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Your Place In This World…

Do you ever wonder what your place is in the world? Or perhaps what it is you are to contribute to this world and in what area your particular talent or gift should be shared? I know I have and often. Actually I was contemplating this very thing the other night when something occurred to me, something that was right before my eyes all along. Allow me to explain if I can. In determining our path, we must not only follow our passion. We must also pay attention to those things that cause us to truly feel, those things that stir our heart in a most deep and singular manner.
I discovered this within a memory of my own, you see. Many years back, I had watched a movie entitled “Crocodile Dundee” and it was the subway scene at the end of the movie that affected me deeply and brought me to tears. Perhaps you remember it. The young lady in the movie realized she loved Dundee and raced to the subway platform to stop him from leaving, from going “walk about “. Can you see the scene just now? The platform was a mass of humanity and though she shouted to him, he could not hear her. She then attempted to get through the crowd to reach him but to no avail. It seemed that he would leave without knowing that she had chosen him as her love. But then a very wonderful thing happened. The folks in the that crowd of New Yorkers began to help her by passing her words along to Crocodile Dundee, letting him know how she felt about him. And then further, they allowed him to reach her by letting him walk across their collective shoulders so that the two of them could be together. We all remember this, yes?
It was that part of the movie that brought me to tears and not because the two lovers found each other. Rather, it was the coming together of folks, good, everyday folks that actually caused this to come about. They became united in their effort and were as one to make something powerful come into being. That is what stirred my soul and caused me to cry tears of happiness and tears of hope for what we could be if we lived in such a way as this.
I have noticed over the years since that incidents like this, whether in a film or real life always bring to my heart this deep and singular emotion. It is things such as these that cause my very soul to come alive with joy as well as pain. Joy in the knowledge of all we can be and pain in the knowledge that we are not these things and in knowing that we cheat ourselves from truly living simply because we turn away from such a unity.
But in returning to my original line of thought, this is how I have come to know what is to be my direction towards my Purpose. I’ve yet to determine the area or the place for me to be. But I shall find out and I shall know. For I truly must know, you see? If I do not come to this knowledge, then I can never truly be. And if we cannot truly be who we were meant to be, then what is the point after all?
So my friends, I would say to you all that do follow your passion and use well the gifts and talents you have been blessed with. By all means, do so for our world has need of you. Believe that for it is true. Yet do be aware of what you feel and identify that deep and singular stirring within your spirit and your heart for it is your compass and your guide that will direct your path and lead you to the area and location of your Destiny.
May your day be blessed and that in abundance!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Cast Out The Darkness…..Bring Forth The Light!……

