So, how are you feeling about yourself, right now, in this moment? Wasted complaining, wasted blaming, denial, and a sense of victimhood serve only to keep you from experiencing the joy and happiness you claim you want. But get this: the more difficult it is to let go of these things, the more probable it is that they are both serving and controlling you in some unconscious, perhaps masochistic, way. Do you want to know how to really attract what you want into your life? Here goes: Dare something worthy. Get out of your small self and into the world. It's not doubt that keeps the prosperity and abundance away; it's self pity. And when the self pity begins to subside, to recede, you'll notice abundance all around you. And it's been there the whole time. There's a saying: Take your mind off your problems and put it on others. It takes practice. Bad habits are not easy to break. But it's worth it. You can only benefit. And so will the rest of us.
First, decide to make yourself available. It's about choice.
Second, remain open to opportunities to serve.
Third, always remember that everything returns to you.
Ultimately, when you give, when you share, you're giving to yourself. Your life is blessed. Go share it with the world. "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Helen Keller, 1880-1968
I once thought 'holiness' was limited to the churchy things in life, but one day, it hit me.... Nothing in the universe is unholy. Only our perspective can make it so. As we change our minds, we change our lives. Rev. Richard Kent Matthews
"Everybody wants happiness, and nobody wants pain. But you can't have a rainbow without a little rain." Zion Forest Lee* We love our comfy little place. So, sometimes we think that a challenge is a bad thing, that anything 'negative' is a curse. Still, without the seeming contradictions in life, we tend only to move from side to side instead of forward. In composing my music, I continually run up against such contradictions. They can appear as either a small annoyance or total chaos. Do I always handle them with aplomb? Hardly. We creative/artistic types are known for throwing things across the room when we feel tricked, or even abandoned (at least temporarily) by our muse. But we pick up the shattered coffee cup, or the cracked kitty bowl, and move on. Eventually the song comes, the picture shows itself, the chapter gets written, and the light shines again. Euphoria ensues. At least until next time... Color me powerful... Color me humbled. *Zion Forest Lee is an actor and writer, known for The Poet (2007), Sacrifice (2011), and Hit It (2013).
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As a Ride Connection Volunteer, I spent a couple hours helping with the pre-registration for the attendees of the Association of Travel Instruction annual gathering, this year, here in Portland, OR. This two and a half day event helps reps from all over the US to understand and create more powerful ways to serve their various communities through public transportation.
Just some of the many topics covered at this year's event:
Safety on Public Transportation
Strategies to Overcome Fear of Public Trans.
Working with Elected Officials
Embracing and Incorporating the Faith Based Community in Public Trans. Issues
Expecting Independence, Especially within the Disabled and Senior Communities
Panel discussions, key notes, and of course, lots of receptions and networking opps.
Welcome to Portland, everyone!! We are so glad you chose us to host the conference and know you are enjoying everything our fair city has to offer.
Me, with Christina C., my 'boss' at Ride Connection.
My friend Tom, on the left in this photo, has lost 90 pounds since the pic was taken in 2009. I've known him since 1973 when he lived in Seattle and I, in Vancouver, BC. He has always had a bulge battle, like me. Tom currently lives in Central America and is fulfilling a life long dream. I applaud him for his efforts and his 'losing' success. Tom, may you keep it off this time!!
I was honored and privileged to be the guest speaker at Abundant Life Center, Vancouver, WA, this morning. The message title: Confronting Our Creations: A Path To Peace. When we recognize the amazing abundance already around us, when we identify that which is most essential in our lives, and we then make a conscious choice to release the clutter, the non essential, we make room for a spiritual refill! 'My life is blessed; and I share it with the world!'
"By choice I become the conscious observer...of my life, my surroundings, my relationships. I watch to see when I step out of awareness and shift into automatic, allowing old habits to take over and control the situation. In that moment I say, 'Halt.' And I regain the command position. In doing so, my life is simpler, more satisfying, and I am in better relationship with my family, my friends, my colleagues, and the community in which I live. And most important, I am in grand relationship with myself."
(Special musical guest: Carl Thor on the dulcimer.)
I was honored to the officiant at the wedding of Jerod and Kaylan today. Warm day, no rain, perfect! Set in the forested hills above the Willamette Valley about 80 miles SW of Portland, and not far from Oregon's famed wine country, this lovely couple committed their lives to each other in front of a large group of family and friends. The groom played a guitar rendition of the Wedding March, then broke into his own composition to welcome the bride to the front of the garden. Their kids scattered flowers. Many congrats to you both!
Many congratulations to the Religious Science Practitioners graduating class of 2014. Ceremonies today at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living (NTCSL) in Lake Oswego, Oregon, just outside Portland. (The camera batteries were just about to die. I did not know that! Hence, the blur in the video and the darkness in the photo. But another photog said he would send me some better shots.)
Again, blessings to you all. You each bring very special gifts to a troubled world.
It was my honor to officiate at the wedding of Tina and Bryan Love today in West Linn, Oregon. The setting was magnificent, the couple is gorgeous, and the weather held off. So, a great day for Tina and Bryan, the guests, and me!!
Music comes in many forms!! The sound of rain that drowns out all else. The clouds opened, and this is what we got...in several big downpours today. Fun, though! (Don't start building any Arks just yet...)