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Granting Life

People are alive to the degree that life has been granted to them and alive to the degree that he has granted life to himself and others.  Or stated another way, grant life to yourself and others and life begets life.

We are here…we are alive this very moment.  Look around and grant that same life that is in you to your possessions, appreciate those things, take care of those things that take care of you.  Grant life to the community you live and work in, saying to yourself, ‘Hey, this is a great place to live and the people here are wonderful!’  The town and the people in it eventually will conform to the life you give it to that degree.  Just think what a difference it would make starting with just idea.

This day grant life to yourself, to your family, to your home, to your possessions, to each other in the community…And the degree you grant that life into people and things is the degree of aliveness it becomes.  Funny how things work out that way…but try it…do it each moment.  As an artist and illustrator, I’ve got to breathe life into what I’m drawing or doing on canvas or it just won’t communicate to others.  If I can’t do that, then to that degree, I have not accomplished my goal as an artist.  You don’t have to have a degree from a major art school or to have studied under someone to create…just imbue LIFE into it…desire it, feel it, put emotions in it…and it’ll communicate and be alive to that degree.   It’s amazing what things can happen from granting life to yourself and others.

So go out there and be your great self-GRANT LIFE!  Help, support, play with, imagine, uplift, act with kindness…It is something which we can ALL do…and it is relatively simple.

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Superheroes on Super Bowl Sunday

You see them on TV and dressed up at parties…but just what is a superhero?  To me, a superhero is one that takes 1) life by the horns (is in command of life in a positive way) and 2) elevates his or her friends or groups of friends to even greater heights of goodness, honesty, truthfulness, and ethics besides vastly improving their abilities.

In taking life by the horns, it would actually be a person so endowed with life itself- a god or a goddess she would be.  There have been many superheroes throughout the ages, men like Einstein, Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci, Aristotle, and even Plato to top the list.  Can you think of some great superheroes that were female?  I bet we both can!  How about Madame Curie, Joan of Arc, or even Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks or even Harriet Tubman?  Certainly, and there is a vast majority of them.  We just never hear about them due to all the negativity that is put forth from the news, tabloids, etc.

And for 2 above-Like what abilities you might ask could this superhero improve?  Like being able to communicate better or perhaps getting along with others better. Perhaps giving the needed help in not solving the person’s problems, but putting the person in the position of helping to solve those problems themselves.  There are so many ways to help others without holding them down and keeping them at that particular station in life.

In all truthfulness, superheroes are not born, they are actually made.  Wouldn’t it be great if we as a culture could raise up a generation of superheroes?  It simply starts as a decision…a decision to be a superhero, growing in knowledge about what that entails and practicing those things, a willingness to help yourself and others and going out and doing it!

Can we raise up a generation of superheroes?

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How to Help Children be More Able

In today’s fast paced world, helping your children be more able is a necessity.  Regardless of what age they are, each can help do what they are capable of doing.  The more you let them do, the more practice they get and thus, more capable and able.  It’s a great feeling as a parent or a teacher to help them blossom and then watch them do it on their own.

Here’s some things to keep in mind in helping your children become more able:

  • Show them how to do something and explain how it works.  You might have to do so a several times, but be patient as they’ll catch on.  They are fast learners.
  • Be honest.  If you know the answers to their questions, then by all means, share what you know.  Be open to different viewpoints.  If you do not know the answer, there are many resources to find the answer.  But be honest and tell the truth.
  • Give them something to do regularly that helps around the house so they feel that they are contributing to the family.  Explain how the family works and the hats or jobs each participant in the family must do to keep it functioning.  Children find it rewarding to know they are helping out and they are a vital member of the family.
  • Praise them often yet be truthful if something wasn’t done up to standards.  Be critical yet with a soft voice, if you will.  Demeaning their attempts to become more able will just create a stop on their end.  Encourage, encourage, encourage.
  • Once a task is given that they are able to do, then increase the gradient on it and it will increase their ability.  For example:  if younger children like to fold clothes, then the next step is to teach them where the clothes go-in which drawer and so forth.  You might could even label the shelf or drawers with a picture or words.
  • Stay positive in what YOU are doing and set a good example.  The more able you are, the more they will want to emulate that from your example
  • Communicate often and help them express themselves more so that they know they can come to you regardless.  Build a foundation of trust and you’ll have a set the pace for life.

