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He Wasn’t Sure….

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

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

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

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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It Is Time To Begin Again……..

There may be a few of you this night that need to hear these words.  Six small but very powerful words.  It is time to begin again.  I know that they are words that I need to hear, to be sure.  How many times have we begun the journey that Life has for us only to become distracted by the cares and stresses that arise along the way?  Then before we know it, the progress we were making towards our purpose simply comes to a halt and the process of regression gains a foothold. And with regression can come depression.  We can begin to feel defeated.  We can begin to wonder what is the point anyway?  This is the manner in which so many people simply give up and never become who they were destined to be.  Life can indeed be daunting at times.  I am aware of this as are you.  At times it can almost feel like Life is out to get you which is of course, not the truth of it at all.  Now, there are those times in our lives when we can be tested by Life and it is during those times that we are blessed with the opportunity to grow and to change as we proceed towards our purpose, towards our destiny.  However since we are all human, we can allow ourselves to be thrown off-course, to be sure.  It is the way of it oftentimes.  But one should never view Life as an entity that works in direct opposition to our goals and dreams.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  It is a fact that to bring greater strength to steel, it must be forged.  I looked up the definition of the word “forged” and it means to “to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape”.  It also means to “to form or make, especially by concentrated effort; to fashion”.   And when steel has gone through the process of forging, it becomes stronger than it had been before.  I guess what I am trying to say here is the strengthening of our character or the “testing of our metal” if you will, while not always easy is designed for our benefit.  Call it “preparedness for what lies ahead”, if you like for that is in essence what it is.  Even the Bible states to “count it all joy when you are beset by various trials”.  These are the times when we are permitted to grow the most if we respond correctly.  And yes, I do realize that this is something that is often easier said than done.  I know because I have gone through the process myself.  I know because I am going through such a process even now.  And I am determined that with the aid of my Creator, I will win the day!

And it seems that as is my habit, I have veered off subject a bit.  My message to you this evening is a simple one and one that should bring hope to any and all who have become stalled in the pursuit of their Life purpose.  The message is that it is time to begin again!  It is never too late to begin again the journey of the fulfillment of purpose.  Do not ever believe that it is too late for it is not.  If you still have breath, your time has not yet passed.  In actuality, to have the temerity to say that it is too late to begin again is a slap in the face of the Creator.  He has placed within each of us a bit of His own divine Spirit and only waits for us to connect with that Spirit.   For when we do so, He is then able to step in and increase the Divine spark that is alive within.  Does any of this strike a chord with any of you?  As is so often, I am kind of feeling my way along here.  But the words I am permitted this evening are resonating in accord with my own Spirit.  This is the barometer by which truth is measured, yes?  This is most often how we know.  I will tell you that tonight, I began 4 other writings and each one simply brought me into a blind alley which is quite frustrating.  But what I am writing here just now seems to be as it should.

Have you been brought into a blind alley in your pursuit of purpose today?  Have you allowed circumstances and trials to keep you from the journey towards your Destiny?  Those seeds of greatness that were growing within you?  Have they withered and become silent due to the fact that you are no longer becoming the person you were meant to be?  If this be true, then please do not chastise yourself over it any longer.  It is in degradation that we lose ourselves and it is in the abasement of ourselves that we cause the gift of our Divinity to lose its warm glow which ultimately deadens our soul.

It is time to begin again!  These very words should breathe air, new and afresh into our hearts, yes?  These words bring to us a powerful and wonderful message.  These words are not meant in a negative fashion that would tell us to “get off our lazy duff and get back in the game”.  No, no and no again!  What these six words are telling us this night is that it is not too late to begin again!  These words further proclaim that now, today is indeed the time to begin again!  It is time to finish the journey that Life has set before us!  It is time to realize our fulfillment of purpose and in doing so, we will know true abundance of Spirit!  Can you see how this is true?

We are, all and each one of us placed here in this world, each born with separate and distinct gifts.  Some of us have the gift of song and some are artists.  Some are writers and others are teachers.  Many have been blessed with the ability to listen, to be a listener which is one of the greatest gifts of all.  Most of us can certainly hear but only a few can truly listen. I believe it is the listeners of our world that are of great blessing to those they come in contact with.  You see, the definition of the word talent or gift goes well beyond a general definition.  What are your particular gifts, my friend?  I suppose my point here is that our gifts and talents are quite diverse.  My question to all of us this evening is are we availing ourselves to what lies within us in order that our world be blessed and therefore our own destiny be fulfilled?

