Howdy Folks and Good Day!
We won’t be running SFPNN tomorrow or Friday because Mark and I will be at the Celebrate Your Life conference in
And that’s what I did
yesterday. I showed up at the voting
polls. I hope you did too if you live in
For journalistic accuracy, I have to confess to writing this on Tuesday evening so it was really earlier today that I went to the polls. But I still don’t know who won the election. And I may not know by the time you read this. I might not even know if the measures I voted for or against passed. But I will know I took part in the process. And that’s an important part!
This was a rather intense election
on the local level in
Do I expect my candidates to win? Maybe, maybe not. But at least I know I gave them the chance! And I took part of the political process which shapes my country and helps to shape my life.
With that said, I’d like to share a
ELECTED BY A HAIR
1972 was the first year 18-year-olds could vote in American elections. Unfortunately, I was only 17 in 1972, so I couldn’t cast my ballot for Richard Nixon (but I still have the “Nixon’s the One!” button I wore to make it perfectly clear who I WOULD have voted for).
off-year election of 1974 I was 19 and old enough to vote, but I was in an
exotic foreign country doing volunteer work for my church, and the whole
election thing sort of slipped past me. (What?
You don’t think
So as far as I
was concerned, my first real opportunity to exercise my franchise to vote was
in 1976. It was an intensely political
year, in part because of the patriotic furor inspired by our country’s
Bicentennial celebration and in part because it was the first presidential
election post-Watergate, and I was completely caught up in it. In fact, my first job upon returning from the
I served my candidate zealously. He was a man I had known most of my life, and he was a good man. He was bright, articulate and had years of experience as a leader in our state legislature. I believed in him. And I knew he would be the kind of governor our state needed – a statesman, not a politician. So I invested my heart and soul into working to get him elected.
Only he wasn’t. He didn’t even make it out of the primary. I was devastated. This wasn’t the way it was supposed to work. You get behind a good candidate, you work hard for him or her and you win. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. And my candidate was great. He would have been a terrific governor. The only thing he didn’t have going for him was his hair. He was kind of... you know... bald. And he lost to a guy with a full head of hair. So I figured we lost for cosmetic reasons, and that sort of soured me on the whole political process.
Which is why I decided to show my disdain for the superficiality of American politics by NOT voting in November. “What’s the point?” I asked my Dad. “Nobody cares about qualifications or ability. It’s just about . . . you know . . . hair. I refuse to be part of it.”
I expected a strong reaction from Dad, who had always been politically active and had even run for office a time or two. Instead, he just looked at me and smiled the smile of one who had voted for his share of Election Day losers through the years – from Herbert Hoover to Thomas Dewey to (that very year) Gerald Ford.
“You’re right,” he said.
“The process isn’t perfect. But
that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It’s
like our Impala. Mom and I would love to
Now, I have to be honest – Dad’s analogy was a little lost on me. But somehow I got the point that we’re not always going to emerge from Election Day with a Lincoln – or a Washington or a Jefferson, for that matter. The process doesn’t guarantee that the best candidate will win. The important thing here is the process itself. As Americans we have a choice, and we have the privilege and opportunity of exercising that choice on Election Day. Whether or not your candidate wins, the process works. Because eventually, it gets us where we want to go.
So I went ahead and voted in 1976. I confess to venting my political frustration by voting for the gubernatorial candidate from the other party mostly because he wasn’t the guy who beat my guy. I freely admit to being deviously delighted when my new candidate won. But the really interesting thing is he turned out to be one of the best governors in our state’s history.
Even though he was kind of . . . you know . . . bald.
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Folks, there are times in life when we question if what we’re doing really makes a difference, if we really matter or count in life. I assure you we do… even if the immediate results are not what we think they should be. Our efforts matter. Each one of us makes a difference, even if we cannot immediately see that difference.
As you go about your day, may you walk tall knowing that you do count!
Enjoy the rest of your week and we’ll see you again on Monday!
Peace, Love, Happiness, Health, Prosperity
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May you always know you are loved and respected; a gift to those who know you. May you emerge through all the changes that have happened in the past year with the wings of a butterfly ready to take flight and soar with an even higher spirit.
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As you gain more
knowledge and wisdom, may you always carry with you the insight that you are
precious, loved, and celebrated just for being you!
3. (Fill in the blanks.) Today, I desire and experience…
I also affirm the following positive reality:
— © JMP
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4. “Find the courage to hold on to your beliefs, even if the world around you chooses to believe differently. Have the courage to change those beliefs that no longer fit the person you have become. In doing so, you truly become yourself.”
— © Daniel Levin in Everyday
Positive Thinking by Louise Hay
5. We Need YOUR Good News!
Here it is! This is your chance to count your blessings, the opportunity to do a little bragging, and a great time to celebrate the good things in your life. We want all the positive things you care to share.
