Castaway……..

“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.

 

 

 

 

 

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He Could Have Said No……

Jesus Christ could have said no.  He could have simply decided He was not going to die on the cross in order that we may have redemption and forgiveness.  This is something that is and has been an obvious point, yes?  So, why is it that I bring it up?  I bring it up because He could have said no.  And I really realized this for the first time today.  He could have said no not only to being crucified but to the entire ordeal as well.  Think about this for it is no small thing.  Jesus Christ left His ethereal surroundings to come down here.  He left an environment that was perfection and gave up immortality to come down here as a mortal.  And He did this knowing full well what He was walking into.  And I am not talking about His imminent death right now.  I speak of His becoming as you and I, subject to hunger and exhaustion.  He would suffer the temptations of anger and impatience just as we do, as well as a host of other desires as well, good and bad.  Jesus would feel the cold of the night and the extreme heat of the day.  All that was good in His home above would be replaced by all that we live with on a daily basis.  Yet He chose to do so that we may have the choice and opportunity of real Life.  Quite amazing stuff when you really examine the sacrifice Christ made for you and I.

What is directing my thoughts this evening is a movie entitled “The Passion of the Christ”, directed by Mel Gibson.  It has been out for a few years already but I had never watched it before because quite frankly, I did not want to.  I had heard that the account given in the movie was not only graphic but was also very accurately portrayed overall.  It is safe to say that this movie was avoided by yours truly.  However, I happened to be in Best Buy today and there it was.  The Passion of the Christ on BluRay sitting in the bargain bin for $7.99.  And admittedly, that is a very poor reason for buying a movie such as this.  There was a small part of me that was curious enough to watch it, of course which is I suppose the reason for my purchase.  Besides, the worst case scenario was that I could always hit Stop on the remote if it was too difficult to watch.

Friends, it was difficult and painful to watch.  The dialogue in this movie was presented in Aramaic and Latin while being subtitled in English which really brought one into the movie as opposed to the movie being brought to the individual, if that makes sense.  It opened in the Garden of Gethsemane  with Christ praying to the Father and asking that if possible, to not have to drink from the cup that would soon be placed before Him.  Now, I know my scripture fairly well so I was confident that I would follow the movie in good fashion and I did so.  However, I could not have prepared myself for the depiction of the scourging our Creator received.  I watched as our Lord was whipped and beaten and tossed about like just so much refuse.  I wept as His now human body was ripped open from the cat o’ nine tails and beaten unmercifully with wooden rods as the soldiers administering the beating laughed at Him when He fell.  And as He carried the cross to Golgotha, the crowd jeered while the Roman soldiers continued to lash His broken body with their whips until He fell time and time again while His mother looked on, her eyes filled with tears though her heart knew this was His purpose on this earth.  It was His reason for being here.  And as our Lord breathed His last breath and died on that cross, my heart broke for I know He did that for me and for all who will accept His gift.  I wanted very much to turn this movie off even after 20 minutes into it but found I could not do so.  You see, it is an easier thing to read of this than to see it before you.   My whole life I was told and taught about the sacrifice that Jesus made, His death upon the cross.  And I have always been most grateful that He came to die for the remission of our sins.  Indeed I have.  But this film made His pain and therefore His sacrifice very real to me tonight.  I felt anger towards those who would do this thing to the Son of God while weeping in sadness for what He had to endure so that I might live and live abundantly.  My eyes are full of tears even now for it is just now, this moment that I truly know that I have been remiss in following my own road, the road that has been given me to travel.  I know my purpose and reason for being placed here but have permitted my circumstances to cause me to say “No!”   This is an area that must be put to right, to be sure.  There are no excuses that can justify this either and that goes for myself and us all.  Give this a thought or two for moment, if you will.  Christ came down and was just as we are, a human being with situations and a free will to react to these situations, yes?  He suffered from self-doubt and anguish as well as anger and sadness.  He laughed as we do (or should) and cried as well.  We have Divinity within and so did Christ Jesus.   And He chose to follow the path to His purpose thus embracing who He was and is.  Now I will say that I am not trying to state that we are on equal footing with God for that would be more than nonsensical.  But do remember that Jesus while on Earth was housed in a physical body with the Divine indwelling as are we.  There is one major difference that I would make mention of however because it is a big deal.  Jesus, the Son of God knew that His purpose would culminate in the events portrayed in the movie I spoke of this evening.  And guess what?……..He could have said no!  Given His set of circumstances, I would like to believe that I would have made the choice He made but I would be lying if I said that was the truth for sure.  Still, knowing all the pain ahead of Him and knowing that on the cross, His own Father was not going to be able to look upon His Son who now was carrying the sins of the world, knowing all of this beforehand, Christ chose to say yes.  I am so glad for His decision as I know you are as well.

In closing, I am going to ask you to do as I am doing this evening.  Take a bit of a self-inventory and do some introspection where your Life and Purpose are concerned.  The gifts you have within, those seeds of greatness that have been bestowed upon you?  Do these items simply lie there dormant because you have, for whatever reason decided to say “No!”?  If this be true, then think on this as well please.  What ever it is that is taking precedence over your true Life path is keeping you from the Life of Abundance that is waiting for your arrival.  And I will say that many others who would be blessed by your blessings are being denied as well.  Do give this some thought and once done, move into the direction of Divine Purpose.  Decide to say “Yes!” for that is really all God is waiting to hear.  It is then and only then that He can take your hand as you make that journey together.

