Not Like Me

A note to self about how we are all part of God.

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The Light of Freedom

A positive thought for the 4th of July….

Let your light shine and remember that everyone else has a light too, whether they let it shine or not.

An inspirational thought about freedom and the Light we are.

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Leaves

Passing along a positive thought for the day….

Inspirational quote: We are all leaves on the tree of God.

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Holding Us Together

Passing along a positive thought for the day….

When I took this photograph, I couldn’t see what was connecting these pieces, though I knew something was, which got me to thinking….

Inspirational quote

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As We Really Are

Passing along a positive thought for the day….

Ernest Holmes quote

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Egg Flower Bouquet

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In our neighborhood, it always has been that nobody wants to have anything to do with a bunch of broken egg shells. It is believed that their only purpose is to protect the chick or egg, and once this is done, they are no longer needed or wanted. Because they are considered useless, no one gives these egg shells a second thought as they toss them in the trash and forget about them. Who would ever dream that egg shells could be useful for anything else? But the truth is that egg shells dream of being useful far beyond their chick or egg-carrying days. They see themselves as vessels, made to hold and protect anything that is placed inside them. This Egg Flower Bouquet is one egg shell’s beautiful dream. Maybe one day, there will come a time in our neighborhood when we will no longer judge the value or usefulness of another, and instead open our imagination to see the unlimited possibilities that exist in all things.

Each Being

deerPassing along a positive thought for the day….

Let us try to see each being as our beloved chosen companion with whom we share this present moment.

Treasured

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Do you ever feel like the beads in this treasure chest?  There you are separate and disconnected from others and half buried in the sand.  You aren’t sure what you are doing there and even less sure about what you should be doing.  You feel powerless and worthless.  Alone and confused, you keep to yourself.  But what if I were to tell you that you are really part of one beautiful and magnificent whole.  You are exactly where you should be, doing exactly what you should be doing.  Looking down from above and seeing the bigger picture, it is clear that there is only one thing in the chest… the treasure.  You are not just part of that treasure; You are the treasure… whole, complete and valued beyond measure.

Each Unique Piece

Each Unique Piece

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Has a PlaceFinding our place within the One Magnificent Whole is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.  Even though we know how to do it, it is still a long process; one that honors our uniqueness and acknowledges it as our most important asset.   

Like the pieces of a puzzle, in the beginning, we are segregated.  We’re lumped together based on a quick observation of our physical appearance, with little or no attention given to our uniqueness.  Finding our place starts as a trial and error process, which can be painful at times.  Because of this quick “first impression” assessment, it is often assumed we will fit into certain spots.  We may even be forced into a position and remain there for quite a while.  During this painful time, we feel pressured and out of sync and begin to wonder what is wrong with us.  While it sure looks as though this is where we are supposed to be, it just doesn’t feel right.  We see that, not only are we miserable, but we are also adversely affecting the pieces nearest to us.  It seems that we may be hindering or preventing them from fitting in and finding their unique place.

After we’ve tried everything we can think of to fit in, we finally come to a time when we shift our focus.  Instead of wondering what is wrong with us, we begin to entertain that idea that maybe we’re just in the wrong place.  We begin to understand that just because we look a certain way, does not necessarily mean we have to fit into a particular place.  In time, we learn to look more closely at our uniqueness and to honor it.  With patience, we examine our options carefully until we find the one that was created just for us.  As we settle comfortably into our perfect place, we feel secure, confident, and fulfilled.

From this process, we’ve acquired a deeper appreciation of our uniqueness.  Like the pieces of a puzzle, we proudly acknowledge that none of us is exactly alike. Sometimes, one has to look very closely to see our uniqueness, but it’s there.  We’ve learned that there is no need for comparisons or judgments because we are all equal; no piece is better or of more value than any other.  If any one piece is missing, the Magnificent Whole would be incomplete. We each have a place which has been created specifically for us.  No other piece can fit into our spot as perfectly as we can.  In addition, while others may help us find our place, we are the only ones who can determine whether we are in the right place or not.  Finding our perfect spot is what we are all here to do and it is both a process and a journey. With patience, faith, and determination, we each will find our unique place within the One Magnificent Whole and experience the peace and joy of knowing that we are exactly where we are meant to be.

Heart Beads

Heart Beads

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There once was a hodge-podge of beads who were tired of being nothing. They had been waiting around for someone to come by and do something creative with them for a long time and finally realized that wish probably wasn’t going to happen. They recognized that if they wanted to make something of themselves, they were going to have to do it for themselves. So, this odd assortment of miscellaneous beads worked tirelessly and cooperatively with one another, making sure that every bead was included. In the end, it was their love and compassion that emerged as together they created this beautiful heart. They discovered that together, they had the power to create something meaningful and that each little bead was a valuable part of the whole.

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