STRETCH

The voice whispers to me, “GO BEYOND YOUR SELF IMPOSED LIMITATIONS. There is great work to be done. You are only partially there. Yes go beyond your comfort level. STRETCH.”

This is a tall demand from the Universe. We stay in our comfort zones for exactly that reason, it is our comfort zone. Then comes a nudge, a gentle reminder that more is required of you. And what do you do? Well we can either stretch and see great rewards or we can stay in that little known zone of comfort and no growth. What is funny is that even when our comfort level is filled with pain and confusion we would rather stay than to do something different. This is probably true for most if not everyone.

We have a habit we would like to discontinue. We know the benefits in adopting a new life style but we stay in it anyway. It has nothing to do with the power of the habit. It is us that refuse to change our actions. This is truly funny and I see myself in this analogy.

On New Year’s Day we allow ourselves to stretch in declaring new changes for the upcoming year. There are studies done to reveal how many never get past the first day of their resolutions. I know I have done it. Have vowed to lose weight or work out daily only to wake up the next morning and put it off yet again! And it is hilarious.

The only solution is to be comfortable in allowing the action of stretching. Notice the little things where you allow yourself to stretch. Perhaps this is in thinking a new thought, of discarding former negative ideas about things. Maybe you did not get upset with someone who has in the past annoyed you. Let us learn to celebrate the little stretches that we accomplish and learn this new action. As we learn we will get better and build our capacity to stretch even further. Who knows maybe it is as easy as just doing it.

I will keep you supported, please do the same for me. I want to stretch!!!

 

THE SPARROW BLESSING

It was noon as I stood outside gathering some fresh air. I received a most welcomed blessing when suddenly out of what appeared to be nowhere came a Sparrow that rested on first a tree branch then a fence. It looked at me until I recognized and acknowledged its presence. Then it flew away.

What came to mind for me was the song, ‘His eye is on the Sparrow I know He watches me.’ The song brought such comfort to me as I was in the midst of some interesting opportunities in life. I chuckled to myself and I said to God, Okay I got the message. I went on about my business for the remainder of the day.

The next morning I went about my regular routine and truly believing I was not moved by the challenges I was facing. I had errands to run before going to work. I was in a happy and relaxed state of being, or so I thought. (Remember we always attempt to fool ourselves first!)

I had arrived at the Post Office to mail some packages and bills. I keep my key to my post office box in the side door of my car. I did not want to forget the key so I placed it in my hand. I got the packages from the rear seat of the car, collected the bills and headed to the door. While I stood waiting in line for the next clerk I wondered to myself where my car keys were. I felt at my waist which is a place I will use to tuck my keys and they were not there. So I figured I must have left them in the cup holder compartment in my car. I checked my post office box and left.

As I got into my car I realized the car key was not left in the cup holder, it was left in the ignition! And the car was still running!!! WOW I said to myself. I was bewildered as to why this had happened when suddenly the answer was revealed to me…..

HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW, I KNOW HE WATCHES ME!!!

PAY ATTENTION


For clarification on this terminology, Webster’s Dictionary has been used.

Pay – to give to what is due; to give in return for what is received; to give due compensation; to be profitable; to settle; to give. Notice how many times the word – give – comes up in the various descriptions.

Attention – mental concentration or readiness; notice or observation; care or consideration; an act of courtesy or devotion.

Where do you give your mental concentration or to what do you give your consideration? Are you focused on all the good that life has to offer you? Do you remain in a state of Thanksgiving for each lesson on your path? Where is Faith in your equation?

I declare this day to Pay Attention to the amazement of Life! I sincerely appreciate each and every living thing. I choose this day to celebrate the Life Force that circulates in each breathing animal. I Pay Attention to all that is around me this day.

I Pay Attention to my family members, I celebrate each one for their uniqueness and presence.  I take the extra moment to demonstrate my gratefulness to them. I say Thank You with a huge smile and sincerity. I show them I Love them unconditionally.

I Pay Attention to those I interact with on a regular basis. I treasure their gift to me. I share from a place of wisdom, integrity and harmony.  I give my best to the good of all involved.

I Pay Attention to my needs today, I satisfy those things I declare I desire manifested in my life. I scrutinize my thoughts and pay careful attention to what I am entertaining. I Pay Attention to my heart and fill it with Joy, Peace, Gratitude, Love, Harmony and Passion.

