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Friday, January 3, 2014

Ponderings #61

Dear fellow travelers,
    Again a deep heartfelt thank you for all your emails,  they give me inspiration.
I am so taken and touched by how articulate you are, how creative you are, and what great talent you have .  I really think you may consider, if you haven't already, writing yourself!   how about that for a project for the new year?
   As  2013,  draws to a close.  I have done much, as I'm sure you have in the past year.  I actually keep tract with a hand made list of different categories that fit my life and do a time- line of when I  start, complete, or when various activities, happen.  A great resource when I need the info for different reasons.
   How do you keep track of your life's happenings?
   What are you up to in 2014,  any big changes you know about?
        How are you dealing with the changes?  are they self-imposed?
        Are there areas of your life that are in need of change (s)?
                   Are you ready to make the change (s)?
   For me,  I am starting a Pastoral Care (Chaplain) program at AI Nemours Children's Hospital in a few weeks, actually it started a while back with the application, reference letters, background checks and now the physical.  On line training starts soon and the in hospital training begins in a few weeks.  Once a week five hour seminars and 14 hours a week  on the floor duties.  I'm excited!!. 
   For me to disclose what I'm doing before the actually doing begins, is new to me,  I usually wait until I'm part way thought and then make an announcement.  But this just feels right.  One person told me I was brave for doing this,  I replied, I think I'm naive!
   I know I have much to learn, I just trust I can be of service!  fill some of the needs of the many that come there for help. At a distance, I find myself wondering how much challenge these families must be in and questioning how they cope.  As I have said, I have much to learn.
   As we know, everyone's life at times has challenges, some so heart breaking to me, that I can say I am amazed that they can be gone thru, worked thru, and overcome to some degree, if more totally surpassed to a higher level of consciousness.   The human spirit is amazing.  Many people can be made stronger, more spiritual and more compassionate by the teachings and willingness to learn from whatever the challenge was and is.
I am in great gratitude for the human spirit,  the drive most of  we humans have to be willing to climb above  challenges and see the light,  the sun that shines. 
  I can only say  "Wow"   we humans are totally awesome!!!!!!!!.
And if you are in a challenge,  believe, believe,  that at some point this to will past.
Life is a gift,  live it!  Everyday, live it, do something special, maybe just one small thing, but do something, if its just buying flowers, using that china that is put away.
Light a fire in the fireplace, read a few pages in that book by the bed.  Journal, take a walk.  Call a friend to say hi,  I miss you.  Meditate,  go somewhere you have never been, go in  that corner store you  always walk past.  explore....just enjoy!!! or just be!
Moments are gone in a instant.   Use them  for the best.  Whatever your heart is calling you to do and be.
Make 2014, the time for reevaluating your life,  enhance it,  enjoy it, and above all know your life is for living.........maybe give more of yourself somewhere or to someone, this opens the space for you to receive more of the good there is.  And above all--  say-- thank you!! to someone,  the greatest gift anyone can give to someone...appreciation!
Live today, in this moment.  and  Many thank you's  to you!! 
Just Ponderings on Possibilities
Rev Linda Patton,  ENTC


