Have we gotten this fear thing all confused? Are we really afraid of the dark…or what’s in it? Are we really afraid of heights…or afraid of falling? Marianne Williamson tells us “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Wait what? Are we living our fears or our dreams? Somebody please supersize my opposite of fear…which is what exactly…freedom? It’s been said the cave you fear to entre, holds the treasure you seek…hmmmmmmmm…is fear a product of the thoughts I create? Is fear a choice? F.E.A.RForget Everything And Run? or Face Everything And Rise? Can fear and happy cohabitate? Is fear simply stories we tell ourselves? Franklin Roosevelt said in his first inaugural speech, “The only thing we should fear is fear itself.” So do we fear the unknown or what we think we know about the unknown? Is then courage resistance to fear? So like maybe we should take every chance and drop every fear. Maybe fear may be distilled to this: Nothing in life is to be feared…It is to be understood. OK…repeat after me, “I expect nothing…I fear no one…I am free.” Thinking that historic hippie era was on to something…freedom…expression…rebellion. What has fear done to us all? At the end of the day, our greatest fear should not be failure, rather, succeeding in life at things that don’t really matter. Get your freedom on. PIF.
What is it that we all need? Are we beginning the realization that this world can be kinda overwhelming? Oprah has said, “What God has intended for you goes far beyond anything you imagined.” Who believes this? Does grace change the rules in the game of life? Fortunately God doesn’t keep score like humans do…hmmmmmmm…does anyone really comprehend the mystery of grace? This is what I do know, it meets us where we are and does not leave use where it found us. Which is more important…ascending or descending the mountain? Is this the gigantic lesson of Life? How we accept winning & losing…good luck…bad luck…darkness…light. Do we think our mistakes tally up? Even the Goethe has something to say about grace, “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. For action has magic and grace in it.” Do we spend an unending focus on our iphones? Perhaps we may want to unravel the mystery of grace. Maybe we should givegrace because we ALL so desperately need it. Has the human race all become victims to grace? Every Life ransomed, the broken & worthless restored…everything redeemable? WOW…could this be the answer? Grace? Can we not be the bridge to helping people find HOPE? Mother Theresa reminded us, “We can do no great things, we can only do small things with great Love.” We may want to start holding one another to a standard of grace rather than perfection. Is grace the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul? Is grace undeserved kindness? All I can say is this, in my house we do second chances, we do grace, we do REAL, we do mistakes, we do I’m sorry’s, we do loud really well, we do hugs, we do family, we do prayer, we do faith, and we do LOVE. Look UP. PIF.
It’s been said we have 3 choices: Give in, Give up or give it all you’ve got. Picasso reminded us to find our ‘gift’ and give it away …hmmmmmmm…seems to be a whole lotta singing about ‘giving it away’ …Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Strait, Glass Tiger…OK so C.S Lewis says that nothing you haven’t given away will ever be yours…wait…what? This is sounding a lot like, ‘If you love something….hmmmmmmmmm…exactly who is responsible for giving me my happy? Should everyone fill out the ballot for a free give-away? Is anything ever free? Goethe hath said something profound, “What I possess seems something far away…” Let’s all meet at Starbucks and ponder that one. Ok time to simplify…all we really need to know is this: Kindness is free…give it away. PIF.
Do we emit vibrational attitude? Life a symphony of expression? Buddhaseems to think that our whole existence is contingent on having no fear…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm….I feel my next post coming on. Shouldn’t we invest more in the positive energy business? Is there such a business? Why are we not raising our vibration in a metaphysical sense? If life is energy than are we not one large physics class with poor attendance? Why don’t we all just tune into the frequency of love instead of self? Is the law of attraction a vibrational match? Ok so i’m thinking i just don’t have the energy for meaningless banter, uninspiring meetings and unnecessary conversations with some serious Luscious Jackson ‘energy suckers.’ In the long run are we ever going to get more than we give? Is our reality beyond our sensory capabilities? More importantly, are we in sensory overload? For the Love of humanity, unplug your computer. So, let me believe in something ‘too good to be true,’ if we think positive and BE positive…positive things will happen(?). I sure hope so because my entire energy field is betting on it. OK this energy thing sure is becoming rather mysterious, maybe we should leave it in Star Wars as the force seems to always be with them. As for you and I, let’s keep it Shakespearean simple,”This above all: to thine own self be true.” PIF.
