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Let There Be Music!…….

Yes indeed!  Let there be music!  This gift that we call music brings into our lives so much that is good and pure and beautiful.  Music brings freedom to our spirit and gives nourishment to our soul, yes?  I cannot tell you how many times that I have been laid low by circumstances, my hopes crushed and my heart tired, no longer caring what may befall me in the days to come.  But then Life itself sends to me a song, oftentimes  one that I’d not heard in quite some time and one that breathes a refreshing into my being and provides to me a reminder that Life is indeed for living.  The melody whispers to me that I must give it yet another go for it is not over until we ourselves give up and give in.  Friends, I say to you today that this is the truth of it.  If music and melody were to be taken from this world, its soul would wither and whatever goodness we have as individuals and as a people would die.  I myself would be emotionally lost were there no longer the sweet taste of symphony within me.

Let there be music!  What brought me into this arena of thought today was due to a visit to my dear Mom yesterday.  She is a woman of many years and I am blessed that she and my own good Dad are still around these days.  Be aware that many are unable to make that claim and if your parents are still in this world, be sure to appreciate this fact.  Better still, let them know it.  Knowledge and cognition mean little if not acted upon and that in good measure.  And if there be differences between your folks and yourselves, then mend those fences.  In doing so, your life and theirs can only become better.  This is because the gift of forgiveness is one that is complete.  By this, I mean that forgiveness heals the one who receives the gift but it also heals and frees the party who offers that forgiveness as well.  I felt that important to mention just now.  Let us now get back to that other gift, that of music, yes?

As I was saying, I went, as I do to visit my Mom yesterday.  She resides in a home for those who are older these days.  It is a very nice place and it is evident that those who are responsible for the care of the residents at this institution have a heart-felt devotion to these folks.  I am very grateful for this since this cannot be said of so many other places such as this.  However, living in someplace that is not the home one was used to is an adjustment for anyone who was used to a life that was more independent and free.  Such is the case of my own dear Mom who has her days, as the saying goes.  Some days are good and some are better than others.  Well, yesterday was one of the not-as-good days and when I arrived, my Mom’s spirit was quietly tired.  She was glad to see me and she did say so.  But the light in her eyes was absent and her smile was not strong.  Allow me to say that when I go to visit, my goal forever and always is to cause my Mom to laugh and to smile.  I often act the fool by putting my hat on backwards and slipping into some silly character that I seem to make up on the spur of the moment.  Or I may bring an imaginary friend into the room and try to bring her into a conversation with this invisible fellow.  But what seems most effective is when I decide to let there be music!  Whether I am singing the theme song from the Beverly Hillbillies or that very old song “A Bicycle Built For Two”, it is the gift of music that brings a fresh vitality and life into the eyes of my dear mother……..Which brings me to the events of my visit last evening.  My usual antics were only bringing a limited success where my Mom was concerned and this simply would not do!  Laughter and smiles, as we all know are a key essential for the health and well-being of any and all who still have breath in their body.  Given this, I wondered to myself what avenues were open and available that I may lift the heart of my Mom and cause her to smile.  I began a conversation with her about the importance of this act of smiling and its benefits and that is when my mind caught up with me.  I remembered the old song written by Charlie Chaplin entitled “Smile” .  That particular song has been performed by so many but perhaps my favorite rendition was done by Jimmy Durante, a fellow that the young of today may not even be able to recall.  Mr. Durante brought much feeling into this song and I believe Mr. Chaplin would’ve been honored by his performance of the same.

Let me say that I had my trusty iPhone with me while visiting my Mom last night.  I will also state here that I am not a big fan of technology, at least not in the level at which it has taken over our society.  People are forgetting how to interact, how to even carry on conversations anymore.  I see it each day and it is more than a bit disconcerting, to be honest.  But that is not our subject of discussion tonight, is it?  So, suffice to say I was grateful for this fancy telephone yesterday evening.  It was a simple matter to, via my device go onto YouTube and find a number of corresponding videos highlighting the wonderful music of Jimmy Durante……which included that grand song “Smile!”  If you’ve not heard it, you owe it to yourself for the words will embrace your heart and cause you to soar!   Perhaps my favorite verse of this song is “If you smile through your fear and sorrow, Smile and maybe tomorrow, You’ll see the sun come shinin” through for you…..If you’ll just smile.”  These are more than simply words, my friends.  They are words that carry with them the elements of Power, Promise and most importantly they bring to Life’s table the gift of Hope for the word Hope defined is “the expectation of the good to come.”  You see, to live without Hope is to die everyday.  And believe me, there are many of us who have spent too many days dying.

