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Castaway……..

“Castaway”.  A wonderful movie, to be sure.  An incredible movie actually.  It is also a word that carries with it the source of limitless growth and great potential.  And how is this so?  Well, let us ask what might be the definition of this word, yes?  On most occasions, I would consult with Daniel Webster for my answer.  But in this situation, I believe that Mr. Tom Hanks can provide us with our answer.  His character in the aforementioned film was indeed that of a castaway.  Through a very unfortunate circumstance, he became marooned on an obscure island, cut off from all humanity and with no hope of rescue.  Hence, the title of the movie “Castaway”.  The word by its very definition means to be cast away; to be removed or taken away from all things considered normal.  ( A quick note here, if I may?  Remember those words “considered normal” for we shall revisit them a bit later)  But let us return to our castaway for now.  Let us return to Tom Hanks and his character.  As I watched this movie last night, it occurred to me that so many of us have become a castaway in the movie that is our own Life.  Is this not the truth after all?

In Life, as in the movie “Castaway”, a series of circumstances have washed us up upon a “desert island”, if you will.  We feel isolated, even alone in our situation and there appears to be no hope of a rescue.  So, as the character Chuck Noland did in the film, we set about making the best of our desolation.  And the majority of us do fairly well in surviving in what has become our world.  Not unlike Chuck, we are less than happy being a castaway.  But we make it work, do we not?  Does any of this strike a resonant chord with you today?  If so, then pay attention just now.

You see friend, there will always be wake-up calls in our Life.  We may not always hear them for we become deaf within our circumstances.  But they do occur and perhaps a bit more often than we would care to admit.  Do you remember the scene in “Castaway” when our hero received his wake-up call?  Chuck Noland had resigned himself to living out his existence on that island.  He had reached that point beyond despair where one feels nothing.  Instead one simply exists day upon day, month upon month and year upon lonely year.  The passage of time means very little then because there is no sense of purpose any longer and therefore nothing carries with it a great deal of importance.  But oft-times, Life will step in and bring with it an opportunity that invites us to step up and away from the existence that has us so ensnared.  And this is what transpired in Chucks’ life.  Chuck Noland received his wake-up call.  And since his surrender had become complete, that call out to him had to be loud!  Do you remember it now?  Just for a moment, let us step into the scene so we can truly see it, yes?  Good then!  Can you see that rather large sheet of fabricated metal which has washed up onto the beach?  And can you hear now the noise it is making as the waves bang it against the shoreline?  Why, even in his deep sleep, in the dark night of the soul if you will,  our castaway could hear it.  And as is the nature of wake-up calls, it is perhaps not so much the noise but rather the steady insistence of that noise that is most annoying.  As you may recollect, our hero heard it and at first, was angry at being awakened from the sleep that  had become his existence.  And when he saw what was making all the racket, he then became afraid, wondering what manner of beast was this that brought him from his slumber!  And in truth, are not the waves that offer to us the potential of change a bit unsettling and yes, even frightening?  But not unlike our castaway, we must go beyond our fear of change so that we may free ourselves from that isle that holds us bound.  And freedom is precious, dear one.  Remember well that anything precious and of value has a price.  We must brave the waves and whatever may lie beneath if we wish to be free.  This is what Chuck Noland did and in real-time, it is what we must do if we are to reclaim our lives.  And I would also say to you today that though our society seems adverse to change, do not fear the tides that would bring it your way.  For you see, it is only upon the waves of change that we are permitted to sail on Life’s ocean.  I should clarify as well that I refer here to True Change for it is incorruptible without spot or wrinkle.  This is the type of change we would do well to embrace fully and with our whole heart.

