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Fountain of Youth

Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth in vain, but you and I can find it easily. Just attend a Yoga or Tai Chi class or get on a treadmill or elliptical machine – you have found it!

Travelers

I was relaxing in front of the television, my mind a million miles away, when a random thought entered my mind. The thought crystallized and took form like a beautiful sunset with quiet but forceful insistence. Suddenly, other thoughts began to enter and materialize in planned order, almost as if they were designed through careful planning and arranged in order.

First of all, do not concern yourself too much about accumulating material things because they are fleeting. We acquire, use, discard, sell, or give them away. The main point to always remember is they are passing — simply tools, if you will, in our progression of growth.

The drive and desire to accumulate material things require valuable time, which is the most precious commodity of all. Not only that, but the energy and planning to acquire them can interfere with living and enjoying life. Remember, only man and apes have a prehensile, grasping hand that can grasp and hold tight. We have the choice to do that or not.

Never let the idea of abundant personal possessions mold you because we are more important than that! We are here to learn whatever life can teach us before we move on. You are not going to take it with you, so why overly concern yourself?

Seek out enrichment through knowledge and fulfillment which brings contentment. None of us are better than another because of items we own or the greater acquisition of money. No, we are all made of the same basic material. When our learning period is finished, so is life.

We should remember, therefore, to be humble, and learn as much as we can absorb because our time on this planet we call home is only temporary. We are in transit and bound for a better place. After all, we have an everlasting promise. These thoughts give me great comfort.

And so it is.

God’s blessings upon your journey. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!

Sunset

Sunset

 

 

Would You?

If you could go back in time and change your life,

Would you?

If you could correct all those mistakes and poor choices made,

Could you?

If you could give back all your ill-gotten gains at others’ expense,

Would you dare?

If you could take back harsh, angry words and false promises,

Do you care?

 

Would you continue walking the same hateful, twisted path,

While behind you are condemnation, mixed with wrath?

You could change this if go back you could,

Change all your mistakes, if only you would.

 

Would you?

 

NOTE: Changing your future is something you can control — if you think you should.

God’s blessings upon your journey!

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Appearances

All that we see is oftentimes more than it appears…

All that appears is usually not the sum total of the whole…

And what the eyes can see is often very deceiving…

Consequently, what we think is often based on an opinion of illusive information.

 

God’s blessings upon your journey!

Conscience and Common Sense

In every instance, let your conscience be your guide,

but always let your higher common sense dictate action!

Feeling Low

Have you ever felt so low that you could sit on a cigarette paper and dangle your legs? You feel so low that you’ve sunk to the very lowest depth of depression. Why, you would have to look down to see up.

Nothing is right. The sky is not blue enough, and the sun is hung upside down. Food tastes bad, and music is just noise. You have left the blues far above you and reached a new low.

Talking only irritates you during your descent into oblivion and depression. Besides, you wish to wallow alone in your  misery. You are the best pessimist ever created. (Everyone knows a pessimist is simply an optimist who thought of it first.)

Suddenly, you awaken, and a smile breaks the planes of your face as a random thought comes to mind. You were actually only half-low because there’s always whale crap, which is on the bottom of the Ocean!

Smile as you journey onward, my friends.

Meditation or Visualization

Lying among wild flowers in a high country meadow, my nose is enjoying their fragrant smells mixed with that of spruce and pine trees.

I inhale and exhale deeply for several breaths and then my breathing settles down to normal as I lay quietly, enjoying the smells, warm sun on my face, and bird sounds.

My consciousness is aware of the quiet calmness, absent any noise of everyday commerce such as traffic, horns, sirens, trucks, etc.

My head is turned sideways, and a slight but tiny movement catches the corner of my eye. My eyes focus and closer examination reveals a beautiful red-and-black dotted small rounded body moving along a narrow leaf towards the stem of a large wildflower. It is a little ladybug moving along with determination. As I focus closer, I see little white specks on the flower stem, and some of them are moving slowly. Now I could see and understand the destination of this little bug. She is going to dine on her favorite prey. I turned my head back and looked at the robin’s egg-blue sky for a few minutes. Then I closed my eyes.

All was well and in harmony. Everything in my world that should be balanced was indeed balanced. All the equal and opposites were equally blended. At this point in time, all was beautiful and perfect in my world: No fuss, no hurry, no cares, and of course, no worry.

Since everything is perfect and good in my world, there is nothing left to do except take a nice nap.

Happy and safe travels on your journey!

High Country Meadow

High Country Meadow

 

Lost Time

If we be going, let us be gone

For wasted time has already flown.

Like seeds in ground already sown,

Time has fled to parts unknown.

Sadness enters at its waste –

We could already be at our desired place!

Small Things

It’s folly to neglect attention to small things or acts which are important,

Yet give more attention and great detail to things which are unimportant!

Poppy of Remembrance

Red paints the fields where the poppies grow

After the battles there long ago.

Warmed by sunshine, watered by tears,

They still bravely bloom to remember those years.

 

Our soldiers were sent to a foreign land

To fight out of deep trenches in making their stand.

They struggled hard to remain warm and dry in the mud, rain, and snow

When they fought the Kaiser’s army so long ago.

 

Little imitation poppies were sold in the millions back then

To support the war effort and our fighting men.

They’re deep red like the bloodshed on the mud and snow,

These beautiful red poppies in the field where they grow.

 

Take just a moment to think and reflect.

Take the time to offer a thank you prayer in respect.

Someone order champagne and quickly remove the cork.

Let’s toast our dough boys and our hero, Sergeant York.

 

They still grow in the fields of yesterday.

They stand in remembrance and still hold sway.

In yesteryear, these poppies played their part.

When you wear one, I hope it matches the poppy in your heart.

Remembrance Poppy Card Stock Vector - 16031407

 

poppy: Red Poppy, Isolated On White Background Illustration

 

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