Enjoy the Roses

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon–instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.


Dale  Carnegie
Change Your Life
Allen Klein
Page 121

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Dale Carnegie’s name is synonymous with his influential book:
How To Win Friends and Influence People.  After having written such a book, it should be no surprise to anyone that he was so forward thinking and such an authority on positivity.  The above quote from Mr Carnegie resonated with me because I do my best to live my life using that as a barometer.  If we all looked for the positive instead of the negative, if we all saw what was in front of us instead of what was down the road, if we simply lived in the moment and didn’t try to forecast our lives, if we didn’t always look for that crystal ball, our lives would work out just the way it is supposed to.  As my readers are aware I’m a huge believer in predestination.  Life always works out as it is planned.  After all we plan our lives before we incarnate in Transition Hall.

–If only we could remember that everything in our lives are working out JUST the way it is supposed to.
–If only we could remember that WE planned everything from the challenges we face to the gifts that are presented to us.
–If only we could remember transition hall.


Think how much stress would be removed from our lives.
Think how our lives would change.


We would see the world in a completely different way:
We would be better people to everyone.
We would stop using people.


Then, would we REALLY want to remember?  It’s as I’ve written previously:
The reason we do NOT recall our previous incarnations
The reason we do NOT recall our time in Transition Hall


is that we’d be cheating on the most important test(s) of our lives.  We would already know all the answers and how to avoid the challenges in our lives.  God blinds us to the reality that we are truly spiritual beings having a human experience.


He gives the truth to all of us though as well.  We only have to look for it.  We only have to be open to it. Those of us who discover the true meaning of life are blessed because we grow beyond the stress.


We see that living in the moment,

We see that enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.


is the ONLY way to live.  Wisdom and Life does its best to part the physical veil, to show the spirit world is all around us.  We simply have to be open to it.  Can you see it?  If you can’t as I’ve maintained all of my life:
Start small.


Mr Carnegie is right:
We need to spend time in the moment enjoying the roses that are blooming today.


Not what’s down the road.  For it is when we attempt to forecast our future that we get in trouble.  It is then that we lose sight of what is truly important.  As Eckhart Tolle is so fond of saying:
Staying in the Present Moment


You can clearly understand now that the adage:
What Goes Around Comes Around is relevant here today.  Mr Carnegie and Mr Tolle were ages apart and yet they are writing about the same philosophy.  It proves yet again that this philosophy worked at an earlier age and STILL works today.

Our True Family

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

Richard Bach


While I COMPLETELY understand that one’s family of origin is of utter importance to our molding as adults, once we have been shaped by our genetic family we can then choose our family.  And yes, I know we choose our genetic family We may well choose to continue our relationship with our genetic family or for whatever the reason may be we may choose to build a new one.

Your family of choice is whoever embraces you, whoever loves you, whoever will not leave your side.  Your family of choice, your true family is who you feel most comfortable with. They are those who are in your soul group.


I’m so fortunate to have a close circle of friends. They are my genetic friends. They are the friends I go to when I need reassurance, when I need someone to vent to, when I need to laugh.  If not for my genetic friends, I surely would not be where I am today.  We all have these people in our lives and I’m willing to bet that most of us have never considered that our genetic friends may well be in our soul group.  I’m here to tell you that you should consider it.  What other reason can you come up with for feeling an instant connection to someone.


Among this circle, there is one person who has slowly become my best friend, the person who will not leave my side, the person I can count on.  I’m convinced we have traveled together in each of our incarnations.  I’m convinced she is in my soul group.  From the moment we met I felt a connection to her.  We are bonded by something greater than friendship. We are family.  I’m fortunate to have found another member of my soul group in her.


I’m far from saying the others in my circle are less important, for they all have played important roles in shaping the person I have become.  They all have been there for me at various stages in my life when I needed them.  I owe each of them more than they will EVER know.


