Picture I took on Memorial Day 2011 of Sawtooth, a mt. landmark near Fish Lake. There is more snow at this time of year than any other time that I can remember.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
There are all kinds of adventures we experience as we traverse this mortal life. Some adventures are mental and some are physical. The wisdom we gain with each one is what we take with us when we die. I have been thinking that there really are only two things that we can take with us when we leave this mortal world – service and character.
I challenge you and myself to look deep inside and see what we have made of ourselves – our character and the service we have given to others. Do we focus on only one or do we allow ourselves to be an instrument of love to all?
Suppose that today were your last day on earth,
The last mile of the journey you’ve trod;
After all of your struggles, how much are you worth?
How much can you take home to God?
Don’t count as possessions your silver and gold,
Tomorrow you leave these behind,
And all that is yours to have and to hold
Is the service you’ve given mankind.
There is a story about a wealthy lady who sat wrapped in her furs in a theatre box and wept over the imaginary sufferings of the character on the stage, while her own coachman froze to death outside because he lacked the clothing to sustain his life.
Express your emotions with action! OBSERVE, PRAY (for guidance), REACT! Whether by your own kind acts or by combining with others, find ways to help bring about the ability for all mankind to be able to live peacefully with the freedom to choose to go after their dream, to lift others along their way, and to love each other as our Higher Power unconditionally loves us.
As you go on your adventures, remember it’s the unplanned little side trips that lead you to those who are in need of your service. May you be blessed with the ability to SEE.
((((LOVE)))) and warm blue light be with you,
Saturday, January 15, 2011
This seems like a fitting poem today
DEDICATED TO THE LIBERATORS ACROSS OUR GLOBE
You are the [being who] has to decide
Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside.
You are the [being who] makes up your mind
Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind—
Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar
Or just be contented to stay where you are.
Take it or leave it. Here’s something to do!
Just think it over. It’s all up to you!
Nobody here will compel you to rise;
No one will force you to open your eyes;
No one will answer for you, yes or no,
Whether to stay there or whether to go;
Life is a game, but it’s you who must say
Whether as cheat or as sportsman you’ll play.
Fate may betray you, but you settle first
Whether to live to your best or your worst.
So whatever it is you are wanting to be,
Remember, to fashion the choice you are free.
Kindly or selfish, or gentle or strong,
Keeping or selfish, or gentle or strong,
Keeping the right way or taking the wrong.
Careless of honor or guarding your pride,
All these are questions which you must decide,
Yours the selection, whichever your do;
The thing men call character’s all up to you.
Edgar A. Guest