May the Lenten Journey bring us Peace

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” And when I am lifted up from the Earth, I will draw everyone to myself”.

*** John 12:32 ***

 

May the Lenten journey bring you closer to the Lord, may you totally feel his love that is deep within your heart and soul, for which you need not look any further than yourself. Then as you feel the love of God within you and become soothed by the warmth, then let us all spread this Love with each other, instead of this hatred, that is ripping us apart.

Love is in the air and no it is not a red heart with Cupid’s arrow going through it, it’s the true love from Jesus Christ to us all, who walk a path through this journey of life. Jesus came to us and sacrificed for us all, he taught us so many things and with his teachings came his true love for us all, no matter of who you were. The biggest thing Jesus showed us, was how too resist Temptation, as it is everywhere and will try to control who we truly are. This Temptation is just Satan trying to steer us away from Jesus, so he can bring hatred and ugliness, instead of the true beauty and love that Jesus brings.

Just as God our Father gave us his one and only son………… Jesus Christ. Maybe to one day? Jesus will bring to us his son, so we of this Society being so removed from his journey, can truly see and feel his love deep within our hearts and souls. We so truly need this. as just like the Society back then, there is way to much Temptation, hatred and ugliness, at every turn along our paths of this journey. With so many that have wandered away from the house of the Lord, I think it is time we revisit, see what has changed and what has stayed constant? Just maybe if we all make the trek back to the house of the Lord, we all can get back in touch with who we truly are, which is someone who is nothing but love, happiness and joy, with at no time has, any kind of hatred or ugliness. These are learned from somewhere and it is time to unlearn them, so we all can move forward, in the Peace of the Lord always and forever.

May the waterfall of this picture, cleanse us all and wash away our sins, so we than can move forward in Jesus Christ, truly feel his love deep within our hearts and souls, so we than can share this love with each other and not, this hatred or ugliness, that consumes us now. The good will always prevail, just we so need to have complete faith in, not just ourselves but in Jesus Christ as well, so we than can have the hope in all we do moving forward. If you look deeply into the water going over the falls, you can clearly see the strands of water, instead of just looking and seeing black….white……then black again. The white of the falls represents the paths of each of us, as all our sins, pain and suffering gets washed away, so we than can get back in touch with who we truly are, with zero distractions, as we walk this journey through life, in Peace and Happiness always.

 

” The journey of Lent isn’t just for Catholics or Christians, as Jesus Christ welcomes all to come to the journey”

” The Lenten journey is all about love, peace, sacrifice and a self examination of your inventory deep within”

” The love of Jesus Christ is within us all, time we all truly feel it and unleash it’s true power”

” Jesus is around us everywhere, we just have to see his signs and truly feel his love, then we can move forward with true strength always”

 

 

 

 

 

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united we stand………..Divided we fall

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Such a beautiful bird on so many levels, this is the American Bald Eagle, a symbol of this great country of America. A big powerful bird that flies through the sky so free and with the greatest of ease. As beautiful as this bird is, we in this Society are part of the beauty this bird holds, right now we are a broken Society in need of a major fix, we are so divided in this country, we clearly can not come together for the good of all who walk their path of this journey through life, within this great country of America.

In order for us all to come together it all starts with the so called leaders, who we the people have elected to lead us. These Individuals are so consumed with themselves, they clearly can not see clearly enough to come together, for the good of all the people within this country. The issue of healthcare for all needs so badly to be done for the people, but yet our elected officials can not come together, because they are letting not only their unclear views get in the way, but they are letting the special interest groups control everything for which they are.  The American people voted you in to do a job, it is time you live up to what the American people want and ” do your job”. If we the people did our jobs as you did, then we would be fired from our jobs, what makes you any different then we are?

Then there is the so called Media that right now are a big part of the ugliness that surrounds us today, these Individuals I can’t even call a Journalist anymore, cause they can not even write the truth anymore. These Individuals are so consumed with their drama ridden agendas, they to can not do their jobs properly anymore, they are more concerned with the ratings and putting greed into their pockets, they have forgotten the simplicity of putting two words together to make sense, let alone trying to bring together we the people in unity, throughout this great country. Now with social media, there are so many avenues for the media, but yet there is no one that knows how to drive properly on these avenues. to even try to make sense, let alone put together words to make sense with. Don’t get me wrong there are still some great Writers out there, just that they have become hidden within all the fake Writers, who want nothing, but rob us all of our hard earned money.

I get the fact of the idea behind the 1st Amendment, I truly believe we all need a voice and to get our feelings out, to help us heal when we need be, but to do so in a way, that does nothing but shove your opinions down the throats of the rest of us………… that is not the way the 1st Amendment is supposed to work. We all have a right to this Amendment, not just a chosen few, which is the reason why we so badly,  need to get back to truly respecting one another and doing so from the heart, not just superficially or hiding from behind your technology device.