It is time to begin again.  To those reading these words this night, I would only say this.  If you have not paused in the pursuit of what you have been called to do, I applaud you most heartily and my prayers are for your continuance.  For those who have ceased and perhaps even given up traveling the road that Life has called you to, I would urge to begin again.  Our world is in dire need of what you possess, the blessing of the gift or gifts that only you can provide.  And if I may, none of us can ever truly be happy or content with who we are until we become who it is we were meant to be.  Perhaps that is the real meaning of the phrase “To thine own self be true”. 

It is time to begin again.  Words that bring with them a message of hope and new beginnings for us all, yes?  The hour is late and I have gone long once again.  But I felt that this was of importance to someone somewhere.  I do thank you for your time and kind indulgence.  Decide today for yourself that it is indeed time to begin again and then do begin again.  In doing so, you will bless others and be blessed in return, to be sure.  I wish you a kind and good evening.  Take care with yourselves.  Until we meet next time…….

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Carry On……..

Carry on!  These two words carry within much wisdom and much power.  So often in life we must do just that.  We must carry on.  And to be quite honest, these words are most often not easily entreated by you and I.  Why is this so?  Let us think about this for a moment or two.  What would be an accurate definition of this small phrase “Carry on!”  I don’t know about you but the very word carry brings to mind the idea of something that is heavy and burdensome.  Upon hearing this word, I see in my mind one who is plodding along slowly, slightly bowed beneath a cumbersome load that has been strapped to their back.  Isn’t that our general perception is of this rather unpopular word?  There are so many associations to be made with this word carry, yes?  We have all heard someone say at one time or another, “Oh, they seem to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.”  That very phrase tends to make one just a bit more tired.  And do we not always have to carry in the groceries from the car, a chore that none of us really enjoy.  It is simply something that must needs be done.  Perhaps that is what I am trying to get at this evening.  To carry anything is viewed as something that must be done, as a burdensome chore and the sooner it is completed, the sooner we will experience relief.  Am I very far off of what the general consensus would be here?  I am glad we are agreed then for I feel as though I couldn’t carry on in this manner much longer.

However, I will confess that the idea of this word has made me curious.  So let us see what Mr. Webster has to say about this troublesome word “carry”, shall we?  It seems there are a great many ways to define this word.  If you will indulge me, I would like to share just a few of them with you.  Carry properly defined does indeed mean to “hold or support while moving” ( as in “He carried a heavy backpack as he walked the trail.” )  It can also mean to “support the weight or responsibility of” ( such as “She carried a heavy course load for that semester.” )   But upon looking further, I found many positive and even uplifting definitions for this word we do not care much for.  Let me ask you, have you ever burst into song and allowed the music to fill your heart?  This is sometimes referred to as carrying a tune and it does not matter how good one’s voice may be.  If it strikes you to sing, you will find that the music tends to carry you into a feeling of goodness and of joy.  It is quite true you know.

The word carry can also mean to hold or move the body or a part of it in a particular way.  For example, “She carried herself in such an elegant manner”.  I do believe I am seeing a positive trend here in our definition of this word.  Let us try a few more, shall we?  Here are but a few and I must say I am gaining a whole new perspective of and respect for this down-trodden word.  Okay now, here we go  –  To give impetus to; to propel forward. To be successful in; to win over.  For instance, “We lost the game but carried the match resulting in an overall win.”  Or how about “To gain the sympathy of; to win over as in “The amateur’s enthusiasm carried the audience.”  And to carry on  can be defined as to maintain; to conduct such as carrying on a successful business.  Now I will not list all of the ways that the word carry is used but I will tell you that the dictionary listed 26 variations on the just the word alone.  And most of these were very positive in their use.

Now you may ask, “Why go into such depth over one word or even such a small phrase?”  To be honest, I was wondering about that myself.  I suppose it is because our use of language and our perception of the words that we speak each day tend to define our very lives.  Think about it for a moment or two.  When we were discussing the unfortunate fellow who was walking along carrying that heavy backpack, how did you feel as compared to what you felt when you were carrying a tune?  And what of the student who carried a heavy course load that semester?  Each example brought forth a different emotion from you, did it not?

