Week 9 – Life is Precious!

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow.  A day for all of us to express and feel gratitude.   I was struggling a bit to compile the blog for the week;  initially, I thought I would speak on the topic of gratitude in part due to the Thanksgiving celebration beginning tomorrow.   However, I experienced something unusual in the grocery store today.

I came across a women who looked like someone  ( Mary) I had been frequently in contact with Mary during my thirties and early forties.  But alas, I was speaking to her sister.    I believe it has been about 15 years since I have been in contact with Mary.  Our lives have traveled different pathways.  I am sure you know how that goes.  People drift in and out of your life for a season or for a reason.  Then these people drift out of your lives.  We conversed and did a little catch up.  I learned Mary, who must be in her fifties, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer this past August.   Eighteen inches of her colon was removed.  Cancer is also present in her liver and spine.  All know that it is a fast growing type of cancer.  Collectively as a family they wish not to hear the progression, so no more scans.    What a beautiful, vivacious, spirit filled woman, Mary is.

This moment moved me.  It in fact brought tears to my eye.  “I greet this day with LOVE was my only thought through out the conversation.

Life is made up of moments.  Life is precious and can be cut short.  What did I think as Mary’s sister left the conversation?  ” .. wherever I go I bring a gift, I may bring a compliment, prayer, trinket, flower … but I promise I will give something to every person I encounter…..  I promise to give  hope for joy, affluence, kindness and love, consciously with every encounter, regardless of the brevity.

What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving?  I am thankful that I am alive, happy and healthy.  I am thankful that “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy. ”  I am thankful for God’s abundant blessings  that all about me.   I am thankful I have progressed to week 9 in the Master Key System course.  I am thankful for the LOVE  that surrounds me.

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I am thankful for you.   May God’s Peace be with you my friend.

Kris

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Week 8- Let us be an instrument of peace

It is November 21st today and have simply felt exhilarated and overjoyed listening to Christmas music while driving in the car.    In one month on December 21st,  it will be the third year anniversary of my mother’s death.  She was an individual with whom I was emotionally endeared too.   Even now I still think of her daily.    So what does this have to do with anything?  What is so amazing is that today I felt happy and excited about the approaching holiday season.  It’s been three years since I have felt holiday joy.  You know how some holidays go.  You muddle through, trying to make it jolly for those around you.  Well, not this year.  Amen! today I am “alive, happy and healthy.”

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It’s the diet I am on.  No negative thoughts are allowed.  “Any thought that is not positive and constructive in character, whether it concerns me, myself, or anyone else is a negative thought.”  Emmet Fox.

Tomorrow I face an obstacle and a huge challenge.  Tomorrow I will stand my my husband side as a sheriff knocks on one our apartment doors to evict a tenant.  Normally I would start my diet after this situation;  but, I have spent the week practicing the LAW OF FORGIVENESS.

To  access the Divine and connect the subconscious to the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Creator we must first forgive everyone and anyone to clear the channel.  There can be no connection to the Divine mind where anger or resentment against a brother or sister, justified or not, exist.

How will I accomplish handling this negative situation?  with LOVE. “I greet this day with love in my heart.  But how do I react to the actions of others?  With Love.”    Og Mandino

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I here and now commit to be an instrument of peace, a vessel of God’s Love.

I look for your thoughts of love and prayers as well.

Kris

Week 7 – The movie poster

 I have been a tad bit behind in completing my honor requirements for the Master Key course.   I just needed to be honest here.   In part, I spent so much time on the press release  that I found it a challenge to complete the shape assignment and the movie poster by targeted date.  But alas, I spent last Sunday re-doing my movie poster (wanted to get it right, because after all it’s the movie of my life).  Once it was done I was profoundly moved.  Almost indescribably, serene peaceful moment.   I included the final paragraph from the press release because these words moved me so.

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I congratulated myself and celebrated the moment.    Onward and upward to the next assignment – the shapes.    Read and re-read the directions set forth by Mark and Davene, reviewed the webinar again and plowed forward assigning goals and numbers to the shapes.  I just love this because the shape posters (as I call them) are everywhere.  To protect them I inserted the document in page protector.  I get a chuckle every time I look at them, because I’m not only impacting my sub conscious but the sub conscious of everyone else in my home!!!  I have several in my bedroom and have noticed all four colors coming up in my dreams.  Now this powerful,  I have even received suggestions from my subconscious on how to move my definite main purpose forward.  Mark’s and Davene’s suggestions WORK.   My conclusion;  “STAY THE COURSE.”

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I hope you will follow the compass instead of the clock!

Have a Blessed Week!

Kris

WEEK 6 – What is my definition of success?