What qualifies for good news?
Days well spent
Things that go better than expected
Dreams you are working on
Dreams come true
A good weekend
All good things!
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A note From the Editor: I really had to laugh when all the Good News stories and items came in this week. They’re a great example of attracting to you what you focus on. As Mark and I are leaving to attend a conference to raise our energy, several other folks are raising theirs and helping others do the same. I really did not plan all of this week’s Good News to be about spiritual conventions and energy but it certainly worked out that way!
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SHARING A JOURNEY OF SPIRITUAL LIGHT
— by Mark L.
As I was reading the SFPNN selection, "Way to go, Jim and Linda!" last week, it really felt familiar. There's a story about that...
A couple weeks back, my Mom and I attended both days
of the Universal Light Expo in
I had been wishing earlier in the year (around about
the time you did my Angel Reading) that I could attend "I Can Do It",
or something similar but just didn't see it happening - the registration fees
and travel expenses just felt beyond my budget. As it happens,
I had been concerned about her health. You may remember her Angel reading... By the way, God bless you and Nancy both for working together to discover more about what Mom was experiencing and how to approach it. I did not share the email with Mom directly, but I did walk through some alternate ideas of how to consider a couple difficult experiences in her life that may help put a different energy on things. Before we got together for the expo, she had been hospitalized thinking that she was having a heart attack. The tests did not show any concerns, but it raised my appreciation for the limited time each lifetime spans, even though live does go on. ;-) It made getting together for the weekend more important.
So, Saturday morning we drove to
We went to talks about energy, creativity, and animal communication. The animal panel discussion was so moving we each scheduled a reading with Morgen Espy so we could have some personal insights. That's a WHOLE OTHER EMAIL. Wow.
Mom was so excited she literally could not stop talking about all we had seen on the way home. And the next day was no different. I had scheduled Monday off so I could release any concerns about time on Sunday. Mom even called me mid week to talk about it all some more. I mentioned having taken this trip with Mom to my spiritual counselor Thomacine and she commented "You've accelerated her evolution, you know." And here I just thought I was doing something just for me and taking Mom along for the ride. ;-)
I'm planning on attending the Victory of Light expo in Cincy in mid November. (http://www.victoryoflight.com/) Being around so many folks sharing in that positive energy is darn near addictive.
While we had our reading with Morgen, she was communicating with Simon and leaned forward, looked me directly in the eye, smiled broadly and said "You are SO close. You just need to get out of your own way." I am opening myself up for more guidance about that since it seems to be my theme song—I keep hearing that from my guides and other intuitive folks.
I'm definitely enjoying the journey that spirit is laying out before me!
— Mark L.
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7. “You were born with a magnificent (emotional) guidance system that lets you know, in every moment, exactly what your vibrational content is, which his being matched by the Law of Attraction. As it is your desire to feel good, and your practice to choose good-feeling thoughts, only good things will come to you.”
— © Abraham-Hicks, quoted in Everyday Positive Thinking by Louise Hay
Wednesday WORD — by Diane, The
— Brian L. Weiss, MD
If I asked you the question, "Are you happy?" or "What truly makes you happy?” what would you answer?
These are two very simple questions that really are quite deep. "Are you happy?" depends on what your definition of what happy means. Take a moment to define just what being happy means to you. Does it have to do with material or non material things, such as good health for yourself and your family? Or that you have no issues?
Being happy also might depend on what is going on in your life at the moment. Our attitude and perception makes all the difference. I am responsible to make myself happy, not anyone else.
Happiness is also a feeling and an emotion. When I define what being happy means to me, it is all about a feeling inside. Having a light heart, and joy in my heart and deep within my soul. The simplest of things give me that feeling.
What makes me happy?
Looking at my life with gratitude, seeing where I am and how far I have come, knowing that I can take care of myself. Driving along the ocean on a beautiful day or sitting at the beach watching the waves.
Often things money can't buy.
When I am not feeling happy, it usually has to do with someone or something not being to my liking or not seeing the positive in any given situation.
Not everything or everyone will be to my liking, act the way I feel they should or do exactly what I think they should. What is up to me is the degree of how much I allow the situation to take my peace and serenity. I control my attitude and nobody else.
Material things might give us a sense of false happiness or a moment of happiness. Or we might want something so bad thinking if we only had this or that, we would be happy. Or if he or she would change, we would be happy.
The reality is that happiness is an inside job. Only I have the power to make me happy. My happiness is entirely up to me and I have to take responsibility for making and keeping myself happy.
Take a few moments and look at your life. Ask yourself "Am I happy? What exactly brings me happiness??
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