So what is my point here exactly?  I believe I am beginning to realize it this evening as we continue along.  Carry on……  It is very important that we do so in life.  Our lives and the lives of those we love depend on it.  Our very world is dependent on the fact that we do indeed carry on.  But how do we view this idea, this concept of carrying on?  Is it a burdensome thing that has been placed upon our shoulders that bends our spirits low, so low in fact that we are no longer looking upwards towards our Source. towards the One who gives us Joy and Strength in the morning and Peace in the evening time?   Or do we count it as a privilege to carry on, to allow ourselves and those we care for to be propelled forward into the good that Life has for us and to experience the success and blessing of carrying on in the true sense of this small but powerful phrase?

Allow me to add one more thought, if I may.  We were placed upon this, our world to exemplify the One who brought us to be.  And perhaps the best way for us to accomplish this is to demonstrate by our actions the true and proper definition of carrying on, if you will.  For you see, as others notice the manner in which we choose to carry on, many will lean in the direction of our example and adjust their course accordingly.  This is how change occurs.  This is the way in which to change our world.

 “Carry on…..” 

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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To The Leaders Of This World, I Say To You That Enough Is Enough!!!

I am writing this tonight because I am frustrated….No, I am angry and incensed with the situation that has presented itself today. I speak of the situation that involves North Korea and these United States.  For any of you that have read this blog, you may have an idea of how I feel about the politics and the goings-on in our nation and our world.  But this issue today will have consequences that will be dire no matter what the resolution is.  What is being presented here is the possibility of nuclear weaponry being used, one country against another.  This is more than just politics as usual.  It is even more than ignorance on the part of the USA and North Korea.  This is blatant stupidity and a lack of leadership in action.  And sadly, we and the rest of the world have ringside seats.  We may have the sad opportunity to see the self-serving actions of a relative few affect literally tens of thousands of lives, the lives of regular folks.  People such as you and I who no longer have a say in what happens in and to our world.  This is simply wrong.

To the leaders of this, our country I say “Shame on you all for bringing things to this point!  Shame on our president who has not demonstrated proper leadership in this and many other situations that have run rampant across our country.  And shame on our elected officials, our senators and representatives who have made service to themselves an art form, voting themselves generous cost-of-living raises each and every year for the last 5 years while so many in our country work 2 and 3 jobs to survive.  Even worse are those who cannot find work and are unable to feed their families.  What has happened to the honor of your positions?  I am sadly embarrassed to recognize the bulk of the so-called “leadership” of my country.  And it pains me to say so!” 

And as to the leaders in North Korea?  I say to you there that you are not without fault as well.  It is your slothful pride and anger that brings this to bear.  Is our nation, the United States of America blameless in all of this?  I would say most certainly not.  I love my country dearly but I cannot and will not lie or make excuses for her.  But Kim Jong-Un, you are also not blameless here nor are any of your constituents.  And since we are on the subject and since it is “in for a penny, in for a pound” as the saying goes, I will say this as well.  The political games that have been played over these decades, these power games, if you will are the games that are played by those in power and by those who stand to profit mightily from said games.  To all of you I say, “Shame on you all for playing with people’s lives and with the lives of their families for the sake of your pocketbook!” 

I must say that in previous pieces that I have written, I have tried to put a message out to folks that would hopefully get their attention without speaking disrespectfully about those in power.  I have tried to convey a message to let us, “we the people” know that we still have the ability and the collective power to effect change in our country and therefore the world, if we come together as those united.  But what is going on here, what is happening now and today, this minute sickens me.  It is physically revolting and turns my stomach to see what is at work here.  And do you know why this is so??  I will tell you just now so please attend your ear to my words.

What I am about to say is quite simple really and very obvious.  It is only through a coming together of our various countries, ethnicities and beliefs that there will ever be peace on Earth.  Why do you people, the leaders with whom we have placed our trust fail to see this glaring truth?  “Well, it’s not so easy as that”, says Mr. Senior Statesman.  Oh but is, kind sir!  And that is indeed the truth of it.  The political arena is really little more than a very large sandbox in which the world leaders, politicians and special interests play.  And truthfully, I don’t believe I would begrudge them their games except for the fact that they have never learned to play together well. No one wishes to share the sand within the box because to them the sand is indicative of power and it is power they crave.  It is power they must have for power equates to money and more money is more power.

