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Maturing Tastes

What’s interesting to us is that as we grow older, our tastes mature. We’re not talking about food, nope. We’re discussing tastes in what traits we admire in people. Physical beauty used to be a very important thing to us when we were young. We believe that might have been true because it’s something programmed into us, this appreciation for beautiful things. We still have that within our core, however what seems to be more important to us now is Spiritual beauty.

Acting out of love and kindness is a display of Spiritual loveliness which please more than the initial physical beauty we are attracted to. Both physical beauty and Spiritual beauty are gifts from God, we think, but Spiritual beauty- because of the alignment with God’s principles- vibrational alignment, trumps the physical counterpart.

We actually believe the physical universe to be created as a place where we grow and develop and come into important changes which we want to make. The physical, as part of this, is merely a tool being utilized to facilitate that mission. It allows us to discern that beautiful things are preferable over plain or ordinary things, and well thought out plans which benefit all are inherently lovely.

Uncommon goodness is achieved in the physical world as well as in the Spiritual realm, people have appreciation for the well made, fine art, musical brilliance and so many things of a physical nature. We have the good feelings about great works as part of our DNA structure, things that conform well to form and function that are crafted with care teach us about certain principles of creation.

We work with people many would say are not as fortunate as we are. We see these folks differently than most people do. We see them as people who may need special care, but we are blessed to be with them in order to show that they can have a dignified existence, peer to peer support as instead of looking down upon them, we consider these folks to be our Spiritual brothers and sisters.

In that way, we see the beauty through the flaws they have as much as they get to experience the expression of love of humanity we display by providing the loving care they need to live dignified lives supported by loving staff. There is true beauty to be had here, especially on the Spiritual end of things, through this work we not only can look past someone’s imperfections but bridge and repair many of our own. All beauty is beautiful, but loving kindness is an amazing thing to practice and observe.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“Where do I seek Spiritual greatness and beauty?”

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Daily Nugget of Gold 2230

Daily Nugget of Gold 2230

Support Systems for Love

We attended a special celebration of a young couple getting married recently, and we were very impressed at the tremendous job the clergy did in advising the couple about how every day presents challenges but that by seeing each other not as perfect, but the perfect mate for them, they could have love beyond limits for both of them. This is a unique point of view, but we thought back to Napoleon Hill and his pointing out that, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”. We think this is doubly true in marriage.

We come together as flawed people and sometimes with each other we overcome some of those flaws, at other times we learn to work around them or accept them as just who the other person is. In the ceremony we helped participate in, the pastor described issues of his own (a key in relating to the other person in your relationship is to be fully aware of at least some of the flaws you bring to the table) but he did not give voice to any of his wife’s flaws. Not even a hint was given by him that she had any. When we go outside of our relationship to complain about our loved one, we are in fact poisoning the well from which we drink.

So here’s a case of what was not said that was of greatest significance. Here is a loving and caring pastor laying out the groundwork for a great working relationship and then, by omission and demonstration conveyed what not to do. In his work there, he showed the right thing but didn’t dwell on the wrong thing. If we do the right thing, the thing we know is right in our heart of hearts, we never need be concerned about doing the wrong thing.

Another way of saying that is that if we are doing the wrong thing we can immediately figure that out due to the “vibes” we get about how we feel about ourselves doing it. If we feel guilt, we’re off course. If we feel wonderful about what we’ve done, we’re in Spiritual alignment with All There Is.

Dwelling on the negative of anything, whether an object or a person, only harmonizes us with that negative and then that draws to us the negatives we don’t want in our lives. By focusing on fostering and building loving relationships we feel good about ourselves because of our Spiritual choices.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“How can I keep my mind pure so as to keep my heart in vibrational alignment with God”

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Vacations and Routines Interrupted

A vacation pleases something we have within us- our sense of adventure. When we break from our routine, we are also, for us, “going where no man has gone before” to use the Star Trek tag line. Okay, it’s not that dramatic, people go on vacation and to vacation destinations all the time. Still, to us, we may be doing something or going somewhere we’re totally unfamiliar with and that’s refreshing and a bit scary at the same time. We may even be one who enjoys conquering fears and our time out of our well-worn ruts might just be spent scaring the heck out of ourselves.

Think about roller coasters for a moment. For the most part, they are a very safe activity. Very, very few people suffer any kind of life-threatening event on one, yet because they are designed to make us feel like we are living right at the edge of what is safe, they are thrilling for some, and absolutely terrifying to others.

Now consider this, most (non-motor vehicle) accidents happen in the home. Why is that? It has little to do with the overall safety of the location but rather more to do with the amount of time we spend there. As we do things, even routine things, in the home, we often take safety for granted because of the familiar setting. We often will ignore common sense rules for what we are doing because we’ve done it hundreds or thousands of times without incidents. Do you know which food we believe is the most dangerous? Bagels. Yeah, people cut themselves all the time slicing them. Yet, you probably haven’t done that… recently. The odds are you’ve done it, though.

Vacations pull us away from “mundane” routines and put us into a place where we are doing many things we don’t normally do. If you go to bed in your own bed at night, the chances are great that you don’t feel compelled to check it for bedbug infestation first, right? What about the last hotel you stayed in, did you look? You likely did. If you go to the beach, your familiar with the whole, “where do I keep my wallet or purse while I’m on the beach” dilemma. This is not something you usually have to give much thought on at home, you’ve already chosen places where you keep these things when they aren’t directly in your possession, but the beach presents a whole different set of problems, because you’re not home or near home, are you?

Some people have chosen to live on the beach, maybe it’s because they wanted to overcome that entire issue, once and for all, ha ha.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“In what ways can I break day to day routines regularly?”

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Keeping All Options on the Table

We started talking about our “vacation” and then got sidetracked- as we often do, with a discussion of daily habits and how these habits can turn into ruts which no longer serve our purposes in a good way. We want to touch on another reason why we want to avoid these ruts, these deep seated habits that end up confining us to just a small, unchanging routine, instead of freeing us to do things differently as a way of life.

We as humans tend to take what we want to be grateful for, for granted. Think about that phrase, “for granted”. The word “grant” is often used as to connote a gift, you meet certain conditions, or apply to the government to do something, and you are given money which doesn’t need to be paid back. True, you may have said you were going to do (whatever) with the money, but now you have it. It’s rare that the government tries to get it back once it’s in your pocket.

Habits work against us when we take something or someone for granted. We assume, incorrectly, that we will always have this person or thing in our lives. We took for granted that our outdated computer would not crash to the point where we couldn’t restart it. We were wrong. It did. We are now typing these words on another one. We assumed we had a backup of most of our past work on DVD. We have only ¼ of that and so far we have not been able to extract that yet and place them on the new computer. Fortunately, for us, our website has them there. We’re probably going to have to do the work to extract all them from there.

Taking our spouse for granted is what ruins marriages. We think they’ll always be there so we don’t treat them as if they were special. It’s an awful mistake to make. This erodes the fabric of the relationship and enables people to focus on each other’s faults more exclusively than the blessings each brings to the table.

An attitude of deep and abiding gratitude is the main cure of this, but celebrating our differences and praising our significant other’s strengths is helpful as well. We want to remember the quote, “Whatever we put our attention on, grows in our lives” and really make a king-sized effort to avoid putting our attention on other people’s thoughts, particularly if they are close to us.

Wait, weren’t we going to talk about vacations? Yes, we will have to do that. One thing we’ve learned about what we talk about on any given day, we roll with what intuitive nudges we get.

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

“What could go wrong when I take someone or something for granted?”

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