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Something Is Amiss Here ……….

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

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Reclaim It!!……..

 

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

  

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Just Go For It!………

“Go for it!” How often have we heard this phrase throughout our lives?  50 times?………100 times?…………….Perhaps 1,000 then?  In reality, we probably have heard these 3 small word used in this one small but powerful phrase more times than we can recall, yes?  “Go for it!”  We have heard this so often that the words lose their impact over time and they become…….Well, they become just 3 small words, don’t they?  Important words but not quite relevant in our day-to-day busy lives.  However, there was a time for many of us that the term “Go for it!” meant a great deal indeed.  When would that have been for you, my friend?  Undoubtedly it was at a time in your Life when you were focused in on your goals, on your dreams.  Undoubtedly it was at a time in your Life when you still embraced lofty ideals and did so with all the passion that lay within you.  It was at a time which was before the world and those well-meaning people around you were telling you that you needed to “get your head out of the clouds” and to “be realistic about things” and to “accept things for what they are and move on best you can and be content with your lot in Life”.  Sadly, the majority of us were spoon-fed this rhetoric as we grew up and became “responsible adults and productive members of society”.  And equally sad is that we have bought into these silly ideas and embraced them.  We have allowed ourselves, our very Spirits to become just that.  And that is what is most sad for nothing could be further from the truth.

“Go for it!”  You might be wondering what brought me to think of this tonight.  Oddly enough, it was a line from that great movie “Tin Cup” with stars Kevin Costner and Rene Russo.  If you have not seen it, do so.  It is excellent for its comedic content but also in the Life lesson it provides as well.  You see, so often we are taught that the way to succeed and better ourselves is to “lay up and take par”.  Translation here?  Play it safe and be satisfied with what others have accepted in this game.  In “Tin Cup”, this refers to the game of golf.  But I am speaking of this game we refer to as Life.  And while there are many parallels to be drawn between these two games, how we use the gift of Life has greater consequence than whether or not we make a hole in one. (And don’t get the wrong idea here.  I love playing golf!)  The point I am attempting to make here this evening is simply this.  Do not waste your Life energies playing it safe.  Do not be content to make par, as it were.  All this will bring to you is some level of mediocrity and a Life rewarded only by an uneasy discontent within. Instead, take a risk for it is only by doing so that Life’s game can truly be won and the player be truly rewarded.  Learn what it is to live, to really live.  In the movie, Molly Griswold (Rene Russo) says to Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy,  “Just go for it!  Just knock it on!  Go for it!”   This is what we must do if we are to realize our dreams and our passions.  Does this type of thinking make you a bit uneasy and even a little frightened?  Good!  It should for it tells you that you are stepping into the right direction and onto the right road.  We have for too long permitted the embrace of that which is less than we were meant to be.  And to feel uneasy about “Going for it!” means that you are beginning to wake from a deep sleep.  So feel that fear and recognize it.  Then walk through it.  In doing so, it will vanish for fear, you see is primarily smoke and mirrors.

So I say to you this night,  “Go for it!”  Be strong of heart and courageous in the face of fear!  Take the risk of truly living Life!!  Give yourself the permission that you know your Creator has already bestowed within and move onto the path Life has destined for you!  Dare greatly for it is only then that we can become the dynamic that we were born to be!  Now you may say that these are but words and I know not your circumstance and I know not what has befallen you in your life.  To that I can only say that while I cannot possibly know what your life has been up until now, I also know that which was your before does not have to be what is your now.  And by changing your now, the future that lies before you can and will change in dramatic fashion!  As for these words being nothing more than words……Yes, this is true.  But do remember that words are at the seat of True Power and words acted upon with clear intent have changed and will change the world, my friends.  This always has been and always will be true.  I read once that words, those which carried with them a fervor and sincerity that was uncommon in this world have even changed the mind of the One who brought us to be.  Just words?  No, these are so much more than simply words.

Good friends, the hour is late and I have gone longer than intended.  Please do remember that you were blessed with a Life that was to be lived and lived fully blessed, not a life that was to be endured.  No, no and no again!  Do not tarry any longer and waste not one more day.  You were born to be blessed and born to bless others!  In short I would say this…………“Go For It!!”

Goodness and blessings upon all who read this.  I trust this has been of benefit to you.  Take care one with another!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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God Loves You!……..

Has Life left you wondering

And you haven’t got a clue?

Well, remember this today, my friend

That God Loves You!

Have you had some disappointment?

Are you sad and oh so blue?

Then you best not forget, dear one

That God Loves You!

Have you suffered a lost love?

Is your job all but through?

Then I must truly tell you

That God Loves You!

Did the doctor give you bad news?