Take care with yourselves and those you love.  Blessings coming your way!………

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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You Can’t Take It With You!……..

How true this statement is, yes?  You can’t take it with you!  I was actually watching the movie by the same name today.  An old movie, to be sure starring Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore and Edward Arnold.  Excellent actors all, I must say.  And for some reason, the title of the movie really hit home for me this day.  You can’t take it with you!  And we cannot, can we?  Now I realize that this phrase most often refers to the idea that one cannot take their money with them when they take leave of this world.  However, it occurred to me that there is so much more than currency and possessions that are not permitted to join us when we die.  What about the time allotted during our lifespan?  What of the days, the hours and even the minutes that make up our lives?  Obviously, when Life ceases for us, so does any remaining time that we thought we had more of.

Friends, let me say that Time is the most precious of all commodities.  It is the only thing that cannot be bought back no matter how well-financed a person may be.  Is this not the truth after all?  You can’t take it with you!  Now if this be true, then why do we squander so precious a gift?  And another thing that has always puzzled me is that so many people while they do not squander it, seem to believe they can hoard time away so as not to waste it.  What I mean to say here is that folks who will not throw it away on raucous living will seemingly not make use of the time given them at all.  Perhaps they are waiting for “the time to be right”.  We have all heard of that person who was just biding their time and when the time came, when all their ducks were in a row, they would strategically make their move into a life that was best suited for them.  How absurd this way of thinking is!  It is said in Scripture that those who live by the credo “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die!” are viewed as foolish in our Creators’ eyes.  This same principle is equally applicable to those who are waiting patiently for those ducks to line up in proper order.  Those who are biding their time are squandering this wonderful gift as much as those who are living a life of no account.  Make no mistake about this, folks.

You can’t take it with you!  Keep this phrase before you daily.  Remember it every time you are engaged in the pursuit of your dreams.  Is it your ambition to enjoy a career in the field of music?  If so, what is keeping you from it other than your own dalliance?  What is that you say?  You have not the funds for proper voice lessons which is why you are biding your time?  Balderdash and poppycock!  If this be so, then join a choir at your local church.  If this be so, have you not heard of karaoke which is offered so often at various establishments round about town?  My friend, think of ways to make effective use of the time given you and do not squander said time by thinking of reasons that you cannot move forward just yet. And this applies to each and everyone, be it a future author or teacher, speaker or business person.  We must stop waiting for time to be right for that time will never come unless we are good stewards of the time allotted us.  And if we are brutally honest with ourselves, we will admit that most often our search for the proper ducks that will fit in the proper row is really due to the fact that we are somewhat fearful of moving into our dream that leads to our Purpose.  This is very true and it is only not only proper but also wise that we admit it to be true.  Fear must be recognized before it can be addressed and must be addressed before it can be conquered, yes?  And permit me one thing further, if you will?  It is alright to be afraid at times and yes, it is particularly alright to be fearful of one’s dreams.  Does this sound a bit odd to you for I know it does to me right now and I am the one putting pen to paper here!  But think about it for a few moments, please.  A dream is in reality a goal and it is always something that requires the act of reaching higher than our present situations and circumstances.  A dream inevitably brings to our lives the probability of change.  Change is something that causes anxiousness and discomfort because it brings with it difficulty most often.  So yes, if we are honest about it, our dreams and indeed the very thing that we desire that we may be fulfilled in our Life brings with it a level of fear.  And as stated previously, become comfortable with the notion that you will be afraid of your aspirations.  I would say to us all that we should go as far as to embrace fully that fear that would keep us from what would be our birthright.  However, do remember that the embracement of this monster is not to welcome it into your home.  To embrace and enfold this fear is being done in order that you may give thanks since it has helped you towards your dream.  You see, once we see fear for what it really is, a short path of smoke and mirrors signifying nothing,  we can then grow and move boldly into the direction of our dreams.  Just make sure to be not afraid of fear, yes?

 

Now, I see that I have certainly strayed from our discussion of the idea that “You can’t take it with you!”  Of course, I suppose I could indicate that if we are to make effective use of that gift of Time so as to set forth towards our goals and dreams, where Fear is concerned, it is safe to say that You can’t take it with you!  However true that is (and it is!), it is still a pretty big stretch, isn’t it?  So, instead I will simply admit to the propensity I seem to have with regards to wandering off point.  So much better to be honest about things, yes?  Though I will say that where this issue of time and our use or misuse of it, the words tonight are in earnest.  Please do set your vision firmly and take steps daily towards your dreams.  Even one or two smaller steps forward are better than remaining stationary for Time is not a friend to us unless we show ourselves to be friendly.  Do not bide your time and do not wait for those ducks for they will never fly in formation.  Instead be sure to treasure those hours and put to good use those moments each and every day so that you will lay hold to the dreams that are your heart.

 

Take care with yourselves. Be good to yourselves and bless all those you meet along the way!  Abundance in Life is my prayer for you and yours.

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

 

 

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Something Is Amiss Here ……….

