"Ducks Floating Down the Stream" photo by Pheralyn Dove
Take time for yourself.
Find your personal freedom.
Unleash your power.
Ever feel out of sorts, unfocused? Ever get that feeling
like you’re wandering around aimlessly, lost in the wilderness? I do. Sometimes
I am absolutely overwhelmed from all the activities and responsibilities in my
life. I rush to get my day started and keep pushing until finally, exhausted, I
collapse at the end of the day, only to realize I barely took enough time to
get my prayers in, let alone meditate, exercise, eat right or engage in my
creative passions. Busy does not always mean productive.
When this happens, when I catch myself being all caught up,
I know it’s time for a walk in nature, a jog around the track, some fresh leafy
greens and more than a few meaningful moments in prayer, gratitude and
meditation. Once I take care of myself in this personal way, I am ready to face
the world. I can tackle the tasks at hand and discipline myself properly so
there is time enough to “get it all in.” Once I am restored, I can be loving, giving
and responsible, not only to myself, but to others as well. These precious
moments of purposeful, intentional solitude put me at the seat of my most
powerful self. What about you? Have you taken time for yourself lately?
"Evening Prayer Sign at St. Mark's Church" photo by Pheralyn Dove
Please spare some loose change
or some leftover food to
help someone today.
The huddled figure steps out of the shadows and almost
collides into you, strategically jockeying way too close to your personal space.
“I’m hungry. Spare a dollar so I can buy something to eat?” You hold your breath in as you quickly decide whether to dodge or indulge the abrupt request.
Their lives take them to the Center of the City. Their hope
is one more day. “Hopefully” is the thought that dominates their minds.
Hopefully enough strangers, passersby, will have enough grace, enough mercy of spirit,
to fill their cups with a few coins. Men. Women. Children. All ages. All races.
All down on their luck. All turned out on these unforgiving streets. Each and
every one of them at the mercy of total strangers for their very survival.
Their pride is behind the knot in their throat. They ignore
the scorn. (Or at least as much as possible.) They beg. One person at a time.
They shuffle along. On to the next hopeful. Most of us won’t even make eye
contact. Not even those of us who give. Think about this when you are accosted.
What will you do the next time you are approached? Can you spare a dime? A
quarter? A dollar? A knowing glance? A smile?
Will you have mercy? Will you give someone grace for another day? Or if
you don’t live in a community where you come in contact with the homeless, will
you consider giving to a charity that helps them? Please let me know your
Ever think you need a get rich quick scheme? Well here’s one
for you that you can activate immediately: Be grateful. Yes, it’s that simple.
You’re breathing right? Then why not be grateful for the prosperity and
blessings you already have. You’re obviously reading this post. Be grateful for
your eyesight and your ability to read and comprehend. Be grateful you’re in
your right mind. Are you enjoying a reasonable amount of health and strength?
Then be grateful. Do you have heat when it’s cold outside? Air conditioning or
a trusty fan when it’s hot? Then be grateful. Do you have clothes to wear?
Enough food to eat? A safe place to sleep? Be grateful. Have you answered “yes”
to most of these questions? Then you are already wealthy beyond measure.
If you have friends, family, income, meaningful work and
creativity on top of all of the essentials for living, you are reaping a huge
dose of wealth that deserves to be acknowledged on a daily basis. I am sure you
get my point by now. Success and abundance can’t always be measured by how much
material wealth you have accumulated. Please don’t misunderstand me. I don’t
have any problem with folks “getting paid” (myself included). I do, however, think it is wise to pause and
appreciate those things in life that can’t necessarily be equated with dollars
and cents. Make sense?
What are some of the blessings you are grateful for that
make your life “rich?”