Earning Some Change

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As a kid, I grew up in a working class home so my parents really didn’t have a lot of money to spare.

Suffice it to say, my little brother and I were NOT on the receiving end of a regular allowance.

Of course, we had everything we needed and most of what we wanted but if we desired extra ‘pocket change,’ we had to figure out how to earn it.

No doubt, finding ways to make money required a good deal of resourcefulness and versatility!

That said, we did all sorts of things like:

Washing cars

Raking yards

Cashing in soda bottles.

Never heard of cashing in bottles?

Well, back in those days, soda pops came in glass bottles.

When you were done with them, you’d take the empty bottles to the store and they would buy them back.

If you had a 6 pack, you could earn about 30 or 40 cents.

Back in the late seventies, that would have easily bought you a bag of chips and some penny candy.

Never heard of penny candy?

Geez!  You are hereby banished from my territories!

Anyway, personally, I found several additional ways to hustle up a buck–including:

Babysitting

Braiding hair (Yeah, I put the beads on and all!)

Raiding the couch and coffee table for loose change

Don’t laugh!

It beat the hell out of being broke!

So the point to this crazy Lady G fable is this:

Think about what you want and find an ethical way to get it.

Will it require some work?

Absolutely!  But you’re up to it, right?

Oh, and if you’ve lost that entrepreneurial spirit that so many of us had as kids, go find it!

Think about what you want to do and do it!

The money will most assuredly come.

 

For my Millenials:  Rise and Grind!

Follow my friend Dave’s lead!

Much love and light to you all!

Lady G 😘💋

 

 

 

 

 

Questions of Spirit

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Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.

– Attributed to Joseph Joubert

What is spiritually true about you?

Does your spiritual truth differ from your worldly truth?  

Do you have the capacity to recognize any dissonance?

If so, should you reconcile?

How?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Day Sabbath

 

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“Anybody can observe the Sabbath,

but making it holy surely

takes the rest of the week.”

-Alice Walker

Happy Sunday!

Hopefully, you woke up this morning feeling refreshed and excited about how life will unfold.  Of course, many of us will take time today to observe the Sabbath.  Some of us will do this in a formal way and others of us will do it in a more personal way.  In any case, I would like to invite you to take a moment to review the quote at the beginning of this post and think about how it might apply to your life.  As for me, I believe that Alice Walker, in this instance, is strongly urging us to expand our spiritual practices beyond the narrow space and time couched between Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Before I move on, let me stress that it is not my desire to come off as pious.  If that is your impression, please know that it was not my intention. A quick glance at my previous posts should assure you that I am not the preachy type.  But with that said, I feel inclined to share my personal experience with you.

For the past few years, I have been shifting away from self-reliance while shifting toward ‘Creator reliance.’  To be truthful, I am really just shifting back to what I was taught as a child.  Why you ask? Because time and experience has taught me that if I want to live a fulfilled life I have to engage in spiritual practices that bring me into alignment with God on a daily basis.  For me, things seem to flow so much more smoothly when I maintain this alignment.  By contrast, when I am out of alignment, I find myself lacking sufficient sustenance. Frankly, it just doesn’t work for me to shove my spiritual life into a folder labeled “Sabbath” to be opened only on Sundays. Suffice it to say, I have to open that folder everyday!

Now if you are curious about how this all looks in my life, no worries, here is a list of things that I strive to do in order to keep the Sabbath and stay spiritually connected with God on a daily basis:

Keep an open heart

Pray and meditate

Give and receive love

Practice generosity of spirit

Practice forgiveness of myself and others

Explore and maintain reverence for nature and the animal kingdom

Frankly, anyone who is willing can work toward meeting these objectives –seven days a week.  Of course, I will be the first to admit that I don’t always hit the mark, but when I do, my life is really good!

What can you do to expand your spiritual practices beyond the Sabbath? How do you stay aligned with God?