To those who are in a position of leadership in this country as well as across this grand world of ours, I will say this and it will be my close.  And I mean no disrespect to those who are in earnest and wield their power fairly and honorably.  You are indeed present but are sadly in the minority.  As for the rest of you, let me say this.  I am ashamed of you and of how you have used and continue to use your position for anything other than the good of the people who put you in office.  I believe that one day soon, your day of  reckoning will come about.  I do not know how or when it will occur exactly but it will.  I would also say to you that you might do a bit of self-introspection and consider making some changes.  Perhaps you should bring to remembrance who exactly you were placed in office to serve. (And in case you were unaware of this, it was not the special interest groups whom you love so well.)  It is the citizenry of this country who once entrusted you with the power to serve said citizenry.  You would do well to remember this and re-acquaint yourselves with the folks who provide you with not only the power you wield but with your paycheck as well.  Yes kind sirs and madams, we are the ones who pay your salary.  Just in case you may have forgotten that fact.  Oh and by the way, citizens today are not quite as accepting or ignorant as they may have been in years gone by.  Food for thought, if you will.

Now, one last thought here tonight and please be kind enough to indulge me here.  What I am about to say here will make me sound like a broken record.  However, there are some things that bear repeating.  I will say this again and again or at least as long as I think it will make a difference.  This evening it would seem I have  blasted away at our leaders and at world leaders as well.  Perhaps I have.  But at the end of the day, where does the real fault lie?  Who is really to blame for what is happening round’ about us today and in the day’s ahead?  The accusatory finger must be pointed at us, at ourselves.  In reality, there is none else to blame.  Now you may say, “Wait just a minute here!  How can this be so?”  To answer this question, I will ask a question.  When little Jimmy is being petulant and misbehaving, how do you get him to stop? How do you get him to get back on track, as it were?  And to those who would say a good hard swat on the rear would do the trick, I would say that isn’t really the answer.  The way to get the child back on the road to proper conduct is to let the child know that his bad behavior will no longer be tolerated.  And this message must be conveyed firmly and consistently.  In dealing with those whom we have elected and entrusted to the position of their office, the same principle must be applied.  And it must be applied firmly and consistently until the desired results are achieved.  Those who we elected to office will not “misbehave” any more than we allow them to.  Now, would the same principle apply to the government in say, North Korea?  Probably not.  But there was time when it was said that “as the United States of America goes, so goes the world”. We have pretty well lost that particular foothold over the last few decades.  But I suppose my point is that if we clean up our own political backyard, then perhaps we would regain enough of our world’s respect where they just might look to us for enlightenment and leadership.  Just a thought.

I apologize for going on here.  And if I have wandered off point a bit, I beg your indulgence.  This situation has upset me greatly just as I am sure it has you.  What will bear out here?  I do not know.  I pray for our country and for those in North Korea as well as the rest of our world.  The big boys are playing with their big toys.  I heard someone say that once.  It disturbed me then and it disturbs me even more today.  We do not need weapons of mass destruction and we do not need more political power plays.  What we do need is for those who claim to be world leaders to begin to lead responsibly.  It is the only avenue by which this country and our world can be brought into the presence known as Peace.

Thank you for your attention and kind patience.  Please consider what is here and act upon it. We the people. Remember those words.  It is our country and our world.  It was gifted to us by our Creator and belongs to us and all of our sisters and brothers across the Earth.  It does not belong to the politicians and the select few.  Pray for resolution with regards to the major issue before us.  Good night.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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It Is Time To Do The Right Thing…….

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

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson,Jr.

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The Color Of Racism Is Fear……

The color of racism is fear.   What better description could ever be offered as a definition for that word racism.  The embodiment of this word has caused more problems in this, our world than any other word ever has or ever will for that matter.  Racism is at the base of all divisiveness and hatred.  It was racism that gave rise to the Holocaust and it was racism that brought forth Apartheid in South Africa.  Racism was at the core in the Bosnian war where genocide was the ultimate goal.  The faces that racism chooses to wear are many, some of which are blatant and others which are not so easily seen with the latter being done by design.  This evil has been with us since time eternal. It can be called racism or it can be referred to as bigotry or prejudice as well.  Racism is the reason that there was ever such a thing as slavery.  The very idea of buying and selling human beings is abhorrent to me.  Each human being carries within it a soul, a radiant spark of the Divine.  No one has the right to buy or sell Divinity.  Is this not the truth?

