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The Power of Appreciation

 

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The Power of Appreciation
“‘You don’t know what you got till it’s gone.’ I say, you knew what you had, you just never thought it could slip away.

We often take for granted the very things that deserve our gratitude the most. We do this with both people and material possessions. The problem is many people do not realize this until it’s too late.

We take things for granted on a daily basis, always with the assumption that whenever we need something, it will be there. There are many things that we fail to realize the true value of until they are missing from our lives. Sadly. Enjoy the little things in life because someday you will realize they were the big things. Happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting what you don’t have, rather it’s recognizing and appreciating what you do have.

Don’t lose something you have for something you think you want. What you have now was once everything you prayed you wanted. Think of how lucky you are to have someone you can be completely comfortable around that is a true gift and one that should be cherished at all times. Think about how lucky you are to have the job you have and the life you live. You fought for where you are now. Live in the moment and appreciate the now.

Just because something becomes repetitive does not mean it needs to be replaced. Silence the noise inside your mind and realize what you have in front of you. Don’t wait until you’ve lost it to finally see how much you took it for granted.

Too many times people don’t realize what they have because they are out there looking for something they assume is better. The grass ain’t always greener kids. ‘Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never, ever have enough.'”

~ Khloé Kardashian ~

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort,

rather  where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

~ Martin Luther King, Junior ~

The 2012 United States electoral campaign has been ripe with unreliable facts, finger-pointing, name-calling, unfair comparisons, and dissecting the opposition based on past criteria versus building up America by focusing on teaming together to accomplish immediate action plans.  Voters seeking authenticity and reliable information navigate social media’s muddied waters and thick clouds to discern truth and make the best choices in the upcoming election.  Websites like www.votesmart.org track politicians’ records helping voters make informed election choices.

“Leadership is an opportunity to serve.”

~ J. Donald Waters~

The predominant, one-sided question being asked of the U.S. President in the 2012 presidential election, while not being asked similarly of the Governor of Massachusetts is, “Are we better off now than four years ago?”  Political candidates would have you answer by looking to graphs, numbers, statistics, and the like.  Marketing analysts will tell you any numbers can be manipulated to appear discouraging and encouraging depending on presentation and usage, which essential proves the numbers to be deceptive and ineffective in quantifying any real change and growth.  How, then do we evaluate what has and has not changed in four years?

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”

~ John Lubbock ~

Breathe.  Relax.  Close your eyes.  Picture yourself back in 2007, 2008, and 2009.  What was your life like?  Where did you live, play, and work?  What did you drive?  Were you going to school, and was education even an option for you?  What did you do for recreation, vacation, etc.?   Take some time, and really consider it.  Reminisce by browsing old photos.  Speak with friends about it.  It is important to be accurate and precise, especially if you are using it as voting criteria in this election.

“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many.”

~ Charles Dickens ~

I speak only for myself recognizing my experience is not the collective, and I encourage You consider the same for yourself.  I believe and feel absolutely and wholeheartedly, yes, we are both superficially and spiritually better now than four years ago.  I have witnessed friends begin better-paying jobs, buy new vehicles, move into new homes, and more.  People began saving, sending their children to college, and vacationing.   Entertainers and individuals in hospitality jobs have managed to continue supporting themselves with new opportunities on the horizon.  Big Bird has even managed to keep his job and nest on Sesame Street under President Obama.  Those who survived and are beginning to thrive are now able to help others move forward.

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle;

you can live as if everything is a miracle.”

~ Albert Einstein ~

What is beyond the superficial and most important?  You and how you developed emotionally and spiritually in four years is imperative.  How have You grown?  What have You learned?  Who are You becoming?  Where are You going?  Who accompanies You on your journey?   The intangible lessons and wisdom gained and carried within us are infinite resources serving us our entire lives.  We elected a leader who said and says, “Yes, we can,” and, we did.  We learned how resilient and resourceful we are as individuals and a nation.  We have become more compassionate, empathetic, loving, and patient with one another.  We grew in humility with greater respect for the magnitude of teamwork.  We have succeeded in going beyond problems to implementing solutions.  We have and are continuing to blossom and develop as enterprising, giving, intelligent, kind, passionate, talented people stepping fully into our authentic selves and receiving the amazing blessings The Lord has for us all.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Ask yourself, “What is true for me?”  Question everything you hear and read.  Consider it for yourself verses deferring to experts.  Dissect it.  Educate yourself.  Research it.  Study it.  Learn the history behind it.   Approach as if your life depends on it because your future definitely does.  You are important.  Your vote counts.  Choose wisely.

