Category Archives: Inspiration

Rolling Forward!

2018 has jolted us to life!  So much seems to be happening on so many different levels.  We do not have time to close our mouths over one shocker before something else comes along that jars us even further awake.

It is comparable to that spank that doctors once gave the newborn child to hear the first cry.  Nowadays, they massage the baby’s bottom to make sure that the child is awake and has indeed crossed over into the land of the living.

I recently read a novel called Ghana Must Go and it spoke on the African belief about the birth of twins.  Author Taiye Selasi said that the first one comes in this new world, looks around and then lets the other one know if it is worth the journey.

I could not believe it when I read it because I had already written about the birth of twins in my last novella called Gardens of Green.  Similarly, a set of twins is born and one makes it but the other does not survive.  I was spiritually attuned and did not know it at the time. This world would have been too much for the weaker twin, so he opted out.

Gardens of Green cover

But  we are  already here in the midst of this jolting January so we have to lean in as these many things roll across the screens of our television sets.  We cannot afford to take our eyes off of the ball. We should cleave to hope in an effort to keep it alive and paddle on through. Hopefully, things will ease up and settle down as we propel ourselves forward!

Lynn M.                                                                    January 20, 2018

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Persevere!

Hang in there

Justice rides a slow horse but it always overtakes.This was one of my mother’s favorite quotes and it is perfect during this MLK, Jr. weekend.

What is justice?  Who gets it? Justice comes for those who can wait it out and see things through.  Winston Churchill reminds us, If you are going through hell, keep on going.”

So as we wait for the tide to change, here are a host of reminders and affirmations that we can read or write to help us stay filled with expectancy.

  • Persevere!
  • Hang in there!
  • Hold on!
  • Grab ahold and don’t let go!
  • Don’t give up!
  • Don’t give in!
  • Hang tight!
  • Change is coming!
  • Only believe!
  • Keep the faith!
  • Be encouraged!
  • Cling to hope!
  • Justice prevails!

We can use some of these as we swim through our challenges and struggle to remain buoyant and stay afloat until we reach sturdier and safer shores.  When we feel weary or disconcerted, we can remember those who marched, cried and toiled before our time.  They too questioned whether things would ever change.

As we enjoy this longer weekend and pay homage to the life of Dr. King, we can feel quite certain that justice will be served. Though the horse may travel slowly in our lives, if we prevail, we will see him overtaking all of the mishaps. He will then appear in all of his glory saddled with that good news!

Lynn M.                                                                          January 13, 2018

Shining the Light!

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During the most wonderful time of the year, we should let our lights shine and pierce the darkness.  All of us come into adulthood with many preconceived notions on a variety of topics.  We bring our attitudes and beliefs with us from what we learned from our childhood days.

We have unconsciously formed opinions based on what we heard or overheard in our family homes. We may not realize what has seeped down into our consciousness or psyche until something disturbing appears in our lives.

It has probably manifested itself from our deep-seated, hidden scars that have been tucked away from our sight or public view.  And then, “Pop!”  It shows up and we are forced to deal with it.  We may have to go back through many rooms or take a proverbial time capsule back to an earlier time in our lives.

Then, we must become quiet and still. If we listen very closely, those old negative voices will be re-heard.  Eventually, we might say, ”Aha! There you are. You must go!”  Then, during this sainted time of the year, we should start a deep cleanse.  We can scrub and peel off more layers of darkness.  We realize that we have been roaming around in the dark long enough.

We locate the light switch and turn on the light.  The darkness flees.  The Christ light shines in every corner and we forge ahead.  We can walk on a more lighted path with a thankful heart that we can now see our way!

Lynn M.                                                                     December 23, 2017

 

Grow and Glow!

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Plants reach, cling and gravitate towards the light for survival.  As spiritual beings, we do the same things hoping that some light will be shed on our lives as we look for our purpose, true mission and divine assignments.

We were all put here to accomplish or contribute something unique because we are one of a kind and there are no duplications.  We were intricately designed and put here to be a part of a larger plan

If we are lucky, we will be fortunate enough to leave positive marks behind for the next generations to follow. So, it is our task to find out what we were put her to do and which gifts we can utilize as we work on our paths.

Clearly, parents know their children and they often see their talents early in life . They can readily see which ones are potential athletes or actors from watching their children’s preferences as they play. But as adults, things may become a bit hazy as we move through life with its many twists and turns.

Sometimes, we take on various types of work to keep afloat and in the humdrum of everyday life, we may forget what we really love to do.  Confucius says, “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” If we can become still enough and remember those childhood favorite things, we will probably remember what it is that we really loved doing back in those days.

If was sketching, perhaps we can still create a comic strip to make others laugh.  If was painting, then we can visit the art store and pick up a new set of brushes.  If it was taking things apart and reassembling them, then we can go to a Makerspace class at the local library and meet other builders with like minds.

