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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Family is Forever

No matter if you like it or not, family is forever. I have been blessed with a gigantic family but unfortunately I know some much better than others. Throughout my life there have been precious moments shared with family members that I will remember forever and I look forward to future events. Unfortunately, because of its size, I may really never know each member as well as I would like. However thanks to Facebook, I do get a glimpse into their lives and can keep up with the highlights of their lives and let them know I'm there in spirit during the low points of life.

I know how fortunate I am in regards to my connectivity with family. I have met people in my life that have either been disowned by their family or have made the difficult decision to cut themselves off from their family. I always find that decision, either way, sad. The fact of the matter is that some people are close to their families, and others are not. Those who do not have close family ties create deep friendships that are like family and that's wonderful. But in the end, there is no true substitute for family.

I rarely have long lasting fights or arguments with family because life is way too short for stuff like that. Recently I witnessed, via Facebook, some family drama that led some family members to "unfriend" each other. Things like this just break my heart. As I get older I notice my family, overall, pulling further and further away from each other. I can definitely make more of an effort to reach out however as the years go by, less and less of us get together to share those special moments.

I get a little morbid with my siblings when we have fights. I say to them we will bury each other so we really need to get over what ever the issue. To me family is forever and you just can't "unfamily" someone. Family has to stick together, especially during difficult times. So whatever the problem is or was, find the space in your heart to forgive. I am not a religious person but I know God would want me to forgive, and mainly for myself.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Being Thankful

Sometimes I complain about what I don't have, or what I might have missed out in life. But I should really be thankful for just being here today. I'm truly thankful for a blessed life. It really has been a good one, and continues to be. When I have a bad day, I think about those in my life that are no longer here. Sometimes I feel a little guilty and wonder, why them and not me? But there is a greater plan in place and I have to believe that. Recently, a community leader passed away unexpectedly. He was 35 years old. I did not know him very well, though I had met him twice. He was full of life and really made an impact. Even though we were not close, his passing was a shock to me. I found myself Googling him and his work. All things considered, he was a relatively healthy and strong young man. Then one day he is gone from this world. Just another example that we all need to take life by the horns and ride it until we die. So this Thanksgiving eve, I am thankful for being here, for having a wonderful life thus far, for my family, friends, and fraternity. I have been very fortunate. Peace and love to all, and to all I wish a good Thanksgiving night.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Spiritual Goals for 2012

This past year has been a tough one, but it is ending on a brighter note. I realized that I have not been much in touch with my spiritual side. I pretty much put it on hold. I've noticed the lack of spirit in my life overall. It wasn't a good place to be in and I hope I never again leave my spirit behind.

This coming 2012 I plan to be connected more frequently, if not everyday, to my spiritual side. I know it's always there, but sometimes I let other things get in the way of the awareness. In 2012 I will finally master meditation. It's something that I never really got the hang of but I need to really get it down. I'll try slowly and hope by the end of the year to be a full zen master (not really, but it's something to aspire to.) I also hope to seriously begin doing yoga. I've tried it several times but never stuck with it.

Life is too short for hangups and I am over hanging on to a few things that I thought I dealt with long ago. But 2011 has shown me that some things just keep coming back. It's time for a spiritual spring cleaning and I look forward to the many changes that lie ahead.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hang In There

The economy has a lot of people full with fear and frustration. The country's financial uncertainty has many, including myself, wondering what the future holds. Sometimes this crazy climate pulls me down and makes me feel like giving up hope. But I hang in there.

Some friends are going through the same thing, and I know of an entire online community that shares their hopes and dreams and lean on each other for support during these turbulent times. We can all relate to our individual struggles and I know touching base and sharing our experiences help us hang in there.

The stock market has been flying up and down like a raging rollercoaster out of control. Sometimes my emotions feel the same way, but I find ways try to keep them in check. I hang in there.

Sometimes I do feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. Sometimes I do feel like becoming reclusive, hiding out like a hermit, but I continue to show up for life. I keep on trying, keep on holding on to hope, keep on wishing for the best, and keep on making moves.

I have to keep on hanging in there because the alternative is just not an option.

So no matter how tough it all gets, hang in there.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Life Goes On

I have not posted to this blog in over a year. I have been concentrating on my "real work" but it's time to get back to posting some spiritual thoughts. Life is just crazy right now and I am at a lost for some answers. But no matter how much I worry, or feel uncertain, or fear the unknown, life goes on. It doesn't stop for anyone or anything. There is no pause button. I have to adapt to the changes, the ups and downs, like everyone else. Maybe this is the new normal all around. The economy is in the tank, job prospects are limited, friends continue to come and go, and family passes on. It's all part of life, and it goes on. Times like this is when religious people pray and ask God, the universe, the powers that be, for answers. I do the same, but I also write. The process makes me feel better and think clearer. No matter what happens in my life, the good and the bad, I need to keep it all together and keep trekking on.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Asking for What You Want

The universe wants to give you good things. That's what we must all believe. I truly think we bring good and bad things into our lives. The goal is to try to focus on only asking for what we want as oppose to what we don't want. So the question becomes what do you want? Once you take the time to really decide what it is that you really want, then one must ask for it. Ask, as it is said, and you shall receive. God, the universe, the powers that be, will work to give you what you want. It is OK to ask for what you want. You deserve it. After many years of getting what I wanted, and changing from time to time, what that want was, I now need to look at the bigger picture at this time in my life and make another choice. What is it that I really want at this present time in my life? The picture is getting clearer and more importantly, I am finally starting to really believe that I will always get what I ask for. So, what do you really want? Got it? Now ask the universe for it, and see it come to you.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Letting Go

Sometimes, no matter what you want or try, some things are just meant to be what they are. Acceptance. Faith. Letting go of what you cannot control. Everything does seem to fall into place. Awareness is key and motivation. Learn what you can during the process of just letting go and letting God, in a spiritual sense. Go with the good energy. The path is sure to present itself. The tricky part is making the decision; now or later; yes or no; right or left; ... etc. But in the end, just like healthcare reform, you have to make a decision. Make your choice and let go, and see where it all leads.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Having Faith

Sometimes you don't know what direction life has in store for you. Sometimes the future looks uncertain and hope runs dry. No matter how difficult the journey may be, one must hold steady and continue on. Keep showing up for life and before you know it a path becomes clear. Patience is important during life's low points. You think you may be ready for the next step, but maybe you need to learn more about yourself before you're able to take that step. Have faith that in the end every thing will work out just the way it's suppose to. Always believe that you are just where you need to be at the time you're there. Later it will all make sense. Having faith is a part of life. You just have to believe.