Flow like a River

nathan-anderson-375926-unsplashI sat in a park by a river one day,

and looked at the skies and started 

to pray. I believe we’re not here to act the fool,

to live a life breaking too many rules.

But to flow as a river with it’s twists and turns

Rushing, upon many rocks, getting purified,

Each day we try to change and learn.

To live a life which continues to flow,

One step at a time, that’s how we all grow.

A river flows into a lake you see,

And people into a sea of humanity.

Pat Fagan

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Blues


Here we go again

Sunday was such a beautiful day especially this time of the year.

The sun was shining, birds was singing and it was such a warm and refreshing day.

I was extremely inspired to do something anything but sit home.

People are much nicer this time of the year.

After all it’s spring…

This season brings out the best in people and it shows.

There are many cars on the road causing slower traffic movements.

But who cares…it’s Sunday, time to go out and have some fun.

Wow, how time flys..

Pretty soon you’re prepping for the inevitable..

The Monday morning blues. It’s time to get back to work or school or anything in between.

I don’t know what it is about Monday’s that just makes my jaws drop.

You go from a Friday high to a Monday low.

The thought of resetting your life back to one of working for the next few days on a job that is mediocre at best makes my skin crawl.

Don’t worry I’m working on that aspect of my life…seriously all kidding aside…

You should to if you’re not happy where you are…

Know where you are going and have a plan.

Live your passion and maybe Mondays will inspire your dreams rather than crippling your thinking.

That’s the great motivator to improving the quality of your life.

By Tuesday you’re set in you’re groove and you’re great. Ready to put your pedal to the metal.

You’re already prepping for the next weekend…

Thank God it’s only a few hours before your day is finally over.

Here’s to Tuesday….

Hidden Scars

We wear a mask upon our face.

A heart filled with stories,

Life experiences that’s kept secret.

Hidden…Private

As we peer into a mirror

A face appears with eyes intent

On hiding behind a mask

Of imperfections of a body and soul

Damaged by life’s struggles.

Scarred…

Revealing an emptiness of silence

Shh…

Which keeps us from speaking

About our life’s secrets

Afraid of judgment and consequences

We are broken and held hostage.

Revealing a shadow of a person,

A human being with hidden scars.

Held in a prison of mindless thoughts

Of past mistakes and regrets

That paralyzes the mind

Remaining in that secret place

Of excess baggage….

Never wanting anyone to discover

The mask which conceals our real identity.

Secrets occupies a space in the corner

Of ones mind under lock and key

With a sign knock but do not enter.

Fragments whispered to a trustworthy soul.

Restrained, but never really

Revealing the full complexity

Of a life scarred by negative experiences.

Which boggled and transformed the mind.

Trapped in a world of misconceptions

Masquerading…..

Wearing different disguises, at different times

Stuck in the past of perceptions

A reality….more like a nightmare

Concealed, tucked away and hopefully  forgotten.

 

Life without Money

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Imagine…what would your life look like if money didn’t exist?

All our lives we’ve been chasing the dollar to the point where we’re divided rather than united.

Start thinking out of the box…

Everytime you leave your home you are spending money.

What would your world look like if money was not the main focus of your existence?

Continue reading “Life without Money”

Are you working with the right attitude?

Before the morning shift of workers arrived for the morning, I was sitting in a hospital waiting room in Long Island.

They came in one by one, Doctors, Nurses, restaurant workers and others. However you couldn’t tell who was who until they took their coats off and reported to their various assignments.

I was sitting near the bathroom. A woman approached with a smile on her face and a cart filled with cleaning supplies.

We spoke briefly and her infectious smile made me feel very comfortable.

That particular morning, among other things, the bathroom looked like someone had a party with toilet tissue tossed all over the floor.

Her responsibility was to clean all the bathrooms in the hospital. I’m sure she’s seen some horror shows in their over the years.

I felt empathy for her as I realized all the hard work she had to do in this one bathroom that particular morning.

In my opinion, she had one of the toughest jobs that most of us would cringe at if we had to do it in order to survive.

However she probably doesn’t get the credit she deserves.

We compliment people on a higher pay scale and forget the ones who are clearly working just as hard.

Some of us complain about our jobs…I get it.

Trust me, I am not where I want to be but in reality alot of us could say the same thing.

Working with the right attitude

This woman made me want to shut up and put up with a job which may not be living up to my expectations.

How would you like to get up everyday knowing the job you’re going to requires cleaning bathrooms in a hospital all day?

I don’t believe for a moment this woman is living her dreams but doing whatever it takes in order to take care of her family.

What amazed me even more as I observed her was her pleasant attitude and relationship towards her coworkers.

I thought about this woman as I left the hospital. For some reason I couldn’t stop thinking about her pleasant demeanor as she continued to do her job.

A LESSON LEARNED

“Whatever you do, work heartily at it for the Lord and not for Men.”

Col 3:23

I met this woman in the most unlikely of places and I learned a valuable lesson that day. She exuded the right attitude according to God’s word.

There are many people who work at these jobs everyday. We see them at work and other places cleaning up the mess that was left behind.

But do we really see them…..

What we fail to realize, everyone has a role to play in this life. One person is not better than the other because of there job status.

In my opinion, most the people I’ve met who are doing these jobs are very pleasant.

How we treat and respect each other in our humanity matters.

When was the last time you even gave a thought or said a kind word to any of these workers?

CONCLUSION

Learn to appreciate where you are, be thankful for what you have and be kind to others who are not where they want to be.

It’s important to have the right attitude no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

The wrong attitude will stress you out.

For all those who are doing the most unlikely of jobs with the right attitude, I salute you.

We Were Never Promised a Bed of Roses

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God never promised

Life would be a bed of roses

Filled with sweet aromas

Like the gentleness of a flower

Blowing gently in the summer wind

Trials like thorns and thistles

Show up unexpectedly

Choking out life

Leaving one breathless

Aroused by the darkness which

Quenches the spirit

Uncertainty rushes in

Entangled in a web of confusion

Then light beats out the darkness

And we are reminded

Endurance gives us strength

As we persevere through hardship

Faith in God

Drowns out the darkness

Our senses are stimulated knowing

That better days lies ahead.