Yes, we can.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

~ John 8:32 ~

©2012 Susan Stackpole  www.susanstackpole.com

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The Power of Wisdom

“Cherish wisdom, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.”

~ Proverbs 4:8 ~

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The Power of Kindness

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“Everyone responds to kindness.”

~ Richard Gere ~

 

Stand Up for L☮ve

“I am determined to see things differently means

I am willing to see God everywhere.”

~ A Course in Miracles ~

 

Do You ever wonder why some people live like paupers and others like royalty?  Why do some people have seemingly perfect lives while others appear to struggle to make it through the day?  Is it the lottery of life where random selections makes some born winners and others born losers?  Is it a divine choice where God/J predetermines the lives we have in our human bodies?  Are we all puzzle pieces designed to fit intricately together to form a magnificent tapestry?  Perhaps it is a bit of everything.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

~ Teilhard de Chardin ~

 

What if we choose our path, our purpose, our destiny in this world?  What if we have an executive meeting while still in our spiritual state in which we collaborate with God/J for our journey on earth?  What if, prior to our arrival, we share with God/J our objectives for lessons we would like to learn that can only be experienced through a human body?  What if our demography, physicality, and relationships are all constructed to help us understand that which we most desire to learn?  What if life is happen for us rather than to us?

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you.

Everything happens at exactly the right moment,

neither too soon nor too late.”

~ Byron Katie ~

 

Many wise spiritual gurus advocate that we do indeed choose our path in our physical body.  We make a series of choices that lead us to earth remembering little, if nothing, of our pre-human existence.  God/J provides us with a direct connection to Him via our conscience, intuition, and prayer, so we can dial in when we would like assistance in making appropriate choices.  God/J is a gentleman and only comes in when we ask for help and otherwise leaves us to our own devices.

“God created the law of free will, and God created the law of cause and effect.

And he himself will not violate the law. We need to be thinking less in terms of what God did

and more in terms of whether or not we are following those laws.”

~ Marianne Williamson ~

I used to believe the theory of “free will” of choosing our lives on this earth was absolutely ridiculous.  Who, after all, would choose to live in a third world country scavenging garbage dumps to feed their children versus living in a mansion with gourmet meals prepared by a personal chef?  Who would choose to be abandoned, addicted, or bullied versus being in loving, nurturing relationships?  Who would choose to struggle to survive versus receiving easily and thriving?   The question of choice marinaded in my mind for years, and the answer gestated until I was mature enough to receive it.

“Perfect love drives out fear.”

~ 1 John 4:18 ~

 

Love.  Love is the answer.  Love is always the answer.  Every situation involving suffering is an opportunity to share Love.  It provides an environment for us to engage our very core, recognizing that essentially we are all the same.  We desire to be heard, to be loved, to matter, and to make a difference in the world.  Those who have less, who experience unspeakable things, those whose lives are unrecognizable after being turned upside down and inside out provide us with the opportunity to give the best of ourselves.  Every person, relationship, and situation is an opportunity to Love with the purest of hearts, giving for the joy of it without asking anything in return.

“Well, in Whoville they say that

the Grinch’s small heart

grew three sizes that day.”

~ Dr. Seuss ~

The time has come for us to graduate and put into action what we know while continuing to grow and learn.  Our greatest teachers, like Oprah Winfrey, are confident that we are ready, that we have the appropriate skills and tools to be our best selves in every circumstance.  The time has come for us to fill ourselves to overflow that we might share our blessings with others.  Time to celebrate all of our God-given gifts and talents and to employ them to their fullest capacity in service to others.  Time to lend our angel wings to those whose wings are still growing.  Time to claim our destinies, make our dreams reality, and live our truest purposes, and in so doing, shine our light even more brightly into the world.  Time to exchange our old stories for The Truth, to trade being victims for being victorious.   The time has come for borders to be dissolved, for differences to be set aside, and for us to join together to raise everyone up.  Time to go where there is only a path and leaving a trail.  Time to use every resource to become our best selves. Time to make mature choices and respond versus react.  Time to flex our spiritual muscles by choosing Love as our only response even when ego desires to indulge in separation instead of unity.  Time to stop talking and start being and doing.  Time to be the change we wish to see in the world.  Time to look into one another’s eyes and see a reflection of ourselves, of God, and of Peace.  Time to trade fear for Love so that Love to is the anthem beating in the heart of every living being on the planet.  Time to stand up for Love.

