it was to honor those who would lead this country and this world. Their beliefs were instilled in me from my youth. I want very much to honor and respect our leaders. But respect always has been and always will be earned and not simply given to those who simply feel it is their due. Why you refuse to operate our government within the parameters of our documental foundation is a mystery to me. It is the precepts of the U.S. Constitution that brought this nation to its greatness and therefore allowed us to be of assistance to the world at large whenever circumstances required it. In your greed and demand for greater personal gain, you have effectively destroyed all that this country stands for. And I suppose the joke in all of this is that although you are as yet unaware, you have destroyed yourselves in the process as well. I would suggest to you all this day that as you sit in chambers one day, perhaps to give to yourselves a bit of a homework assignment. I would suggest that as a whole, the lot of you view a rather old movie entitled “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” starring Jimmy Stewart. You may remember it. This grand old black and white film just might serve to jog your memory and cause you to remember why it is you are holding high office just now. Perhaps it will give you the moral ground with which to stop cow-towing to your beloved special interest groups and yes, even stand up to those in high administration if that administration is in the wrong. Again I say to you, let honor and honesty be brought back into our governmental realm once more. And as stated, it hurts my heart to speak in such a way. I desire greatly to hold in high esteem those who would govern our land. And so do the countless others in this nation if you are paying attention these days. Why not make it so? Why not bring honor back to the position you have been entrusted with? It is your right to do so and just as importantly, according to your oath of office, you are duty bound to do so.
This is a message to those whose job it is to serve and serve well the folks of this nation who gave to you the position you hold at present. Do give these words more than a passing thought for change will come, to be sure. And this is your opportunity to bring that change within yourselves and become once again the body of legislation that was once respected by its citizenry. It can be so again.
Yes indeed! Let there be music! This gift that we call music brings into our lives so much that is good and pure and beautiful. Music brings freedom to our spirit and gives nourishment to our soul, yes? I cannot tell you how many times that I have been laid low by circumstances, my hopes crushed and my heart tired, no longer caring what may befall me in the days to come. But then Life itself sends to me a song, oftentimes one that I’d not heard in quite some time and one that breathes a refreshing into my being and provides to me a reminder that Life is indeed for living. The melody whispers to me that I must give it yet another go for it is not over until we ourselves give up and give in. Friends, I say to you today that this is the truth of it. If music and melody were to be taken from this world, its soul would wither and whatever goodness we have as individuals and as a people would die. I myself would be emotionally lost were there no longer the sweet taste of symphony within me.
Let there be music! What brought me into this arena of thought today was due to a visit to my dear Mom yesterday. She is a woman of many years and I am blessed that she and my own good Dad are still around these days. Be aware that many are unable to make that claim and if your parents are still in this world, be sure to appreciate this fact. Better still, let them know it. Knowledge and cognition mean little if not acted upon and that in good measure. And if there be differences between your folks and yourselves, then mend those fences. In doing so, your life and theirs can only become better. This is because the gift of forgiveness is one that is complete. By this, I mean that forgiveness heals the one who receives the gift but it also heals and frees the party who offers that forgiveness as well. I felt that important to mention just now. Let us now get back to that other gift, that of music, yes?
As I was saying, I went, as I do to visit my Mom yesterday. She resides in a home for those who are older these days. It is a very nice place and it is evident that those who are responsible for the care of the residents at this institution have a heart-felt devotion to these folks. I am very grateful for this since this cannot be said of so many other places such as this. However, living in someplace that is not the home one was used to is an adjustment for anyone who was used to a life that was more independent and free. Such is the case of my own dear Mom who has her days, as the saying goes. Some days are good and some are better than others. Well, yesterday was one of the not-as-good days and when I arrived, my Mom’s spirit was quietly tired. She was glad to see me and she did say so. But the light in her eyes was absent and her smile was not strong. Allow me to say that when I go to visit, my goal forever and always is to cause my Mom to laugh and to smile. I often act the fool by putting my hat on backwards and slipping into some silly character that I seem to make up on the spur of the moment. Or I may bring an imaginary friend into the room and try to bring her into a conversation with this invisible fellow. But what seems most effective is when I decide to let there be music! Whether I am singing the theme song from the Beverly Hillbillies or that very old song “A Bicycle Built For Two”, it is the gift of music that brings a fresh vitality and life into the eyes of my dear mother……..Which brings me to the events of my visit last evening. My usual antics were only bringing a limited success where my Mom was concerned and this simply would not do! Laughter and smiles, as we all know are a key essential for the health and well-being of any and all who still have breath in their body. Given this, I wondered to myself what avenues were open and available that I may lift the heart of my Mom and cause her to smile. I began a conversation with her about the importance of this act of smiling and its benefits and that is when my mind caught up with me. I remembered the old song written by Charlie Chaplin entitled “Smile” . That particular song has been performed by so many but perhaps my favorite rendition was done by Jimmy Durante, a fellow that the young of today may not even be able to recall. Mr. Durante brought much feeling into this song and I believe Mr. Chaplin would’ve been honored by his performance of the same.
