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We see and hear so many things
That violate and trouble our souls;
It’s time for us to step away
For refreshment that heals all our woes.



Stop to consider the beauty
That surrounds and greets us each day:
Smiling faces, music and love;
Sights and sounds to cheer in every way.


Plains and mountains, deserts and hills;
Fragrances from blossoms so sweet;
Sunshine or rain, clouds and blue sky;
Cold winters, spring warm and summer heat.



Things that injure seem plentiful;
Out numbering all that is right
But if we pay close attention,
We’ll find beautiful things that delight.




Yesterday morning, I was thinking about John and people like him, who have severe illnesses.  There is one thing that is very different for them:  Most of us have no idea about the length of our lives; they pretty much know theirs will be shorter.
As I considered this, this word came to me:
There are different kinds of flames.  Some burn for a long time.  They usually exude warmth,and softer light.  Then there are flames that burn very brightly:  Fireworks, for example,  They show off their pretty colors and shapes; then they’re gone.
John was a bright flame.  He impacted hundreds of people in his 23 years of life.
What kind of flame are you?  Do you burn more slowly, warming, giving comfort and energy?  Are you a brighter sort?
There are different kinds of fire for a reason.  We need the soft, comforting ones; the moderate kinds and the bright flames that really get our attention.  We may not know the number of our days, but we can be the very best flames possible, burning according to the ways in which we are designed.

May each of us live with purpose; may we embrace our unique expressions and bring our light to the world.


The door was large and ornate
Heavy and beautiful
With a brass handle
And a stained glass window.
I tried to open it,
It was too cumbersome for me.

The door was old and classic,
Stately and intriguing,
Made out of dark wood
With no window at all.
I didn’t open it;
Its secrets were hidden from me.

The door was cracked and broken,
Worn from years of neglect;
So full of splinters
And a shattered window
No need to open it;
There is nothing inside for me.

Then I found a simple door
A bit small and narrow;
Made with love and care
Full of invitation.
I gladly opened it
A step in my homeward journey.

Prosperity: The Journey that Starts Within; Personal beliefs and wellness

Each of us is responsible for our own wellness:

We live according to what we believe, which is a matter of heart rather than logical mind.

Beliefs come from within. They are reflected in our choices; in the relationships and things we create, including friendships, home environment, work and simpler things like thought and mood.

We all need hopes and dreams; love, joy and peace are essential for life. what we believe about these and our ability to have them determines whether we will. That’s a big statement, I know.

If you believe that you have what it takes to overcome a challenge and build a marriage or career, how well do you think you’ll do?

If, on the other hand, your focus is on inabilities and weakness, either because you let them rule or because you spend all of your energy railing against them, what will the fruit in your daily life be?

Recently, I was visiting with a cousin. I made reference to my disability; he interrupted and said, “You don’t have a disability; you have a hinderance.”

Honestly, I had not thought of that before. I felt very complimented by his remark. I have not let my particular condition stop me, so it doesn’t get much press in my own thinking.

I didn’t overcome and build overnight. I had to learn some hard lessons along the way; I had to slay some inner dragons and face some really unwise thinking on my part.

As I built my life, I had to run some tough hurdles, and climb some challenging mountains (not that I’m done with all of that just yet!)

My observation is, perfectionism and wholeness are polar opposites.

Perfectionism says I have to be and do “just so,” with no room for error or variance.

Wholeness is about embracing all that I am, strengths, weaknesses, talents, gifts, flaws, quirks and all.

Perfectionism wants “just so” right now!

Wholeness respects the life-long process of healing, growing and learning.

It’s a good thing caterpillars don’t struggle with perfectionism:

“Oops, no chrysalis for you; just put on those wings and fly right now!”

Yeeah, right.


What are your hopes and dreams?

If you rated them on my color scale

(green= absolutely; blue=mostly absolutely;yellow=maybe;orange=not likely; red=no way)

How deeply do you believe your hopes and dreams will become reality?


what do you believe about your own wellness? You can use the same scale.


If you are at “orange”, where would you want to be? (I’m betting “green.”


what would you need to do to move from “orange” to “yellow”?


What is one thing you can do to be more well? (Just one!)

By the way, the word, “Prosperity” is about wholeness, not just material or monetary gain.