Sometimes in our lives, we are put to task to build something without a clear blueprint. Yet, our diligence still makes us roll up our sleeves and dig in. As we roll one stone in front of the other, we create the outline of the structure.
Though the end product is invisible, we lean on the All-knowing Substance to guide us as we work on. The hustle and bustle of the movement of busy hands and feet may look chaotic to some, but there is usually a method to the madness. Amelia Earhart said, “Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.” It is better to be a curious yet silent observer when there is a work in progress.
Active participants on the construction project should be wise and dutiful soldiers that follow the commands of those running the show. Whether the roles are major or minor, all are essential to the whole.
Tempers may flare, angry words may be exchanged and bricks may fall in the heat of the battle but the intent to succeed is solid like a rock. The smoke from the chiseling hammers may cause a temporary fog and sweat may pour from the brow.
But the light at the end of the tunnel will come into visibility. And as Shaun Alexander says, “I think there will be more smiles when the smoke clears!”
Lynn M. November 17, 2018
Have you ever heard the phrase, “New mask? Same shoes.” I recently heard it referenced on an audio tape and I admit that it was new to me, but not the concept itself. It simply means that the there are fogey bears that show up on our paths to stop us from passing and they operate under many guises.
They put on different masks to make us think that they are someone other than who they really are underneath. When people are up to no good, they often cover their faces like the wolf in sheep’s clothing. They work hard at escaping detection. They probably cannot even deal with their own darkness themselves.
They house unholy thoughts as well as intentions. They hope that their fear tactics will make us halt. The goal is to terrorize us and make us stop in our tracks. They avoid head-on confrontations by shielding themselves. They often come on to us feigning affection, wearing a bright smile or acting friendly as they pretend to have our best interests at heart.
But as the old adage goes, “There are no secrets in the book of life.” The truth will out and by their fruits, they are known. After several promptings, we soon take note of their track records. We realize that it would be a wise move to distance ourselves from them. So, we take a huge sprint ahead.
Much later, we turn to take a look in our rear view mirrors. When we are clearly safe from the danger, we can sigh, “Aha.” We give thanks to our Higher Power and whisper, “New mask? Same shoes.”
Lynn M. November 11, 2018
It is that time of the year when we pause and slowly look over our shoulders. We take an inventory of what we have accomplished during the year. We jot down our successes and realize that we have run quite a race.
We recall the hurdles that we have jumped as we decide what we have learned and what we can do better in the future. We most certainly relish those moments of rest between the laps when we were allowed to slow down and become still.
At those times, we were able to restore and rejuvenate ourselves. We could see that the glass has definitely been more full than empty. We are grateful. We have caught glimpses of the Higher Power operating in our lives and seeing us through a host of activities.
After taking brief breaks, we catch our breaths and continue our jogs. At the prescribed time, we climb back onto our charted paths and continue to reap bountifully just like the rich colorful leaves of the November.
Our baskets are fuller. Our knowledge has increased. Our skill sets have grown tremendously. It has been a gain, gain all around. We let out a sigh. Then, we smile as we graciously move ahead!
Lynn M. November 4, 2018
Life moves in cycles. These cycles are both beginnings and endings all intertwined together. As one door closes, another magically swings open awaiting our attention and ultimately our entry into a new set of circumstances.
The dots have been connected as one set of events subtly prepares us for the next succession of things that are about to happen in our lives. We have successfully completed what we have been given to do so we can bravely forge ahead and take our next steps.
One of the theme songs from the movie, The Wiz is “Ease on Down the Road.” We travel more swiftly when we are unburdened with feelings of lightness. We can more easily obtain these feelings when we know that we have given the absolute best of ourselves in the latest venture.
We can assuredly move forth with a lively pep in our steps. Those are the rewards of hard work. We flow and glow as we let the chips fall where they may after we have finished a divine assignment. We know within ourselves that we have had a good run. We have left careful instructions for those that will be coming behind us.
Now, we can put heads out in front as we take a winner’s stance at the starting line of a new endeavor. We are ready to step onto a fresh path so we put on our new shoes of faith. At the sound of the signal, we spring ahead and enter our new cycle of even greater fulfillment!
Lynn M. October 28, 2018
We are always moving and evolving. Just as the clouds linger for a while, they too slowly move and sometimes are in an unnoticeable motion. They never stay for too long.
It is comparable to a guest who we welcome into our homes or into our lives. We laugh, converse, grow and heal some aspects of ourselves while together. But at the prescribed time, we move on. All of us leave the gathering place feeling more hopeful and optimistic about things to come in our futures.
