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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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Let There Be Music!…….

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

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

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

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

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

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Lead With Your Heart……

Let your heart determine the course for your Life for it will bring to you a future that you could have never known otherwise.  For you see, our hearts cannot lie nor can they deceive us for they are who we are.  Permit me to say also that when our heart is for us, none can be against us and we will indeed then win the day!  When we are guided by who we truly are, beings touched by the Divine, and when opposition occurs (for it surely will) we can step into the fray wholeheartedly because the strength of our heart fights with us and for us.  Do you see how this is the truth of it?  And for those who may question the logic here and say that it is Our Creator who should determine the course of our respective lives, I would agree with you so very strongly.  It is, after all our Creator who lives within and who chose to bless us with that unique spark of the Divine that is quietly burning in our Spirit, in our heart.  The desire of the Creator is that we not only cherish this Divine gift but also that we use the kindling of His Word and of Life itself so that we may bring this vibrant spark into a mighty flame that spreads its warmth and love across the landscape of our Life, each flame touching upon another that all may feel the heat, the warmth of God’s perfect love.
And it seems I have strayed a bit as to form but we are indeed discussing the direction of our Life as determined by the strength of our heart.  As such, it is rather difficult to leave our Creator out of the proverbial picture, yes? But let us return now to our beginning and know that we surely must allow our heart to be our counsel and our close friend in order to reach the Completion of Purpose set for us on our path.  And may I say further that in all dealings with this close friend we have, always be honest with your heart.  To lie or to cheat any individual is reprehensible and I am sure that we concur on that fact.  But to even entertain the idea of self-deception or being less than honest with yourself is to invite in less than your best for yourself.  And when that comes about, your personal integrity is compromised which causes one to lose credibility with ones’ self.  It is then the start of a downward spiral that ends in ruin and the destruction of what you could have been.  It is a strong bond that we form with what lies within but because we are human, it can also carry with it a delicate balance that we share with ourselves. Friends, you know of what I speak, yes?
I am not quite sure as to how or why I came to write this today.  Perhaps it is because I have had some dealings with myself as of late.  Perhaps it is because there is someone who needs to hear such things today.  I do not really know for sure.  However, what I am certain of is simply this……..Life itself can often be troublesome and its road can be one that is rough.  Let us not make the journey more difficult by not enlisting the aid of those gifts provided us by the One who brought us to be.  And at the top of the list of those gifts, if you will is the miracle of our heart, of our Spirit.  It is separate from us in that we inhabit a body that is comprised of flesh, blood and bone.  Yet it is a part of us in that it inhabits that same body with us therefore making us as one which was and is the intention of our Creator.   I believe this concept falls under the realm of the miraculous really.  I find this to be so fascinating!  But let us return to where our heart awaits us, shall we?

Let me say only this just now…..Know your heart well and with your honesty, let it guide you.  Heed well it’s counsel for the instruction it gives when untainted stems from the Divinity above.  Recognize and embrace that which is within you.  Be aware that your Spirit while separate is united within you and as such gives you a source of power and direction that is rivaled by none.   Be thankful for this and by all means, make use of this for it will propel you forward onto the Life path you travel on and into the realization of your Purpose.

And one last thought here, if I may?  In boxing, I have heard a phrase used often where the trainer will instruct the boxer to “lead with your left”  or to “lead with your right”.  This advice is given in order that the boxer perform in the manner most effective against his opponent so that he may win the bout.  But notice also the words being used here.  “Lead with your left” or “Lead with your right” which tells me that the boxer is doing more than throwing a punch.  It tells me that his entire body is involved in this process for he is leading with his right or left.  It is a united effort whose end is realized by the coming together of power, yes?  In same manner, I would exhort all of us to begin to lead with our heart that we may know what is true and that our Purpose here come to fruition that our Destiny may be realized.  My friends, if we do this…..If we develop an accord with our heart and with our Spirit?   What this means simply put is that we must live in agreement with what our Creator placed within us and by doing so, we will then walk then as one.  And a Life that walks within that realm of power is powerful indeed!   If the truth be known, a Life lived in this manner is unstoppable!  This is, after all the way our Creator would have us live our lives.  Truly it is for He said so and it cannot be otherwise.

