A Cure For Fear and Hate

The world certainly appears to be out of control, and run by “crazy” people, and yet it is not.  However, it is a time when everyone’s faith, outlook and even our constitutions are being tested.

Do not despair, but do not give up for now it is more important than ever for you to be positive and to contribute to the well-being of our planet.  I hope the following poem which was written in May, 2016 helps to provide some inspiration or at the very least a reminder out there that there are many, many people of goodwill who are helping to make our planet a more loving and harmonious world.

 

A CURE FOR FEAR AND HATE

 

The world is infected with fear and hate.

Many people are infected with frustration…

and/or despair.

 

There is however a cure.

  “What the world needs now is love, sweet love…

                No not just for some, but for everyone”.*

                                                             *[From “What the World the World Needs Now” by Hal David and Burt Bacharach]

 

We are facing an epidemic of negativity and fear.

The cure, the remedy, is Love.

 

“No not just for some, but for everyone.”*                      [Ibid.]

Let that be your refrain.

 

Not everyone will understand or appreciate kindness.

Not everyone will deserve it…

but your kindness…

your love…

will affect everyone on whom you bestow it.

 

Do not despair if your kindness is rebuffed…

or appears to draw an adverse effect.

 

Love is not just for “the deserving”.

Love is not a weakness…

It can take great strength of give love when it appears unappreciated.

 

Love is and must be… unconditional.

 

 

Love is not just for “the deserving”.

It is for “the despised” and “the damned” too.

 

Love is a great power….

Give it freely.

Give it unconditionally…

and you will find yourself empowered and enriched.

 

Your appreciation of everything will grow…

and grow… and grow.

If you grow it enough you will understand…

and you will be enlightened.

 

As in all things…

the answer is Love.

 

God bless.

Alan

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Ten Suggestions for Making Things Count

If you keep reading you will find that there are more than ten suggestions but that’s probably a good thing.  The good ideas need to be shared and to expand to prevent the “bad” things from taking hold.

This poem was written in 2010 but was brought to mind because I’ve been transferring it to my computer in preparation for one day (soon?) publishing a book. The book, that I’ve been told for the past 20 years, that I would write.  So it’s topical for me.  It’s also quite playful in its language and tone.  I find these things helpful.  I hope you do too.

 

TEN (PLUS) SUGGESTIONS FOR MAKING THINGS COUNT

One: Look after Number One.

Look after your own needs first.

Love yourself…

for if you cannot do this you cannot love anyone.

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Two: Think of others too.

Be compassionate.

Try to walk in another’s shoes before you condemn anyone.

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Three: Exercise restraint: Leave others free…

to do as they choose.  Respect their rights to make mistakes.

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Four: Find meaning in your life. Have something to live for.

If you make a difference, your life will add up.

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Five: Live your life with integrity. If I’ve

learnt anything in my journey it’s that:

“Integrity is all about oneness, wholeness and truth.”

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Six:  Sex… (now I have your full attention)

and possessions and the physical world do not really matter.

Do not be attached to things.

If you you do not have possessions you will not be “possessed”…

and you will have a better chance of finding

the things that really matter.

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Seven: Seven is supposedly a lucky number.It’s fine to believe that but it’s_even

better to recognize that we operate under divine law,

and we make our own “luck”.

So, live right, do good things and think and behave positively,

and you will receive good things in return,

This is karma in operation.

It is divine justice, and divine compassion in action.

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Eight: Eliminate from your life ill-will and h-ate.

Love is unconditional…

You cannot love any one, if you do not love all.

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Nine: Know when to “ja” and when to say “nein”

Follow your heart. Do no harm to anyone.

(Don’t forget to include yourself!)

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Ten (X/10): Express your love.

When it is appropriate give someone a kiss (X), or a hug ,1 (O),

or a shoulder to cry on, or a listening ear.

Be gentle and offer your support with kindness and respect.

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Eleven: Welcome adversity for it is a gift from God.

When life is difficult you are being given chances to

learn and to grow.  Make the most of every opportunity.

Find the right balance and move on.

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Twelve: Live life to the full. Each earthly life/incarnation is short.

Make every day count. Keep growing and evolving and finding….

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Thirteen,                                 }        Your own ways to keep

Fourteen                                 }         making your life,

Fifteen                                     }         and our world, better.

 

 

Create well my friends.

Till next time, in love and light,

Alan

I Have All I Need

It has been too long since my last post and I apologize if anyone has been disappointed (or even noticed).  I could make excuses and say I have been very busy, but the truth is I just haven’t prioritized this blog sufficiently.  I can’t say I haven’t had the time for “I have all I need”.

It’s interesting that I had been wondering about which poem I should post and I had decided to go with this one. When I opened up my site to write I was greeted with an ad for a post titled “Give me meatloaf”.  Certainly, the universe or the divine or God, is abounding with synchronous connection and humour.

I should point out that this poem was written eight and a half years ago, and I have moved twice since then. Hopefully it still has some relevance.

I Have All I Need

I have enough.  I have all I need.

I would like more, but I am not ready,

for I do not appreciate everything I have.

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I have a roof over my head. It may be a little mouldy,

and peeling in places, but it keeps me warm on these cold, winter nights.

It keeps out the rain and the wind.  I do not have to huddle around fires,

or under bridges to survive.

Thank you for the roof over my head.

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I have enough food to eat, brought from countries all round the world.

I can eat different foods each day of the week, if I choose.

And I have enough.  Sometimes I have to go into debt,

to pay for my groceries, but I always have enough to eat.

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Let me never say “I’m starving” again.

Let me remember those people who really are starving.

They are often living in refugee camps and fleeing natural or man-made disasters.

Let me be grateful for the abundance I already have.

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Have you noticed how often many of these people smile…

grateful to be alive… grateful for the smallest of gifts,

or the simplest act of kindness.

It is humbling.

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Almighty God,

Help me to remember all the things I have.

Help me to remember, that I have nothing to complain about.

Help me to be grateful.

Help me to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

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Help me to be willing to share my belongings, as so many others are already doing.

Help me to appreciate the things that are really important in life.

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So what if I do not have a recordable DVD player, or an up-to-date car.

I have life.  I have shelter.

I have family and friends who love me.

All my needs are being met.

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God, help me to appreciate all these gifts…

for I am truly blessed.

And when I do fully appreciate the things I have,

I can stop wasting my time and my thoughts,

in idle speculation and dreaming.

I can get on with living my life in the way I know I should:

living simply, with a smile on my face

and helping others who are less fortunate.

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As the old saying goes:

“When someone needs a smile… give them one of yours.”

For a smile can be infectious…

and perhaps, one day… we will all be infected.

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God Bless.

Thanks for reading.  I am endeavouring to post blogs at least weekly, and hopefully bi-weekly from now on.

May the divine walk with you and take you to where you need to be.  Go with the divine flow, always.

Alan