BE STILL

When you are most taunted with challenges, BE STILL.

When the weight of the world seem to be pressing heavily upon your neck and shoulders, BE STILL.

When you just do not know the answers, do not know what to do next,

BE STILL.

When there seems to be chaos and confusion all around you, BE STILL.

When you feel alone and boxed into a corner, BE STILL!

When darkness is the only light you can see….BE STILL.

While facilitating a session with Common Ground this statement came up. The discussions shared by the participants were interesting. Suddenly there was silence. A question or actually a need that had been expressed earlier was answered by someone. Again another moment of silence. Understand here that silence is a rare instance with this group. One of the group members observed that the answer came when the group became silent, as we were all being still. It was such an Ah-ha moment. We were each reminded of the gift of just stopping to BE STILL!

Be Still and Know is a scripture that has puzzled many because of the simplicity with which it asks you to not do anything other than BE STILL AND KNOW! There is so much strength in being still. It is relatively easy to take action on something even if it is the wrong action. However to BE STILL requires great strength because it goes against what our society tells us we need to do to resolve all opportunities in life.

Utilize your power to BE STILL AND KNOW!

I REMEMBER

 

Today I remember who I am.

I am amazing,

I am incredible,

I am abundantly gifted,

I am prosperous,

I am a unique being.

I am a glorious Spirit seeking to add beauty to all of Life!

I am filled with Love and Compassion;

Forgiveness and Harmony;

Peace and Justice;

Wisdom and Understanding;

Clarity and Discernment!

I AM A CHILD OF GOD!!!!

I am free!!!

I am free to fully express WHO I AM!

I give myself permission to release the stranglehold of lack and limitation.

I am Gifted and Wise.

I am Articulate and Powerful

I remember….I AM AMAZING!!!

 

 

 

BLENDING

Blending is a gradual process of mixing several ingredients together to become a new mixture. Sometimes it involves liquefying, sometimes chopping and grinding. Regardless of the action required, the result is always the same, several ingredients thoroughly combined together to become a unique new creation of oneness.

As I witnessed the marriage of one of my nephews this thought became crystal clear as it pertains to families or any other ‘mixture’ of people. The different individuals, personalities are all combined to create something new and different.

I watched the youth blending together to create what appeared as one massive unit. They became a blur of unity. All you could see were smiles. All you could feel was harmony. They simply knew how to include each other and blend into having a great time. Teaching and learning from each other the various dance steps. They allowed each other space and time to showcase their individual talents.

As the young adults and elders joined in, it grew and became a larger blur of unity. No one paid attention to age, race, height or weight. No concern was given to a person being on the dance floor without a partner because everyone was their partner.

The finished concoction was a perfect blending of not only two families but of multiple families. Each had come prepared to add their spice to this celebration of two wonderful souls who had vowed to blend into one unit; A Beautifully Blended Body of Oneness!

AS I SIT

As I sit, I carefully observe and pay attention to all that is around me. I pay honor and treasure my ability to listen, not insisting on talking.

As I sit, I allow myself to become an integral part of the whole. It’s awesome to have this feeling of being totally involved with the Universe.

As I sit, I hear the sounds of nature. Even while there is noise I can still hear the birds, their sound is ever present when I tune my hearing to them.

As I sit, I can sense the feelings of those around me. It is as if we are communicating on a soul level. No words need be spoken for me to connect with those around me. A glance, a nod or a smile is simply enough to acknowledge their presence.

As I sit, I am Thankful for this vast and massive Universe. I am Thankful to be alive in a time such as this.

As I sit, I listen intently to what is not being verbally expressed. I can hear the hearts of others. I can feel their emotions of both joy and pain; anger and excitement; fear and ecstasy. I am in alignment with their Spirit and it is a connection of souls relating to each other.

As I sit, I rejoice in my own being. I appreciate all that I have and all that I am. I rejoice knowing it is all a gift from the Creator!

As I sit, I become stronger and wiser. I allow the indwelling presence of Infinite Source to fill me to overflowing with goodness and mercy. The Grace of God restores my soul and my spirit.

As I sit, I remember to be ever Thankful all the time.

As I sit, I am gifted with Wisdom and Strength.

As I sit……..

 

AWESOME

It is an awesome feeling to always present your self expressing exactly who you are in totality. It is extremely rewarding to know that your purpose; your gifts are to be freely shared with others; that your best is always sufficient.