I appreciate the time you’ve given in reading these few words.  I am in hopes that they were of benefit to any and all who viewed them.  My friends, do lead with your heart and walk with your Spirit that you may live Life in abundance and if this be so, you are in good position to be a blessing unto humanity and our world!  Take care with yourselves and be good to yourselves always.

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Shake A Hand! Give A Smile!

Does it hurt to say, “Good morning!”

as we move forward in our day?

Someones day is so much brighter

when we carry on this way!

Is it kind to say “Good afternoon!”

while we smile and shake a hand?

For it makes our day so much better

as we journey through this land.

And have you ever said, “Good evening!”

as the sun was going down

and wished those round’ about you

a calm rest that is deep and sound?

It’s a good thing now, to do these things.

It’s a privilege, don’t you see?

It brightens the hearts and strengthens the lives,

all while blessing you and me.

So, come shake a hand and give now a smile!

It will warm you through and through.

For it’s in blessing others that we are blessed

and I know that you know this is true!

We can end all the hatred and sadness

and watch as our world comes to Life!

No more sorrow or fear with hearts that are clear

as we live on this sphere without strife!

So come now with me as forward we go,

shaking hands, giving smiles unto Life!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

 

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The Voice Within…..

The voice within me will keep silent no longer.  For so very long have I sought to keep it silent and isolated from myself and thus from others.  It was at first, an easy task.  It would speak within me and make known politely its need to be heard.  I would then respond politely as well, telling  this entity within that it would do well to sit quietly and not make a ruckus for its time was not yet come. And in the beginning, what lived within me accepted my explanation, perhaps understanding that I was in growth and unsure of myself.
We went on this way for many years, the Voice and I, living in what one could call an uncomfortable truce.  I did not care for him because to get to know him would mean having to change and grow into someone I felt I was not.  And as for this fellow residing within me?  He was patiently persistent, ever nudging me and reminding me of his presence.  A very annoying situation, to be sure.
As time carried forward, the nudges I spoke of became more forceful and more insistent.  That Voice within was gaining strength and resonance, all the while becoming louder and more distinct.  We argued often and vehemently, I must say.  The Voice would tell me to listen in order that it be heard, its message to be given.  In turn, I would scream within my mind and let this intruder know in no uncertain terms that he was mistaken and had chosen in error the vessel through which to speak.  More and more frequently however, I found myself losing the argument within me, no matter how strongly I presented my case.  When I lost the debate on those days, I would slide away into the darkness of my room and commiserate with myself.  And so this became the next uneasy chapter of our relationship.
Now we come into the present day, into the World Of The Now.  That undulating voice within has become a roar in my mind and my Spirit.  The noise it is making has become deafening as it battles within my mind.  The disquiet it is causing me now is beyond comprehension.   In truth, it is no longer simply that voice within, a nuisance that I can hush and ignore for yet another day.  No, no and again I say no!  It has instead given birth to itself, if you will.  It is not just a voice now for it has matured into what can only called “the force within.”  It has become something now that if ignored would certainly bring to me my own demise.  And I speak here not of a death in the physical but rather in a spiritual sense which is really much more serious a condition, yes?
It’s odd, isn’t it?  We so often fight against and within ourselves to keep from becoming who it is we were meant to be.  What strange creatures we humans can be!  The time, the years spent wrestling with myself have kept me from the happiness intended for me.  It is only now that I have come to terms with that voice within which has only been looking towards what good could be brought my way while at the same time blessing others.  I do believe an apology should be given to the patience of my Soul.  Yet how does one apologize to one’s self?  A most curious question indeed.
We are closing out now this chapter which was before and turning the page now into what is indeed the book that is the Truth of Life.  The Voice and I have come to terms with one another and have actually formed an alliance which no man can break.  Our voices now blend into one which is harmonious and therefore able to serve the needs of this, our world.  The road that lies before us is new and uncertain.  Yet strangely enough, we embrace this uncertainty with the eager expectation of the good that will follow.  You see, it is an adventure that the Voice and I see before us for Life is an adventure indeed!  And you there!……Yes, I am speaking to you, to the one who is reading this rather strange words here, words where I reference my inner voice as a separate entity.  It is to you that I now ask this next question…….Would you not be strong of heart and of mind and would you not come travel this new road with us?  What is that you say?  You are fearful of stepping up and onto this new and different highway?  I have wonderful news for you then!  For you see, fear is a natural response to change of any sort.  So, embrace that fear and invite in the change that calls to you even now.  Let us travel now this grand road and bring our world into the change it so desperately requires.  Take my hand now and let us breathe in this beautiful occurrence called Life!  Here we are and here we go, my friends!

