Let go of existence!
(Video credit Vevo – Kirk Franklin – I smile)
Every now and then, someone reminds you to smile. Every now and then, we forget to smile. Just a reminder to smile, regardless of what’s going on in your life and in the world.
Finding a place to center yourself is as simple as
taking the time to connect to your inner soul.
Seek a place of refuge. Be still, restore your soul,
tap into the living waters!
For some, rollercoasters are invigorating and filled with exciting thrills. There’s much anticipation and anxiety. As the ride ascends and descends through loop after loops, your body is turned upside down repeatedly with emotions of laughter, tears, joy, and fear all entangled. Finally, when the ride finishes, a sense of relief or excitement is what one experiences.
At times, isn’t life like a rollercoaster? One minute things are going fine and suddenly a circumstance changes things. Life will change for the better or worse. But, it does not stay the same. Like a rollercoaster, you’re either up or down it seems. When the worse is over there’s a sense of relief, and when things are going well it’s exciting.
Yet, between the ups and downs, there is another posture in life. It’s a posture of remaining grounded. The benefits of being grounded are when life takes you for a ride, if you are grounded, you’re determined to brace yourself and embrace whatever comes your way. Through the ups and downs, you’ll remain encouraged in knowing, “no matter what”, it will soon end. You’re like the person at the bottom of the rollercoaster waiting for others to get off.
Find a place or posture where you can remain grounded- it’s exciting to know it’s possible to live life this way.
Offering up the world on a silver platter ties up the other hand.
`A cistern containing water holds great value.
`Knowledge is powerless without making the right application.
`Love issued in fragments can cheapen the experience.
`Happiness is the measure of a content soul.
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.
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 situations like these is death does not defeat love. Love conquers all and transcends death. Therefore, I choose to embrace the reality death separates but love reigns.