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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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A Few Kind Words for Superstition

I must pose a question to you this evening for the subject has been on my mind as of late.  Are you a superstitious being?  Now, do not answer immediately, if you please.  I would rather that you turn the idea over in your mind for a bit before responding.  For you see, I asked this question of myself and was a bit surprised at my own answer.  I asked myself, “Do I, a rational and intelligent being, indulge myself in any superstitious behaviors?  My immediate response was, of course, definitely not!  I pride myself on taking the logical road when situations, either large or small, present themselves.  However, I was forced to take an introspective look at myself since logic does insist upon honesty with one’s self.  I must say, I wasn’t entirely pleased with my findings.  Now I am not one of those who believes in wearing a lucky shirt or in tossing salt over your shoulder.  Nor do I believe that black cats are bad luck.  And if my right hand itches, it does not mean that money is coming my way or conversely, if the left hand is so affected, that yet another expense is headed my way.  But, I have been known to cross my fingers for luck even though I don’t “believe” it helps.  So, why do it at all?  Perhaps on some unconscious level, I do subscribe to that superstition.  I prefer to believe otherwise.  I only cross my fingers because that particular action is so heavily entrenched in society, right?

And, on this matter of superstition I also had to question myself on another issue.  How many of us, when we are getting ready to leave the house, will check to see if the stove and other appliances are turned off?  We do this even though we know that the appliance is off.  But, better to err on this side of caution, right?  Of course, this is normal behavior.  However, do you ever recheck the iron or the stove before leaving?  I hope some of you have.  Otherwise, I am alone is this.  I have, on occasion checked the front door, making sure it was locked only to go back and check it again before I leave the house.  This same action has occurred in checking the stove or the iron.  I know it is a foolish thing to do.  I mean, it is fairly certain that the dog did not go behind me the first time and plug the iron back in!  Yet I do it anyway.  I believe this would fall under the category of superstition.  I say this because superstition has its base in uncertainty.  A prime example of this is the belief in astrology.  People are so uncertain of what life will bring their way that they “look to the stars” for guidance.  In regards to this, allow me to make mention of an experiment that took place in one of our colleges and then I will close.  A professor made copies of a horoscope and handed them out to his students.  No one student knew what the other’s said.  The professor told them he had these made up for them from a renowned astrologer based upon their month of birth.  The students read their “personal” horoscope and every last one of them said, “Yes, that’s me! How accurate!”  Imagine their surprise when they found out that not only had they all been given the same horoscope but also that it had been written specifically for Jeffrey Daimler.  Wow!!  Unbelievable, yes?  I suppose what I am trying to convey here is that superstitions are, in a word, foolish.  I know this to be true, but still can be charged with this offense.  How about you?  If you are still unsure, just flip a coin. That’s what I do.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.


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