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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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It Is Finished…….

It is finished.   Perhaps the most memorable words ever spoken.  It is finished.  The words that Jesus uttered when He completed what He had come to Earth to do.  He came to be the sacrifice for the sins of this world.  It is finished.  Have you ever wondered what Jesus might have been thinking just prior to saying those three powerful words?  Looking beyond for a moment the intense physical pain He would have been feeling, what was going through His mind?  He had fulfilled His destiny, accomplished His mission.  Was there a feeling of fulfillment in His heart?  Did Jesus have a sense of relief now that He had finished the job He had been sent here to do?  Remember now, Jesus was God in physical form and therefore was subject to all the emotions that we, you and I feel each and every day.  Perhaps He did have a thought along the lines of “I am so glad this is done now for I am so very tired now and in much pain”.  It is possible that this occurred and if it did, this would not mean that our Lord was weak or that His sacrifice would mean anything less.  If anything, it would make the sacrifice He made all the more real and important, yes?  He knew all of the physical pain, the mental and emotional anguish that He would be going through before He had to endure it.  Yet He did it anyway for this world of ours.  I am reminded of a line from a Star Trek movie oddly enough but one that is applicable to this subject this evening.  “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few….or the One”.  This is what Christ considered and knew.  This is why He came to us and why He sacrificed Himself painfully but willingly for our sins, because of the needs of the many.  And for this, I am more than grateful.

I wonder how many of us would have the strength of character to do something like this.  Would I be able to sacrifice myself for the needs of the many while knowing ahead of time the pain I would suffer and realizing well beforehand that this was my Destiny.  Is what I am thinking blasphemous?  Am I putting myself on equal footing with God when I say such things?  No, I am not.  However, I will say this.  Since Jesus was in human form just as you or I, He would’ve had the same thoughts with regards to the sacrifice He would be making in His future.  And additionally, He could have decided not to go through with it.  Just as you and I are given free will, Jesus was also given that same free will.  Yet He chose to remain and to walk willingly into the fire, into the presence of His tormentors and allow them to do their worst.  Was it His love for humankind only that made His decision to follow the path chosen for Him?  Indeed it was.  But personally I believe there was something a bit more as well.  It is finished.  Our Lord knew the importance of these three words.  And while I am sure He did feel relief in escaping the ruined physical body He had been given, I think there was a sense of satisfaction for Jesus as He uttered those words.  Not in some arrogant or prideful manner that would say, “Look at Me and see now what I did!”   No, I speak of a satisfaction which finds peace and rest in the knowing that a job was done well and correctly, in knowing that the needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few….or the One had been the real issue and with that issue resolved, the many would benefit.  A sort of pride of knowing.  True pride is always selfless and void of arrogance and conceit, yes?  That is what I believe, what I feel our Lord felt when uttering “It is finished.”   Oh and for the record, as much as I would like to believe I could make such a supreme sacrifice, one of giving my life?  I am of the mind that I could not do so.  At least not by being reliant on my own resources.

Yet, this does bring me to the reason I felt led to write this piece tonight.  It is finished.  Each one of us were placed into this world with a unique purpose and destiny.  And it is only in the pursuit of the fulfilment of our Destiny and it’s attainment that we will ever feel true contentment and peace.  I can attest to this personally for I spent years, even decades doing everything I could to run from what our Creator placed me here to accomplish.  As a result, I spent years, even decades in opposition not only with God but in direct conflict with myself.  And how does that old saying go exactly?  You cannot run away from yourself because wherever you go, there you are.  This is a rather wise adage.  No matter what I did and no matter where I went, my spirit was right there all the while, a constant reminder of who I was supposed to become.  Needless to say, I find myself carrying a lighter load these days which is ironic because I always felt if I accepted my Life purpose, it would be a tremendous burden to me.  My friend, what is your Life purpose?  What path has Destiny chosen for you?  Whatever it may be, you will not know true happiness until you walking the road and heading in the direction that has been purposed for you.  Give this some thought, if you would.

There is one other item I would wish to mention here this evening.  It is finished.  When ever we accomplish something and bring it to fruition, we can say these words.  And what a grand feeling they bring us at that point!  This is true, correct?  Of course it is.  When we leave a project undone and incomplete, there is no feeling of joy or accomplishment for it is not finished.  Now just for a moment, let us look at a bigger picture, so to speak.  Look some years down the road with me, please.  Your life here on Earth is coming to a close soon now for time has gone by as time always does.  Let us look back on your Life’s road for a moment as we stand between this world of the physical and the spiritual world that you will enter into soon.  What are your past years revealing to us now?  Did you fulfill your purpose here?  Yes? No?  Were you in active pursuit of your Destiny?  Yes? No?  If your answer at present would have to be a negative one, I have good news for you just now.  You are not presently standing with one foot in this world and the other in the world to come.  This being so, I would encourage you to make a choice today. Choose to go down the road the Creator has placed before you.  The blessings that lie down Destiny’s road will far outweigh any sacrifice you may have to make.  And the greatest blessing you that will be gifted you when you do approach your journey’s end will be that you will know in your heart, in your spirit and mind that you have given all and with  your Life’s purpose is completed, you can also say with peace and satisfaction that “It is finished”. 