There is a sense of lightness. There are more perceptions and understanding. Everyone is moving on and evolving into feelings of greater wholeness. We evolve with higher levels of insight and depth.
Our purposes are clearer and our points of view have been expanded. We have unburdened ourselves to a degree through our fellowship and times of togetherness. Yet, we know when it is time to keep it moving and we gradually began to move our feet.
We follow the clouds lead and we move on as we surely evolve. We adhere to the lessons from those all-knowing clouds that temporarily hang just above our heads.
Lynn M. October 20, 2018
The cool breezes of October help blow away our old stale thoughts. The winds serve us as they swirl around and stir things up like the rotating leaves in a cesspool.
Those negative things float to the top like fallen leaves that have left their life source. They are no longer important nor do they contribute to our well-being. They will soon be in big trash bags like the gathered leaves waiting to be crushed and thrown away.
Those worn-out notions, beliefs and error thoughts will disappear along with an array of false friends and acquaintances. They can no longer attach themselves to our lives and pretend to be genuinely concerned about our welfare. The seasons change and we must change with them.
The fluttering leaves have fallen from the living tree. They have served their purpose though they once offered us a sense of beauty. But time moves on and as nature continues on its course, we graciously sweep up the discarded.
We get ready for our personal harvests to arrive and we know that in just a matter of time we will gleefully exclaim, “Behold, I will do a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:19)
Lynn M. October 13, 2018
We often go to see a movie as a form of escapism or a reprieve from everyday life. Yet, when I saw the new A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, I thought, “Now this is art- a movie of real though sometimes raw substance.”
The credits at the end of the movie revealed that many of the songs had been written by each of them. Wow! A lot of real talent was involved in this piece and it is not only worth viewing a second time but should include the purchase of the soundtrack.
In A Star is Born, we are able to see a well-developed relationship between Jackson and Ally. We see them go through many of life’s ups and downs together and we unfortunately see them outgrow each other. It is all true of real life. People come into our lives for a reason and a season.
I will not spend time here rehashing the plot because I would not want to spoil anyone’s chances to witness these art forms at their best on the big screen. We know that it is a boy meets girl movie or shall I say husband meets wife.
The mere fact that both are musicians pushes the entertainment level up many notches. He’s a rocker doing his thing and her performances reminded me of a little bit of Janis Joplin and at other times, Carole King.
It is the first time that we see Lady Gaga’s (Ally) natural beauty. It made me wonder why stars adorn themselves where they are barely recognizable. I liked her in this role because we see get to see her. Bradley Cooper (Jackson) reveals sides of his character that haven’t been displayed in his other roles. Their chemistry is steamy and they take us on a memorable voyage.
In closing, I would say that even though we are imperfect beings, this movie shows how we are all interconnected and sometimes, it takes that certain someone to hoist us up and put us on our charted path!
Lynn M. October 8, 2018
Oh, girl power. Girl power,
Spilling beans by the hour.
Like a bag filled to the brim,
No longer will lights stay dim.
Release it now. Let it go.
So your children can flow!
Sweeping no more under rug,
While heartstrings are in a tug.
Claim your places, queens of chess,
Speak out and tolerate less.
Lynn M. September 29, 2018
How many times have we looked back at times gone by and claimed that they were better than the present day? But are we really being honest with ourselves?
Perhaps we selectively choose to remember snippets of the Truth. If we are really honest, those cherished days had its flaws and share of pain, disappointment and hours of anxiety. Those times were also filled with life’s imperfections.
Of course, we all wish we felt comfortable all of the time, but then we would not experience those growing pains which are needed to grow us up, so to speak. Yes, life is a process and at some point we must all learn that it is filled with both light and dark just like the day and night.
When we look back at those former days, we choose to recall the minutes of light. We remember the sun and the fun. We unconsciously hide the times of darkness and anguish and tuck them away because they are too painful to revisit. And why should we pull open that drawer and rummage around unless we need to do a deep cleanse to work towards greater wholeness and healing?
Case and point? Enjoy today! Seize the moment. There are several movies about angels who want to return to this life for at least one more day. They would exchange places with us in a heartbeat. The saying goes, “Yesterday is a cancelled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is cash. Use it wisely!”
Lynn M. September 19, 2018
Cooler days of fall are upon us,
It’s back to basics. No time for fuss.
Time for the kids to go back to school.
Where they should practice the Golden Rule.
As they all learn to read, write and count,
The hierarchy of skills do mount.
September- a reality check.
Labor, work and use all hands on deck!
Lynn M. September 15, 2018