A Divine Chip

In a recent Power Group meeting, we ended up discussing parents and their children as high school was coming to a close.  One of the things we discussed was those high school students who SAID they didn’t know what they wanted to do.  I countered that MOST students do know what they want but are afraid to say.

 

 

 

 

Soul image from:
Pixabay
Chip from
Wikimedia

 

Those who knew and DID express their opinions I believe sometimes had a “divine chip” implanted in them as they incarnated.  This chip overrode any dissenting opinion either from family or school.  These people bucked the system do do what they were put here to do.

 

My best friend growing up in Lisbon, Connecticut is one such person.  I recall being in third grade with him at Lisbon Central School and hearing him repeatedly say he would be a doctor.

Joe is now a foot doctor in Norwich, Connecticut.  I learned a valuable lesson from Joe:
Never let someone tell you what’s best for you, because only YOU know what’s best for you.

 

Some of us can’t afford to pursue of career choice immediately.  That simply means we must find another way to supplement or abundance while we continue to work on our specific goals.  For some of us, we can simply pivot a bit.  I’ll use myself and another friend as an example:

For me, my goal has always been the written word.  

 

Writing as can be seen from the previous link, has always been my first love.  It takes a long time to build a career in writing.  I acknowledge that.  I didn’t let that deter me however and I also didn’t travel a completely different path.  I’m still involved with the written word, having pivoted to a library, where I am surrounded by books.  Books have always been a major influence on me.  I didn’t want to be separated from them.  I thank my own “divine chip” for keeping me on the right path.  No one influenced me to make a decision that they THOUGHT was right for me.  That “divine chip” implanted in myself is still working.  And I thank God for placing it there.

 

My friend, Jason Marchi who I’ve mentioned here at Wisdom and Life as can be seen from the previous link is someone else who I believe has that aforementioned “divine chip.”  Like me, he has been a writer as long as I’ve known him.  In fact it is how we met.  And like me, he pivoted just a bit in his day job, having worked for a publishing company in his hometown.  We both stayed in the “writing field” so as to keep our enthusiasm up.  We didn’t let other people define the roles we wanted and now we are reaping the rewards.

 

I believe we all have that divine chip.  However for some of us it is more defined and we are not afraid to express what we want.  We don’t want to wake up one morning saying:
Shoulda.  Woulda.  Coulda.

 

Thanks to Patricia for the inspirational term:
Divine Chip

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Thaddeus Squirrel

My friend and blogger, Tom Rapsas, whom I first met on Google+ has written a wonderful spiritual guide for those of us who still don’t know what path they should choose. Thaddeus Squirrel is the PERFECT book to give to high school students.  If you click on the preceding link to purchase from my website, I will benefit.

 

 

Thaddeus, while in the midst of collecting food for the winter months, one morning has a crisis of conscience.  In other words, he awakens.  

 

He realizes there is so much more to life than simply over collecting.  In his case, it is over collecting food. However, if you look at the story of Thaddeus, I’m sure you will find correlations to our own lives.

 

 

 

What are we collecting, that we don’t need?
Are you honoring the sacred path that is your calling?
Do you know what your calling is?

 

These are all questions that Thaddeus struggles with.  They are questions we all are challenged by.  What we must do is quiet the noise around us and center on the inner voice we all have.  

 

Meditating is one way to do this. Some of us are fortunate to have a well tuned in voice.  We’ve been practicing for years, honing that inner wisdom.  For those of you who can’t hear it or those of you who know there is something more, but aren’t sure how to find it, Thaddeus can be your guide.  Simply follow him as he travels away from his comfort zone, away from the only home he has ever known.  For it is only in the journey that we can find ourselves.  It is only in stepping away that we can find our way home.  The home where we belong; not necessarily the home we grew up in.

 

There is much to learn from Thaddeus.  Simply take the first step with him and let him show you your way.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

End of an Era –The Madison Coffee Shop

Please pardon an unusual column this week.  A long time business in Madison, Connecticut has shuttered its doors, somewhere I spent many mornings before heading to work.
I made many friends there and now everyone has scattered.

 

The Madison Coffee Shop closed its doors for a final time on Saturday, December 24th 2016, leaving a hole in the lives of its loyal customers.

 

Image from:
CJP Photos

Here’s a different perspective from Dan Mulvey:
The Madison Coffee Shop: Where Everyone Knows Your Name
an English Teacher at Daniel Hand High School in Madison, Connecticut when I attended.  The Madison Coffee Shop became like a second home to me over the course of its existence, but especially in the last ten years.  So many experiences I had there over the years.  

