Love on the Other Side

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Photo credit: Steve Harvey web source

Recently I was watching a 70’s musical performance of classic groups like the Dells, Dramatics, Chi-lites, Temptations on the Public Broadcast station, Sister Sledge was one of the groups performing. Joni, one of its members, was in rare form and beautiful as usual.

Last week, at the age of 60, Joni (the one on the right) passed unexpectedly. The cause of her death is reportedly natural cause. This dynamic group consisted of Debbie, Kim, Kathy, and Joni. Some might remember their song We are Family. We are Family became a theme song for families during the early 70’s.

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This week, several individuals I know passed, suddenly. They were ages 44 and 51. Two weeks earlier I attended the funeral of a 92 years old woman.  I know death is inevitable and unapologetic, but the passing of these individuals sadden my heart. I must admit, of their passing, I was thinking more about the loved ones left behind.

The consolation I have in situation like this is death does not defeat love. Love conquers all and transcends death.  Therefore, I choose to see in situations like these- death separates but love unites eternally.

`Yvonne L.

 

Embracing the Peace Within

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Oftentimes, I’m told I am an encourager because I have the tendency to see the world  from positive perspectives. This is true. Yet, this is by choice. If you’ve followed my writings, you know I have an idealistic approach, but I am also realistic.

I have a keen sense of awareness of world events and of the devastations around the world. But, with so much focus on the prevalence of all going wrong, why would I give more energy and focus to those things.

Evidently the world is not calm, relentlessly it does not stand still. For this reason, I embrace peace.  I choose to find solace in knowing peace is not external. It’s internal. I can live in a world of chaos and have peace within. Peace is a state of mind. It is the result of internalizing the worldview and surrounding from a positive perspective.

One of my favorite quotes is from Jack Kornfield, “By making the heart a zone of peace, it affects everybody you touch.”

We can choose to embrace confusion or retreat to a zone of peace.

I choose to make my life a peaceful one!

`Yvonne L.

 

No Place Like Home

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Recently a family member invited me to the church which provided the beginning of my spiritual journey. I consider this church a place where my spiritual roots were first planted. Soon after walking into the church, the fans, Sunday school programs, scripture cards, pews, deacons, deaconess, and choir brought back memories from my past.

It seemed like yesterday, although actually it has been over 40 years

since my sisters and I were little girls attending Sunday school or

Summer Bible school in this church.

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So, now, how could I sense a good vibe or aura simply by being in this place? I asked myself.  The answer was clear. I was home. There is no place like home.

It does not matter how long its been, or how many times you return.

You are returning to memories of a place which is special. It’s the place you consider home.

Not everyone share a fond memory of home. Some do not have a physical place to call home. But, what some fail to realize, home is more than a physical place. Home is a state of being. It’s the place you feel whole.

 

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`Yvonne L.

 

In a Good Place

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When you’re in a “good place” you’re at your best.

You take things as they come and go.

You don’t “sweat the small things.”

Even if you do,

you’ll learn how to handle them and move forward.

You simply refuse to become a caretaker of grudges

or become conducive to drama.

In other words, you’ll adapt and overcome situations

not nurture them.

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When you’re in a “good place,”

it’s a place of contentment.

It’s not final, a desired  place of destination,

it’s a place of rest.

The “good place” is a place of knowing no matter what-

this soon will pass.

In this state, you’ll find yourself relaxed, confident,

and possessing a sense of peace regardless of what

transpires around you.

You feel childlike and carefree.

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A “good place” is good.

‘It’s not a destination,

it’s part of the journey

for the soul.

`Yvonne L.