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Indigestion or Message from God?

Your Stomach Ache May Not Be Indigestion! Do you listen to your gut feel? Do you stand firm on your intuition or do you let “outside” sources drag you away from your intended flight path? The movie, Sully, with Tom Hanks is not only a great thriller of adventure but it contains an important spiritual message for us. After the emergency landing on the Hudson River, The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) questioned Sully’s decision to land on the river. Following their investigation and study, the many simulations they concluded that Sully could have made it is safely back to La Guardia or Trenton airports. Sully, listening to his gut, full of past learning and experience, told him otherwise. Resolute in his evaluation of the situation, he remained firm in his conviction, urging the investigators to probe further into the “human factor”. In the end, Sully’s intuition proved correct saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. All the numbers, simulations, and conclusions were totally wrong. Sully’s gut won out! What can we learn from this? When God sends us to earth we are “equipped” to find our way back home, interacting with others on our journey. We have an inner counselor or guidance system. This inner GPS can be thought of as God’s Pulley System. This unseen directional guide can tug us in certain directions. Emotions and feelings provide us with unbiased, untainted, and untouched evidence, meant just for us. For Sully to turn back to the airport or when we act out of guilt conforming to what others want of us, we turn our back on... read more

Do Other People Annoy You?

Have you seen the movie, “Florence Foster Jenkins”? Based on a true story, Florence thinks that her supposedly well-trained, well-coached operatic voice is worthy of a performance in Carnegie Hall; nonetheless, when reality strikes, she brings the house down in laughter. Her mind “hears” the angelic aria, but her voice “projects” something similar to a screeching owl. One of my favorite sayings in life is: “We never quite see ourselves as others see us.” It makes me smile and always gives me an excuse for others behavior! And I totally believe that this is true. On our journey we do not truly know who we are and how we come across to others. We are human with all of our idiosyncrasies, foibles, weaknesses, faults, shortcomings, and deficiencies. No one is perfect, no matter what he or she thinks. This life of imperfection is what our human journey is all about. It’s about acceptance, learning lessons and moving on. So can we really get through this life with grace and dignity, as we would like? We have to WING IT…THAT’S WHAT ANGELS DO! We have to be angels for each other. Accept, accommodate, tolerate, endure, and bear the quirks, mistakes, and weaknesses of each other. How do we gain this virtue of “acceptance” when the actions of others drive us nuts? We need to give up the control button. We do not have control of the lives of others, and perhaps they don’t have control either. We must know that somehow, someway, each person, and each event in your life is meant to be there. So let’s be the angels... read more

Football Season Brings Comfort

As we flip the calendar into September, I’m getting excited for fall….football, cool air, colorful leaves, and routine. I don’t know about you but I’m always more than ready to return to my routine, my comfortable rut! Guess I’ve always been a creature of habit. Summer beings vacation. Vacation means breaking out of the ordinary, traveling to foreign lands experiencing the “good things in life”, enjoying friends visiting that I haven’t seen for years, and summer sports, especially on the water. Vacation brings MORE “fun” – travel, food, drinks, sports, friends, etc. Perhaps this MORE is too much of a good thing if I listen to my body and mind clamoring for a rest: “let’s get back to normal”. We find comfort in the familiar. It’s a safe environment that we can control. It’s our cocoon of calm giving us the solace that we long for. (“Eternal Rest comes to mind!) BUT, just as I’m ready to settle in for a “long winter’s nap”, the words of Neale Donald Walsch come to mind: “Life begins at the end of our comfort zone.” I think we have all lived long enough to know that to be true, first hand. For better or worse. Nothing has been gained, learned, achieved in that “comfy cozy” zone. Life is born breaking out of the shell. It begins within, pecking our way out. We move from the “aha” moment with a new idea into a new level of experience. Other times outside circumstances cause us to change, move, or adapt. Situations, for better or worse, call forth a new courage, a broader understanding, or unfamiliar... read more

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