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Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

First time ever blogging…

From my friend, Vee. 💜

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Saddened Heart

My heart hurts, and my eyes fill with tears when I think of the horrible effects precipitated by the atrocious behavior of an ignorant police officer.

Especially to read the loving words of George Floyd’s family, friends and coworkers. To look at his picture. His family in devastation will never be the same. Ever.

The question being right now, will this country survive? Will we band together and love one another, or will the hate grow and grow to no repair?

Justice needs to be served. And God needs to be back in our lives. In homes and businesses. There’s a message to be heard here. Will anyone stop long enough to hear it?

I know that I as one person can’t do it alone. But one person at a time; one family at a time; one neighborhood at a time…

Loving our neighbors as ourselves. Maybe that’s part of the problem? People don’t understand what love is and what it looks like. Things: different things and more things can’t fill the void in our hearts that are shaped by God to be filled with blessings and hope.

I pray daily for my family, friends, this nation I live in, and the world we all inhabit. Fortunately, God has given me the heart to listen these days. I had many stupid years of trying it “my way” until I had a number of things happen that could only have been God’s Grace.

I don’t wish this horror of trauma that has happened to George Floyd, his family and our nation on anyone. I only pray that his death is not in vain. When will we love one another with brotherly love? When will the evil; the likes of officer Chauvin be routed out and not allowed to prevail?

May George Floyd’s murderer be convicted for the heaviest penalty allowed, and the accomplices brought to justice as well. Then rest in the LORD.

“May the peace of God, that passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds.” — Phil 4:7

Week 23 – Life Happens, and we still have Love

Because we greet each day with love in our hearts ❤️, we can share it with others! Praise God! I’m grateful for my Bible devotions, prayer time, and especially the support of the MKMMA. We’ve been focusing on the silver linings of our lives for the past five months. It’s not merely coincidental that health and financial stability are key right now in our readings. What we focus on… Grows! 🧐

I have such awareness this week of better things coming out of this pandemic causing such turmoil. 🌟 Observations of people being kind to complete strangers. I personally tend to behave like that routinely, but it’s been encouraging to watch others being more generous than I see under normal circumstances. Gives me hope in a brighter tomorrow! ✨✨

The best thing that happened to me this week was being in a position to help calm an older confused man down this morning. I read highlights out of my GS Og book, the Serenity Prayer and some Psalms. My time with him had started off bad with a cranky text message from him at 7am, and was going down hill with his complaints about restrictions after I arrived at his house. I might not have been so bold in the past, or spoke so plainly, when I said he needed to listen and then we could finish talking. He could have fired me, I suppose, but I didn’t seem concerned about that. We’ll see how things go over the weekend, and what Monday brings. 🙏 🙏🏼🙏🏼

I’m grateful for another day! Period. Because I’m master of my emotions. I’m whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, healthy and happy! Go with God, my friends; you amazing miracles of nature. 💖💝❤️💕🦉🦋

Week 22 1/2 – Master Key Experience

Missed not having a regular call last week. Still had a great week though! Was able to review some previous weeks readings and add some understanding in my mind. We’ve finally got a perspective tenant for our upstairs of the rental property! That’s been time consuming.  Now onto my other commitments in my DMP!

Been “all in” living life while much of the nation is in a panic. I’m not an expert on epidemiology but common sense says don’t be swapping spit, drinks, or hanging out all day or night with people who you’re unfamiliar with. Get enough rest, eat well and don’t overthink! That tends to lead to stress. Stress only weakens the immune system. Stay in touch with everyone important to you via the amazing technologies most of the planet has.

Bob, the elderly gentleman who I look in on two afternoons a week had his daughter visiting from Virginia on Tuesday, so it worked out I could take my Mom to her appointment. My husband was going to but he was able to catch up on some reading. I went by Bob’s for a short visit on Wednesday, and my regular day on Thursday afternoon which extended to evening because he was not feeling well. Maybe they went out to eat too many times when his daughter was here. He doesn’t usually eat much at home.

Mom doctor’s appointment was the quickest one ever, which was a nice surprise! We need to go get Mom’s blood drawn. Aiming for tomorrow morning, if she’s feeling up to it.

Friday my beautiful daughter and her wonderful husband came to dinner. Saturday we packed in a bunch! Friends came and helped us with a big brush fire (we had a lot to haul with the tractor!), my handsome son and his adorable wife moved into their first place, and we went to a cousin’s 60th surprise birthday party! In the past I would have picked one or two of these things. Life’s obviously not going to slow down for me. I’m more intentional and have more energy, even with my chronic pain that can be debilitating at times.

My plan is to do an extended quiet time this coming week since I already had so many commitments last week. I have it on my calendar for Wednesday. My husband and I have been better lately at praying together before he heads to bed for the night.

Peace, health, wisdom and joy to my masterful family and friends! 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️🌟🌟🌟🌼🌼🌼💯💯💯🎯🎯🎯🎁🎁

Week 22 – Master of my Emotions

EMOTIONS: instinctive or intuitive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.

Learning to utilize emotions as positive tools can be huge. That’s so simple if you don’t attach meaning to every little thing!

The difference between repeating a lifetime of unsuccessful habits, or recognizing the emotional turmoil and turning them into the best thing that has ever happened.

My life historically was pretty ordinary. I survived a dysfunctional family. I grew up a rather sheltered life, until I joined the Army. Thought it was interesting though, in college to realize how few non-dysfunctional families there were in the world. All of degree naturally. Certainly a matter of opinion.

My greatest emotion of survival was always my optimism (positive and hopeful emotion that encourages you to look forward to a bright future, one in which you believe that things will mostly work out).

God has blessed me beyond my imagination. I’ve always had a sense of contentment even during trials because I intuitively knew that it was all a learning experience. I’d come out stronger on the other side!