To all those reading this and to all others as well, it is my prayer that you attend to that voice within yourselves and heed well the message it brings to you.  Waste not your days and your energies in the attempt to silence it for that voice is your compass as well as your counsel.  It was gifted you by Divinity and with good reason.  Be wise, be prudent and listen well so that your Life be one of abundance and blessing for yourselves and for those whose lives you are privileged to touch upon.  Take care with yourselves each day and always!

 

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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Castaway……..

“Castaway”.  A wonderful movie, to be sure.  An incredible movie actually.  It is also a word that carries with it the source of limitless growth and great potential.  And how is this so?  Well, let us ask what might be the definition of this word, yes?  On most occasions, I would consult with Daniel Webster for my answer.  But in this situation, I believe that Mr. Tom Hanks can provide us with our answer.  His character in the aforementioned film was indeed that of a castaway.  Through a very unfortunate circumstance, he became marooned on an obscure island, cut off from all humanity and with no hope of rescue.  Hence, the title of the movie “Castaway”.  The word by its very definition means to be cast away; to be removed or taken away from all things considered normal.  ( A quick note here, if I may?  Remember those words “considered normal” for we shall revisit them a bit later)  But let us return to our castaway for now.  Let us return to Tom Hanks and his character.  As I watched this movie last night, it occurred to me that so many of us have become a castaway in the movie that is our own Life.  Is this not the truth after all?

In Life, as in the movie “Castaway”, a series of circumstances have washed us up upon a “desert island”, if you will.  We feel isolated, even alone in our situation and there appears to be no hope of a rescue.  So, as the character Chuck Noland did in the film, we set about making the best of our desolation.  And the majority of us do fairly well in surviving in what has become our world.  Not unlike Chuck, we are less than happy being a castaway.  But we make it work, do we not?  Does any of this strike a resonant chord with you today?  If so, then pay attention just now.

You see friend, there will always be wake-up calls in our Life.  We may not always hear them for we become deaf within our circumstances.  But they do occur and perhaps a bit more often than we would care to admit.  Do you remember the scene in “Castaway” when our hero received his wake-up call?  Chuck Noland had resigned himself to living out his existence on that island.  He had reached that point beyond despair where one feels nothing.  Instead one simply exists day upon day, month upon month and year upon lonely year.  The passage of time means very little then because there is no sense of purpose any longer and therefore nothing carries with it a great deal of importance.  But oft-times, Life will step in and bring with it an opportunity that invites us to step up and away from the existence that has us so ensnared.  And this is what transpired in Chucks’ life.  Chuck Noland received his wake-up call.  And since his surrender had become complete, that call out to him had to be loud!  Do you remember it now?  Just for a moment, let us step into the scene so we can truly see it, yes?  Good then!  Can you see that rather large sheet of fabricated metal which has washed up onto the beach?  And can you hear now the noise it is making as the waves bang it against the shoreline?  Why, even in his deep sleep, in the dark night of the soul if you will,  our castaway could hear it.  And as is the nature of wake-up calls, it is perhaps not so much the noise but rather the steady insistence of that noise that is most annoying.  As you may recollect, our hero heard it and at first, was angry at being awakened from the sleep that  had become his existence.  And when he saw what was making all the racket, he then became afraid, wondering what manner of beast was this that brought him from his slumber!  And in truth, are not the waves that offer to us the potential of change a bit unsettling and yes, even frightening?  But not unlike our castaway, we must go beyond our fear of change so that we may free ourselves from that isle that holds us bound.  And freedom is precious, dear one.  Remember well that anything precious and of value has a price.  We must brave the waves and whatever may lie beneath if we wish to be free.  This is what Chuck Noland did and in real-time, it is what we must do if we are to reclaim our lives.  And I would also say to you today that though our society seems adverse to change, do not fear the tides that would bring it your way.  For you see, it is only upon the waves of change that we are permitted to sail on Life’s ocean.  I should clarify as well that I refer here to True Change for it is incorruptible without spot or wrinkle.  This is the type of change we would do well to embrace fully and with our whole heart.

