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Tis’ The Season Of Christmas………

Tis” the season of Christmas, that time of the year,

when kind words are spoken and our hearts hold no fear.

Good wishes are given that all will be blessed,

and our homes are all filled with family and guests.

Yes, indeed it is Christmas, that time of the year

when a message of Hope rings forth loud and clear.

Peace on Earth and good will towards each one and all!

My question, dear friends, will we answer that call?

In the midst of our frenzy,  as we run here and there,

have we remembered its’ reason, this season to care?

Let us now take a moment, let us make a new start.

Allow now this season to take place in our hearts.

It’s not in the presents that rest neath’ the tree.

For the true gift  of Christmas lies within you and me.

It is in the love that we offer, both to stranger and friend,

It’s in the heart of the homeless, their needs to attend.

These folks have a story, a life that was real,

and perhaps with a chance, their life could be healed.

And what of the aged, now lost and ignored?

They once had a life and oh my, how they soared!

Yes, they were once vibrant and their spark is still there.

Let’s take time this Christmas to show them we care.

They are more than a memory. They are what we will be.

And their wisdom is priceless, yet they will give it for free.

And what of your neighbors, those folks down your street?

Have you ever shook hands or took time to meet?

Then take a moment just now to say and be clear,

“I wish you glad tidings and the best of the year!”

Now, I could go on here but I think you can see

that the truth of the season lies within you and me.

Our Creator in goodness gave His gift from above.

Let us carry His goodness by giving forth love.

Thus I speak to you this evening and I say to you this night,

A grand Christmas of blessing is what lies within our sight.

Let us use that blessing wisely and spread it round’ our Earth

that all may know true joy and our world will find rebirth.

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lead With Your Heart……

Let your heart determine the course for your Life for it will bring to you a future that you could have never known otherwise.  For you see, our hearts cannot lie nor can they deceive us for they are who we are.  Permit me to say also that when our heart is for us, none can be against us and we will indeed then win the day!  When we are guided by who we truly are, beings touched by the Divine, and when opposition occurs (for it surely will) we can step into the fray wholeheartedly because the strength of our heart fights with us and for us.  Do you see how this is the truth of it?  And for those who may question the logic here and say that it is Our Creator who should determine the course of our respective lives, I would agree with you so very strongly.  It is, after all our Creator who lives within and who chose to bless us with that unique spark of the Divine that is quietly burning in our Spirit, in our heart.  The desire of the Creator is that we not only cherish this Divine gift but also that we use the kindling of His Word and of Life itself so that we may bring this vibrant spark into a mighty flame that spreads its warmth and love across the landscape of our Life, each flame touching upon another that all may feel the heat, the warmth of God’s perfect love.
And it seems I have strayed a bit as to form but we are indeed discussing the direction of our Life as determined by the strength of our heart.  As such, it is rather difficult to leave our Creator out of the proverbial picture, yes? But let us return now to our beginning and know that we surely must allow our heart to be our counsel and our close friend in order to reach the Completion of Purpose set for us on our path.  And may I say further that in all dealings with this close friend we have, always be honest with your heart.  To lie or to cheat any individual is reprehensible and I am sure that we concur on that fact.  But to even entertain the idea of self-deception or being less than honest with yourself is to invite in less than your best for yourself.  And when that comes about, your personal integrity is compromised which causes one to lose credibility with ones’ self.  It is then the start of a downward spiral that ends in ruin and the destruction of what you could have been.  It is a strong bond that we form with what lies within but because we are human, it can also carry with it a delicate balance that we share with ourselves. Friends, you know of what I speak, yes?
I am not quite sure as to how or why I came to write this today.  Perhaps it is because I have had some dealings with myself as of late.  Perhaps it is because there is someone who needs to hear such things today.  I do not really know for sure.  However, what I am certain of is simply this……..Life itself can often be troublesome and its road can be one that is rough.  Let us not make the journey more difficult by not enlisting the aid of those gifts provided us by the One who brought us to be.  And at the top of the list of those gifts, if you will is the miracle of our heart, of our Spirit.  It is separate from us in that we inhabit a body that is comprised of flesh, blood and bone.  Yet it is a part of us in that it inhabits that same body with us therefore making us as one which was and is the intention of our Creator.   I believe this concept falls under the realm of the miraculous really.  I find this to be so fascinating!  But let us return to where our heart awaits us, shall we?

Let me say only this just now…..Know your heart well and with your honesty, let it guide you.  Heed well it’s counsel for the instruction it gives when untainted stems from the Divinity above.  Recognize and embrace that which is within you.  Be aware that your Spirit while separate is united within you and as such gives you a source of power and direction that is rivaled by none.   Be thankful for this and by all means, make use of this for it will propel you forward onto the Life path you travel on and into the realization of your Purpose.