Good day, my good friends! I am trusting that you and yours are well and blessed.  I felt compelled to share with you a brief message just now.  It is one of simplicity but it is one of importance.  So here it is just now.  Bring unto the darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more.  Where there is hopelessness, offer to those so afflicted a message of hope. Where love is absent, bring to that situation the love that will heal and fill the Spirits of those who are suffering from this malady.  Know that those who are untouched by Love’s gift are indeed in pain for a life without the ingredient of love is one of suffering and isolation of mind.  And where hatred and anger is present, bring to the table only kindness, compassion and love.  It has been said that a soft answer turneth away wrath.  This message was true and necessary then and its wisdom is even more relevant and needed in the world we live in today.  This planet we call home seems to have an over abundance of impatience and a plethora of irritation everywhere we go.  Our society has become an arena of angry horns and screaming sirens, a place where folks have forgotten that we are separate yet we are indeed one.  A great deal of this is because many have lost contact with their own moral compass and therefore are without proper direction.  But so much of the condition we are experiencing is due simply to a level of stress which has become prevalent in our culture today.  And I might add as well that the technology of the day while wonderful, has caused us to be drawn into our own small world, that world of separatism where we have become one with our mobile devices.  We have become a world unto ourselves or so we seem to believe.  The truth of it is that there is no greater lie than this one.  As creations of all that is human, we are connected one with the other and within that connection, true power and goodness can be found, one that is blessed within the human condition.  However, as it is with any connection, when the current is interrupted……the power goes out, light is no longer present and darkness rules over all.
And if I may, I see here that an apology is in order at this juncture for this was to have been a “brief” message.  Yet I feel these words are of significance right now.  Therefore I would ask of you your indulgence please?  I do know that so often Life is less than user-friendly which brings us into behaviors that should not be a part of our lives.  I myself find that whether in traffic or in the line at the grocery store, I am less tolerant than I should be for I want to move on with my needs of the day.  Hmmmm…,..perhaps that is the crux of the problem after all.  I referred to “my needs” just a moment ago without meaning for it to come out that way.  Quite a painful admission to make, I must say.  And it brings to mind that line given us by Mr. Spock which states that “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few…..or the one”.  I suppose this brings me back in a sense to my original thought.  Bring unto darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more.  To bring is to give forth, if you think about it.  One does not bring a gift to a house-warming with the intention of keeping it for themselves, yes?  One brings the gift to give the gift away, this being done for the benefit of all those concerned, for the good of the many, not for the good of ourselves, not for the good of the one.  I hope that this is coming across properly.  It feels my conveyance is a bit awkward here.  Simply put, we should indeed care about ourselves, to be sure.  But let us be aware as well of others that whose lives we touch in some way as we move through our day, each day.  And in truth, when we see someone in need, let us step forward and see what can be done to meet that need.  This could be by way of a smile or a word of encouragement or by taking a moment to simply listen. Sometimes folks just need to know they still matter, that they are significant.  Listening will accomplish this most often.  For in the end, it is not “all about me” as the saying goes.   At the end of the day, it is really “all about others”, is it not?
Friends, I have gone long here which was not intended.  I am at my place of employ presently but there was a definite lull in business today which got me thinking and brought in me to this.  It is very much vital that we as human beings regain and then retain the degree of humanity we once had.  We must relearn and regain what is the truth of what lies within us.  Let us embrace those we come across on our Life path.  Let us do this emotionally, mentally, spiritually and yes, yes……Let us embrace them even physically if the situation permits it.  It’s rather sad that in our world today, so many have forgotten the importance of a physical touch or the beneficial impact of a good old-fashioned hug.  I would go so far as to suggest that we might offer the strangers we meet a hug for their day.  Of course, you may get some odd looks along the way.  But that is okay as well . I would rather be thought of as just bit odd than what passes for normal these days.  And to return to my original statement today which sent me onto our road this day, let me say once again this……Let us bring unto the darkness a bright light that there be darkness no more!  Each day in every way, let us become ambassadors of blessing unto the lives of all those we meet in order that those who are “the many” will be blessed by you and I.  And I promise you that in turn, you will be so blessed that you will find yourself wondering who is getting the best part of this grand process. It is true for it cannot be otherwise.
I am in hopes that one or two folks were in need of these words this day.  As stated earlier, I felt it important to attempt to convey this message today.  Thank you for taking time out to read it.  Blessings in abundance is my wish for you and yours always.

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Change Your Road, Change Your Life…….