My reading Og, and the MKS in addition to my Bible devotions, and communicating with my newly developed Mastermind groups are going to be part of my new more enthusiastic life ever moving forward!

Week 21 MKMMA/MKE

I have had an amazing week in prayer time! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 “…unfortunately, there are comparatively few persons who know how to pray.” (MKS 21, introduction) The Ladies Bible study that I attend on Thursday mornings has been supporting much of what we’re reading here in MKS.

I took much needed time away with my husband last weekend. We went snowshoeing and sledding. I had a little fear that we could get hurt but guess what? We survived without a scratch! AND we had fun! It’s no coincidence that courage was my word of the week last week. I have not honestly believed in coincidence for years.

Especially because I believe that “I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose…. I am nature’s greatest miracle.” pg 72 Og (Scroll IV) Therefore it’s also no surprise that I live like it’s my last day. (Scroll V) Exploring new possibilities… preparing new foods for a particularly picky group (anyway!), reading up on things I always thought interesting, looking into places for my husband and I to retire to instead of going with the flow as we care for our aging parents, speaking with intention because we teach people how to treat us, AND giving myself permission to have a massage yesterday! I had decided when we finished the upstairs apartment of the rental property that I would find a new masseuse. Well, last month I met one through a mutual friend, so I didn’t even have to search! She’s fantastic! Highly recommend if you’re in the Plymouth area.

I’m 1 pound away from hitting my healthy weight/smart goal! Persistence at the gym, and better food choices/portions is paying off. “I’m whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, healthy, harmonious and happy!”

The Franklin makeover. Wow! Index cards. Double Wow!! Kindness. 🌸 Gratitude. 🕊Loving life and myself. I’m truly blessed! What am I pretending not to know? How is fear, unworthiness and doubt controlling my life? Am I allowing my future self to step up to the plate? I’m probably not like I could be, yet I feel braver about taking new steps out of my comfort zone. Awareness is the beginning of change. This weekend I’ll be at a seminar with friends, and staying overnight on Saturday. I haven’t done that in years without family members. Baby steps…🥳

Peace and blessings to you all, my beautiful Master Key Family! Especially the awesome MKMMA Tribe Polos and Zoom calls! They have been super supportive!✨🌸🙏🏼🕊

Week 20 – Week Twenty!!!So many new habits!!! 🥳

I confess that I’m a little overwhelmed by this week’s new assignments. I’ve slacked a bit the past few weeks while finishing up with some personal commitments. Happy to say that persistence in that is going to pay off despite occasional conflicts along the way!! From Scroll IV, page 72: Nature knows not defeat. Eventually, she emerges victorious “AND SO DO I!”

I’m living each day with intention as if it’s my last!! (Scroll V) I’ve listened to this week’s Master Key at least twenty times while doing other things so that it has become recognizable when I read along. (Of course) Thinking is the true business of life. (-Haanel 20.4) We can’t ignore that now having come this far. And for me being a Christian and recognizing that the Holy Spirit of God lives in me, I know that is my source of power. In Haanel 20.26 – This “breath of life” is a super conscious reality. That reminds me of a beautiful song by Amy Grant Breath of Heaven. I do feel closer to my Creator today. 🙌

I’m thinking more day to day with great appreciation of the gifts that surround me rather than automatic pilot. I have noticed that subconsciously “I’ve been avoiding idleness in others. Drinking every minute to its full, and savoring its taste and giving thanks!” Pg 76, OG. Similarly Jesus speaking in John 10:10 (NIV): The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.” I’m sure I have referenced this previously, but I really love this promise of hope!! 🕊

I’m adjusting my sails, and redefining what I actually need verses what I want. I pray for peace, love, joy, strength and harmony to our beautiful Master Key Experience family. 🙏🏼

Week 19 – This Matter of the Mind 🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠

I like the poetic nuances of the New Living Translation of Deuteronomy 30:19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

Four and a half months ago I made a choice to begin a journey. The MKE! I wasn’t sure I could handle it along with all the other “important stuff” I was convinced I was doing, yet took the challenge, and amazingly through ups and downs I have persevered! Not because I figured out something brand new, but because I’m learning skills and applying them, and using my God given gifts. I had forgotten how blessed I truly am.

In Philippians 4:13 it states “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Me. I’m strengthened by my daily exercises of my mind, body and soul!Remembering this as I recite the positive affirmations: I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, happy, healthy, wealthy and wise! Among others help me to realize that I have been changing my mind for the better. Especially in Scroll IV of Og: I am nature’s greatest miracle. Now that is a first-class affirmation!

In Scroll I: Today I begin a new life. Although I loved how it sounded, I hadn’t a clue what it meant then. So far, Scroll II is my favorite: I (will) greet this day with love in my heart. Scroll III, hmmm…okay? I (will) persist until I succeed. Obviously my stubbornness is going to be used for something good!! Still struggling a bit with Scroll V, but it’s only been 14 days. I come around by the end of the month!

In Part 19 of Haanel, 9 & 10- “…the Spiritual world; we speak of Mind and Matter as two separate entities, but clearer insight makes it evident that there is but one operative principle and that is Mind. Mind is the real and the eternal. Matter is forever changing…” (Now, GOD has given us free will to make our decisions and to change our mind. GOD is eternal and never changes.) No coincidence that in the Introduction of Part Nine “…we desire to change conditions, how are we to bring this about?…the Law of Growth…. Character is not a thing of chance, but it is the result of continued effort.”

Our Marco Polo daily communications, and the weekly Zoom call really tied it all together for me this week! I APPRECIATE and LOVE all of these awe inspiring phenomenal individuals! I know I wouldn’t be in the same place mentally and emotionally without their support! This has been a monumental week for me. Thanks to everyone involved!

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