One last item here, if you will allow me?  I made mention a bit earlier to remember the two words “considered normal” in connection with defining the word castaway, yes?  Here now is the reason why.  Near the end of the movie, after the rescue and during his welcome back party at his place of employ, a coworker told Tom Hank’s character that he would see him at work in the morning and that they would “bring him back to life”.  Actually, there was another coworker who said a similar thing in that they would “see him tomorrow because it is a lot of work to bring someone back from the dead”.  Now I realize that what was being said was with regards to the fact that Chuck Noland had been declared dead in the plane crash and the body was never found.  However, the expression on the former castaways face when those words were spoken told you all you needed to know, did it not?  His 5 years as a castaway, his time spent completely isolated while severe, taught him much.  You see, during those long years he experienced things he never could have learned otherwise.  He became self-aware for he was placed in a scenario where he had to change, to grow or die.  Chuck Noland encountered and embraced True Change and in doing so, he came to know the fullness of what was real Life.  Thus the words “bring you back to life” as spoken gave him pause for he realized then that one cannot go back once True Change has come into their Life.  Given this truth, do we really wish to be “considered normal” so that we may confine and restrict ourselves within societal boundaries?  And given this truth, would it not be in our best interest to welcome change into our lives in order that we be castaways no more??  T’would be wise to give this due consideration for it is indeed most true.  Do please give these thoughts and this subject your time.  It is really most important, isn’t it?  This matter concerns your Life and the fulfillment of that Life, of your Purpose if you will.  It is past time that we take leave of that desert island that has held us to itself and denied us our growth.  Now is the time, our time to break free and go beyond the waves, the breakers that we gave permission so long ago to hold us captive in our isolation!  And if we find that we are afraid of escaping that island prison, that is alright.  It is in recognizing that fear that we are able to conquer that fear.  The hero of Castaway was very much in fear of leaving that desert island in favor of what lay unknown out there on that huge expanse of ocean.  There was a part of his character that was oddly comforted by his island home.  My nephew would call that “living in comfortable misery”.  Too often we embrace the known horrors that control our lives instead of reaching out to the blessings yet unknown.  Is this not the truth here??  Friends, delay your escape no longer for there is only so much time we are blessed with!  Do it!  Fear not for the Strength you require is within and will take you all the way through and beyond!  It is a gift from the One who brought you to be.  He is there with you on that tired island and only desires that you take the first steps towards freedom.  Then and only then will He be able to lift you up and bring you forth into all things new!  Come along now and tarry no more for you have much value, dear friend.  Just because you have forgotten this does not make it any less true.  Come and go now into the abundance that has been waiting so patiently for you.  I will see you on the Ocean of Freedom and Life!  

I do realize I have gone long here this evening and you have my apologies.  Castaway is a cinematic masterpiece which when viewed with the heart has many layers of meaning and is so applicable to Life.  If you’ve not seen it, then be good to yourself and do so.  If you have seen it which I am sure most have, then watch it once again with a fresh set of eyes.  I promise that it will reveal its truths to you.  May your Life path be blessed and that in abundance tonight, tomorrow and each day that you may bless others in return.  Take care with yourselves and good evening!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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A Letter Towards Love

Dearest reader, my post this evening is of a different sort as you will see.  There are many out in our world who are alone and living in a quiet pain, a pain of the worst sort imaginable.  They are alone in their heart and alone in their Life.  And loneliness bares its cold soul in a number of ways.  One cannot truly know the empty pain of loneliness until one has been truly alone.  It is a thing I would wish upon no one for those afflicted become broken within.  I will tell you my friend, that I was hesitant to present this for the subject makes many uncomfortable.  But it is also important for we all know someone who is indeed alone.  I would implore you to reach out to hearts that are burdened so.  Please do!  What follows here is an attempt to show you one of the faces of this Life stealing disease. And there are many more, believe me.  I chose to describe this “face of loneliness” because for one to paint an accurate picture, one needs to be familiar with the colors being used.  I have lived this particular “face”, if you will.  I gave more than just a passing thought to writing this for it is a closed-door for me now.  There are always parts of our past we do not wish to recollect.  To do so can often cause one to relive certain things, yes?  This was not easily entreated by my heart, to be sure.  In the same moment, too many suffer lonely hearts and empty spirits today.  This requires the attention of us all which is why I put myself aside for a bit of time and took a look at what lay beyond that closed-door in my heart.  And yes, tears were shed as these memories again ravaged my spirit and held hostage my mind.  For I found my letter towards love from not so long ago………….

