Sunday

I rededicate myself...

As I continue to study, reflect, and work to be a good, caring person, I do my best not to be judgmental. This continues to be a challenge. On balance, I am open and accepting but I continue to struggle with past hurts. Particularly when someone has broken my trust. I find it very difficult to trust that person again.

I find there is great wisdom in believing that every person is doing the best they can with what they know and what their life experience has been. When I allow myself to accept that truth, I can move to understanding. I can forgive and possibly be empathetic.

My life has been grounded in the core values of caring, compassion, trust, hard work, and integrity. I know what is right and wrong for me. I do not know what is right and wrong for you.

There is so much hate in our world now. We think we know what is right or wrong for everyone. We need to reclaim the beauty of perspective; to see the world through the eyes and experience of the other. We need to work towards compromise or at least listen to each other.

I rededicate myself to acceptance and gratitude.



How do we find our deepest and best self?

Throughout my life, I have found that some of the important tools and practices are prayer, meditation, service to others, art, poetry, solitude, nature, music, empathy, compassion, trust, truth, and love. 

Always love.

I find it is always important to accept life as it impacts us. What we resist, will persist. Acceptance of the pandemic or acceptance of my heart surgery means I do my part. I wear my mask and get my vaccinations. I get my heart surgery and follow my plant-based diet and continue my exercise program.

The essence of life is that we are loved. Unconditionally loved by a divinity that is with us and in us. I rejoice in every experience life has given me. The laughter and the tears.

Love is in every moment.



Filtering out the negative, Focusing on the positive

"Whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report… 
Meditate on these things."
- Philippians 4:8

We are bombarded with social media and outside messages throughout our days. We must create a filtering system in our awareness that allows the negative to pass by and focus on the positive and valuable.

I believe the above Bible verse may be a six-layer system for filtering out the negative.

In meditation and prayer simply focus on:
Is it true?
Is it noble?
Is it just?
Is it pure?
Is it loving?
And is it of good report?
If the answer is no, let it pass. If the answer is yes, allow it into your life.

Your mind, body, and soul are strengthened by focusing on the positive.







Inspiration

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi

We are all human beings with infinite and endless possibilities. Inspiration is the beginning of moving forward and making our possibilities real. Inspiration moves us beyond our perceived limits.

When we are inspired, we are literally breathing in spirit. Inspiration, from the Latin "in spiritus", means to breathe in spirit. When we breathe in spirit, we are breathing in the Divine. We are breathing in God. When we breathe in spirit, everything is possible. We rise to the occasion. We embrace the dream. Our talents and abilities come to the surface.

Inspiration fills you with Divine energy. 



Living in understanding, empathy, and compassion is our next evolution

I care deeply about humanity. We must come to the place of understanding that we are all a part of a beautifully diverse global community.

Our human history is abundant with examples of hatred, neglect, racism, slavery, and war. Pursuing only our own narcissistic interests will end in suffering and death.

Living in understanding, empathy, and compassion is our next evolution.

Our best hope for the future is education. Not only the old, reading, writing, and arithmetic but on a new education of the heart. We need social, emotional, and ethical teaching and learning. We need to teach conversation, community building, and cooperation. 

Empathy is in our DNA. We are all one global family. We must respect and learn our differences, and rejoice and celebrate our similarities.

We all need acceptance and love.



Congratulations to the graduates of the Neumann University Masters degree in Social Emotional Learning!

 




Joy, Enthusiasm, and Love

Despite all the challenges of the past two years, it is imperative that we still find enthusiasm, joy, and love in our life's journey.

Feeling joy, enthusiasm, and love is our God-given inheritance.

When the pandemic first began and there was a shortage of essential home products, I received a call asking if my family needed anything. My wife asked for toilet paper. The next day, a mountain of toilet paper was at my front door. The joy and love of community was at my front door.

When I returned to life after a six-hour open-heart surgery, I couldn't move, drains, tubes and wires were running in and out of my body. Sandra was there with her unconditional love. The nurses brought me to enthusiastic laughter, entertaining me with word games as I shuffled my first steps down the hallway.

If we dwell on the negative, the world can steal our joy and enthusiasm. We are each precious children of unlimited love. Our purpose is to share our joy, enthusiasm, and love and uplift the world one person at a time.



Appreciate...

Let us appreciate the moments we have together. So many of us have faced challenge, trauma, pain, and grief these past 2 years. For me, it was heart surgery one year ago.

I find happiness when I can appreciate those in my life just the way they are. When I can see the unique beauty in each person in my life, I am filled with love. When there is love within us, then love grows into the world.

There is no need to fix or change, just appreciate. We have so few moments together.

Let us appreciate and love.

Let us see the sacred in all life.



Dream your unique dream

 "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." Romans 12:2

When you have an idea or a dream, don't look for approval from a social group. We surrender our authenticity and leadership when we seek approval from a social group. 

Leaders step forward and serve the greater good. They look upward and onward. They dream a vision beyond the social conformity.

Move ahead with courage.

Dream your unique dream.



Compassion and Caring...

When we focus on love, compassion, empathy, and integrity those values move from us to impact and uplift others beyond our physical sphere of influence.

Compassion and caring for our fellow humans connect us and promotes understanding and unity. We discover the Divine in each of us.

When we see others through eyes of compassion, we see the best in our fellow human beings.







Love and approve of yourself

"Remember you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked.

Try approving of yourself and see what happens." – Louise Hay

We are emanations of Divine love. See the light and love that is in your fellow humans. We are here to offer all the good that is within us.

We must be open to the joy, peace, and love that is our birthright. Be aware of your true nature and shower the world with your abundant gifts.

We are each here to shine God's loving light upon the earth.

Love and approve of yourself. Shine your light and be aware and appreciate the light in others.



Act for the Good of Humanity

Let us keep ourselves honest, truthful, caring, and kind. Let us practice gratitude, fairness, compassion, and empathy.

Let us strive to be the person that God made us to be. Respect all life and care for each other.

Life is short.

Be a person of good character.

Act for the good of humanity.




Compassion...

Compassion is at the heart of all the good that human beings have done in the world.

Compassion calls us to serve, uplift, and support others as we would wish to be served, uplifted, and supported. 

Compassion demands that we work to end the pain of our fellow humans and to honor the sacredness of every human life.

We are called to treat every human being with justice, fairness, respect, equity, and compassion.



Women's Month

March is National Women's Month. Women, the sacred feminine, is essential to all life. She is half the conversation. She is half the salvation and half of our wholeness.

It is finally time for women to thrive. Our world has had enough of male dominance and macho ego. The voices of great women from Mary to Magdelene, from Eleanor Roosevelt to Mother Teresa, have taught us there is another way. Even Jesus came to us "meek and humble of heart" (Matthew 11:29).

It is time to heal the male addiction to power over others. Maybe the eternal feminine is needed to heal our wars, oppression, hatred, and mistrust.

We must listen to the feminine voice inside all of us.


Empathy

Empathy does not make us soft. Empathy makes us fully human. When we can understand those that feel very differently than we do, they become more human in our eyes.

It is very easy to be judgmental. It takes great effort and empathy to seek to know and understand. We can never know the history and challenges of those whose wounds we do not understand.

We have all been broken. We all will fall and fail, again and again. Empathy says “judge not lest ye be judged.”