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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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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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Why Are We Afraid Of Fear?

Not really such an odd question if you think about.  Why is it that we have such a fear of fear?  We are afraid to be afraid.  Have you ever thought of it in this light?  I myself have not until just now.  We will avoid most anything in order to keep fear from entering our lives.  Of course, the irony is that it is the fear of facing our fear that keeps us from becoming the person were meant to be.  It keeps us from obtaining that new position at our place of work.  It will cause us to shy away from that man or woman that we really would like to meet and get to know better.  People are often afraid of starting an exercise program and why?  They have a fear of not following through and failing.  Essentially, they are not afraid of failing really.  They are afraid of the fear of failing.  And look over there……Do you see that fellow at the desk?  His dream is to write a best-selling novel.  But he does not actively pursue this dream because he has a fear that it will not sell very well.  He is afraid of his fear that the book ,if written will be a flop and he will feel like a failure.

You see, we are not so much afraid of trying, of making the attempt as much as we fear the fear that holds us back.  Now some of you may say that I am splitting hairs here and that I am looking at this far too deeply, that I am really reaching on this subject.  But am I really?  Back in 1933 during the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt made a proclamation. He said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”  It was a true statement and one that needed to be heard then.  We had become a nation united in fear.  If you’ve read your history, the Depression Era was a very bad time and was only getting worse, this being due in large part to the attitude of fear and dread that held this country tightly in its grasp.  The citizens of this nation no longer had hope.  And in the absence of hope, fear will always step in and take charge.  And back in 1933, fear had a chokehold on this nation.  The good people of this nation were afraid of the fear which had taken their jobs, their homes and their sense of well-being.  They were afraid to face the fear that had left them without hope.  FDR knew this and he also knew the message that our country needed to hear in order to shake off this paralyzing fear and take the steps towards recovery.  And with the delivery of his historical speech, fear began to lose its foothold on our nation.  Hope began to once again become alive in the hearts of those here and the citizenry became less afraid of the fear that had beset them for so long.  If you have never read FDR’s speech that he gave that day, you should.  It is really something.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”  These words are a dynamic that needs to be embraced in our world today once again.  Fear itself is very much a living entity once we breathe life into its divisive soul and this is brought about because we are afraid to look into the face of Fear.  Rather than squaring our shoulders, planting our feet firmly and holding the gaze of Fear until it turns away defeated, we instead look the other way and give Fear yet another victory.  This needs to change in order for us to grow into the Life we were meant to live.

The concept of Fear is based in uncertainty and uncertainty is always based in either a lack of knowledge or a lack of hope or both.  Allow me to repeat this please.  The concept of Fear is based in uncertainty and uncertainty is always based in either a lack of knowledge or a lack of hope or both.  This is actually a bit of good news for knowledge is obtainable and leads to wisdom and true wisdom provides us with Hope.  And Hope defined is the expectation of good things to come.

I would also like to mention that we dread fear most often because it usually brings with it the possibility of change.  And so many of us will go to great lengths to avoid change, won’t we?  Change is most often not a comfortable process.  However, once we truly realize this fact, once we learn not to be afraid of the fear of change and we instead embrace it fully, we can then see it as a new and exciting opportunity for our lives.  You see, if we use fear to our advantage instead of allowing fear to use us and impede our growth, the new horizons presented before us will be infinite, as God would have it to be.  We must become aware that our Creator places no limitations on us or within us.  The limitations on our lives are self-imposed.  We permit these constraints that bind us by allowing external forces such as fear and uncertainty to control our actions. I might also state that He has not “given us the spirit of fear but rather of peace and a sound mind.”   Does this phrase sound at all familiar to you?  If it does, then good! Apply it to your heart and mind.  If you’ve not heard it before, then memorize it and make use of it in your life for it is one of the great truths of our Universe.