The first time I EVER felt an instant connection with someone was with a writer.  We both attended a writer’s course in 1989.  As I sat at my desk waiting for the class to begin, he walked into the room and I KNEW immediately that we were going to connect and be friends.  How did I know that?  I believe it is because our souls recognized each other.  See? I think we meet the others in our soul group when we most need them.  This particular writer arrived at a time when I most needed a confidant.  He became extremely important to me.  He listened to me when I went through a particularly challenging time in my life.  Now in 2014 we still stay in touch.  We are still friends.  Twenty five years later and we are still friends.


When I met another one of my friends in the early 1990s, she arrived (A little inside joke) at writer’s group for the first time and said EXACTLY what I felt:
She felt an instant bond, a connection unlike any other.  She knew in a moments glance that we’d be friends forever.  That doesn’t just happen.  I think again, it’s because our souls recognized each other.  Those in our soul groups are NOT necessarily romantic partners.  They are simply those we travel with during our incarnations and our transitions. We will EVENTUALLY find EVERYONE in our soul group, but only when we need to.


Our souls are magnetic and when we come into contact with others in our soul group, we vibrate at the same frequency. We have no choice but to be bonded.  We may not connect with everyone in our soul group for some time.  It took almost thirty years to find this particular person.  I believe we choose when we will meet when we are in Transition Hall.  We meet those in our soul group when we need them most.  And now it is over twenty years later and we are still friends. See?  We were right. Though twenty years is far from a lifetime, it IS the longest friendship I’ve maintained.  We’ve seen many challenges in each other’s lives.  We’ve seen some blessings as well.


The third writer I connected with now lives in Florida.  He returns to visit once a year and the three of us can pick up RIGHT where we left off.  We all have a Block Island obsession.  It’s another connection we share.  We traveled to Block Island in June as we do when he returns every year.


Madison Connecticut Business Owners:

Four of the others are partnered up.  Both couples own businesses in Madison.  And were it not for one business I surely would not have met the other couple.  Or my TRUE soul brother, Jeff.  You SIMPLY MUST read the previous link to see all the connections Jeff and I share.  After reading it then tell me you don’t believe.  I dare you!


It was in the land of misfit toys that I found my safe haven.
It was in the land of misfit toys that I met all of the others in my soul group.


I love all of my genetic friends in my soul group.  They are all so important to me and these two couples have been my sounding board for so many challenges that have cropped up in my life.  So many times I have come to them and they have listened.  That’s what your friends are for.  Sometimes, I have simply needed them to listen.  That’s something I struggle with, knowing when to just listen and when to offer advice.  When someone has something negative happening in their lives, my first inclination is to reach out and help.  It’s who I am.  I want to make everything better.  Sometimes someone simply wants an ear.  Sometimes someone simply wants a shoulder.  Not necessarily advice on how to fix something.  That’s just one of the reasons why not only the two couples are in my small circle of friends, why they are family, but why each of my friends here are so important to me.  I’m convinced now and will be until I transition that EVERYONE here is in my soul group.  Each one of these people and I felt an instant connection.  Magnets attract.  Our souls are magnetic.  Naturally, we vibrate at the same frequency as others in our soul group.  Hence those in our soul group recognize each other by our vibrations.   It’s the people I feel an instant connection too who I KNOW are in my soul group.  That feeling doesn’t just happen.  If you find it happening to you, pay attention to it.  Consider that connection may be the magnets in your souls attracting each other.  And remember!

Soul mates don’t necessarily have to be romantic.
Soul mates are everyone in your soul group.
Soul mates are part of your true family.



We all have a soul group.
We all have our genetic friends.


Who are yours?
Let me know in the comments below.


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



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.

Stop Worrying

According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore.


I used this quote previously here:
Two Symptoms of Enlightenment


Last week I spoke to a couple people about the fact that I no longer worry, that I understand that whatever happens is supposed to happen and there is no use being tormented over things that are out of your control.



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How did I reach this point?

That’s a challenging question to answer as I’ve always felt this way.  I’ve carried my faith and spirituality with me all of my life.

Because I’ve always believed I’m watched over,
Because, my life has been truly blessed,
Because everything has fallen into place for me,



Fallen into place, you ask?  Let me give you some examples:
–I don’t/can’t drive on the highway because of many childhood challenges I suffered.

