Perspective on God…

I recently saw a friend post a picture of herself on the beach with the caption “God is so good.” That same friend, on her way home from the beach, was having car problems. I reminded her in a comment to “Remember that God is good.”

Other situations come to mind. Someone is having severe medical issues and is in dire need of a miracle. Someone posts about the person and asks for prayers. The affected person, over time, improves. The person who posted said “God is so good. Prayers answered.”

I guess my question would be, is God’s goodness conditional? Is God’s goodness based on circumstances being what I “want” them to be? Is God also not good when things aren’t going as well as we’d like, when the person we’re praying for doesn’t recover and perhaps even dies?

Just a few random thoughts on God’s goodness. God’s will being done can occur in a variety of circumstances. And perhaps it’s not any more evident than when things don’t turn out like we’d like for them to. God’s will can still be fulfilled despite the outcomes we experience in life.

David Lee

Two Weeks Away from Social Media

Tonight I’m beginning a two week break from Facebook. I’ve once again realized how much mindless time I spend on it and think being away for a while will do me some good. I’ve left instructions on my page on how to access the daily posts I do for those who really want to continue to read them.

I’ve done a break from Facebook before, namely during previous Lenten seasons. After much contemplation, this past year I didn’t take the usual hiatus during that time period. Although this break won’t be nearly as long, I’m thinking it will suit its intended purpose.

So as of 11 p.m. tonight (five minutes from the current time) I’ll no longer be perusing Facebook countless times during the day. I’ve also uninstalled the FB and messenger apps from my phone to aid in reducing temptation. I’m planning on doing quite a bit more reading and writing and will also be sharing some of what I’ve learned on this blog.

David Lee

The Universe Responds, Like It or Not…

I have come to the conclusion that the Universe as we know it does indeed respond to what we are putting out there. You can call it “manifesting” or any one of other terms, but it does indeed exist.

Recently finding myself in one of those periods in life I refer to as the “doldrums,” I’ve been stuck knowing what to do next. I’m in a position to do any one of a number of things, but hesitate to do anything one would call productive. The summers of my life have always tended to be this way and now that I’m retired, even moreso.

Over the past week and into next week, I’m pet and housesitting for my daughter, who is away on vacation. With the television services that she has, I’ve been able to watch several movies and have chosen ones I hope provide inside for this period of time in my life. I started off with my all-time favorite “Signs” and was reminded that everything happens for a reason and that there are indeed no coincidences.

So I’m assuming for the time-being that this point-in-time in my life was predestined to be exactly what it is…a period of questioning and digging deeper into what makes me tick. I’ve got a lot I need to be doing, but have generally speaking, been lacking the motivation to do anything. Meanwhile, the hamster wheel in my head continues to turn at breakneck speed.

But I suppose I can say that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at this moment in time in my life. I’ll be celebrating my sixty-second birthday next week and just perhaps, that’ll be a kick-start into actually getting more done in my life and less just thinking about what I need to get done.

The universe will respond either way.

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David Lee

Change and Resulting Fear…

There are times in all of our lives where change is inevitable. In fact, I think it can be said the only constant in life IS change. And when change is occurring, many times fear can crop up along with it. A lot of the time fear is present in our lives, it’s because there are changes occurring, some foreseen and some unforeseen, that cause us to be unsure of what the future might hold.

When we are facing changes in our lives, no matter how big or small, it’s important to remember that fear is a natural response. Our brains can get used to life being some kind of way and when those “ways” are changing, when we can’t see a clear picture of what the future holds, fear is a natural response. It’s important to remember this.

Our minds can tend to go into fortune-telling mode when change is imminent. And much of the time, we forecast that the changes occurring are going to bring about hardship of some sort and that makes us feel uncomfortable. The fear we experience is not based on facts, since the future is yet unknown.

Many times changes are the result of the natural flow of life. If you had told me twenty years ago that I would be divorced and living on my own,,,,if you had shared that I would have left the place I had worked at most of my life,,,if you had told me any number of things that I would be getting ready to experience, I would have questioned your sanity. Yet here I am, with all those changes having taken place, and although my life is far from perfect, I like to think I’m doing pretty well.

I will also say that faith in a Divine source of strength is important as well. I know that much of what has transpired in my life isn’t anything I could have done under my own power. And the faith in God that I have had revealed has been of immeasurable importance. A relationship with a Higher Power has been the biggest positive change I have experienced, and for that I am eternally grateful.

So when changes are occurring in our lives, which they will, it’s important to remember that the fears that arise are natural. And we can continue to take steps forward into the change despite the fears we are experiencing. I need to remember that “all things can work together for good” in the bigger picture of things and that I need to trust the process and have faith that the journey is leading to a better place, whether or not it’s evident at the time.

David Lee

Intimacy…or lack thereof

I’ve recently done some soul searching and in the process, have read something about being authentic with others, an area I will admit I’ve struggled with in the past. I make these notes to myself and think perhaps others will connect with them as well.

“To be authentic,,,What does that mean?”

  • Never listen to anybody, what they tell you to be. Always listen to your inner voice, what you would like to be. Otherwise, your life will be wasted.
  • Never wear a mask. Feel what you are going to feel and don’t feel the need to hide your feelings from others.
  • Always remain in the present because all falseness enters from the past or from the future.

My Reflections…

Premise 1 – We are in need of learning about ourselves the best we can. I think we have a tendency to look outside ourselves to give our lives meaning. And then fact of the matter is that nothing “out there” is going to tell us what we need to know about ourselves. Other people can tell me what they think of me and my decisions in life, but ultimately I must find out for myself what it is that I’m all about. And besides, what other people think of me really isn’t any of my business.

