Archive | February 2015

Living in the Moment

How can we worry or have anxiety about anything if we are completely saturated in the moment? It is almost impossible.

What will change if we continue to worry about things we can not change or have no control over? I have come to believe that when I worry, I am not trusting that the Universe has everything worked out in advance any way.

Living in the moment has changed my whole way of thinking about a multitude of things. It has made me more grateful for all of the blessings I have instead of focusing on what I lack. It has made me love my family and friends deeper than I did before.

James 4:14 (NLV) says you do not know about tomorrow. Your life is like the morning fog-It’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

I have witnessed people younger than me, be gone in an instant. A sudden heart attack, a car accident, cancer, a suicide. Am I too lofty to think my days are not numbered as well?

A few examples of when can you be in the moment:

At dinner. Are you thinking about everything you “should” be doing while you sit across from your friend or loved ones? What about listening to what they are saying and making what they say matter? I observe so many couples sitting at a table in complete silence. This sometimes can be wonderful, but not every time. What about really tasting the food and enjoying the different textures on your tongue instead of shoveling it into your mouth like a hunch- backed Neanderthal?

The drive to work. How many times do we feel uptight in traffic? Someone is not going fast enough, or they cut us off? Maybe we are running late? Perhaps we should have left earlier. Is there anything we can do if we are late? How many times have we ignored the beauty of the sun rising with pink, orange and yellow skies, or a tree lined street with curving roads? We miss it all because we are too busy being stressed out.

It’s really all about being grateful and having the noise turned down and our senses turned up. It’s an awareness of the Holy Spirit in us, and around us in everything. Every sunrise, every person of every color and ethnicity, every animal and every circumstance that presents itself. It is a tuning into and a sense of knowing that we are a part of a bigger story than we know. Everything is connected. Living in the moment allows us to realize we are part of the tapestry that is being woven right before our eyes.

Each of us is a single thread, a thread that matters to the big picture. So live in the moment. Love your life, no matter what has happened in the past or how unsure you are of the future. Love your life despite the disappointments, for they have brought you to the here and now. You are not “nowhere”, you are, “now here.” Live in the now, live in the moment and be grateful. It will change every thing!

Home is Not a Place

Home is where our loved ones reside
In our hearts or in a house
Home is the love we feel inside

Home is the feeling when we absorb that quiet hush
When the world outside can’t get to us
The weight of our problems no longer crush

Home is hot chocolate and jammie’s on a cold winter day
And the sound of my children’s laughter
With the world’s demands held at bay

Home can be here or there
As long as you are with me, it doesn’t matter where

Where Were You When I Needed You?

Many times I asked: Where are you? I thought you weren’t listening. I thought perhaps I was too small and insignificant to matter.

I thought that you had other, bigger issues to deal with. I thought I was but a grain of sand in this big universe.

Where were you when my parents were fighting? I can see now that you were there, in the small quiet spot in my room, behind my bed, deep within my heart.

Where were you when I felt alone in grade school? I can see now that you brought me a best friend.

Where were you when my parents seemed distant and unattached? I can see now that you were in my friends’ mom that took me under her wing and made me feel worthy.

Where were you during all of the small and big disappointments?

You were in the sunrise when my heart was lonely.

You were in that sudden rainstorm when I was out running, and thought my whole life had been ruined.

You were in my children’s laughter when I thought I had nothing left to live for.

You were in that moment when I saw an elderly couple holding hands.

You were in that nursing home when my grandmother spoke her last words to me saying: “ I love you Dori Jo”

You are in it all and I realize now, all I have to do is open my eyes and be willing to receive whatever it is you want to show me.

Whatever or whoever we choose to call the ever present, omnipotent, source of life, God, the Holy Spirit, Tao, or the Universe, I believe without a doubt that He exists within and around all of us, weather we believe or not.

I can see now that with every joy and every disappointment you were there, teaching me a lesson or showing me the beauty in every moment. You stretched me and made me uncomfortable. At times I was angry and hurt, but I am a new person because of it all.

Where were you when I needed you? You were here, within me and beside me. You were in others when they stepped into and out of my life. You were in the good times and the bad times, and to that, I say Thank You. I am so grateful.

The Power of One

What difference can the power of one person make? I say it can move mountains and make all the difference in the world. Just paying attention to who is around you and observing, life will present you with many opportunities to serve others. It doesn’t have to be monumental, because even the smallest act of kindness can have far reaching effects.

I once read an article where they studied the Serotonin levels of people after they performed an act of kindness and the givers level was raised just as much as the receivers.

My friend just recently went to the store on Valentine’s Day and as he stood in line, he noticed an older man in front of him. He looked like he hadn’t shaved in a while and was bundled up from the cold.

He was trying to purchase a single rose and was short a single dime. He told the young clerk he would need to go out to his car to look for a dime. My friend had compassion and gave him the dime.

Was giving him the dime a big sacrifice for my friend? Probably not, but that’s not the point. The point is, that he recognized someone else’s struggle because he had once struggled himself. Perhaps, that is why we go through rough times. Our struggles may enable us to have compassion for others.

Maybe that older man didn’t have any money and was bringing that rose to a dying wife or a sick mother. I will never know, but what I do know, is that we hold the power to do magnificent things.