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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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Shake A Hand! Give A Smile!

Does it hurt to say, “Good morning!”

as we move forward in our day?

Someones day is so much brighter

when we carry on this way!

Is it kind to say “Good afternoon!”

while we smile and shake a hand?

For it makes our day so much better

as we journey through this land.

And have you ever said, “Good evening!”

as the sun was going down

and wished those round’ about you

a calm rest that is deep and sound?

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

It’s a privilege, don’t you see?

It brightens the hearts and strengthens the lives,

all while blessing you and me.

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

It will warm you through and through.

For it’s in blessing others that we are blessed

and I know that you know this is true!

We can end all the hatred and sadness

and watch as our world comes to Life!

No more sorrow or fear with hearts that are clear

as we live on this sphere without strife!

So come now with me as forward we go,

shaking hands, giving smiles unto Life!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

 

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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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Change Your Road, Change Your Life…….

This last weekend I was heading up to see my folks which was not unusual in and of itself. But for months now, I had been taking the same route there, one that took me out of my way by a few miles. I knew that there was another way that would cut my drive time by about 15 minutes. However, my visits out there are made after working a full day and I was uncertain about this new route and was concerned that I would cost myself time by making a wrong turn and getting myself lost. So for the last number of months, I had been taking the route I knew and grousing to myself about the time I was losing every week. Well, this last weekend I was able to head out that way an hour earlier so I decided to be courageous and take the shorter route. Of course, you may be sure that not only did I not get lost but I cut my drive time by a full 20 minutes. I was amazed at how easy the drive was. And I laughed at myself for being so foolish before. It struck me then that this is how we often live our lives. We stay on the path we are familiar with because it is known to us. Yet we know that there is a better way awaiting us if we are willing to deviate, to change course. But we are concerned and yes, even afraid to do so, are we not? The possibility of error, of making a wrong turn when traveling a new road is very real, of course. So it is for that reason we assuage ourselves and our conscience and we tell our heart that what is known is the way to go. The reasons we come up with are all viable and even have the ring of truth to them. But we always know, don’t we? Deep down, we always know what is truly true. We know that the other path will bring to us that which we are destined for. It beckons us come by way of tugging our heartstrings, if you will. You are aware of this, yes? It is the Voice of the Spirit. It is our intuition. It is whatever you are comfortable calling it. At the end of the day, it comes from our core within and compels us to trust the message being given. It tells us that yes, perhaps there will be mistakes to be made on this new road, this Road of Purpose. But mistakes are alright and often even required if we are to grow into our Destiny. Is this not the truth of it after all? It’s surprising what insight one can gain just from a drive out to see Mom and Dad! So my friends, let us be unafraid going forward, shall we? Let us step over and up to that higher road that has been so patiently awaiting us. Be not fearful of the mistakes, the occasional wrong turn on the road that brings you to your Life purpose, to the very reason you were brought into this world. Listen to and trust your inner voice for it is the compass given you by your Creator. My friends, I will impart to you what I am sadly just learning and here it is for you just now……. Never believe that what seems to be the Road of Surety will bring to you the fulfilled Life that you require so very much. Do not live out the days gifted you by being so blind to the truth of who you really are. The potential of what is great and grand within you waits only for your permission to make itself manifest. If this is not your belief, it is okay because your greatness believes in you and will walk by your side with each forward step you make on that higher road. I know this is true for the barometer of Truth which is my Spirit tells me it is so.  Do remember as well that there are no failures when one is heading down that higher road.  Many folk regard a wrong turn as a mistake, as a failure in judgement and poor decision-making.  This is simply not true!  It is by way of those incorrect turns that we are able to grow and become more tuned in to who we are and who we are meant to become.  I grow frustrated with those who see themselves as failures.  It upsets me because they do not realize the damage they are inflicting on themselves.  An army cannot possibly hope for victory if they turn their weaponry against themselves.  It is no different for you and I.  Be kind to yourselves, my friends.  And that is not to say that you should accept less than your own personal best for that is how you will win the day as well as your Life.  It is a balance that we must achieve, yes?  That is indeed the truth of it.  Now go today and change your road in order that you may change and fulfill what is the balance of your Life!  Do it now! Do it this very day!
I do realize it has been a bit of time since I have brought anything to the table where this blog is concerned. For those who frequent this site, I offer my apologies. I am in hopes that the items posted here are of benefit to any who read them.  I am working towards an end, one that will permit me to do what I love most on a full-time basis which is communicating with you.

Take care with yourselves and be good to yourselves and all those you meet each day. Blessings in abundance upon you and yours. Take care and a good evening to you.

 

Authored by  William J. Thompson, Jr.

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You Can’t Take It With You!……..

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

 

 

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Something Is Amiss Here ……….

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

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Reclaim It!!……..

 

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

  

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No Worries, Mate!!…….

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

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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