Well friends, I played that song for my Mom and when I did so, Hope, Power and Promise strode into my mother’s room and sat with her on the bed.  I had the privilege of watching my Mom transform as her eyes became bright with tears and with a beautiful light.  I watched as a smile returned to her face and listened as she spoke, saying how beautiful this music was as the lyrics filled her heart.  I took her hands then and asked my Mom to dance.  Her face saddened for a moment as she said she could not do so.  You see, walking is no longer option for this sweet woman.  I told her then the truth, that the act of dancing lay within our spirit and heart and had really nothing to do with anything physical.  She smiled then and accepted my invitation to become a part of the music that night.  It was something to behold, to see her smile and even laugh as the music played on.  It will be always on film in the theater of my mind.  The gift of music given to each of us is always present.  It presents to us inspiration and growth as well as preservation of all that is good.  Music and melody bring to us the symphony of our world, good folks.  Embrace and enfold it within and feel its wonder!  Then release that wonder back into our world for it is wonder that we lack today.  Let there be music and allow your heart to sing!”

 

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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Namaste!

Namaste!  What a grand word this is!  A friend introduced me to this wonderful word.  Namaste!  It is one of the most singularly significant words in our world today.  It is, in my estimation the highest compliment one person can give to another while in the same moment being aware of what lies within themselves.  Namaste! Would you care to know how this word is defined?  It is an acknowledgement that there is a divine light in all of us.  The word when broken down to its base form is as follows  –  “nama” means “bow”, “as” means “I” and “te” means “you”.  Translated this means “I bow to you.”  By saying namaste to another person, you are bowing to their internal light and at the same time recognizing that it is the same light that glows from with yourself and everyone around you.  It is a gesture of gratitude, respect and equality.  I give credit to my friend for defining this word so completely.  And words are the power that change and shape our world.  But what makes this particular word, this namaste so preciously powerful is that we, all of us do carry within us a piece of the Divine.  It is a gift from our Creator and resides in our spirit.  And to be sure, it is more evident in some than it is in others.  But that is only because some of us are more in touch with the higher self, if you will.  And where there is more light, there is less darkness.  But just because this person standing here is shining brighter than that person over there does not mean that one has a greater portion than the other.  It simply means that one of them is not as aware of how precious and special they are, of how much of a gift they are to this world.  And how does one help another to see within themselves the piece of the Divine that they carry within?  I believe that one very effective way is to practice this concept of namaste. 

Now you may say, “I have no intention of approaching various people and bowing to them.  I will appear foolish and people will think me to be not quite right in the head!”  Perhaps so, perhaps not.  I believe there is a scripture that says “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the mighty”.  You see, the people who are not afraid to appear a bit foolish and yes, even a bit vulnerable, those are the people who possess true wisdom and are therefore truly blessed.  Those are the people whose Divine light shines ever so brightly.  And if because you practice namaste, someone might get the idea that you are a bit off, that you are not normal?  To that, I would say, be so very thankful!  Look around you and observe what our society deems as “normal behavior” in this day and age.  I am grateful every day that I am not seen as “normal” by todays standards.  I am of a peculiar people and happy for it.  I am not better than another.  No, not at all.  Just different.

Actually, namaste by its very definition is a symbol of goodness, of kindness and an acknowledgement that we are, all of us, the same.  And we are the same, my friends.  We have all been created in the image of the One who created us and we have all been endowed with what I like to call a “God-Spark” which lives within us.  We all have been gifted with a piece of the Divine.  And it is not something we can be boastful or arrogant about for it is a gift.  Nor can we or should we feel we are better or more than another just because we may shine a bit more.  Generally, those who have more of an aura than others usually have been nurtured differently and therefore have grown differently.  So I say to you, why not share the manner in which you were able to grow?  We were and are all designed to grow together.  It is only the short-comings of our world that has prevented this from happening as it should.  You and I, we have the power to change all of that.  And besides, it is always in blessing others that we are blessed in return.  It is in the acknowledgement of the light that shines in another person that our own light grows and shines just that much more, yes?  That, I believe is namaste defined in its simplest form.

