Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tips on Tuesday To Remove The chains

Some things bare repeating just because they are so true and so good. Lately the news has highlighted so much bad behavior and disregard for others. This world obviously does NOT have enough tranquility and peace...

So where do we go and what do we do to find it?...
This answer is not 'blowing in the wind, my friend', nope...this answer is in our hearts and minds and words...

When we read or hear about cruelty, unfairness and insensitivity or if we are victims ourselves, we need to find that 'picture' of tranquility and place it in our hearts so that it will calm and sustain us...

A simple and loving prayer for peace for those who mostly cause chaos to us or the world will change things...the first change will be within ourselves and like a pebble in the water the rippling affect will spread to others...

We all have little or big chains that bind us to negative things and feelings, but we have the power to break them....

And then we can go back to that oasis of peace and help restore this world to what God meant it to be...peaceful and loving. when it's most difficult to be kind to the nasty clerk or waiter or manager or neighbor, that's when it's even MORE important to throw that 'pebble' of kindness into the stream of humanity....

Yes, peace comes with a price but the price is giving up our own bitterness and in the end that is all that matters. I remember a time when I was totally frustrated with my late husband Mario because it seemed he just didn't want to try hard enough in his physical therapy. He was in a re-hab facility at the time and I started to leave angrily and then suddenly I turned around and walked back and lovingly kissed him as he sat in his wheel chair. He asked me why I had come back and done that and I said "because I love you so much". This gave him the incentive to finally walk with his specialized walker. It is a moment I treasure forever because I gave my anger up and replaced it with love...

So what if we are just a little pebble in this ocean?...each and every little pebble makes a difference. We alone have the keys to remove the chains that wrongfully bind us to unkind ways and to use ourselves and our attitudes towards everything in a positive way for good...

Aren't baby animals a great example? They just ooze peace and love and playfulness...

Take the example of a little puppy who just plays and finds good things in life and will reward us and come to us even after being scolded, forgetting our 'bad' behavior...

So, the answer, my friend is so simple it's incredible and so difficult that it's simple...give up the hate, the cruel words, the nasty attitude that tries to slip out when we are cut off by someone while driving or hurt by someone in any way....

Keep this look on your face at all times even if you have to grit your teeth (fail at it six times and succeed seven) at first to do it, then slowly relax and let it become you...

Turn your chains into the shape of a heart and let that be your ruling force...

Think love and peace, become love and peace, spread love and peace...

You know the best way to really learn something well is to try to teach others, so I reflect and study and pray and try to succeed in doing all of this myself.
There are SO many chain letters and so many purport to do good, but the real good is in becoming a living chain letter of kindness. Feel free to ignore the paper ones and instead become a living, giving one...

Time for a chuckle or two....

Jim and Mary were both patients in a Mental Hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom and stayed there. Mary promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out.

Becoming aware of Mary’s heroic act, the medical director immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as he now considered her to be mentally stable.

When he went to tell Mary the news, he said "Mary, I have good news & bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged, because since you were able to jump in and save the life of another patient, I think you’ve regained your senses.

The bad news is, Jim, the patient you saved, is still not stable and we found him having clothes pinned himself to a telephone line outside."
Mary proudly replied, "He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry."

A couple was celebrating their golden wedding anniversary. Their domestic tranquility had long been the talk of the town, and on this special occasion, a local newspaper reporter paid them a visit. He inquired as to the secret of their long and happy marriage.

"Well," explained the husband, "it all goes back to our honeymoon. We visited the Grand Canyon and took a trip down to the bottom of the canyon by pack mule."

"We hadn't gone too far when my wife's mule stumbled. My wife quietly said 'That's once.' We proceeded a little farther when the mule stumbled again. Once more my wife quietly spoke: 'That's twice.' We hadn't gone a half-mile when the mule stumbled a third time. My wife promptly jumped off the mule and karate chopped him so many times that he took off running and was never seen again."
"I started to protest over her treatment of the mule when she looked at me and quietly said, 'That's once.'"
Two men from Ireland were Talking in a Pub
'I wouldn't go to America if you paid me,' said Michael.
'Why is that?' asked the Patrick.