Where do I live and work?  Within five minutes of both.  I can walk to work if need be.  Now that doesn’t JUST happen.

–I have the career I dreamed about.  Working in a public library, reading for a living, writing for a living.  These are the gifts I’ve always had and I created a path to create abundance using all of my gifts.  I didn’t let anyone divert me from my chosen path.

–I see the challenges I faced growing up as gifts.  If it were not for those challenges I would not be in the golden place I am now.


The BEST thing anyone can do to experience enlightenment is

Stop seeing the difficulties in your life.  Look for the gift in the challenge you faced.
Stop using negative words.
Look to the Divine.


For me the Divine has been and will ALWAYS be God.  God has directed my life from day one.  I’ve discussed Predestination at Wisdom and Lifemany times over because that has guided my worry free life, just as much as my faith has.   


Predestination is the concept that your life has been mapped out for you before you incarnate into physical.  My belief in this has evolved over time.  While I’ve always held that predestination is a real concept, my original thought process was that God mapped out our lives, since understanding the idea of reincarnation/past lives, I’ve now amended my belief that we as spiritual beings, as light beings choose our destination, our lives in Transition Hall.  This is where we get to choose the life we will crash into.

Which is not to say that I’ve taken God out of the equation.  I certainly haven’t.  God plays such a HUGE role in my life.  I simply couldn’t remove him.  It’s like I say in my bio at Wisdom and life:
Faith and spirituality have always played a significant role in my life. Take either one away, and I’ll simply cease to be who I am.


I no longer worry because I understand all of these concepts I’ve laid out here today.  Can you reach this point as well?  But you have to be willing to put your trust, your faith in something other than yourself.


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



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.


Phone Call to the Future

My Mom and Dad divorced when I was probably less than a year old, I don’t recall exactly.  I went to live with my Mom and we moved from Lisbon, Connecticut to Farmington, Connecticut.  It was in Farmington where life became challenging as we lived with an emotionally and physically abusive environment.  I understand now why that happened. See?

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God/The Divine always does something for the greater good.  I understand THAT now too.  As I’m so fond of saying however, when anyone is in the middle of a storm and they can’t see land, it is impossible to think you’ll ever set foot on solid ground again.


The Divine is ALWAYS looking out for you, watching out for you, protecting you.  I see that now.  I considered this the other day when I went to dinner with my Mom.  Somehow we were drawn into remembering numbers.  We talked about various license plates.  It’s a gift I have that I can remember numbers from my youth.  I then recalled that our phone numbers in Farmington and New Haven were off by JUST one number:
The VERY first digit.

In Farmington, our phone number was:

In New Haven, our phone number was:



You know I feel about coincidences.  They don’t exist.  EVERYTHING happens for a reason.  Alright.  Let’s take a closer look at the first three digits and see if we can interpret their meaning.  I may lose some of you here.  You may feel that Chris has slipped off The Deep End again.  There is an esoteric theory that numbers are one of the ways the Divine speaks to us.  I wrote a column about this called Angel Numbers  a couple of years ago.


If we look at each numer, first 667 as that number was first in my latest incarnation, we can see from Joanne Walmsley – SACRED SCRIBES what the number 667 means according to Joanne:
The repeating number 667 indicates that positive solutions and answers will present in order to resolve any issues that are currently causing anxiety or concern in your life.  Your angels are by your side offering their support and guidance. Trust that all will work out for your highest good.


Funny.  Isn’t that what I said above:
That I understand that everything happens for a reason?
That God/The Divine always does something for the greater good.


Look at what Joanne says the number 467 says:
Angel Number 467 is a message of ‘congratulations’ from the angels.  They have been supporting and encouraging you along your life path and applaud you for placing emphasis and focus upon your personal spiritual growth.  Trust that your needs will be catered to in your daily life as you have put thought and considered efforts into all aspects of your life and have manifested balance and positive abundance.


This can ONLY mean ONE thing:
That even though I wasn’t aware at the time
That even though I wasn’t awakened
The Divine was looking out for me even when I didn’t know it.


