WHY SHOULD I?

TODAY THE WORDS are WHY SHOULD I?  No, I am not getting on a soap box for any particular issue, “why should I?” Gotcha on that one, didn’t I ? What I am going to ask you and myself this morning is “why shouldn’t I?” In this life, we are blessed with so many things and no matter your faith unless you are an Atheist, you know that a higher power exists who gives you these blessings.

What do we have to do to receive blessings, you might ask? I feel, and you may feel differently, we are blessed by God for many reasons. Some are blessings that God gives to all of us, such as the beauty of the earth, the warmth of the sun, the waters, the soil, etc. Some are blessings we may not fully understand why some of us are born to parents of common wealth, while others are born to wealthy parents with that “silver spoon”. Some of us are born healthy while others have to struggle coming into this world and the struggling continues during their sometimes short lives. Others are taken out of this life early by either fatal health conditions while others are taken by tragedy. Now, starts the questioning, Why should I? People of all cultures, walks of life, wealth, health, have someone they have lost and that certainly doesn’t seem like a blessing and one starts to wonder why should I try, why should I accomplish anything, or why should I overcome my loss?

If all went well, and blessings were not taken away sometimes, would we appreciate all of the good things as much?

Now for my deeper thought…..Let me give you my take on this, which are my thoughts entirely, but when rain has fallen for days or weeks and the Sun has been behind the clouds; our spirits become more subdued. We have a tendency to forget our pleas for much needed rain and wonder when the Sun is going to shine. How soon we forgot to continue to praise Him for giving us the rain? The Sun finally peeps out from behind the clouds and we thank God for the Sun. Do we continue to thank God for all things, the rain and the Sun? Our health is good and then something changes, and we have to go through a sickness. God blesses us to recover and we thank Him. But “why should I” continue to thank God afterwards? And I say, “Why shouldn’t I?” To all of us, we should thank God and praise God for every little thing as it is important in the long term life, for us to be conscious of every breath, every accomplishment, every stride, every recovery, every avoidance of tragedy. God listens to our prayers and within those prayers of asking for His mighty blessings or His Eternal Grace, “Why Shouldn’t God hear Thank You for Your Blessings on Me and Others?” I SHOULD!

 FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Ezekiel 34:26  King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.

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CAN WE HAVE A YARD SALE OF LIFE

CAN WE HAVE A YARD SALE OF LIFE? This past weekend presented a lot of opportunity to reflect on life and you might ask Why? My husband and I started about two weeks prior to this even going through closets and our attic to preserve AND eliminate items from our mass amount of collections. We joked and laughed about hoarding (not making light of this human disorder as we know it is a serious condition).

As we cleaned, culled and stored items we wanted to keep, it became clear to us, we weren’t as “pure and clean” in our housekeeping and the journey took a clear turn for us. We began to cull more and save less and not to produce any money from the sale. It turned into a cleansing of our home from those items never used and/or forgotten. By going through all of the boxes and bags, we re-discovered many items we had forgotten their location and put them in a more predominant place which would allow us to use them. We found items we should have never purchased as they might have sounded like they were valuable only to find out they were worthless to us and were taking up space in our home.

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Then came the day of the sale and we were astonished at the items that we had discarded being very desirable by others. Items we thought others would “fight” over were there when the sale was finished. This process brought a thought to my mind. None of us see the same value or priority as others. We decide, only us, what is important and what is “junk” so we have to make decisions based on individual importance and not the “main stream” philosophies of others.

Once the sale had ended, my husband and our handyman loaded up the rest of “our closely held” treasures to donate to the Salvation Army, I took a nap since all of the cleaning and selling with some new memories of the funny things that happen during a yard sale (which will be a later post to keep this message intact). When I heard Greg return, I looked in the garage and I had an epiphany. A yard sale is needed in our lives. Let me explain:

People would come into our home and would always make remarks about how clean our home was and how they didn’t understand how we work and keep it organized. Most guests don’t go into a home and plunder (with exceptions and that will be another blog). The reason for the misplaced compliments is  they never saw the closet, cabinet, attic, and drawer clutter. That thought reminded me of how we present ourselves to others.

