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What’s Ahead in 2014?

Written by Les Dahl on January 1st, 2014. Posted in Uncategorized

 

Shalom!

We are on the brink of 2014!  

Who knows what lies ahead?  

 

Personal experience,  study of the Bible, & wisdom of sages 

   have taught me. . . 

...my future is a creative partnership between myself and God.   

 

King David testifies of this creative partnership in Psalm 37:23-24.

   "Adonai directs a person’s steps,

            and He delights in his way 

           He may stumble, but he won’t fall headlong,

            for Adonai holds him by the hand."

                   (Complete Jewish Bible translation)

 

Here's how it works. . .

 

Adonai (Hebrew for 'Lord') comes alongside us and says,

    'I have prepared a special pathway for you in 2014. 

        You may not see what is around the bend--

           take courage, press on, the best is ahead!

 

    'On this path you will meet people, encounter circumstances and visit places. 

        Each has a purpose and all fit into my plan for you.  

        Your attitude, your thinking & your emotions will be challenged.

        You will exercise power of choice ('free will') as you respond 

           to the people, situations and places along your journey.  

 

     'Sometimes you will stumble & fall, make a bad decision, choose the wrong way;

           but never fear, I won't let you fall--

        I'm right beside you ready to steady you with my strong hand,

           just as a loving father watches his toddler stumble through his first steps,

              ready to catch him as he falls.

 

     'And when you do fall on your face. . .

        I am at your side to help you back on your feet again. 

 

       'Eventually, with practice, 

        you will walk with steady step, 

        with perfect balance,

           ready to take on bigger challenges that I have prepared for you. 

  

     'In the meanwhile, as you begin the road marked 2014, remember this . . . 

        I'm directing your steps--

           I enjoy ('delight in') watching you learn to walk--

        I'm right beside you ready to catch you when you stumble or fall. 

 

     You will make it through 2014 and be a better person for having travelled that road!'

 

Here's a prayer to help you on your way . . .

 

     Father, 

     I completely and unconditionally trust You to direct my steps today. 

     I won't try to figure everything out on my own,

        nor will I assume I know it all;

     instead I will look for Your guiding, helping hand,

        I will listen for Your still, small voice--

           speaking wisdom to my heart.

     I have no fear, 

        because You love me completely and unconditionally

           and You will keep me on track.

     Thank you . . . I love you.

 

Blessings,

Les Dahl

 

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What’s Ahead in 2014?

Written by Les Dahl on January 1st, 2014. Posted in Uncategorized

 

Shalom!

We are on the brink of 2014!  

Who knows what lies ahead?  

 

Personal experience,  study of the Bible, & wisdom of sages 

   have taught me. . . 

...my future is a creative partnership between myself and God.   

 

King David testifies of this creative partnership in Psalm 37:23-24.

   "Adonai directs a person’s steps,

            and He delights in his way 

           He may stumble, but he won’t fall headlong,

            for Adonai holds him by the hand."

                   (Complete Jewish Bible translation)

 

Here's how it works. . .

 

Adonai (Hebrew for 'Lord') comes alongside us and says,

    'I have prepared a special pathway for you in 2014. 

        You may not see what is around the bend--

           take courage, press on, the best is ahead!

 

    'On this path you will meet people, encounter circumstances and visit places. 

        Each has a purpose and all fit into my plan for you.  

        Your attitude, your thinking & your emotions will be challenged.

        You will exercise power of choice ('free will') as you respond 

           to the people, situations and places along your journey.  

 

     'Sometimes you will stumble & fall, make a bad decision, choose the wrong way;

           but never fear, I won't let you fall--

        I'm right beside you ready to steady you with my strong hand,

           just as a loving father watches his toddler stumble through his first steps,

              ready to catch him as he falls.

 

     'And when you do fall on your face. . .

        I am at your side to help you back on your feet again. 

 

      'Eventually, with practice, 

        you will walk with steady step, 

        with perfect balance,

           ready to take on bigger challenges that I have prepared for you.    

 

     'In the meanwhile, as you begin the road marked 2014, remember this . . . 

        I'm directing your steps--

           I enjoy ('delight in') watching you learn to walk--

        I'm right beside you ready to catch you when you stumble or fall. 

 

     You will make it through 2014 and be a better person for having travelled that road!'

 

Here's a prayer to help you on your way . . .

 

     Father, 

     I completely and unconditionally trust You to direct my steps today. 