I would end with this thought this evening.  Let us no longer be afraid of fear.  Let us no longer allow fear to pervade and control our respective lives.  When our fear of what fear can do is permitted to reign in our lives, not only do we become weak and cease to grow into who we were meant to become but we also bring dishonor to ourselves as well as to our Source who created us in His own image.  So, let us be not afraid any longer!  Embrace your fear of fear and you will feel its power dwindling while at the same time you will feel the true power of who you really are to grow within your Spirit and in doing so, you will be free to further discover who you really are and will be of a greater blessing to those round’ about you.

I thank you for your attention this evening and hope you have found these sentences worthy of your time.  I have been away for a bit due to personal situations but am in hope that all of that has come to an end.  I enjoy writing and have missed posting items here.  Take care with yourselves and may you be blessed in the same abundance in which you bless those round’ about you each day.  This is also a universal truth for each of us to imprint on our hearts.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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A New Day Is Dawning Now…..Can You Feel It?

There is a change in the air just lately.  Have you noticed it?  Can you perhaps feel it around you?  No, I am not referring to weather patterns or temperature changes although we are advancing into cooler months now.  And to be honest, I am not a big fan of the colder weather.  But what I am speaking of is something else altogether.  We have all heard the phrase “the winds of change are a’blowin” or perhaps another version of the same, yes?  This is more akin to what I am referencing.  However, I would say that it is not so much a wind as a soft, steady breeze.  And I suppose that would stay in character with any changes that are designed to last.  You see, it is a common misconception that change comes roaring through as a mighty wind which lays to waste anything in its path so as to make way for what is fresh and new.  I will admit that visualizing such a dramatic event as this is fascinating, even exciting in a way, yes?  But, that is simply not how change, any real change comes about.

Real change, the type of change that comes into our world to stay is far more quiet and it takes those with a vision that is more acute to really see it as it happens.  Most of us are so caught up with the madness and stress of our day-to-day lives that we do not see the process occurring.  Then when that particular change has reached completion, we are somewhat astonished and say, “Can you believe what happened here??”  And I am not singling out anyone in particular here. Were I to do so, I would often have to include myself in the group.  Like so many these days, I work many hours a week.  An average of 65 to 70 hours a week.  So, it is not always easy to notice with any consistency the process of change that goes on over time.

But these soft breezes that I make mention of just now, these breezes that bring a lasting change?  I believe that most of us do feel them now.  I am not sure if we recognize them for what they are because we have become somewhat desensitized as a result of being on the wheel so much.  You know the wheel I speak of, don’t you?  It is that wheel one sees hamsters running on.  Our society has managed to design one for you and I which we run on faithfully each and every day.  This is why we often fail to notice Life and change.  But once again, it is difficult not to notice the gentle currents of air that are now moving through our country and our world today.  It is almost like a kind of soft electricity dancing across one’s skin and into their mind wear it does indeed register if only for a moment until Life calls us back to where our wheel awaits.

My friends, the changes that are coming about demand from us our attention.  And I will not get on my proverbial soap box about our need to effect change in this country and take to task our leaders who no longer serve properly the very people who put them in office.  I do make mention of such things quite often and will continue to do so.  Because we, the people of this country need to step off the hamster wheel and wake up to what is going on today.  The  placement of power in our nation needs to be distributed back into the hands of its citizenry until the elected officials remember who it is they were put into office to serve.  Okay, I apologize.  I said I wasn’t heading in the direction this evening.  So, I will say what the court always says to the jury when an attorney becomes a bit too flagrant or has a disrespect for protocol.  “The jury will disregard that last statement.”  (I have always found that statement to be so silly, haven’t you?  How can they possibly disregard what they have already heard?)