 

–The business changed hands three times since I started visiting when I moved to Madison in 1978.

–The front window being decorated for each holiday and season.

–Halloween especially turned first time visitors heads.  Hanging from the ceiling over one of the counters, a life size boat with a mannequin lying down and one arm over the side.

 

You know that saying:
Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda?

 

I wished now that I’d taken pictures of that.  At the time however, my focus was less on photography.

 

–And oh man. During the second ownership while I’d been going, who could forget having to wear your winter coat in the middle of summer?  Ice cold with the air conditioner pumping at full throttle.  As I’m writing this now I THINK I FINALLY understand why:
The heat in the kitchen must have been as unbearable as the cold in the restaurant.

 

–Meeting up in the morning with my friends.  (We all picked out our own places to sit and returned there each morning like homing pigeons.

 

That’s what I will miss most:
The gathering.  

And the convenience of the location.  Just across the street from the Scranton Library where I work.  I’d park behind the coffee shop in the morning, go in for about an hour have a quick bite to eat when I didn’t eat at home and sit and talk with all my friends.  With the Madison Coffee Shop now closed, there is no easy place downtown to grab a breakfast sandwich and walk across to work.

 

Everyone will adjust and we’ll find a new home but at the moment I feel displaced. Change is inevitable.  Embrace it or be defined by it.

 

Thanks to Wayne and all his wait staff who over the years worked to help their customers feel at home:

 

Images from:
CJP Photos

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

How Many Friends

You only need two close friends in which you can trust and dedicate yourself to. Having too many friends can lead to depression and stress.

Law of Attraction

 

Moving as much as I did growing up, you’d think I would have had a challenging time finding friends. I would have if I became intimidated and fearful.  I could very well have done so and no one would have blamed me.

 

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friendship

 

That’s NOT who I am!

 

If I wanted to have friends, I had to be the one to make the first move.  I’m still that way. I have lot’s of people I call friends, but I can count on one hand the number of people who REALLY know me and know ALL of my secrets.  It’s quality NOT quantity that I strive for.

 

I see this on “social”  ALL THE TIME:
The race to accumulate the most followers, the most “friends.”  And how is that working for you?  Are ALL of these people in your virtual circles helping you?  

 

How many of them share your content?
How many of them comment?

 

As in the real world, I’d rather have people in ALL my circles, both virtual as well as physical who do their best to help me improve.

 

It’s quality over quantity.

 

Being an introvert at heart it can be challenging for me sometimes to reach out, however as I said earlier if I want to make friends it is up to me to make the first move.  And as I’ve said at Wisdom and Life on previous occasions, I THINK my intuition is spot on most of the time.  I can usually tell within a matter of minutes whether I feel compatible with someone.  I’d rather have one or two friends who know me implicitly, knows all of my secrets and still want to be my friend then a whole host of friends who know only certain parts of me.  While it is important to be liked by many, I think it’s more important to be loved by a few despite all our secrets, flaws and weaknesses.   I’m fortunate to have found my genetic friends.

 

These people are very important to me and even if we don’t see each other as often as I’d like we are all still connected and when we do get together we can pick up as if we’d just seen each other a day earlier.  

How many of you can say that?
How many of you have such friends?

 

Friendship, love:
That’s what makes the world go round.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Leave Me Alone. I’m Writing!

Leave me alone. I’m writing.

Christopher Jennings Penders

 

My friend, Mike Allton inspired today’s column when he shared:
12 Things You Should Never Say To A Writer

 

Before I start this column, let me say, I’m aware that many of you may see the above quote and think:
Wow!  That’s kind of harsh.

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Let me just say sometimes in order to create boundaries we need to be harsh.  To protect ourselves.

 

I’m sure writers everywhere have experienced interruptions with the person doing the interrupting saying something like:
Oh, you’re only writing and you can’t take a moment to talk?  Or something to that effect

 

It’s the only writing thing that disturbs me more than being interrupted because THAT ONE phrase trivializes what we do. It seems as if ALL artists are spoken to this way.

 

–Would you interrupt a lawyer in the middle of a trial?
–Would you interrupt a chef while they were cooking?
I think not?

 

Then why is it alright to do so to an artist?  Because art, ANY KIND of art is no longer taken seriously.  We consider it a hobby, something people do to pass the time; not as a vocation, not as something one does to get paid. This is also reflected in the world when someone asks if you can give your work away without compensation. There is an overall lack of respect for artists in general and I find it shameful that it still happens.  

