A Time for Every Purpose Under the Heavens

Purpose, Life, A Dog's Purpose

Image Credit: Karen Arnold

Everything has its season, and every part of creation has a purpose.

I believe there is a higher power whom I call God, giving everything created in this universe a purpose. Scientific evidence may be explanation enough for some, but there is a curiosity indwelling inside of me that speaks of a power greater than you and I, giving instruction to the realm of creation in which we are a critical member of. This power, telling the sun when to rise and set every day or when the seasons of the year are to be rotated, fills me with curiosity and excitement. Every human being, tree, flower, insect, animal, foul of the air, and creatures of the sea has a purpose.

I watched the movie “A Dog’s Purpose” and while the movie is classified as a comedy-drama it was like viewing a “Hallmark” movie. The premise of the movie involves a dog who is reincarnated multiple times, trying to understand the meaning of his existence. With each new birth, he is introduced to a new family, with varied lifestyles. Some good, some not. In the end, as the dog narrates his multiple journeys, he remembers certain smells and associates them with familiar circumstances and people. In the end, the dog discovers his purpose: “Be here now!”

Whatever ‘here’ is and wherever ‘here’ maybe, just “Be here now!” That is sometimes all the purpose you need to do what must be done in this present moment.


Our Personal Change: Is it Authentic, Natural, Adapted or Distorted?

Life, Distortion

Change occurs every single day, whether we want it or are prepared for it. Are we really the well-oiled machine we think we are? At some point and time, perhaps by the news of someone’s sudden death, we hear the reverberating old adage, “Life is too short.” Sometimes when you take time to meditate and reflect on life, do you see things differently, feel a heightened awareness in your spirit about creation, and then wonder and ask yourself, “What’s really going on here?”

Whether or not we realize our apparent willingness to accept, adapt and normalize a life whose RPM’s are revved up like the engine of a race car, just because these are fast and abbreviated times we are living in, should we? Are we dummying down our human logic, deep learning, individuality and manual reasoning by turning over our humanness and humanity into the hands of artificial intelligence and a life of truncated virtual or augmented reality?

As we contemplate and take into account the facets of our lives and life that abounds around us, we must ask if our images of change fall in the natural order of things, or are we becoming like a text message, short and distorted reflections as seen in a funhouse or carnival mirror.

What If Wednesday: The Value of Time

Watch, Time

What if we valued time the way we value materialistic things? Time keeps moving on. There is no stopwatch in life, just a ticking clock. Do you put great emphasis on trying to predict the years, months or days left in the sands of your lifetime hourglass? Do you value time by making the most of what you do with it? What if we genuinely treasured time and not squander it? What if?

There is a movie that I suggest you watch if you haven’t seen it before. It is called “In Time” starring Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, and Cillian Murphy. The film is an American dystopian science fiction action thriller that takes place in a society where people stop aging at 25. Each person has a clock on their arm that counts down how long they have to live. I think it is a must see and a theme that makes you think about how we truly value our time.

Happy #WhatIfWednesday!

The Birds Are Alive with the Sound of Music

Winter, Birds, Snow

Image credit: JB Stran

There’s no doubt that these arctic cold temperatures many of us have been experiencing over the past several weeks aren’t leaving us in that jubilant spirit we saw Julie Andrews portraying as she sang “The Sound of Music.” Nope, I think it is safe to say that we are far too busy focusing on how to stay warm.

Birds, Winter

This morning, I opened the blinds to my windows and looked outside at the small lake glistening through a chorus of leafless trees behind our house and wah-lah, it is still very frozen. I saw a representation of sights and heard some all too familiar welcoming sounds I would typically see and hear during the Spring and Summer months. The sweet singing of a few birds, one primarily belting out some tweets on my deck, was flowing like hot maple syrup over a stack of flapjacks. I also noticed the rapid flapping wings of Bluejays, Cardinals, and Carolina Wrens flying to and fro among the barren trees. How delightful!

Winter, Birds

Image credit: JB Stran

I am always amazed by nature’s adaptation and resilience to whatever climate change or weather pattern we are experiencing. While celebrating the gift of life these birds through their communication of singing and living independently, remind me this morning that whatever external occurrences want to weigh you down with despair, anxiousness or sorrow, your attitude and approach to life in spite of these external conditions, will leave you content, and you’ll be singing your personal song of gratitude, no matter what!

Birds, Winter

Image Credit: Petr Kratochvil

Winter, Birds

Image credit: Vera Kratochvil

Winter, Ducks

Image Credit: Cristie Guevara

Rainy Days May Slow Me Down, but Never Get Me Down

Rain, Rainy Day

In 1971, The Carpenters (American vocal duo with brother and sister, Richard and Karen Carpenter) released the song Rainy Days and Mondays. Although this was such a sad song, it became one of their number one hits. Typically, people dread the rain and expect the worst to always happen when it does. What if we look at a rainy day and become energized from it, just at a different level than we do when the sun is out?

As I write this post, it is pouring down rain outside. I have fallen in love with the spiritual qualities of a rainy day because it makes me slow down and reflect on the sight and sounds of the rain. I let it fluidly speak to me as it thumps on the rooftop or tap dances vicariously on leaves. I have learned to look at the adversities that sprout in my life and try to focus on gaining energy from them instead of letting those challenges drain the energy from me, in the same manner that I gain peace and spiritual renewal by experiencing a rainy day. How does a rainy day make you feel?

Rainy Days, Rain

Are you better off this year than you were this time last year?

Reflections, Thoughts

We do all sorts of life assessments particularly during this time of the year. We are either super happy or super sad, but rarely content. While I stopped making New Year’s resolutions many, many years ago, I still reflect on the attribute(s) in my life that are better this year than last. We become vain and bitter when we compare ourselves with others. We become alienated when we try extremely hard to conform to being what others are instead of being our better selves.

This morning, I thought about that question, “Am I better off this year than I was this time last year?” While I would typically take that question and use it as a barometer for evaluating my financial or materialistic success this year versus last year, I thought differently this time. I discovered I gained more and am better off in critical areas of my life that are more valuable than what money could ever buy.

Much has occurred this year on so many levels that rocked our world extremely hard in many situations. I widened my telescope on where we are in the world and I say in spite of the natural disasters (floods, tornadoes, wildfires, sinkholes, earthquakes), the chaos and confusion that seems to continue elevating on our national front, the ongoing wars and multilevel terrorism that coats many territories around the world, the tragic deaths our families experienced, the health crisis we faced and other disappointments that shattered our world, somehow I still try to find a ray of hope, joy, peace and see ordinary people doing some remarkable and extraordinary things.

Adversities, although they challenged every fabric of my being, made me a better person. I learned, released, renewed and recharged throughout this year and I admit, just when everything looked like it was falling apart and crashing all around me, my spiritual self found a way to forgive quicker, love more, rise and soar higher. So tell me, are you better off this year than you were this time last year?