Sidewalk Bends

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Invite Others into Your Home

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Invite them into your home. Invite others into your heart. Do not close the door. Open the gates wide that they should be welcomed with open arms. Do not close the shutters and hide yourself away. Celebrate! Celebrate as if a marching band is marching through your living room.

Take notice in the joy,  and dwell not on each one’s imperfections. Worry not about what path they have on but instead journey together. Bring others into your home and take notice.

Come down from the roof tops and take notice.

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August 2, 2013 at 5:44 am

Driving from the Backseat

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highwayThere are things in life that have to take its course. Although we would like to have control over every single aspect of every event that happens to us in life, we have to understand that what happens is not always understood right away, or ever for that matter. Grabbing on to every bit of life for the sake of feeling in control only leads us to doubt ourselves when the things we think are going to happen don’t quite match up with what we’ve told ourselves.

The road starts to disappear, a clear path seems to be overgrown with obstacles, and what we are left with is the trust that we’ll get through it all. We can grab the wheel of control tighter or we can let things take its course. However at some point we have to understand that no amount of maneuvering or trying to drive from the backseat will change the outcome. It only adds to the stress and to the feeling that everything has slipped from our grips. So in the end we can sit and enjoy the ride or we can try to avoid facing ourselves.

This does not mean taking a back seat to life, but quite the opposite. It means enjoying every aspect of it. It means not counting the time. It means not worrying about what’s in back of you or necessarily what’s two steps in front of you. It means living for the moment, regardless of what comes. It means accepting the lessons of life, whether they come as happy moments or heartaches. It means learning to take joy even in those difficult moments when we find it difficult to stare ourselves in the mirror.

We’ve got to face this road, but not alone, never alone. That is a choice, like all other choices, made from a place of love and serenity, or from a place of fear and loathing. Though we might sometimes come from a place of fear or hurt, it’s never too late to turn a new leaf, to shine a light on a difficult moment, and enjoy life.

Be Yourself

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Be yourself in the face of ridicule. Be yourself because others cannot. Show them that there is no shame in revealing that you care. Show them that there is perfection in imperfection. Show them wisdom in silence. Show them joy in selfless giving. Show them that despite all one’s imperfections, and the negativity and pessimism that is often thrown in one’s face, that nothing can stifle love. Nothing can stifle a compassionate heart. Nothing can suffocate the truth. Nothing can extinguish loving joy.

Be yourself in all that you do. Be yourself in all that you speak, in all that you think and all that you feel. Be yourself, and give courage to those who fear the repercussions. Be yourself and free your burdens. Be yourself so that you can stop counting the score. Be yourself and be you some more.

Reflect on Life

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tree in the mirror
Do not be afraid to reflect on life for all of life is a reflection.
Into the eyes of my beloveds, I see my reflection.
Into the eyes of my enemies, I see my reflection.
Into the eyes of strangers, I see my reflection.
Warped views, muted tones, I see my reflection.
Bright lights, full moon, I see my reflection.
Blinding sun, shadows cast, I see my reflection.
Purple haze, biting sand, I see my reflection.
God’s love, devil’s hate, I see my reflection.

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June 23, 2010 at 6:02 am