Now, back to the subject at hand, if I am able.  We were discussing the idea and process of change and the gentle breezes that bring them our way.  Changes that are real and are brought about properly so as to last, these changes affect us all.  And the changes I speak of now are ones that are to our benefit, both as individuals and collectively.  You see, opportunities have been and are always present for us to grab ahold of and create a better life and atmosphere for ourselves and those we love.  But only in the last few years, has this become more and more evident.  There is a Force now, a Spirit if you will that is at work in this world we live in, in our world.  And the Spirit I speak of is not as foreign to us as one may think.  For this Spirit dwells in each one of us.  It is just unfamiliar to us because we have either lost touch with this part of us or our life has been such that we barely even registered its existence.  But it matters not the circumstance.  What matters is that we, you and I realize what has been gifted to us internally, become familiar with it and then utilize this gift, this power to effect change.

And I believe I just figured out where I am headed with these words this evening.  These soft currents of air, these gentle breezes of change that are blowing against our skin and through our hair, spiritually speaking?  Do you realize where those breezes begin from and where these breezes head out towards once their current gets underway?  I will tell you just now.  They begin within ourselves as a soft push, nothing more than a breath which comes from our heart.  From that point, it moves upward and outward into our Spirit.  Some of us are a little slower to start, of course.  In that situation, the Creator will permit a gentle gust of wind to occur so as to give some the kickstart needed to create the breezes required for change.  Soon after, as we learn embrace these gentle currents that blow through us, we then send them out into the world so that our brothers and sisters can begin to experience the sweet breezes of Life change.  Do you see what it is I am saying?  We are being given a great gift, the gift of effecting change on so many levels in all parts of the world we live in.  What a grand and wonderful age to be living in!

There is a passage somewhere  and I do not recall it verbatim so please forgive me.  But it says that at a given time, the Spirit of our Creator will be poured out upon this world as never before.  And the blessings from this outpouring will be unfathomable, as deep as the deepest ocean.  And as deep as that is, please bear in mind something else as well.  The oceans are powerful, to be sure. The waves of the ocean are something to behold, a demonstration of beauty and of power.  But how do you suppose those waves come about anyway?  Waves are created by currents of air moving across the surface of the water.  As the air moves across the water, it causes the water to move along with it, thereby creating a wave.  And these currents of air are also known as “onshore breezes” or “offshore breezes” depending on the temperature of the water.  Dear reader, as the soft breezes that blow forth the gentle winds of change, we have been given much power.  It is time that we realize this for the given time that I made mention of is also to be a time of great restoration and blessing to the peoples of the world.

Now, all of this sounds glorious and wonderful, doesn’t it?  So, what’s the catch because there has to be a catch to it because there is always a catch to everything.  There is no such thing as a free lunch, as the saying goes.  Okay, I will admit that this is true and that there is a catch to it.  The catch is that you must allow yourself to become a vessel through which the gentle breezes of change can move through which will cause you to become a blessing and a peacemaker to all those you come in contact with.  Whew!  That is a tough one to deal with, isn’t it?  Oh, and one other item or catch that you will have to deal with as well?  As you bless others and bring peace to those you come into contact with, you will have to bear up under a burden of blessings that will come your way as a result of becoming such a vessel.  Sorry about that. It is a universal law so don’t blame me.

A new day is indeed dawning, my friends!  I know you can feel it just as I can.  It is in the air that surrounds us.  The gentle currents of change are wafting now.  They are blowing softly in every direction.  Will you allow these breezes to become a part of you now and bring about lasting change and healing to all those in need of such a change?  Allow this phenomenon to work through your Spirit and your heart.  As you do so, you will feel a new and lasting change take place within you.  And as this occurs, the breeze that is God’s love will move through you. Inward, upward and then outward it will go, this precious current, this gentle breeze of Life and of Love gently touching and transforming our world as it gently cools and cleanses all those hearts that will allow this Love in.

What I have spoken of here this evening is very real, my friends.  These are not just words that have been strung together in some fashion.  Please consider what has been written here.  A new day is indeed dawning.  If you look sharp, you can just see the Sun beginning to crest the horizon.  Allow yourself the pleasure and blessing of the gentle breeze that is blowing towards you even now.  Allow yourself to be a part of creating lasting change in this, the world that was entrusted us to care for.  If we choose to do so, then we are off on the greatest of adventures!  Think about it for it is worthy of your consideration.

