Friday, February 5, 2010

Installing LOVE

Tech Support: Yes, ... how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me though the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?

Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running?

Customer: Let's see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge, and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longerdisrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?

Customer: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.

Customer: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is thatnormal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, "Error - Program notrun on external components." What should I do?

Tech Support: Don't worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So, what should I do?

Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.

Tech Support: Now, copy them to the "My Heart" directory. The system willoverwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart.Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give itand its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some coolmodules back to you.

Friday, February 15, 2008

You Are Perfect!

Makeover madness, plastic surgery, and being happy with who you are.
I just saw something really sad.
I was flipping through channels, trying to see if there was anything on, and I landed on what I found out was MTV. The show was "I Want to Look Like Someone Famous", or something like that.
I've noticed that there has been an onslaught of such shows.
Everyday people going under the knife to look like someone else. Not subtle little changes like hair coloring or whitening their smile, but drastic makeover changes like chin implants, nose jobs and complete body changes all in the course of a few weeks to look like someone else.
These are perfectly acceptable looking people wanting to look like someone famous.
They are so uncomfortable with who they are, with being in their own skin, that they are willing to put their lives and faces in danger for a makeover to "become" someone else.
I look at the stretch marks forming across my nine-month expectant-mother frame and think how with just a flick of a laser they could be gone.
The wrinkles around my eyes and mouth are reminders of all the laughs and giggles I've had in my life.
I wouldn't change a one.
Look at your imperfections for what they are, YOURS. You are you, individual and beautiful.
I don't want to look like someone who is famous this year for their 15 minutes. Ten years from now, no one will know who they are, much less who you look like.
I don't want my children to think that their value is found in someone else's fame. They are loved for who they are. They are special for who they are. A makeover will not make them more special.
I heard it best put by the man himself, Fred Rogers. People are like fish. Everyone is fancy in their own way; some on the inside and some on the outside. You just need to figure out how you're fancy and know that no one can take that away from you, unless you let them.
With words of wisdom like that, perhaps in this makeover crazed world we would all do well to spend a little time in "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood".

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Identity Theft - Defining Who We Are

Identity theft! What defines you in life?
We've all seen them!

The commercials use the voices of people clearly not the ones speaking to relay what can happen when someone else becomes you. Almost everyday another story is reported on this growing intrusion into our lives.

No, we're not going to talk about that kind of identity theft.

I want to talk about how we are being infiltrated by a foe so dangerously subtle that most of us don't even know it is happening.

What defines your identity?

What do you feel best identifies you in life?

Are you a victim of identity theft?

Some of the ways our identity is being defined today:

* He who has the most "stuff" wins.
* See you at the top.
* Money, Money, Money, Money. (Isn't this a song?)
* It's all about me and my need to be happy.

I wonder, do we sometimes confuse popularity with success?

If we ran every noted and famous person through the test of NOBLENESS and DIVINE, how many would pass? Is what many define as success today really gold, or, is it "fools gold"?

My parents never used their status quo, position or income to determine their identity. Money was a means for enhancing the identity they found at home and not the home for their identity.

Don't let the cultural trend and persuasion define who you are in life.

Climbing the corporate ladder, accumulating "stuff" and making money is only a mirage for real success. Careful, this type of subtle indentity theft foe is lurking in the shadows of all our lives.

May we often be reminded that the greatest gift we can ever give the world is a home with love, stability, faith and character.

My wife and I will continue to tell our children over and over again that they are our greatest claim to fame

