First Step

Lately, I find myself thinking about Lao Tzu’s timely saying, “The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” That’s actually very good advice. We can’t get anywhere if we aren’t willing to take the first step.

Many people settle for the status quo because they may be frightened to take that first step for fear of the new and unknown. The “unknown” can be unnerving, even petrifying. The “new” can be terrifying, as well. After all, there is something comforting about knowing what to expect. But, does the comfort hold any excitement? Maybe we are too settled to desire any excitement!

Too, though, if we stay in our comfort zone, we are just walking in circles, going nowhere. Again, many are satisfied with that. But, for those who seek something new, taking that first step away from our comfort zone is crucial. Will it be easy? That reminds me of something else…something worth it is seldom easy.

Here’s something else to think about…If we opt for easy, we may never get anywhere new. We may never have new adventures, new loves, new experiences. So…step out there…make your move…there are numerous adventures just for you…You’ve just got to take that first step!

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The Change We Wish To See

All over, for months, years even, people are posting and talking about war with the next nasty enemy of the US.  No one seems to grasp what is missing.  To those supporting the next war, there are a few things for you to consider.

On a political note:
Most “wars” in the US have been manipulated and/or manufactured. Yes, you heard that correctly.  One of documentaries which I researched and wrote deals with media and government manipulation, and ultimately influence, of the population, AND government manipulation of the media.  This country was founded as a non-interventionist country.  George Washington said we should be friends with all and take no sides because, if we did, in the end, it would cost us dearly.  It has.  Especially if you believe the official account of 9/11.  Recently, and over the past few years, Ron Paul has correctly stated that the world views the US as an aggressor.  I say flat out that our country has become the proverbial bully on the playground.  Collateral damage is huge and devastating.  The images of death and destruction are everywhere, except maybe in the mainstream media here in the US.  It’s an abomination for a supposedly “Christian” nation to act with such reckless abandon towards another country.  Our founding generation is rolling over in their graves!!!

On a spiritual note:
Our Divine Parent(s) created all life…Again, as a Christian nation, why is it that we do not heed the words in the very book from which we claim to get our Divine Instruction?  What happened to “Revenge is mine” says God? What happened to “Love thy neighbor,” says Jesus?  What happened to turning the other cheek, giving someone in need a hand, walking with our brothers and sisters in their times of trouble and loving our enemies? Maybe we have forgotten what Jesus taught?  One of the most blasphemous things I think I have ever heard was when President Bush said God told him to initiate the war on terror.  If we are to believe that God created all and God said vengeance is mine, why would we ever think that if God wanted someone vanquished, God couldn’t take care of that?

There are a few thing we could learn, true life lessons: to love one another…unconditionally.  To support each other’s goals…without restraint.  To be the better person…a shining example of Our Divine and loving Creator in a dark and dreary world.  To be better than those who went before us.  If we could only stop thinking with fear and hate in our hearts, open up that same heart and love, truly love, those waiting on the outside, can you imagine what we could accomplish?

Ever-Changing…

We all seem to be experiencing stressful times.  As I have said before, this blog is as much about passing on “wisdom” to our selves, helping us learn something, as it is helping someone else realize…We are just NOT alone in our challenges!

Today, there is a whole lot of unnecessary strife in the world and some of us are looking outside ourselves for the answers…maybe waiting on someone else to “do the fixing.”  While the “unnecessary strife” does seem to come from without,  with corrupt governments here and around the world making every wrong decision they can, our families and friends, and sometimes even ourselves, doing the same thing, everyone is looking for a quick fix…something to take the edge off.

Sure, we can look at everything as negative, but what if we turned that around?  What if we looked at everything as an opportunity for change?  Maybe there is something we have been needing to change and maybe this is your “wake-up” call?  Ever wanted to do something different?  Make another choice?  Change things around?  Maybe we should take advantage of the opportunity to change our lives…

I am sure many of us are saying, “But make changes now, with so much going on already?”  Well, why not?  We just have to be willing to take the first step or two!  Nothing will ever change if you stay in the same spot…You have to be willing to make that first step…

So…that all said, is there anything you have ever wanted to do differently?  Anything that might need to be eliminated?  Beefed up?  Added to?  Or, maybe just tweaked?  You are an amazing expression of Creation with gifts that you have yet to even embrace!  make the most of your experience here!  Why not vow to start creating a change or two…see where it takes you…then, if need be, create some more…lighten up, get out there and make a difference in your own life.  Don’t be afraid to become ever-changing and see where it takes you!  Who knows?  You might just be making a difference in the lives of every one around you!

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