Is there nothing they can do?

Please, may I tell you something?

Your God Loves You!

Are you worried for the future?

Does your past Life torment you?

Then I will tell you once again

That God Loves You!

No matter what the problem

Or the issues that ensue,

You may always rest assured

That God Loves You!

Just ask in faith believing,

And He will be there on cue!

Now, know this thing for certain,

Your God Loves You!!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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He Wasn’t Sure….

He wasn’t sure.  He wasn’t sure how long he had been sitting there. At times it seemed as though it had been a long while but he wasn’t sure.  And at other times it seemed it as though it had been just a few moments but he wasn’t sure.    Quite frankly, the only thing he was certain about was that he wasn’t sure.  And that disturbed him greatly.  This much he knew for sure.  His life it seemed had been in a sort of limbo, stuck mid-way between living and not living.  He was very certain that he had been in this state for a long time.  But he was unsure as to just how long that had been for.  And he wasn’t sure how to make his way back to the land of the living, so long it had been since he left.  There were occasions when he thought that surely it would be easier to simply let go and leave, to try to find his way back.  But then that other part of him would whisper that he really, really needed to be sure that this was what he wanted to do for he could end up in a worse state than he was in presently.  So in listening to the voice of reason, he would forgo his decision and wait for the day to pass because he just wasn’t sure. But now he was unsure if this business of waiting was such a great idea after all.  To sit through Life as he had been could not be wise nor could it be prudent.  And why was this so?  Because there is no neutral in life.  No one can sit through Life because Life moves forward always.  We either move forward with its flow or we drown in its wake.  There is no in between.  We’ve all heard it said, haven’t we?  “Oh, he’s straddling the fence on that issue.”  Yet the truth of it is that there is no truth in that statement at all.  I looked up that phrase and to straddle the fence means to support both sides of an issue.  So, in reality one who “straddles” has no need to decide.  On the surface, this almost seems convenient, to have the luxury of pleasing everyone while benefitting no one, least of all ones self.

Again I say this evening, there is no such thing as neutrality in Life.  One cannot straddle the fence or better put, not make a decision because in not deciding, we have already chosen, yes?  This is the quandary our young hero in this piece had found himself in, caught betwixt and between as it were.  His inability to make a decision had, over time put him into a position of becoming unsure, not just in one area but in all facets of his Life.  He wasn’t sure. And in the beginning, it seemed such an easy route to travel.  After all, the young man had no accountability to anyone and better still, he had no accountability to Life itself!  Everything was okay because no matter what view was taken, all views were acceptable.  However, as his life continued (for Life stands still for no one) and the weeks turned into months and the months into years, this fellow no longer quite so young found himself at an impasse.  And you almost felt sorry for him because he had hardly a clue as to how he had reached this particular juncture since he had deemed all roads as acceptable.  For you see, with all roads being  acceptable be they right or wrong, he had chosen to travel no road at all.  And he had done so because he wasn’t sure. By the way, do you know the definition of the word impasse?  I had only a general idea so I took at look at how Mr. Webster defined this word.  The word impasse is defined as “a position or situation from which there is no escape; a deadlock or standstill; a road or way that has no outlet”.  And all of this as a result of being unsure.  Think about this for a moment.  I am sure that this individual started out his Life differently and saw perhaps the journey that lay before him as one full of adventure  and of great promise.  Yet he had allowed the gift of surety to become the burden of uncertainty and because of this, the grand Life his Creator had destined for him could not and would not come to fruition.  Worse still, those whose lives would have been blessed and enriched by the completion of this young mans destiny would never come to know what he was meant to bring to this world simply because he wasn’t sure.

