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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Why Am I Here?

Many of us wonder at times what our life goal has become.  Why am I here, what am I supposed to accomplish?
I have decided on the best life goal for me and hopefully understand the reason why I am here.
each one of us have been blessed with different opportunities, varying levels of health, unique talents, obstacles to overcome and support systems.  None of us are the same yet we all have bodies and a soul.

My own life goal is to be the best I can be by utilizing my skills and talents to make a difference for myself and others in the relatively short life spans we can expect. I know that I have a great way to go to achieve my goal. However, I am committed to try.  I am far from perfect and I don't think it would be possible to ever become that way.

By taking personal responsibility for myself, I am aware that my life can't be predicted, controlled, manipulated or lived by others.  I make my own decisions, I can't blame others for my actions or reactions. I have the opportunity to grow physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally by my own reactions and choices in my life.   I don't expect it to be easy.  I don't always expect to succeed. 
However, I am convinced that for my life to make a positive difference for others, I need to have a positive outlook and say yes to whatever happens to me with the help of my family, friends and faith.

I look to others who have had more to overcome than I can imagine.  Yet they remain content, peaceful and are amazing examples of using the abilities we have to achieve greatness.  Check out my book, "The Dying Teach Us How to Live". my art gallery, and vinyl prints

"If you are what you should be, you will set the entire world ablaze."  Saint Catherine of Siena

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Life Friends

"Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious."  St. Thomas Aquinas

Many of us have friends that we are not acquainted with.  They are the troops who keep our country safe and who often send goodwill to the world. There are friends who we have known most of our lives.  Friends who also happen to be relatives or spouses.  There are friends that we share a special time with and who remain friends in our hearts even though they are not present physically. 

It is important to remember and appreciate our friends who we often take for granted, especially our service members.

"The Service:

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church.  It was covered with names and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.

The seven-year-old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex."

"Good morning," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque.  "What is this?" Alex asked.
"Well son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service."

Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Little Alex's voice was trembling and barely audible when he asked, "Which service, the 9:45 or the 11:15?"  Church bulletin.

If we can laugh at the world, we can learn to deal with many of the difficult times when God gives us a chance to relax and enjoy the small moments of laughter. 
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