Prepare For The Journey

Prepare for the journey.

Preparing for the journey of life gets us safely to our destination. Our journey and our destination are determined by the amount of preparation we put into it. One cannot expect a smooth journey in life nor can one expect to arrive promptly at their destination without proper preparation.

Preparing for our journey of life entails taking time to ensure the steps for arriving at our destination are in place. This means taking time to acquire the knowledge of where we are going and paying attention to the detail which will deliver us to our intended destination. It means having a contingency plan if things go awry in route to our destination. With the proper knowledge, we can develop a plan that will contribute to a smooth journey and a safe arrival. A good plan puts in place a feeling of security as we move toward our destination.

If we do not take time to acquire the necessary knowledge and detail about how to arrive at our destination, we can expect many obstacles that throw us off course. Once we are off course without a plan, the outcome can take many turns which we are not prepared for. That unpreparedness can lead us to be lost, or meandering aimlessly, or even worse it may put us in jeopardy of great loss.

Our journey of life can always arrive at its intended destination with sound knowledge and a solid plan. Time is available for all of us to ensure everything is in place for fulfilling our journey and arriving at our intended destination. Don’t wait until the last minute to plan for your journey, for those plans are apt to be haphazardly prepared and cause great anxiety.

Discrete and Anonymous


Happy are the people who do good deeds for the sake of being discrete and anonymous. There is a big difference between carrying out good deeds while remaining anonymous and carrying out good deeds with the intent of drawing attention.

I have always felt good deeds and hard work are noticed, appreciated, and rewarded without tooting our horn. The rewards derived from being humble may not be realized right away, but they will be bestowed upon us in due time. I’ve found if a person chooses to draw attention for their good deeds, their rewards are usually materialistic and not everlasting. Tooting our own horn with the intent of getting attention eventually results in others becoming resentful of the way we advanced our personal agenda. Always try hard to do things the right way with little fanfare. Yes its true, people do get attention and promoted based on how outrageously they sell their agenda and toot their boastful horn to others. However, let me say with great certainty those people are usually the ones who present themselves to be someone they are not. Their rewards are likely to have strings attached which results in more attention to fuel their ego.

The ego on the outside cannot be allowed to over rule the sanctity of the inside. If we go about our business in a way that honors who we are, there is no need to draw attention to one’s self because the happiness gained from any good deed is always recognized in unspoken and unseen ways. The unspoken and unseen affirmations of our good deeds will be rewarded in ways we physically cannot understand. If we are honest with ourself and present ourself as we are, we are not tooting our horn, rather we are presenting the truth.  Let us be humble, full of joy, and glad for great rewards which await us.

Today is Not Every Other Day

The end is a beginning.

Today is a new day, let go of yesterday. Today is not like all the yesterdays regardless of how we perceive time. Each new day of our life is a day for a fresh start, a new beginning, a time to put new thoughts and ideas in motion. The excitement of waking up with a fresh start each day should propel us to initiate actions that fulfill our purpose for living. The opportunities in a day are endless, why waste one minute on boredom or self pity. Many folks suffer from circumstances they feel are out of their control. Never put off seeking help to overcome times of difficulty. Seek out friends or professionals who have the skills to help cope with difficult situations.  Strive hard to ignite the desire to overcome that which causes great pain and despair. It is never to late to pull ourselves up by the bootstrap and go about our day seeking to help others, to be kind, to gain one small slice of knowledge, and to keep in mind that in each minute of every day an opportunity is there for us. Every ending has a new beginning that sets in motion something new. The end is never the end unless we give up, even then there is a beginning.  Let nothing stop you from a new beginning today.

Things We Think We Need

Aquire that which doesn’t vanish.

