The Majestic………The Grand

                Every time I look at this hotel, I think about Stephen King’s the shining, a glamorous but yet old hotel rich in history. This hotel has been around as long as I can remember. The only thing though, I have never stayed at this hotel, when I wander up that way, I am usually staying at one of the mountain huts, or within a tent set up at my base camp, for a good nights rest by night and a good hike throughout the daylight hours.  I am sure this hotel, known as the Mount Washington hotel, has it’s own stories to tell, just like the hotel in the movie the shining, plus they both have something in common and that is, they both are surrounded by beautiful mountains and fresh air.                    When I was younger and hiking through these great mountains by day and staying within the huts on the mountains by night, the crew at these huts would embark in an after dinner story telling time and usually these stories were of the Ghost story kind, now whether these stories were fact or fiction? is totally up to the ones listening. With as old as the Mount Washington is, I am sure it to has it’s own Ghost stories to tell. Maybe one day I will stay at this hotel and totally take in the full ambiance of the hotel, including listening to the hotel itself and what it has to say, including all the old structures with it’s crackling and squeal of the hinges, when you open and close the door, but maybe the maintenance man has been busy with the grease, greasing up the old parts of the hotel?                       These mountains in the back drop of this grand hotel are part of the Presidential range, within the white mountains of New Hampshire, with all the mountains on the range being named after past Presidents and yes of course, Mount Washington is the tallest at 6,288 feet right behind the grandest of hotels in the area. The white mountains are like a second home to me, as I have hiked quite a few of them, I am also very close to being able to say I have hiked all the mountains in New Hampshire over 4,000 feet, with only five peaks left. True…………..yes I am getting older, but this beauty within these mountains, is what keeps me young and what keeps me healthy everyday. Now that don’t mean I don’t have aches and pains, especially with all the miles I have acquired on my feet, but it is good aches and pain, as I totally enjoy being outside and one with Mother Nature.                         I have also lived in Colorado for a few years and yes it is an awesome place to live, while you also explore the back country of the state. I would either take trips in my 4×4  up some quite steep and rural mountain passes, or I would set base camp and take on some great hiking as well, where I have been at the highest of my lifetime so far at 14,500 feet, up a mountain named, mount Albert. Totally different than the White mountains, each has their own beauty, as they to, like we Humans are very unique to each other. You can not compare one to another, as they both are very special places to me and within my heart forever, which no one can take that from me. We all have our own special places that we hold dear, these places may mean nothing to others, but to us………..ourselves, they mean the world us and no one can take these places from us. Plus as we walk our paths through this journey of life and with all the ups and downs of the journey, we can in our minds go back to these places, to truly have some solitude within ourselves, as we take the pitfalls of the journey and turn them into big success, to keep moving forward better and stronger, throughout the rest of our journey through life.  ” Having solitude for us is important, as it helps us heal within to be better and stronger moving forward”  ” Get out and explore, who knows you just may connect with your inner self and discover great solitude and happiness”  ” Ghost stories fact or fiction, you be the judge of what you truly believe”  ” Feeling of accomplishment will help you move forward better and stronger always” 
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The Kingdom of all Kingdoms

” Jesus answered, ” My kingdom does not belong to this world, if my kingdom did belong to this world, my Attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews, but as it is, my kingdom is not here.” 

                                                                             *** Jn 18:36 *** 

                  The Kingdom of God is truly the highest and most rewarding for each of us as we walk our paths through this journey of life. When Jesus died on the cross for each of us, was buried and ” Rose” again for all, so we can renew our faith in him and his father, he rose to the one true kingdom of his father, where there is nothing but peace and happiness for all. Now as we all walk through this journey of life, we think from our arrogance that, this is the kingdom of God and why would he let all this hatred and ugliness within his kingdom? Simply because this is not the true kingdom, it is only a journey, with many twists and turns, that gets us ready for the day of the judgment, that then brings us to the true kingdom of God, so we than can have all the peace and happiness, that is within our hearts, souls and dreams. 

                    This journey through life we all walk here on Earth is not perfect, it will bring us much pain, hurt, sadness, as well as happiness, not too mention it will try to control of who we truly are, but as we walk through this journey, it will test us, it will see just how strong or weak we are and as we walk this journey, it is our actions that will help us in achieving the judgment to enter within the one true Kingdom……….. The Kingdom of God, the father of our savior Jesus Christ. 