Let me say that I had my trusty iPhone with me while visiting my Mom last night. I will also state here that I am not a big fan of technology, at least not in the level at which it has taken over our society. People are forgetting how to interact, how to even carry on conversations anymore. I see it each day and it is more than a bit disconcerting, to be honest. But that is not our subject of discussion tonight, is it? So, suffice to say I was grateful for this fancy telephone yesterday evening. It was a simple matter to, via my device go onto YouTube and find a number of corresponding videos highlighting the wonderful music of Jimmy Durante……which included that grand song “Smile!” If you’ve not heard it, you owe it to yourself for the words will embrace your heart and cause you to soar! Perhaps my favorite verse of this song is “If you smile through your fear and sorrow, Smile and maybe tomorrow, You’ll see the sun come shinin” through for you…..If you’ll just smile.” These are more than simply words, my friends. They are words that carry with them the elements of Power, Promise and most importantly they bring to Life’s table the gift of Hope for the word Hope defined is “the expectation of the good to come.” You see, to live without Hope is to die everyday. And believe me, there are many of us who have spent too many days dying.
Well friends, I played that song for my Mom and when I did so, Hope, Power and Promise strode into my mother’s room and sat with her on the bed. I had the privilege of watching my Mom transform as her eyes became bright with tears and with a beautiful light. I watched as a smile returned to her face and listened as she spoke, saying how beautiful this music was as the lyrics filled her heart. I took her hands then and asked my Mom to dance. Her face saddened for a moment as she said she could not do so. You see, walking is no longer option for this sweet woman. I told her then the truth, that the act of dancing lay within our spirit and heart and had really nothing to do with anything physical. She smiled then and accepted my invitation to become a part of the music that night. It was something to behold, to see her smile and even laugh as the music played on. It will be always on film in the theater of my mind. The gift of music given to each of us is always present. It presents to us inspiration and growth as well as preservation of all that is good. Music and melody bring to us the symphony of our world, good folks. Embrace and enfold it within and feel its wonder! Then release that wonder back into our world for it is wonder that we lack today. Let there be music and allow your heart to sing!”
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.
Let your heart determine the course for your Life for it will bring to you a future that you could have never known otherwise. For you see, our hearts cannot lie nor can they deceive us for they are who we are. Permit me to say also that when our heart is for us, none can be against us and we will indeed then win the day! When we are guided by who we truly are, beings touched by the Divine, and when opposition occurs (for it surely will) we can step into the fray wholeheartedly because the strength of our heart fights with us and for us. Do you see how this is the truth of it? And for those who may question the logic here and say that it is Our Creator who should determine the course of our respective lives, I would agree with you so very strongly. It is, after all our Creator who lives within and who chose to bless us with that unique spark of the Divine that is quietly burning in our Spirit, in our heart. The desire of the Creator is that we not only cherish this Divine gift but also that we use the kindling of His Word and of Life itself so that we may bring this vibrant spark into a mighty flame that spreads its warmth and love across the landscape of our Life, each flame touching upon another that all may feel the heat, the warmth of God’s perfect love.
And it seems I have strayed a bit as to form but we are indeed discussing the direction of our Life as determined by the strength of our heart. As such, it is rather difficult to leave our Creator out of the proverbial picture, yes? But let us return now to our beginning and know that we surely must allow our heart to be our counsel and our close friend in order to reach the Completion of Purpose set for us on our path. And may I say further that in all dealings with this close friend we have, always be honest with your heart. To lie or to cheat any individual is reprehensible and I am sure that we concur on that fact. But to even entertain the idea of self-deception or being less than honest with yourself is to invite in less than your best for yourself. And when that comes about, your personal integrity is compromised which causes one to lose credibility with ones’ self. It is then the start of a downward spiral that ends in ruin and the destruction of what you could have been. It is a strong bond that we form with what lies within but because we are human, it can also carry with it a delicate balance that we share with ourselves. Friends, you know of what I speak, yes?