Don’t worry about the earthly things in life which we think are needed. A person cannot add a one moment to their life by worrying. It is only natural to desire material things which we think will elevate us in happiness and self worth. But those desires are material and will  crumble and vanish in time, leaving us with a false sense of worth. External desires provide temporary happiness and cannot overpower the internal yearning for spiritual enlightenment if we are tuned into becoming a better person. Desire that which the eternal kingdom offers and desire the goodness which leads to happiness and self worth. Its worth putting forth the effort to acquire that which cannot vanish from within. For that which cannot vanish will be everlasting. Always wishing you the best.

Old Man Winter

Old Man Winter Poem.

Old Man Winter was never a beginner, he arrived like a pro and dropped a foot of snow.

The stores were closed, everyone was hosed.

The electric was out, my aching gout.

The Misses called with a very loud shout, I was thoroughly appalled when she  bawled me out.

I thought I must hustle to find the snow shovel.

I dug and dug, but I got no hug.

I was singing tenor, the handle gave me a splinter.

I threw down the shovel, I was in such a hustle.

I went in the house, and sat by a mouse.

I fell into a snooze, without any booze.

When I awoke, I knew I was broke.

The Misses was gone, it was almost dawn.

The abode was bare, except for my chair.

The house was cold, it would have to be sold.

I knew it was over, then I saw Rover.

I had some hope, I knew I could cope.

I saw the light, everything was bright.

I knew I could survive and not take a dive.

I had to succeed cause I never would plead.

Old Man Winter, he blew in the cold, not even a splinter would make me fold.

Barriers in Life

Age releases barriers.

As I mature in life, I find the barriers we put between ourselves and others whether perceived or real are less prevelant. I notice people are more willing to seek a common and meaningful connection with each other as they mature and disengage from the rigors and stress of maintaining a lifestyle. No longer is status, age, gender, race, degrees, rank, position, wealth, or lack thereof a hinderance to building great friendships or a hinderance to converse with people from all walks of life. Maturity brings forth the desire to pursue fellowship and a genuine interest in people regardless of their journey in life. We all share common interests of friendship, love, and a sense of belonging. I know as we mature, we truly realize that people we have known and people we have yet to meet offer wonderful blessings in our lives. The progression of life seems to lessen the notion of feeling socially inept. One’s ego becomes less important and a sincere focus emerges about sharing our journey of life, listening to others, acquiring new friends, and developing the desire to become a better all around person. Most barriers that keep us from accepting others were put in place by ourself.

Everyone Has a Special Talent

Realize your talent

Everyone is born with a special talent just waiting to flourish. Sometimes talent is recognized and developed at an early age. Other times talent takes time to recognize and develop which presents itself later in life. Either way, we all have something special to contribute to society, to friends, or to family. We are all offered many roads to travel throughout life, the road that brings forth your best asset is the road that reveals your special talent. How do you know when you have found the right road? It’s an instinctive feeling of realizing your flow of natural ability, it’s a feeling of ease for what you bring to the world, and a feeling of harmony that comes without a struggle. It’s a feeling of love for what you are doing and the realization of being self motivated for the talent you have found within yourself. If you’ve found your talent, great keep rolling. If you’re still searching, never give up because everyone has a talent that is special.

Focus On Your Skills

Cannot bluff skills

It doesn’t make sense to focus on skills we lack instead of focusing on skills we are naturally gifted with. Our skills are often taken for granted and overlooked, everyone tends to worry about the skills and abilities they do not possess. If we use the skills we have, we can acquire new skills. However, learning new skills won’t help if we don’t use what we already have. Success is doing our best with what we have. Learn from the success of your skills that naturally flow from the interaction with people, places, and situations. Don’t let your skills become mistakes, make them become a resource that brings new skills. No one bluffs their way to success with skills they do not have. Everyone who got where they are, had to begin with where they were.

Falls Mist

Winter arrives

The Fall mist quietly arrived, a veil of haze scattered tiny droplets upon the slumbering grass. The brown crumpled leaves nestled between each blade of grass, longing for their life force which let them go. All things in nature trying to hang on before finally acknowledging the cold winter air will put them to rest. Finally peace comes as the frigid winter casts its seasonal shadow upon the countryside. Rest easy o’ beautiful land, that your splendor may return yet again.