Doesn’t our willingness to wait reveal the value of what we are waiting for? The question needs to be asked, ‘How long must someone wait in order for it to be called waiting?’ Don’t we miss chances when we wait too long? Everyone is just waiting, waiting for Spring to show up, waiting for wind to fly a kite, waiting in line to buy groceries, waiting for a meeting to end, waiting for a text…just waiting around. If we wait until we’re ready…doesn’t that mean we’ll be waiting our whole lives? This waiting thing is not sounding so good. Maybe we should put a stop to waiting for Friday to roll around, stop waiting for…like…Life to happen and just live in the moment…hmmmmmmmm…could that be the winning answer to putting us all out of our ‘waiting’ misery? I mean, if you’re waiting for a sign…this is it. Listen very carefully, STOP WAITING for things to happen…GO out and make them happen. PIF.
Do voices carry when we connect our diaphragm with our breath? Confucius say: words are the voice…of the heart. Is our voice than, the organ of the soul? Be a voice, or an echo? Ghandisaid, “The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience….the voice without words…may I suggest, listen to that one. Shouldn’t our voice matter? Time for some Dalai Lama, “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others…and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Maybe we don’t understand the importance of our voice until we don’t have one. Do our lives begin to end when we become silent on the things that matter? Martin Luther King sure thought so. Why has neutrality become pop culture? Where have all the gutsy people gone? Does anyone sense an impending revolution? OK let’s get on the same page about when not to speak…if your voice doesn’t make people smile, be silent. PIF.
Is happy as elusive as we make it? The good news is this; we’ve caught the butterfly or have we? If we are all creatures of comparisons then doesn’t that make us prisoners of implicit expectations? Doesn’t sound so happy now does it. Using our hooty-falooty smarty pants research, we think happy is an equation. Apparently this happiness equation looks at expectations, rewards and past outcomes…oh no…this is not looking happy. I don’t know about you but whenever I have expectations I’m always…ummmmm…let down, and let’s just say I’m not rendered happy. Rewards? Who gets rewards? I can’t even remember the last time I was rewarded…I think my canine is the only one that gets rewards on a regular basis. Something doesn’t feel so happy. Is that why our canines are always so happy to see us? Perhaps we could learn some critical research from our 4-legged best friend. OK where should we look for happy sans the equation? According to the dalai lama, “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Wait what?! Doesn’t perspective blow this equation out of the water? Is happy-ness an inside job? Isn’t that what Love is? Caring for anothers happy more than our own? Maybe we should keep it stoopid simple: practice generosity and giving without expecting anything in return. PIF standard #1.
According to Shakespeare, “The Love of Heaven makes one Heavenly” hmmmmmmmm…perhaps we should all believe in Heaven for that reason alone. The Cure sings about it ‘Just like Heaven’ …Bryan Adams ‘Heaven’…Eric Clapton ‘Tears in Heaven’…Zepplin ‘Stairway to Heaven’ …John Lennon ‘Imagine’ …Bob Dylan ‘Knocking on heavens Door’…so like if everyone’s singing about it and everyone is listening to their music…we must have some sort of comfort(?) in it. Some believe heaven is not somewhere you go but rather something you carry with you. Biblically speaking (John 14:2) He (God) has prepared a place for us…hmmmmmmmm…I’m not a gambler, but I’m placing my hope on heaven. PIF.
Walt Disney said if I could dream it…i could do it…Eleanor Roosevelt said the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams…am I a dreamer caught in reality? Will we ever find that place where our dreams and our realities collide? Oscar Wilde said we find our way by the moonlight and see the dawn before the rest of the world…hmmmmmmmm…does the sad truth equate to this: If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs? Are dreams the touchstones of our character? Should we dream all night or all day? Let me give all the dreamers a little bit of advice: chase them…chase them until you are breathless…then…keep running. For the love of humanity…step out of line. Nelson Mandela said a winner is a dreamer who never gives up…tags in nicely to Winston Churchill’s mantra, “Never give up-ology” wait…is that even a word? I may be a dreamer…but I know I’m not the only one. PIF.