If you believe Angel Numbers you only have to refer back to the uncoincidental numbers that my Farmington and New Haven Phone numbers shared in common.  I mean, C’MON!  This doesn’t just happen without a reason.


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


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.

The Secret of Contentment

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation,
whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12-13

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When someone who doesn’t know me well breaks into my inner circle and begins to understand the many challenges I faced growing up, the question that invariably comes up is:
How did you survive?


I understand that it sounds cliche, only because it seems that everyone says it, but for me it is the God’s honest truth.  More than anything else it was and continues to be my faith that pulls me through every situation I found myself in.


I understand that I’ve spoken here many times about the Divine/God/Source but that’s only because my faith plays a huge role in my life.  As the last line in in the quote says:
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.


Faith and my belief in predestination truly carried the day.
A belief that everything works for the greater good.
A belief that there are no bad things, everything that happens is meant to make us stronger, is meant to move us forward.


Life is an evolutionary process.
Life is about moving forward.  And since we return over and over, what we don’t get right in this, our latest incarnation we will have the opportunity to make right in the next life.


My secret of contentment,
My secret of peace,
My secret to life is this:
There are no mistakes!
There are no coincidences!
We return over and over, and we never get it completely right.


Someone asked me last week why we must be in this human shell, because after all that’s all our bodies are:
A shell encompassing what is REALLY important.
This body we are in, this shell we carry around with us is there to protect our inner being, our light, our spirit.  The truly important beings we are:

Our Souls.  We are after all spiritual beings having a human experience.


The sooner the bulk of humanity realizes this the better our world will be.

So returning to THAT question:
Why are trapped in this shell?


We incarnate into the physical because this is where we come to learn from past challenges.  If we remained as we truly are, Light, Spirit, Free; we would never move beyond our experience. The concept behind reincarnation is evolution.  The only way for us to evolve, to move closer to the Divine, to become more God like is to experience challenges in our lives. We certainly can’t have physical experiences while we are in our natural state.


You already know what I believe our natural state is:
One of light.  One of spirit.


So again the secret to my contentment
the secret to my peace
the secret to my joy is:

Understanding this
Understanding that predestination is ALWAYS working in my life.

That I chose this incarnation before I incarnated.  As I said in Soul Groups:
For it is in our humanity that we are tested.  And we don’t know our results until we are all together again in Transition Station.  Notice we go through Transition Tunnel to get to Transition Station?  It is only after we have each reviewed our lives with each member of our group that we can decide when to go back.  It is then that we are brought to Transition Hall.  Here is where we choose our next life.  That next life will be a result of how we performed in our previous life.


That’s my secret:
Knowing that I planned everything in my life.
Knowing that major events are indeed “carved in stone.”
Knowing that everything happens for the greater good.


I’m fortunate to have awakened.  Now I have an opportunity to awaken others, to help other remove their spiritual blinders and see the world for what it truly is:


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


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.

Feeling Trapped?

–Are you feeling like you are trapped in a losing situation?
–Feeling imprisoned?
–Are you feeling like which ever way you turn you’ll make a wrong move?
–Are you feeling frustrated that you can’t seem to catch a break?

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–Trying to escape?
–Put some distance between you and your challenges?
–Want to move out of town, move out of state?


–The Divine may have other plans.
–YOU may have made other plans in Incarnation Hall.  

What is Incarnation Hall?  You may ask?

lt is where you, as a soul looks down and chooses the life you will lead, the challenges you will face and the people you will meet along the way.  The entirety of your life is chosen by you BEFORE you incarnate.  It’s called predestination and you CHOOSE what happens based on past experience or past lives.


Returning to the top of this column where I ask those several questions:
Are you feeling trapped etc.


You may have no control over changes you WANT to make if you have made the decision to stay where you are during your time in Incarnation Hall.
–It may be that you were a drifter in a past life and you want the experience of staying in one place in this life.
–It may be that you ran from all of your conflicts in a past life and didn’t face those challenges and you realized before you chose your current life that you needed to face the challenges in this life to move beyond them in the next life

Everything is a learning experience in each life you lead.


