You are Worthy!

September 30, 2013

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What are you worth?  A few years ago, I was reading this article about a man in Australia who had sold his entire life on eBay for slightly less than half a million dollars.  He was tired of his life, the way he was living it, and so decided to sell everything and start over.  Reading this story, it really made me think about how one decides what one is worth.  Just for fun, I did a web search to see what others were saying about how you determine your worth as a human being.  Sadly, I found a website called www.humanforsale.com I went through the process because I wanted to see what questions they would ask and to get a sense of what they would tell me I am worth.  I never finished it, because they required information I was not willing to share (my name, address, email, phone, etc).  In the process, I did learn that I have an IQ of 142 (www.free-iqtest.net) and that I am smarter than 61.5% of people (www.am-i-dumb.com ).  While I found that information interesting, I don’t think it makes me worth more or less in this world then anyone else.

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Press Pause

September 23, 2013

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Have you ever felt like the older you get or the more you go to school or the more you try to understand people, the less you understand? Do you miss the days when you thought you understood it all? I know I do. But I have come to this place in my life when I realize that there is so much in life that I do not understand. In fact, the more I learn, the less I feel I know. The more I read, the more questions about life I have. The more I work with people, the less I understand about humanity. 

This lack of understanding used to drive me nuts. I used to feel like I needed to understand everything and have all the answers and I didn’t. I found relief in a scripture from Isaiah 55:8 which states, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” This scripture gave me permission to be okay with this sense of not understanding. Ironically, it was a piece of paper that I found left behind in a photocopy machine one day that made me understand, that this lack of understanding was actually a sign of growth. It said “NOTICE! We have not succeeded in solving all your problems. The answers we have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways, we feel we are as confused as ever, but we believe we are confused on a higher level and about more important things.” 

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I am Interesting!

September 20, 2013

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Recently, a fellow blogger, Ariffa, nominated me for The Versatile Blogger award. It was not like it was one of those big deal awards. It was one of those ways of getting to know other bloggers and to allow other bloggers to get to know you. It was a simple process. You had to list fifteen bloggers that you follow with links to their websites (that was the easier part for me). Then you had to list seven things about you that were interesting. This is where I found myself being stuck. I realized as I stared at this blank screen that I did not think I, or my life, was interesting. The two things I wrote down were not things that I found interesting or thought other people would find interesting, but maybe different or unique. That was that I had six parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and that I used to say I was part Vulcan as my left ear has a slight point to it. Neither of which seems to fit the definition of interesting, or so I thought. According to the dictionary interesting means, “arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention.” The only thing I could think of is that sometimes I am able to arouse the curiosity and interest of my students through the material I share with them in the classroom.

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It’s Pickling Time!

September 13, 2013

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Did you know that every day of the year is a national food holiday and that sometimes we are celebrating more then one food at a time? Today is pickle day and the minute I saw that my mouth began to water and my memories floated back to being a young girl and pickling with my mom or going to see the pickle king when she did not have time to pickle. Oh and I loved those visits to the pickle king. I think I was his best marketing tool. I would stand by the big kegs of pickles, pickled tomatoes, pimentos, and sauerkraut and salivate. He would let me “sample” the goods and I would continuously proclaim to customers how good they were. All the while, my mother watched me out of the corner of her eye while she picked up fruits and vegetables by the nearby vendors. She shopped, I ate pickles and pickled tomatoes, and the pickle king sold jars to people who watched me enjoy what I was eating one little bite at a time. I cried the day the pickle king man stopped coming as that was part of what made going to the market with my mother so much fun. With him gone, my mother and I would spend considerable more time pickling. While our pickles and pickled tomatoes were good, it was a different experience then being able to make them swim in their kegs and pick out the perfect pickle.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

September 10, 2013

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Hi Everyone,

I was recently given a nomination for the Versatile Blogger award by  http://hopehonorandhappiness.com/

I thank God for continuing to allow my words to touch others. Thanks to my readers as well. And thank you  again, Amika, for the nomination!