And I will say that if I chose to do so, I could give to you immeasurable examples and instances of how as well as where and when racism has been permitted to control so much of our world.  I speak of ages past and of our world today.  And that, my friends is most unfortunate.  You see, in today’s world we are supposedly so much more enlightened and vastly more intelligent than those of bygone eras.  So why is it that racism is still so much a strong force that runs rampant across this Earth of ours?  Why do people hate or even dislike another person because of the color of their skin or because their belief system differs from our own?  People, human beings which are born of our Creator are still being terrorized, being victimized and ostracised and even killed simply because of their race, religion or gender preference?  “The evil that men do…”.  We have all heard these words before.  I will tell you that if we were able to trace back each evil deed ever committed, I would wager that it was somehow brought about by some form of racism.  So, I would repeat my query here……If we are so much more intelligent and enlightened, why in God’s name is there such an abundance of prejudice, racism or whatever else you wish to call it in our world??

Well, perhaps the first item I would call to your attention is that there is a huge difference between intellect and wisdom.  So many of folks today have MBA’s, PhD’s and a number of other college degrees behind their name and I applaud them for their tenaciousness in obtaining such an education.  I am not against education and schooling.  It is a part of a strong societal backbone, if you will.  But intellect is not wisdom and it is wisdom we lack, my friends.  Wisdom is knowledge tempered with discernment and cloaked in compassion.  We must allow wisdom back into our hearts and then into our minds.  Therein lies the difference and I believe I am just now able to see this truth.  Wisdom begins in the heart and wisdom once received then involves the mind.  Intellect has always been and always will be relegated to the mind.  So let us first gain wisdom.  This is to be our armour when in combat with the enemy called racism.  Agreed, yes?  We have an accord then.  Good.

Now to truly bring about change, to truly hit racism where it lives, we need to be able to do what?  In any battle (And make no mistake about this.  This is a battle) we must be able to recognize the enemy for we cannot possibly win the war if we are unable to discern who the enemy is.  Which brings me to our original point.  The color of racism is fear.  All racism, all prejudice and bigotry are deeply rooted in a particular soil called fear.  So perhaps we have been attacking this problem of racism the wrong way?  We, often with considerable effort, attempt to uproot the weeds of racism from the garden which is our world.  And many times we do meet with some measure of success.  But still we wonder and are puzzled why these same weeds return again and again to plague our world.  I believe the problem to be not so much the actual weeds of racism as it is the very soil, the soil of fear that feeds and allows those same weeds to return and they often return with more strength than those that came before them.  Does this make sense at all?  If so, then what is truly the answer to this question, this problem we have called racism? 

The answer, as most answers usually are, is simple but it is hard.  It is the soil, the soil of fear that must be addressed here.  This soil of fear is rancid.  It is poison, to be quite honest.  The soil of fear is soil that has not been tended to properly for a very long period of time.  In large part, the soil I speak of is representative of the Heart of our World.  In order to bring the soil back to its original goodness, we must once again give heed to what is allowed into this soil, yes?  And for any garden to grow abundantly and in goodness, the soil therein must be tilled, turned over and aerated so as to permit Life to enter in anew and afresh.  And how do we accomplish this task, you might ask?  We accomplish this through by using the wisdom we discussed a bit earlier.  The formula for racism is not difficult to understand if we think for a moment about it.  The formula is simply this  –  Ignorance of any given situation by any individual brings forth fear.  And fear gives birth to the problem at hand which in this case happens to be racism.  So, if we can bring wisdom and enlightenment into the places where ignorance resides, we can effectively cast out the fear which is indeed the basis of racism.  People are afraid of what they do not understand, whether it be consciously or subconsciously and what we fear we perceive as threatening in some fashion.   The answer then is to gain understanding and in doing so, we obtain wisdom.  And in obtaining wisdom, we learn what tolerance really is.  And my friends, if we can understand the true meaning of tolerance, it is then that this issue of racism will no longer be the issue that has plagued us for so long now.  It is then that we will have truly been brought forward into wisdom.  Wisdom is based in love and understanding, yes?  So, it is in true wisdom that we will know peace in this, our world.  If you would, please give this some thought for I believe it has much merit.

As always, I thank you for taking time from your day to read these thoughts that have been given me, thoughts that I truly enjoy sharing with you.  Be blessed abundantly in your day and please be sure to share the blessing with all those round about you.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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If The Truth Of Our World Be Known….