There are no mistakes.
There are no defeats.


There are simply lessons to learn.  And the ONLY way to learn the lessons being shown us is to keep repeating them until we move past them.  We are given ample opportunity to learn with obstacles being placed in our path.
–You want that job?  Something stands in your way.  A traffic jam makes you late to the interview and someone else gets the job.
–You want that house you’re eyeing?

Too bad, but something better is coming down the pike for you.  It’s like George Clooney said in my column:
Your Life Is Like A River
Little Anne Frank wants to be a high school teacher? Tough Anne. That’s not your destiny.

Your life has been predestined. And if you attempt to make changes that aren’t in the cards for you, you will find obstacles put in your path, debris put in your river and no amount of clearing will make your plans come to fruition if you hadn’t forecast them long before you incarnated.


So, I guess what I’m saying here is:
If you are frustrated because you feel trapped,
If you feel as if you aren’t making a difference,


Close your eyes and remember this is all part of the plan.
Life is one long lesson and you never get it ENTIRELY right.
The concept behind Reincarnation is to learn from previous lives and move closer to the Divine/God/Source.


And we learn by making changes to old habits, to previous challenges.

So once again if you feel as if you are stuck and you can’t escape your own shadow, just keep in mind that this may WELL HAVE been the plan all along.


I completely understand by my telling you this it does nothing to help the current challenges you are facing, because they will STILL be there when you look around, but if you can keep in mind this is simply a process we all must go through, understanding that, MAY make life JUST a bit easier.


I wish everyone nothing but peace joy and happiness.
Look for it and you will surely find it.


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


The Divine Ripple Effect

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Here’s another example of Divine inspiration at work in my life:
Last night, (December 8,) just before falling asleep, I was given this concept for my blog.  This is why I’m convinced that there is a higher power guiding us.  Not only for giving me the concepts for writing this blog, (you who have been following Wisdom and Life understand that I believe I’m simply a conduit, that what I write is being channelled through the Divine, that yes I’m typing the words but the message is coming from above,)  But also because The Divine is all around us, guiding our lives to the best outcomes.  Being given this concept last night is another clear indication of this.


I grew up in a community much like Norman Rockwell paints. My best friend growing up, lived around the corner, there was a pond just down the street where I spent almost every waking minute fishing.  I knew everyone in the neighborhood.  I was blessed to live there.  My entire life has been blessed.  I’ve also faced challenges that would have brought many to their knees.


I believe the reason I grew up in this blessed community is the same reason God poured his faith into me.
–HE understood that I would need something to keep me grounded.
–He understood that I would need a safety net.


Everything we do affects not just us but everything and everyone around us, the ripple effect.  I believe there is JUST one who controls what happens in our lives.  HE watches over us and moves people and events in and out of our lives to gives us the tools to create the life that is best for us.


Last Sunday, December 8, I met a friend at Starbucks in Madison, Connecticut for our daily walk.  While we were out, she  asked me about Christmas and if I asked for anything.  I told her:
I didn’t need a thing.  My life is golden, I said.  I have everything I want.  And that wasn’t a lie.
–The best group of friends I’ve ever had.
–Living within five minutes of work and downtown.
–A day job I couldn’t be happier with.


All of this would not be possible were it not for the challenges I experienced growing up.
–I have to say this before going any further:
–I don’t hold onto anger anymore.
–I have no regrets anymore.
–I don’t blame anyone anymore.


Because I now understand that everything that happened in my life was SUPPOSED To happen:


The ripple effect was felt early and often in my life and I had no control over it as we never have control over the events in our lives, again the concept of predestination.  My family disintegrated before I was out of my infancy.  This was all part of the Divine Ripple Effect in my life.  Everything that happens is part of HIS plan and even though what happens may cause initial discomfort, in the end everything will be golden if we we can look past the storms we faced.


There is no perfect life.  I know that and when we TRY to create the life we want God will put obstacles in our way if that isn’t the life we are supposed to have.  Only HE knows what is best for us.