I have to say this evening that I am troubled about something.  Actually, I have been for quite some time now.  There is something very wrong going on in this country of ours anymore.  It seems that bit by bit the liberties that were once ours are quietly being taken away.  This I believe is done incrementally and by design in hopes that the folks in our nation do not take notice.  It would seem that the idea is working for not many people are taking issue with what is going on nowadays.  The level of governmental control has been on the rise for many years now.  But it has increased dramatically under the present administration which is very disturbing.  For example, we have now a national health care program and have been told by our governing body that if we cannot provide proof of our own medical coverage, then we must sign up for this national program.  And if we do not comply, then there will be monetary penalties drawn against us.  Now, for the moment let us ignore the fact that this national health care program is poorly structured and not worthy of consideration for that is not the issue at hand.  The last time I checked, I was a citizen of the United States of America and therefore my government which is to serve the citizenry is not permitted to violate the very constitution which brought this nation into being.  In short, what is being done here is unconstitutional.  And if I may cite another example of the fingers of our leaders pushing into the private lives of the citizenry here?  The suggestion has been made to embrace the concept of mandatory voting in the elections that occur in this nation.  Friends, the right to vote is simply that.  It is a right and one which we exercise.  It is also our right to abstain from voting.  Voting is not and I say again, is not a mandate put forth by this country’s governing body which would force its people to go to the polls.  These are but two issues out of many that are undermining this nations foundation as of late.  There are many more, let me assure you.  This country, our country was and is established on the basis of independence and freedom, yes?  I do recall the words “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”, don’t you?  And how about the lyrics “My country tis’ of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing”?  The ideals that our nation were founded upon are still in place….at least for now.  But there are powers in government that are seeing to it that those ideals are being slowly worn away.  This process is called erosion, as I am sure you are aware.  There will come a day in the not too distant future that the United States will be unrecognizable when compared to the U.S. Constitution as we know it today.  Does this not bother us any longer?  Do we no longer value the gift that is this country, our country?  For it is our country.  It belongs to us, to the citizens. It belongs to all of us and it belongs to none of us.  Therein lies the beauty and strength of the premise upon which America was founded.  It is for those who would be free and free indeed!  That man or woman who sold you those shoes last week?  That youngster who mowed your lawn last week or delivered your Sunday newspaper?  And how about the teller there at your local bank who says “Good morning!” and handles your transactions for you with a smile?  Or perhaps a bit closer to your heart and your home….What of your children to which you will leave the condition of this country for them to deal with?  All these folks and all these children and more…..These are the ones who do the working and paying and living in this nation.  These are the individuals who are the sovereign here.  I know this because our founding fathers declared its citizens sovereign and it is still the truth today.  You see friends, our constitution has not changed.  Oh, there have been some amendments here and there to be sure.  But the heart of this document still carries the pulse of freedom which is the very thing that brought us to greatness.  Do we really want to accept less than what is best for those we love and hold dear?  Think about this carefully for we hold the future of these United States in our hands these days.

Now, our leaders today have a much different view on this issue.  Indeed they do.  Our public servants have become, by and large servants unto themselves.  They make sure to vote themselves a generous increase every year as well. Did you know of this?  I read a short time ago that the average salary increase for each senator and representative of the house was $3,774.00 per year!  Conversely, the national debt for which the government just keeps raising the ceiling is in the trillions of dollars now.  I must say that as a “leader”, I would have to decline any salary increase offered me and if I was as well off as most of those fellows, I wouldn’t feel proper unless I cut my present salary by around 20% or so.  And if that sounds a bit out dated for today’s world, then I am just an out dated sort of guy.  I do seem to remember reading that John F. Kennedy cut his salary down to almost nothing because he was well to do and was in office to serve the people.  If that be true, then I guess I would be in good company given my ideals.  I do know that those who hold high office are supposed to have accountability to the citizens they serve.  The position of leadership carries with it the mantle of responsibility and those who wear it well have my respect.  But my friends, respect is earned and never simply given.  It is not something to be ladled out to those who are undeserving.  No and again I say no!  Friends, surely you must agree here!  Remember if you will the words of Abraham Lincoln who said that ours was “a government of the people, by the people and for the people”.  Do these words carry the same strength today as they did then?  I am sad to say that they do not carry much weight in the eyes of our leaders today.  The words that formed our great nation have been twisted and manipulated in so many fashions and so many times that it makes me heart-sick.

I must apologize here as well for it hurts me to my heart to speak this way.  I was brought up to honor those who would lead our country and offer prayers for their wisdom that they may guide this nation in the path it should follow.  These days it seems that a great deal of prayer must be needed for we are being led down the path to ruin by those whose job it is to serve its citizens.  I want very much to be proud of our leaders.  It is my deep desire to say to all who would hear that those who represent the citizens of the United States of America have rightful possession of my faith and confidence for they have earned my respect and my heart.  It grieves me so that I am unable to make a statement like this.  What is happening and what has been happening in and around my country, our country is disgraceful.  Again I must say that I would very much like to wake up as from a very bad dream and find that all is as it should be and that our leaders of today were strong in character and had motives that were pure.  I would so like to be incorrect about the views reflected here for I love our country.  It is her government that leaves my heart sad and yes, even ashamed.