This last weekend I was heading up to see my folks which was not unusual in and of itself. But for months now, I had been taking the same route there, one that took me out of my way by a few miles. I knew that there was another way that would cut my drive time by about 15 minutes. However, my visits out there are made after working a full day and I was uncertain about this new route and was concerned that I would cost myself time by making a wrong turn and getting myself lost. So for the last number of months, I had been taking the route I knew and grousing to myself about the time I was losing every week. Well, this last weekend I was able to head out that way an hour earlier so I decided to be courageous and take the shorter route. Of course, you may be sure that not only did I not get lost but I cut my drive time by a full 20 minutes. I was amazed at how easy the drive was. And I laughed at myself for being so foolish before. It struck me then that this is how we often live our lives. We stay on the path we are familiar with because it is known to us. Yet we know that there is a better way awaiting us if we are willing to deviate, to change course. But we are concerned and yes, even afraid to do so, are we not? The possibility of error, of making a wrong turn when traveling a new road is very real, of course. So it is for that reason we assuage ourselves and our conscience and we tell our heart that what is known is the way to go. The reasons we come up with are all viable and even have the ring of truth to them. But we always know, don’t we? Deep down, we always know what is truly true. We know that the other path will bring to us that which we are destined for. It beckons us come by way of tugging our heartstrings, if you will. You are aware of this, yes? It is the Voice of the Spirit. It is our intuition. It is whatever you are comfortable calling it. At the end of the day, it comes from our core within and compels us to trust the message being given. It tells us that yes, perhaps there will be mistakes to be made on this new road, this Road of Purpose. But mistakes are alright and often even required if we are to grow into our Destiny. Is this not the truth of it after all? It’s surprising what insight one can gain just from a drive out to see Mom and Dad! So my friends, let us be unafraid going forward, shall we? Let us step over and up to that higher road that has been so patiently awaiting us. Be not fearful of the mistakes, the occasional wrong turn on the road that brings you to your Life purpose, to the very reason you were brought into this world. Listen to and trust your inner voice for it is the compass given you by your Creator. My friends, I will impart to you what I am sadly just learning and here it is for you just now……. Never believe that what seems to be the Road of Surety will bring to you the fulfilled Life that you require so very much. Do not live out the days gifted you by being so blind to the truth of who you really are. The potential of what is great and grand within you waits only for your permission to make itself manifest. If this is not your belief, it is okay because your greatness believes in you and will walk by your side with each forward step you make on that higher road. I know this is true for the barometer of Truth which is my Spirit tells me it is so.  Do remember as well that there are no failures when one is heading down that higher road.  Many folk regard a wrong turn as a mistake, as a failure in judgement and poor decision-making.  This is simply not true!  It is by way of those incorrect turns that we are able to grow and become more tuned in to who we are and who we are meant to become.  I grow frustrated with those who see themselves as failures.  It upsets me because they do not realize the damage they are inflicting on themselves.  An army cannot possibly hope for victory if they turn their weaponry against themselves.  It is no different for you and I.  Be kind to yourselves, my friends.  And that is not to say that you should accept less than your own personal best for that is how you will win the day as well as your Life.  It is a balance that we must achieve, yes?  That is indeed the truth of it.  Now go today and change your road in order that you may change and fulfill what is the balance of your Life!  Do it now! Do it this very day!
I do realize it has been a bit of time since I have brought anything to the table where this blog is concerned. For those who frequent this site, I offer my apologies. I am in hopes that the items posted here are of benefit to any who read them.  I am working towards an end, one that will permit me to do what I love most on a full-time basis which is communicating with you.

Take care with yourselves and be good to yourselves and all those you meet each day. Blessings in abundance upon you and yours. Take care and a good evening to you.

 

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!!

 

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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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It Is True Enough That God Feeds The Birds Of The Air. However…..

It is true enough that God feeds the birds of the air.  However, He does not throw the worms into their nest.  I heard a speaker by the name of Andy Andrews make this statement just recently and it really struck a chord with me.  There is more than a little truth in what he said.  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard people say, “I just trust that God will take care of it.”  Or there is the statement “It is in God’s hands” or perhaps my all-time favorite “If the good Lord wills it, then it will be so.”  This type of thinking has always disturbed me a great deal.  I have always felt that there was more to the equation of God’s care than just if God wills, it will be thus.  Yet at the same time I have inwardly felt almost blasphemous for my way of thinking.  And if the truth be told, the few I shared my line of thinking with looked at me incredulously and almost with horror that I would consider such a thing.  However, this evening I give a heart-felt thank you to Andy Andrews for his statement for it makes good sense and lends credence to what I always felt was true.

Humans were created in the image of the One who brought them into existence.  We have within, each one of us a small piece of the Divine and it is that Divine spark that sets us apart from other life forms.  Now mind you, it sets us apart, not above other forms of Life.  All that lives and has Life is most precious.  One is not more important or vital than another and each life serves the other which completes the cycle as our Creator intended.  But, I digress and I do apologize.