     I won't try to figure everything out on my own,

        nor will I assume I know it all;

     instead I will look for Your guiding, helping hand,

        I will listen for Your still, small voice--

           speaking wisdom to my heart.

     I have no fear, 

        because You love me completely and unconditionally

           and You will keep me on track.

     Thank you . . . I love you.

 

Blessings,

The Sage

Hidden Treasures

Written by Les Dahl on December 10th, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

 

Blessings are all around us every day.

 

Sometimes the blessing comes in the form

     of a beautiful dawn with the golden rays of sun

     glistening on the silvery drops of dew, click

     the subtle fragrance of nature wafted

     on a gentle morning breeze.

The promise of life is affirmed–

     In the midst of the stress and struggle

     there still are moments of breath-taking beauty.

 

Sometimes the blessing comes in the form

     of a cheerful smile and

     uplifting word of encouragement

     or of compliment.

The kindness of life is affirmed–

     In the barrage of grumbling and complaining

     there still are bright faces and warm hearts.

 

Sometimes the blessing comes in the form

     of finding just what you are shopping for

     on sale 

     for an unexpected discount.

The goodness of life is affirmed–

     In the vexation of trying to stretch a fragile budget

     to make ends meet from payday to payday

     there still are pleasant surprises on our path.

 

Too often we miss our blessings because we are either

     out of position, nurse  

     out of step, order  

     out of focus,

          or all three!

 

Blessings are like hidden treasures—

     and they are all around us.

 

Unless we are 

     fully present, 

     fully engaged, and 

     fully expectant,

we miss the blessing of the moment–

we miss the affirmation of life

     prepared specially for us

     by our loving Heavenly Father

          just because He loves us.

The blessing of the Lord makes us rich

and there is no sorrow with it. (Proverbs 10.22)

 

Blessings,

Les Dahl

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A Journey of 1000 Miles – The First Step

Written by Les Dahl on August 15th, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

 

document.write(" fantasy;">Have you heard the proverb, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”?  That pearl of wisdom was made by the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu around 500 B.C.  The advice is simple, 'Just take the first step, and you are on your way no matter how far away your destination may be.'

Life's journey may seem difficult and tiresome.  You may feel overwhelmed just thinking about it.  So you decide to simply live one day at a time—enjoy life while you can!

Here are a few journeys taken by some.  Note the final destination of each journey.

  • Going around in circles, always ending up where you started – Destination: Lost
  • Starting out with no idea where you are going – Destination: Nowhere
  • Trying real hard, not making it and then giving up instead of giving it one more shot – Destination: Failure
  • Doing the same thing over and over again and again expecting a different result each time - Destination: Insanity
  • Starting out with the end clearly in mind, feeling the thrill of the journey pulsating in each step, and becoming a better person with every experience whether it be a success or a failure - Destination: Success

So what's involved in taking the first step?

I'm assuming, of course, that you've chosen the road to Success.

Smart choice.

Because while you were still in your mother's womb, your hard-drive was programmed for success.

That's why you feel so horrible when you fail at anything—you are wired for success!

Let me give you three tips on how to take the first step on your personal journey to success.

  1. Decide exactly what you want in life.

You say, “I have no clue what I want!”

No problem,

Let me help you.

Imagine you could wave a magic wand and be, do, and have anything you wanted...

“I can think of a hundred things I'd like to be, do and have!” you say.

Perfect.

Make a list of 100 things. Write them down on a piece of paper.

Put your '100 List' somewhere safe.

Every year or two or five take a look at your list.

You will be surprised to see how many things you can check off: 'Been there/Done that!'

  1. Make a plan.

“I've never planned anything in my life...I don't know where to start,” you say.

No problem. Let me help you again.

If from your list you had to choose only one thingthat you would have to do for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

What would you have to do to excel at that one thing? I mean, to become one of the best in the world!

Also, what would you have to do to really enjoy--I mean really enjoy doing it?

Answer those three questions and you are well on your way to creating a plan for success!

By the way, you don't have to be stuck on one thing.

Ask yourself,

'If I could add one other thing to what I do for the rest of my life, what would it be?

What would I have to do to excel at it?

What would I need to know or do to really enjoy it?'

And now that you're in the groove, you can work your way through the rest of you '100 List'.

  1. Act like it is impossible for you to fail.

“What!” you say, “how do I do that?”

Once more, let me help you.