                    For those that have ventured out within Mother nature and really seen the true beauty, like what is within this picture, you will truly see that, there is so much more to this journey through life, than just what we see on our daily nine to fives? We were created to explore, we were not created just to sit still and criticize each other. It is we the people that are totally responsible for all the hatred and ugliness around us today and unless we get out of the denial, that has a grip so tightly on us today, we will never escape the ugliness and hatred, which will leave us on a journey of negativity, instead of a journey of love, peace and happiness, it is our actions that determine our fate along this journey and if we do nothing, then the hate and ugliness will forever surround us, with no light at the end of the journey, which is the true light of the path of righteousness, that leads us out of the temptation  of this journey and into the true kingdom of God, as we all have eternal life within peace and happiness. 

                      With our actions it will help us keep the faith in Jesus Christ, which then will help us keep the faith of ourselves, so we than can always have hope, to be better and stronger, as we achieve all that we want to achieve, without having any ugliness or hatred slow us down along our path of this journey. I get the fact we all want to reach a high level of achievement, but at what cost do we want that achievement? not everybody can be at the top of this journey, but yet we ourselves and our arrogance, will have us think we are better than those around us and that should have us above all else? We are not better than each other, we are only unique to each other and unless we escape the grips of the denial, we will never end all the ugliness and hatred that surrounds us now. 

                         The true Kingdom of God is a special place, that surrounds you with real love, peace and happiness. Some of us today may think that our chances of entering into this Kingdom upon judgment day, will never happen? On the contrary, Jesus always forgives and even when we think there is no hope for us? Jesus will forgive us and when we except Jesus within our hearts and forgive ourselves of all our wrongs, that is when the power of God and his son Jesus are the strongest, as they truly forgive us, so we than can right the ship and walk this journey better and stronger moving forward. 

                            The spot in this picture is truly peaceful and will totally relax you as you sit and enjoy the peace, with all the daily stress simply melting away and the drooping of your shoulders from the weight of the stress, making your posture much better as your shoulders go back to where they originally were. Love, peace and happiness are the three keys to a successful journey, leading into the true kingdom of God and with all three of these keys, plus the complete faith in Jesus Christ as well as ourselves, now your on the true path of righteousness, which totally at judgment day, helps us enter into the true Kingdom of God. 

” Judgment day is that day we all reach along this journey, when the journey comes to an end” 

” The kingdom of all kingdoms, is the one we meet Jesus at the gates upon judgment day at the end of the journey” 

” Love, peace and happiness are the keys for true faith in Jesus and ourselves, so we all can have the hope in reaching the path of righteousness” 

” There are plenty of spots within peace like in this picture, we just have to get out and explore to find the true peace and serenity” 

Welcome Home

” Thanksgiving traditions are very different as we are so unique to each other, each tradition is so very special to us all” 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         *** BowlingChef*** 

           The very first Thanksgiving dinner never included turkey, as it had Water fowl like duck and geese, venison, corn etc…. These are the products that the Native American Indian and the Pilgrims came together and bartered with, as they sat down together and had a grand feast with each other. The turkey didn’t come til much later, like 1816 during the Abe Lincoln Presidency, when he requested turkey to be served for Thanksgiving dinner. This later became a tradition throughout all America for many American families. We all have our traditions, there is no wrong traditions, the only wrong thing is not having a tradition to look look forward of,  or forcing on one another a tradition that may not be wanted by some. A tradition is something special for which we hold dear, something we look forward to, something that helps us move forward to be better and stronger moving forward. 

              Thanksgiving has always been as long as I remember, the special time of year for so many to come home, from where ever their path may have taken them. To come back home to their families renewing the strong family bond and visiting old friends from their growing up days. That night before Thanksgiving has always been the best night all year, for all the local watering holes, as throughout all the towns across America, their local watering holes are packed with old friends, coming home and rekindling their lives together, while catching up on their lives here in the present.