So, I suppose the question with regards to us, to the people who make up the backbone of this country, to the folks like you and your next door neighbors is a simple one.  It is a simple question with an answer that is equally simple.  What is the question here tonight for us all?  The question is “What is to be done about the going-ons in this, our country?”  And it is our country, folks.  It always has been and at this point, it still is.  And the answer to said question tonight?  As I said, it is simple.  However like anything that is of value, it can also be difficult.  Simple has never meant easy, has it?  Here is the answer for you just now.  Since this is indeed our country and it is our land, we simply and collectively must say that “Enough is enough!”  Mind you, it is not the efforts of one or two.  Nor is it safe to say that 30 or 40 folks will bring about change.  Or 300 or even 500 people is not a sufficient number.  It is by way of a sweeping movement which brings in its wake the many, many Peoples of this country that change, positive change and a reclamation will come to our nation, to our home.  In this way, the next generation will not be left in the disarray that has become our country.  And if I may state one other thing?  Any government will only push as far as its’ citizens will permit it.  To put it another way, when little Johnny misbehaves, he is put into a time-out which lets him know his bad behavior will no longer be tolerated, yes?  This is what I meant when I said the answer for government reform was a simple one.  It is the same premise.  Our leaders are in place today because we agreed that they could be in that position and our agreement of the same was either a vote or by way of being complacent and not caring about the situation.  Either way, we the people gave them position.  Thus, we have the power and ability together to say, We have tired of your bad behavior and enough is enough!  Do give much consideration to these words this evening for it is most important and quite urgent as of late.  And if you are honest with yourself (for we all must be), you will find that this message will resonate with your spirit or within your being, if you prefer.

I apologize for going long this evening.  However, this has weighed upon me for a bit of time now.  In truth, I was even hesitant to put these words out this evening for our right to speak freely in our country has been brought into question as well which is very sad to me and I am sure to many of you as well.  Perhaps I am overstating this here but I will say it once again.  I love our country, the United States of America and the flag she wears.  I always will.  Please let us stop closing ourselves off from each other as we seem to become increasingly plugged into our electronic devices while becoming more and more unplugged from our neighbors and humanity.  Take care and be good one to another, yes?

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Reclaim It!!……..

 

Reclaim.  What a marvelous word, yes?  To reclaim is to take back, to retrieve that which was your own.  Too often we permit pieces of our Life to be taken from us, this being due to the many stresses and complications that come our way.  We compromise on this over here and give up a bit of that over there, this being done because we feel we must.  Then a bit further along in this journey of Life, we happen to glance in the mirror and we are startled to see a stranger looking back at us, one whose eyes reflect both sadness and a quiet anger.

Have any of you had this occur at some point in your Life?  I would hope that I am not alone in this experience.  I say this not because misery is so very fond of company but rather because that stranger I saw in my mirror has brought to me an unsettling of my Spirit.  However, I will say that there is a thread of Hope to be found and it lies within the word “Reclaim”.  This word by its very definition commands respect.  Daniel Webster puts it this way  –  To demand restoration or return (a possession, for example); To rescue from an undesirable state; To require or deserve again; To bring back, as from error to a right or proper course; To tame”.  Wow!!  Think on this for a moment, if you will.  Permit me to explore this with yes, yes?  Notice how this description does not say to ask for restoration or return.  No and no once again!  Instead it says to demand the restoration or return of the same!  The very act of reclamation then is a demonstration of personal power, is it not?  To reclaim has to be then our requirement upon Life to give back to us our Life.

One other quick note here, please?  Roller coasters are as fun as they are fearful.  Life is much the same for it is, as we are aware a wild ride at times, yes?  Armed with that knowledge, do not be too harsh with yourself if you have allowed the situations in your life to steal away your thrills and leave you nothing save the chills.  Be kind enough and good enough to who you are to forgive yourself.  Nothing can be gained by abasing one’s self.  Take a strong and honest look at who you have become and in this way, you can become who you truly are!  Reclaim yourself now!  Do it today!  Then when you next look in the mirror, t’will not be a stranger there you see!

I am in hope that these words, though brief will be of benefit to someone this day.  Be blessed and that in abundance.  Take care with yourself, each and all.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

  

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No Worries, Mate!!…….

 No worries, mate!  I am sure that we are all familiar with this colloquialism, are we not?  This long-standing Australian phrase was brought to our collective attention I believe with the release of that wonderful movie Crocodile Dundee.  This is a movie that I am sure all of us are familiar with.  The character of Crocodile Dundee was the absolute embodiment of those three small words.  No worries, mate!   An interesting trio of words which together convey a lifestyle which I daresay is radically different than the lives of so many.  Then I began to wonder when that saying came about and what did it mean really?  After a bit of research, I found that this phrase became popular in Australia around 1920 or in the opinion of others, it presented itself in the 1950’s.  No matter the decade, “No worries!” has been around for a bit of time.  As to the exact meaning that is conveyed in the utterance of these words?  There were actually several definitions as well as opinions reflected on the sites I visited.  But the one that I chose to embrace fully goes like this – “An expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem; Forget about it; I can do it; Yes, I’ll do it) I rather like that, don’t you?  No worries.  However, this does bring forth a question and a rather important one at that.  And the question is as difficult as it is simple.  Are you prepared for the question and will you know immediately the answer?  Here it is for you just now.  How is your Life, my friend?  Are you living a Life that is fraught with concern and filled with anxiousness?  Do you arise each day with senses that are worn and weary, perhaps even dreading the day that is stretched out before you, like so many miles of bad road?  Do you wish fervently that you could simply crawl back under the covers and hide from the stresses that wait for you so very patiently?  And when your long and arduous day has finally completed itself, do you return to your home wanting nothing more than to forget the tiresome journey of Life that you experienced that day?  When you eat your evening meal, do you do so quickly and more out of a sense of duty since nutrition is vital to survival?  Have you forgotten what it is to truly enjoy a meal?  If you feel that this is of little importance, then think on this some more.  All things work together in Life.  If there is a lack in one area, it does indeed affect the whole.   And my friend, I would also ask you this as well.  Do you find yourself  recounting and rehashing the day now past while at the same time chastising yourself for surely you could have done things better if you had only done this thing that way instead of the other way?   Does any of this resonate within your Being, friends?  I know that  thoughts of this nature run rampant in so many of our minds and lay hold to our very Spirit.  Is this the truth of your life today?

