My last article was about time. I must admit I wonder regularly how quickly it disappears. Because of this, now having celebrated my 73rd birthday, I have become acutely aware of the importance of getting things off the back burner and attended to, or...as the case may be "served."
I often speak with folks who have read my books, and ask what is coming next. As I rattle off the list, I feel the sting of would'a, could'a, should'a. What about you? Something on the back burner you need to tend to? Follow along on the blog, and we'll see if I stick to my intention!
Blessings to you!
Are you having the time of your life? Jesus said, "I have come so they may have life, and have it abundantly." If you don't feel that defines your experience of life, you might want to take a look at how you spend your time.
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity said: Time is the limitation of man's consciousness of space. A day is a measure of time in the realm of effects. A sidereal day is that period in which the earth rotates once on its axis. Man divided that period into seconds, minutes, hours, and thus invented time.
I think when we 'invented' time we created a cruel taskmaster. We now spend much of our life essence and energy trying to control or manipulate it, or to dance to it's tune Never Enough.
The whole time thing, is actually ambiguous. Have you ever noticed how much longer an hour in the dentist's chair is than an hour spending time visiting with a loved one? There is another error thought that states Time is money. That is not true. Unless you make it true for yourself.
Time, in the material realm, is like money, in that it is 'spent' in one way or another. While we are eternal beings, we are currently having a temporal physical experience. How we spend our time will add up to the sum total of our life. Consider the scripture: "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. MT 6:20,21.
What is your true treasure? Family? Travel? Study? Nature? Creativity?Metaphysically, the word heart means the combined thinking/feeling faculties. When we spend our time invested in the things that hold true value for us, our treasure chest overflows.
Another ridiculous thing we have 'invented,' is time saving devices. Seriously? I have so many time-saving devices my days should be 124 hours long, and all free time. Where exactly did all that time we saved go? What did we do with it? In reality, our days are no longer. We may, or may not have been more productive. Or we may have stuffed that 'saved' time with more stuff to keep ourselves busy, or chase money.
Then there is the black hole of time that is wasted in over-use of technology or entertainment. Note that I said over-use. It's not about this/or, it's about this/and, finding a balance. It's easy to slide into oblivion. The good news, is that you can take control of your time and your life. It won't hurt. I promise.
Unity teaches Life is Consciousness. If we are not conscious of how we are spending our time, we are not aware of where our life is headed. Benjamin Franklin said, Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of."
Important: Do not think that this statement is about spending your time being productive. It is about making every moment of the day worth what you did with it. Sometimes that is relaxing and doing absolutely nothing.
Many years ago, I was given this affirmation by a congregation member. It was written by Samuel Pugh, and titled "A New Day." For me, it is a regular reminder to use my time...and my life...wisely.
A New Day
This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good,
but what I do today is important
because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
leaving in its place something that I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain and not loss; good and not evil;
success and not failure; in order that I shall not
regret the price I have paid for it.
I have it memorized, and you may also find that memorizing it, or saying it daily will bless your every day.
May every minute of your day be filled with meaning.
People often tell me that they want to be a writer. To this question I always respond, "Do you want to, or would you like to be a writer?" There are many things we would like to do, but never get around to. The reason? We don't want to badly enough. This is evidenced by guitar that is languishing in the corner of my room. I have dragged it cross country more than once in the 23 years I've owned it. From time to time I decide to get back to trying to play it. That usually lasts between 1 day and 2 weeks. If I really wanted to play the guitar, I would be. Still not ready to give that up yet. Maybe tomorrow.
Here's a clue about being a writer. A writer writes. Period. If you want to be a writer, start writing. Write in a journal. Write a story. Write a letter. Most importantly, WRITE. The minute you start writing, you are a writer. When you stop, you are no longer a writer. Think on these things.
I am so excited to share that my book, Green Grapes on Silver Platters, is finally available. It was a long journey to publication, in fact it was more than three years from beginning to end. This book came from my heart and soul. Most importantly, it proved that the goal I set, manifested. When I was in sixth grade and handed in a story with dreams of being a writer, it was returned by my teacher with a low grade and lots of red ink. What I took away from that was I would never be a writer. Yet, over time a higher source brought me opportunities to share my stories, both written and spoken. There a a great potential in each of us. Yes, every one. That means you. Don't let time, or fear, or what anyone else thinks keep you from what is yours to be or do.
You may be wondering what a "mundane mystic is." Well, looking at the two words separately, 'mundane' relates to the ordinary, everyday things of life, and 'mystic' to Spiritual matters and the desire to comprehend and become One with God; something greater than all of it.
As a Mundane Mystic, I ponder the everyday ordinary thoughts, feelings and actions all around us and seek understanding. In this way I find that I can better understand myself and the world we live in. In the knowledge and understanding is the wisdom to make positive change, which I consistently strive to attain for myself, and to share with others that we may all live in the Kingdom of Heaven; a place of peace, harmony, love, health and all possibility... right here on Planet Earth or wherever our eternal life takes us.
My personal mission statement is to know, love and serve God (the higher Good by any name) as I encourage others to do likewise. Do you have a personal mission statement? If so I'd love to hear it.