KINDNESS IS FREE, sprinkle it all over the world and 😁 smile
Life is like a bunch of roses. Some sparkle like raindrops. Some fade when there's no sun. Some just fade away in time. Some dance in many colors. Some drop with hanging wings. Some make you fall in love. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Life you can be sure of, you will not get out ALIVE.(sorry about that)
Through these ebbs and flows, you continue to expand and evolve. When you carry the very best of your ideas forward, you flourish. However, when you become stalwart and stagnant with outmoded ideas, you stifle your progress and expansion. Eventually, with newer generations, you begin to flow again and reap the benefit of the previous experiences. When viewed from a broad perspective, there is never a good or bad, right or wrong, simply a flowing of your spirit of God’s unconditional love. The reality you perceive is infinitely more than you can ever take in. Given your limitations of senses, specific and often narrow focus, personal filters of beliefs, or perpetuating ingrained cultural traditions, you are always doing the best you know how to do, given where you are.
Timeless and eternal, God’s unconditional love is the one universal constant that is present and intimately infused in every aspect of our lives. God’s unconditional love is what makes the most profound difference when you are consciously aware of it. When you allow it to flow through you as compassion, kindness, empathy, appreciation and respect, you lift the very nature of your reality to a higher dimensional level. You inspire and expand pure potential each time you choose to be a presence of God’s unconditional love. This is who you are and why you are here on this adventure of life.
The way forward is allowing this realization of God’s unconditional love to permeate your conscious awareness in every moment. The more you engage God’s unconditional love as the foundation of our lives, the greater we will expand our reality where everyone benefits from this vast horizon of potentiality. By accepting yourself unconditionally and approaching each moment in the same way, you give birth to an ever-brighter world. You are the one you have looked for over the eons. You are God’s unconditional love you seek. You and I are God’s unconditional love you are!
In 1989, Rain Man was a hit movie about a man who couldn’t pronounce his name Raymond properly, when he was a kid, but who could remember decks of cards and was shunted off to an institution to be forgotten about by his family. In 1989, the world knew precious little about autism, perhaps, in part, because the works of Hans Asperger, were suppressed until 1981 and Professor Lorna Wing, an English paediatrician, translated them and discovered she had an autistic daughter. Today, we know a lot more about autism, yet we have apologists for Sia on Twitter asking if we would be demanding that Dustin Hoffman return his award for portraying Raymond Babbitt or Tom Hanks for Forrest Gump. I have to admit that being told I talk like Forrest Gump was insulting, and having an ex-girlfriend who asked me if I’d seen the movie and when I replied no and told her why, at first laughed, and later used it against me only rubbed salt in. So, do we want the first bit? No, we don’t. If anybody could be considered close to what somebody who would have been described as having Asperger’s would be like, it would be better to highlight Macon Leary. All right, Macon Leary doesn’t have superpowers, but he is a man addicted to routine. A man who grieved unconventionally for his murdered son, and was accused of being cold and heartless by his wife, Sarah. A man whose wife said he didn’t believe in automatic transmissions (I can’t drive a manual) but an extremely conventional man. The fact of the matter is, I have known many a person who has said, “Oh, but they’re only acting.” Well, Natalie Bassingthwaite played a manipulative, nasty character in Neighbours, yet the real-life Natalie Bassingthwaite is a sweet, kind person. The late Lydia Bellingham, known as the OXO Lady, played a villain in The Bill and I mentioned this to her on Twitter, and she tweeted back, “Yes, Irene Radford. I enjoyed that role.” The late Cornelia Francis, who could be nasty on The Weakest Link, was quite kind in real life. Such people frequently take on such roles for a challenge. I remember a twit from the writer’s group saying that he didn’t like Ray Meagher after he gave Bert Facey a flogging on A Fortunate Life. Well, Ray Meagher played the role of Bob, who used a false whip. I’ve heard Ray Meagher talk, as himself, and he seems like a pleasant man, rather than the gruff, bad-tempered, “Who the flamin’ heck put that there?! Don’t “Dude” me, you long-haired yahoo!” The fact of the matter is some autistic actors fantastic characters. Sia’s arguments are quite superficial and flimsy.
“I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are – particularly when it’s difficult.
People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself.
For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain”!
On Thursday, November 19, the office of the Maidan Museum was searched by National Police investigators accompanied by SBU officers. Police attributed the searches to an investigation into the construction of the Memorial to the Heroes of the Heavenly Hundred: the Maidan Museum paid the general contractor UAH 111 million in advance, but the latter allegedly spent the […]
It’s easy to go about our day feeling as though we’re just doing more of the same old same old. For you, it might mean going to work every day and providing for your family. It might mean raising your children right and serving them with all your love. It means endurance, patience, and longsuffering through the challenges. What we often fail to see is that while we’re faithfully doing the daily works that are already there for us to do, we are doing the will of God for our lives. Too often we think that doing God’s will means some big assignment, something really special when God has already laid out our assignments in a way that we tend to overlook.
The apostle Paul says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” – Ephesians 2 verse 10. That tells me that God has already prepared a way for us to walk in His will. And how do we walk in it? By our good works. Paul is saying that when you gave your heart to Jesus, you received the spiritual DNA of Almighty God and became His new creation. That means you are predisposed, or newly created in Jesus, for good works. So when you think, “I want to know God’s assignment for me”, that’s God drawing you to do the good works He has already prepared for you to do—that is His will.
Think about the simple things that you will do today and consider the possible effects. When you overlook an offence, that’s a simple thing, but do you realize the effects it may have? What happens when you extend forgiveness to a loved one rather than hold a grudge? When you go to work with a good attitude even though your workplace is a difficult one, do you know the difference it will make in your children’s lives, your coworkers’ lives, or in your own life today? Might it have an extended effect for a year or perhaps even a lifetime?
The enemy doesn’t want you to see your good works as fulfilling the will of God. He doesn’t want you to see every good work as also working in you, changing you, and leading you to fulfil your destiny. We need to see these “good works” not just as our duties but see them for what they are – they are “good”, they are pleasing and honourable in God’s sight, they bring Him joy, and they are shaping our lives by His handiwork. When you do the right thing today, you’ll have an effect that reaches further than you ever dreamed or imagined, and it could be for eternity!