We have an outer shell or in other words “our clean houses” and hide so many things in corners, closets or other places we can hide our clutter in our souls. Once we start opening our hearts or “CLOSETS OF SPIRIT” and clean out the mess hidden such as old grudges, what we consider impossible to forgive acts, prejudices, hate of any kind, etc., the heart becomes more acceptable and has room for the pretty things in life: Love, Compassion, Kindness, Charity, Sympathy and Empathy, Forgiveness, and importantly, Faith with Thankfulness. I have decided the next cleaning out is in our inner self…our souls.

To sum it up, I walk into our closet and I see things clearly. I open drawers and I find peace without all of the confusion of tossing things around to find what I am looking for in the drawer. I can insert items easily once I have rid myself of the clutter which was discarded and now out of the way. May my soul become as organized as this closet.

For those wanting ideas on how to organize your closet: Go to:

21 Genius Ways To Organize Closets And Drawers | TipHero

I live my life by observing, meditating, and applying common sense life lessons. I don’t have a Master’s Degree but I do have a degree from Our Master to live life with love; love life with love; and to live life to the fullest by listening to the small, quiet voice coming from the Universe’s Most Elite College, God’s Universal University!

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WILL I HAVE BUTTERFLY WINGS?

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Tuesday Morning Thought: Greg and I have been going through our stash in the attic and no, Antique Roadshow has not been called at this time. Old photo albums and a lot of “I wondered where that was” brought a thought to my mind. Why does it take an old photo album and “mementos of the past” to bring those loving, treasured memories to our mind. A lot of times you will see me write about old times and I do see some of my friends posting those pictures pulled from our past. A lot of comments from others in the pictures and/or questions about someone in the photo who may or may not be around now. All of this observation brought me to this, “We are components of everyone we have met, loved, disagreed with, had many memorable times, shared time and possessions with, laughed, cried, succeeded and yes, sometimes failed. Life completes us when we meet someone new as this experience helps mold our character. Think of it this way, as we get older, how may times do we hear someone say “You are beginning to sound just like….or you get more like……everyday?” We mold, blend, and even change similar to metamorphism and if we are lucky, we end up beautiful, graceful, and gloriously able to soar in the skies butterflies. Learn from others, and be one others want to learn from you. Have a day of soaring through life on the wings of an Angel.
I always remember a special friend Teresa Hester when I see a beautiful butterfly!

GLASS WING BUTTERFULY

WILL I HAVE MY BUTTERFLY WINGS is a wonderful thought as we go through life.

Stages of Butterfly Metamorphosis
Ross E. Hutchins

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Stages of Butterfly Metamorphosis
Butterflies and moths are among the insects that pass through four stages of development in their life cycles.

The first stage is the egg. Adult females lay eggs on the kind of plant their young will later need as food.

The eggs hatch into wormlike creatures known as larvae. The common name for the larvae of butterflies and moths is caterpillar. Caterpillars are busy and hungry. They may eat once or twice their own weight in leaves each day. After several days of such constant feeding, caterpillars outgrow their own skins. When this happens they molt, splitting the skin and crawling out of it. Caterpillars may shed their skins four or five times in this second stage of the life cycle.

In the third stage the caterpillar goes into a resting state and is called a pupa. Different caterpillars pupate in different ways. For example, many moth caterpillars burrow into the ground; others hide behind loose bark or in hollow logs. Some caterpillars rest in silken cocoons, which they make by spinning thread from their mouths. (Silk cloth is made from the threads in the cocoon of the silkworm moth.) The pupa does nothing except rest. This stage may last two weeks; it may last a whole winter. During this period the caterpillar changes into a full-grown butterfly or moth.

