Happy Anniversary Boy Scouts

Today is the 100 year anniversary of the Boy Scouts.  Let’s hear it for scouting!!!  Do you know their oath?

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Wow – imagine this oath was established 100 years ago.  Imagine the good this oath would have nationwide TODAY.  Scouting is one of the unsung hero’s of history.  This is the mission statement of the Boy Scouts:

The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.  Another timeless set of ideas that apply to our world today. 

You can usually spot a boy scout collecting canned food around the holidays and selling popcorn during other times of the year.  They raise funds to help support their programs.  They are engaged in many community programs ranging from helping the elderly to clearing yard waste.

Now couldn’t we use more boy scouts in the world?

Cheers for the Boy Scouts!  A fabulous tradition built on timeless character cornerstones.

Hip-hip-HOORAY!!!

A Work Of Art?

I began painting months ago and I have found it to be exactly the outlet I have been looking for.
I am able to express feelings, concepts and expressions through acrylic.

Do you have such an outlet? When you tap in to this area of your mind and soul a new energy emerges. It is an activity I embrace with amazing enthusiasm. Each canvass encompasses a new adventure. You start thinking you know the destination and when you realize the final destination is something different a wave of “WOW” takes over. It is a beautiful moment.

I am grateful for this gift and hope it is a blessing to others.

Message from a New Source

 

A couple of weekends ago, I was out-of-town with my husband and he made the suggestion that we attend church in our new location.  I was delighted.  We went to church and found the setting and the message to be very welcome.

The service was in an older church where the floor sloped down towards the altar almost giving you the feeling of being in a theater.  The walls were filled with colorful, old stained glass windows.  It was a simple yet wonderful sanctuary.  The message in the sermon stressed how easy it would be for all of us to get along if only everyone were like me.   (a little sarcasm here)  It highlighted how we are all unique and we offer each other the opportunity for learning and acceptance. 

I wasn’t sure why this was the message that I needed to hear but I listened nonetheless and planted the seeds in my memory bank. 

Later the same day we had an unexpected visit from friends.  It was a first meeting for me and one of the friends.  We had heard a lot about each other but had never met in person.
 

We had a cordial and warm visit however our personalities were vastly different.  When our friends left I felt relieved but strange.  It took a while for my husband and I to digest our visit and then the epiphany came. 
The message from the sermon earlier that morning rang loud and clear for both of us.

Where we would normally stew over the fallout of the interaction, we decided to learn from our differences and think about how to be better friends in the future.  It ended up being a wonderful lesson stemming from our unplanned visit to a new church.

I am grateful for the message.  What a helpful reminder that we all possess lessons that we can share with each other.

Different is good and opens up windows for all of us to look outside ourselves to see a new world.

Happy Birthday to Me!

As I celebrate another year I feel completely blessed.

I am continually amazed by the generosity of spirit I see all around.  As I enter in to each day I am energized to see the human spirit in action.

Thank you for sharing in the energy of each day and being a part of this amazing adventure we call life!