Were it not for the fact that my family fell apart before I was out of my infancy,
Were it not for the fact that my mom remarried:
I would not be in Madison, Connecticut now.
I would not have met the professor and her husband.
And as a result of NOT meeting the professor and her husband my path to enlightenment would have been more arduous.


I’m sure you’ve heard the adage:
The end justifies the means.


Generally that is seen as a negative.  However, in this case, The Divine Ripple Effect in my own life certainly proved the opposite.  The end DID just that!  The end DID justify the means.  Although, this is far from the end so I suppose we could say:
The NOW justifies the means.


What I CAN say is this:
The only way anyone can see the end justifying the means is to pivot.  Change your view of life, find the blessings in your challenges.  Learn to be grateful for the storms that appear in your life.  Because storms, challenges, tests?  These are all placed in your life to clear out the old, to clear out the garbage, to remove the debris that is disrupting your flow.

–If you can come to a point in your life where you can see all these things as blessings,
–If you understand that whatever happens in your life is supposed to happen, that the Divine Ripple Effect is working in EVERYONE’s life, your life can be golden as well.


If I can reach that point, so can you.


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


Another Boat, Another Boat, Another Boat

There’s an expression in the physical environment that you use to entertain each other. (it doesn’t serve you very well) that says, “I worry that I’ll go down to the dock, and that my ship will have already come and gone. I’ll miss my boat.” 

And we say, another boat, another boat, another boat. You have no idea how many boats are coming to your dock. It’s a steady stream, and it doesn’t matter how many of them you’ve missed. The only thing that matters is what are you doing right now in your vibration? And you can tell what you’re doing right now in your vibration by the way you feel.


Monday, November 11 2013

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Since arriving at this point in my life…
Since understanding Law of Attraction…
Since practicing Law of Attraction on a daily basis…


I’ve come to see the world in a much different way.  A more positive way.  Abraham-Hicks has played a huge role in developing my Law of Attraction paradigm. I’ve been receiving the Abraham-Hicks Daily quote for several years now and most of the time I connect with what is sent.  November 11 is no exception.


Many of you, if you’ve been following Wisdom and Life for some time may see a conflict here.  You may be saying, but Chris; I’ve seen you write extensively of your belief in predestination.  How can you rectify your belief in predestination with this concept of many boats arriving carrying your gift?


I say this is an easy case to rebut:
We only have one choice to make and that choice turns out to be the one we have to make in order to move forward in this life.  Every choice is predetermined to create challenges and gifts.  

–The challenges move us forward.
–The gifts keep us present.


It doesn’t mean that there is ONLY one boat arriving.

It just means we can pick only one boat at a time.  If one boat begins to sink, there is no reason you must stay in that boat.  Predestination doesn’t mean you must go down with the ship.  That’s where the image of another boat and another boat and another boat comes from.  There is an unlimited supply of actions for one to take.


Keep pushing forward.
Keep your eye on the horizon.


Abraham-Hicks is right and I can clearly rectify my worldview with Law of Attraction and Faith.  After all, just look at Wisdom and Life’s tagline:
Where Law of Attraction Meets Faith and Spirituality.


There is no reason why anyone has to go down with the only ship they are on at the moment.  It’s just like the saying:
When God closes a door he opens a window.


He certainly doesn’t expect us to ignore the opened window.
He certainly doesn’t expect us NOT to search for the opened window.
Just as he doesn’t expect us NOT to jump off a sinking boat.


God wants what is best for us and only he knows what is best for us.  It is why some things end and why new things begin.  All you can do is hold on and find the calm waters to row your boat in.


Is your faith strong enough to know you are on the right path?
Is your faith strong enough to know that if you don’t feel passion for what you are doing to jump off and find another boat?  
If you’re not feeling passion, then your boat is leaking.  Can you jump out?


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


What Brings You Joy?

What brings you joy?


I gave this assignment to a friend the other day who slipped out of her present.

I guess the first thing we need to do is define joy:
Merriam-Webster defines joy as:
1. the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.
2.  a state of happiness or felicity : bliss.
3.  a source or cause of delight.