Perhaps then, just perhaps we should take a few moments and make an adjustment to our manner of thinking, yes?  “No worries, mate!”  Again to refresh and drive home the idea, these words defined mean “An expression of forgiveness or reassurance”.  Let us make these three words our mantra, if you will.  Let us apply then these three words to all those we encounter on the Life road we travel each day.  But just as importantly (if not more so) let us apply this principle to ourselves.  Be kind and gentle enough to say to yourself  “No worries, mate!”  That is to say forgive yourself  if you fall short of the standard that you have set for yourself and then reassure yourself  that while you could have done better, tomorrow is a new day and each new day brings with it a fresh beginning.  I might add that the word mate is defined as  friend.  Be a friend to yourself as you move through this, our world.  Please do remember that.  “But what of my miserable failure of today?” you might ask. “What of that?”  Dear friend, remember that today while quite precious is only a memory that becomes yesterday.  So I say to you once again “No worries!”  Or to put it another way “Forget about it!”  I might also add that there are indeed no failures on the road you are traveling, the Road of Purpose.  What we view as failures are in reality the steps required in order to meet with our predestined success.  As you have undoubtedly heard before and often, the only true failing is when we have not made an attempt to succeed.  That having been said,  “Forget about it!”  Remember that when we abase ourselves, we open wide the door that permits self-degradation to enter the sanctity of Spirit, our Spirit.  For the sake of ourselves as well as others, let us not allow this to occur, yes?  Good.  It seems we have an accord then, you and I.  Besides, if our own Creator who has placed Divinity within our very beings can look upon us, love us and forgive us for our human frailties, why then can we not be a bit kinder in how we treat ourselves?  And this is not a “I’m okay, you’re okay which makes everything acceptable” statement.  Please do understand that.  We are, each one of us gifted with intellect, discernment and the ability to know what is proper and improper.  I am only saying that we will take the wrong road on occasion and when this happens, do recognize it and do remember it.  Then step back up onto the right road and continue towards your Purpose.  This is, I believe the cornerstone of the phrase “No worries!” 

Now if you will, permit me to say this as well.  There was something I heard on a program which caused me to write this evening.  In order to live a life in accordance with a “No worries!” philosophy, one must truly relinquish control of their Life to the One who brought them into being.  It is only then that freedom is established from within and unprecedented growth can be experienced.  As it has been said in so many ways, “It is only in giving up that we are given back and that in good measure.”  Am I saying that we are to surrender, to simply give up?  Yes. We are to give up, to surrender completely.  However, to give up does not mean we are to simply lay down and let Life roll over us.  We were brought into this world with gifts and abilities that are innate.  Our Creator does indeed expect that we use said gifts and abilities as tools in the formation of our lives.  Perhaps the simplest way to convey this idea is to quote my dear brother who one day said to me, “You must pray and row your boat!”  The boat is the vessel provided us that we may remain afloat while crossing Life’s ocean and the oars are the gifts and abilities to be used to help direct our course, if you will.  That is why the oars are provided you see.  But bear in mind that the currents as well as the waves and the tides are directed by our Captain, if you will.

And it would appear that I may have drifted a bit off course here tonight.  I have but one response to give in this situation.  Yes, you guessed it, my friends. No worries, mate!”  I believe that somewhere in this body of words this evening, there was a bit, perhaps a nugget that was of some good to someone this evening.  I truly hope this is the case.  And I would like to say that right about now, I’d be goin’ walkabout.  However, since the hour is late and the morning comes early, I believe that I will simply head off to a few hours of slumber.

Take care with yourselves and always be good one to another.  Blessings in abundance coming your way!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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Just Go For It!………

“Go for it!” How often have we heard this phrase throughout our lives?  50 times?………100 times?…………….Perhaps 1,000 then?  In reality, we probably have heard these 3 small word used in this one small but powerful phrase more times than we can recall, yes?  “Go for it!”  We have heard this so often that the words lose their impact over time and they become…….Well, they become just 3 small words, don’t they?  Important words but not quite relevant in our day-to-day busy lives.  However, there was a time for many of us that the term “Go for it!” meant a great deal indeed.  When would that have been for you, my friend?  Undoubtedly it was at a time in your Life when you were focused in on your goals, on your dreams.  Undoubtedly it was at a time in your Life when you still embraced lofty ideals and did so with all the passion that lay within you.  It was at a time which was before the world and those well-meaning people around you were telling you that you needed to “get your head out of the clouds” and to “be realistic about things” and to “accept things for what they are and move on best you can and be content with your lot in Life”.  Sadly, the majority of us were spoon-fed this rhetoric as we grew up and became “responsible adults and productive members of society”.  And equally sad is that we have bought into these silly ideas and embraced them.  We have allowed ourselves, our very Spirits to become just that.  And that is what is most sad for nothing could be further from the truth.