One last item here, if you will allow me?  I made mention a bit earlier to remember the two words “considered normal” in connection with defining the word castaway, yes?  Here now is the reason why.  Near the end of the movie, after the rescue and during his welcome back party at his place of employ, a coworker told Tom Hank’s character that he would see him at work in the morning and that they would “bring him back to life”.  Actually, there was another coworker who said a similar thing in that they would “see him tomorrow because it is a lot of work to bring someone back from the dead”.  Now I realize that what was being said was with regards to the fact that Chuck Noland had been declared dead in the plane crash and the body was never found.  However, the expression on the former castaways face when those words were spoken told you all you needed to know, did it not?  His 5 years as a castaway, his time spent completely isolated while severe, taught him much.  You see, during those long years he experienced things he never could have learned otherwise.  He became self-aware for he was placed in a scenario where he had to change, to grow or die.  Chuck Noland encountered and embraced True Change and in doing so, he came to know the fullness of what was real Life.  Thus the words “bring you back to life” as spoken gave him pause for he realized then that one cannot go back once True Change has come into their Life.  Given this truth, do we really wish to be “considered normal” so that we may confine and restrict ourselves within societal boundaries?  And given this truth, would it not be in our best interest to welcome change into our lives in order that we be castaways no more??  T’would be wise to give this due consideration for it is indeed most true.  Do please give these thoughts and this subject your time.  It is really most important, isn’t it?  This matter concerns your Life and the fulfillment of that Life, of your Purpose if you will.  It is past time that we take leave of that desert island that has held us to itself and denied us our growth.  Now is the time, our time to break free and go beyond the waves, the breakers that we gave permission so long ago to hold us captive in our isolation!  And if we find that we are afraid of escaping that island prison, that is alright.  It is in recognizing that fear that we are able to conquer that fear.  The hero of Castaway was very much in fear of leaving that desert island in favor of what lay unknown out there on that huge expanse of ocean.  There was a part of his character that was oddly comforted by his island home.  My nephew would call that “living in comfortable misery”.  Too often we embrace the known horrors that control our lives instead of reaching out to the blessings yet unknown.  Is this not the truth here??  Friends, delay your escape no longer for there is only so much time we are blessed with!  Do it!  Fear not for the Strength you require is within and will take you all the way through and beyond!  It is a gift from the One who brought you to be.  He is there with you on that tired island and only desires that you take the first steps towards freedom.  Then and only then will He be able to lift you up and bring you forth into all things new!  Come along now and tarry no more for you have much value, dear friend.  Just because you have forgotten this does not make it any less true.  Come and go now into the abundance that has been waiting so patiently for you.  I will see you on the Ocean of Freedom and Life!  

I do realize I have gone long here this evening and you have my apologies.  Castaway is a cinematic masterpiece which when viewed with the heart has many layers of meaning and is so applicable to Life.  If you’ve not seen it, then be good to yourself and do so.  If you have seen it which I am sure most have, then watch it once again with a fresh set of eyes.  I promise that it will reveal its truths to you.  May your Life path be blessed and that in abundance tonight, tomorrow and each day that you may bless others in return.  Take care with yourselves and good evening!

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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