I am not quite sure as to how or why I came to write this today. Perhaps it is because I have had some dealings with myself as of late. Perhaps it is because there is someone who needs to hear such things today. I do not really know for sure. However, what I am certain of is simply this……..Life itself can often be troublesome and its road can be one that is rough. Let us not make the journey more difficult by not enlisting the aid of those gifts provided us by the One who brought us to be. And at the top of the list of those gifts, if you will is the miracle of our heart, of our Spirit. It is separate from us in that we inhabit a body that is comprised of flesh, blood and bone. Yet it is a part of us in that it inhabits that same body with us therefore making us as one which was and is the intention of our Creator. I believe this concept falls under the realm of the miraculous really. I find this to be so fascinating! But let us return to where our heart awaits us, shall we?
Let me say only this just now…..Know your heart well and with your honesty, let it guide you. Heed well it’s counsel for the instruction it gives when untainted stems from the Divinity above. Recognize and embrace that which is within you. Be aware that your Spirit while separate is united within you and as such gives you a source of power and direction that is rivaled by none. Be thankful for this and by all means, make use of this for it will propel you forward onto the Life path you travel on and into the realization of your Purpose.
And one last thought here, if I may? In boxing, I have heard a phrase used often where the trainer will instruct the boxer to “lead with your left” or to “lead with your right”. This advice is given in order that the boxer perform in the manner most effective against his opponent so that he may win the bout. But notice also the words being used here. “Lead with your left” or “Lead with your right” which tells me that the boxer is doing more than throwing a punch. It tells me that his entire body is involved in this process for he is leading with his right or left. It is a united effort whose end is realized by the coming together of power, yes? In same manner, I would exhort all of us to begin to lead with our heart that we may know what is true and that our Purpose here come to fruition that our Destiny may be realized. My friends, if we do this…..If we develop an accord with our heart and with our Spirit? What this means simply put is that we must live in agreement with what our Creator placed within us and by doing so, we will then walk then as one. And a Life that walks within that realm of power is powerful indeed! If the truth be known, a Life lived in this manner is unstoppable! This is, after all the way our Creator would have us live our lives. Truly it is for He said so and it cannot be otherwise.
I appreciate the time you’ve given in reading these few words. I am in hopes that they were of benefit to any and all who viewed them. My friends, do lead with your heart and walk with your Spirit that you may live Life in abundance and if this be so, you are in good position to be a blessing unto humanity and our world! Take care with yourselves and be good to yourselves always.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.
The voice within me will keep silent no longer. For so very long have I sought to keep it silent and isolated from myself and thus from others. It was at first, an easy task. It would speak within me and make known politely its need to be heard. I would then respond politely as well, telling this entity within that it would do well to sit quietly and not make a ruckus for its time was not yet come. And in the beginning, what lived within me accepted my explanation, perhaps understanding that I was in growth and unsure of myself.
We went on this way for many years, the Voice and I, living in what one could call an uncomfortable truce. I did not care for him because to get to know him would mean having to change and grow into someone I felt I was not. And as for this fellow residing within me? He was patiently persistent, ever nudging me and reminding me of his presence. A very annoying situation, to be sure.
As time carried forward, the nudges I spoke of became more forceful and more insistent. That Voice within was gaining strength and resonance, all the while becoming louder and more distinct. We argued often and vehemently, I must say. The Voice would tell me to listen in order that it be heard, its message to be given. In turn, I would scream within my mind and let this intruder know in no uncertain terms that he was mistaken and had chosen in error the vessel through which to speak. More and more frequently however, I found myself losing the argument within me, no matter how strongly I presented my case. When I lost the debate on those days, I would slide away into the darkness of my room and commiserate with myself. And so this became the next uneasy chapter of our relationship.