Monday, January 7, 2008

Finding Our Life Purpose

Each of us has incarnated to play a specific. When we find our special role and play it with love, we experience contentment and happiness. When we lose contact with our life purpose, or do not have the courage to live it, we experience discontent and sometimes depression.
In some cases, we may need to make choices between the following:a. Money or meaningfulness b. Comfort or creativity c. Security or evolution d. Social "success" or social responsibility e. Superficial happiness or real inner contentment f. Satisfying others¹ expectations or our own inner voice or wisdom. Let us examine what we can do to regain contact with our life purpose.
We need to free ourselves from our social conditioning concerning what kind of work has value. We need to be free to select the type of work and life style which suits us regardless of what others think of our choices. If our loved ones have a problem with our choices, we need to have enough inner confidence to lovingly help them understand that we are simply asking for the freedom to pursue that which fulfills us.Often the simplest roles can offer us the greatest spiritual lessons and self-satisfaction. Take, for example, the roles of motherhood or fatherhood. Not much importance is given to them today because many feel that working in an office has more prestige or creativity. Yet, there is no more important and demanding role than that of parenthood.
We will need to overcome any fears that might obstruct our ability to give ourselves wholeheartedly to our goals. Such as fear ofa. Failure b. What others think. c. That we may not make it financiallyd. That we may not be perfect in what we do e. That we might make a mistake. We are all in a process of evolution. Making mistakes is natural when we are learning and creating. It is important to understand that we are worthy and lovable even though we are not perfect and even when we not have perfect results.
It is imperative that we free ourselves from excessive concentration on success as a measure of our self-worth. If our motives are as pure as possible and our efforts our best for our present stage of evolution then the results do not matter. Christ, Socrates, Gandhi and Martin Luther King all lived their life purpose but were all killed by the societies in which they lived.
We will need to develop a deeper contact with our inner voice through prayer, silence, and meditation. Then we will hear the "small voice" of inner wisdom and know, within ourselves, the role that we have come to play.
Even if we know our role, we may not be able to play it effectively if we are frequently ill, tired, nervous, fearful or upset. A healthy body and clear mind can be maintained through healthy natural foods, exercises, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and positive thinking. With daily practice of these techniques, our bodies and minds will be capable of expressing our inner beauty and creativity.
An instrument must surrender completely to its player. Finding our role in life means being open to whatever role is useful to the universe at each place and time. We need to let go of egocentric needs and realize that at times we will be called upon to do "great works", and at others, we will be assigned simple task.
We can pray for purification and guidance as instruments of divine harmony here on earth. Through prayer and sincerity, we can become transformers of spiritual energy into beneficial works here on the material level. Through our daily meditations, we can receive spiritual energy, which we can then share with those around us in the form of love, compassion, understanding and service.
We need to believe in our inner feelings and what brings us happiness. Happiness and inner contentment are signs that we are aligned with our life purpose.
We need to get in touch with and develop our inherent talents. They will guide us to what we have come to do.
Be Well
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Do You Have Successful Life?

What does a successful life look like? When we ponder that question, we might first think of money in the bank, a beautiful home, and a great-looking car. Or we might think about someone who has gained fame in a sport, art, or profession that they value. We might think of a successful career. All these things can be part of a successful life, but if a life is not lived with purpose, these things become nothing more than external trappings. Purpose gives a life its heart and soul.To live a life of purpose requires a certain amount of soul searching. Success experts often say that if you listen closely to your heart, you'll be able to determine your real purpose for being here on this earth. Surely you are not here just to breathe the air and take up space. And just as surely, you are not here to take all you can from the rest of the world without giving something back. Living with purpose is all about finding out what it is that you can give back to the rest of the world.Every person is uniquely suited to make some important contribution to the world. The Bible says, "Give and it will be given to you." A life spent selflessly has rewards that will surprise you if you've never tried it. Those rewards are feelings of peace, happiness, fulfillment, and personal worth. It's good for the soul to do something useful and helpful for others, even if it is just sharing a smile or brightening their day with a good joke.The 1980's were called the "me decade" because people began to quit valuing their family and their fellow man, and started putting themselves first. They started "looking out for number one." The result of this type of outlook is not as joyful as it sounds. Fortunately, popular wisdom has turned the corner and people are again putting others first. Yes, there is truth to the idea that you need to assert yourself at times. Being a doormat isn't good for you or anyone else. Still, it truly is more blessed to give than to receive.So what is your purpose? Maybe you have a strong sense of it. If you don't, consider these questions. What are five things in your life that you value deeply? Can you name five issues or causes that matter most to you? What accomplishments from your past were the most rewarding to your soul? And here's a challenge. Try to express what you believe your mission on earth is in only twenty words or less.There are many causes and groups who could use your helping hand. Even if you don't know your one main purpose, you can still get involved in helping. You could write letters to the editor about causes you care about. You could send a percentage of your income to a charity you admire. You could volunteer to help someone learn to read. You could take the time to visit someone in a retirement home, hospital, or prison. As you branch out and give of yourself, your purpose is sure to emerge.

.....till tomorow again

Happy New Year

Welcome to this year of great opportunities, exploits. As we dive into every facet of life. Life as we know is what we live for every single of the day.Life presents us with different challenges to better in anyway we might look at.
At Sapphire Mission, we are to educate on what life brings to us and how we can wake up each day to face it. we will also be looking into what can make this life a fun to live.
Till tomorow.