Let it Be

This blog was requested by Rev. Gaylon McDowell, based on the word: Beatitude.

Are you pursuing freedom?  Love? Peace? Doing all you can to be happy?

The word Beatitude comes from the Latin term meaning happiness.
It is a state of joy.  When you research Jesus’ use of them, it’s indicated that he speaks of the condition of the listener, and what would result from that condition.

Each statement is structured: “Blessed are the… for they will…”

There it is. Your state of being determines your result. Not what you do but who you are.

Why chase something you already have?

I’ve seen the word written “be-attitude”. That’s the key. That’s where your connection to happiness lies. No matter what your condition, if you remain confident that who you are is enough,  the result will show the grace of the Divine.

Happiness needs no doing. It is your being.

When I was a little girl, my grandmother had a little trivet that I loved to look at while I waited for her to cut my grapefruit half and put sugar on it. I memorized the words even when I had no idea what they meant because I liked the butterfly on it.

It said this: “Happiness is like a butterfly, which when pursued is always just beyond your grasp, but if you sit quietly, will alight upon you.”

Blessed Be.

Winning Deal

I’m committed to establishing a sense of balance in my life. I looked at my mobile phone and noticed there were a lot of business apps.

My friends play with Fruits, Candy and Zombies in their downtime, so I figured Solitaire couldn’t hurt. I added it to my phone and started it up.

This was the first thing I saw:

Choose wisely. Photo credit Me.

Choose wisely. Photo credit Me.

How interesting. I get to choose what kind of deal I get. Of course, I chose “Winning Deal” and went all in.

I have never played with such abandon. I tried out new things, made interesting patterns with my cards, and when I missed a chance to finish out a pile, I didn’t care because I knew it didn’t matter to the outcome.

What if you played your life like that?

You have already been given a winning deal. You are the source of your success.

So what if you played all out, had fun making mistakes, and knew– in your heart of hearts– that it didn’t matter to the outcome?

You can always win, if you start from the right frame of mind. Photo credit Me.

You can always win, if you start from the right frame of mind. Photo credit Me.

It doesn’t.

It never has.

What happens is that we believe in other kinds of “deals”, like the ones above. And what you believe will show up in your life. I’m going for the winning deal, and I’m going to play full out.

Play your life all out because it doesn’t matter to the outcome. In fact, it makes the outcome better.

What would you do if you knew you had a winning deal?

Why We Need To Appreciate Our Own Aloneness

Interesting perspective on loneliness vs. aloneness.

Mohadesa Najumi

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A great writer once said; the only way out is in. This is certainly true today as everyone takes his or her own individual path towards escapism. We are all trying very hard to escape our daily lives, or even worse, ourselves. We do this through staring down at our mobile phones every chance we get, by filling our minds with endless non-stimulations such as television and by spending countless hours in the companies of others. Nobody wants to be alone, and even worse; nobody wants to be alone with their abyss of thoughts and doubts. When you are amongst a group of people and most of them are busy doing something on their phone; you must know that these people aren’t exceptionally busy. But, it is just easier to engage with a device that does not require any human interaction. Truth is, most of us aren’t aware of…

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Dead Weight

Lift and flex.

Lift and flex.

One of my colleagues was talking about the need to cut the dead weight (read “people”) out of her life. I’ve had to walk through that too as I mention here, and especially if the relationship was long-standing, you may feel anger, regret and disappointment.

But here’s something about dead weight in particular. Dead weight is a civil engineering term. It’s a measurement used to quantify exactly how strong the structure is while not being used.

Trainers will make you do “dead lifts”, hoisting heavy, stationary weights, to build muscle quickly.
It’s tough, and makes you achy. But your strength is your reward.

If you’ve just cut some dead weight lose, obviously your training is done. Enjoy the freedom of traveling light! Flex those muscles by doing something powerful, and feel how strong you are.