For your consideration….

As light-hearted as yesterday’s message felt, today’s does not. However, let me say, I believe we are getting it because our Guidance hears our fears and concerns and gives us an option to consider….a little helpful hint. Also, I am praying for a way to adequately deliver the message.

I’m going to give you a metaphor comparing an assembly line to life. We have all heard about how Henry Ford made cars affordable by inventing the assembly line and how it transformed manufacturing for all kinds of products. What you may not know is that in modern manufacturing, not everything is done on the main assembly line. With the complexity of today’s products, there are too many “pieces and steps” to include on the main assembly line. They would bog it down and make it inefficient and defeat the purpose of it. Instead many components are taken off-line, maybe even done by tier 2 or 3 manufacturers, and brought back “just in time” to the assembly line. The completed component is then installed on the main assembly line thus making the assembly line efficiently hum along.

Now think about our life.

Look at our picture. This is not a real picture of someone. Yet, it brought tears to my eyes. Clearly this is a strong women, a warrior. She is out of the battle hanging on to and absorbing the strength of the tree. She is out of battle and regrouping and meditating/praying so that she might reenter the battle whole again, even stronger. She needed this sideline and she knew it.

We all hit spots in our life that prevent it from humming right along. Maybe we don’t realize it at first but at some point we start to think “hmmm this is a bigger problem than I thought” or we might ask ourselves “Whoa, what is really going on here?” Simple words or actions in the normal scheme of things aren’t fixing the little bump.

Here is where we might ask ourselves if we need to take it “offline or to the sidelines.” Why, because we have invested a lot our own “life assembly line,” our work, our families, our friendships. Our little bumps in the road tell us something is broke or needs adjusting. The question we need to ask is, “Can it be done on-line or does it need to be done on the sideline?”

Why would we want to take something off-line? Because, it might damage the life assembly line if we don’t. On TV we know there are a few second delays so that something that is inappropriate may be bleeped out. We know that the Universe does not immediately respond to our thoughts, words and desires. We have time to self-correct, modify or refine them.

“Off-lining or sidelining” our bumps in the road is simply doing the same thing. It gives us a chance to work on them without damaging the “whole” of our life work.

I don’t think this is easy. I think we are getting this message today so that we can start to think about it. We need to think about the “whole.” We might begin by asking “What is worth damaging our life’s work?” We might ask our ego to step down. We might ask, “Does this problem really change how I feel about this person/thing or them/it about me?”

You see, our ego would have us feel attacked. It would have our life’s work attacked rather than isolate out the problem and have all of our non-judgmental selves focus on only that.

I know that in the past we have had messages about “Is it true?” We are always supposed to ask “Is it true?” before we allow it into our authentic self, heart, our soul. I think that those things or people who are very close to us have an automatic bypass. They always go straight to our soul. We allow that, but that eliminates the “buffer zone” where we ask, “Is it true?” When we do that, we open ourselves up to a lot of unnecessary extended heartache. When we stop to ask, “Is it true?” we have the opportunity to separate it from the body of work we have burned onto our soul. We have an opportunity to keep it outside until a time it is resolved as “true” and we can let it in.

I sure HOPE I have made today’s message clear and done it justice. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take….

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Keep tabs on that ego.

What made me smile yesterday…..

-I took the day off.

-Finishing a good book….yup I didn’t do anything all day.

-A great women’s circle get together.

-I did some grocery shopping. Yeah 10:00 pm is the time to go. I get a kick out of the energy saving light that go out until they sense a person walking down the isle. They light up just as you are approaching, freezer section by freezer section. My own little “red carpet.”

-Great seeing our friend, Kathy, back in Michigan.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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