 

Writers matter.  For without the written word, society would cease to exist. So the next time you consider interrupting a writer while they are working, AFTER they have already said as much (And YES. I said working) think about whether you would do the same to someone in another field.  It’s why when I write, I don’t answer my phone, or respond to texts or emails.  Most of my friends and family now understand that IF I don’t respond, it means that I’m working.  And on the off chance that I do pick up a ringing phone and say I’m writing and I can call back later, MOST people understand.  It took some conditioning to get the point across and yes there are STILL SOME times when I need to recondition.  For the most part however, people now respect me when I say I can call back later.  I even have an outgoing message on my phone that says I may be writing.

 

Anything we can do to get across the understanding that yes, for some of us, writing is much more than just a hobby.  

 

For me, writing was my first passion even before I picked up my first camera.  I’ve been writing since I COULD write.  So when someone, ANYONE disrespects my writing, they disrespect me.  

 

Am I the only one who feels this way?  Would love to hear from others in the comments below.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Emit Your Own Frequency

Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence.

Barbara Marciniak

 

My friend, Koreen shared this on Facebook a few weeks ago and I completely connected with it.  

 

Nothing can disturb your calm, nothing can break through your wall of peace unless you let it.  That lesson took me many years to incorporate into my being.  When you learn to emit your own frequency

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Frequency

You’ll find that those who vibrate on a lower level can’t reach you.  A challenging thing to do when those around you do their best to bring you down to their level.  Stay positive.  Continue pushing forward.  Keep reflecting your spirituality.  When someone brings you down:
You’re not doing it right.  Or
Does anything else to lower you to their level,

Lift them up with a:
Yes But.

How do you do that you may ask?
Give them a:
Yes, but this works for me.

Or a:
Yes, but what if you look at it this way?

There is no RIGHT way to do ANYTHING.  It’s what works for YOU.  

By shifting the conversation from negative to positive, you’re also changing the frequency of both parties.  The more you do this, the less friction you will encounter not only with this particular party but with everyone around you.

 

Emit your own positive frequency and see what happens.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Sacred Spaces and Meditation

A couple weeks ago, I went to a meditation seminar with my friend Glenn.

 

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We share many of the same philosophies on life and I ALWAYS enjoy when we do things together.  It’s challenging for me to go out at night though, because the LAST thing I want to do after work is to turn around and go out again.  If I have no other plans however, I make an exception for a few of my friends:
Jason
Julie
Cathy
And Glenn.

 

I’m so happy that I went with Glenn because as is usually the case with the seminars I attend with him, I learned something. I meditate regularly as can be seen from the previous link.  Writing is one form or meditation for me.  I sometimes write so furiously that I get into The Flow.  That’s where I love to be.

 

Okay.  So what did I learn from the meditation seminar:
I learned that I don’t have a sacred space where I meditate.  

 

Those of us who practice meditation SHOULD create a place where we are only devoted to that practice.  It’s something I need to work on.  So what IS a sacred place?  And how can we create one?

 

Sacred places are where we feel spiritual.  Whatever creates that feeling in you, if you are spiritually religious, you could create a religious space:
Pictures of saints
Religious talismans

 

Whatever it takes to help you slip deeper into your meditation practice.  I HAVE been using my writing area.  Since writing IS ONE form of meditation that I do, my writing desk served me well.  However, after leaving that seminar I realize there are many things missing from my space and I need to change that.  I’ll be working on making those changes over the coming weeks.

 

Where do you meditate?
Do you have a specific place?

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

Doing The Impossible

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

 

Saint Francis of Assisi

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SaintFrancis

I must thank my friend, George Egan for the above quote.  He emailed it to me a few days ago.  We seem to be simpatico recently.  We have the same belief system.  I find it interesting since I joined Facebook again for the second time how many of my friends, friends I’ve known for years are on the same page with me.  I’ve known George before my second iteration on Facebook and I knew he was of the spiritual ilk; so it didn’t surprise me when I received this quote.  However many other friends, several from high school are those who surprised me.  I discovered these traits when I opened my blog page:
CJP Enterprises on Facebook and watched it gather likes/followers.  To see many of my high school friends profiles after they began following my blog completely took me by surprise.  George Egan doesn’t surprise me because I know his history so receiving his email was simply pleasant because he knows my worldview.  Receiving a Saint Francis quote was simply a happy accident as I now I have something to write about.  God gives us what we need when we need it.  Proven correct again.