    Now to all of this, you may say something like, “Well, a person cannot always be sure about everything!  We all have times when we feel unsure for we are only human!”  And to that I would say that you are entirely and completely correct, my friend.  But you see, the error comes in when we become rooted in the Land of Uncertainty by relying solely on our own emotions and intellect.  This is when we lose our way and become unsure.  This is when the tentacles of uncertainty and indecision quietly wrap themselves around the Spirit we carry within, slowly constricting and tightening and all the while cutting us off from the Divine oxygen needed for growth and survival.  It is a process which is incremental by design.  And as such, we are most often unaware that it is in process, if you will.  In this way, our lives are rendered useless and become stagnant which disallows our true Purpose to be realized and fulfilled.  Is this making a degree of sense here this evening?  I would hope that this is so.  For you see, my friends…….That fellow spoken of here?  He is me and I am him.  And believe me, this is not an admission that I take enjoyment in sharing.  The Life meant for me, that Life which is one of fulfillment and truth and blessing to those round’ about me has been taken over by a life that is not really life at all.  I have not been sure for quite some time now and therein lies the dilemma.  Yet I do know the solution and am now travelling the road that will bring me to that solution.  And as I travel now, I am becoming less unsure and so much more certain of the road beneath my feet.  My friends, may I assure you that this is indeed a good feeling for it is most definitely just that.  As you may know, one of the universal laws set forth by our Creator is that when one moves forward with surety in the direction of their purpose or dream, Life itself bids them welcome and moves along with them.  This does not mean however that there will be no adverse conditions somewhere along the Path.  But it does mean that overcoming such adversity will give the traveler the opportunity for growth and will also make the final destination just that much sweeter and rewarding, to be sure!   With your kind permission, I would like to make mention of one other thing.  I’ve not put pen to paper in quite some time, this due to my allowing day-to-day life to keep me from what is a True Life.  I was struggling along this evening on a different piece of work, determined to grease my “writers wheels”, if you will.  After about an hour, I made some type of computer error and botched what I was working on in good fashion.  Frustrated and ready to simply hang it up, I came across this “He wasn’t sure” that I had made note of months ago.  It seemed to draw me in this evening and so here we are.  It has been said that the coincidences in Life are the Creators way of remaining anonymous.  Perhaps this is the truth of it.  In any event, I trust that this was of some benefit to someone tonight.  Please do not give in to the web of uncertainty in your Life for left unchecked, it will cause you to lose your Life and I mean that in every sense of the word.  Rely not on your own understanding and wisdom especially when there is Divine direction awaiting you always.  All one needs do is ask for it and with a sincere heart, be ready to receive it as well.  And do be sure of this as well………If you are unsure of what to do, look towards your Creator and He will guide you to your next step.  This is something of which you may be sure.  Have a good night and a grand tomorrow.  May the blessings of the coming days be yours to share!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Hey You There!……Yes, You!…….What Are You Waiting For??

Good evening, my friends! Do I have your full attention at this moment?  I would hope that I do because the question reflected above is a most serious one indeed.  I am asking because the question is one that we will not ask ourselves most of the time.  It is so much easier to simply move on with our day and with a life that we have become comfortable with, a life that is not in accord with our gifts or our reason for being here but rather one that we have deemed as acceptable.  You see, reaching for what is higher has always required more effort and always will.  It is so much easier for one to simply stand with their arms hanging at their sides. Is this not the truth of it after all?  Or is it not at least how we tend to perceive things to be so often?  And it is easy to feel this way because Life often gives you no quarter, no break and no reprieve.  It seems that so often when we reach higher, there is some force which seems to push against us and after a while it just seems more prudent to stop reaching, to stop trying and to accept that our life really is not so bad after all.  So, with a bit of rationale we resign ourselves to a life that is average at best.  But hey!…..Everyone else seems to be fairly satisfied with their life, right?   And am I any better or any different from the next person?  This is the line of thought that has allowed the curse of mediocrity to become so entrenched in our world today.  And to answer my own question for you…….No, I am not better than others, to be sure.  But I thank my Creator that I am different from others.  I suppose therein lies the beauty and the truth of choice.  I choose to be different and I choose not to allow the word mediocre into my vocabulary.  And I am able to do so because just like you, my Creator has enabled me and has endowed me with seeds of greatness to reach heights previously unknown to me.  And for this, I am forever thankful.

Now dear reader, I would say to you that you are no different from me in your ability to be different, to be unique and to be that special person you were meant to be.  The gifts and the talents, those seeds of greatness that were given to you?  My friend, what lies within you is the very vehicle you were blessed with and it is that vehicle that awaits you.  It is designed to take you along the road that Life has mapped out for you and it is only by traveling that road that you will be able to realize and fulfill your destiny.  Is this making sense to you just now?  Can you see the logic at work here?  It is all so very true.  And please do make note of the fact that I used the word logic here and not rationale.  Rationale or the process of rationalization is that insidious creature which has woven its way into the fabric of our lives.  Rationale demeans our spirit and causes us to accept less than what we were meant to be blessed with.  May I suggest that you reference the word logic and see its definition and how it differs from that other word.  Logic is an indication of something that is planned, a part of a formula whose final answer can only be a matter of truth, yes?