In its new and adult form, the butterfly or moth emerges wet and shaky from the cocoon. As blood flows into the veins of the wings the adult flutters and dries them. In a few hours, when the wings are strong and dry, the butterfly or moth flies off to live out its fourth, or adult, stage.

Photo © Ralph Clevenger/Corbis

LIVE LIFE, LOVE LIFE, LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST BY FLYING HIGH IN LIFE.

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RULES TO RULE YOUR LIFE

RULES TO RULE YOUR LIFE will seem a little strange for this lively spirited writer but I do have rules for myself. I am not posting to say this is how you should live. These are my rules and what I suggest is for each of you to make your personal list of rules with your priorities in mind. It is amazing to see how each of us find different items to focus our energy. I have also included a couple of sample lists from a variety of minds.

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Monday Rules for Ruling Your Life:
1) Be in charge of the parts of your life you can control and accept the uncontrollable.
2) Believe you can do whatever you set your mind to do.
3) Do not see or hear No. Think what you are going to change the No into a Yes.
4) Do not listen to negative people. Constructive advice is always good but never is there a need to degrade another even if you disagree with everything they believe.
5) Work, work, work and never feel you are entitled to success. Success is an opportunity not a given.
6) Promise only what you can deliver. Deliver on what you promise.
7) Do not be swayed by jealous people. Do not push your success down their throats either. Their ship may be around the bay.
8) Truly successful people are not envious and should keep humility as their most coveted traits.
9) If you try and fail, remember if you continue to try to win, you are not failing you are still trying.
10) Always remember the people who supported you while you were not successful. They should be rewarded when success comes. Help others as it is always Pay it Forward.
(Arline Miller, author 2017 with side note: My personal first commitment is to give thanks to God for all faith, gifts, & blessings)

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How do you decide what is top priority? One of the first consideration is the question “What creates the most passion and/or emotion in your life?”

Another question “What would cause you to argue and disagree with someone?”

 

Have fun making your rules and ruling your life as your life is your own and no one else’s!

Until we read again…..Arline Miller, blogger and author

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IS BEING GOOD…GOOD ENOUGH?

IS BEING GOOD……GOOD ENOUGH? I see so many talented people falling short of greatness and I feel I am in this category. This post is not meant to be from a negative mindset but I think you will understand the message.

 

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When there is a race, there are losers as well as one winner. Let’s think about that. All of the runners, drivers, swimmers practice for this race. Usually, they all practice about the same amount of time, methods, and effort. At the end of the race, it is not normal for there to be minutes between the winner and the second place runner up…it is seconds or even tenths of seconds. How about the photo finish races? Down to the wire?

Here is where the difference comes in? In the next race, the one who had finished in second place may get a better jump and win. Here comes the message….It doesn’t matter. As long as a person does their best, and given their absolute effort, life gives surprises even to the best and this is what keeps us from feeling that we can make no mistakes or come in second. We can; it is a given. The only factor that is consistent is the best athlete; the best scholar; the best writer; the best actor; the best cook will feel the pain of defeat. What makes the difference is how winners (and that includes winners who lose) react to the not so pleasant events.

Being good is good enough! As long as we are trying our best, we will succeed even with temporary losses. We will strengthen our minds and bodies by knowing there can be a next time and we will be better prepared by this experience. We can evaluate what we did last time and what we can do next time to improve…..OR…..we can stay consistent and confident our time will come. Not every race can be won by every participant so keep trying. 

Here are some points to consider:

How many times do you think Julia Child burnt a dish?

Here’s Julia Child burning food — on purpose. A plate of steak, scalloped potatoes, and green beans. A gorgeous Gran Mariner souffle. NO! I can’t bear to look. There is a lecture at the end of the video on the importance of carbon, which you will probably want to just skip — apparently Julia burning food was supposed to illustrate his point. But it’s a hoot to watch Julia nonchalantly prattling on while she pulls blackened dishes out of her various ovens. (Note from Arline: I didn’t post the video but you get the idea, even Julia Child burnt food even if on purpose)

How many times did J K Rolling’s work get rejected?