“Go for it!”  You might be wondering what brought me to think of this tonight.  Oddly enough, it was a line from that great movie “Tin Cup” with stars Kevin Costner and Rene Russo.  If you have not seen it, do so.  It is excellent for its comedic content but also in the Life lesson it provides as well.  You see, so often we are taught that the way to succeed and better ourselves is to “lay up and take par”.  Translation here?  Play it safe and be satisfied with what others have accepted in this game.  In “Tin Cup”, this refers to the game of golf.  But I am speaking of this game we refer to as Life.  And while there are many parallels to be drawn between these two games, how we use the gift of Life has greater consequence than whether or not we make a hole in one. (And don’t get the wrong idea here.  I love playing golf!)  The point I am attempting to make here this evening is simply this.  Do not waste your Life energies playing it safe.  Do not be content to make par, as it were.  All this will bring to you is some level of mediocrity and a Life rewarded only by an uneasy discontent within. Instead, take a risk for it is only by doing so that Life’s game can truly be won and the player be truly rewarded.  Learn what it is to live, to really live.  In the movie, Molly Griswold (Rene Russo) says to Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy,  “Just go for it!  Just knock it on!  Go for it!”   This is what we must do if we are to realize our dreams and our passions.  Does this type of thinking make you a bit uneasy and even a little frightened?  Good!  It should for it tells you that you are stepping into the right direction and onto the right road.  We have for too long permitted the embrace of that which is less than we were meant to be.  And to feel uneasy about “Going for it!” means that you are beginning to wake from a deep sleep.  So feel that fear and recognize it.  Then walk through it.  In doing so, it will vanish for fear, you see is primarily smoke and mirrors.

So I say to you this night,  “Go for it!”  Be strong of heart and courageous in the face of fear!  Take the risk of truly living Life!!  Give yourself the permission that you know your Creator has already bestowed within and move onto the path Life has destined for you!  Dare greatly for it is only then that we can become the dynamic that we were born to be!  Now you may say that these are but words and I know not your circumstance and I know not what has befallen you in your life.  To that I can only say that while I cannot possibly know what your life has been up until now, I also know that which was your before does not have to be what is your now.  And by changing your now, the future that lies before you can and will change in dramatic fashion!  As for these words being nothing more than words……Yes, this is true.  But do remember that words are at the seat of True Power and words acted upon with clear intent have changed and will change the world, my friends.  This always has been and always will be true.  I read once that words, those which carried with them a fervor and sincerity that was uncommon in this world have even changed the mind of the One who brought us to be.  Just words?  No, these are so much more than simply words.

Good friends, the hour is late and I have gone longer than intended.  Please do remember that you were blessed with a Life that was to be lived and lived fully blessed, not a life that was to be endured.  No, no and no again!  Do not tarry any longer and waste not one more day.  You were born to be blessed and born to bless others!  In short I would say this…………“Go For It!!”

Goodness and blessings upon all who read this.  I trust this has been of benefit to you.  Take care one with another!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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God Loves You!……..

Has Life left you wondering

And you haven’t got a clue?

Well, remember this today, my friend

That God Loves You!

Have you had some disappointment?

Are you sad and oh so blue?

Then you best not forget, dear one

That God Loves You!

Have you suffered a lost love?

Is your job all but through?

Then I must truly tell you

That God Loves You!

Did the doctor give you bad news?

Is there nothing they can do?

Please, may I tell you something?

Your God Loves You!

Are you worried for the future?

Does your past Life torment you?

Then I will tell you once again

That God Loves You!

No matter what the problem

Or the issues that ensue,

You may always rest assured

That God Loves You!

Just ask in faith believing,

And He will be there on cue!

Now, know this thing for certain,

Your God Loves You!!

 

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He Wasn’t Sure….

He wasn’t sure.  He wasn’t sure how long he had been sitting there. At times it seemed as though it had been a long while but he wasn’t sure.  And at other times it seemed it as though it had been just a few moments but he wasn’t sure.    Quite frankly, the only thing he was certain about was that he wasn’t sure.  And that disturbed him greatly.  This much he knew for sure.  His life it seemed had been in a sort of limbo, stuck mid-way between living and not living.  He was very certain that he had been in this state for a long time.  But he was unsure as to just how long that had been for.  And he wasn’t sure how to make his way back to the land of the living, so long it had been since he left.  There were occasions when he thought that surely it would be easier to simply let go and leave, to try to find his way back.  But then that other part of him would whisper that he really, really needed to be sure that this was what he wanted to do for he could end up in a worse state than he was in presently.  So in listening to the voice of reason, he would forgo his decision and wait for the day to pass because he just wasn’t sure. But now he was unsure if this business of waiting was such a great idea after all.  To sit through Life as he had been could not be wise nor could it be prudent.  And why was this so?  Because there is no neutral in life.  No one can sit through Life because Life moves forward always.  We either move forward with its flow or we drown in its wake.  There is no in between.  We’ve all heard it said, haven’t we?  “Oh, he’s straddling the fence on that issue.”  Yet the truth of it is that there is no truth in that statement at all.  I looked up that phrase and to straddle the fence means to support both sides of an issue.  So, in reality one who “straddles” has no need to decide.  On the surface, this almost seems convenient, to have the luxury of pleasing everyone while benefitting no one, least of all ones self.

