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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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Reclaim It!!……..

 

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

  

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No Worries, Mate!!…….

 No worries, mate!  I am sure that we are all familiar with this colloquialism, are we not?  This long-standing Australian phrase was brought to our collective attention I believe with the release of that wonderful movie Crocodile Dundee.  This is a movie that I am sure all of us are familiar with.  The character of Crocodile Dundee was the absolute embodiment of those three small words.  No worries, mate!   An interesting trio of words which together convey a lifestyle which I daresay is radically different than the lives of so many.  Then I began to wonder when that saying came about and what did it mean really?  After a bit of research, I found that this phrase became popular in Australia around 1920 or in the opinion of others, it presented itself in the 1950’s.  No matter the decade, “No worries!” has been around for a bit of time.  As to the exact meaning that is conveyed in the utterance of these words?  There were actually several definitions as well as opinions reflected on the sites I visited.  But the one that I chose to embrace fully goes like this – “An expression of forgiveness or reassurance (No problem; Forget about it; I can do it; Yes, I’ll do it) I rather like that, don’t you?  No worries.  However, this does bring forth a question and a rather important one at that.  And the question is as difficult as it is simple.  Are you prepared for the question and will you know immediately the answer?  Here it is for you just now.  How is your Life, my friend?  Are you living a Life that is fraught with concern and filled with anxiousness?  Do you arise each day with senses that are worn and weary, perhaps even dreading the day that is stretched out before you, like so many miles of bad road?  Do you wish fervently that you could simply crawl back under the covers and hide from the stresses that wait for you so very patiently?  And when your long and arduous day has finally completed itself, do you return to your home wanting nothing more than to forget the tiresome journey of Life that you experienced that day?  When you eat your evening meal, do you do so quickly and more out of a sense of duty since nutrition is vital to survival?  Have you forgotten what it is to truly enjoy a meal?  If you feel that this is of little importance, then think on this some more.  All things work together in Life.  If there is a lack in one area, it does indeed affect the whole.   And my friend, I would also ask you this as well.  Do you find yourself  recounting and rehashing the day now past while at the same time chastising yourself for surely you could have done things better if you had only done this thing that way instead of the other way?   Does any of this resonate within your Being, friends?  I know that  thoughts of this nature run rampant in so many of our minds and lay hold to our very Spirit.  Is this the truth of your life today?

Perhaps then, just perhaps we should take a few moments and make an adjustment to our manner of thinking, yes?  “No worries, mate!”  Again to refresh and drive home the idea, these words defined mean “An expression of forgiveness or reassurance”.  Let us make these three words our mantra, if you will.  Let us apply then these three words to all those we encounter on the Life road we travel each day.  But just as importantly (if not more so) let us apply this principle to ourselves.  Be kind and gentle enough to say to yourself  “No worries, mate!”  That is to say forgive yourself  if you fall short of the standard that you have set for yourself and then reassure yourself  that while you could have done better, tomorrow is a new day and each new day brings with it a fresh beginning.  I might add that the word mate is defined as  friend.  Be a friend to yourself as you move through this, our world.  Please do remember that.  “But what of my miserable failure of today?” you might ask. “What of that?”  Dear friend, remember that today while quite precious is only a memory that becomes yesterday.  So I say to you once again “No worries!”  Or to put it another way “Forget about it!”  I might also add that there are indeed no failures on the road you are traveling, the Road of Purpose.  What we view as failures are in reality the steps required in order to meet with our predestined success.  As you have undoubtedly heard before and often, the only true failing is when we have not made an attempt to succeed.  That having been said,  “Forget about it!”  Remember that when we abase ourselves, we open wide the door that permits self-degradation to enter the sanctity of Spirit, our Spirit.  For the sake of ourselves as well as others, let us not allow this to occur, yes?  Good.  It seems we have an accord then, you and I.  Besides, if our own Creator who has placed Divinity within our very beings can look upon us, love us and forgive us for our human frailties, why then can we not be a bit kinder in how we treat ourselves?  And this is not a “I’m okay, you’re okay which makes everything acceptable” statement.  Please do understand that.  We are, each one of us gifted with intellect, discernment and the ability to know what is proper and improper.  I am only saying that we will take the wrong road on occasion and when this happens, do recognize it and do remember it.  Then step back up onto the right road and continue towards your Purpose.  This is, I believe the cornerstone of the phrase “No worries!” 

Now if you will, permit me to say this as well.  There was something I heard on a program which caused me to write this evening.  In order to live a life in accordance with a “No worries!” philosophy, one must truly relinquish control of their Life to the One who brought them into being.  It is only then that freedom is established from within and unprecedented growth can be experienced.  As it has been said in so many ways, “It is only in giving up that we are given back and that in good measure.”  Am I saying that we are to surrender, to simply give up?  Yes. We are to give up, to surrender completely.  However, to give up does not mean we are to simply lay down and let Life roll over us.  We were brought into this world with gifts and abilities that are innate.  Our Creator does indeed expect that we use said gifts and abilities as tools in the formation of our lives.  Perhaps the simplest way to convey this idea is to quote my dear brother who one day said to me, “You must pray and row your boat!”  The boat is the vessel provided us that we may remain afloat while crossing Life’s ocean and the oars are the gifts and abilities to be used to help direct our course, if you will.  That is why the oars are provided you see.  But bear in mind that the currents as well as the waves and the tides are directed by our Captain, if you will.

And it would appear that I may have drifted a bit off course here tonight.  I have but one response to give in this situation.  Yes, you guessed it, my friends. No worries, mate!”  I believe that somewhere in this body of words this evening, there was a bit, perhaps a nugget that was of some good to someone this evening.  I truly hope this is the case.  And I would like to say that right about now, I’d be goin’ walkabout.  However, since the hour is late and the morning comes early, I believe that I will simply head off to a few hours of slumber.

Take care with yourselves and always be good one to another.  Blessings in abundance coming your way!

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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He Wasn’t Sure….

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

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

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

 

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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Nelson Mandela…….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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The Light Of Her Smile…..

She brings something special to those whom she meets,

The warmth of her eyes and the light of her smile.

She shares these quite freely as she makes ready their meal,

A kind word, a soft glance and the light of her smile.

And if she has troubles? Well, they’ll never know.

Thus the world is made better by the light of her smile.

I do wonder at times if she knows her effect

on those round’ about her as she moves through her day.

The lives that she touches?  Their spirits are brighter,

from the warmth of her eyes and the light of her smile.

Yes, our world is made better with each passing day

from her kind words, her soft glances and the light of her smile.

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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It Is Time To Begin Again……..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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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 James

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