The Christopher Little Literary Agency receives 12 publishing rejections in a row for their new client, until the eight-year-old daughter of a Bloomsbury editor demands to read the rest of the book. The editor agrees to publish but advises the writer to get a day job since she has little chance of making money in children’s books. Yet Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling spawns a series where the last four novels consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history, on both sides of the Atlantic, with combined sales of 450 million.

How many times did Babe Ruth strike out?

Strikeouts All Time Leaders ‘Top 1,000’

Name

Strikeouts

Rank

Babe Ruth

1,330

118

Career Statistics

Batting average: .342

Home runs: 714

Hits: 2,873

RBI: 2,213

Pitching W/L record: 94-46

ERA: 2.28

How many times has Leonardo DeCaprio been nominated but didn’t win an Oscar?

At the 2016 Oscars there is no safer bet than Leonardo DiCaprio winning the Best Actor award. Poor old Leo has waited 22 years since his first nomination, for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and if he does in fact win for The Revenant it will finally kill the many memes about his many Oscar snubs

I found this interesting and it makes sense, BEING GOOD IS GOOD ENOUGH and the key is to continue to use the skills and talents which will turn from GOOD to GREAT and maybe even FANTASTIC!

LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST by continually moving and doing the things IN LIFE YOU LOVE!

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WHY FEEL DEPRESSED?

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Isn’t it amazing how getting priorities in place, we begin to feel uplifted and more positive. Below is an excerpt for attracting Positive Energy.

10 Ways To Attract Positive Energy August 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

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We are magnets.  When we emit positive energy (thoughts, feelings, and vibrations), we attract more positives to us.

Bueno!  Life, she is good!

Mangia!  Mangia!

When we dwell on the negatives, we attract negatives ~ sapping our energy and strength in the process.

If you’re tired of living under a perpetual rain cloud, keep reading! 

Yes, Eeyore, you too!

If we want to attract heath, wellness, and vitality to ourselves, we must stop circulating (and re-circulating) toxic, negative thoughts and feelings.

Here are 10 Ways to Attract Positive Energy into your life, while boosting your immune system, curing dis-ease, and counter-balancing daily stress:

1.  Love and accept yourself as you are right now.  Start a list to remind yourself of all your wonderful qualities.  Add to it every day.

E.g.,  I am the most positive person I know.

2.  Free yourself from past resentments and disappointments about who you were yesterday.  Stop engaging in self-blame and guilt for past acts and omissions.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Revel in it.

As Scrooge announced on Christmas morn, “I am not the man I was!”

3.  Let go of any and all resentment you’re hanging onto about everyone and everything else.  Stop looking for reasons to criticize and blame others for their acts and omissions.  Let go of your desire to control others.

The past is gone.  It is what it is, and cannot be changed.  Let it go. 

4.  Stop giving your power away.  Use your time, energy, and vitality wisely.  Every time you choose to focus on a negative, you are depleting your reserves rather than re-charging your batteries.

Focus on circulating and re-circulating positive, life-affirming ideas. 

5.  Use creative visualization and your imagination to your advantage, not your detriment.  Instead of picturing worst case scenarios, see things as you want them to be.  Visualize yourself doing things in a state of perfect health.

Visualize ideal outcomes and happy endings, not dire consequences.

 6.  Do not speak of your illness, or dis-ease with others.  The more attention you place on what you don’t want in your life, the more energy it absorbs.   Remove your attention from your dis-ease.  Put your focus and attention on the things in your life that make you feel good.

Starve your illness and dis-ease by refusing to dwell on them.

7.  Love is the antidote to fear.  If you appreciate the many blessings in your life, and express gratitude for anything and everything, you begin to flow in  a healing bath (rather than languishing in toxins).  Develop an attitude of gratitude by making a list of all the things you are grateful for, including  increased health and vitality.

