Archive | December, 2017

Crossed Paths

29 Dec

Back in the early 70s when I first wrote “Life’s Handbook” one of the phrases I wrote was:

Every person you meet is brought into your life for a reason. It could be because you have a gift to share with them or they may have a gift to share with you. What you do with these gifts is up to you.

Those three little sentences say a lot, if you are willing to open you eyes and hearts to possible miracles.

How many times have you been introduced to someone only to feel you know them already? How many times have you corresponded with someone online, only to realize you have so much in common that you just might know them also?

Over the years I have learned not to discount little incidences like these. Many times I’ve found we have some connection, whether spiritual or something else that has drawn us together for a specific reason. Most times it is because God had something for us to share with someone. These everyday miracles are hard to ignore and many times on reflection the blessings I’ve received have opened doors to many more friends.

There have also been times where I just passed up possible gifts for no reason other than I was in the middle of my own crisis. This makes me wonder what gift I failed to share with someone or prevented that person sharing their gift with me. Some of these answers I may never find out, but I have learned to not turn my heart away from possible blessings and have opened my heart to share with all the blessings and love I have received.

In my post “Life Is…” I wrote about how we all have a tendency to think our world really sucks, without remembering there is always someone who has it worse. Life is a gift – it is our job to live it to the best of our ability, share our love with everyone, and offer our gifts to everyone we meet. We were brought together for a reason and we should make the best of it.

So, now when you cross paths with someone new, think of the gifts you have to offer and the blessing you just may receive. Live life to its fullest, sharing your love and blessings for you never know the person that crosses your path just may be that Angel you are seeking.

Walk daily with God at your side

Love always,

Ed

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Open Your Heart 

16 Dec

I study nature, people and animals its just something I do. I see things that make me question myself and what other appear to be thinking. 

Some see life hopeless, others hopeful. I often wonder why people are so different and what I can do to help. 

Even when things are less than perfect, if you can think of the good, the beautiful, the hopeful, you’ll be more than sustained–you’ll conquer. 

Life is what we make it because we pretty much made all the choices that put us where we are. If we aren’t hopeful, we must ask ourselves why and then make changes in our life style to make it better. I listen to people talk, I read their comments on my posts and I ask myself why have so many closed off their hearts?

Love and hope flow freely into and out of an open heart. When we close off our hearts, we effectively close off our life to love and hope. It is a choice we make and it is a choice we can change. So I ask you, why spend your life unhappy, open your heart and share the love and hope everyone is sharing out there. I friendly smile and a nod of the head is contagious and get spread around. A hug is a one size fits all and it is freely returned. God has blessed us all, we need to share it.

The friend given you, by circumstances over which you have no control, was God’s own gift. Be happy and share your gifts. It is always good to remember that anything given with love is never wasted. 

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

Just Think

8 Dec

Just think, you’re here not by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else – you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.

To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

If You Could….

6 Dec

If I were to ask you if you were happy with your life, most of you would answer yes. However, if I were to ask what you would most change in your life to make you happier or make life easier, most of you would realize you are not as happy as you think. 

Our life consists of one decision on top of another and in retrospect there is probably many things we could do better if we just took the time to think before we made our choices. We are the sum total of choices we made throughout our life and whether we want to admit it or not, we all have made more than a few bad decisions. Most of them have taught us lessons and helped turn us back to the right path, however some remain hidden in the closet hoping never to see the light of day again.

How we perceive ourselves and how people perceive us usually turn out to be two different people. Sometimes in life we need to look into a mirror and take an honest look at ourselves, then realize we just may have to make some changes to become the person we really want to be.  

Ok, I hear some of you saying there is nothing in my life that I would change. That is your ego standing up and denying your misgivings for you. Don’t let your expanded ego control who you really want to be.  Humble yourself and admit you made some bad choices you wish you could turn around. 

So, I ask you, if you could  change one thing in your life to be happy what would you change and why?

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

My Christmas Wish

2 Dec

If I could have one wish for Christmas it would be peace. NOT peace on earth as I believe that will never happen because of free will. Since everyone has their own idea as to what peace would look like, I think I will offer my opinion.

I have never talked much about my experience in Vietnam, mainly because it offers an insight of human behavior that for the most part is anger and lack of compassion for human life. I was part of an elite unit of the Marines called Force Recon assigned to a unit from Air America, also known as the CIA. My MOS was Scout/Sniper in which I was assigned targets to which my job was to render harmless. I was very good at my job, maybe a bit too good. This was mainly because of anger towards the Vietcong because they showed no compassion when taking American life’s. However, it left it’s mark on me that I live with to this day. There are still days where I think we did more harm than good.

When I came home from Vietnam, I was a broken person, full of anger and had no compassion for anyone. It took years, working everyday with medical professionals to overcome my anger and addictions. To become human again rather than being the animal I was almost became a miracle. I was lucky to have a strong family to support me along with a great company to provide for the medical treatment needed. Through the grace of God I was able to overcome my anger and learn compassion for people again. However, I still have the nightmares and sweats from the past.

It distressed me when I see or hear people profess an attitude of no compassion, for I learned that not everyone has had the blessings of a great education as I have and that everyone makes mistakes in their life, as much as they would like to deny it.

Life is not a bed of roses and most people learn from their mistakes, some don’t. Whether its from ignorance or from just giving up they just can’t seem to find the right path. I pray for their understanding and comfort as they strive to find the guidance they need. I also pray for people to find compassion and understanding to help guide others to reach their path.

So I ask for peace, knowing that it is somewhat a loose term. Peace is a settling of the mind with the knowledge that I can help others as God has helped me. Peace is being able to live with the past and look forward to tomorrow. Peace is love for your fellow man in spite of your differences. Life is short, don’t waste it on self centered thoughts or ego.

May you all have Peace in your life and Love in your heart. This is my wish for Christmas.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed