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You Can’t Take It With You!……..

How true this statement is, yes?  You can’t take it with you!  I was actually watching the movie by the same name today.  An old movie, to be sure starring Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore and Edward Arnold.  Excellent actors all, I must say.  And for some reason, the title of the movie really hit home for me this day.  You can’t take it with you!  And we cannot, can we?  Now I realize that this phrase most often refers to the idea that one cannot take their money with them when they take leave of this world.  However, it occurred to me that there is so much more than currency and possessions that are not permitted to join us when we die.  What about the time allotted during our lifespan?  What of the days, the hours and even the minutes that make up our lives?  Obviously, when Life ceases for us, so does any remaining time that we thought we had more of.

Friends, let me say that Time is the most precious of all commodities.  It is the only thing that cannot be bought back no matter how well-financed a person may be.  Is this not the truth after all?  You can’t take it with you!  Now if this be true, then why do we squander so precious a gift?  And another thing that has always puzzled me is that so many people while they do not squander it, seem to believe they can hoard time away so as not to waste it.  What I mean to say here is that folks who will not throw it away on raucous living will seemingly not make use of the time given them at all.  Perhaps they are waiting for “the time to be right”.  We have all heard of that person who was just biding their time and when the time came, when all their ducks were in a row, they would strategically make their move into a life that was best suited for them.  How absurd this way of thinking is!  It is said in Scripture that those who live by the credo “Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die!” are viewed as foolish in our Creators’ eyes.  This same principle is equally applicable to those who are waiting patiently for those ducks to line up in proper order.  Those who are biding their time are squandering this wonderful gift as much as those who are living a life of no account.  Make no mistake about this, folks.

You can’t take it with you!  Keep this phrase before you daily.  Remember it every time you are engaged in the pursuit of your dreams.  Is it your ambition to enjoy a career in the field of music?  If so, what is keeping you from it other than your own dalliance?  What is that you say?  You have not the funds for proper voice lessons which is why you are biding your time?  Balderdash and poppycock!  If this be so, then join a choir at your local church.  If this be so, have you not heard of karaoke which is offered so often at various establishments round about town?  My friend, think of ways to make effective use of the time given you and do not squander said time by thinking of reasons that you cannot move forward just yet. And this applies to each and everyone, be it a future author or teacher, speaker or business person.  We must stop waiting for time to be right for that time will never come unless we are good stewards of the time allotted us.  And if we are brutally honest with ourselves, we will admit that most often our search for the proper ducks that will fit in the proper row is really due to the fact that we are somewhat fearful of moving into our dream that leads to our Purpose.  This is very true and it is only not only proper but also wise that we admit it to be true.  Fear must be recognized before it can be addressed and must be addressed before it can be conquered, yes?  And permit me one thing further, if you will?  It is alright to be afraid at times and yes, it is particularly alright to be fearful of one’s dreams.  Does this sound a bit odd to you for I know it does to me right now and I am the one putting pen to paper here!  But think about it for a few moments, please.  A dream is in reality a goal and it is always something that requires the act of reaching higher than our present situations and circumstances.  A dream inevitably brings to our lives the probability of change.  Change is something that causes anxiousness and discomfort because it brings with it difficulty most often.  So yes, if we are honest about it, our dreams and indeed the very thing that we desire that we may be fulfilled in our Life brings with it a level of fear.  And as stated previously, become comfortable with the notion that you will be afraid of your aspirations.  I would say to us all that we should go as far as to embrace fully that fear that would keep us from what would be our birthright.  However, do remember that the embracement of this monster is not to welcome it into your home.  To embrace and enfold this fear is being done in order that you may give thanks since it has helped you towards your dream.  You see, once we see fear for what it really is, a short path of smoke and mirrors signifying nothing,  we can then grow and move boldly into the direction of our dreams.  Just make sure to be not afraid of fear, yes?

 

Now, I see that I have certainly strayed from our discussion of the idea that “You can’t take it with you!”  Of course, I suppose I could indicate that if we are to make effective use of that gift of Time so as to set forth towards our goals and dreams, where Fear is concerned, it is safe to say that You can’t take it with you!  However true that is (and it is!), it is still a pretty big stretch, isn’t it?  So, instead I will simply admit to the propensity I seem to have with regards to wandering off point.  So much better to be honest about things, yes?  Though I will say that where this issue of time and our use or misuse of it, the words tonight are in earnest.  Please do set your vision firmly and take steps daily towards your dreams.  Even one or two smaller steps forward are better than remaining stationary for Time is not a friend to us unless we show ourselves to be friendly.  Do not bide your time and do not wait for those ducks for they will never fly in formation.  Instead be sure to treasure those hours and put to good use those moments each and every day so that you will lay hold to the dreams that are your heart.

 

Take care with yourselves. Be good to yourselves and bless all those you meet along the way!  Abundance in Life is my prayer for you and yours.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr. 

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