What happened yesterday within the National Football League was nothing but  disrespect in every way……… okay there was some good to it, but the bad so much out weighed the good and showed without a doubt, that we are a broken society, in need of a fix. The biggest thing of this that we need to address is, these players are getting paid huge amounts of money to play a game, but yet they chose to disrespect a symbol that many have died fighting for, so they can make their huge amounts of money and buy many things, that the ordinary hard working American can not afford. The game you play is on a stage, that these ordinary people buy a ticket to watch, you as a player are on that stage to perform for us, not to disrespect a symbol that we all are suppose to respect, showing pride and thanks to the many brave men and woman that have died fighting for. The first Amendment helps us all with a voice, to help us bring out our feelings to heal, not too disrespect, so we all can be better and stronger, as we all move forward along our paths of this journey through life.

 

” When we truly stand united we are at our strongest, when we are divided we are at our weakest”

” The first amendment is for us all to have a voice, to get out our true feelings and to heal moving forward”

” We need to be smarter, show more love and empathy of each other, to end all this hate and ugliness of today”

” The American Bald Eagle is a great symbol for us here in America, it shows freedom and strength without all the drama we the people have shown”

 

True Leadership qualities……

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What makes a great Leader? We all tend to link being a leader with power and control, we get caught up in the mix that, Leader’s have to be in high positions, like, the President of a country, a CEO of a corporate company, or maybe an Owner of a sports team to name a few. Some of the greatest Leaders do so quietly with no fan fare, or looking for any kind or recognition.

Everybody has their own kind of Leadership ways, just that we don’t give ourselves enough credit for the way we Lead, we also don’t tap into our souls enough and try to find a Leadership role that best suits ourselves. Not all of us are suited to be a true leader and not all of us can be a Leader, as in the old saying, ” to many chiefs spoil the tribe” or ” to many Chef’s ruin the soup”. You don’t find a true Leader, as True Leader’s simply rise to the role with their actions and not their words.

Look at a guy like Tom Brady, the best Quarter Back in the history of the NFL. He doesn’t look to be more powerful or above the rest of his Teammates, he just shows up in practice and works hard each and every day, then executes that hard work on Game day. He shows his Leadership on the field, while he brings his team into the lead, to move forward with a “W” in the win column. All his Teammates adore him, cause he is so humble and approachable by all. Tom also gives advice to his Teammates, instead of saying ” do it this way or you won’t touch the football”. Okay it is true you may see him loud and yelling on the side lines on game day, but he does so only to wake up the team, so they can execute better, giving the team a better chance of winning the game.

A true leader leads by example, without losing the respect of those they try to lead. Raymond Bourque of the Boston Bruins was another great Leader, even though he wore the “C” on his jersey, it didn’t mean anything to him, as he showed up everyday practiced and played hard, so when his Teammates saw that, they to practiced and played hard, making the whole team a better team moving forward. Ray was a quiet guy that stayed out of the limelight, but with his actions on the ice, that is what spoke much louder than any words at all. Bobby Orr was the same way as he also let his actions speak for himself, they didn’t want to be singled out as a special player and they always spoke of the team/ put the team before themselves all the time.

True Leader’s never look for any fame or recognition, they never look to be more powerful than or even try to have all the power over the rest. A true Leader at the end of the day goes home like you and I and does his chores, like the rest of us. A Leader that we all take for granted and never give enough credit to, are our own parent’s. these Individuals help you grow in many ways, they show you by example on how to treat other’s, they guide you as you walk your path of this journey through life, they don’t just love you deeply and they don’t just quietly lead you on your path, they teach you all they know, as they to were led by their Parent’s, as they walked their paths through this journey of life. Parent’s don’t look for any recognition or any spotlight, they never look for any rewards, all they want is to lead you into prosperity, so you can be the best you can be, as you walk your path through this journey of life.

 

” A true Leader is a rare breed and never looks for any recognition or fame”

” A real and true Leader, leads by example and never pushes his power on to another”

” Leadership is never about power and control over other’s, as a true Leader knows how to make others better moving forward”

” True Leaders let their actions speak more loudly than themselves, making all around them feel even more special then the Leader himself”

 

The Patriot way of doing your job

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The New England Patriots are a football Franchise, that play a game of football, which besides the physical nature of the game, it is simply just a game of strategy with the best strategy on that day winning the game. The strategy part of football is similar to the board game of Chess, the object to football is reaching the end zone of the opponent and in Chess reaching the other end of the board, conquering the opponents King, There are a series of moves or plays that happen in between, which makes it quite simple, each player or Chess piece has a job to do and when each do their jobs, that is the team that reigns supreme on that day,

The New England Patriots have been good for so long, because they have a coach that understands the game as good or better then most within the game today, in chess you would call him a Wizard. he not only understands the game, he also knows how to motivate each player, knows when they are on the up swing or down swing of their careers and he flat out will out coach any coach in the game.