Thank you as always for taking your time to read what is written here.  I am hoping that it was time well spent.  May Life bless you completely so you may bless those you meet on your path.  Take care and be well.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr. 

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In The Midst Of A Storm Right Now?

How is your Life today, my friend?  Is it flowing along smoothly?  Would you liken as unto a near perfect summer day, one where the temperature hovers properly at 70 degrees and there is no humidity to speak of and the Sun gently warms your skin and blesses your eyes?  I would hope this to be true for you and for those you love.  Because if it is, I know it has not always been so.  There are storms in Life as surely as there are seasons of Sun and warm goodness.  So, if you are experiencing an idyllic season, please recognize it as just that.  It is a season and seasons change as seasons always do.  There will be a stormy season that will find you at some point.  It is how Life operates.  It is how it is.  You can be sure of it.  And for those of you who are presently in the midst of one of Life’s storms, I empathize with you.  But in another sense, I am envious of you to a degree.  No, the cheese is not sliding off my cracker, as the saying goes.  Please be indulgent and continue to read.  I am quite sure this will begin to make sense as we continue.  Most often as I write, I am not sure how the whole thing is supposed to turn out.  I just bear with it and ask that you do the same.

“Gosh William!”,  you say.  “Such happy thoughts you are sending me today!  Please stop trying to make me feel so cheerful!”  My friend, I actually am sending a positive note in your direction.  It is just not in a way you might expect it.  And while it isn’t always pleasant to think of such things, it is important.  Especially since the storm clouds we will be discussing always seem to carry their own unique silver lining.  Perhaps that is the point here.  Let us find out.

Our world became seasonal after that proverbial apple had a bite taken out of it.  And I don’t believe that anyone truly knows if it was an apple but that doesn’t really matter, does it?  The point is that prior to that incident, the world was utopian, perfect and undisturbed.  But humankind in their own infinite wisdom managed to change all of that.  Isn’t it funny how things change so much but remain so much the same?  We humans are still quite sure that we know better and thus still manage to continue to make a mess of things even today!  But I digress and so apologize.  Let us stay on point, shall we?  Oh, and for those who do not believe scripture or believe there is a Creator behind all this, do not leave please.  There is wisdom for you here as well, I trust.

Seasons.  We were discussing the idea of seasons and of storms.  And of fruit, a particular apple in this case.  Because of a conscious choice that was made involving fruit, our world now has become seasonal.  And seasons always bring about what exactly?  Why, they bring about change, correct?  The spring season is time of birth, of renewal and growth.  As the flowers explode into beautiful colors and fragrance that please our senses, the trees bring forth their leaves and allow us to sit in the shade they provide for us.  The birds set about building their nests in preparation for the family they know is just on its way now.  Life begins to stir in the lakes and rivers once again.  And so many more things come anew and afresh once again.  It is a truly wonderful season to behold, isn’t it?

What follows spring is of course summertime which is glorious in its own right.  The days are hot and at night, we hope for balmy breezes to make their way onto our porches and  through our open windows.  It is a season for baseball games and lemonade and ice cream floats.  It is a season for taking a breath or two and remembering what it is to enjoy life and our world, if only for a time.  And of course, I should mention when those balmy breezes choose not to pleasure us with their presence, I always thank God for inventing air conditioning and ceiling fans.  Indeed I do.  I am sure you do as well. And as the days come and go, we move on into autumn in which the trees are resplendent, dressed in their fiery coats of yellow and orange and red leaves, their final gift to us as they fall gently to the ground.  And then winter comes along, a season of cold beauty and warm fires and cozy blankets.  A time for snowmen and snowball fights.  But also a time for our Earth to rest a bit as it prepares for the coming spring where all is reborn once again.  So all things are indeed seasonal, yes?  “But wait!”,  say you. “You’ve not made mention of the storms!  Where do the storms come in?”  That is a fair question which deserves a fair answer.  You have already made my point for me for you are well aware that storms will come about and will do so at any given point and  in any season as well.  Storms are seasonal as well and are a part of our world. And storms are important in that they often provide a way for change.  For example, do you see that huge, magnificent oak tree over there?  Beautiful, isn’t it?  But do you notice how nothing can grow anywhere near it?  It has reached proportions where it is pulling all the nutrients from the soil around it.  Because of this, everything else is dying.  Along comes a storm and the oak tree is uprooted and it dies.  This is sad because it was a beautiful, beautiful tree.  But conversely, its death while tragic has made it possible for all sorts of new life to be born in its stead.  That is the miracle that stands amidst the tragedy.  That my friends, is change.

