Sunday, July 29, 2012

Livin' like a Warrior

Hello friends!
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Floydfest and saw Matisyahu live!!
There is a song that I heard "Live like a Warrior"- the thought struck me... do I live every day living like a warrior?
A dear friend pointed out that most of my life will be made up of ordinary days. But just because a day is ordinary, does that mean *I* have to be? I think not! I want to live the ordinary days extraordinarily.
Part of the lyrics are here:

Some things you should let go, there only gonna pull you down, 
Just like weight on your shoulder they are only gonna make you drown 
We all swing high, we all swing low, 
We all got secrets people don't know 
We all got dreams we can't let go, 
We want to brave, Don't be afraid 
Today, today, live like you wanna, 
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire, 
Fight like a Warrior, 
Today, today, live like you wanna, 
Let yesterday burn and throw it in a fire, in a fire, in a fire, 
Live like a Warrior 

How to fight and live like a warrior in our everyday life? Don't let the bad things, bad people, icky situations, and hum drum ness  of life bring you down. Dream big, and fight for those dreams, but be willing and able to change. Be adventurous, see the bright side of life. Don't worry about tomorrow- but be vigilant because tomorrow is coming.  Warriors learn from their mistakes. They take lessons learned, or things said and learn from what is truth, and disregard the lies and negativity. Living like a warrior means to not complain and whine over things that you can change. To be adaptable. Warriors are compassionate, (in my mind) they fight for the good of their people. They are courageous. They fight every battle as if it was their last.  They choose the higher calling, and walk a narrow path.
Do I live like a warrior? I want to do and be all of those things.
We only live one life.
  So, as Winston Churchill said: "Never Never Give Up".

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The 'why' of my blog.

I don't believe I've done a post on exactly WHY my blog is called 'Of love, strength and silver linings'.
Well, I do have a reason- believe it or not!
Because looking back over my life thus far- that's what it's been about. First of all- everything boils down to love. Second- having strength through difficult situations, and third- always looking for, and finding- a silver lining.
It's always there!
Yes, there are clouds- but to see the beauty in spite of the clouds. To know that the sun IS INDEED SHINING. Even when I can't see it... that is the gift.
Just because I can't see something, can't feel something, or *I* don't think it exists doesn't mean it's not there. It simply means that I am not looking for it.
Love is a big thing in my life, as it is in everyone's lives whether they know it or not. Being loved, accepted, and belonging to someone or something is a desire of every human being.
I found a quote by Mother Theresa that I believe is very important and basis to what life is, indeed about.

"Love has no meaning if it isn't shared. Love has to be put into action. You have to love without expectation, do something for love itself, not for what you may receive. ...Love in action is what gives us grace. We have been created for greater things... to love and to be loved. Love is love--to love a person without any conditions, without any expectations. Small things, done in great love, bring joy and peace. To love, it is necessary to give. To give, it is necessary to be free from selfishness." 
~Mother Teresa

Life isn't about money, work, having a nice, house, car, status, power... or any of the things so many people (including myself sometimes) focus on. Life is about the giving and receiving of love. Of nurturing your relationship with Elohim, the Creator. Of helping other fellow travelers along the way. Yehushua loved us without any inhibitions, if ands or buts, He wasn't selfish or self serving in His giving away of Love. Why should we? 
Who are *I* to say... "you must do this...then i will love you." Never!

Now, to expound on the Strength and silver linings bit of my title- yes, there have been trials in my life. Quite a few, actually... difficult situations, people, things of my own making, and things thrust upon me with no apparent reason whatsoever. Soldiering on through these situations having faith in and leaning on the Love of our Jehovah is what carried me through. Yes- there were (many) moments of despair, being lost and feeling hopeless. But I wasn't left there! He picked me up, dusted me off, and set me back on my feet. Then showed me the chaotic mess He had turned into something beautiful.
That is the Yah we serve. He turns charcoal into diamonds, hopeless threads into a tapestry. Paints a thunder torn sky with brilliant rainbows. 
Holds my hand and heart during the darkness and the storm.
Abba, Father, Daddy. When I call to Him He not only answers, but opens His arms wide so I can run headlong into the arms of Love that will never let me fall.