My point is simply this.  The Creator does indeed feed the birds of the air.  He also feeds the fish that swim in the waters of our world.  Our God also makes sure that the tiger has its meal and the elephant eats its fill.  And I could continue listing various animals here but I am sure you get the idea.  But as Mr. Andrews stated, “God does not throw the worms into the bird’s nest”. No, He does not. However, what our Creator does do is to provide the worms for the birds.  But the provision of those worms is not enough, is it?  God had to provide birds with excellent vision and a  special sensitivity to “hear” that worm which is just below ground.  Have you ever noticed a robin cocking its’ head towards the ground and only a moment later, pulling a worm from the ground?  The bird is using a combination of visual and auditory skills to locate the food it requires to live.  And if we were discussing the tiger and its meal, then qualities such as stealth, speed and strength as well as vision would be brought to bear.  And this list of Life goes on and on, as long and varied as the number of species that exist on this planet of ours.

But you see what I am saying here, yes?  Our Creator provides the sustenance required to sustain such Life.  At the same time, He bestows to the creatures of this world the talents and abilities needed to pursue and obtain the nourishment which is required in order to live.  God expects the talents and abilities He has so generously given be used. He expects their purpose to be fulfilled. And I might add here that often I believe that the birds of the air and the beasts of the field as well as the fish in the sea are a bit more “in tune” with the creation process than we humans are.  You see, they have the good sense not to question the gifts and abilities given them.  They simply flow with what is given them and even learn how to sharpen those skills to a razors edge.  Now, you may say that animals are simply reliant on instinct and not much more.  If that thought comforts you, then so be it.  But let me ask you this, if I may……..Those talents that lie within you?  How far along have you come in developing those gifts and abilities gifted to you by your Creator?

I am not picking on anyone here for if I was to do so, I would have to put myself on the same list.  We humans are an inconsistent bunch, to be sure.  In one moment, we riding high and full of confidence and only moments later, we are brought low because an obstacle has arisen before us.  Perhaps the concept of running on instinct is not such a bad idea after all?  By this I simply mean that we should become well acquainted with our talents, those Seeds of Greatness that we are born with.  One must know what their gifts are in order to embrace and then nurture those gifts which rise up from within the Spirit.  And it is our privilege and yes, even our duty to share what we are given with those round about us.  And is this process of nurturing and sharing done instinctively?  I would say that it is.  Once we are truly aware of the spark of the Divine which indwells us, we can then allow ourselves to be guided instinctively by the Spirit within us. And we can do so because we are in touch with our higher self, if you will.  Does this make a degree of sense to you this evening?  As it is at times, I am not always sure of the path I am traveling when writing.  Often I am discovering the message as I write it which can be a bit strange but kind of neat at the same time.

One other item, if you will indulge me a moment longer?  I made mention earlier on that we humans are set apart from but not above other Life forms around us.  There was a reason for that now I see.  And the reason is simple really.  If our Creator has given the beasts, the fish and the fowl of this world innate capabilities that He fully expects them to use so that they may fulfill their purpose here, how much more do you think He expects from us?  We were formed in the image of the One who created us and each human being, each one of us was born with their own unique spark of Divinity which lives within.  God cared enough for us that while we were still in the womb, He imparted to our Spirit a piece of Himself.  Think about that for a moment.  That is pretty amazing stuff, yes?  Then to complete this picture, remember this as well.  We are all born with the gift of free will.  We are allowed to do and to live as we so choose.  This was also done by the design of the Artist, if I may.  If we are to cultivate and use those gifts, those Seeds of Greatness we are born into this world with, it will be done by our own hand and by choice.  What the Creator imparts to us and creates in us is a gift of Love and what we choose to do with what we are given is actually our expression of Love to both our Creator and to those we meet on our journey through Life.