 

I’ve written about Saint Francis previously at Wisdom and Life.  I’ve also written about putting your faith in yourself and doing something you otherwise didn’t think you could.  Being positive and being full of faith in yourself is the first important step in undertaking any task.  As Saint Francis intimates here:
Nothing, I mean NOTHING is impossible if you believe it, if you have faith.  What is faith after all?  But knowledge in the unknown?

 

Faith doesn’t have to be spiritual.
Faith doesn’t have to be religious.

 

It can be knowledge in yourself.  It can be showing someone you can do something regardless of the doubt and the doubters.  Being the person I am and having seen the things I’ve seen, having experienced something greater than myself over twenty years ago while walking in the woods, I choose to see faith as spiritual.  And that’s what it REALLY comes down to.  We get to choose how we see life.  I choose to see EVERYTHING through the lens of faith, as though EVERYTHING is a miracle.  By choosing this life I get to do the impossible every day.  Faith?  God?  The Divine?  Miracles?  They are all one in the same for me?  

 

You can join me too.  Not sure how?  Then start small as I’ve said here before.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

Waking With Thoughts In The Night

My friend Jean Wise writes a blog called Healthy Spirituality.  In her latest column, she writes about Paying attention to the Sparks.  What do you do to pay attention to your OWN sparks?  I gave a response at her column that being a writer myself, I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with thoughts flashing through my head.  I used to leave it to chance that I’d recall what flashed through my head during those times that I’d awake.

 

Not anymore.

 

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I now do one of two things:
1.  I have a notebook beside my bed and my trusty fountain pen.  (The ONLY writing utensil I own)

2. My voice recorder on my iPhone.

 

One of these two things are ALWAYS by my bed so that IF I awake with a fabulous thought scurrying through my brain, I reach for one or the other.  It’s usually been my voice recorder so I don’t have to expel unwanted energy reaching for my pen and turning on a light.  I find this ritual works well for me.

 

There have been countless times when I wrote fiction that I’d have temporary writer’s block and I’d head off to sleep, only to be woken at some point with the answer to my issue.  I’d pull out my notebook and my pen as there were no smartphones in the early 1990s, i’d scribble the answer then go back to sleep comfortable in the knowledge that my answer had been recorded.

 

Writing has long been a passion of mine, whether it be the three blogs I’m now invested in, the occasional newspaper article I write, or dark fantasy I wrote earlier in my life.  It’s been my chosen way to communicate to a wide audience.  I’m grateful to have been given that gift and to have found a way to give back through the writing I’m doing now.

 

I still practice the ritual above to this day, because let’s face it, I’m getting no younger and we have yet to discover a way to increase the RAM in our own memory so anything I can do to help the process of remembering I will certainly do.  By keeping my voice recorder near my bed I’m helping myself.

 

I will repeat the question that Jean asks:
What do you do to pay attention to your OWN sparks?

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.

 

A Response To Jason

Last week my friend, Jason Marchi left a comment on Passing in Pairs that made it obvious that the title and some of what I wrote was misinterpreted by him.  What I wanted to come across in the column was not that some people pass in pairs, That was ancillary.  I do sometimes wonder why people of social standing do pass within days of each other and I was curious what others thought as well.  And I still believe that sometimes it is because their souls are needed elsewhere to mediate a challenge.  However, I understand Jason’s confusion over the column and I understand his comment.  Not to create acrimony here, I will invoke one of my favorite quotes here to help justify my belief in this, though:
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

 

In my worldview, there are things that are true that simply cannot be explained via conventional means.  Maybe this is one of them.  Events happen every day that have no explanation.  What if this was one of them?  As I said, I’m not trying to create conflict where there is none, just doing my best to show where my thought process goes when I see something happen that has no explanation.  Since I’ve discovered that Law of Attraction deepened my Faith, I’ve always looked for the meaning behind events that seem to defy a natural explanation; which is all I did with last week’s column.

 

I believe sometimes people may pass because they are needed elsewhere.  As I’ve said many times at Wisdom and Life, I believe our transition day is carved in stone.  However, as I wrote in Passing in Pairs, what if that stone is shale?  God may want to step in and make a change.  Perhaps your soul is needed to mediate a challenge and you’ve been an excellent mediator in the physical.  I’ve learned a long time ago, that as much as we may want something to happen in our lives only God can create what we want.  If there is something HE needs for us to do, he will create the circumstances for it to manifest.  That also means our transition may change according to his plans.

 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Once you realize that life is eternal,
That our souls our eternal,
That we return to light and physical over and over;

We then lose all our distress
We then lose all our fear of dying.  For there truly is no end.