Again I say this evening, there is no such thing as neutrality in Life.  One cannot straddle the fence or better put, not make a decision because in not deciding, we have already chosen, yes?  This is the quandary our young hero in this piece had found himself in, caught betwixt and between as it were.  His inability to make a decision had, over time put him into a position of becoming unsure, not just in one area but in all facets of his Life.  He wasn’t sure. And in the beginning, it seemed such an easy route to travel.  After all, the young man had no accountability to anyone and better still, he had no accountability to Life itself!  Everything was okay because no matter what view was taken, all views were acceptable.  However, as his life continued (for Life stands still for no one) and the weeks turned into months and the months into years, this fellow no longer quite so young found himself at an impasse.  And you almost felt sorry for him because he had hardly a clue as to how he had reached this particular juncture since he had deemed all roads as acceptable.  For you see, with all roads being  acceptable be they right or wrong, he had chosen to travel no road at all.  And he had done so because he wasn’t sure. By the way, do you know the definition of the word impasse?  I had only a general idea so I took at look at how Mr. Webster defined this word.  The word impasse is defined as “a position or situation from which there is no escape; a deadlock or standstill; a road or way that has no outlet”.  And all of this as a result of being unsure.  Think about this for a moment.  I am sure that this individual started out his Life differently and saw perhaps the journey that lay before him as one full of adventure  and of great promise.  Yet he had allowed the gift of surety to become the burden of uncertainty and because of this, the grand Life his Creator had destined for him could not and would not come to fruition.  Worse still, those whose lives would have been blessed and enriched by the completion of this young mans destiny would never come to know what he was meant to bring to this world simply because he wasn’t sure.

    Now to all of this, you may say something like, “Well, a person cannot always be sure about everything!  We all have times when we feel unsure for we are only human!”  And to that I would say that you are entirely and completely correct, my friend.  But you see, the error comes in when we become rooted in the Land of Uncertainty by relying solely on our own emotions and intellect.  This is when we lose our way and become unsure.  This is when the tentacles of uncertainty and indecision quietly wrap themselves around the Spirit we carry within, slowly constricting and tightening and all the while cutting us off from the Divine oxygen needed for growth and survival.  It is a process which is incremental by design.  And as such, we are most often unaware that it is in process, if you will.  In this way, our lives are rendered useless and become stagnant which disallows our true Purpose to be realized and fulfilled.  Is this making a degree of sense here this evening?  I would hope that this is so.  For you see, my friends…….That fellow spoken of here?  He is me and I am him.  And believe me, this is not an admission that I take enjoyment in sharing.  The Life meant for me, that Life which is one of fulfillment and truth and blessing to those round’ about me has been taken over by a life that is not really life at all.  I have not been sure for quite some time now and therein lies the dilemma.  Yet I do know the solution and am now travelling the road that will bring me to that solution.  And as I travel now, I am becoming less unsure and so much more certain of the road beneath my feet.  My friends, may I assure you that this is indeed a good feeling for it is most definitely just that.  As you may know, one of the universal laws set forth by our Creator is that when one moves forward with surety in the direction of their purpose or dream, Life itself bids them welcome and moves along with them.  This does not mean however that there will be no adverse conditions somewhere along the Path.  But it does mean that overcoming such adversity will give the traveler the opportunity for growth and will also make the final destination just that much sweeter and rewarding, to be sure!   With your kind permission, I would like to make mention of one other thing.  I’ve not put pen to paper in quite some time, this due to my allowing day-to-day life to keep me from what is a True Life.  I was struggling along this evening on a different piece of work, determined to grease my “writers wheels”, if you will.  After about an hour, I made some type of computer error and botched what I was working on in good fashion.  Frustrated and ready to simply hang it up, I came across this “He wasn’t sure” that I had made note of months ago.  It seemed to draw me in this evening and so here we are.  It has been said that the coincidences in Life are the Creators way of remaining anonymous.  Perhaps this is the truth of it.  In any event, I trust that this was of some benefit to someone tonight.  Please do not give in to the web of uncertainty in your Life for left unchecked, it will cause you to lose your Life and I mean that in every sense of the word.  Rely not on your own understanding and wisdom especially when there is Divine direction awaiting you always.  All one needs do is ask for it and with a sincere heart, be ready to receive it as well.  And do be sure of this as well………If you are unsure of what to do, look towards your Creator and He will guide you to your next step.  This is something of which you may be sure.  Have a good night and a grand tomorrow.  May the blessings of the coming days be yours to share!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Hey You There!……Yes, You!…….What Are You Waiting For??