These are just some of the ways that you as a parent or a teacher can help children become more able.  This list is by no means all there is.  There’s bound to be more things to add to this list, so feel free by leaving a comment.  Helping others builds trust and helps to build a better, more capable future for not only others but safeguards the future for yourself as well.

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Closing the Gap with Communication

Back in 2017 when I published my second hardback book, I am a SPIRIT, The ABCs of an Ideal Spirit, I never thought I’d be caught up in disagreements, misunderstandings  and disputes to the extent I am confronted with today and particularly in the area where I live.  My intentions were then, as well as now, pure and based in truth, my truth.  Simply, my intentions are to draw religions together, particularly the viewpoints of Christians to modern day religious views.  I feel at times that great gains are made, yet feel frustrated that the other viewpoints are so ensconced in hardened cement.  There needs to be further discourse and dialog among ‘believers’ and brothers and sisters.

This intention has been my life’s purpose this go ’round, meaning this lifetime-to bring unity and union among believers.  While speaking of believers,   I am a believer in reincarnation or reembodiment meaning coming back into physical form if one has not accomplished his purpose or mission in prior lifetimes and/or paid back or properly recompensed his misuse of energy in the current lifetime.

If mastery of life has been accomplished, if that soul has worked out his salvation, then there awaits for that soul, a life in spirit, not physical form but leaving the body behind in the physical world to continue to do God’s work in the spheres in the limitless universes.  I believe in the Creed of the Catholic Church that says there will be the resurrection and gathering of saints one day…at the end of the age.  I believe in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, in Christian terminology, and also I believe in the soul, his personality and man’s spirit.  Man’s spirit will one day join in and become one with and in Spirit is my viewpoint.

To lay the groundwork for my newly published book, I am a SPIRIT, I will publish how and in what steps the Spirit moved through me to write this book using scripture.

The messages in the book are one-liners and are simple, yet profound.  How it was published was to use a well-known verse and to see God face to face in my neighbors, friends, and acquaintances.  It led me to treat all brothers and sisters, to my best of ability, with patience, kindness and love and with great affinity using the Golden Rule.  I believe Jesus the Christ’s message was thus so.  But for all those that are following this dispute and would like to help bring peace in the world, I lay out the Bible’s own verses itself that spoke to me.  The following verses are the very foundation and cornerstone of truths that I hope bring you joy, understanding and peace, too.  Please share, comment and let me know if and how this resonates with you, won’t you?

Communication is the only path to peace, so let’s dialog.

 

 

As you notice, the title of the book above, is the title I was inspired to use from the book’s very conception.  It was the subtitle, too, that explains that there IS an Ideal Spirit…God (or whatever name you call God), who is Spirit.  So follow with me now, the scriptures I used and followed in bringing this book to fruition for all Christian readers alike.

  1. Question:  Who is the Great I AM?  Answer:  The Great I AM is Spirit, or Love.  Scripture Reference: Exodus 3:14  
  2. Question:  Who lives in me and is life and gives me life?  Answer:  God lives in me and is Life.  Scripture Reference:  John 14:10
  3. Question: Who is all around us and in us?  Answer:  God or Life is all around us and in us.  Scripture Reference: John 11:25
  4. Question:  Does God find favor?  Answer:  God does not find favor.  Scripture Reference:  Romans 2:9-11
  5. Question: If God is love and those who remain in love remain in God, does God remain in them?  Answer: Yes, God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them.  Scripture Reference: 1 John 4:16
  6. Question: How is the Spirit known?  Answer:  The Spirit is Truth.  Scripture Reference: 1 John 5:6
  7. If Jesus ‘had’ God and God ‘had’ Jesus, then who did Jesus act as?  Answer:  Jesus acted as God because Jesus bears witness of the Spirit within him by saying: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.  (1 John 15:8) Scripture Reference: 1 John 15:9 “Remain in my love.
  8. Question: How do you remain in love?  Answer: We remain in love by living an ethical and moral life following the two greatest commandments to name a couple of ways.  Scripture Reference: 1 John 15:10
  9. Question: What was the Commandment Jesus gave us?  Answer: “This is my commandment, “Love each other just as I have loved you”. Scripture Reference: 1 John 15:12
  10. Question: How shall you know my followers?  Answer: By their fruits you shall you know them.  Scripture Reference:  Matt. 7:16-2

    Thus, in conclusion, speak Living Words, speak the Truth of not What’s in you, BUT WHO is in YOU…God, the Great I AM.