Imagine yourself enjoying the accomplishment of your goal.

Create a detailed mental picture of you enjoying your completed goal.

Feel the thrill.

Wallow in the emotion.

Feel the feeling!

Now, when you've got that picture clear in your head, when you've got those emotions stirring up some excitement inside you-- start to think, talk, walk, act like your dream is already reality.

Call it swagger, if you like!

Just do it!  Feel it!  And then show some swag!

Start living with that sense of accomplishment, that self-confidence, that inspiration and motivation every day.

Don't wait...live your dream today!

“What about all the mistakes I'm bound to make along the way?” you ask.

Mary Pickford, a former movie actress, has a good answer: “If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.”

In other words, if you are willing to fail with no fear, make lots of mistakes with no shame, get up and keep trying, you will most certainly succeed!

So here's the crunch--

the next thought you think...

the next decision you make...

the next step you take...

is the first step of your thousand mile journey.

The steps that follow will lead to a certain destination:

Lost, Nowhere, Failure, Insanity or Success.

You're programmed for success—

decide exactly what you want in life,

make a plan,

act like you can't possibly fail!

 

Live your dream—today!

 

Blessings,

Les Dahl

 

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Red is as Red Does

Written by Les Dahl on July 5th, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized


 

document.write(" sans-serif; font-size: medium;">One of my mentors gave me an interesting assignment one day:  (1) notice how many times throughout the day you see the color RED--notice the emotions you feel; (2) write a blog about this experiment; (3) commit that the next time you have an unfavorable experience, you will deliberately decide to make that experience mean something positive to you.

Okay, I hear something like that and the kid in me jumps to his feet.  Number one, I’m curious...curious as only a little kid can be!  Number two, I love a challenge—throw me a bone and I’ll gnaw on it until I’ve worked it out!  Number three, I love to learn, especially by hands-on experiment!

“There are things that happen all the time, undeniable experiences in our environment.” my mentor explained. Loosely translated that reads, ‘There is RED all around you, pay attention and you will notice it!’

“Most people think that meaning is tied to experience, and that when something happens—it means something,” my mentor continued.  “The truth is, any experience can mean whatever you want it to mean.  Your mind highlights what is pointed out to it, through the filters of perception, controlled by your attention.”

So I’m saying to myself, if I take something simple and common, like the color RED, pay attention at each encounter with it during the day, take notice of the ‘filters’ through which I give it meaning, I could discover something profound about me!  I'm ready--the juices are flowing, the wheels are turning. 

 


As I step into the early morning sunshine, my attention is immediately captured by the magenta red of the bougainvillea blossoms and the fiery red of the ‘fire-cracker’ fern prolific on our yard.  I pause to bask in this glorious beauty, the masterful display of a joyful Creator who loves to create and re-create with unending and unique variety.

Yes, at this stage of my life I have learned to slow down and smell the roses, to feel the breeze, to revel in the artistry of my Heavenly Father Who simply loves life—and loves me!

I ponder my mentor’s statement as I work in the garden pulling weeds and removing unwanted stones,  “Your mind highlights…through the filters of perception…”  My eyes, my ears, my emotions, even my finger tips are now keenly awake and alert in my menial task.

Mid-morning, I put down my tools to fetch a cool drink.  I reach into the kitchen cupboard for a glass, my brain immediately picks up the signal flashed in less than a split-second from my eyes—RED!

I draw slowly and deeply of cold, refreshing water.  Spontaneously a blessing arises from within,

Blessed are You, O Lord, Sovereign King of the Universe, Who satisfies our mouth with good things so that our youth is renewed as the eagle’s.”  (Psalm 103)

 


I have not always been positive about life or about myself, and I still wrestle with lingering thoughts of depression, stifling feelings of bitterness, outbursts of anger. Worst of all is resentment fueled by unforgiveness.

But my experiment with the color RED taught me how easily I bring meaning to even the most mudane incidents of life. And the decision is entirely within me whether the meaning I attach to each occassion is negative or positive.

 

I commit TO PAINT EACH DAY RED!!!

How RED is your day?

 

Pause right now to focus your attention on something beautiful and release a ‘Thank You’ into your atmosphere:

Blessed are You, O Lord, Sovereign King of the Universe, Who surrounds us with spontaneous beauty of Creation so our spirit within us can be refreshed and renewed in the moment.

 


 

Blessings,

Les Dahl