It is our challenge to find our niche.  Once we have found it, we should dig in and give it all we’ve got.  Then, we can truly grow and glow!

Lynn M.                                                                                          December 16, 2017

Our Journeys!

 

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Maya Angelou wrote a book called Wouldn’t Take Nothing for the Journey Now which shared parts of her illustrious life. When we reflect on our lives, we should be in agreement with her and show gratitude for what we have already received.

As we walk our reflective journeys toward the close of the year, we collect our thoughts.  If we are honest, we can recount our big and small, yet superfluous blessings.  Past wonders will flourish forth as we realize that quiet angels softly whispered in our ears telling us which way to go at many given times.

We may have spoken a quick thanks in our hurried daily movements but have we really taken time to give adequate thanks? Have we acknowledged all of the things that we have been saved from? Visible and unseen forces have rushed to our assistance and nudged us back onto the right paths when we’ve veered off.

We know that we are imperfect beings and either our lack of information or understanding may have steered us into dangerous zones.  As the old adage goes, “If I’d known better, I would have done better.” 

But thank goodness Divine Intervention interceded while we were out there navigating those choppy waters. Once our feet are on dry ground again and we can see our way, we stop and catch our breaths.  Eventually, we will see the titillating gains shining through and we can audibly sigh, “I wouldn’t take nothing for the journey!”

 

Lynn M.                                                                                     December 9, 2017

Prepare Ye!

 

Three wise men

As we come upon the close of 2017 and approach the most wonderful time of the year, we should push the Pause Button.  Here are  some questions we could ask ourselves:

  • What did I accomplish in 2017?
  • What will I have to carry over to my 2018 To Do List?
  • What were my gains?
  • What were my losses?
  • What new friends and associates did I add to my roster?
  • Which ones did I lose or let go?
  • What did I drop because it no longer positively served me?
  • What could I have handled differently?
  • What are my regrets, if any?
  • What else do I need to discard or release?
  • What can I do between now and December 31st to be truly prepared for 2018?

As we authentically prepare for 2018, we should try to enter the year with as clean a slate as possible.  This is comparable to asking young students to clean off their whiteboards before presenting the next math problem.

Similar to life’s events, new problems come with any new territory. They come to help us grow and evolve as spiritual beings and we are better able to solve them if we have a lightened load.

So prepare ye!  Do an inventory and a deep inner cleansing before ringing in the New Year!

Lynn M.                                                                   December 2, 2017

 

Shoot Your Best Shot!

jumpshotWhen given a task to do, we often wonder, “Can I do this?” In the children’s book, The Little Engine That Could, the small engine took on the job of getting the freight cars across the mountain to deliver the toys to the awaiting children.

Oftentimes, when we answer the call, the motivation or underlying reason for the request will cause us to muster up the strength to take on the challenge.  As in the story, whenever children are involved, few of us can say no.  Looking into their eyes of innocence pulls on our heartstrings and makes us use the familiar motto, “Yes I can!

We may even look up some age-old reminders or affirmations such as I am strong, I am brave, I am willing, I am patient or I am more than a conqueror.  All of the statements combine to make each of us know that it takes persistence to win.

Og Mandino writes in The Greatest Salesman in the World, “If I persist, if I continue to try, if I continue to charge forward, I will succeed.  I will persist until I succeed.”

 So, when our services are requested or needed, all we can do is dribble around, build up our energy field, focus on our goal, make a high jump and shoot our best shot!

Lynn M.                                                          November 18, 2017

Inside Joy!

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Do you remember Whitney Houston’s version of The Greatest Love of All?  Songwriters Michael Masser and Linda Creed wrote the lyrics, “I found the greatest love inside of me.”  It is definitely an inside job.  Outside things and people can bring us certain levels of joy and add to our comfort but when those external forces are not there, we have to go within and find our own inner pockets of joy.

Some people always seem to have a pleasant smile and others share ripples of laughter on a regular basis. They have learned to give life the light touch. We would tend to think that they were problem-free though that is unlikely.  Everybody is dealing with something.  But, they obviously have found a way to find joy inside of their tears as Stevie Wonder mentions in one of his songs.

In his book The Greatest Salesman in the World, Og Mandino reminds his readers to be mindful of their emotions.  He wrote, ” ..but I make my own weather, I transport it with me.  If I bring joy  and enthusiasm  and brightness and laughter to my customers, they will react with joy and enthusiasm.”  Joy, laughter and humor are true gifts of the Spirit.  They are housed deep down within each of us and they can bubble up at the most opportune times.

Laughter minimizes those unrelenting concerns because light and dark cannot occupy the same space.   The light barrels in and the darkness disappears.  So what will it be?  Tears or laughter? The latter is the remedy to enhancing those healing powers as the road to recovery gets brighter and brighter each day!

Lynn M.                                                                             November 11, 2017