Rejuvenation and Restoration of our Soul and Spirit

Meditation, prayer, and faith

Throughout life we face challenges that test our resolve. Sometimes our soul and spirit needs a little jump start to power through the low points in our life.  We can rejuvenate and restore our soul and spirit to help us face challenges and make adjustments.

When we haven’t nourished our inner self with the right knowledge, we will radiate negativity and flounder in misery. If we accept darkness and gloom through the window of our soul, expect failure and negativity. Our soul is the window to our existence, if we allow the light to shine in through the power of meditation, prayer, and the word of God we can expect to function at an optimum level. Our spirit drives us to triumph and to carry on in spite of difficult circumstances.  If our spirit is broken, our desire to carry on is deeply affected. Our soul and our spirit should function in unison to receive nourishment and replenishment in conjunction with Gods word in order for us to flourish. Once that renewal occurs, we realize there is a power in charge greater than ourself.

Let me take a moment to briefly discuss meditation, prayer, and faith.  Deeper and more detailed discussions exists on meditation, prayer, and faith, but these are my condensed thoughts from my heart.

Meditation offers us the opportunity to find a quiet space to clear our mind of outside influences and to engage in heartfelt contemplation.  Meditation is to ponder deeply in a purposeful manner to bring about resolution or understanding.  We can often rejuvenate and restore our soul and spirit with a renewed purpose or a renewed outlook about a particular scenario through meditation.  Take a few minutes each day to clear your mind and let the free flowing energy of the universe enter into you. Contemplate balance in life, realize your connection to all things, ponder the possibilities that radiance and goodness can bring, acknowledge problems and let solutions come forth with resolution, feel the divine power of God flowing throughout your body as you inhale and exhale in a methodical manner. Finally, never give up on the idea of meditating. Rejuvenation and restoration of our soul and spirit takes time. Allow time to be your friend until you can come to terms with any circumstances that create anxiety, or any circumstances that need resolution or understanding in your life.

Prayer offers us the opportunity to send forth a devout request to God. The power of prayer cannot  be underestimated. Prayer is a personal relationship with God for each of us. The unseen energy of prayer sent forth to God in the name of Jesus Christ can bring forth miraculous results, comfort, healing, understanding, and a strong sense of connectivity to God.  If we are strolling in companionship with God and learning the word of God,  we will begin praying in concurrence to the will of God,  then we will begin to see our prayers being answered.  Rejuvenation and restoration begins and ends with prayer. Embrace prayer, pray often, be open and honest when praying, be patient and let God work his wonders. Give prayer a chance and the changes within yourself and others will be quite amazing. People will begin to notice something is very different about you. That something is the rejuvenation and restoration of your soul and spirit radiating to the outside.

Faith offers us the opportunity to have unwavering confidence and trust in something greater than ourself. Faith has the power to bring forth something we cannot physically prove but something we spiritually believe can happen.  Faith is the cornerstone to success in life. If we have faith in all we strive for, our chance for success increases substantially vs no faith.  Our unwavering faith in God sets in motion a spiritual energy that can propel us to many successes in life. A strong commitment to faith will rejuvenate and restore our soul and spirit.  Always allow faith to be your friend, never give up on something you want to accomplish. A strong effort to fortify our faith keeps us moving forward during our rejuvenation and reconstruction process.

Life is always about the choices we make which determines our success and happiness in life. It is impossible to always make the right choice, sometimes we make several bad choices before we are awakened to the fact we are headed toward a big mistake or self destruction.  Our saving grace is when we realize we must rejuvenate and restore our soul and our spirit in order to function as an honorable, responsible, and productive person.

Our life is always under construction, we are on a journey that changes course frequently. Never give up on life in spite of difficult circumstances. Embrace life and its challenges, put forth your best effort, and take time to meditate, pray, and have faith. Our life has the opportunity to rebound from dire circumstances and move forward with a benevolent purpose. All we have to do is realize our inner self needs nourished.