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Shake A Hand! Give A Smile!

Does it hurt to say, “Good morning!”

as we move forward in our day?

Someones day is so much brighter

when we carry on this way!

Is it kind to say “Good afternoon!”

while we smile and shake a hand?

For it makes our day so much better

as we journey through this land.

And have you ever said, “Good evening!”

as the sun was going down

and wished those round’ about you

a calm rest that is deep and sound?

It’s a good thing now, to do these things.

It’s a privilege, don’t you see?

It brightens the hearts and strengthens the lives,

all while blessing you and me.

So, come shake a hand and give now a smile!

It will warm you through and through.

For it’s in blessing others that we are blessed

and I know that you know this is true!

We can end all the hatred and sadness

and watch as our world comes to Life!

No more sorrow or fear with hearts that are clear

as we live on this sphere without strife!

So come now with me as forward we go,

shaking hands, giving smiles unto Life!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

 

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It Is Time To Do The Right Thing…….

It is time to do the right thing.  Actually, it has been time to do so for quite a long while now.  Wouldn’t you agree?  And my friend, you must ask yourself what is the right thing as it pertains to you, to your life?  Perhaps you already know the answer to that question and if so, I would encourage you to begin to do the right thing now, today!  No longer can we afford to delay our lives.  No longer can we believe that we have the luxury of time nor can we say “When the time is right, I will do this or that.”  It is the lack of forward movement in our respective lives that has brought us to the level of mediocrity in which we dwell today.  The time to begin to do what is the right and true thing is our life is today, this minute!  The time is now!  This world is in desperate need of the particular gift that you came into this world with.  And in truth, the reason that we often feel restless and discontent and the reason we seek out diversion in so many ways is that we are unfulfilled.  And we are unfulfilled due to our neglect of those things which lie within our heart, those things that were meant to be nurtured so that they may grow and come to fruition.  Instead we have become a people who try to fill the void they feel with sit-coms and “Must See TV” or with alcohol or drugs.  We fill our lives with an endless array of material possessions in an effort to feel accomplished, to feel satisfied without realizing that things will provide only a temporal fulfillment.  This is why that after a time, we must go and purchase more things in order to feel sated once again.  And allow me to say this as well……There is nothing wrong with material possessions so long as we remain the possessors and do not become possessed by the possessions, if you will.

So once again, if you know what it is that you are to do with this Life you have been given, with the gifts that will fulfill your purpose here and therefore your Destiny, then may I impress upon you the importance of taking action now and of beginning the journey that Life has for you.  It is your opportunity and privilege to do so for in doing so, you will impact the many lives that are in need of what you have to share.  And the beauty of all this is that when we share with others the gifts that we were meant to share, we are incredibly blessed in return many times over.  You see, this is the method by which we obtain personal fulfillment.  It has always been and will always be thus.  Our Creator set this system in motion when time began.  We see it evidenced in the cycle of Nature every day and in every way.  Take a long and thoughtful look around you at the life all around you and see if this not indeed the truth.

Now for those who know not what the right thing is to do as it pertains to their lives, let me say this to you.  If you will look earnestly within your spirit and your heart, if you will quiet yourself long enough to remember who you were so long ago before the cares of this world swept you up and away……If you will take the time and the effort to do this, you will rediscover your being.  You will rediscover and come to know truly perhaps for the first time who you are.  The gifts that have been so long-buried will show themselves to you and with just bit of encouragement on your part, these gifts will reawaken and begin their cycle of growth.  My friend, if this be you then you are in for a delightful transformation, one that will begin and continue as you step onto the path that Life has chosen for you.  It will be arduous at times but well worth it, an exciting adventure that you raise to heights previously unknown to you.  For you who wish to discover or rediscover what lies within, I would say to begin this self-introspection today, now and this minute.  This world, our world is in need of what you was given to you.  Give this thought but do not delay.  Begin your journey to fulfillment today so that others may be blessed and that they may bless still others in return.

It is time to do the right thing.  It is time to do what is the right thing for our world and for all those who dwell therein.  If we choose to do so, our world can be blessed and be changed in dramatic fashion.  And in doing what is right and what is true within, we ourselves cannot help but to be abundantly blessed in return.  It is the way of it and cannot be otherwise.  It is time to do the right thing.  Let us do so today.  Let us begin now. 

I wish to thank you for taking the time to take in these words.  Good words strung together are as like unto a good meal.  I hope that the words here this evening have provided nourishment of a sort for your mind and spirit.  Please do consider what you have read and act upon it for it is more than a bit true.  And if I may, truth in action is what we need.  It is what our world requires so it may know healing.  Good night. Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson,Jr.