Friday, December 20, 2013

Ponderings #60

Dear fellow travelers,
  Wow, so many responses to the last Ponderings on "Sayings",  ..thank you
  In this time of the year of  "good cheer", I am asking myself, "What can I do that would bring myself more cheer?"  Please don't misread this..... I am happy, probably the happiest ever,   but there is as,   I move up the ladder of happiness, I realize there is always more....more Peace, more Understanding, more Love  there is always room for more.
Then it came to me...
  With the buried of the miraculous Nelson Mandela...the man who lived for 27 years in a prison and harbored no ill feelings toward his captures and became president of his country...
  The Amish who several years ago took food to the family of a man who had shot several of their children in a one room schoolhouse...
  To the Dalai Lama when asked if he held bad feelings toward the Chinese said, "No, why should I give them my mind as well?"
  and many many more people who are the ultimate to me..forgivers........
   I could choose to really forever, forgive those infraction and situations that I have chosen to hold onto for whatever reason.  I could say I don't have anyone or anything to forgive....but that just isn't so.  It shows up every now and then, as I feel myself bite my tongue, or I go over a situation later.
  As one person I know says.  "If you are still alive,  you still have forgiveness work to do."   We are never thru,  everyday something happens that could push a button or two. and shows us how far we have come and may need to go.....oh yea...we need to still go further..or at least I need to.  and yes, forgiveness work Releases us!! 
   This Releases us to be of good cheer,  great cheer....Forgiveness is a great KEY.
   A gift to myself...Just to LET IT GO..forgive..  whatever it is, how difficult it may seem to be or do,  Is it a memory, something that was live changing..or someone's else's stuff?.
Whatever it was and is,  however painful it was or is...Forgiveness, ever how difficult, is  Freeing,  and we are here to be Free. and live in Peace.
Peace on Earth  thru Forgiveness... 
     This is a gift to ourselves, good cheer,  and ultimately to each other and the world.
   And for those of you going thru personal sad challenges or loses,  You are truly not alone,  Love and light is with you.  wraps you and holds you thru those sad feelings. 
  Just Pondering on good cheer thru forgiveness
  Rev Linda,  ENTC


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ponderings #59

Dear fellow travelers,
  Thank you again and again for your return emails.  I'm so glad you take the time to read my writings.
  Now in this holiday season and the fact that  this week that standard  Sound of Music is being aired on TV:  the song These Are a Few of My Favorite Things, keeps playing thru my head.
  However I would like to share a "few of my favorite sayings:"

     From the Four Agreements
       Be impeccable with my word
       Don't put myself down
       It's about them, their perspective
       Do my best (but that doesn't mean perfect)
       Don't let people live in my head (thoughts) rent free,   forgive them, 
                and move them out.
      The truth as they see it.  (may not be my truth)
       My joy doesn't depend upon the approval of others!!!!!! outside approval -is a no!
       If I believed it was at less possible, what would I do?
       A diagnosis is not a prognosis,  don't deny the facts, just the outcome
       I am not responsible for their existence
       It is not my duty to do everything everyone wants me to do.  what do I want to do?
       It's their stuff-I don't need to buy into it-just be myself.
       Be grateful for all I have,  big and small  really be grateful for everything
                there is always a lesson (s) to be learned.
       I have nothing to do,  I only have to be.
       When I see a virtue in someone else, I have it,  I cant see it, if I don't have it
       What would love do???
       I am never finished, there is always something else to create!  Enjoy the process
       I must realize that the reason I want anything, is to make myself
                     feel a certain way
       When I consider how hard it is to change myself,  I understand what little
            chance I have to change someone else.
       Work with what you have,  and speak with authority.   (M. Beckwith)
       Does what I wish to express,  express more life, more happiness, more peace
            within me,  and harm no one?  Then it is a go
        From the Whisper of the Heart  (modified)----
        Make peace with my past, so it wont screw up my present
        What others think of me is none of my business (cant please everyone
        Time heals almost everything
        Don't compare my life to others, I have no idea what their journey is.
        Stop thinking toooo much, its OK not to know all the answers-- right now
        No one is in charge of my happiness but me.  So let them off the hook!
        Smile, smile, smile....I don't own all the challenges in this great world.      
       And   When looking for happiness- look inside, outside things may feel good
          for a while,  but then they may leave...or change....being  happy is an inside job.

       Just a few of my favorite sayings, I say every once in a while to myself
                  let me know yours.....

       Just Pondering on inspiration to me sayings.

       Rev Linda,   ENTC


Ponderings #58

Dear fellow travelers,
  Again I received this really great worthwhile watching.
We are going away for a few days and this arrived just to time for me to send it on to you.   Enjoy and let me know what you think.
Of course I think its great...or I wouldn't have sent it to you.  Its all about life..our lives and choice.

click on....