And it seems that I have not changed very much, I suppose.  I have wandered off point as I often do.  Or perhaps I have only been laying the ground work with which to reference my original question?  I believe this to be the case after all.  So with your kind permission, I would like to present this query to you once again.  What are you waiting for?!! I am of course making a direct reference to your Life or perhaps better said, the Life you were meant to live.  Why do we insist on living the ordinary when we were placed here to live the extraordinary??  Why do you think that is, friends?  There is a myriad of reasons that we give to ourselves and to others.  (And most often, those others are quite happy to commiserate with you so as to keep you at the Life level they have accepted themselves!)  One of the most popular reasons (excuses?) we like to invoke is the statement that “It is just too difficult.  It is too hard.”  Well of course, it’s hard!  Did you really believe that embracing the person you were born to be and growing into the formation of what is to be your Life was going to be easy?  Such an undertaking involves that word we seldom enjoy using and that word is change.  Change requires a person to……Well, it requires a person to change.  What other way is there to say it really?  In order to change, one must be willing to step out of where they are comfortable and step in to an entirely new dimension.  This not only brings discomfort but is also very daunting, yes?  What if I am not up to taking this on?  How will it look if I make a mistake or even worse, what if I fail??  I don’t believe I am enough within to succeed in that area.  How will this be received by my peers?  All of these questions and many others tend to fill our minds and with our minds full of doubt, there is no room for what is true and honest.  And the honest truth is that your Creator has provided you with what you require and more so that you may fulfill your purpose in this, our world.  And I know this to be true for there is no guile in Him.

So you there!…….Yes, you!………….What are you waiting for??  You and I are given but one life here, a span of years on this planet and nothing more.  And to be quite plain about it, even tomorrow is not promised to you or I.  Those talents and gifts, those passions that are your heart?  You do know that they are but on loan to you?  Are you going to utilize them and in doing so, create a Life of abundance for yourself and others?  As you are aware, it is only in giving and blessing others that we are blessed in return and that twice over.  Or is it your desire to, at the end of your Life, return the very gifts given you, unopened and unused and having benefitted no one?  My friend, you must make a decision and t’would be wise to do so even now. Have not we all waited long enough already?  Isn’t it past time for us to move away from that state of mediocrity which has us so ensnared?  Should we not realize now that we are indeed different from others (No, not better than others. Just different) and that being different permits us to indeed reach higher and stretch the very boundaries which once confined our minds and spirits.  My friend, are you ready to step into that life that Life so desperately wants to give you this day?  Are you ready and able to bring blessing and goodness to those round’ about you?  And your eyes?  Are those eyes ready to see what you were unable to see before?  For you see, once the eyes of your spirit are truly opened, the scales of limited vision will fall away and you will see things as you have never seen them.  It is true.  It is so, so true.  “Come along now with Me.  Come along and test Me and discover My truths.”  This is what your Creator bids you do.  He asks but never demands for He is a gentleman.  But He does indeed ask that we be bold enough to test the words He has given so freely.

So my question to you remains.  Have you given your answer just yet?  Only you know if you have done so.  And whether you chose to answer or chose not to answer, you have made a choice either way.  Remember please this…….It is in the choices that we make that our lives are determined.  Sooooo……..What are you waiting for?? 

Thank you this evening for your time and patience.  I am in hope that these words will be of benefit to some of you.  I really do not know how these pieces are going to come out most of the time.  I simply follow the road I am on, if you will.  Be blessed and take care one with another.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Nelson Mandela…….

I read this evening of the passing of Nelson Mandela.  As my mind absorbed this piece of information, a quiet sadness stole over me.  I know of no other way to describe what I felt.  Our world lost a wonderful person today, a person of stature and of honor.  Nelson Mandela was one whose life was wisdom defined.  And I do not speak of the watered-down intellect that passes for wisdom so often in our societies today.  I am speaking of wisdom that is true and pure.  Nelson Mandela traveled the roads which lead to true wisdom. He was indeed mindful that the trek would not be always a pleasant one and that those roads, the roads of Love and of Tolerance would be unpaved and unfrequented by the masses.  Yet he freely chose to undertake this journey which is ironic since he was imprisoned for the choice he made so freely.  Truly an amazing gentleman, this Nelson Mandela.

What you have just read are but a few of the thoughts I was having this evening.  But then something unusual, even extraordinary began to happen.  I began to wonder what Mr. Mandela’s view on his passing would be.  It seemed almost that I could hear his voice in the room and he was saying, “My friend, do not weep nor be saddened by my passing.  My life was of my choosing.  Would you be so foolish as to believe that I did not know where the road I travelled would take me?  I knew well the possible consequences of the stand I was making. But I chose to make that stand.  There was no other choice for me.  It was the reason I was placed upon this earth, my purpose for being here.  You see, as much as I valued my own freedom, I valued the freedom of humanity even more.  So please do not be sad for me, kind sir.”