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Namaste!

Namaste!  What a grand word this is!  A friend introduced me to this wonderful word.  Namaste!  It is one of the most singularly significant words in our world today.  It is, in my estimation the highest compliment one person can give to another while in the same moment being aware of what lies within themselves.  Namaste! Would you care to know how this word is defined?  It is an acknowledgement that there is a divine light in all of us.  The word when broken down to its base form is as follows  –  “nama” means “bow”, “as” means “I” and “te” means “you”.  Translated this means “I bow to you.”  By saying namaste to another person, you are bowing to their internal light and at the same time recognizing that it is the same light that glows from with yourself and everyone around you.  It is a gesture of gratitude, respect and equality.  I give credit to my friend for defining this word so completely.  And words are the power that change and shape our world.  But what makes this particular word, this namaste so preciously powerful is that we, all of us do carry within us a piece of the Divine.  It is a gift from our Creator and resides in our spirit.  And to be sure, it is more evident in some than it is in others.  But that is only because some of us are more in touch with the higher self, if you will.  And where there is more light, there is less darkness.  But just because this person standing here is shining brighter than that person over there does not mean that one has a greater portion than the other.  It simply means that one of them is not as aware of how precious and special they are, of how much of a gift they are to this world.  And how does one help another to see within themselves the piece of the Divine that they carry within?  I believe that one very effective way is to practice this concept of namaste. 

Now you may say, “I have no intention of approaching various people and bowing to them.  I will appear foolish and people will think me to be not quite right in the head!”  Perhaps so, perhaps not.  I believe there is a scripture that says “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty”.  You see, the people who are not afraid to appear a bit foolish and yes, even a bit vulnerable, those are the people who possess true wisdom and are therefore truly blessed.  Those are the people whose Divine light shines ever so brightly.  And if because you practice namaste, someone might get the idea that you are a bit off, that you are not normal?  To that, I would say, be so very thankful!  Look around you and observe what our society deems as “normal behavior” in this day and age.  I am grateful every day that I am not seen as “normal” by todays standards.  I am of a peculiar people and happy for it.  I am not better than another.  No, not at all.  Just different.

Actually, namaste by its very definition is a symbol of goodness, of kindness and an acknowledgement that we are, all of us, the same.  And we are the same, my friends.  We have all been created in the image of the One who created us and we have all been endowed with what I like to call a “God-Spark” which lives within us.  We all have been gifted with a piece of the Divine.  And it is not something we can be boastful or arrogant about for it is a gift.  Nor can we or should we feel we are better or more than another just because we may shine a bit more.  Generally, those who have more of an aura than others usually have been nurtured differently and therefore have grown differently.  So I say to you, why not share the manner in which you were able to grow?  We were and are all designed to grow together.  It is only the short-comings of our world that has prevented this from happening as it should.  You and I, we have the power to change all of that.  And besides, it is always in blessing others that we are blessed in return.  It is in the acknowledgement of the light that shines in another person that our own light grows and shines just that much more, yes?  That, I believe is namaste defined in its simplest form.

So I suppose the obvious question is how does one initiate and practice this idea of namaste?  It is simpler than you can imagine which makes sense since the simplest things in Life contain the purest form of Power.  All one must do is this  –  Bend the arms from the elbows upwards and face the two palms of the hands.  Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest.  Utter the word Namaste and while saying the word, bow the head slightly.  The methodology is uncomplicated and quietly done.  There is no fanfare or brass bands playing.  The strength that comes from what is divine spirit which is within is not boisterous and is easily entreated by the spirit which embodies our world.  This is once again, the truth of strength and power.  I would encourage you, everyone to try this, to give namaste a chance.  We all see people daily.  Some are friends and acquaintances, to be sure.  However, the majority are strangers to us.  Personally, I believe that namaste is even more effective when used towards those we do not even know.  Why?  Because our friends and those we are close to usually know us a bit too well and often are not receptive to a new and different idea when it is presented to them by us.  It is in those we do not know that we can be most effective.  And once you have completed this rather quick act of namaste, the stranger just might ask you what it is you did and why you did it.  It is at this point, you will be able to share with this person a very unique idea, a gift that they may wish to share with another.  On the other hand, they could just dismiss you, letting you know that you are a couple of eggs short of a dozen.  That’s okay as well because you will most likely never see them again.  But more importantly, you will have grown just a touch more and probably gave them something to think about later.

Remember one other item, if you will.  It is something I have said before and it is a vital component of lasting change.  The small acts we practice each day, those are the things that bring about change in this, our world.  Remember as well that those small acts we speak of here can be good or bad.  They can bring about positive change or they can add to that negative spirit that so often pervades our planet.  We, you and I have the privilege of choosing what those changes can and will be.  Give thought to your choices and choose wisely, my friends.

