For your consideration…

I have always loved this J.R.R Tolkien saying,Not all who wander are lost.” I can so relate to it. I can not tell you how many people tell me that they could never go off and travel on their own. It starts to feel like the norm until I travel and find all of the people doing exactly that. To me it does not seem scary and while I like traveling with people sometimes, it is not a necessity for me to “go wander” on my own.

Each of us are different. We travel and wander in our own way. Perhaps it is just seeking solitude on a walk or meditating in a silent room. The important thing is that we honor what works for us.

Another part of today’s message is to stay curious. Honor your curiosity, explore, seek new things and experiences. We are meant to be constant students and teachers. We need to honor that and keep our lives interesting and expanding.

There is yet another “cledon” to our message. It was brought in via my husband. When we were younger, Bruce like to travel…at least I thought I did. As I think back, he only seemed really comfortable with it when we would travel to Florida to see our parents. After they passed, I can see clearly now that he only begrudgingly con’e the same and many that were different. One of the things we talked about was the people who surrounded us and the roles they played. I remember my daughter, Alex, had clear ideas on what she wanted to do for her dad. We indeed agreed. One of them was she wanted to make a video with pictures and music. To me, this seemed like an overwhelming task. To her, it was easy. What she thought would be hard, was getting me to organize my pictures and her Bruce’s music. She was shocked that I already had a file with almost all of the pictures already done. She was even more shocked when she asked for Bruce’s ipods so she could get his music. To her utter amazement she had it in less than a minute via Spotify where I had already put all of his music for our car travels.

This is a long way of demonstrating part of today;s message. What is hard for one, is easy for another. We need to accept, respect, and honor our differences.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.


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

-Affirm…“I am loved.”

-Remember…You are the keeper of the light. Wherever you go, there can be no darkness.

-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.

-Honor, be excited for, learning new things.


What made me smile yesterday…

-A beautiful day.

-Although I didn’t think it was going to be. After it stopped raining, I though it would be a good time to get a walk in before it started again. Louie and I walked 4 miles. Unexpectedly the sun came out and so it got really hot. Since I hadn’t planned well, I walked the whole way in flip flops and go the start of blisters.Along the way we met some great people, some were ones we have met before and some were new.

-Catching up with Mary, Jackie, Conner and Alex.

-Seeing the street vendor with their Valentine wares. Somethings never change…crowds picking their gifts out at the last minute.

-I have my first content draft of my book into a file….I’m so excited.

-What do you do with left over lobster…lobster mac and cheese. Surprisingly, I did a great job.


Love, Blessings, and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris




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