So I suppose the obvious question is how does one initiate and practice this idea of namaste?  It is simpler than you can imagine which makes sense since the simplest things in Life contain the purest form of Power.  All one must do is this  –  Bend the arms from the elbows upwards and face the two palms of the hands.  Place the two palms together and keep the folded palms in front of the chest.  Utter the word Namaste and while saying the word, bow the head slightly.  The methodology is uncomplicated and quietly done.  There is no fanfare or brass bands playing.  The strength that comes from what is divine spirit which is within is not boisterous and is easily entreated by the spirit which embodies our world.  This is once again, the truth of strength and power.  I would encourage you, everyone to try this, to give namaste a chance.  We all see people daily.  Some are friends and acquaintances, to be sure.  However, the majority are strangers to us.  Personally, I believe that namaste is even more effective when used towards those we do not even know.  Why?  Because our friends and those we are close to usually know us a bit too well and often are not receptive to a new and different idea when it is presented to them by us.  It is in those we do not know that we can be most effective.  And once you have completed this rather quick act of namaste, the stranger just might ask you what it is you did and why you did it.  It is at this point, you will be able to share with this person a very unique idea, a gift that they may wish to share with another.  On the other hand, they could just dismiss you, letting you know that you are a couple of eggs short of a dozen.  That’s okay as well because you will most likely never see them again.  But more importantly, you will have grown just a touch more and probably gave them something to think about later.

Remember one other item, if you will.  It is something I have said before and it is a vital component of lasting change.  The small acts we practice each day, those are the things that bring about change in this, our world.  Remember as well that those small acts we speak of here can be good or bad.  They can bring about positive change or they can add to that negative spirit that so often pervades our planet.  We, you and I have the privilege of choosing what those changes can and will be.  Give thought to your choices and choose wisely, my friends.

I thank you as always for taking the time to review the words here and hope that it has been of some benefit.  Have a day which is blessed and share your blessings with those round’ about you.  I wish you a good evening and above all, Namaste!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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What is Hatred?

Hatred.  What is it exactly? The word has been around our world for a very long time.  And so has hatred.  But have you ever given thought to what the word means?  Hatred has many faces.  Is this not the truth?  There are so many ways to describe what hatred is.  And it takes upon itself so many different forms.  Hatred is always regarded as a bad thing, a negative thing. But, is that always the case?  Perhaps, perhaps not.

Hatred is what one race may feel towards another.  Hatred is one human being attacking another because of the color of his or her skin.  Hatred is a divisive thing, causing unrest and bitterness  to reside in one’s heart, causing increased narrow-mindedness and devouring the soul.  Hatred is a virus, eagerly infecting all those it comes in contact with, actually seeking out others whose emotional immune systems are not unlike its’ own, stunted in growth and deprived in spirit.  Hatred is taking the life of someone simply because they do not believe as you do.  It is the root of so many things that are despicable.  Hatred loves the dark.  There it can lie in the dank sour air that feeds its’ cancerous soul, devising new ways to spread its diseased cells to anyone who is foolish enough to open the door even a little.  Once the door is opened, Hatred will take the advantage, slipping in, usually unnoticed.  The occupant shivers for a moment, sensing something vile is nearby and then shrugs it off, oblivious to the fact that they have just become a host for this insidious disease that permeates our world today.  Hatred is always evil and always dangerous.

Or is it??  Hatred, once bridled can be constructive.  Hating the actions and results of Hatred can be a good thing.  Is it possible to hate with love, to cast the light of goodness into the dark corners where Hatred lives and thrives, to grab ahold of it with a vengeance and drag it, writhing and screaming into the purity of the sun?  Then Hatred, being forced into the light and stripped of power to spread its’ dark and often subtle poison would simply shrivel and die.  So, given that scenario, I believe that Hatred can be a good thing, don’t you?  I would (forgive me) hate to be wrong about something like that.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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