And now this particular piece is also finished.  I appreciate any and all of you who have taken time out from your day to read these words.  I am hopeful that you have found something of value for you here.  Be blessed in your day and always bless any and all who you meet along your pathway.  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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It Is Time To Heal……

My friends, this is something that has been on my heart as of late.  So many of us have hurts that are unhealed.  So many of us are carrying the heavy burdens of the past that are not only breaking our back….They are breaking our spirit and breaking our hearts.  These wounds from times past are keeping us from the Life which was promised us.  As it has been said, no person cannot live with one foot in the past and the other in the present.  In doing so, we make it impossible to move into the future.  There are so many drawbacks to not allowing healing into our lives.  Let me ask you, what happens if a cut or gash is ignored and left untreated?  It will fester and infection sets in which in turn compromises the immune system and can ultimately cause a breakdown in the body, yes?  Do you think that your Spirit is not subject to this same circumstance?  The only difference is one is a physical wound and the other is a spiritual and/or an emotional wound.  The results are identical.  If you have been hurt in life (and we all have at some point) and you permit yourself to carry this around with you, it will slowly but surely drain strength from your soul.  And admittedly, there are some who wrap their pain around them like a blanket, not even realizing that they are destroying what is their essence.

“But,”  you say. “You do not understand!  I was wronged back then and a person doesn’t just get over things that easily.”  This is true. I won’t deny that at all.  So, allow yourself a reasonable amount of time to feel the pain for one must recognize what it is that hurts before the wound can be treated properly.  But for God’s sake, after that time has passed (and don’t wallow in it), then allow healing to begin.  Do not allow your true spirit to become weakened and diseased because you will not let go of what is past.  It is no different from pouring acid on a plant instead of life-sustaining water.  The plant will die from the acid but it will thrive and flourish from the water.  Please take in the spiritual waters of forgiveness so as to cleanse those old wounds and allow them to begin to close and become whole once again.  Then you can begin to live once again and then to grow into the Life that has been destined for you.  Believe me, I know of what it is I speak.

And healing is not always easy.  Sometimes the wound has sealed in much poison and must be reopened so as to allow the infection to bleed out.  That can indeed be painful.  However this process is not only necessary but it is worth it.  As we forgive others for whatever it was they did to cause us pain, we will find that we feel lighter and even brighter in our heart.  When we do not carry the past within ourselves, Life rewards us in ways you cannot even imagine.  When you are not bound by the past, you can move freely in the present and proceed into the future.

I might also say that there are many folks who need to provide a different type of forgiveness.  By this I mean they need to forgive themselves for whatever it is they feel they have done wrong or what it is they feel the failures in their lives are.  Perhaps not forgiving one’s self is the worst type of not forgiving there is.  You see, when someone will not forgive themselves for things that have occurred in their lives, not only do they carry that burden in their heart but they also fall victim to self-ridicule and self-deprecation which is as a cancer to the their spiritual body.  They allow themselves to be eaten away by the free-radical cells of unforgiveness and self-loathing.  If that is your situation today, please stop it.  Just stop it.  Love yourself enough to value who you really are, who you were created to be.  What is that you say?  I don’t know what the atrocities are that you committed against yourself as well as others?  That is true.  But that is not of importance here.  You must realize that if our Creator can forgive you (He will and He has), then who are you not to bring the gift of self-forgiveness into your heart.  Do not continue to destroy the precious gift of Life that you have been given.  In truth, that would be an atrocity, a slap in the face of your Creator.  Give that some thought, if you would please.

Now you may have noticed I haven’t said anything about a healing of our world which is desperately needed, of course.  I did not make mention of it directly.  For you see, our world can only be healed in the same measure in which we permit the healing of ourselves.  The healing for our world takes place one person at a time.  We forgive ourselves which gives us the freedom and ability to forgive others which permits others to forgive themselves and pass along forgiveness to still others.  And so it goes…..A wave of forgiveness that, if begun will move across this planet of ours and cleanse all those it washes over.  And the beauty of all this is that it is very real and very possible.