My question to all of us tonight is this………..How will we choose to use those gifts that lie within each one if us?  Will we allow them to simply lie dormant and remain unused until it is our time to depart from this, our world in which case we will die with a deprived Spirit and we will have deprived others of the blessings we were meant to share?  Or will we do as some do and use what they were meant to share only for themselves in which case no one truly benefits.  Or will we choose door #3, as they say?  For behind that door there resides an abundance of blessing, hearts full of wealth and love, and a world that has been made better for us having been there?

I have gone long this evening and the hour is late.  I truly hope that the words here have been beneficial to you, the reader.  Do think about the message here and if it has merit, follow your thoughts with action.  Take the steps necessary to share with others the gifts, talents and abilities that are within your being.  Always remember that it is in blessing those round’ about you that you are blessed in return.  Do not hide away what you have for nothing can grow and flourish without the light of the Sun.  Take care with yourselves.  I wish to you a good night and a blessed tomorrow.

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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The Color Of Racism Is Fear……

The color of racism is fear.   What better description could ever be offered as a definition for that word racism.  The embodiment of this word has caused more problems in this, our world than any other word ever has or ever will for that matter.  Racism is at the base of all divisiveness and hatred.  It was racism that gave rise to the Holocaust and it was racism that brought forth Apartheid in South Africa.  Racism was at the core in the Bosnian war where genocide was the ultimate goal.  The faces that racism chooses to wear are many, some of which are blatant and others which are not so easily seen with the latter being done by design.  This evil has been with us since time eternal. It can be called racism or it can be referred to as bigotry or prejudice as well.  Racism is the reason that there was ever such a thing as slavery.  The very idea of buying and selling human beings is abhorrent to me.  Each human being carries within it a soul, a radiant spark of the Divine.  No one has the right to buy or sell Divinity.  Is this not the truth?

And I will say that if I chose to do so, I could give to you immeasurable examples and instances of how as well as where and when racism has been permitted to control so much of our world.  I speak of ages past and of our world today.  And that, my friends is most unfortunate.  You see, in today’s world we are supposedly so much more enlightened and vastly more intelligent than those of bygone eras.  So why is it that racism is still so much a strong force that runs rampant across this Earth of ours?  Why do people hate or even dislike another person because of the color of their skin or because their belief system differs from our own?  People, human beings which are born of our Creator are still being terrorized, being victimized and ostracised and even killed simply because of their race, religion or gender preference?  “The evil that men do…”.  We have all heard these words before.  I will tell you that if we were able to trace back each evil deed ever committed, I would wager that it was somehow brought about by some form of racism.  So, I would repeat my query here……If we are so much more intelligent and enlightened, why in God’s name is there such an abundance of prejudice, racism or whatever else you wish to call it in our world??

Well, perhaps the first item I would call to your attention is that there is a huge difference between intellect and wisdom.  So many of folks today have MBA’s, PhD’s and a number of other college degrees behind their name and I applaud them for their tenaciousness in obtaining such an education.  I am not against education and schooling.  It is a part of a strong societal backbone, if you will.  But intellect is not wisdom and it is wisdom we lack, my friends.  Wisdom is knowledge tempered with discernment and cloaked in compassion.  We must allow wisdom back into our hearts and then into our minds.  Therein lies the difference and I believe I am just now able to see this truth.  Wisdom begins in the heart and wisdom once received then involves the mind.  Intellect has always been and always will be relegated to the mind.  So let us first gain wisdom.  This is to be our armour when in combat with the enemy called racism.  Agreed, yes?  We have an accord then.  Good.

Now to truly bring about change, to truly hit racism where it lives, we need to be able to do what?  In any battle (And make no mistake about this.  This is a battle) we must be able to recognize the enemy for we cannot possibly win the war if we are unable to discern who the enemy is.  Which brings me to our original point.  The color of racism is fear.  All racism, all prejudice and bigotry are deeply rooted in a particular soil called fear.  So perhaps we have been attacking this problem of racism the wrong way?  We, often with considerable effort, attempt to uproot the weeds of racism from the garden which is our world.  And many times we do meet with some measure of success.  But still we wonder and are puzzled why these same weeds return again and again to plague our world.  I believe the problem to be not so much the actual weeds of racism as it is the very soil, the soil of fear that feeds and allows those same weeds to return and they often return with more strength than those that came before them.  Does this make sense at all?  If so, then what is truly the answer to this question, this problem we have called racism? 