                Thanksgiving has always been that time of year for us all to reflect and be thankful for not just all we have, but for all those who surround us and keep us moving forward better and stronger, as we walk our paths through this journey of life. Even if you think or maybe you don’t realize? We all have something or someone to be thankful of. Being thankful and saying thank you are two different things,when you say thank you when someone does you a favor or service is just a way to be polite, being thankful of something or someone, gives you a warm feeling of love deep within your heart and means a whole lot more not just to you, but to all those around you, not too mention, when we are all thankful and it spreads throughout all of this journey, then all our paths become more peaceful, full of happiness always. 

                 There are all different modes of transportation used by each of us to come home, that is the second best part of the journey coming home, as nothing will ever beat the ” Welcome Home” part of the journey. Whether taking a road trip, flying, or taking the train, it’s exciting for this part of the journey, then as you reach your destination, then the excitement is followed by beautiful emotion, as you rekindle the bond of what family is all about. True we all have to go out and live our lives and a lot of times it’s away from those we hold dear, but the true meaning of Thanksgiving, will have us all taking the journey home, to rekindle the special times of our pasts, so we than can move forward better and stronger always, throughout this journey of life.

                   The biggest thing for all of to never lose sight of is, some never take the journey back home, especially those within our military, these men and woman put themselves in harms way everyday, so you and I can take the journey home to rekindle our family bonds and the bonds of friendships past. So let’s never forget these brave souls as we say grace, giving great thanks to these Individuals before we feast on this Thanksgiving day, we all have so much to be thankful for throughout our journey through life, so on this day of Thanksgiving, as we rekindle with each other, let’s also give a big thank you to all those who have served, who are serving, showing the ones that will serve, that their time will never go unnoticed and we will always be thankful, throughout this entire journey through life.

” Thank you Jesus Christ for all you have done, so each of us can walk this journey in peace and happiness always”

” Thank you to all the men and woman of our military, so I can be free to do all I do throughout this journey”

” All traditions are different, it is not wrong to have a different tradition than another” 

” A tradition is something we hold dear, it various from person to person” 

The “Christ”mas Spirit

” The true Christmas spirit is nothing of the commercial variety, it is all about sharing the Love within ourselves……….with each other”  

                                                         ***BowlingChef*** 

               Contrary to what we may think within this society, Christmas is not all about the buying or receiving of gifts, it is totally all about the sharing of the only thing that should matter and that is, the sharing of ourselves with each other and the sharing of the love deep within all our hearts. 

               Unfortunately as we all walk through this society of today, Plus the way we have become so wrapped up within our own arrogance,   we let all the corruption cloud our judgments, as we then let all the ugliness simply walk into our front door. Instead of simply letting the love flow, we hide it so deep within ourselves, that we forget of the true feeling it brings, we forget that through love, it will help us keep the faith, as our hope grows while we move forward throughout this journey. 

                 Christmas the holiday may come but once a year, the real truth is, the warmth of Christmas and the joy that it brings, does not have to be held to once a year, it can last everyday of every year, for as we walk our paths through this journey of life. 

                   The true Christmas spirit can not be seen, it can never be just turned off like the water flowing out of the faucet, it is within us all which then becomes a feeling and a deep feeling at that, it warms our soul and soothes our mind, so we  than can keep moving forward better and stronger. 

               The feeling of love deep within our hearts and souls, is so much easier to share, than this ugliness and hatred that consumes us now. the problem with that is, we are all guilty of hiding deep within ourselves, in order to keep further harm from hurting us, we walk through this society with blinders on and become someone for who we truly are not, just so others will perceive us as strong, when in reality we are being weak, as we try to minimize the pain and hurt that may come to us. ” True strength comes from being true to who you are”. 

So with another Christmas season coming upon us, let us all stop the commercialization  of what Christmas has become and get back to the true meaning of “Christ”mas, as not only do we share our love with each other during this time, we do so all year, everyday, as we walk our path through this journey of life. 