Good evening, my friends! Do I have your full attention at this moment?  I would hope that I do because the question reflected above is a most serious one indeed.  I am asking because the question is one that we will not ask ourselves most of the time.  It is so much easier to simply move on with our day and with a life that we have become comfortable with, a life that is not in accord with our gifts or our reason for being here but rather one that we have deemed as acceptable.  You see, reaching for what is higher has always required more effort and always will.  It is so much easier for one to simply stand with their arms hanging at their sides. Is this not the truth of it after all?  Or is it not at least how we tend to perceive things to be so often?  And it is easy to feel this way because Life often gives you no quarter, no break and no reprieve.  It seems that so often when we reach higher, there is some force which seems to push against us and after a while it just seems more prudent to stop reaching, to stop trying and to accept that our life really is not so bad after all.  So, with a bit of rationale we resign ourselves to a life that is average at best.  But hey!…..Everyone else seems to be fairly satisfied with their life, right?   And am I any better or any different from the next person?  This is the line of thought that has allowed the curse of mediocrity to become so entrenched in our world today.  And to answer my own question for you…….No, I am not better than others, to be sure.  But I thank my Creator that I am different from others.  I suppose therein lies the beauty and the truth of choice.  I choose to be different and I choose not to allow the word mediocre into my vocabulary.  And I am able to do so because just like you, my Creator has enabled me and has endowed me with seeds of greatness to reach heights previously unknown to me.  And for this, I am forever thankful.

Now dear reader, I would say to you that you are no different from me in your ability to be different, to be unique and to be that special person you were meant to be.  The gifts and the talents, those seeds of greatness that were given to you?  My friend, what lies within you is the very vehicle you were blessed with and it is that vehicle that awaits you.  It is designed to take you along the road that Life has mapped out for you and it is only by traveling that road that you will be able to realize and fulfill your destiny.  Is this making sense to you just now?  Can you see the logic at work here?  It is all so very true.  And please do make note of the fact that I used the word logic here and not rationale.  Rationale or the process of rationalization is that insidious creature which has woven its way into the fabric of our lives.  Rationale demeans our spirit and causes us to accept less than what we were meant to be blessed with.  May I suggest that you reference the word logic and see its definition and how it differs from that other word.  Logic is an indication of something that is planned, a part of a formula whose final answer can only be a matter of truth, yes?

And it seems that I have not changed very much, I suppose.  I have wandered off point as I often do.  Or perhaps I have only been laying the ground work with which to reference my original question?  I believe this to be the case after all.  So with your kind permission, I would like to present this query to you once again.  What are you waiting for?!! I am of course making a direct reference to your Life or perhaps better said, the Life you were meant to live.  Why do we insist on living the ordinary when we were placed here to live the extraordinary??  Why do you think that is, friends?  There is a myriad of reasons that we give to ourselves and to others.  (And most often, those others are quite happy to commiserate with you so as to keep you at the Life level they have accepted themselves!)  One of the most popular reasons (excuses?) we like to invoke is the statement that “It is just too difficult.  It is too hard.”  Well of course, it’s hard!  Did you really believe that embracing the person you were born to be and growing into the formation of what is to be your Life was going to be easy?  Such an undertaking involves that word we seldom enjoy using and that word is change.  Change requires a person to……Well, it requires a person to change.  What other way is there to say it really?  In order to change, one must be willing to step out of where they are comfortable and step in to an entirely new dimension.  This not only brings discomfort but is also very daunting, yes?  What if I am not up to taking this on?  How will it look if I make a mistake or even worse, what if I fail??  I don’t believe I am enough within to succeed in that area.  How will this be received by my peers?  All of these questions and many others tend to fill our minds and with our minds full of doubt, there is no room for what is true and honest.  And the honest truth is that your Creator has provided you with what you require and more so that you may fulfill your purpose in this, our world.  And I know this to be true for there is no guile in Him.

So you there!…….Yes, you!………….What are you waiting for??  You and I are given but one life here, a span of years on this planet and nothing more.  And to be quite plain about it, even tomorrow is not promised to you or I.  Those talents and gifts, those passions that are your heart?  You do know that they are but on loan to you?  Are you going to utilize them and in doing so, create a Life of abundance for yourself and others?  As you are aware, it is only in giving and blessing others that we are blessed in return and that twice over.  Or is it your desire to, at the end of your Life, return the very gifts given you, unopened and unused and having benefitted no one?  My friend, you must make a decision and t’would be wise to do so even now. Have not we all waited long enough already?  Isn’t it past time for us to move away from that state of mediocrity which has us so ensnared?  Should we not realize now that we are indeed different from others (No, not better than others. Just different) and that being different permits us to indeed reach higher and stretch the very boundaries which once confined our minds and spirits.  My friend, are you ready to step into that life that Life so desperately wants to give you this day?  Are you ready and able to bring blessing and goodness to those round’ about you?  And your eyes?  Are those eyes ready to see what you were unable to see before?  For you see, once the eyes of your spirit are truly opened, the scales of limited vision will fall away and you will see things as you have never seen them.  It is true.  It is so, so true.  “Come along now with Me.  Come along and test Me and discover My truths.”  This is what your Creator bids you do.  He asks but never demands for He is a gentleman.  But He does indeed ask that we be bold enough to test the words He has given so freely.

So my question to you remains.  Have you given your answer just yet?  Only you know if you have done so.  And whether you chose to answer or chose not to answer, you have made a choice either way.  Remember please this…….It is in the choices that we make that our lives are determined.  Sooooo……..What are you waiting for?? 

Thank you this evening for your time and patience.  I am in hope that these words will be of benefit to some of you.  I really do not know how these pieces are going to come out most of the time.  I simply follow the road I am on, if you will.  Be blessed and take care one with another.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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