I wish to address the idea, the concept of truth as it applies to our world this evening.  To do so accurately, I would like to define the word, if I may.  How is the word truth defined in the dictionary?  It is and I quote “the state of being the case; the body of real things, events and facts; a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.  It also is defined as “the body of true statements and propositions; in accordance with the facts”.   The origin of the word truth from Middle English came from the Old English as akin to the words fidelity and faithful.   In times past, truth was a powerful word.  In our world today, the word “truth” has become subjective and is most often open to interpretation.  This is evidenced in our court rooms and as well as in our workplaces.  And in the hallowed halls of our nation’s capitol, this word truth is no longer treated with the respect and sanctity it deserves.  It is also reflected in our everyday conversations with one another.  So often it is the gossip that whether substantiated or not serves only to bring more rancor and ill will into this, our world.  It seems we relish that juicy tidbit of information about our co-worker or relative even though it edifies no one while at the same time eats away at our own integrity.  Where is the logic in that?  It is well past the time where we must return to what real truth is.

So, would you hear the truth of our world now?  Or would you prefer a showering of platitudes and such so as not to consider what is really the truth?  My heart tells me that you would welcome what is true and real for we are intelligent folk by and large.  So, here is what I perceive to be the truth, as it were.  There is much good to be found upon Planet Earth, upon and within the hearts of those who dwell here.  And that is a great truth, one that I know to be true for the knowledge I can feel within my Spirit.  And it is a truth that keeps alive my dreams and hopes for our world.  Without such a knowledge, my heart would be in deep despair today.  For as the saying goes, there are always two sides to every coin.  So conversely, there is another darker truth that pervades our world today as well.

This dark truth that I refer to is multi-faceted.  I liken it unto a cancerous tumor which is spreading its many diseased tentacles across our world, working its way deeper into our lives both individually and collectively.  There is so much hatred and anger and divisiveness everywhere.  A good example of this was the recent incident in Algeria which involved a well planned attack by a not so large group of those whose hearts were angry and bitter.  Many lives were lost there that day.  And it was all so unnecessary.  The truth of the matter is that after all these years, we have yet to learn any real degree of tolerance for one another.  We humans have deemed ourselves as intelligent creatures, certainly much more so than the animals who inhabit our Earth.  (Although personally, I believe we could learn much from our furried and feathered friends!)  Why is it then that we behave so ignorantly?  This question has vexed me more and more as each new incident of racism, violence, hatred or terrorism occurs daily.  Why, when it does not need to be this way??

This issue has been on my mind quite a bit as of late.  But I suppose what prompted my writing about it was that I had turned on the television this afternoon and happened across a movie which you are probably familiar with.  It is entitled “A Time To Kill” with Samuel Jackson and Matthew McConaughey, two actors who are most talented.  If you have seen this movie, then you know that is a very painful, yet very powerful movie to watch.  This is due to the truth it contains, of course.  Our country and more to the point, our world has become one that in so many ways, has chosen to walk down the darkest of roads, those roads being Ignorance and Intolerance. Ladies and gentlemen, these are indeed the roads which are devoid of light and lead directly into ruination.  Generally speaking, we have zero tolerance for those who are different from ourselves.  Over the last few years, racism has been rising and it is not so much a direct hatred as much as it is a separatism, a method of quietly setting ourselves apart from those whose skin color or belief systems or gender preference is not the same as our own.  And this is the truth that is at the root of so many of our problems today.  We have become a people separate unto themselves which is causing us to become spiritually blind and emotionally malnourished which leads only to ignorance and anger.  I apologize if I am offending anyone here but I made a promise to myself to be candid this evening.  If any of this is hitting a nerve for you, then perhaps you need to do a bit of introspection.

And if I may say so, it is really quite sad, this separatism business because ironically it is in our diversity that our true strength and intelligence lies.  Think about this for a moment, if you will.  How beautiful would a rainbow be if its’ only color was green or yellow?  Would it still give you that moment of wonder and excitement when you spotted that bow in the sky?  Probably not.  And remember that time when you were driving along and came across that field of wildflowers?  There were so many different types of flowers with so many different colors that it just took your breath away because it was just that beautiful!!  That rainbow and those wildflowers are not just happenstance, my friends.  Not in the least bit.  A coming together, a coordination of beauty in diversity is not a coincidence but is instead created and orchestrated by design.  Do you really believe that we are so different from those wildflowers and that rainbow in terms of our diversity?  I say to you that we were also created and orchestrated in diversity by design as well.  Let us not separate ourselves from it then.  Let us instead embrace it and nurture it as one should when they are given a precious gift.