    This is how the Great I AM led me to write and publish the book, I am a Spirit.  There is no conflict between what Christians believe and the new and ever-growing 21st Century’s religion.  I encourage you to study to show yourself approved…I encourage you to seek out what the Truth is as my brother and sister in Christ.

    I’m looking forward to hearing from you and if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to ask.

    And don’t forget to check out my newest book for 2018 for Kids entitled, The Best of me from a-z! Traits and Virtues for Kids It can be found on Amazon, too.   Final Front Cover The Best of Me_edited-1

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We are Instruments

We are instruments in the grand symphony of life. That’s why I enjoy watching and listening to orchestras play.  I am usually singing or tapping my hands or feet along or swinging my arms to the rhythm of the music.  My favorite is the playing of classical music, of course, and sung by well known tenor, Andrea Bochelli is a delight to hear.

To give you a little bit of background, take a look here about instrumentation in orchestras:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instrumentation_(music)

There’s many different types of instruments and families or groups of instruments, like the string section, or the brass or woodwind section. They each have a part or piece to play in the grand scheme of things. Just like you and me. There is life (which is the musical composition) and how to be in harmony with others in your family and with the other groups (people, plants, animals, earth, other planets, universes etc) within the orchestra. All must get along and play their music well in order for the music to be pleasing to the audiences ears. All must sound a clear note and in proper timing so that the tempo is lock-step and in unison.

I think we are instruments in the grand symphony of life.  Some people belong to a orchestra group that is reaching puberty, like in middle school, unable to discipline their selves to get up early in the morning to attend music practice at school. Perhaps there’s a few that have moved on to more sophisticated orchestra groups due to their motivation in setting and carrying out of goals. In other words, they can put in their own ethics and achieve their lifelong dreams of playing in the Philharmonic Orchestra.

We are instruments in the grand symphony of life. We each need the other. We depend upon the Conductor to lead us and Guide us. Without the conductor, there is no harmony or understanding of the music being played. The Conductor knows each of his instruments. He knows them by name. He has a personal relationship with each one. It’s kind of like religion, too. There’s many kinds and all need to work together to benefit mankind. There should be a respecting of each other’s religion just as there is a proper respect given for each section playing in the orchestra. Without the other, we have no beautiful music to share.

When we each can conduct ourselves and play the music that we truly are, then I believe we have become, each of us, Conductors. We are instruments in the grand symphony of life and music is the means.pexels-photo-58865.jpeg

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But she had died slowly…

My neighbor died yesterday.  For good.

I was not very close to her mainly because she kept herself locked in her home most of the time.  She had a dog and a cat, too, that lived with her, or for her, not too sure which.

I wonder about people that want to leave earth but do so ever so slowly.  Sometimes it causes me to look at my own life and wonder if I do things out of balance.  People either eat, drink or other things to the extreme excess or not enough to sustain their life on a daily basis.  By the time you are my age, 65, you either have lived a good life or a not so good one-and the body shows for it, most of the time.

I do remember when I paid her a visit not too long ago.  It was during the summer months and I knocked on her door.  She allowed me to come in.  She did not bar me out.  I suppose that was saved only for her estranged family, how sad.  It was not easy seeing her physical state; she was not healthy to say the least.  Multiple problems and medical conditions too difficult to pronounce.  She did not stray far from her lounge chair much at all.  She could not and would not for fear of falling.  I gave her a dozen  fresh brown eggs and a booklet called The Way to Happiness which she politely thanked me for.

My neighbor said one of her favorite things to do was to look at the sun rise every morning.  I guess that’s one reason why I like to take photographs of the rising sun.  I, too, like to look at the new rays of light that come as a blessing out of the east each day.  And when I think of it, I’d rather look at what she did to help me-which was to appreciate life a little more and to be more active-active in helping others.

Each day there is an opportunity to change- to make life better than the day before.  To live life to the fullest.

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Hello beautiful people! How did you like my thoughts above and photo?  I am very delighted to have you in my life to share my thoughts.  And thank you for all the likes I’ve received, too.  I have a lot of friends I’ve made on social media and also some followers, too.  But I would like to get to know you more, although  this platform makes communicating somewhat difficult.

So I have come up with a new game. At the end of each post I will ask you a question and you can reply in the comment below. Like today I want to know where you are from and what you like to do to help others.

 Okay. So I would like to begin:

I am from Michigan, USA.  I like to write inspirational messages and illustrate children’s poetry books that my husband, the poet, writes.  Where are you from and what do you like to do to help others? You can leave a comment in the section below…and thank you!  I appreciate you. 🙂