Thank you for your time and attention this evening.  Please do give credence to these words.  I am certainly not right about everything.  But I am right about this.  Take care with yourselves this day.  Blessings upon you.  Be sure to bless all those who cross your path or whose paths you cross.  In other words, bless everyone!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Choose This Day……

Each day that we awaken and arise from slumber, that new day is a gift and should be treated as such. A gift is something that one enjoys and treasures.  A gift is something that we tend to make use of.  If the gift is an item of clothing or a piece of jewelry, we wear it.  If we receive tools as a gift, we build something or work on our car.  Should the gift be toys for a youngster, they play with their gift.  Whatever it may be, we make use of that particular gift. We choose to do so because that is the logical choice to make, yes?  So, why is it that we mistreat the gift of a brand new day then?  As nice as other gifts are, nothing can quite compare with waking up and knowing that we have before us hours of life, hours filled with resplendent opportunities to pursue our dreams and goals.  With this gift of the day, we can breathe in the beauty of creation around us.  We can use moments within that day to be of a help and blessing to others and be blessed in return.  Throughout the miracle of this gift, this day we can learn something new.  We have the privilege of using our mind and our bodies in mental and physical activities.  If we choose to, we can consider for a moment the miracle of our hands.  When is the last time you thought about how wonderous our hands are?  Our fingers and thumbs flex and move, seemingly on their own carrying out the orders that our brain sends to them by way of our nerves.  I myself paused for a moment or two here considering how amazing it is that I am able to type because of the gift of my hands and the intricate process involved that makes it so.  But you see, I chose to reflect on this.

Everything we do with the gift of each day is a matter of choice.  How did you choose to use your day today?  Did you greet the day with thankfulness by filling your lungs with oxygen, breathing in deeply the gift of Life?  Did you allow yourself the exquisite pleasure of a good full-body stretch, feeling your muscles limber up?  Cats do this instinctively, innately knowing the value of stretching.  It eases the body into the day instead of shocking it into submission.  Did you go look out the window to see the sun in the heavens and the abundance of life?  Or did you stumble into the shower, hoping it will awaken you enough so as to make a hurried cup of coffee before rushing out the door to head for work?  For you see, if that is how you began your day, that was a choice also.  Not a good one, but a choice nonetheless.

Now you may tell me that you dislike your job intensely but you have to make a living so what choice do you have?  This is after all how the world works, right?  Wrong.  You have chosen to be where you are and although it would take a bit of work, you can choose to change the path you are on presently.  And if you do not do so, then that is a choice as well because you chose not to choose. 

I would also say that in any given situation, we can choose to be a thermometer or a thermostat.  If our choice is to be a thermometer, then we will simply reflect the temperature or in this case, the environment around us.  Or we choose to be a thermostat and have a direct say as to the nature of the environment is that surrounds us each day.  What would be the better choice here?  Personally, I tend to lean towards the idea of the thermostat.  By choosing that option, it is so much more likely that your day, your gift will be much more fulfilled and abundant.

I believe that so often we like to believe that Life’s choices are not within our control.  This way we are allowed to feel less accountable for how any given day turns out.  And that day turns into two days, then into a week, a month, a year and before we know it, Life has passed us by.  Then we look back over our life and see that the journey was mediocre and disappointing at best.  But really, what choice did we have after all?  It wasn’t our fault that our life was not excellent.  There were circumstances that were beyond control and we had no choice  but to go with what was placed before us.  I will say this to that.  The manner in which we choose whether good or bad becomes a habit.  We can choose wisely or unwisely but either way, we  make a choice.  Another term for the gift of choice is the gift of free will.  And we exercise our free will on a daily basis.

Our Creator has blessed each one of us with the gift of a brand new day each and every day.  He knows the correct choices we should make to get the most benefit of our days and therefore our Life, our Destiny.  But He has also provided us with another gift which brings with it responsibility.  It is the gift of Choice and the way we choose to use that gift is by exercising our free will.  We are intelligent beings having been created as such. And as such, we have the ability to choose the paths we go down.  We obviously do not always choose rightly.  But that is a part of learning in Life and a part of growing into who we were meant to be.  So, think about the choices you make today and everyday.  Some choices are small and some are large.  However, all our choices are significant and far-reaching.  We would do well to remember this, yes?

Choose well this day and everyday.  Always bear in mind that each day we awaken is indeed a gift.  So, treasure it and use it well.  Be a blessing to all those you touch always.  You never know how your smile and a kind word will affect another’s day.  What will the gift of this day bring to you?  The choice is yours to make.  Blessings to you.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Our Nation Teeters On A Fiscal Cliff? What Is Wrong With This Picture?

