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WE ARE L O V E

Whenever I complain
I disrespect
life itself
When I forget the blessing
of each and every breath
then I lose sight
of what it is
to be here

Until I stop
giving attention to my
(and/or the world’s) plight
to instead put my energy
and focus on all that is right
then I will perpetually be
on spin cycle

When I have expectations
of others and of things
so far out of my control
then I will continually
be disappointed

If I compare myself
to “them”
and see them
as “they”
instead of
“we”
then I create
separation
from all that
I am
and
we are

I am
and
We are
Love

We are
nothing
without
Love

Life is a teachable moment

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Who Are You?

Who are you?”   They asked, as I walked by.  “Can you tell us about yourself?”

I without a sound nod my approval and almost instantaneously the first question is posed.

“You have to live somewhere.”  They begin.   “Where do you live?”

 Smiling, I answer.  “Where else? “  And, continue.  “I live in the only place there is.  I live in the moment.”

Looking a bit confused, but undeterred, they ask the next.

“You have to like something.  What you like to do?”

Smiling, I answer.  “What else?”  And, continue.  “I like to do all there really is. I like to be.

There is yet even more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“You have to be living your passion.  You must.  You need to be playing a bigger game, so what do you do for work?”

Smiling, I answer.   “What else?”   And, continue.   “Every day, I wake up working on making today better than yesterday.”

There is even more confusion, but that is fleeting, as the questions are not intended to gain insight, to listen and to find meaning, but rather they are about more questions, and they continue undeterred and on to the next.

“You have to know what is going on in the world.  Don’t you see how scary it is?   What are your political views?”

Smiling, I answer. “What else?”  And, continue.   “Every day, I wake up and view today as the most amazing time to be alive in all of history since today is all that there is.  I am scared to think that I may miss one day of living by giving into my, or someone else’s, fears.”

There is still more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“Are you married?  Single? You need to be with someone.  You must have someone special in your life.”

Smiling, I answer. “What else?”  And, continue.   “I am married to this moment, committed to living life and singly focused on loving every second of it as I am with my soul mate, always, and that someone is very special.”

There is still more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“But, who?  Who? You must tell me who that is?”

Smiling, I answer. “Who else?”  And, continue.   “I see them every day smiling back at me when I look in the mirror.”

 There is still more confusion, but again undeterred, they ask the next.

“You must want more.  You cannot be satisfied.  What more do you want?”

 Smiling, I answer. “What else?”  And, continue.   “I want to continue living the life I live, giving myself completely to each and every day satisfied and equally grateful for all that I have, and all that I am right now in this moment, because that really is all I have and all I want.”

Who are you?”   They asked, as they walked away.

We Are All Someone’s Crazy

Recently, I was stopped at a stop light with two passengers in the car driving on Federal Highway. The light turned green, but I did not turn. Why? Because, there was a line of cars in front of me along with a disabled vehicle making everyone merge into one lane. Behind me, I hear a honk. I, and the others in the car, look back. The driver is signalling both verbally and with their hands, “GO!” We all look at each other. “Go where?”

The honking continues. We laugh, and our laughter continues. Then, I noticed something as the woman in the back seat proclaims, “They are CRAZY!!!” That was our perception, but in reality, they at the same time thought WE were the crazy ones.

Driving is such a beautiful analogy for life, anyway.

X is driving too slow = CRAZY
Y is driving too fast = CRAZY

Insert whatever word best fits for “crazy”, but the point is the same. We may all be going to meet up at the same place, but we most likely are not all going to take the same route. Some will take the interstate. Others will take the side roads. Some will leave early, while others will leave late.

95% of the people, if asked, will say they are a better driver than the other 95% people on the road. It is as if everyone else is “CRAZY” but, the point is:

No matter who you are,
you are someone’s crazy…..

There is always something to be thankful for. (3)

Today, what will be our history?

Today, we celebrate the legacy of a man who brought about change through his philosophies, his words and his actions.   While the work of Martin Luther King is a lasting testament to conviction, courage, commitment, and others, there is much work left to be done in the fight against inequality.   Not limited to race, but to poverty, to human rights, and much more, the world has as many questions as we move forward each and every day trying to right wrongs and move forward in a way that treats everyone with mutual respect.

With that being said, when we look back on history we tend to applaud those that were auspiciously unpopular doing what was deemed as rather inappropriate, even illegal, at the time.  Likewise, after years of unraveling that what was hailed as being so great is often seen much differently.   History has a way of filling in the gaps that are not always visible in the present moment.

Martin Luther King addressed injustice in a society that did not necessarily want to hear what he had to say.   Today, who are the most monumental leaders and what events will stand the test of time?   Today, who will history treat as kindly?

Today, are their injustices, in if so, which ones are worth fighting for?  Today, what is the appropriate platform for public discourse?  Today, when is it appropriate to protest and at what point is it not only your right but your duty?  Today, what is pushing us forward and what is pulling us backwards?

In remembrance, and in reflection, may we find the conviction to do what is right even if it is wildly unpopular.   May we have the courage to seek love, because love is too much of a burden to carry.  And, may we have the commitment to better not only ourselves, but our neighbors, our cities, our states, and our country, and the world in which we all share together in one large global community.

 

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It is, whatever, it is

Whatever your religious faith
whatever your political view

whatever the color of your face
whatever the country of your origin
whatever your sexual orientation
what your economic situation
whatever your personal feelings
whatever the world may say,
It’s ok.

 
Whatever they may be, I can have my way, and you can have your way. It is our differences that make us unique, that propel us forward, that foster new ideas. There are many paths that lead to the same destination, which we all are striving for –
 

Happiness / Love / Joy / Success / Peace / Fulfillment / Satisfaction

Whatever they may be, as long as we can mutually find kindness and compassion in our hearts, as long as we can be nice to one another, as long as we respect our differences and each other’s opinions, then we are good.

LOVE

I am In Love
With myself
And the world
Around me

Beyond the veil
Of good and bad
Of mistakes and failures
Of loss and gain
Of rich and poor
Of beautiful and ugly
Of masculine and feminine
Of strong and weak

To the most beautiful
Unconditional authentic self
And the world around me
In Love I am

I am in Love
With the Moment
And all the opportunities
Enveloping me

Beyond the veil
Of what was or could be
Of hurt or anger
Of lack or insecurity
Of guilt or resentment
Of doubt or uncertainty
Of tomorrow or yesterday
Of limitations or expectations

To the most beautiful
Unconditional authentic self
And the world around me
In Love I am

Choosing…..

.
Action over complacency
Building over destroying
Compassion over hate
Determination over doubt
Enthusiasm over apathy
Freedom over submission
Greatness over mediocrity
Healing over hurting
Inspiration over intimidation,
Joining over corrupting
Kissing over conflict
Love over fear……
~Bryan Hayes