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Creation

This morning you set forth a series of events that will affect so many other lives. Did you know the power you have to create that affect?

Every decision made throughout our day effects someone else, and usually more than one person.

When we made a decision, we create a reality that will be played out. We create circumstances that create reactions and feeling within those around us. And that effects the next decision we will make. We have the amazing ability which was divinely given to us in which we use our energy and imagination to create. Have you ever thought of each decision as power? Do you realize what the outcome will be for you? for others? Do you know that each of your decisions will trickle to people everywhere, because those around you are altered and then their decision affect others and so on. What power and responsibility we how within us.

It’s impossible to think every single decision we can consciously consider this, but we can be aware of the decisions we make should be supportive, honest and kind.

In the simplest way, begin by stopping and thinking, before I say that.. Is it truthful? Is it kind? Is it necessary?

This would stop so much of the harmful creative decisions we make. This would stop the office gossip and the bathroom buzz.

Let everything that we create with our speech and our actions, be beautiful and everything around us will become brighter.

 

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Peace is possible

On June 22, 2004 an angel on earth was called home.
Mattie Stepanek peacefully left us with poems and thoughts on life and faith.
Mattie was able to balance his life and his faith like no one else.
He wanted to be remembered as a poet, a peacemaker and a philosopher who played.

What a wonderful way to be remembered. No matter how important we get in our jobs, lives and families – we need to play.

We need to jump into the pool cannonball style – run without inhibitions in every direction – grab a friend and do the unexpected.

Did you watch Friends, I loved that emsemble of characters!
My favorite character was Phoebe.
I know, I know, they all had their quirkyness that make them loveable personalities. And there pieces of each personality that I love, but Phoebe was always true to herself, not needing to pretend to be something she was not. She was smart, kind, compassionate and forgiving – and totally Phoebe!
One of my favorite Phoebe scenes is when she runs with Rachel in Central Park. Phoebe run like a wild person and Rachel is embarrased. Phoebe doesn’t understand why anyone would run so uptight – she runs like a child, as fast as she can, arms flying all around her – but with pure joy.

Let’s take a lesson of pure joy from what mattered most to Mattie – “Praying and playing, and celebrating life every day in some way.”
Playing and running uninhibited.
With pure joy, not worried about what others think. 

The Dust of God

A long time ago, I was a leaf on a tree…
I was hanging on my tree and
it was during spring so it rained a lot,
and that was good because I was thirsty.
Then it turned into summer
and it was so hot, but I felt good when I saw
the beautiful flowers down below.
Then fall came.
I was green, but then I turned red
and fell down to the ground.
When winter came it was cold,
and I began to disappear and turn back into the dust that I was made from.
Then spring came again…
I was not a tree anymore, but buried into the ground.
But I was still a part of  the flowers and of the trees and of
all the life around the world…
because I was the dust that God made,
and that is the dust that God used
to make the whole world, and the animals
and the plants and the people
I am the dust and I am the life and
I am so happy…
Hanging on my tree,
Floating to the ground and
being the dust of God in the earth.
June 22,1995 ~ Mattie Stepanek

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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday


“The world’s favorite season is the spring.

All things seem possible in May.”
– Edwin Way Teale

May 13th, some may say today, “be careful, it’s Friday the 13th”. I don’t subscribe to superstition. I believe we are given choices in life and we decide our destiny. Something good doesn’t happen because we pick up a penny. Something wonderful happens when we open our hearts to the endless possiblities of hope and love in the universe.

We make choices every day; to do the right thing, to speak kind words, to give to others…or not to.

Today is not a superstitous day…it a gorgeous sunny day in the Chicago area! This May 13th is filled with neighbors walking, planting, bike riding; sounds of children playing outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. The cold winter months are so quiet…close up the windows, stay in to stay warm…May is filled with a feeling of “throw open your windows and let the SUN IN!!” We feel a sense of hope, a sense of refreshing our souls and blooming of new memories.

All things are possible in May…just allow yourself to be welcoming to all the possibilities!

If you are feeling overwhelmed or not confident in your abilities, just look at this day. The warmth and light from the sun will give you the strength you need to embrace all the possibilities you CHOOSE to embrace!! 
Be INSPIRED and reach to the sun…be the tallest flower…OPEN and JOYFUL!

“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”
– Kahlil Gibran

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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
~Charles Swindoll
 

As we prepare for the weekend, let us each pay close attention to our attitudes towards others.
We cannot change others, but we can control ourselves.
We are in charge of our attitudes!
Blessings on your weekend!

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Who do you think you are?

Families…we all have them…argue with them and love them, they are family. It’s been said that we can choose our friends, but we can’t choose our family.

Some families have horrific stories of abused and neglect, some are torn apart by mistrust and miscommunication. Some families put on false images of happiness, respect and love. Families can be close, distant or uninterested. It’s so interesting to me that we can treat strangers better than our families some times. There are people that have a relative that is struggling and say “they should be able to take care of themselves” or “I’m done helping, it’s not my problem” – but will stop to help someone on the street that is in need.

You don’t choose your family. 
They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. 
~Desmond Tutu

Embrace your family, no matter who they are. They each have gifts and goodness. Find out what they are. You will discover things about yourself in the process.

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. 
Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member,
yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted. 
~Paul Pearshall

I am realizing this today, as I sit with sore feet, ankles, back and neck. I have come to Florida to move my Mother out of her home that she has sold. Standing on ceramic floors for 12 hours, sorting, organizing, boxing, taping, moving and stacking makes for a long day. But I am not complaining. I enjoy spending time with my Mother, I loved finding the treasures of family history in drawers long forgotten. Closing up a home has much sadness but also much joy. It’s great to have this opportunity to pack my parents house, even if we do so on the 4th anniversary of my father’s passing.  But I am in Florida, so I had to find a little time outside. So, I enjoyed the 2.5 mile walk we were able to sneak in today and I did my yoga routine next to the pool in the sun, stretching out those aching muscles. I am so blessed and fortunate to have a wonderful husband that agreed to come with me and help. Families are so like jewels, they may be rough around the edges, but beautiful to the beholder.

Call you Mother…visit your sister…love your nieces and nephews…
They  molded who you are
They love you whatever may come
They treasure your gifts and are hoping to see you

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