The answer, as most answers usually are, is simple but it is hard.  It is the soil, the soil of fear that must be addressed here.  This soil of fear is rancid.  It is poison, to be quite honest.  The soil of fear is soil that has not been tended to properly for a very long period of time.  In large part, the soil I speak of is representative of the Heart of our World.  In order to bring the soil back to its original goodness, we must once again give heed to what is allowed into this soil, yes?  And for any garden to grow abundantly and in goodness, the soil therein must be tilled, turned over and aerated so as to permit Life to enter in anew and afresh.  And how do we accomplish this task, you might ask?  We accomplish this through by using the wisdom we discussed a bit earlier.  The formula for racism is not difficult to understand if we think for a moment about it.  The formula is simply this  –  Ignorance of any given situation by any individual brings forth fear.  And fear gives birth to the problem at hand which in this case happens to be racism.  So, if we can bring wisdom and enlightenment into the places where ignorance resides, we can effectively cast out the fear which is indeed the basis of racism.  People are afraid of what they do not understand, whether it be consciously or subconsciously and what we fear we perceive as threatening in some fashion.   The answer then is to gain understanding and in doing so, we obtain wisdom.  And in obtaining wisdom, we learn what tolerance really is.  And my friends, if we can understand the true meaning of tolerance, it is then that this issue of racism will no longer be the issue that has plagued us for so long now.  It is then that we will have truly been brought forward into wisdom.  Wisdom is based in love and understanding, yes?  So, it is in true wisdom that we will know peace in this, our world.  If you would, please give this some thought for I believe it has much merit.

As always, I thank you for taking time from your day to read these thoughts that have been given me, thoughts that I truly enjoy sharing with you.  Be blessed abundantly in your day and please be sure to share the blessing with all those round about you.  Take care with yourselves.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

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If The Truth Of Our World Be Known….

I wish to address the idea, the concept of truth as it applies to our world this evening.  To do so accurately, I would like to define the word, if I may.  How is the word truth defined in the dictionary?  It is and I quote “the state of being the case; the body of real things, events and facts; a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality.  It also is defined as “the body of true statements and propositions; in accordance with the facts”.   The origin of the word truth from Middle English came from the Old English as akin to the words fidelity and faithful.   In times past, truth was a powerful word.  In our world today, the word “truth” has become subjective and is most often open to interpretation.  This is evidenced in our court rooms and as well as in our workplaces.  And in the hallowed halls of our nation’s capitol, this word truth is no longer treated with the respect and sanctity it deserves.  It is also reflected in our everyday conversations with one another.  So often it is the gossip that whether substantiated or not serves only to bring more rancor and ill will into this, our world.  It seems we relish that juicy tidbit of information about our co-worker or relative even though it edifies no one while at the same time eats away at our own integrity.  Where is the logic in that?  It is well past the time where we must return to what real truth is.

So, would you hear the truth of our world now?  Or would you prefer a showering of platitudes and such so as not to consider what is really the truth?  My heart tells me that you would welcome what is true and real for we are intelligent folk by and large.  So, here is what I perceive to be the truth, as it were.  There is much good to be found upon Planet Earth, upon and within the hearts of those who dwell here.  And that is a great truth, one that I know to be true for the knowledge I can feel within my Spirit.  And it is a truth that keeps alive my dreams and hopes for our world.  Without such a knowledge, my heart would be in deep despair today.  For as the saying goes, there are always two sides to every coin.  So conversely, there is another darker truth that pervades our world today as well.