” The true Christmas spirit is within us all, time we truly feel the love within our hearts and share it with each other” 

” Christmas has nothing to do with any store and buying of any presents, as the only thing we should be sharing is our love with each other” 

” Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day, he died on the cross for us all showing his love for us all, it has nothing to do with any store or decorating of the store” 

Veterans Day

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” It doesn’t take a special breed to fight the good fight for their country, just someone deeply in touch with their true feelings and emotions, to not only feel the love of their country, but the love for all those for who they fight for”

*** BowlingChef***

 

To all the Brave men and woman from the past, present and future, who not only fight the good fight, but do so out of love for their country and all those within the country as well. We all have the qualities to serve our country, but it is only a few that actually take the plunge to fight the good fight. We all have the traits to be a hero, but those who fight the good fight and help their fellow soldier out of a jam without thinking, are the true Hero’s. These Individuals don’t look for the fan fare, they don’t expect anything in return, they just go about it as their job, so we all can live freely with happiness throughout this country of America. The thing is, when they come back home from everything they have seen while fighting the good fight, they quickly become lost in the shuffle and struggle to try to get back to normal among us, instead of us reaching out to them, without thinking like they did while fighting the good fight, we then forget of them and their sacrifice, as we get so wrapped up in just keeping up and moving forward. Then those within our elected officials, when there needs to be cuts, will cut their health benefits when they need it most, which then has them out in the cold all around us. The Veterans health care is in need of a major over haul and part of that is, us reaching out to them without thinking, as they did when they were fighting the good fight.

We all sacrifice everyday, but when a Veteran sacrifices it quickly becomes the ultimate sacrifice. We normal Citizens here in America, have no clue of what our Veterans really had to go through while fighting the good fight, especially wars like world war 2 or Korea, never mind the political war of Vietnam? When they were laying in the trenches and their buddy gets shot right next to them, or a grenade goes off with their limbs blowing to the sky, this does damage to you and when you come home, even though you are fortunate enough to be all there on the outside, you really are not all there, as your mind then reaks havoc inside you and when others around you just let you be without reaching out, now you and your mind struggle just to be as normal as the rest of us throughout this journey of life.

A Veteran may have volunteered to put themselves in harms way, but they did not volunteer to be forgotten when they return home to the country they fought the good fight for, the job to take care of our great veterans belongs to you and I, they sacrificed for us and in a lot of cases, they paid the ultimate sacrifice, just so you and I can be free to do what we want when we want and enjoy every square inch of this great country for which we live. We all walk a path through this journey of life, some are the chosen ones that blaze that path for us, but within this broken society of today, we take so much for granted, that we forget to thank these great Hero’s known as our Veterans, even though they don’t see themselves as Hero’s, they truly are…….. So we all can walk this journey in the peace and happiness, that we all so need in a healthy way.

 

” A big THANK YOU to all our Veterans in this country of America, past, present and future, for giving the good fight so we here can be free to do as we do, at all we do”

” A true hero will never see himself as a hero, to them it is just a job for which they signed up to do”

” We take so much for granted today, that we totally forget those who made it possible for each of us to walk in  peace, while being free to do as we do”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the right understanding,there is nothing we can not conquer

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” When Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, ” You are not far from the Kingdom of God”

*** MK 12:34ab***

 

Throughout this journey of life of which we all walk, there are many paths for us to chose from, unfortunately sometimes we chose the wrong path, or we have been lead down the wrong path, by others with no real understanding, but this by no means should ever have us stop moving forward, should never have us become lost within the clouds of our judgments, or should never have us……….. Not only lose faith in ourselves, but lose faith in Jesus Christ, for it is he that, leads us all into the Kingdom of God, so we all can be at peace with happiness always.

We all have this inner child deep within us, just as we grow on the outside, this inner child within us grows as well, it is we and how we grow, that determines just how well that child grows within us, in either a healthy or a unhealthy way. When we ignore this child as if it doesn’t exist, that is when we become troubled on the outside, with we as a person not growing properly as we walk the path of our choosing,  throughout this journey of life. This inner child within us is where all our true feelings and emotions are kept, as when this child becomes ignored and doesn’t grow properly, now we as a person grow with no true feelings or emotions, moving forward throughout this journey. With no true feelings or emotions, leaves us trying to swim up stream through the troubling waters and trying to get somewhere against the currents of the stream along our path we choose. Life is like that and unless we totally understand all that is around us throughout this journey, then not only we, but the inner child within us, will never grow properly, leaving us all trying to swim up stream and becoming someone for who we truly are not.