Be grateful for the health and well-being coming your way.

8.  Recognize that you have the power to heal yourself.  That healing power flows from the thoughts you think.  Allow positive thoughts to circulate, eliminating stress and boosting your immune system.

There is no such thing as incurable.  Miracles abound.

9.  Be happy.  Appreciate this moment.  Resist nothing.  Love yourself and others.  Be  grateful for small blessings.  Make happiness your number one  priority.  When you remain positive, you summon well-being, and vanquish  illness and dis-ease.

When we exist in a state of happiness, we boost our immune systems and allow our bodies to use energy reserves for healing.  

10.  Laugh!  Laugh again!  Watch funny movies and recall memories that make you laugh.  Once you access the joy within, let it expand to fill your entire being, crowding out illness and dis-ease.

Laugh your way back to health.

As for me and my house, I will give thanks and keep my positive priorities in check. Have a fantastic day. LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST WITH POSITIVE ENERGY!

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MATERIALISTIC? RUINING THE WORLD

MATERIALISTIC? RUINING THE WORLD one person at a time. I chose this particular topic because of observing how so many decisions are being made with monetary intentions without encompassing the entire effect on others. I want to refer to a common statement that years ago people dreaming of winning the lottery would make, “If I ever win the lottery, I will take care of my family.” Do you remember years ago, people made that statement many times? Have you thought about the non-existence of this statement in the last couple of years? There are exceptions but they are becoming rare entities. I use this as one example but there are many areas where people are becoming more materialistic and less-caring for others. If this topic doesn’t apply to you personally, it may help you understand others. Let me elaborate on this subject.

It is rare to see children sharing toys and I wondered why this is happening. I heard a song on the radio and it was touching but it hit home on this very subject. The song is the one in the video:

 

Our children are watching us and they pick up what we say, how we react and what we value and treat others. Listen to this song and how it hits the nail on the head. I remember how our parents shared their rakes, shovels, hoses, food, and anything else they could for our neighbors, friends, and especially family. If we had more than we needed, we found out who could use the food or anything else. I know some of you are nodding as that was our way of life. Once we realize that it was our blessing to have the abundance and the ability to share, we find out what seems to be missing in our world today. I have some friends who I see practicing those sharing qualities and it makes them glow in all of our eyes. Am I right? Do you have some people who possess giving and sharing qualities and you smile when you see something posted about come and get some of this and some of that? I know I do.  Sharing with others is probably more attractive than any business degree or even being famous. For all of us that are old enough to remember, let me see if you can answer this question about a famous singer….Who would stop in fields or at houses and give the owner a brand new cadillac and did this many times over? Oh yes, we remember this star not only as the King of Rock and Roll; his charitable heart was admired as much as his music.

Let me get our minds working with some questions as to why being materialistic can be dangerous to us personally and as a society:

  • When you found yourself in difficult times, who were the most likely people to help you?
  • When you gave to someone who was going through difficult times, how did you feel?
  • If you lost everything today, could you start all over or would you sink into depression about the materialistic possessions you lost?
  • If you were the victim of a fire in which you lost everything but everyone got out safely, would you feel blessed or forsaken?
  • Would you rather rescue a pet or buy one?
  • If you chose to argue and fight if a loved one died over materialistic possessions and it caused a life long separation between you and your family, would it be okay with you?
  • If your employer did not give you a raise you felt you deserved, not because they didn’t want to give it to you but because of economic decisions, would you hold this against your employer or be thankful you had your job?

This is a sample of ways to consider the value of life instead of monetary focus. Many of us have started over, had relationships to fail, had to change direction and focus in our lives. When decisions are made solely about money; love takes a back seat. My philosophy is Love should always be in the driver’s seat and put all of any disagreements or differences in the trunk and shut the lid. LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; AND LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST BY GIVING AND LOVING UNTIL IT HURTS.

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