         Just Pondering on Choice

         Rev Linda,  ENTC


Ponderings #57

Dear fellow travelers,
  What a beautiful fall day here in the northeast!  and a great true story arrived in my email box this morning.  I found it very moving and thought provoking. 
Yes, there is much in this phenomena universe that we can always be amazed and in awe about...  enjoy....and let me know if you choose to what you ponder....

                        THE ELEPHANT'S JOURNEY TO PAY RESPECT.

Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and Author of 3 books including the bestseller, The Elephant Whisperer 

He bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated Elephants all over the Globe from 'human' atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo Animals during the US invasion in 2003.

On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony 
He is remembered and missed by his Wife, 2 Sons, 2 Grandsons, and numerous Elephants. Two days after his passing, the wild Elephants showed up at his home led by two large 'matriarchs' Separate wild Herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved 'Man-Friend'. A total of 31 Elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African House.  

Witnessing this spectacle, People  were obviously in awe not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these Elephants sensed about Lawrence's passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved Animals evoked in such an organized way: Walking slowly, for days, making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.

 Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the Elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years!  But yet they knew where they were going. The Elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their Friend who'd saved their lives - so much respect that they stayed for 2 days and 2 nights without eating anything. Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home. 

       Just Pondering on this amazing world

        Rev Linda Patton,  ENTC


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Ponderings #55

Dear fellow travelers,
  Thank you all for your wonderful comments.
When I started for a brief time writing Ponderings ten years ago,  it was to me rather innovative.  But since then there has been an explosion of new spiritual writers and  and of course the very creative and inspirited icon writers.   I receive daily over face book and by email many ,many wonderful inspirational messages,  so for you to continue to read mind, to me is awesome!! 
  Someone asked me a year ago, "How do you find Peace?"  Well, Peace we don't need to find,  we just need to be quiet, go within and reveal it.  Because our true nature is Peace.  as well as Joy and Love  and many other qualities that are innate.

 However,  there is a small watercolor picture on my desk, that I was given from a friend that belonged to her mother.  It is of a serene farm scene, with a barn and silo in the background.  For some reason, it seems quiet and represents to me a peaceful place,  and I can imagine the people working on the farm.
 I felt an extreme amount of Peace this summer ,when I was on an art outing at a small old family farm, when I was talking to the women who still owned the farm.  She was in her late 80's.  Her house didn't look modern or up to date in any fashion. It had been added onto several times,  the floors were different elevations,  the sink was  the old and chipped porcelain or older times,  with corn laying on the side of it.  However,the house was worn with Love, and she radiated this warmth! and spoke in a soft calm voice with  much love for her home and its memories.  She was Peace and at Peace, content and it embraced me.

  Sometimes those qualities we ask for are right in front of us and in us but we may miss referenced in an email I received last week....
  A man whispered,  "God, speak to me".  and a mockingbird sang.
 but he didn't listen.  and the man yelled again,  "God, speak to me!"  and thunder rolled across the sky.  But he did not listen.
 The man looked around and said, "God, let me see you!", and the sun peeked out from behind the clouds,  but the man did not pay attention.
The man shouted, " Show me a miracle!" and a baby was born.  But he did not notice.
And the man cried out "Touch me God, and let me know you are here!"
A butterfly landed on the man's arm, and he brushed it away, and walked on.
The man hollowed, "God, I need your help!!" and a person walked past him and smiled,  and the man walked on in despair. 
 We are blessed in every moment,  we just need to notice, listen, and see.
Everything is a blessing!  We just need to believe!!  and when we don't believe because some things are difficult to ever imagine them as blessings,  we need to believe even more, because  there is one, if not more than one, such as a lesson to learn, a movement to start,  an inner awareness to bring to the forefront. A higher cause ,    Something is a blessing.....we just need to believe.

How do you find Peace?   What is a blessing to you that you never in a million years would at the time had ever thought it could be?

Just Pondering on Peace and Blessings

Rev Linda Patton  ENTC