Oh Lord, my heart is so tired and alone it seems.  I know You are with me, that You reside in my heart.  And for this, I truly give thanks.  But so often, my heart aches and yearns for a special someone with which to share my Life.  I have much to give for You have given much to me.  And for this, I also give much thanks.  I know you are my Source and the Supplier of my Life.  That is why I feel almost traitorous when I say that I wish for and need something more.  I long to be touched and to touch another in return.  My soul cries out for this to be so.  I do not speak of simple lust.  In this world, that could be easily remedied, were I to choose that road.  That type of behavior does not lie within me.  I speak rather of a physical contact where true love is at its core, where hearts and spirits are shared and become as one.  This is my desire, one born of a season too long empty and dry.  My soul is often tortured for the lack of the Life-giving waters of a love freely given.

The vessel that is my heart ran aground long ago and seems to be buried now in the sands of loneliness.  Our hearts, our spirits were designed to sail upon Love’s ocean, unfettered and with Hope reflecting upon the horizon.  It is how our soul is sustained.  I fear love will not again find me on this desert island which goes unseen day upon day upon lonely day.  It seems there is no escaping the dark soul that is this place for I have tried and often.  The strength within my spirit and my soul is diminishing so my attempts to escape are not as frequent these days.  Prudence whispers quietly that I must conserve what is left in hopes of a rescue.  This idea seems real enough still.  So I wait. Even as Life’s light begins to dim, I wait.  And I hope.

My Lord Jesus, what is to become of me??  What of my heart and its need for love??  It is You who placed these needs, these desires within me.  Why do You turn Your Face from me now?  It is more than I can bear, this void that steals away my Life.  I do not fear Death.  There are days when I would bid Death welcome, if only this pain would die with me.  What I do fear is this existence which seems to have wrapped tightly its cold, unfeeling arms around me, slowly breaking my heart.  Life’s breath eludes me so often now and the Spirit that indwells me is malnourished, the result of my diminished capacity to breathe.  The world becomes dark as does my tired heart which seems to beat ever slower with each passing day.  Even still, I wait.  And I hope.

Do not leave me here, I pray thee, My Lord.  I have not yet given up hope that the fire I keep alive on Desolation’s shore will be noticed by one who is also looking to be touched in Love.  Should this come about, I would without hesitation attempt to swim out beyond the breakers that best me, unmindful of the dangers lurking below.  It would be better to die in a valiant effort to reach Love’s touch than to continue this pain of isolation.

I should tell you, Lord that I am not and would not consider violating the gift of Life You have so freely given unto me.  Life is a sacred thing, a living thing and for me to cut short that gift is blasphemous, a slap in the face of God and nothing less.  I am just so tired now.  We were not meant to live solitary lives. To be alone and without love is in direct conflict with the nature in which we were created.  There are those who would say they need no one save themselves.  I would suggest that perhaps they are deceiving themselves so as to avoid the risk involved when one loves another with their whole heart.  Or perhaps they have been blessed with a strength that I do not possess.  I do not know that answer and my heart has become tired in the course of my writing this letter to you, my Lord and Creator of my Life.  All I do know is that I felt it important to put pen to paper today, the anniversary which celebrates four years almost to the day, the day that I was cast onto this lifeless island where I remain a prisoner.

Lord, I pray that You read these words and attend to my prayers.  Please respond as my heart is fading now.  I anxiously await Your reply…..

Yours in faith believing,

Anonymous, for You know Your children as by their name……

Author William J. Thompson, Jr.

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