This dark truth that I refer to is multi-faceted.  I liken it unto a cancerous tumor which is spreading its many diseased tentacles across our world, working its way deeper into our lives both individually and collectively.  There is so much hatred and anger and divisiveness everywhere.  A good example of this was the recent incident in Algeria which involved a well planned attack by a not so large group of those whose hearts were angry and bitter.  Many lives were lost there that day.  And it was all so unnecessary.  The truth of the matter is that after all these years, we have yet to learn any real degree of tolerance for one another.  We humans have deemed ourselves as intelligent creatures, certainly much more so than the animals who inhabit our Earth.  (Although personally, I believe we could learn much from our furried and feathered friends!)  Why is it then that we behave so ignorantly?  This question has vexed me more and more as each new incident of racism, violence, hatred or terrorism occurs daily.  Why, when it does not need to be this way??

This issue has been on my mind quite a bit as of late.  But I suppose what prompted my writing about it was that I had turned on the television this afternoon and happened across a movie which you are probably familiar with.  It is entitled “A Time To Kill” with Samuel Jackson and Matthew McConaughey, two actors who are most talented.  If you have seen this movie, then you know that is a very painful, yet very powerful movie to watch.  This is due to the truth it contains, of course.  Our country and more to the point, our world has become one that in so many ways, has chosen to walk down the darkest of roads, those roads being Ignorance and Intolerance. Ladies and gentlemen, these are indeed the roads which are devoid of light and lead directly into ruination.  Generally speaking, we have zero tolerance for those who are different from ourselves.  Over the last few years, racism has been rising and it is not so much a direct hatred as much as it is a separatism, a method of quietly setting ourselves apart from those whose skin color or belief systems or gender preference is not the same as our own.  And this is the truth that is at the root of so many of our problems today.  We have become a people separate unto themselves which is causing us to become spiritually blind and emotionally malnourished which leads only to ignorance and anger.  I apologize if I am offending anyone here but I made a promise to myself to be candid this evening.  If any of this is hitting a nerve for you, then perhaps you need to do a bit of introspection.

And if I may say so, it is really quite sad, this separatism business because ironically it is in our diversity that our true strength and intelligence lies.  Think about this for a moment, if you will.  How beautiful would a rainbow be if its’ only color was green or yellow?  Would it still give you that moment of wonder and excitement when you spotted that bow in the sky?  Probably not.  And remember that time when you were driving along and came across that field of wildflowers?  There were so many different types of flowers with so many different colors that it just took your breath away because it was just that beautiful!!  That rainbow and those wildflowers are not just happenstance, my friends.  Not in the least bit.  A coming together, a coordination of beauty in diversity is not a coincidence but is instead created and orchestrated by design.  Do you really believe that we are so different from those wildflowers and that rainbow in terms of our diversity?  I say to you that we were also created and orchestrated in diversity by design as well.  Let us not separate ourselves from it then.  Let us instead embrace it and nurture it as one should when they are given a precious gift.

Now some may say that this answer to our world’s problems while true is far too simplistic and cannot possibly resolve the issues that we face today.  Perhaps so but perhaps not as well.  You see, there are universal truths that have remained as a constant in our world that were put in place by the One who brought this planet we live on to be.  And one of these truths is that true wisdom is found in simplicity.  The reason this may not ring true to many of us is that we have allowed our minds and hearts to forget what is really true and instead have become burdened by allowing complications to control our lives.  Give your mind a break and your heart a rest for a time and breathe in the beauty of diversity.  Remember and relearn the gift of Tolerance for others.  We are indeed much more alike than we are different.  The truth of the matter is that we have forgotten this very important fact.  I would encourage all of us to consider these things.  Understanding and tolerance given and received, one to another would go a long way towards bringing our world to a better place.  And that is most definitely the truth!!

As always, I thank you for your kind attention this evening.  I sincerely hope you have found this reading worthy of your time.  If so, please do pass it along to others you know.  I believe it to be a message for all of us.  We can indeed change our world if we can come together as a people.  Take care with yourselves. May you be blessed in the same measure as you bless those you meet each and every day.

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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