I thought about this for a bit but could not be completely satisfied with the words I had heard.  There was still another issue that disturbed me greatly.  It was the injustice served upon this fine man.  27 years of imprisonment no less!  One may as well say that one-third of Nelson Mandela’s life had been stolen from him.  Where is the justice in that?  I do realize that he experienced years of freedom upon his release from prison. But this is just wrong, isn’t it?  Where is the retribution for those who so blatantly imprisoned this fine spirit?  What of that?

As if hearing my thoughts, Nelson Mandela gently interrupted me and asked if I would listen for just a few moments and then perhaps I might come to understand his answer to my angry questions.  He spoke to me then and I will never forget his words for as long as I have breath in my body.  “I appreciate your concern for me”,  said he. “But I would like you to do something for me just now please.  Close your eyes for a moment and I will take your hand.  When I do so, you will see the world of Apartheid as I saw it then. However, I only intend to give you a brief look for that is all you will need to see.  Will you take my hand now?”

I did as he asked and took his hand in mine.  What I saw in those few seconds was more horror, more pain and more hatred than you could possibly imagine. Tears flowed from my eyes and my heart broke as I saw thousands of people, good and kind people being beaten and being burned alive.  There were bodies everywhere it seemed.  I looked to my left and there was a mass grave where bodies lay one upon another.  I swung my gaze to the right so as to escape the horrible vision of that grave and was only given a moments relief for there in front of me was one of the members of the Apartheid with hatred in his eyes and laughter on his lips.  He was in the process of laying to waste a family who lived in a local village.  It was much too much for my spirit.  I broke down sobbing as I released my grasp on Nelson Mandela’s hand.  When I opened my eyes, I was back here once again with tears running down my cheeks.  The kind Mr. Mandela spoke once again to me in a voice that was as gentle as it was strong.  He said, “My friend, perhaps you now see more clearly what this was all about, yes?  Perhaps you know now why I made the choices that I made.  Was it a sacrifice for me to do so?  Indeed it was.  Was it too great a sacrifice you might ask?  No, it was not too great a sacrifice.  It has been said that there is no greater gift then that a man lay down his life for a friend.  As it turned out, I did not have to lay down my life but I would’ve done so had it come to that.  You said the 27 years that were taken from me angered you?  Well, I would be lying if I said that I was happy and in good accord with losing those years.  But can you see what was gained here by the sacrifice that one person was willing to make?  I showed to you a glimpse of Apartheid and the horror and injustice that ran rampant then.  I was instrumental in ending that horror.  It was the reason for my life, my purpose if you will.  And by accepting and travelling the road appointed to me by Life, I was able to change the lives of millions of people.  I may have some regrets but I do not regret taking the road chosen for me by my Creator.  Oh and one more thing, if I may?  You mentioned before that they had imprisoned my fine spirit for 27 years.  You could not be more wrong.  It was my body that was locked away.  My spirit and my mind were always free and always will be.  No one can imprison your spirit unless you give them permission to do so.  Are we clear on that point as well?”

I could only nod my head in the affirmative at this point.  My thoughts were swirling about in my mind, torn between the anger I had felt and the stunned disbelief I was now feeling.  I mean, everything he had said made sense, of course.  But I sensed there was something else present in this fine man who stood here.  I knew what it was but couldn’t comprehend how it could be possible.  You see, Nelson Mandela carried within him the Spirit of Forgiveness.  He had forgiven those who wronged him long ago for all they had done to him.  I looked at him again for he seemed to know my thoughts tonight.  He smiled that great smile of his and whispered into my mind then….”Yes, good friend.  You have the complete formula now.  Love and tolerance = True wisdom.  And when one has true wisdom, one truly knows the value of forgiveness because our greatest strength lies in the power of forgiving others.  Now I would ask what it is you intend to do with this formula.  For you see, with wisdom comes accountability.”

With my eyes brimming and tears spilling onto my cheeks, I bowed my head for I knew Nelson Mandela was correct.  There was unforgiveness which was very much alive in my heart.  I had always known that to forgive is divine and all of that.  But I never had truly realized how much it was damaging my spirit.  I determined then and there to make forgiveness a priority going forward.  It will free those that I forgive, yes.  But just as importantly, the act of forgiveness will give me permission to live fully and become strong in my heart once more.  Love + tolerance=True wisdom=Forgiveness=Strength and Power!  Wow!!

I raised my head to give a sincere thank you to Mr. Mandela, to shake his hand and see once more his smile.  I was not altogether surprised when I saw he had left however.  But the gift he bestowed upon me remained.  I wish for you to have this formula as well.  I am sure that Mr. Mandela won’t mind terribly.  So, here it is for you one more time.  Love and tolerance=True wisdom=Forgiveness=Strength and Power.    Avail yourself to these words and apply them to your respective lives.  Share this formula with those you know for it is the truth of life.  Be blessed.