And one last thought here, if I may?  In boxing, I have heard a phrase used often where the trainer will instruct the boxer to “lead with your left”  or to “lead with your right”.  This advice is given in order that the boxer perform in the manner most effective against his opponent so that he may win the bout.  But notice also the words being used here.  “Lead with your left” or “Lead with your right” which tells me that the boxer is doing more than throwing a punch.  It tells me that his entire body is involved in this process for he is leading with his right or left.  It is a united effort whose end is realized by the coming together of power, yes?  In same manner, I would exhort all of us to begin to lead with our heart that we may know what is true and that our Purpose here come to fruition that our Destiny may be realized.  My friends, if we do this…..If we develop an accord with our heart and with our Spirit?   What this means simply put is that we must live in agreement with what our Creator placed within us and by doing so, we will then walk then as one.  And a Life that walks within that realm of power is powerful indeed!   If the truth be known, a Life lived in this manner is unstoppable!  This is, after all the way our Creator would have us live our lives.  Truly it is for He said so and it cannot be otherwise.

I appreciate the time you’ve given in reading these few words.  I am in hopes that they were of benefit to any and all who viewed them.  My friends, do lead with your heart and walk with your Spirit that you may live Life in abundance and if this be so, you are in good position to be a blessing unto humanity and our world!  Take care with yourselves and be good to yourselves always.

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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The Voice Within…..

The voice within me will keep silent no longer.  For so very long have I sought to keep it silent and isolated from myself and thus from others.  It was at first, an easy task.  It would speak within me and make known politely its need to be heard.  I would then respond politely as well, telling  this entity within that it would do well to sit quietly and not make a ruckus for its time was not yet come. And in the beginning, what lived within me accepted my explanation, perhaps understanding that I was in growth and unsure of myself.
We went on this way for many years, the Voice and I, living in what one could call an uncomfortable truce.  I did not care for him because to get to know him would mean having to change and grow into someone I felt I was not.  And as for this fellow residing within me?  He was patiently persistent, ever nudging me and reminding me of his presence.  A very annoying situation, to be sure.
As time carried forward, the nudges I spoke of became more forceful and more insistent.  That Voice within was gaining strength and resonance, all the while becoming louder and more distinct.  We argued often and vehemently, I must say.  The Voice would tell me to listen in order that it be heard, its message to be given.  In turn, I would scream within my mind and let this intruder know in no uncertain terms that he was mistaken and had chosen in error the vessel through which to speak.  More and more frequently however, I found myself losing the argument within me, no matter how strongly I presented my case.  When I lost the debate on those days, I would slide away into the darkness of my room and commiserate with myself.  And so this became the next uneasy chapter of our relationship.
Now we come into the present day, into the World Of The Now.  That undulating voice within has become a roar in my mind and my Spirit.  The noise it is making has become deafening as it battles within my mind.  The disquiet it is causing me now is beyond comprehension.   In truth, it is no longer simply that voice within, a nuisance that I can hush and ignore for yet another day.  No, no and again I say no!  It has instead given birth to itself, if you will.  It is not just a voice now for it has matured into what can only called “the force within.”  It has become something now that if ignored would certainly bring to me my own demise.  And I speak here not of a death in the physical but rather in a spiritual sense which is really much more serious a condition, yes?
It’s odd, isn’t it?  We so often fight against and within ourselves to keep from becoming who it is we were meant to be.  What strange creatures we humans can be!  The time, the years spent wrestling with myself have kept me from the happiness intended for me.  It is only now that I have come to terms with that voice within which has only been looking towards what good could be brought my way while at the same time blessing others.  I do believe an apology should be given to the patience of my Soul.  Yet how does one apologize to one’s self?  A most curious question indeed.
We are closing out now this chapter which was before and turning the page now into what is indeed the book that is the Truth of Life.  The Voice and I have come to terms with one another and have actually formed an alliance which no man can break.  Our voices now blend into one which is harmonious and therefore able to serve the needs of this, our world.  The road that lies before us is new and uncertain.  Yet strangely enough, we embrace this uncertainty with the eager expectation of the good that will follow.  You see, it is an adventure that the Voice and I see before us for Life is an adventure indeed!  And you there!……Yes, I am speaking to you, to the one who is reading this rather strange words here, words where I reference my inner voice as a separate entity.  It is to you that I now ask this next question…….Would you not be strong of heart and of mind and would you not come travel this new road with us?  What is that you say?  You are fearful of stepping up and onto this new and different highway?  I have wonderful news for you then!  For you see, fear is a natural response to change of any sort.  So, embrace that fear and invite in the change that calls to you even now.  Let us travel now this grand road and bring our world into the change it so desperately requires.  Take my hand now and let us breathe in this beautiful occurrence called Life!  Here we are and here we go, my friends!