Now we come into the present day, into the World Of The Now. That undulating voice within has become a roar in my mind and my Spirit. The noise it is making has become deafening as it battles within my mind. The disquiet it is causing me now is beyond comprehension. In truth, it is no longer simply that voice within, a nuisance that I can hush and ignore for yet another day. No, no and again I say no! It has instead given birth to itself, if you will. It is not just a voice now for it has matured into what can only called “the force within.” It has become something now that if ignored would certainly bring to me my own demise. And I speak here not of a death in the physical but rather in a spiritual sense which is really much more serious a condition, yes?
It’s odd, isn’t it? We so often fight against and within ourselves to keep from becoming who it is we were meant to be. What strange creatures we humans can be! The time, the years spent wrestling with myself have kept me from the happiness intended for me. It is only now that I have come to terms with that voice within which has only been looking towards what good could be brought my way while at the same time blessing others. I do believe an apology should be given to the patience of my Soul. Yet how does one apologize to one’s self? A most curious question indeed.
We are closing out now this chapter which was before and turning the page now into what is indeed the book that is the Truth of Life. The Voice and I have come to terms with one another and have actually formed an alliance which no man can break. Our voices now blend into one which is harmonious and therefore able to serve the needs of this, our world. The road that lies before us is new and uncertain. Yet strangely enough, we embrace this uncertainty with the eager expectation of the good that will follow. You see, it is an adventure that the Voice and I see before us for Life is an adventure indeed! And you there!……Yes, I am speaking to you, to the one who is reading this rather strange words here, words where I reference my inner voice as a separate entity. It is to you that I now ask this next question…….Would you not be strong of heart and of mind and would you not come travel this new road with us? What is that you say? You are fearful of stepping up and onto this new and different highway? I have wonderful news for you then! For you see, fear is a natural response to change of any sort. So, embrace that fear and invite in the change that calls to you even now. Let us travel now this grand road and bring our world into the change it so desperately requires. Take my hand now and let us breathe in this beautiful occurrence called Life! Here we are and here we go, my friends!
To all those reading this and to all others as well, it is my prayer that you attend to that voice within yourselves and heed well the message it brings to you. Waste not your days and your energies in the attempt to silence it for that voice is your compass as well as your counsel. It was gifted you by Divinity and with good reason. Be wise, be prudent and listen well so that your Life be one of abundance and blessing for yourselves and for those whose lives you are privileged to touch upon. Take care with yourselves each day and always!
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.
One year ago today, a unique individual, one who blessed so many took his leave from our world and that quite tragically. I speak of course of Robin Williams, ingenious comedian, highly intelligent and compassionate towards all. The heart he possessed was never in fear of embracing others. I do realize that I speak as though I knew Robin personally. I suppose in a way I did. He and I indeed never spoke on the phone or shared a cup of coffee or spent time in a discussion about Life. But you see, Robin Williams was easy to know. To look into his eyes was to realize the depth of this man. They reflected that child within him, that child that most of us allow to fade back into the dark so as to permit the mature adult in us to take over. That is very sad and it is why people walk through their Life with a frown almost permanently etched on their forehead. We have forgotten it seems the blessing that a smile gives to ourselves and to others as well. We have forgotten as well the value of laughter and the joy it brings to our heart and mind and yes, to the body as well. What is the phrase? “Through the eyes of a child”. That my friends, that is how we must adjust our vision. It is not a new prescription for our spectacles that we require. No, this is not the situation here! What we do need and are sadly lacking is the ability to see Life through the eyes of a child now and again so that we may iron out the creases on our brow and bring back that twinkle which was reflected in the eyes we used to own. This was before we developed and allowed that heavy cloud of seriousness to overtake and occupy our Spirit.
You see, society by and large teaches us that we must bury that child that was really designed to stay with us for “as long as we both shall live”, if you will permit me. The adult in us cannot live true and well without the youngster living proper within. Why is it that we are taught that the reverse of this is true? Why is it that the societal mandate tells us to “keep our nose to the grindstone” and to always remind us that we simply must “keep up with the Joneses”?
Perhaps it is so that conformity can be maintained at an optimum level while keeping ones’ creativity to a minimum? After all, was there not a time not so very long ago when the term “rugged individualism” was bestowed upon those who were deemed “Freethinkers”? This is not so much the case anymore, is it friends?