Image from:
Stephanie Corfee 

What did I mean when I said:
My friend slipped out of her present?


I’ve written here at Wisdom and Life countless times about staying in the present moment.  How it’s only when we begin forecasting our future that we lose our joy.  Forecasting is so easy to do.  We all do it almost unconsciously.  When we feel ourselves slipping into that mode it is so important to put the brakes on and stop the forward motion.


My friend slipped out of her present:

She began forecasting
What if this?
What if that?


I constantly remind ALL of my friends who understand the paradigm I’m experiencing at the moment that:
Regardless of where you are
Regardless of who you are:
You’re RIGHT where you are supposed to be.

Everything is working just as it should; and the sooner we all realize that, the sooner we understand that there is a Divinity watching over us, protecting us, the better off we will all be, the more joy we will be surrounded by.


I learned this important lesson through my own experience.  So many times I’ve been lifted out of a challenge and there was never a doubt that the Divine was responsible.  The most important time I felt God’s love is described in Been There, Done That.


So what brings me joy?


–Knowing my life is exactly where it is supposed to be.
–Knowing I’m watched over.
–Knowing my life is mapped out.
–Staying the present moment

In The Material

–Being with my friends
–Tapping away at my computer keys (Writing.)
–Losing myself in the flow, whether it be writing or photography

There have been times even as late as last week when I’ve been writing for what I thought was only a short time and I happened to gaze first at the page on my computer; only to see upwards of 25 pages, then at the clock; not seriously believing the page count only to realize hours clicked by.


That’s what brings me the most joy, when I get so lost in my imagination that time seems to stop.


I’ve experienced the same when I’m out with my camera.
This just proves my point over and over that I found my calling:
Writing and Photography are my true first joys.  And I’m so fortunate to have been able to create abundance from both.  That brings me more joy than anything other than spending time with my friends.


I’m always in the present moment when I’m enjoying these three experiences.

Being the present moment is the ONLY way to live.
Being in the present moment is what brings us joy.
Being in the present moment is where we MUST stay!

It’s only when we slip out of our present that challenges loom ahead!


So now that I gave the assignment of what brings you joy to my friend, I’ll ask everyone else:

What brings you joy?

As with all of our gifts, joy being one of them, we are meant to share.
Can you share your joy?
I do.  I fling joy everywhere 

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!

Blessings to you.



For the Best

When you believe a challenge arises in your life and you don’t see a way out,
When you are in what you think is a storm of epic grandeur,
When something occurs in your life that throws you completely off your equilibrium,

Do you understand why?
Have you ever heard someone say:
Whatever happens may it be for the highest good?

It seems the only people who say this are those in the Spiritual movement.
–For they understand that everything happens for a reason.
–For it is many of them who are connected to predestination.

–Those of us who are aware of predestination understand the concept that everything happens for a reason.
–We understand that there is no bad, that there is no good.
That everything is merely a lesson to move us forward.
That everything happens for the highest good.

So, what IS the highest good?
It means that whatever happens in our lives, whether or not we perceive it as a challenge, EVERYTHING is about moving us forward, moving us closer to the Divine, moving us up the spiritual ladder, rung by rung.

We may consider something bad.
We may consider something challenging.
We may wish to go back in time and change something.

If we look back at all of the events in our lives now, that we consider were challenging at the time they were happening, I’m sure that at least seventy percent of the time we can now honestly say that those events we thought were challenging, opened our hearts to greater joy once we had the vision to see.

If you are suffering from what you perceive is a challenge right now I’d be willing to bet that you are NOT staying in the present moment.  As I said in the linked column, it is only when we forecast that we run into that wall.  

–Stop forecasting.
–Let Go and Let God.

For HE is the ONLY one who has control.
And HE has ONLY our best interests at heart.

Whatever happens is predestined to happen anyway.

And the events that happen are ALWAYS for the highest good.

Challenging to remember I know.
Challenging to put into action I know.

If we can do so, however, just think how much smoother our lives will run.
Remember, row your boats DOWN the river.  It is only when we row against the current, against the river that we expend our energy.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!

Blessings to you.