Weekly Posting Goal:

Start off your week with a new post from Spark America every Sunday to get you informed and energized, and to give you meaningful, thought provoking information and inspirational dialog to share with your friends for the entire week. I welcome your comments.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Imagine---"Thinking For Yourself"

IMAGINE- To form a mental image of something not seen or present.

When John Lennon laid down those words from his head onto a piece of paper a long time ago, I imagine he was writing about a subject he seemed to know little about; and that was theism. I can only imagine that was the case, since I was not present to see him record his words; words that will have different meanings to different people.We seem to have lost, and should be seeking, the human spiritual ability to use our imaginations the way we should, and begin the life long process of "imagining", and "thinking for ourselves."

Now upon reading my suggestions,  please close your eyes and begin to imagine:

-the joy you feel yourself and that joy you bring into someones life when you show them kindness, compassion, and understanding,
-the ever present blue sky, even on a cloudy day,
-you are standing at a rim of the Grand Canyon at sunrise, and feel the warmth of the sun ascending your entire body, while you listen to Mother Nature talking to you while holding the hand of a loved one,
-that there comes a time in everyone's life when they must walk alone and into the light,
-a world without Oreo cookies,
-an opportunity missed to tell someone you love them and that you are sorry if you have ever offended them, and then it is too late,
-how your heartbeat slows down or speeds up depending on who is hugging you,
-what a babies breath smells like,
-the odoriferous smell of a freshly baked pie or chocolate chip cookies,
-that you are the carrier of that piece of love that will connect you to the peace puzzle,
-someday someone will disprove the big bang theory and that God does exist, and that you may not have been reaching out to him.

After you open your eyes please know there is a place in your brain and heart where this imagining will be stored forever. All you have to do is close your eyes and you will find it.

Think about that and them imagine it. It can be a reality, and don't let anyone make you imagine or think any different.

Monday, May 20, 2013

I Believe---Seconda Parte

Believe---To have confidence in the truth, the existence or the reliability of something, although without absolute truth that one is right in doing so.

I believe:

I believe the truth will set us free,
I believe we can find the truth only if we seek it,
I believe there is an absolute truth,
I believe talk is cheap, action can be explosive,
I believe that if we live and walk in the truth, we can create peace in the world,
I believe that if we give peace a chance, chances are we can have it, 
I believe that a dead end is just another place to turn around,
I believe that if you put your help where your hope is, you can unlock yourself, 
I believe that isolation is not a good destination, 
I believe that sticks and stones will break my bones, but names may hurt me more,
I believe life is not a bowl of cherries, but a bowl of fresh fruit that must shared and eaten immediately,
I believe that Memory Lane is a one way street and what you do today becomes tomorrows memory, so be careful what you say and what you do,
I believe that at the beginning of a rainbow lives a beautiful heart,
I believe that whoever cares, tries,
I believe that if you are looking for unconditional love, a kiss on the lips when you need it most, someone to always lay close to you with heavy breathing when you get sick, then you should get a dog,
I believe that the word "whatever", should have a new meaning, such as "what can I do to make things better",
I believe the Creator of the universe is my spiritual guide and soul-mate.

I believe in myself, but I would really like to believe in you.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I Am The Other -- We Can Become The One

After looking back at my life, looking towards the future, and living in the present, there is one profound and stirring question that I keep asking myself. Why is it that after all these years of recorded history we cannot seem to live in peace on this planet?

Maybe one of the reasons is that we continually have a belief that it should always be up to someone other than ourselves to provide the pathway to this seemingly impossible goal. If that is the case then all we would have to do is recognize the fact that we need each other to make this peace a reality, so instead of being the other one to start this, WE can become the ONE to start the ball rolling , so to speak.

Life seems complicated only because we make it that way, and quite simply we do not have to keep it that way.

I have one very important suggestion for you, and it is this; beginning now and from this day forward, seek and find someone that needs help and help them. I can not imagine a more reasonable solution to this dilemma that must, and can be turned around.

If there is someone out there that has a better solution, I would certainly enjoy hearing from you.

Til then, may you find peace in your life and have a peaceful day.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Drawing The Line Or Walking The Line

Have you ever used the phrase "this is where I draw the line?" How about don't ever cross that line, the line begins here, I have heard that line before, and so many other phrases using the word line.

What I would like to discuss in this blog is no line, you can trust me on this. There's that word trust again. We can discuss that word in a future blog, for now let's discuss the phrase "drawing the line".

What sparked me to write about this "drawing the line business" was what I have been observing on my daily walks for years, and that is the grass mowing  line drawn between houses and neighbors, which leads me to believe that too many people that draw that line also draw many other lines, or excuses if you will, as not to get involved in helping others. To many people this may seem to be a trivial matter, but to me it says a lot about the person who can not find the time or heartfelt joy that would be felt by a neighbor to have someone mow their lawn for them, coming home from a difficult or busy day at work. I know what you may be thinking, but I already know about all the reasons we may have for not doing this good deed. Lets use our heads and our hearts on this one.

My point is this: if we draw the line on the grass, and decide not to get involved with such a simple sign of good neighborism, in how many other worthwhile opportunities to love and help others do we "draw the line"?

Instead of drawing lines in our relationships with our fellow man, we need to cross the line that divides us and take the path of caring, compassion, and extend the helping hand that will pull us together instead of pushing us apart. Isolation is not a good destination.

Hey' America, let's begin to "walk the line, mow that lawn, and walk the talk".

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ultimate Source of Comfort

Are you comfortable today in the way your life is going? Did you ever stop and take the time to think about what being comfortable really means to you? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, have you taken the time to think about what your answers would be? Enough Questions.

I believe in America today we need to first identify what the word comfort means to us individually. Maybe to some it may be a physical or psychological ease, often looked at as being set free of hardship or physical pain. Yet to others it may be maintaining the presence of familiar objects, consumption of comfort foods, or just looking to our hearts where we store pleasant memories, such as a loving family and the closeness of many friends. You personal response may be comfort comes to you when you sooth, console, or bring reassurance to a close friend or stranger.

Upon identifying what comfortable means to each one of us, we must ask ourselves where do we find and store this ultimate source of comfort. We know it cannot be stored in a bank or storage facility, neither in a gilded golden box that we may refer to as a sunken treasure. We must look to our heart as our source of where our ultimate comfort is stored.

In our right to be human, we must most importantly begin with a heart that does not choose to go it's own way, but a heart that is full of abundant love and compassion, guided by a perfect heart to discover our personal source of contentment.

Now comes the ultimate question. Where do we find this perfect heart the will help us navigate us to find our own personal ultimate source of succor? I think if you take some time and try to describe your own heart, you will discover an invitation to the ultimate heart addressed specifically to you.