Self satisfaction is the result. To feel you constantly give the best you is exhilarating. It is a high, like none other. You get to marvel at how well you demonstrate your uniqueness. There is no need to pretend or compromise. Great Wisdom is displayed when you stand firm in your Truth.

And when others acknowledge you, it only adds to what you already feel. To know that what you alone bring to share with the Universe is appreciated gives you great pleasure at a soul level.

You can smile deep as you Thank God for gifting you with Life! Joy is deeply imbedded in your core. You remain humble and obedient to your call. Even as you are unsure of others acceptance, you inhale the spiritual faculty of Faith and step out.

A prayer goes out asking for guidance and you proceed. There may be times when the answer to your prayer is so spontaneous that consciously you are not aware that you sent a prayer out. This can happen as you become steadfast in always desiring the best for yourself and others. Each thought is a prayer and you now choose your thoughts carefully. The answer is automatic and you trust and know that your thoughts (prayers) are quickly manifested.

You are awesome!!!

You are unique!!!

You are beautiful!!!

You are God’s gift to the Universe!!!

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!

ALL ABOARD

 

My experiences at Hartsfield Jackson will remain with me for a long time. I choose to remember how bountifully I am blessed when I simply go with the flow, when I relinquish my need to control situations. This is the last part of my journey.

I called a friend as I sat there. I wanted to get away for a short time if possible. I left a voicemail message and continued on with my explorations of the airport adventure. He and his cousin came and took me to dinner. This was a wonderful treat that may not have happened if I were not stuck at the airport. We enjoyed wonderful fellowship together, a great meal, delightful service and great friends.  A wonderful combination!

I know I went through the security process at least four times. I kept going back to the gates to see if I could get on the next flight! What was so amazing to me is the first two times I went through with no problems, but the third and fourth times I was stopped! It was all so humorous to me. I had not changed one single thing I had on me or was carrying.

So finally, here is the next to the last flight of the day. I sat there with my boarding pass, just waiting. My name is called by the same agent that had worked every flight to Los Angeles that day. He recognized me as having been there all day waiting on a flight. I approached the line leading to the walkway for the plane and he said, “I told you to come to the counter.” So I apologized and walked to the counter as he looked very serious and explained “Oh I am terribly sorry I called your name by accident.” I literally stopped breathing. And he began to laugh hysterically at me! I had helped to make his day because not once had I become upset with not being able to get on a flight. This was his way of appreciating me!

On the plane I was gifted with sitting on the aisle way next to a mother and baby boy. This baby and I played all the way to Los Angeles, allowing the mother to take a nap now and then. I usually sit next to the window and would have missed this opportunity to share with this baby.

It was a most awesome 13 hours! I was gifted with wonderful Spirits who shared so unselfishly with me of who they were. I joyously received their gifts of friendship and I know I am blessed by having spent thirteen hours absorbing the love of other people.

THE AIRPORT EXPERIENCE

 

 

The blessings I received from spending thirteen hours at the airport on a beautiful Saturday continues:

My first blessing would be to meet a young soldier just returning from Iraq. His name is Miller. As we talked and shared he asked me if I played cards. I told him yes and began looking for a place where we could sit and play.  He did not want to play; he wanted to gift me with a deck of playing cards he had brought back from Iraq. The deck has the faces of 52 men they were and are searching for (some have been captured). It is truly a treasured keepsake.

My first stop in the Atrium area I met a couple from Oakland who had recently moved to Atlanta. They were a delightful couple and they made me laugh with some of their stories.

As I sat outside getting some fresh air I met several men who had just completed Boot Camp at Ft. Benning Georgia. One of them was a forty year old who was so proud of himself for enlisting and completing boot camp at age 40! He shared a statement with me that I will always remember whenever I think about our soldiers who go off to fight war. He said “Soldiers give up all their rights to protect the rights of others!” That is deep!!!

I sat in the Atrium area and decided to lay my head down and get some rest.  I was able to sleep briefly on a chair, curled up and cozy. Then came the biggest gift I could ever receive…..

The second story of the Atrium was filled with lines of soldiers waiting to be processed as they had just returned from Iraq. As they completed this process they were escorted downstairs and led by someone announcing them. I was excited to be a part of the first American crowd to salute them by giving them a standing ovation for their heroic actions!!

I am thankful I was delayed!!! Thirteen hours of pure bliss!!!

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