Now some may say that this answer to our world’s problems while true is far too simplistic and cannot possibly resolve the issues that we face today.  Perhaps so but perhaps not as well.  You see, there are universal truths that have remained as a constant in our world that were put in place by the One who brought this planet we live on to be.  And one of these truths is that true wisdom is found in simplicity.  The reason this may not ring true to many of us is that we have allowed our minds and hearts to forget what is really true and instead have become burdened by allowing complications to control our lives.  Give your mind a break and your heart a rest for a time and breathe in the beauty of diversity.  Remember and relearn the gift of Tolerance for others.  We are indeed much more alike than we are different.  The truth of the matter is that we have forgotten this very important fact.  I would encourage all of us to consider these things.  Understanding and tolerance given and received, one to another would go a long way towards bringing our world to a better place.  And that is most definitely the truth!!

As always, I thank you for your kind attention this evening.  I sincerely hope you have found this reading worthy of your time.  If so, please do pass it along to others you know.  I believe it to be a message for all of us.  We can indeed change our world if we can come together as a people.  Take care with yourselves. May you be blessed in the same measure as you bless those you meet each and every day.

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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Open Doors

This brief writing this evening is more than a bit different from what I usually post here.  But we all have many sides to our personality, don’t we?  Myself, I am an avid fan of the author Stephen King.  I always have been, I suppose.  His books often dance on the edge of madness, of the macabre which has always been a source of fascination for me.  I am not sure how this piece will be received here but I had a desire to post it.  So, just read along the lines here and indulge me once again.  If you do not find this of interest, my apologies to you.

Stephen King said it well.  “There are doors in the mind that shouldn’t be opened.” The question is do those doors sometimes open of their own accord?  Or, perhaps they open with just the slightest bit of prompting or desire, subconscious though it may be, on our part.  I’m not sure quite honestly and don’t remember if I “wished” for a glimpse behind that door.  I would like to think that I did not, that I was more intelligent than to make such a foolish request.  But then again, is it not the more intelligent of us who often lose their grip on reality, who frequent the dark halls of our asylums?  And isn’t it really a matter of perception in the end?

The hinges on the door I speak of, that door of Perception are a bit more than loose at times.  It’s true, you know.  “I’ll bet the farm on that!” or “You can take that one to the bank!”, or any one of a dozen other inane idioms that people use to enhance their sad little lives.  No doubt about that one.  But, I digress.  When thoughts come at you from more than two directions at one time, it’s not only wrong.  It’s downright confusing!!  Which one do you listen to?  I see 3 of em’!  Which one do I pick?   “Pick the one in the middle”, it says. “Or not!”

Many of our thoughts are subversive at best and should be mentally flushed when they surface.  Flushed before they time to get even a finger hold on our psyche, our soul.  But there is a certain attractiveness, (Is that a word?) a quality, if you will that is rather seductive.  Wouldn’t you agree?  We’ve all had thoughts like these at one time or another, so don’t pretend you haven’t.  What’s the meaning behind the thought or the thought behind the meaning?  What’s the thought behind the thought for that matter?  Because there is one, just behind the door.  And how deep does the rabbit hole really go, Alice???  Pretty doggone deep, this much I know to be true.  But how deep is the question of the day?  And do I really want to know the answer to that one??  The knowledge is there for the taking, just waiting to be plucked from that singular tree.  You know the one.  It’s the tree that you see in your deepest dreams, always there but just on the fringes.  We usually see it as slightly blurred, a bit askew if you will.  Perhaps a trick of the mind for our own protection.  But make no mistake about it, friends and neighbors.  It is there! The sweet fruit it bears is accessible and can be freed from its limbs quite easily.  But at what cost to the mind?  The price one pays for this particular fruit is high and there are no refunds, O’ Curious One.  None, zip and nada!  In for a penny, in for a pound as the saying goes.  So, it really comes down to a choice in the end, doesn’t it?  Or does it?

Thank you for reading this just now.  I hope you found it of some interest.  Enjoy your day and be blessed in it abundantly.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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