The inner child of life is within us all, this is how we grow stronger throughout this journey, this is what helps us truly understand all that is around us, so we than can move forward better and stronger, as we walk the path of our choosing, throughout this journey we all walk. As much as some would want us to think, life is not about, harming each other, bringing much hatred and ugliness toward each other, with those who bring us all this ugliness, only proves one thing and that is, they need to get in touch with their inner child, so they than can get in touch with their true feelings and emotions deep within themselves, as now we all can walk the paths of this journey, within the true peace and happiness that Jesus showed us, so we all can reach the Kingdom of God, to live happily within Eternity of this journey.

With understanding comes the knowledge of everything around us, so we than can make well informed decisions and move forward without looking back, along the paths we choose, throughout this journey of life. Without the understanding we then move backwards and become lost within the clouds of our judgments, we suppress our true feelings and emotions, which then has us neglecting that inner child within us, so then as we don’t grow healthy, that child does not grow healthy either. Looking out at all the corruption and ugliness within this society, truly shows us all that, we are not alone in neglecting that child within and we all need to dig down deep, get back in touch with that child, so we can begin the process of, moving forward to be better and stronger throughout this journey of life. Then with our true feelings and emotions in check, we can not only truly feel God’s love within our hearts, we than can share that love with each other, which will then help us and that child grow properly, as we walk our paths of this journey, within the peace and happiness we all so deserve.

 

” With the right understanding, comes the faith and hope we need to move forward”

” The paths are there in front of us to choose from, not for others to chose for us”

” Knowledge is power but without the true understanding of the knowledge then we become weak moving forward”

” The inner child of life is within us all, this is how we grow to become better and stronger moving forward”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whats in a Championship ?

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             The make up of a championship team in any sport, is a lot more than the physical ability to play the sport. You have to be able to fit in to the rest of the team mentally as well. You see how these tree’s and plant life with all the diversity and different colors coexist together, as the stream flows through them and around the rocks, this is the team work within nature, interacting together, with their true beauty brought forward, so the championship of nature, shines to each as we walk through this journey of life.

              There is more to sports than just playing the game, having the talent will only get you so far, as within any team sport there is no “I”. Those that make the sport all about them, will never taste the true glory of a championship. Agents of a player may say other wise, but what do they know as their heads are to wrapped up, in the green of the money they get for their sports clients. When you look back in the history of any sport, really look deeply into all the championship teams, you will find very few that won any champioship on just talent and those that have, were simply bought just so ownership of the team can make good on their investment, then the players get separated to other teams, of which we never hear of them again. Look no further than this years Boston Red Soxs, a lot of these guys came from the minor league teams of the Red Soxs, guys that had italent yes, but relied on each other to make a complete team. Not the same guy came through in the clutch from day to day, it was someone different each game, which was one of the strengths of this team, when other teams went out before the trade deadline, to make a splash with a big name player, the Red Sox simply went out and picked up a couple of players, that were good players yes, but first and for most, were players that fit perfectly within the chemistry of the team they had, with that concept we all know now of how that turned out, as Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the 2018 World Series Champions………… The Boston Red Sox.

            To play a sport is one thing, but to become a team player of that sport, is when you become a champion. Sports isn’t the only place where you work as a team to be a champion, this concept is for us all throughout this journey of life, when we all come together is when we become stronger moving forward, it is when we put ourselves above each other, when we become weak, without even sniffing at a chance of any championship. We all have our favorite sports teams, we want them to be a champion, not just in our realities, within our hearts as well, but unless we truly understand the concept of being a true champion……….. we will never experience what it is to be a true champion.

              Not everybody can be a champion, not all teams of a sport get to be a champion each year, there can only be one winner each year, which makes it even more important to be able to lose properly, so you than can learn  to win and be a champion one day, with the dignity and respect, that being a true champion is all about. There is so much more to being a champion than just winning a game, if you don’t fully understand the concept, than you may never become a champion, unless maybe you are one of the best talents in that sport and a team comes to you, pays you big dollars to win a championship for them, then the team splits up at the end, now are you a true champion? Hell no, you haven’t won anything, as the money became more important than any dignity or respect. A team sport is a lot more than finding an Athlete who excels in that sport, it is finding an Athlete with the right chemistry, to play together with all those who make up a team, without this chemistry………. then there is no team and even bigger, there is no championship for anybody to be a champion from.

” Not everybody can be a champion as the make up not everybody wears”

” A true champion never acts as one in any sport for which they play”

” With a championship comes the dignity and respect, that no amount of money will ever buy”