Now you have this guy named Tom Brady, which by the way is the best Quarterback in the game. Tom didn’t get this way by chance, he with his great work ethnic, made himself the best he can be, he practices and studies film as much as anybody in the game. Tom has also become a great leader of his Teammates showing by example, not too mention he is one of the most competitive guys in the NFL and he definitely likes to win more than he does losing.

Now it takes a lot more than a great coach or players to become successful in the NFL, you also need a great Owner that wants his investment to reap big rewards, there is no better Owner of all sports better than Bob Kraft. The best day in the history of the New England Patriots was the day Bob bought the team. Bob Kraft is a great business man and he did what any business man would of done, surrounded himself with the best of the best football minds he knew. He started with Coach Parcels which had brought them to a Superbowl, they lost that one, then they went out and signed Bill Belichek, which they never looked back and the rest is history.

I have been through the years that the Patriots would only win one game a year, but now these Patriots are rewriting all the record books and from a fan of long standing, what a ride it has been, True there has been some changes through the glory years, with some of the coaching staff and players, but the two common denominators have been, Bill Belichek and Tom Brady, these two guys have become the best Coach\Quarterback tandem in the history of the NFL and we here in New England are witnessing it first hand. Yes your going to have your Hecklers and Hater’s, the Yankee’s and the Canadians went through it in their hey day, simply because others were jealous of their winning all the time, this is what being successful brings unfortunately, The team of the New England Patriots are a Franchise that when you look deeply into what you see, you can clearly see that, they were not that successful, but with hard work, some of the right changes, they now have become a successful Franchise, that we all can look up to and strive to become.

The path that the New England Patriots took is nothing different than the path we all take through this journey of life, it only differs from the amount of hard dedicated work you put in along the path, the harder you work, the easier it becomes and the more you practice the work, the better you become along your path of this journey. Nothing is easy and nothing just comes to you without practice, if we only just follow the Patriot way, just maybe we all can achieve the same success that they have received over their glory years. In many ways sports and life are different, but in many other ways, its the sports that help us, become better and stronger as we walk our paths through this journey of life.

 

” The New England Patriot way of ” Do your job” can also be our way through this journey of life:

” With hard work and practice we all can achieve success at anything we do”

” Chess is a game of strategy, just like football with the best strategy winning on that day”

” Practice is how we become better and stronger so we can walk our paths easier making our lives even better”

 

Greatness Personified………

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” Greatness is within us all, but unfortunately only a few achieve true greatness”

 

Last nights Superbowl was an Epic event on so many levels, not too mention being one of the best Super bowls of my lifetime so far. Okay it is true I am a New England Patriot fan,  it is also true that I like many other true fans have gone through many seasons, with our beloved Pats only winning one game a year, so it is safe to say that, I am not the only one enjoying the ride for the last 17 seasons. With all the Hater’s hating on this team only shows what greatness brings and the New York Yankees back in their hay day, have also been through what the Patriots are going through now, which is where the nickname the ” Evil Empire” came from. What I say to all the Hater’s out there is, ” if you truly want to be a Champion, than step up to the plate and beat a true Champion”, with Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons almost did just that.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichek just solidified their greatness last night with this great come back win, some may say that the Falcons choked, but to the real football fan, this game was won a team that never gave up, no matter of how big the odds were as this game moved forward. This game was won by a team that never lost faith in their selves and their teammates, which kept hope alive for each and every one of them, when there is faith, you will always have hope and with these two, the confidence runs high throughout the entire team. Plus with the slogan of ” do your job”, the task at hand never really got too big for them to handle.

We all walk a path through this journey of life, we all also go through the good as well as the bad, with what I learned of Tom Brady’s Mom last night, I couldn’t stop my eyes from watering and to think she was at her first game watching her son……. the tears filled up my eyes and my heart became warm with love. with all the chemo she has been through, she was strong enough to go watch her son in person, which made this story so much bigger than the game of football itself. Tom Brady is more than just a football Quarterback, he is a Human, walking a path through this journey of life, just like all of us as well. The biggest difference between Tom Brady and most of us is, he never gives up, he never loses faith in himself and with this faith, never loses hope that he can achieve Greatness, plus as a Human and with all his Mom has been through, Tom Brady stays focused on the prize and the true prize isn’t each Championship ring he receives, the true prize is each chance he gets to spend good quality time with his Mom at her time of need. This was the story within the game, this is the story that drives Tom Brady to Greatness, this is a story and a message to the rest of us that, we to can achieve the same Greatness if we want it bad enough, we just have to stay focused on the true prize and not the prize surrounded by drama or false reality. We all walk a path through this journey of life and when we do it correctly, when we stay focused on the true prize and when we never give up, never lose faith, which brings us all the hope we need to move forward better and stronger, so we all can share our love within, with each other, as we then walk this journey in peace and happiness.