I thank you as always for taking the time to review the words here and hope that it has been of some benefit.  Have a day which is blessed and share your blessings with those round’ about you.  I wish you a good evening and above all, Namaste!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Life is Grand, Ain’t It?

Good evening to all!  I pray that all those who view these words here and everyone else as well has had a tremendously blessed day.  And I would further trust that you have blessed others in return.  As for the title of this little piece I am writing, I will tell you that I have not forgotten the value, the necessity of proper speech.  To be quite honest, it pained me a bit to use the word “ain’t” because as we all know, “ain’t” ain’t a word!  I will further confess that it was a cheap ploy to hopefully gain your attention here.  However, those first three words there are very much the truth.  Life is indeed grand!  I was going over the various things that I have posted here and discovered something.  Well, it wasn’t so much a discovery , I suppose.  I know myself fairly well and the fact that I gravitate towards the serious is no secret to me.  I am passionate about things, about injustice in our world and about regaining the greatness of our nation, about people coming to know the beauty that is within them and about so many other things.  Given all of this, I sometimes in the midst of being intense, forget about the simple joys that are so abundant in this world.

There is so much to smile at and give thanks for each precious day that we are alive.  For example, did you feel the rays of the Sun today as it gently warmed you?  Smile and give thanks!  What is that you say?  There was no Sun for you and it rained most of the day?  Then smile and give thanks to the heavens for giving to us once again the water that sustains us all.  And perhaps better still, do as you did as a child and turn your face upward to feel those rain drops upon your skin.  Then smile and give thanks for the gift of this miraculous liquid sunshine!  For Life is indeed grand!

Take a moment or two out of your day here and ruminate on the grandeur of Life.  And if some of you are grumbling, saying, “Oh, if you knew what my day has been like, then maybe you wouldn’t even suggest such a thing.  I was stuck in traffic for an hour and arrived to work late and the day went downhill from there!”  Hmmmmmmm……So, you did arrive to work which means you are still breathing, yes?  Take a deep breath even now so as to be sure.  But I want you to savor that breath, really feel that breath and realize the miracle of it.  Now, smile and give thanks for being alive.  That is my suggestion for you on this beautiful day.  There is a line from a Mel Brooks movie that my dear brother reminds me of now and again and here it is  –  “There are so many things you can’t do when you’re dead!”  A bit boldly stated for my taste but very much the truth.  Think about those words.  In fact, print them out and place them where you will see them often.  For Life is indeed grand!

Did someone send a smile your way as you walked down the street today?  And how about the person who held the door open for you because they noticed that your hands were quite full?  And what of that dog or cat that greets you each day, freely giving you their love and affection when you walk in the door?  And do you remember seeing that elderly couple in the store today?  Remember how you smiled when you noticed that they were still holding hands after all those years?  Smile and give thanks for Life is indeed grand!  And earlier today, when you were having that particularly stressful moment and that one song that always brightens your day came on the radio and for those few moments, things became just a bit easier to handle?  My friend, these are all small but precious gifts that Life provides us with each and every day.  If we take the time to notice and appreciate these and the countless other occurrences throughout our day, we will begin to realize that Life is indeed grand!

I should tell you that there was a catalyst that brought about my train of thought here.  Actually there were two incidents that gave me pause and made me think, really think about the grandeur of Life.  The first incident was when a few weeks ago, someone in my immediate family had a series of mini-strokes. And in actuality, the “mini-strokes” were a blessing, as odd as that may sound.  I suppose one could say it was the difference between getting punched in the arm a number of times or getting one swift, hard uppercut to the jaw.  The swift uppercut to the jaw would have obviously been the worst of the two.  There has been much prayer obviously and add to this the fact that this individual is a fighter and the result is a rather substantial recovery thus far.  This has caused me to remember that Life is indeed grand!  It is all too easy to get caught up in our life and forget about Life itself, yes?

There is also someone I know who is very dear to my heart who recently lost a loved one.  It is a difficult time for them, I know.  And strangely enough, this person is steadfastly giving words of encouragement to others throughout this ordeal.  It amazes me, to be quite honest.  This was the other incident I spoke of previously.  These are the reasons why I am realizing afresh and anew that you and I, that all of us need to savor every precious moment of every wonderful day and to be aware of the many gifts and blessings that surround us always.  My desire is that we consistently smile and give thanks for Life is indeed grand!

Thank you for your kind attention this evening.  Take care, be blessed and live Life abundantly!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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