Thought For The Day 02/13/13

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Are You Sitting On The Dock…

Wasting Time?

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I do not want to waste any time. And if you are not working on important things, you are wasting time.

Dean Kamen

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/wasting_time.html

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I have never been what most people might envision when they think about a go getter. I have other family members that are much more “type A personality” types than I am. They dig and dig and sniff and smell until what it is they want that very moment is their’s for the taking…until the next thing comes along and the process begins all over again! No, I do not perseverate or obsess about how my little piece of the world operates. However, that does not mean that not working hard at making decisions about what it is I want to realize from the life I lead, and then finding a way to accomplish them, isn’t something I strive for, because it is. I work hard to accomplish the things I know matter and will make my life and the lives of those I love all the better! I am not content at simply sitting on the dock of the bay and watching life pass me by. I want to LIVE!

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Not many days ago I stated here that we live in a time where all too many people live without any trace of faith or a respect for the Almighty in their hearts! And I received perhaps as many likes for that singular statement as I have for any statement I have ever written. Yes, most of the human race lives a life that is absolutely devoid of faith. And the disturbing thing is that this attitude robs us of really appreciating the wonderous things in life that God makes available to us every day. We are content for life to pass us by without becoming active participants in the process that dictates that life. And when we give up responsibility for choosing from life’s menu what it is we want, we must be content when trials and setbacks come knocking!

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When doctors try to restart a heartbeat that accident or illness has silence, they give it a shot of adrenaline. So why not decide today to give your faith a shot of adrenaline. Make it your personal responsibility to get a little closer to God by seeking Him out and asking for His wisdom. Make it a point to talk to Him every day. Open your heart and share with Him what it is you hope for and dream about. Pray more, reflect more, and cultivate those seeds He has planted in our hearts from our earliest moments of life. And before you know it, you will find Him coming to you during those moments of trial when you haven’t even sought Him out! At last, you won’t be sitting on the dock of the bay watching life as it passes you by. You’ll be riding the current of life’s waters with an amazing co-pilot at your side!

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I am not, nor will I ever be, a fan of rap music. However, there is a rap song whose lyrics are intimately tied to the things I have shared with you here today. Ben Haggerty, (aka MACKLEMORE), is an American singer who has gained a huge online fan base. One of his YouTube videos, “Thrift Shop” has been viewed 95 million times! Once having a problem with addiction, he entered rehab in 2008, successfully conquering his demons, only to relapse in 2011. Clean again, he has teamed with producer Ryan Lewis, touring throughout the US, and will be one of the headliners this March 2013 at the renowned hiphop festival Paid Dues in San Bernardino, CA.

While MACKLEMORE does not follow organized religion, several of his singles elaborate on the symbolism and a philosophy of faith and God, defining not a being, but in what and how an individual is able to realize happiness! That is the part that resonates with what it is I am trying to share with you all in today’s post!

I know this style of music and even some of the words may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is an amazing testament to what we can do when we reach inside us and find the strength that rests within us and which will help us along the path in life we are destined to follow!

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“Hold Your Head Up”

by MACKLEMORE

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Hold your head up, there’s a light in the sky.
I know you’re fed up, but you must try to survive.
Each moment’s precious, don’t let life pass you by
keep focused, keep your eyes on the prize.

Hold your head up, there’s a light in the sky.
I know you’re fed up, but you must try to survive.
Each moment’s precious, don’t let life pass you by
keep focused, keep your eyes on the prize.

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A friend of mine once told me,
we have many paths in this journey.
They act in different directions
so when you question don’t be worried,
it’s not a wrong one
beauty can be found in all of them.

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You’ll meet people whose paths intersect
but you don’t know how long you’ll walk with them,
cos’ the truth is, and it’s so hard, but you’ll never know
how long we’ll continue with our loved ones down this rugged road.
The path veers and it’s clear that we must steer alone.
I’ve learned if you can’t hold on to that moment that exists–
Let it go.

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Cos’ freedom is god.
Freedom is acknowledging the mask you have on
and possessing the strength to take it off.
Freedom is accepting every step of the path
and when it’s hard having faith in the ability to embrace that
that’s where you are,
and this is it.
The same shit that we work towards,
but go against in the same sense.

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My friend hit me to some game and truth unravelled, she said
“the brighter the light, the darker the shadow”,
and since I’m on cliché terms, knowing is half the battle.
But I don’t know,
so I just go with what was destined.
Life can be a burden or a blessing,
the choice is yours to be connected.
It’s there if you want it, you got it, now let it.

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Hold your head up, there’s a light in the sky.
I know you’re fed up, but you must try to survive.
Each moment’s precious, don’t let life pass you by-
keep focused, keep your eyes on the prize.

Hold your head up, there’s a light in the sky.
I know you’re fed up, but you must try to survive.
Each moment’s precious, don’t let life pass you by-
keep focused, keep your eyes on the prize.

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I feel like I have nothing to give right now,
this is my trial, tribulations, and it must go down,
but where’s the up?
I’m stuck with the broken smile,
no jokin’ now, wantin’ to grab a swish and smoke this out.

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The moment of a man choosing what path I will go down
do I give in, give up, or get up and live right now?
With a split gut, pick myself up and spit my style,
this is the only thing that can hold my ground.

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You’re born into this world alone and alone you’ll go out
all I have is myself and everyone else I doubt.
You can only trust yourself and depend on the help of the pound
inside the chest that beats with the breath of the now.

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No sunshine when she’s gone, I can only see clouds.
No homies can hold me down, the spirit’s testing me now
but I can withstand this world, but it seems so foul
flood of emotions, it’s like I’m being held down to drown.

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Hell’s right around the corner, but I can turn it around.
You always have a choice, no matter the situation, you’re not bound,
to nothing, no one. You’re chosen for this job,
this is your life, you can’t escape this bitch when it’s hard.

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Just know that it passes, but you’ll collect scars
they never go away, but they will make you who you are.
This is a beautiful struggle, I share it in song cos’
I can’t control this, remember: the moment’s beyond us.

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Hold your head up, there’s a light in the sky.
I know you’re fed up, but you must try to survive.
Each moment’s precious, don’t let life pass you by
keep focused, keep your eyes on the prize.

Hold your head up, there’s a light in the sky.
I know you’re fed up, but you must try to survive.
Each moment’s precious, don’t let life pass you by-
keep focused, keep your eyes on the prize.

http://youtu.be/TFgbf9UXHk4

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 NIV

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It is now February of 2013, more than 3 months since Superstorm Sandy struck on October 29, 2012, and yet there are still people living in Staten Island that remain without the essential services that you and I are taking for granted today, even as Winter weather is now descending. Please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of this horrific storm. Lives will continue be impacted for years to come. But you can help! Please consider sending a Gift Card to the organization listed below. Thousands of cards have been distributed since November but millions more are needed. Give as much as you can, as often as you can! Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about!

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Staten Island Gift Cards For Relief
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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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