However, I have digressed as I do so often and for that, I offer my apologies. Let us get back on point, yes? We were lauding the merits and yes, the importance of permitting the child within to breathe once again. And if we are to truly live again, then this lovely child of our Spirit must be unshackled and allowed entrance into our Life once again. It is then that we will begin to see Life for what it truly is again, a world of colors and grand things! And it is then that we will look around in awesome wonder as we did so long ago and we will remember that Life itself is a wonderful adventure and that this adventure is full of so many good and exciting things just waiting for our recognition! For you see, it is when we recognize what is true that we give permission for Life’s magic to begin and it begins within us! Isn’t that marvelous and so very exciting? Do you see now how much power we possess and that by the Creator’s own design? Friends, take that step into your Spirit just now. It is only one step or for some, it may be a few since they have become a bit more “grown up”, if you will. When those steps are taken, the scales of age will begin to fall away from your tired eyes and your vision will be reborn. You see, the steps we spoke of require your personal faith and that is what releases the magic that is Life! Do you see now? Can you see the truth of it today?
What this is all about brings me to our beginning today. Have you forgotten that we started out in remembrance of Robin Williams? I will confess that I may have for a moment. But it is the power of his Life that brought me to this. What do I mean, you ask? Allow and indulge me just a bit further please? Do you remember Robin Williams in the movie “Hook”? You do, don’t you? Good! Then you will also recall when Robin “found his happy place” again. It is when he rediscovered his child within and once found, he was able to fly once more! This is the gift we must honor ourselves with. And this gift , if we have the faith with which to open it will give back to us our wings that we may again take flight! Think about this and permit your young heart to race with anticipation and excitement. For that is what Life is all about, yes?
I have gone quite long here and this was not my intent. Robin Williams is and will always be one who is close in my heart and for many reasons, not all of which I will share here. Suffice to say, Robin had his demons as the saying goes as do I. I will confess that on this, the 1st anniversary of his departure from us, I was despondent for this was a loss of significance. I also know that we never truly lose our demons within. However, we can teach them to fly in formation as it were, thus permitting us to live and to love and to grow into what Life has for us. That is my wish for my Life and hopefully that contains a blessing for others that I touch as I walk the path set for me. These words I penned this day began with anger and depression in my heart for Robin is gone. Yet as I continued, my Spirit lifted for Robin Williams gave this world so much and more. I am sad that he lost the personal battle within himself for he was a good soul. Again, his eyes spoke volumes if one took notice. They reflected his kindness and humor and mirrored just a bit deeper, there was a bit of sadness often present as well. I do remember noticing that on occasion. I wish he had stayed with us. But I am ever so thankful for the goodness and humor he shared and for the wisdom that was his life. Thank you, Robin. Thank you, Peter Pan.
Blessing to all those who frequent this blog and blessings in abundance I wish for the loved ones Robin Williams left here with us. Take care with yourselves and be good to yourselves..
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.
Good day, my good friends! I am trusting that you and yours are well and blessed. I felt compelled to share with you a brief message just now. It is one of simplicity but it is one of importance. So here it is just now. Bring unto the darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more. Where there is hopelessness, offer to those so afflicted a message of hope. Where love is absent, bring to that situation the love that will heal and fill the Spirits of those who are suffering from this malady. Know that those who are untouched by Love’s gift are indeed in pain for a life without the ingredient of love is one of suffering and isolation of mind. And where hatred and anger is present, bring to the table only kindness, compassion and love. It has been said that a soft answer turneth away wrath. This message was true and necessary then and its wisdom is even more relevant and needed in the world we live in today. This planet we call home seems to have an over abundance of impatience and a plethora of irritation everywhere we go. Our society has become an arena of angry horns and screaming sirens, a place where folks have forgotten that we are separate yet we are indeed one. A great deal of this is because many have lost contact with their own moral compass and therefore are without proper direction. But so much of the condition we are experiencing is due simply to a level of stress which has become prevalent in our culture today. And I might add as well that the technology of the day while wonderful, has caused us to be drawn into our own small world, that world of separatism where we have become one with our mobile devices. We have become a world unto ourselves or so we seem to believe. The truth of it is that there is no greater lie than this one. As creations of all that is human, we are connected one with the other and within that connection, true power and goodness can be found, one that is blessed within the human condition. However, as it is with any connection, when the current is interrupted……the power goes out, light is no longer present and darkness rules over all.