“To love another person is

to see the face of God.”

~ Victor Hugo ~

I am, in my own life, standing up for Love.  Has it brought with it evil attacks?  Yes Does it bring with it many opportunities for growth?  Yes.  Does it require help?  Always.  It requires, for me, a submission of myself to something I know is greater than I can ever be on my own.  I, on my own, am tempted to respond sarcastically or fight fire with fire.    I have found strength in asking God/J to work through me versus doing it on my own.  God/J is not Who He is so often made out to be.  He so desires for us to know He cherishes each of us individually, that each and everyone one of us is His Favorite.  The majestic blessings He has for us sometimes require wiping the slate clean and starting fresh, which requires a whole lot of faith and trust on our part.  We can be and do more in direct proportion to our willingness to open a space inside ourselves and submit to God’s Will for our life.  He always, always, always has grander dreams for us than we have for ourselves.

 

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over,

it became a butterfly.”

~ Anonymous ~

 

Diamonds are created by pressure.  Iron is forged by fire.  Pearls are born from the oysters’ irritations.  Stone is polished by the raging waters.  Miracles are born through Love.  We are made stronger and wiser by our life experiences.  The more massive the circumstance, the more magnificent the forthcoming blessing.  The key is, like the caterpillar, trusting the gestation process.  It may seem like the world as You know it is falling away, which may be so.  It may be that your closest relationships dissolve regardless of anything You do.  It may be that precious things in your life are washed away.  Your automobile, career, clothes, house, and relationships are not who You are, they are things gifted to You on your journey.  Who You are is God’s BeLoved, and nothing can change that fact.  Everything in your life can fall away, and God/J has a plan for your life.  He has a plan and is simply awaiting your permission to begin working in your life.  God/J is Love, and Love always wins, even if it takes some time.  Keep believing, keep dreaming, keep trusting, and keep loving.

“The quickest way to feel better in any circumstance is

to help someone else, and in so doing,

you find your blessing and purpose.”

~ Anonymous ~

I am standing up for Love.  Will You please join me?

 

 

©2011 Susan Stackpole  www.susanstackpole.com

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Summer Love

Then followed that beautiful season… Summer…
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ~

Summer has arrived.  Let the celebration commence!  The harshness of winter’s chill is forgotten and replaced by billowy curtains dancing in the fragrant sun-warmed breeze blowing through wide-open windows   Chlorine-sunscreen tinted air reminds us ’tis the season of barbecuing, sunbathing, water sports, and puppy love.  Children’s laughter tickles our eardrums.  The succulent fragrance of freshly cut grass and the roar of the neighbor’s lawnmower rouses us early Saturday morning.

Leisure is the word of the season, where work is replaced with play.  Blowing bubbles, bicycle rides, hopscotch, hammock-lounging, random games of frisbee, and sleeping under the stars are the norm.  Academic lessons are traded for life lessons in the world’s classroom.  Reading transitions from a requirement to pleasure.  Life happens at a slower, more respectable pace.  We allow ourselves to indulge and savor the moment.  Summer is the magical land where dreams become reality, and we speak expressly in the language of Love and possibility.

I declare this to be the summer of “Yes”.  “Yes,” to change, “Yes,” to dreams, “Yes,” to new experiences, “Yes,” to opportunity, “Yes,” to turning the page and writing a new chapter, “Yes,” to God’s/J’s purpose, and “Yes,” to God’s/J’s every blessing.   I will respond versus react, believe instead of dismiss, step up rather than shrink back, trust versus doubt, and allow Love to dissolve the illusion of fear.  I choose Grace, Peace, Love, and Fun.  How about You?

Welcome, Summer.  Bring on the Love!

 

 

©2011 Susan Stackpole  www.susanstackpole.com

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