'Well for one thing, they all drive on the right hand side of the road there.'
'And what's wrong with that?' inquired Patrick.

'Well', said Michael, 'I tried it driving in Dublin the other day and it's terrible.'
Customer Bowled Over by Service

A car mechanic received a repair order that said to check for a clanking noise when going around corners so he took the car out for a test drive and made a right turn, then a left turn, each time hearing a loud clunk.

When he arrived back at the garage he returned the car to the service manager with this note: 'Removed bowling ball from trunk.'

~~~Thank You Lord for the blessings of all the good things that I can do to make this world more tranquil and loving.


  1. Hi Marcy,
    You know that picture of the smiling flower on your post? When I walk through Wal-Mart that is what I do. Weather I feel like it or not, I walk through the store with a smile on my face! My husband thinks that it is hysterical! It is the only way that I can cope with being there! I enjoyed this post Marcy, although it can be a constant struggle sometimes in this world!
    Love Di

  2. Good morning Marcy...I believe this post expresses so well who I think you are...to me, it is perfect, one of your best posts ever...Both you and Bernie have expressed such truths in your posts today...wish every single human being on earth could read them both!

    Smiles always,

  3. Marcy, all these pics are so lovely and, indeed, tranquil! I have been trying to reach this goal of tranquility for some time. Some days are better than others! Thank you! Cathy

  4. Okay, this post just confirmed it.
    I AM a crummy Christian!

    I'm more like the wife with the mule.
    And if I'm throwing anything it's not a pebble into the sea of tranquility, it's a rock at the head of whoever I deem offender at the time!

    Okay, for today, just for today, I will try to be Mary Poppins. One day at a time, right?

    Sweet post, Marcy!
    Love you!, E

  5. I really liked the story of how your love inspired Mario to work at his recover! There is much truth here, Marcy, and you said it in a most beautiful way.

  6. Dear Marcy,

    what a beautiful post! And it came at exactly the right time.
    I love the idea of the picture of tranquility in our hearts and the living chain letter, and I am so touched by your story about Mario.
    And regarding what you said about nasty clerks and the like, I couldn't agree more. Whenever I am dealing with somebody like that, I make sure to be extra nice and kind.
    You expressed it all so well and the images are beautiful.
    This really made my day. Thank you!

  7. Oh Marcy you have spoken from my heart only your words are so much better. I too believe from the bottom of my heart that love and respect shown to others will so bring peace and calm to the world....I love your post and I think we are both seeking a form of reconciliation for our beautiful world....we may be only two people but with the faith of a mustard seed we can make a difference....just by loving more and respecting others.
    I loved your story about Mario, how blessed he was to have you as his wife and how blessed you were to learn such valuable lessons through his illness to share with all of us.
    I do love you my friend and I am no longer going to complain about the wrong I see in our world I am going to live my life with heartfelt love and share it with everyone who comes into my life......:-) Hugs

  8. What a great post Marcy! It is so inspiring and up lifting. Thank you. It's just what I needed after a long day :>)I hope your week is going well.

  9. Love your post, Girl! Any you're right - ours did go together!


  10. Hi Marcy. I found it! Yes, I guess that I just had to read the directions!!! (Silly me!)
    Thank you for the message...and you know that I love your blog....there needs to be more and more love and peace and less bitterness and hatred. Great job on the blog....lots of time spent putting your thoughts down so eloquently.
    I loved the bowling ball joke. Why? You should see the trunk of my car! No bowling balls 'cause I'm in no shape to pick up a bowling ball, much less chunk one down a lane, but....all the other 'good stuff' in there does make a li'l noise when I round corners. Now I know what it is!!! Thanks, my friend.
    ~Smiles to you from Jackie~

  11. Great post! Love all the pictures. The first story is hysterical! My mother use to say to us children that if we didn't behave she was going to hang us by our ears out on the clothes line! Very funny! Enjoy your day!


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