To all those reading this and to all others as well, it is my prayer that you attend to that voice within yourselves and heed well the message it brings to you.  Waste not your days and your energies in the attempt to silence it for that voice is your compass as well as your counsel.  It was gifted you by Divinity and with good reason.  Be wise, be prudent and listen well so that your Life be one of abundance and blessing for yourselves and for those whose lives you are privileged to touch upon.  Take care with yourselves each day and always!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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Find Your Happy Place…..

One year ago today, a unique individual, one who blessed so many took his leave from our world and that quite tragically. I speak of course of Robin Williams, ingenious comedian, highly intelligent and compassionate towards all. The heart he possessed was never in fear of embracing others. I do realize that I speak as though I knew Robin personally. I suppose in a way I did. He and I indeed never spoke on the phone or shared a cup of coffee or spent time in a discussion about Life. But you see, Robin Williams was easy to know. To look into his eyes was to realize the depth of this man. They reflected that child within him, that child that most of us allow to fade back into the dark so as to permit the mature adult in us to take over. That is very sad and it is why people walk through their Life with a frown almost permanently etched on their forehead. We have forgotten it seems the blessing that a smile gives to ourselves and to others as well. We have forgotten as well the value of laughter and the joy it brings to our heart and mind and yes, to the body as well. What is the phrase? “Through the eyes of a child”. That my friends, that is how we must adjust our vision. It is not a new prescription for our spectacles that we require. No, this is not the situation here! What we do need and are sadly lacking is the ability to see Life through the eyes of a child now and again so that we may iron out the creases on our brow and bring back that twinkle which was reflected in the eyes we used to own. This was before we developed and allowed that heavy cloud of seriousness to overtake and occupy our Spirit.
You see, society by and large teaches us that we must bury that child that was really designed to stay with us for “as long as we both shall live”, if you will permit me. The adult in us cannot live true and well without the youngster living proper within. Why is it that we are taught that the reverse of this is true? Why is it that the societal mandate tells us to “keep our nose to the grindstone” and to always remind us that we simply must “keep up with the Joneses”?
Perhaps it is so that conformity can be maintained at an optimum level while keeping ones’ creativity to a minimum? After all, was there not a time not so very long ago when the term “rugged individualism” was bestowed upon those who were deemed “Freethinkers”? This is not so much the case anymore, is it friends?
However, I have digressed as I do so often and for that, I offer my apologies.  Let us get back on point, yes? We were lauding the merits and yes, the importance of permitting the child within to breathe once again. And if we are to truly live again, then this lovely child of our Spirit must be unshackled and allowed entrance into our Life once again. It is then that we will begin to see Life for what it truly is again, a world of colors and grand things!  And it is then that we will look around in awesome wonder as we did so long ago and we will remember that Life itself is a wonderful adventure and that this adventure is full of so many good and exciting things just waiting for our recognition! For you see, it is when we recognize what is true that we give permission for Life’s magic to begin and it begins within us! Isn’t that marvelous and so very exciting?  Do you see now how much power we possess and that by the Creator’s own design? Friends, take that step into your Spirit just now. It is only one step or for some, it may be a few since they have become a bit more “grown up”, if you will.  When those steps are taken, the scales of age will begin to fall away from your tired eyes and your vision will be reborn.  You see, the steps we spoke of require your personal faith and that is what releases the magic that is Life! Do you see now?  Can you see the truth of it today?
What this is all about brings me to our beginning today. Have you forgotten that we started out in remembrance of Robin Williams? I will confess that I may have for a moment. But it is the power of his Life that brought me to this. What do I mean, you ask? Allow and indulge me just a bit further please? Do you remember Robin Williams in the movie “Hook”? You do, don’t you? Good! Then you will also recall when Robin “found his happy place” again. It is when he rediscovered his child within and once found, he was able to fly once more! This is the gift we must honor ourselves with. And this gift , if we have the faith with which to open it will give back to us our wings that we may again take flight! Think about this and permit your young heart to race with anticipation and excitement. For that is what Life is all about, yes?
I have gone quite long here and this was not my intent. Robin Williams is and will always be one who is close in my heart and for many reasons, not all of which I will share here. Suffice to say, Robin had his demons as the saying goes as do I. I will confess that on this, the 1st anniversary of his departure from us, I was despondent for this was a loss of significance. I also know that we never truly lose our demons within. However, we can teach them to fly in formation as it were, thus permitting us to live and to love and to grow into what Life has for us. That is my wish for my Life and hopefully that contains a blessing for others that I touch as I walk the path set for me. These words I penned this day began with anger and depression in my heart for Robin is gone. Yet as I continued, my Spirit lifted for Robin Williams gave this world so much and more.  I am sad that he lost the personal battle within himself for he was a good soul.  Again, his eyes spoke volumes if one took notice. They reflected his kindness and humor and mirrored just a bit deeper, there was a bit of sadness often present as well.  I do remember noticing that on occasion.  I wish he had stayed with us.  But I am ever so thankful for the goodness and humor he shared and for the wisdom that was his life.  Thank you, Robin.  Thank you, Peter Pan.