“… success is contingent upon the highest moral ideal, which is “The greatest good to the greatest number.  Aspiration, desire and harmonious relations constantly and persistently maintained will accomplish results.”  Charles Hannel

This past week has been an interesting challenge.  I have completely re-written the PRESS RELEASE page of my  blog.  Accomplishing this has not come easy.  Initially, I thought this requirement would be a breeze, but it has turned out to be rather time consuming and very thought provoking.  Published the new page today and am finally in a space of being content with the finished product.   However,  I wouldn’t be surprised if I tweak it again;  after all this is movie of my life.   In completing the press release,  I  recall the words from scroll one in THE GREATEST SALESMAN IN THE WORLD,  “.. success is a state of mind.”  We all know that our culture defines success by all the material trappings.  They are nice to have, but it’s not the vacation, the car or the house that measures who we are and what we have accomplished at the end of journey.   Rather, I have come to realize it’s the people we touch.  It’s using our time, gifts and financial resources to touch the greatest number of people.  It’s in effect being the best steward as possible with all our gifts.

Long ago,  in fact 38 years ago , it was the day after my graduation from college,  I  was sitting at the breakfast table with my father and asked him;  “what do I do now?”  He put down the newspaper, went to the counter and obtained a pair of scissors to cut out something from the morning paper,  (Just think , this poem was there  in the morning newspaper to answer my question!!!!!!)  My father gave me this:

WHAT IS SUCCESS?

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,

To appreciate beauty;

To find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.

I was laying in the bed the other evening and came across this poem in a book.  It has been a long time since I have read the poem;  it was a fitting piece to ponder since I was reflecting on “the movie of my life.”     I do not know where the original clipping is, but it is still somewhere in my home (got to look for it!).   I recalled with fondness that day 38 years ago.   By his simple act, my father gave me some sound advice to live out my life.     May this poem resonate with your soul too.

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Peace be the journey-

Kris

Week 5 – Smiling

antennaThis past week in the master key master mind alliance course with the Fabulous Davene and Mark J, the world’s laziest networker, we have been challenged to be an observer.  We have also be challenged to give no opinions. (I’ll write about that some other day.)  Okay, I writing about observing, yet my title of this week’s blog is smiling.  How do I relate the two together?  I have recently returned home to St. Louis, Missouri U.S.A. and have been wearing my observer antennas (see my antennas above!).  Today I will attempt to share with you what I have experienced .

While in Taiwan it seemed everywhere I turned people were smiling,  greeting you or bowing to you.  Everywhere includes going into a department store and being greeted at the entrance with an employee wearing a suit, matching shoes,  hat and white gloves.  This employee would open the door for you, bow and greet you.  One evening I was in a department store planning to enter an elevator.  There standing before me was a young woman dressed in a fine dress, stockings, matching shoes, straw hat and white gloves.  In fact, all the female employees dressed alike. Oh by the way, the attire was so professional looking.   This young woman was cheerfully directing individuals onto an elevator (there are crowds of people everywhere you go in Taiwan).  People moved in and out of the elevator in an orderly and respectfully progression.   Mind you this woman was happy and cheerful in appearance.  She appeared to be happy at her work .  She appeared happy to be of service.

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 Moving forward, here is a description of a picture I have observed this week here in St. Louis. (Just remember this is suppose to be the happy city, because we WERE in the world series.)  I am at the doctor’s office, because I’m fighting a flu bug and I sit down with an individual to register my insurance information.  This woman had long wavy black hair, black fleece top and was relatively overweight.  Not once during our conversation did she acknowledge me or give me direct eye contact.  While processing my information, she was talking to an employee in the next cubicle and snacking on some food.  She never smiled, never said, “please or thank you.”    I attempted to give her compliment or two, but to no avail did she respond favorably.  Oh well, let’s move on.  I then proceed to Walgreens Pharmacy, later in the day to pick up some medication.  I was serviced by two people, only the pharmacist (who I know personally) greeted and interacted with me.  Through out the store, I noticed employees going about their work, with NO smile on their face.

4.20 “Here is the secret of power of mastery.  To overcome does not mean to go without things. …..  We cannot give unless we get; we cannot be helpful unless we are strong.  The Infinite is not bankrupt and we who are the representatives of the Infinite power should not be bankrupt either, and if we wish to be of more service to others we must have the power and more power, but to get it we must give it; we must be of service…… THE MORE WE GIVE THE MORE WE SHALL GET.” Charles Hannel 

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What I have learned from these observations this week?  Every act I render is actually an act of service, I challenge my self to complete each act with kindness and love.  Will you join me?

Let me leave you with a few thoughts from Mother Teresa, ” Be kind in your actions.  Do not think that  you are the only one who can do efficient work, work worth showing.  This makes you harsh in your judgement of others who may not have the same talents.  Do your best and trust others do their best.  And be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies….. We will never know how much just a simple smile will do…. Peace begins with a smile.  Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to mile at all.”

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