Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What Now?

Are you complete with the holidays?
Have you said “thank you” for all the gifts in your life?
Did you clean up the projects that needed attention?
Have you created honorable closure with those you have encountered?

Have you stayed to long where you are not wanted or needed?
Did you try too hard or quit too soon?
Do you play the game of being a victim of circumstances?
Have you taken full responsibility for the ways you respond to every experience?

Do you know how and when to say “good bye”?
Do you wait for others to dismiss, fire or abandon you?
Have you played the waiting and see game or do you take charge?
Are you willing to release this year 2012 with your blessings?

Celebration is best when we finish with gratitude.
Appreciation comes when we receive what we have been given.
Our receptivity is a product of how well we love the One we are.
When we have forgiven all judgment, we open fully to recognize our creations.

Mis-creations are simply those experiences we have not yet learned the lesson.
Recognizing we are always learning from everything and everyone is a key to growth.
Understanding that we cannot understand another’s path and life choices is helpful.
Being at peace with others’ choices gives us the opportunity to take responsibility for our own.

Yes, it seems we judge what others do.
Yes, we may wish others chose the way we prefer.
Yes, we may compare our lives with others, either favorably or not.
Yes, we assume we know what is best, but cannot understand our own choices.

We seem to learn most easily when we do not judge.
We seem to quickly make new choices when we do not regret or blame.
We seem to heal and grow easily  when we trust in the value of each experience.
We seem to get on with our own happy, productive and fulfilling life when we appreciate our own.

To judge is to condemn. 
When we condemn we block the flow.
To block the flow is to get stuck.
To get stuck is to create toxicity.
Toxicity begets pain, suffering, negativity and poisons the well for new life choices.

To forgive is to release fear.
To release fear is to open the flow.
To open the flow is to be free.
To be free is to create new possibilities.
New Possibilities  beget hope, joy, optimism, healing, cleansing and renewing life choices.

Are you ready to forgive and bless the past?
Are you ready to choose and create a happy present?
Are you ready to enjoy your life as it is?
Are you ready to appreciate and watch your life increase Love, Peace and Joy?

Loving and trusting us all in making ready for the New Year!
Betty Lue

If you  enjoyed Robert’s Twas the Night Before Christmas on the 24th, you will love The Week After Christmas”.

The Week After Christmas

T’was the week after Christmas and all through the land
Things were all settled, it was all pretty bland.
The gifts put away, the sales all complete
Settled down by the tube in my favorite seat.
I had my awareness written down in my book
Had my insights, ideas and whatever it took.
The spiritual lessons had been easy to share
They were all filed away (I’m not really sure where).
When deep down inside me there arose such a clatter
It was really unfair. Now what was the matter?
Away from my chair I flew like a flash
I looked in the mirror and then came the crash.
My life was unsettled with nothing the same
And the worst of it all—there was no one to blame.
When what to my wondering eye should appear
But a glowing white light, from behind my left ear.
With a little old angel so lively and quick
I’d seen him before. I was going to be sick.
More rapid than eagles his pronouncements they came
And he whistled and shouted and called me some names.
“More action and faith and tolerance and trust
Now listen within and be responsible, you must.
To topple complacency and breach the fear wall
Now dash away, smash away, drop away all.”
As leaves caught up in a hurricane fly
All of my thoughts were thrown up to the sky.
And as they were jumbled and tumbled and swirled
I knew when they landed, it would be a new world.
And then in a twinkling, I felt it all start
The seeds of awareness awakening my heart.
As I came to my senses (picked myself off the floor)
I saw in my mind’s eye, a picture of more.
A world bathed in light, from the south to the north
With every one on it aware of his worth.
No one was waiting for others to do, 
Or to fix or to heal or to make it all new.
Their eyes how they twinkled, their dimples how merry
When they each played their part, the world was easy to carry.
The smile on each mouth was drawn up like a bow
Shining laughter and love wherever they’d go.
The aura of kindness bespoke inner peace
Letting each individual experience release.
Oh the bright shiny faces, wherever you’d look
It seemed—to be willing was all that it took.
To start with ourselves, from deep down inside
To give our true gifts, not to withhold or hide.
With no blame, shame or guilt for our seeming mistakes,
A little forgiveness is all that it takes.
To clean up our world from inside to out
It was simple and happy and I wanted to shout.
Once I see the Christ presence in each person’s face
We all become one, with no distance or space.
I recalled in that moment just what my gift was
To love all of my brothers, with no “why” or “because”.
And I’m here to exclaim as I set myself free
I remember the truth—It all starts with me.
                                                Adapted by Robert Waldon