Today, the Sunday after Thanksgiving is supposed to be the busiest travel day of the year in the U.S. People are leaving their Thanksgiving celebration destinations after time spent with family, friends and significant others. We are traveling by car, airplane, bus, train, RV and by foot and by bicycle. Despite, traffic jams, canceled flights, standing-room-only trains, one thing is certain, we are, most of us, sure of our destinations. We will get where we are going at least in the physical sense. Home. For some, however, the journey never ends, There are folks who never arrive mentally and spiritually anywhere. They are constantly in motion. They are always going, doing, emailing, using Social Media, directing, worrying, moving, gossipping. Stopping or even slowing down is not part of their inner journey. Peace for them is a foreign destination. Their road to inner harmony is roadblocked or delayed by their need for constant excitement. Often, they offer you a ride or a free ticket to join them in their insanity. Don’t get on that plane! Don’t join folks on the journey to nowhere. Wherever you travel, you can choose peace as your destination.
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There is discussion these days about the impact that our friends and our lifestyle decisions have on our personal and professional development. New research shows we tend to develop traits of those with whom we spend the most time. Experts say our “Top Five” play a role in our decisions. As the adage goes: ” We are the company we keep.” Often, we don’t have a choice. Our families, for instance. Sometimes we find ourselves alone, or with friends who don’t have our interest at heart but wield influence. Sometimes we may simply be on a crowded bus or airplane for a sustained period. Worse, many of us daily must be part of less-than healthy work environments that offer no opportunity for growth, personally or professionally.
We are not at the mercy of others. We are valuable. Our thoughts are powerful. Daily, we have the opportunity to make choices that validate us. We can dismiss situations in which our personhood is not valued if not physically, then at least mentally. No is not a four-letter word. We can detach from people who consistently invalidate us by constant criticism, lateness, manipulation or misuse of our time. The same for clients or employers who don’t treat us well or compensate us appropriately. When no one else is in the room, or when emotional terrorists seek to destroy us, we are still armed. We have God. We have ourselves.
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I am increasingly convinced that there are people that are born with a hole in their soul. We all know them – people who are convinced of their own greatness. They lack empathy for others and are not only totally self-involved but devoid of anything resembling compassion. They treat others like toys to be manipulated. The spotlight must be on them at all time . Pettiness is their tour de force.
Until recently cats were often characterized as resembling these selfish, unfeeling souls. Recent evidence such as Tara the rescue cat who saved her four-year old charge from a dog indicates otherwise. Thanks to digital and social media there are the numerous examples of cats as heroes, singers, gate keepers and cats in nursing homes who offer comfort to those in pain or who are dying. I’m reminded of the kindness of cats when Koko comes to cuddle and watch Netflix with me or Jean Claude, sensing I’m feeling down, comes to play or rub again me. Cats can be kind and can serve as an example for us human beings as well.
The last the two weeks have been full of adventure in terms of my professional career with some travel and a lot of catching up with old friends and making new friends. I also along with CCL got a sneak peak at something very exciting. During such stressful business activity, it is wonderful to have friends and family and of Jean Claude and Koko who provide endless entertainment when I am home. I am still struck by those who by virtue of their being, despite fame and fortune, who invite loneliness by their behavior – their constant need for attention, demands. Others and other people’s time don’t matter in their world. They are selfish to the point of claiming ownership over others time, they stalk people through Social Media and other means, never grasping that their oneness is something that they have created. In times like these prayer is the answer.