One last note here, if I may.  I was hesitant in writing this and actually did not plan on it coming out the way it did.  But I felt compelled to do so.  With that said, I truly hope I did not take any careless freedoms with Nelson Mandela’s good name.  He is a hero of mine and I would never disrespect him or the legacy he left us.  Let us allow his wisdom to imprint upon our hearts and minds, yes?  Nelson Mandela, I thank you for your goodness and for what you accomplished for this world with your life.  You are a good man with a fine spirit which will continue to live among us, if we are wise.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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It Is Time To Begin Again……..

There may be a few of you this night that need to hear these words.  Six small but very powerful words.  It is time to begin again.  I know that they are words that I need to hear, to be sure.  How many times have we begun the journey that Life has for us only to become distracted by the cares and stresses that arise along the way?  Then before we know it, the progress we were making towards our purpose simply comes to a halt and the process of regression gains a foothold. And with regression can come depression.  We can begin to feel defeated.  We can begin to wonder what is the point anyway?  This is the manner in which so many people simply give up and never become who they were destined to be.  Life can indeed be daunting at times.  I am aware of this as are you.  At times it can almost feel like Life is out to get you which is of course, not the truth of it at all.  Now, there are those times in our lives when we can be tested by Life and it is during those times that we are blessed with the opportunity to grow and to change as we proceed towards our purpose, towards our destiny.  However since we are all human, we can allow ourselves to be thrown off-course, to be sure.  It is the way of it oftentimes.  But one should never view Life as an entity that works in direct opposition to our goals and dreams.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  It is a fact that to bring greater strength to steel, it must be forged.  I looked up the definition of the word “forged” and it means to “to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape”.  It also means to “to form or make, especially by concentrated effort; to fashion”.   And when steel has gone through the process of forging, it becomes stronger than it had been before.  I guess what I am trying to say here is the strengthening of our character or the “testing of our metal” if you will, while not always easy is designed for our benefit.  Call it “preparedness for what lies ahead”, if you like for that is in essence what it is.  Even the Bible states to “count it all joy when you are beset by various trials”.  These are the times when we are permitted to grow the most if we respond correctly.  And yes, I do realize that this is something that is often easier said than done.  I know because I have gone through the process myself.  I know because I am going through such a process even now.  And I am determined that with the aid of my Creator, I will win the day!

And it seems that as is my habit, I have veered off subject a bit.  My message to you this evening is a simple one and one that should bring hope to any and all who have become stalled in the pursuit of their Life purpose.  The message is that it is time to begin again!  It is never too late to begin again the journey of the fulfillment of purpose.  Do not ever believe that it is too late for it is not.  If you still have breath, your time has not yet passed.  In actuality, to have the temerity to say that it is too late to begin again is a slap in the face of the Creator.  He has placed within each of us a bit of His own divine Spirit and only waits for us to connect with that Spirit.   For when we do so, He is then able to step in and increase the Divine spark that is alive within.  Does any of this strike a chord with any of you?  As is so often, I am kind of feeling my way along here.  But the words I am permitted this evening are resonating in accord with my own Spirit.  This is the barometer by which truth is measured, yes?  This is most often how we know.  I will tell you that tonight, I began 4 other writings and each one simply brought me into a blind alley which is quite frustrating.  But what I am writing here just now seems to be as it should.

Have you been brought into a blind alley in your pursuit of purpose today?  Have you allowed circumstances and trials to keep you from the journey towards your Destiny?  Those seeds of greatness that were growing within you?  Have they withered and become silent due to the fact that you are no longer becoming the person you were meant to be?  If this be true, then please do not chastise yourself over it any longer.  It is in degradation that we lose ourselves and it is in the abasement of ourselves that we cause the gift of our Divinity to lose its warm glow which ultimately deadens our soul.

It is time to begin again!  These very words should breathe air, new and afresh into our hearts, yes?  These words bring to us a powerful and wonderful message.  These words are not meant in a negative fashion that would tell us to “get off our lazy duff and get back in the game”.  No, no and no again!  What these six words are telling us this night is that it is not too late to begin again!  These words further proclaim that now, today is indeed the time to begin again!  It is time to finish the journey that Life has set before us!  It is time to realize our fulfillment of purpose and in doing so, we will know true abundance of Spirit!  Can you see how this is true?

We are, all and each one of us placed here in this world, each born with separate and distinct gifts.  Some of us have the gift of song and some are artists.  Some are writers and others are teachers.  Many have been blessed with the ability to listen, to be a listener which is one of the greatest gifts of all.  Most of us can certainly hear but only a few can truly listen. I believe it is the listeners of our world that are of great blessing to those they come in contact with.  You see, the definition of the word talent or gift goes well beyond a general definition.  What are your particular gifts, my friend?  I suppose my point here is that our gifts and talents are quite diverse.  My question to all of us this evening is are we availing ourselves to what lies within us in order that our world be blessed and therefore our own destiny be fulfilled?