 

” True greatness is within us all, we just have to focus and never give up, so the greatness will shine over us all”

” Last nights Super bowl game was beyond a great game when you look deeply into the game”

” With Faith there will always be Hope and when you have them both, the confidence will drive you to never give up no matter of the odds”

 

 

A White Winter blanket

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The white blanket of the winter so white and so soft,

The white Winter blanket coming to a driveway and yard near you soon,

With the white Winter blanket brings cold days to wrap up in multi layers,

The white Winter blanket covers the ground to help the spring thaw and rejuvenation,

Some may like the ground cover to be green, as others like the white,

The white Winter blanket brings different outside activities to enjoy,

When we roll around on the white blanket we find it to be very cold,

The blanket may cover the ground but it is not the type to cover us for warmth,

Walking on the white blanket may be tricky as we find we sink within it,

After a fresh white blanket drops from the sky, it makes all so beautiful,

Then after the beauty, time to get to work in clearing the white blanket from the driveway,

The white blanket wasn’t meant to be driven on, as it then becomes padded down and slick,

With the White blanket it makes for a very special day on Christmas day,

The white blanket on Christmas eve makes for a soft landing for Santa Claus,

Skiers love the white blanket as they go up the mountain and ski down,

Then there are the Alpine skiers who use the blanket to trek through the woods,

You like engines then go out and Snowmobile on top  of a White blanket,

You need a very deep and thick blanket to navigate the trails for the Ski-Doo,

There is a lot to do on the white blanket, just have to go out and do them,

You can’t have Winter without a white blanket just as you can’t have the blanket without winter,

The white Winter’s blanket comes to us all as the cold winter air chills us to the bone,

The cold Winter days brings this white Winter blanket as we all walk our path through this journey of life.

 

” Survival skills in the wilderness you can melt down the white blanket on the fire to make drinking water, just stay away from the Yellow variety.

” The white blanket of Winter covers the ground with real beauty especially on Christmas day.

” The white blanket of the Winter comes from the sky and covers all with the beauty of a White Winter’s day”

Perseverance will see you through the hate

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” You will be Hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your Perseverance you will secure your lives”

LK 21:17-19

 

We all walk a path through this journey of life, we also share the love of Jesus Christ within our hearts, with this love and our own Perseverance, there is nothing that will come before us on our path, that will destroy us. The destruction of this Hatred we see today, simply comes from each of us not having the confidence in ourselves, or the confidence in Jesus Christ our Savior and the one who who laid down his life for each of us, so we can learn from him on the way to the path of righteousness.

Through all this ugliness around us and especially here in the United States of America after an ugly election, you can see that we are a Nation that needs major healing, we are a Nation that has lost Faith in ourselves as well as Jesus Christ, which leaves us no Hope of which direction we want to turn? The American People have spoken and we have elected a new President and it wasn’t even close, once this new President officially takes the oval office, that is the time we the People need to come together in unity and fully support our new President, so we all can heal our wounds, feel the love of Jesus Christ within our hearts and share this love with each other. We are Americans and we are the greatest Country on this Planet, it is time we get back to who we truly are, so we all can move forward better and stronger, through peace and happiness.

God our Father has sent his one and only son to us all, to teach us and show us, if we walk our paths as we truly are, feel his love within our hearts and then share this love with each other, plus share our true empathy that is within us, with each other then there is no Hate or ugliness that will ever destroy us. We are not just Americans of a Country, we are Humans like all others around the World and as Humans, we are a part of all Mankind. When we as Humans flourish and move forward with confidence, there is no space within any of our lives for hate, this hate is learned from somewhere and we all need to come together in unity, to wipe this hatred clean from all our paths.

Perseverance is the strength and it is the strength that is within each one of us, no matter of who you are. This Perseverance will help us through anything that may come before us along our paths, it will also help keep the ugliness or the bumps from harming us, in order for this Perseverance to be effective for us, we need first to acknowledge it within ourselves, then let the confidence guide us as the perseverance helps us to be stronger and better moving forward. Never under estimate the power of Perseverance, as it is this power that keeps us from all harm and keeps us safe, from anything that wants to harm us, as we walk our paths along this journey through life.

 

” The love of Jesus Christ is within all our hearts and it is what gives us confidence to feel the strength of perseverance to overcome anything”

” No matter who you are or where you are from, we all need healing at some point in our lives, that is where the confidence and perseverance within us help us move forward better”

” Our confidence will guide us, as our perseverance will give us the strength to overcome anything in our lives”