And if I may, I see here that an apology is in order at this juncture for this was to have been a “brief” message. Yet I feel these words are of significance right now. Therefore I would ask of you your indulgence please? I do know that so often Life is less than user-friendly which brings us into behaviors that should not be a part of our lives. I myself find that whether in traffic or in the line at the grocery store, I am less tolerant than I should be for I want to move on with my needs of the day. Hmmmm…,..perhaps that is the crux of the problem after all. I referred to “my needs” just a moment ago without meaning for it to come out that way. Quite a painful admission to make, I must say. And it brings to mind that line given us by Mr. Spock which states that “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…..or the one”. I suppose this brings me back in a sense to my original thought. Bring unto darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more. To bring is to give forth, if you think about it. One does not bring a gift to a house-warming with the intention of keeping it for themselves, yes? One brings the gift to give the gift away, this being done for the benefit of all those concerned, for the good of the many, not for the good of ourselves, not for the good of the one. I hope that this is coming across properly. It feels my conveyance is a bit awkward here. Simply put, we should indeed care about ourselves, to be sure. But let us be aware as well of others that whose lives we touch in some way as we move through our day, each day. And in truth, when we see someone in need, let us step forward and see what can be done to meet that need. This could be by way of a smile or a word of encouragement or by taking a moment to simply listen. Sometimes folks just need to know they still matter, that they are significant. Listening will accomplish this most often. For in the end, it is not “all about me” as the saying goes. At the end of the day, it is really “all about others”, is it not?
Friends, I have gone long here which was not intended. I am at my place of employ presently but there was a definite lull in business today which got me thinking and brought in me to this. It is very much vital that we as human beings regain and then retain the degree of humanity we once had. We must relearn and regain what is the truth of what lies within us. Let us embrace those we come across on our Life path. Let us do this emotionally, mentally, spiritually and yes, yes……Let us embrace them even physically if the situation permits it. It’s rather sad that in our world today, so many have forgotten the importance of a physical touch or the beneficial impact of a good old-fashioned hug. I would go so far as to suggest that we might offer the strangers we meet a hug for their day. Of course, you may get some odd looks along the way. But that is okay as well . I would rather be thought of as just bit odd than what passes for normal these days. And to return to my original statement today which sent me onto our road this day, let me say once again this……Let us bring unto the darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more! Each day in every way, let us become ambassadors of blessing unto the lives of all those we meet in order that those who are “the many” will be blessed by you and I. And I promise you that in turn, you will be so blessed that you will find yourself wondering who is getting the best part of this grand process. It is true for it cannot be otherwise.
I am in hopes that one or two folks were in need of these words this day. As stated earlier, I felt it important to attempt to convey this message today. Thank you for taking time out to read it. Blessings in abundance is my wish for you and yours always.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.
This last weekend I was heading up to see my folks which was not unusual in and of itself. But for months now, I had been taking the same route there, one that took me out of my way by a few miles. I knew that there was another way that would cut my drive time by about 15 minutes. However, my visits out there are made after working a full day and I was uncertain about this new route and was concerned that I would cost myself time by making a wrong turn and getting myself lost. So for the last number of months, I had been taking the route I knew and grousing to myself about the time I was losing every week. Well, this last weekend I was able to head out that way an hour earlier so I decided to be courageous and take the shorter route. Of course, you may be sure that not only did I not get lost but I cut my drive time by a full 20 minutes. I was amazed at how easy the drive was. And I laughed at myself for being so foolish before. It struck me then that this is how we often live our lives. We stay on the path we are familiar with because it is known to us. Yet we know that there is a better way awaiting us if we are willing to deviate, to change course. But we are concerned and yes, even afraid to do so, are we not? The possibility of error, of making a wrong turn when traveling a new road is very real, of course. So it is for that reason we assuage ourselves and our conscience and