I suppose the point I am heading towards is that storms will be sent our way as we journey along Life’s road.  And this will happen because Life requires that we grow and change into who we were meant to become so as to fulfill our purpose, our reason for being here on this planet.  Growth is a precursor for change.  One cannot occur without the other.  And if I might add, neither one of these, growth or change are pleasant or comfortable really.  Well, I misspoke there.  Growth would always be pleasant and even comfortable so long as I didn’t have to change anything.  But as you can see, we cannot have one without the other.  One cannot grow if they will not change and one cannot change if they will not grow.  And storms are most often dramatic and powerful.  That is why they act as a catalyst for change.  Most of us tend to resist change and require a bit of shaking up to bring about such a change.  Hence, the need for the storms that Life sends our way.

Now, a question for you.  Do you remember my mentioning that was I was empathetic yet envious of someone who was going through one of Life’s storms even now?  I was not trying to be clever or cruel or funny.  I would not do such a thing.  The reason I said that is quite simple really.  As a rule, when one is battling their way through one of the storms Life sends their way, it is because Life is preparing them to step up to a new level.  Remember the equation  –  Storm = Growth= Change.  And change always brings us to a new Life level.  It may not be a level that we would have chosen necessarily.  But it will always be an elevation that provides a clearer, broader view and vision of what it is we are here to do, of our Purpose and Destiny.  The more I understand things of this nature, the more I am willing to take on the storms that come along my Life path.  Does this mean I long for pain and discomfort and even sadness?  No, no!  I am not one who has gone mad nor am I daft!  All I mean is that knowing the reward goes a long way towards realizing why I would brave the storm in the first place.

For those of you presently enjoying a grand season, do so fully.  Truly savor each moment of each day and make wonderful memories for our remembrances give us much strength.  But when a storm approaches, do not fear the storm.  Recognize it for what it is and prepare for growth and change.  And for any of you who are in the very center of a storm, you have my prayers. Stand strong in the belief that you are destined for elevation and do not waver and do not be fearful.  Your Creator will not put you through anything that He has not equipped you to handle and will provide a way for you.  Remember as well that storms can be beautiful in their power.  This is because the process of growth and of change are often difficult to see but beautiful to behold.  This I realized only a moment ago.

Thank you friend for your attention.  I believe I learned something here this evening.  I hope you have as well.  Be all of you blessed and well.  Always be sure to bless those who come across your path each day for that is so important.  It is what keeps us human.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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It’s Simple!

I came across this brief message awhile ago.  Quite honestly, I don’t remember where I read it or who may have wrote it.  But it is worthy of your attention.  I cannot take credit for it although I wish I could.  This is a classic example of less is more!  Give it a read!

“You want simple?  How’s this?  Everything in life boils down to this – God loves you.  So love other people.  God sacrificed everything to be with you.  So sacrifice everything.  It’s simple but it’s hard.  Total surrender, even on a trial basis.  God’s call is always about the choice.”

Personally, that hit me where I live, as the saying goes.  These words contain the formula for changing our world.  Take them to heart. And if anyone knows who originated this statement, I would really like to know.  Thank you.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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