Jan 24, 2010

My Playlist by Tim on MySpace Music

My Playlist by Tim on MySpace Music

Desiderata

by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals,and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Jan 20, 2010

The Green Sage and a Green Monster


A little under the weather, but decided to go to Green Sage downtown, to be a little productive. Productivity wouldn't be appropriate without an update to the blog. So I am sitting here, surrounded by lively music, the sizzle of things cooking in the kitchen, and faint distant conversations. Some are tourists, others I am sure are local like me. Funny, a year or so ago I was the tourist...now its home. I have almost emptied a glass of the "green monster" $4.99 Smoothie, one of my favorites...and boy is it green, loaded with Spirulina, bananas, strawberries, blueberries and organic apple juice, sure to help boost my immune system.

Jan 16, 2010

Dying To Live



Sharon Lund, PhD is an Author, Producer, International Speaker, and New Thought Minister. She transcended childhood abuse, betrayal, and AIDS. Now she shares her incredible near-death experiences in this thought-provoking, inspirational documentary that will change the way you look at your life and death. Sharon is joined by other men, women, and children who faced death. Through their stories and experiences we can learn lessons, release fear, embrace the sacredness of life and death, and understand the healing and immense love that occur upon death. Through these NDE's, we discover hope, love, and a deeper understanding of ourselves and Oneness of All. People on the street are also interviewed and asked about their thoughts and feelings about dying and death.

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"Who better to trust about the realities of the death experience than someone who has experienced it directly? In Dying to Live, Sharon Lund generously shares the wisdom, compassion and fearlessness that evolved through her two near-death experiences. With tremendous heart, Sharon gives us compassionate comfort along with a fierce reminder that death is actually undying aliveness, that death is not the enemy of life but its radiant complement. Sharon's calling is not only to lovingly support those who are facing death, but also those who face life with fear and anxiety. Her vital message is for everyone because it redefines living. I'm using Dying to Live as a teaching tool in my spiritual community, and watch it every few months to keep fresh the reality of death as a divine doorway to radical aliveness."

Michael Bernard Beckwith
Founder Spiritual Director
Agape International Spiritual Center

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"The taboo on confronting death in our culture has been broken, and Sharon Lund is one of the most important taboo breakers. The wisdom embodied in the experiences of the diverse individuals in this program is revealing, inspiring, and fulfilling. Dying to Live is a major contribution. If you need a dose of hope in confronting your mortality, this documentary is for you."

Larry Dossey, M.D.
Author of The Power of Premonitions

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"Sharon's life is an example of deep healing, through courage, forgiveness, acceptance and love. We can all learn from her heartfelt experiences and wisdom."

Stephen and Ondrea Levine
Authors of A Year to Live and Who Dies

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"Death and dying are inevitable but not something most people want to even discuss. Dying to Live can help you to accept the inevitable and motivate you to live in the time of your life."

Bernie Siegel, MD

Jan 14, 2010

Don't Give Up

Jan 12, 2010

My Prayer

To be a better friend, leader, mentor, son, brother, brother-in-law, grandson... Help me to trust your ways more than my own, to have confidence, and faith. Help me to not be distracted from the vision you have placed in my heart and soul, so that I may prosper in every aspect of my life. Help me to give more, truly give with no expectation of something in return. Help me to forgive myself and all those that I am fortunate enough to cross paths with.

Help me to know when to listen and when to speak, when to accept and when to challenge.

Help me to hear your voice and hear it more clearly so that I know what direction I should take and when I should stop and wait on you.

Help me to reignite passion and joy not only in myself but in others. Extend your grace to me, so that I know how to extend it to others, to be humble and allow wisdom to fill my heart and soul that it might be shared.

Help me to focus on allowing you to steer my paths and relinquish complete control, allowing me to make mistakes so that I will learn and grow wise.

Help me to prioritize, understanding the difference between what matters and what matters most.

Help me see my own heart and shine a light into those places that need to be revealed, searching it and circumsizing it, removing all that would hinder me and what you have planned for my life.

Help me Father, to know you, like I have known no other. To know your heart more than ever.

Help me to accept the things about myself that I can't change, and change those things I can.

Help me to build upon the foundation you laid many many years ago and create a safe place for myself and all those that I love and care for...

I pray that your countenance, your joy, your love is what people will come to see when they see me, that I would be transparent and all the good gifts you have invested into me would be mulitplied many times over...so that through me others would be blessed and they would see you and seek you.

Thank for your great love, and patience, for your undying commitment to my life and the purpose you have placed within me. Thank you for your friendship, for your wisdom, your faith in me, your forgiveness.

Surely you are the Great I am - the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. I am so humbled by your grace and mercy and the love that knows no end. How humbled I am, and thankful to be called your own. Thank you for accepting me as I am, and for perfecting me in your own time.

Amen

Integrity

Some people see integrity as the quality of having a sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to the motivations for one's actions. Some people use the term "hypocrisy" in contrast to integrity for asserting that one part of a value system demonstrably conflicts with another, and to demand that the parties holding apparently conflicting values account for the discrepancy or change their beliefs to improve internal consistency (seen as a virtue).

The etymology of the word "integrity" can suggest insight into its use and meaning. It stems from the Latin adjective integer (whole, complete). In this context, integrity may comprise the personal inner sense of "wholeness" deriving from (say) honesty and consistency of character. As such, one may judge that others "have integrity" to the extent that one judges whether they behave according to the values, beliefs and principles they claim to hold.

Jan 10, 2010

Thank you Dad

Thank you Dad for all you have done for me over these 39 years. You didn't always give me the advice I wanted to hear, or the answers growing up, even sometimes as an adult and sometimes I didn't think you were the kind of dad I should have had, and likewise I know you probably thought I wasn't the son you thought I would be. I guess we can both say we probably didn't always meet each other's expectations. But after our conversation on the phone this past Friday, I realized again ..that you do love me and I am so grateful for that. Thank you so much for making me feel loved, appreciated and of worth. For thinking of me and in your way, which is the right way, affirming that you are indeed the perfect Dad for me. I appreciate you and am thankful for you, most of all I love you.

Jan 9, 2010

Take My Life - Arms Open Wide