It is time to begin again.  To those reading these words this night, I would only say this.  If you have not paused in the pursuit of what you have been called to do, I applaud you most heartily and my prayers are for your continuance.  For those who have ceased and perhaps even given up traveling the road that Life has called you to, I would urge to begin again.  Our world is in dire need of what you possess, the blessing of the gift or gifts that only you can provide.  And if I may, none of us can ever truly be happy or content with who we are until we become who it is we were meant to be.  Perhaps that is the real meaning of the phrase “To thine own self be true”. 

It is time to begin again.  Words that bring with them a message of hope and new beginnings for us all, yes?  The hour is late and I have gone long once again.  But I felt that this was of importance to someone somewhere.  I do thank you for your time and kind indulgence.  Decide today for yourself that it is indeed time to begin again and then do begin again.  In doing so, you will bless others and be blessed in return, to be sure.  I wish you a kind and good evening.  Take care with yourselves.  Until we meet next time…….

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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What Crime Are You Guilty Of?

This is perhaps an odd question, I suppose.  But perhaps it is not so strange after all.  I had a rare day off from my everyday job this day.  Today is of course, the 4th of July.  Independence Day.  And I started thinking of my life and my day-to-day routines.  Like so many of us, the week consists mainly of rising up, going to work and then going home.  This is followed the next day by rising once again, going to work and returning home.  And the pattern continues day upon day, week upon week and year upon year.  Now indeed we must or at least should work and contribute.  That is a given.  There is no crime in doing so.  So what is it then that I am driving at, you may ask?

My point is simply this.  I realized today that what I have been over these last several months is a willing participant in a crime, a tragic crime in which I have allowed myself to become the victim.  And what is the crime I am guilty of?  I am guilty of having become a thief.  I have been stealing much-needed nourishment from my spirit by being so entrenched in my job that I have not been doing one of the very things I was put on this earth to do.  I have ceased writing over these last few months because I have allowed my job to consume me entirely.  Does this make sense to any of you?  The worst wrongs that can be committed are the ones we commit against ourselves.  I have noticed a marked reduction in my Life energy as a result of the neglect I have shown towards my soul and the gifts I have been given.

The message I am conveying here, although a bit awkwardly, is simply this.  By all means, tend to your job each day and give your best always.  And by all means, tend to your family and those you love always.  Let them know they are uppermost in your heart and embrace them with your Spirit.  But do not do any of these things by committing crimes against yourself.  Do not begin to steal from yourself by not honoring the gifts and talents that our Creator has given to you.  When you become a thief such as this, not only will you suffer and lose blessing in your life but so will those around you, those who reside in the very Spirit you are stealing from.  I trust that this makes a degree of sense to any who read this.  My writing is rusty and my mind is tired.  But I think perhaps you may get an idea of what I am trying to convey.

We are all given gifts in this Life and all of us have a unique purpose we were put here to fulfill.  What might your purpose be?  If you know your Life destiny, then go now and pursue it for there is no other person on this planet who can do it for you.  There are many who await the blessings that only you can bring to them.  If you know not the road that Life has set before you to follow, then be tenacious and seek with diligence the Life path that is your birthright.  For if you do so, what has been purposed for you will become evident.  And yes, there are many who, although they may not know it just yet, are waiting for and in need of the blessings you will bring their way.  Do not allow yourself to become sidetracked or even worse, derailed  by the everyday storms and distractions that will come your way.  I say to you that it is those very storms and distractions that are often designed to keep you from the greatness and goodness of purpose that is destined for you.  Be wise and remember that Life always presents to us choices.  And we must always choose for even if we choose not to make a choice, we have still indeed chosen, yes?  What can be difficult is living with the choice or choices we have made.  Ladies and gentlemen, I would tell you then to choose wisely and even prayerfully.  Remember as well that it is in our blessing and service to others that we are blessed in return and in good measure.

In closing and at the risk of being redundant, I would ask you this question again.  Are you guilty of  this crime, the crime of stealing from your own soul and spirit?  Take time out and do a bit of introspection.  I would also encourage us to be honest during this examination and be sure not to rationalize to assuage our conscience.  By the way, if you break down the word “rationalize”, do you know what you will come up with?  I will tell you just now.  Rationalize broken down to its base really just means “rational lies” and by telling ourselves rational lies, it is so much easier to avoid the accountability that our Destiny demands of us.  And believe me, I am preachin’ to the choir here, as they say.  I have indeed been guilty of crimes against myself as of late.  So then, let us be good to ourselves and true to our Life path, yes?