Blessing to all those who frequent this blog and blessings in abundance I wish for the loved ones Robin Williams left here with us.  Take care with yourselves and be good to yourselves..

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Cast Out The Darkness…..Bring Forth The Light!……

Good day, my good friends! I am trusting that you and yours are well and blessed.  I felt compelled to share with you a brief message just now.  It is one of simplicity but it is one of importance.  So here it is just now.  Bring unto the darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more.  Where there is hopelessness, offer to those so afflicted a message of hope. Where love is absent, bring to that situation the love that will heal and fill the Spirits of those who are suffering from this malady.  Know that those who are untouched by Love’s gift are indeed in pain for a life without the ingredient of love is one of suffering and isolation of mind.  And where hatred and anger is present, bring to the table only kindness, compassion and love.  It has been said that a soft answer turneth away wrath.  This message was true and necessary then and its wisdom is even more relevant and needed in the world we live in today.  This planet we call home seems to have an over abundance of impatience and a plethora of irritation everywhere we go.  Our society has become an arena of angry horns and screaming sirens, a place where folks have forgotten that we are separate yet we are indeed one.  A great deal of this is because many have lost contact with their own moral compass and therefore are without proper direction.  But so much of the condition we are experiencing is due simply to a level of stress which has become prevalent in our culture today.  And I might add as well that the technology of the day while wonderful, has caused us to be drawn into our own small world, that world of separatism where we have become one with our mobile devices.  We have become a world unto ourselves or so we seem to believe.  The truth of it is that there is no greater lie than this one.  As creations of all that is human, we are connected one with the other and within that connection, true power and goodness can be found, one that is blessed within the human condition.  However, as it is with any connection, when the current is interrupted……the power goes out, light is no longer present and darkness rules over all.
And if I may, I see here that an apology is in order at this juncture for this was to have been a “brief” message.  Yet I feel these words are of significance right now.  Therefore I would ask of you your indulgence please?  I do know that so often Life is less than user-friendly which brings us into behaviors that should not be a part of our lives.  I myself find that whether in traffic or in the line at the grocery store, I am less tolerant than I should be for I want to move on with my needs of the day.  Hmmmm…,..perhaps that is the crux of the problem after all.  I referred to “my needs” just a moment ago without meaning for it to come out that way.  Quite a painful admission to make, I must say.  And it brings to mind that line given us by Mr. Spock which states that “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…..or the one”.  I suppose this brings me back in a sense to my original thought.  Bring unto darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more.  To bring is to give forth, if you think about it.  One does not bring a gift to a house-warming with the intention of keeping it for themselves, yes?  One brings the gift to give the gift away, this being done for the benefit of all those concerned, for the good of the many, not for the good of ourselves, not for the good of the one.  I hope that this is coming across properly.  It feels my conveyance is a bit awkward here.  Simply put, we should indeed care about ourselves, to be sure.  But let us be aware as well of others that whose lives we touch in some way as we move through our day, each day.  And in truth, when we see someone in need, let us step forward and see what can be done to meet that need.  This could be by way of a smile or a word of encouragement or by taking a moment to simply listen. Sometimes folks just need to know they still matter, that they are significant.  Listening will accomplish this most often.  For in the end, it is not “all about me” as the saying goes.   At the end of the day, it is really “all about others”, is it not?
Friends, I have gone long here which was not intended.  I am at my place of employ presently but there was a definite lull in business today which got me thinking and brought in me to this.  It is very much vital that we as human beings regain and then retain the degree of humanity we once had.  We must relearn and regain what is the truth of what lies within us.  Let us embrace those we come across on our Life path.  Let us do this emotionally, mentally, spiritually and yes, yes……Let us embrace them even physically if the situation permits it.  It’s rather sad that in our world today, so many have forgotten the importance of a physical touch or the beneficial impact of a good old-fashioned hug.  I would go so far as to suggest that we might offer the strangers we meet a hug for their day.  Of course, you may get some odd looks along the way.  But that is okay as well . I would rather be thought of as just bit odd than what passes for normal these days.  And to return to my original statement today which sent me onto our road this day, let me say once again this……Let us bring unto the darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more!  Each day in every way, let us become ambassadors of blessing unto the lives of all those we meet in order that those who are “the many” will be blessed by you and I.  And I promise you that in turn, you will be so blessed that you will find yourself wondering who is getting the best part of this grand process. It is true for it cannot be otherwise.
I am in hopes that one or two folks were in need of these words this day.  As stated earlier, I felt it important to attempt to convey this message today.  Thank you for taking time out to read it.  Blessings in abundance is my wish for you and yours always.

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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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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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