We live in the greatest country in the world!  This is still the truth today.  It is our government that has become our Achilles heel, if you will.  Our grossly overpaid, self-absorbed senators and representatives cannot agree on anything.  Look what is happening with this “fiscal cliff” issue.  Oh yes, this cliff was avoided in the 11th hour with much dramatization.  But this should not have been an issue in the first place.  And now, there is still much question about how this is going to affect the citizenry of this, our country.  Like so many these days, I am most unhappy with the manner in which our “leaders” are leading us further and further down a road of financial irresponsibility.  The animosity between the Republicans and the Democrats which has been going now for far too long reminds me of the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys.  It has sadly reached comedic proportions which would indeed be laughable if the position it has placed our nation in was not so dire.

The whole idea of a two-party governmental system was to facilitate balance in the government overall.  The premise on which it was set up was ideal, actually.  But over the last few decades, it has degraded so far that one cannot even recognize it when compared to the original model.  Why do you figure that is?  Is it the fault of the lawmakers, of our elected officials?  Yes, it is.  But it is also our fault.  The true burden of blame rests upon our shoulders.  For you see, we elected these people and they are accountable to us, the citizens of this country.  Their paychecks are drawn from the very taxes that we pay into our government.  My fellow Americans, just in case we have forgotten it, I would like to bring up the fact that our senators, our representatives and yes, even our President work for us. It is not the other way around.

Oh, and speaking of paychecks and salaries, it might interest you to know that for the 5th year in a row, our lawmakers voted not to reject their automatic “cost of living” raise that will increase the annual salaries of members by $3,400.00 which will give them an annual income of $158,103.00 per year.  This figure would not include monies received from special interest groups and so on.  Doesn’t this piece of information set fire to your soul?  Personally, I work 65 to 70 hours a week in order to survive. I drive a 4-year-old automobile which makes me fortunate compared to many others.  And believe me, my income does not rival or even come close to the $158,103.00 that our leaders are more than happy to pocket, those dollars coming from the very taxes paid by the average citizen, by you and I.

And I will say this as well.  If our elected officials were working industrially in our best interest instead of their own, I would not begrudge them the money they are being paid.  But they are like children in a schoolyard who not only cannot get along, they refuse to get along.  The in-fighting in our nations Capitol has become a disgrace.  A disgrace!  I am sure much of the world regards our once great nation as somewhat of a joke.  And the money that our leaders keep borrowing from other countries is helping to push us into what will be a disaster.

Where does all of this stop?  Or perhaps a better question is this……..When will you and I as a people take a stand and start to reclaim what is and always has been our country? It is within our power to do so and it is our right to do so.  Furthermore, it is our duty to do so.  We owe that much not only to ourselves but to the generations which are to follow. We owe it to our children.  So, when do we wake up and stand up?  When do we begin to require those we call our leaders to be accountable for their actions, actions that even now are changing the course and direction of our country?  Because my friends, if you are unaware of it, we are headed as a country down the wrong road and in the wrong direction.

Again I wish to say that this nation, our nation is not the real problem here.  And it is not even our leaders for whom I have lost much respect for overall.  The problem here we must defer back to ourselves.  It has been our apathy and our complacency that has permitted the decline in our nation’s leadership.  Our elected officials are misbehaving simply because we are permitting them to do so.  If we, as a people raise our voices as one and tell them, “Enough is enough! This behavior is no longer acceptable!” , then and only then, will things begin to change.  The time to do this is not tomorrow or next week or next month.  This has been allowed to go on for too long.  The time for change and renewal is now, today.

I would also like to say that it pains me to speak this way.  I love my country, the USA.  I am indeed a flag-waver and proud of it.  I am not speaking ill of our great nation.  I am not really even trying to verbally abuse this country’s leadership although I am more than displeased with what has been going on within the walls of our government.  I want to respect those whom I have elected.  However, respect is not given to those who have not earned it.  That is a truism no matter what a person’s vocation is.  Personally, I would like to look forward to a time when I can again have respect for those with whom I have given my trust by way of the election process.  Unfortunately, I cannot make this statement today without compromising my own integrity.

My friends, the choice for our country’s direction lies within each one of us individually and collectively.  Let us work together as one nation, united and bring our country back to where it should be.  I am very concerned and very sincere about this issue.  Please do not continue with the mindset of “What can I do about it? The government does what it wants to do anyway!” It is that type of thinking and inactivity that has brought us to where we are today.  That must change if we are to change the direction of our country.

Please consider the ideas that I have tried to convey here this evening.  The issues that face us as a people, as the citizens of the United States of America are critical.  It is past time for positive change and renewal.  On a positive note, it is within our power to bring this positive change and renewal into a state of reality.

I thank you for your time and attention this evening as always.  I am open to any and all feedback from those who have read what is reflected above.  Please take care with yourselves and always be good to one another.  I offer my wishes for a blessed day for you and yours.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr. 

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