Premise 2- I tend to be a people pleaser most of the time. I want others to be happy and enjoy my presence. So many times, I step outside of myself and my wishes and desires to make others happy. In the process, I lose a part of myself. And while I like to see others be happy, I also have to consider my own happiness. The difficult part is that many times I don’t realize that’s what I’m doing at the time. Sure there is some give and take in life, but ultimately honesty with others is of utmost importance.

Premise 3 – When I dwell too much with what has transpired in the past, I am living mostly in regret and resentment. My thoughts can tell me that past history is going to repeat itself and I take them at their word. In reality, the present is not the past. People change….and in some cases, it’s not even the same people from the past that we’re talking about. When I dwell too much in the future, I’m living in fear. Fear of the “what-ifs” in life can rob me of enjoying the present moment. So just for today, let me keep my head and heart and feet in the same place. One. day. at. a. time.

David Lee

There are those days….

There are those days when everything would seem to not be going as you’d like it to and there doesn’t appear to be any way to do anything about it all. One can let the heaviness of the day weigh him/her down, sinking ever lower in the stream of life.

The main question that has to be answered is, “What do I do when that’s what’s going on with me?” Am I going to resign myself to the feelings I’m having or do something to try and snap out of it? I have, in the past, chosen to do both those and it would seem the better choice is to do something different and not let the negativity ruin the whole day.

Today was one such day for me and although I can’t pinpoint why the day seemed to transpire that way, it was definitely not a stellar day. So instead of staying sequestered at home, I got out and about and that seemed to be of help. I have found that being around other people, even if I’m not interacting with them directly, can help get me out of the doldrums.

I had the chance this weekend to see most of my family members and being around them offered one solution. I went with my son and grandson, as well as my son’s girlfriend and her daughter out to eat on Friday night. Today, I went to have lunch with my parents and then ordered out pizza and salad to have supper with my daughter. Although there are still some ruminating negative thoughts, I found that those three choices to do something different helped immensely.

So just for today, when I find myself in a seemingly dark place in life, I chose to be around others and enjoy the company of family. Who knows what tomorrow might hold? But I learned over the course of these past several days, I can do something different and get a tangible, hopefully lasting result.

David Lee

Decisions and Reflection….

There have been those times in my life when I’ve made decisions that I thought were “right” at the time that I made them. And then, upon reflection, I pondered about whether or not those decisions were the “right” ones to make.

Recently I’ve been reflecting on several life choices that I’ve made and wondered whether or not I made the right choice. It certainly seemed that the decision was the right one at the time, but as I reflect on them, I can become confused as to why I did what I did.

Some decisions can be reversed, but in other cases, that is certainly not the case. Bridges have been burned that likely cannot be forged together again. And I’m left to wonder whether the previous decisions were life lessons to be learned for the long haul.

I think that everything happens for a reason and I suppose the most valuable lessons are learned that way. As I move forward, I must take into account my past actions, yet not dwell too long on them, for they cannot be changed. I only hope that I become a better version of who I was intended to be and do what’s best for all.

David Lee

Notes and Such for Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

  • From today’s “Streams in the Desert” devotional: “The only way to learn faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings. This is very true. The time to trust is when all else fails.”
  • Also from “Streams in the Desert” for today: ” Dear one, you scarcely realize the value of your present opportunity; if you are passing through great afflictions, you are in the very soul of the strongest faith, and if you will only let go, He will teach you in these hours the mightiest hold upon His throne which you can ever know. Great faith must have great trials”
  • I ordered something online over six weeks ago and just received it in the mail yesterday. The timing of its delivery was not by mere coincidence.
  • I pulled the #23 card yesterday from my “Enchanted Map” card deck: “Golden Palace” – Perhaps you’re entering a time of happiness that’s long overdue. The message here is that self-worth isn’t measured by what you have, no matter how abundant your life is. Instead, it comes from what you are, how authentically you’re living your life, and how much love you’re willing to share.
  • Today, I pulled the #18 card from my deck: “Magic Stream: – “Everything is connected through the universal flow of consciousness.” There are times where effort and sheer willpower will result in victory and celebration, but his isn’t one of them. You can’t force inspiration, and you can’t manufacture creativity, lest you borrow too heavily from other’s ideas. Neither can you make someone love you or orchestrate a series of events that might place you in a more favorable position. Now is the time to drop the “trying” and jump into the stream and float. Immerse yourself in the present moment with whatever is true for that moment. You’ll never step in the same river twice anyway.
  • I went out to eat for breakfast this morning and my ticket had a #23 sum – It gives me some hope amidst the presiding confusion in my life at this point.
  • Step Eleven – “Sought through prayer and meditation to increase our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.”

Thoughts on Divine Fate and Such…

  • Sometimes there are things that we don’t want to do, but end up doing them anyway….a part of Divine fate.
  • Sometimes unimaginable things happen…and they are a part of Divine faith as well.
  • All things can work together for good, even though we may never understand why they happened the way they did.
  • Things can get bizarre in life and it can be difficult not to get sidetracked.
  • Even detours are a part of our journey.
  • We each have a part, a role, to play in each other’s journeys,,,with or without our permission.
  • We are each here to both teach and learn life lessons.
  • Life lessons will keep turning up in various forms until we’ve learned what we’re supposed to learn.
  • I must keep the faith and trust the journey.

David Lee