we tell our heart that what is known is the way to go. The reasons we come up with are all viable and even have the ring of truth to them. But we always know, don’t we? Deep down, we always know what is truly true. We know that the other path will bring to us that which we are destined for. It beckons us come by way of tugging our heartstrings, if you will. You are aware of this, yes? It is the Voice of the Spirit. It is our intuition. It is whatever you are comfortable calling it. At the end of the day, it comes from our core within and compels us to trust the message being given. It tells us that yes, perhaps there will be mistakes to be made on this new road, this Road of Purpose. But mistakes are alright and often even required if we are to grow into our Destiny. Is this not the truth of it after all? It’s surprising what insight one can gain just from a drive out to see Mom and Dad! So my friends, let us be unafraid going forward, shall we? Let us step over and up to that higher road that has been so patiently awaiting us. Be not fearful of the mistakes, the occasional wrong turn on the road that brings you to your Life purpose, to the very reason you were brought into this world. Listen to and trust your inner voice for it is the compass given you by your Creator. My friends, I will impart to you what I am sadly just learning and here it is for you just now……. Never believe that what seems to be the Road of Surety will bring to you the fulfilled Life that you require so very much. Do not live out the days gifted you by being so blind to the truth of who you really are. The potential of what is great and grand within you waits only for your permission to make itself manifest. If this is not your belief, it is okay because your greatness believes in you and will walk by your side with each forward step you make on that higher road. I know this is true for the barometer of Truth which is my Spirit tells me it is so. Do remember as well that there are no failures when one is heading down that higher road. Many folk regard a wrong turn as a mistake, as a failure in judgement and poor decision-making. This is simply not true! It is by way of those incorrect turns that we are able to grow and become more tuned in to who we are and who we are meant to become. I grow frustrated with those who see themselves as failures. It upsets me because they do not realize the damage they are inflicting on themselves. An army cannot possibly hope for victory if they turn their weaponry against themselves. It is no different for you and I. Be kind to yourselves, my friends. And that is not to say that you should accept less than your own personal best for that is how you will win the day as well as your Life. It is a balance that we must achieve, yes? That is indeed the truth of it. Now go today and change your road in order that you may change and fulfill what is the balance of your Life! Do it now! Do it this very day!
I do realize it has been a bit of time since I have brought anything to the table where this blog is concerned. For those who frequent this site, I offer my apologies. I am in hopes that the items posted here are of benefit to any who read them. I am working towards an end, one that will permit me to do what I love most on a full-time basis which is communicating with you.
Take care with yourselves and be good to yourselves and all those you meet each day. Blessings in abundance upon you and yours. Take care and a good evening to you.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.
“Castaway”. A wonderful movie, to be sure. An incredible movie actually. It is also a word that carries with it the source of limitless growth and great potential. And how is this so? Well, let us ask what might be the definition of this word, yes? On most occasions, I would consult with Daniel Webster for my answer. But in this situation, I believe that Mr. Tom Hanks can provide us with our answer. His character in the aforementioned film was indeed that of a castaway. Through a very unfortunate circumstance, he became marooned on an obscure island, cut off from all humanity and with no hope of rescue. Hence, the title of the movie “Castaway”. The word by its very definition means to be cast away; to be removed or taken away from all things considered normal. ( A quick note here, if I may? Remember those words “considered normal” for we shall revisit them a bit later) But let us return to our castaway for now. Let us return to Tom Hanks and his character. As I watched this movie last night, it occurred to me that so many of us have become a castaway in the movie that is our own Life. Is this not the truth after all?
In Life, as in the movie “Castaway”, a series of circumstances have washed us up upon a “desert island”, if you will. We feel isolated, even alone in our situation and there appears to be no hope of a rescue. So, as the character Chuck Noland did in the film, we set about making the best of our desolation. And the majority of us do fairly well in surviving in what has become our world. Not unlike Chuck, we are less than happy being a castaway. But we make it work, do we not? Does any of this strike a resonant chord with you today? If so, then pay attention just now.