Here are the rules for this award:

1. Display the badge on your blog.
2. Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 15 bloggers and inform them of the nomination via comment in their site.
4. State 7 interesting things about yourself.

My 15 Nominations

1)      Anzaholyman’s Blog

2)      Transgustory

3)      Optimizing Healing Healthcare

4)      What if Spirits Could Blog?

5)      The Possible World

6)      Fame and Fortune

7)      Blogsfeme

8)      Reentry to Restoration

9)      Andrea Dodge

10)  Stumbling Along The Sidewalk

11)  To Be Uplifted

12)  New Health Academy

13)  HeavenSees

14)  Nina Ploetz

15)  Nerissa’s Life

7 Interesting Things About Me (well according to my friends)

1)      Your cooking skills and my ability to find spiritual messages in what you prepare.

2)      The way you connect people and minister to them

3)      How you give of yourself so selfishly and don’t want anything on return

4)      Your sense of humor

5)      Your ability to walk the world without leaving Rochester or having the physical capabilities of doing so.

6)      Your calm and patient spirit

7)      Your wife and your life story

Thanks again, everyone.

Peace and Love,

Rev Sharon

 

You can fly!

September 9, 2013

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This morning I was sitting on my porch and thinking about what I wanted to write about today.  As I was looking at the sky and praying for inspiration, this flock of birds flew by.  As they did, it reminded me of a story I first heard an African American pastor, Rev. Moss, in Chicago tell.  Moss saw this slave tale as part of his story.  In some respects, however, it is part of all our story. 

It is said that this story has been passed from mouth to ear somewhere among the sandy palmetto dunes of South Carolina, a story passed down from West Africa to the North Atlantic, and trickled down the generations to the coast of South Carolina.  It is the story, a unique story, of the people who could fly.  And as stories go, with each telling the story gains a little different twist.

 

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On Earth as it is in Heaven

September 6, 2013

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This morning I came across this quote from don Miguel Ruiz Jr.’s book, The Five Levels of Attachment. He wrote:

“The main job of the ego is to protect the false image of a separate self. One way it accomplishes this is by reinforcing the illusion of personal importance.

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So you’re a loxsmith?

September 5, 2013

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We were packing up our table at a healing and psychic fair when a couple, Jane and Charles, stopped by. I pulled out information to share with them and that was the beginning of an enjoyable and interesting conversation, which wound up with us talking about bagels, lox, and cream cheese. As those of you who have been reading this blog for a while know, lox and cream cheese, especially TempTee cream cheese holds a place near and dear to my heart. Charles and I were talking about how hard it was to find good lox in Rochester and how it inspired me to learn how to make it. “How do you smoke it?’ he asked. “ I don’t, I brine it for three days.” I replied. “Oh, so you’re a loxsmith,” he responded and the seed was planted as I found myself staring at these beautiful wild Alaskan salmon fillets at the store the other day, but knowing this was not the week where I would have the time to pull out all those pin bones. I could have also gone with the farm-raised salmon, which tend not to have the pin bones, but some things are worth paying a little bit more for. Even paying more for the wild salmon is still considerably less then what I would pay for the pre-packaged lox, so I would be saving money and giving myself a special treat to enjoy for the week to come.

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How big are your margins?

September 4, 2013

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If your life was a piece of paper, how big would your margins be?  Would you have one inch margins all around your paper?  Inch and a half?  Two inches?  Or is your life so overflowing with stuff that you HAVE to do that you are not even sure you have any margins.  If you do, then maybe they are like 1/100 of an inch. 

As I have learned the hard way in my own life, some of us have gotten so used to living life without margins, that we do not even know what they are.  While we might like the idea of having more time and space in our life, we have no idea how to begin to function in a world where that might even be possible.  Some of us have lives that are so filled to the brim with stuff we have to do, especially this holiday season, that there is no room to squeeze anything or anybody else in. 

 

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