Thank you for your kind attention tonight.  Give thought to what we discussed for it is so much the truth.  Take care with yourselves.  May the blessings of today and those of tomorrow be yours to share.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr

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Carry On……..

Carry on!  These two words carry within much wisdom and much power.  So often in life we must do just that.  We must carry on.  And to be quite honest, these words are most often not easily entreated by you and I.  Why is this so?  Let us think about this for a moment or two.  What would be an accurate definition of this small phrase “Carry on!”  I don’t know about you but the very word carry brings to mind the idea of something that is heavy and burdensome.  Upon hearing this word, I see in my mind one who is plodding along slowly, slightly bowed beneath a cumbersome load that has been strapped to their back.  Isn’t that our general perception is of this rather unpopular word?  There are so many associations to be made with this word carry, yes?  We have all heard someone say at one time or another, “Oh, they seem to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.”  That very phrase tends to make one just a bit more tired.  And do we not always have to carry in the groceries from the car, a chore that none of us really enjoy.  It is simply something that must needs be done.  Perhaps that is what I am trying to get at this evening.  To carry anything is viewed as something that must be done, as a burdensome chore and the sooner it is completed, the sooner we will experience relief.  Am I very far off of what the general consensus would be here?  I am glad we are agreed then for I feel as though I couldn’t carry on in this manner much longer.

However, I will confess that the idea of this word has made me curious.  So let us see what Mr. Webster has to say about this troublesome word “carry”, shall we?  It seems there are a great many ways to define this word.  If you will indulge me, I would like to share just a few of them with you.  Carry properly defined does indeed mean to “hold or support while moving” ( as in “He carried a heavy backpack as he walked the trail.” )  It can also mean to “support the weight or responsibility of” ( such as “She carried a heavy course load for that semester.” )   But upon looking further, I found many positive and even uplifting definitions for this word we do not care much for.  Let me ask you, have you ever burst into song and allowed the music to fill your heart?  This is sometimes referred to as carrying a tune and it does not matter how good one’s voice may be.  If it strikes you to sing, you will find that the music tends to carry you into a feeling of goodness and of joy.  It is quite true you know.

The word carry can also mean to hold or move the body or a part of it in a particular way.  For example, “She carried herself in such an elegant manner”.  I do believe I am seeing a positive trend here in our definition of this word.  Let us try a few more, shall we?  Here are but a few and I must say I am gaining a whole new perspective of and respect for this down-trodden word.  Okay now, here we go  –  To give impetus to; to propel forward. To be successful in; to win over.  For instance, “We lost the game but carried the match resulting in an overall win.”  Or how about “To gain the sympathy of; to win over as in “The amateur’s enthusiasm carried the audience.”  And to carry on  can be defined as to maintain; to conduct such as carrying on a successful business.  Now I will not list all of the ways that the word carry is used but I will tell you that the dictionary listed 26 variations on the just the word alone.  And most of these were very positive in their use.

Now you may ask, “Why go into such depth over one word or even such a small phrase?”  To be honest, I was wondering about that myself.  I suppose it is because our use of language and our perception of the words that we speak each day tend to define our very lives.  Think about it for a moment or two.  When we were discussing the unfortunate fellow who was walking along carrying that heavy backpack, how did you feel as compared to what you felt when you were carrying a tune?  And what of the student who carried a heavy course load that semester?  Each example brought forth a different emotion from you, did it not?

So what is my point here exactly?  I believe I am beginning to realize it this evening as we continue along.  Carry on……  It is very important that we do so in life.  Our lives and the lives of those we love depend on it.  Our very world is dependent on the fact that we do indeed carry on.  But how do we view this idea, this concept of carrying on?  Is it a burdensome thing that has been placed upon our shoulders that bends our spirits low, so low in fact that we are no longer looking upwards towards our Source. towards the One who gives us Joy and Strength in the morning and Peace in the evening time?   Or do we count it as a privilege to carry on, to allow ourselves and those we care for to be propelled forward into the good that Life has for us and to experience the success and blessing of carrying on in the true sense of this small but powerful phrase?

Allow me to add one more thought, if I may.  We were placed upon this, our world to exemplify the One who brought us to be.  And perhaps the best way for us to accomplish this is to demonstrate by our actions the true and proper definition of carrying on, if you will.  For you see, as others notice the manner in which we choose to carry on, many will lean in the direction of our example and adjust their course accordingly.  This is how change occurs.  This is the way in which to change our world.

 “Carry on…..” 

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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