You see friend, there will always be wake-up calls in our Life. We may not always hear them for we become deaf within our circumstances. But they do occur and perhaps a bit more often than we would care to admit. Do you remember the scene in “Castaway” when our hero received his wake-up call? Chuck Noland had resigned himself to living out his existence on that island. He had reached that point beyond despair where one feels nothing. Instead one simply exists day upon day, month upon month and year upon lonely year. The passage of time means very little then because there is no sense of purpose any longer and therefore nothing carries with it a great deal of importance. But oft-times, Life will step in and bring with it an opportunity that invites us to step up and away from the existence that has us so ensnared. And this is what transpired in Chucks’ life. Chuck Noland received his wake-up call. And since his surrender had become complete, that call out to him had to be loud! Do you remember it now? Just for a moment, let us step into the scene so we can truly see it, yes? Good then! Can you see that rather large sheet of fabricated metal which has washed up onto the beach? And can you hear now the noise it is making as the waves bang it against the shoreline? Why, even in his deep sleep, in the dark night of the soul if you will, our castaway could hear it. And as is the nature of wake-up calls, it is perhaps not so much the noise but rather the steady insistence of that noise that is most annoying. As you may recollect, our hero heard it and at first, was angry at being awakened from the sleep that had become his existence. And when he saw what was making all the racket, he then became afraid, wondering what manner of beast was this that brought him from his slumber! And in truth, are not the waves that offer to us the potential of change a bit unsettling and yes, even frightening? But not unlike our castaway, we must go beyond our fear of change so that we may free ourselves from that isle that holds us bound. And freedom is precious, dear one. Remember well that anything precious and of value has a price. We must brave the waves and whatever may lie beneath if we wish to be free. This is what Chuck Noland did and in real-time, it is what we must do if we are to reclaim our lives. And I would also say to you today that though our society seems adverse to change, do not fear the tides that would bring it your way. For you see, it is only upon the waves of change that we are permitted to sail on Life’s ocean. I should clarify as well that I refer here to True Change for it is incorruptible without spot or wrinkle. This is the type of change we would do well to embrace fully and with our whole heart.
One last item here, if you will allow me? I made mention a bit earlier to remember the two words “considered normal” in connection with defining the word castaway, yes? Here now is the reason why. Near the end of the movie, after the rescue and during his welcome back party at his place of employ, a coworker told Tom Hank’s character that he would see him at work in the morning and that they would “bring him back to life”. Actually, there was another coworker who said a similar thing in that they would “see him tomorrow because it is a lot of work to bring someone back from the dead”. Now I realize that what was being said was with regards to the fact that Chuck Noland had been declared dead in the plane crash and the body was never found. However, the expression on the former castaways face when those words were spoken told you all you needed to know, did it not? His 5 years as a castaway, his time spent completely isolated while severe, taught him much. You see, during those long years he experienced things he never could have learned otherwise. He became self-aware for he was placed in a scenario where he had to change, to grow or die. Chuck Noland encountered and embraced True Change and in doing so, he came to know the fullness of what was real Life. Thus the words “bring you back to life” as spoken gave him pause for he realized then that one cannot go back once True Change has come into their Life. Given this truth, do we really wish to be “considered normal” so that we may confine and restrict ourselves within societal boundaries? And given this truth, would it not be in our best interest to welcome change into our lives in order that we be castaways no more?? T’would be wise to give this due consideration for it is indeed most true. Do please give these thoughts and this subject your time. It is really most important, isn’t it? This matter concerns your Life and the fulfillment of that Life, of your Purpose if you will. It is past time that we take leave of that desert island that has held us to itself and denied us our growth. Now is the time, our time to break free and go beyond the waves, the breakers that we gave permission so long ago to hold us captive in our isolation! And if we find that we are afraid of escaping that island prison, that is alright. It is in recognizing that fear that we are able to conquer that fear. The hero of Castaway was very much in fear of leaving that desert island in favor of what lay unknown out there on that huge expanse of ocean. There was a part of his character that was oddly comforted by his island home. My nephew would call that “living in comfortable misery”. Too often we embrace the known horrors that control our lives instead of reaching out to the blessings yet unknown. Is this not the truth here?? Friends, delay your escape no longer for there is only so much time we are blessed with! Do it! Fear not for the Strength you require is within and will take you all the way through and beyond! It is a gift from the One who brought you to be. He is there with you on that tired island and only desires that you take the first steps towards freedom. Then and only then will He be able to lift you up and bring you forth into all things new! Come along now and tarry no more for you have much value, dear friend. Just because you have forgotten this does not make it any less true. Come and go now into the abundance that has been waiting so patiently for you. I will see you on the Ocean of Freedom and Life!
I do realize I have gone long here this evening and you have my apologies. Castaway is a cinematic masterpiece which when viewed with the heart has many layers of meaning and is so applicable to Life. If you’ve not seen it, then be good to yourself and do so. If you have seen it which I am sure most have, then watch it once again with a fresh set of eyes. I promise that it will reveal its truths to you. May your Life path be blessed and that in abundance tonight, tomorrow and each day that you may bless others in return. Take care with yourselves and good evening!
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.