Robin

“A young robin in the garden has such a sweet song. The early morning comes, the sun begins to wake and the robin believes he has the important task of song.
He is young and not well versed, however he has witness countless robin elders singing their songs to the world.

On this day, the young robin realizes he is all alone. There is no one else there to do the singing. Fear creeps in and the young robin worries what his song might sound like. Will it be good enough? Will it inspire? Will it be enough to wake up the sun and wake up the world?

The whole of the earth seems to go quiet for young robin. Then, in a flash the most beautiful female robin flies by. Without warning, without premeditation, without thought the young robin belts out a beautiful song. From deep in his lungs the tune is carried far and wide. The sun rises and young robin knows he has incredible power.

For you and me it is much the same. We can spend so much time wondering if our song is enough, if we are enough. However, when we allow love to fill our souls our songs must be sung! The power is ours to lift the sun from the darkness, move mountains across the land and create heaven on earth. Love is the answer.” -Sandra Champlain

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The Rose

“The red rose shines in all its luxury. Perfumey in nature, the sweet fragrance of life. All who see the soft, radiant petals can appreciate the beauty of nature. Even the sharp thorns have a purpose to strengthen the stalk of the rose, protecting its beauty.

The eyes see the beauty of the rose, the nose smells the sweet fragrance. The ears hear the wind as it rustles the leaves of the trees and garden. To the lips and tongue the taste of rose hips in the tea we drink creates peace.

We all have another sense, a deep knowing that the earthly human senses cannot detect. That is the truth of the rose.

Far, deep within the earth once sprang a small bud. The sun warmed the earth and the bud grew toward the warmth of the sun. The rain and the soil nourished the young plant until the day it broke free through the ground.

In truth and trust we know this seedling has great promise. We do not know how it will appear, but know that deep within its truth it knows it is destined to be great and worldly. The day finally happens, its bud blossoms and spreads the wings of its petals. A beautiful rose is born for all to enjoy.

However, after the sun sets the final time on the aging rose, it droops and returns to the earth. The earthly senses can no longer detect its existence. However, to our sixth and heavenly sense, the truth is that a rose will once again return. For our joy, for our pleasure, the cycle never ends.

Keep facing the warmth of the sun and grow and trust. You too can never end.” -Sandra Champlain

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Winds of Change

“Winds change the course of man. He who dreams has not the worries of a troubled mind. Those who inflict the passions of others, know not the joy that could be experienced.

The youth has got it right. Their souls know the trap of earthy delights. They rejoice in the experience knowing it will not last. The present they live in is a present we must all succumb to.

You see, time does fly and the illusion of the end of time is just that. It is all an illusion.

Have the faith that joy will linger and it certainly will. Have the faith that love is eternal and it shall be. This moment is precious and will last forever if you let it.

Why worry so much? Instead, live in joy and wonder. Explore, relax, learn, grow and share your treasures. It is all but a journey. It is all an adventure for your tireless gentle soul. Just play.”  -Sandra Champlain

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Be the Moon

“Silver are the seas and the moonlight bounces from one wave to the next; gently stirring and moving. The crests are but a moment in time that is quickly forgotten.

Life for you and me is quite the same. Silvery, glittery, glistening moments of greatness are highlights and pleasantries. So wonderful, so joyful, illuminated by the moon as the beauty dances upon the shallow waves. Beneath the water the fish watch in wonder. They dance in delight.

However, only the moon knows a dramatic shift will soon occur. It is not known when it will happen. But as sure as the brightness of the day is replaced with the darkness of night, so too will the seas become stormy.

A great gale force arrives and wreaks havoc on the ocean waters. High tides and waves abound. Crashing like thunderous storms on the waters. The peaks and valleys are mighty. Danger looms for the ship on the water.

Danger looms for all who fall entranced to the dark clouds and giant waves in our minds. The fish go deep to the bottom of the ocean, where it is safe and peaceful. To those witnessing the surface of the water, the moon reflects a violent ocean.

However, to the moon it does not really matter. For millions of years the moon sits quietly in its place and just observes.

BE THE MOON. Act as the fish and go into the quiet stillness of your depths. Times will always change, be confident of that. Remember the moon and you will remember thy SELF.”   -Sandra Champlain

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Sailing…

“Sailing takes you away to where you’ve never been before. Setting sail on a hot day, the wind is calm, the breeze feels gentle on the cheeks, the sunshine causes a rosy glow on the face. A glass of champagne in your hand, laughter with your mates, wearing the best nautical gear. The boat is a stage of your life. It is a time of joy, of accomplishment, celebrating the best of the best, along with the very best. It is a status symbol, a joy, a signed that you have made it, that you have earned it.

However, it is said that a boat in a safe harbor is not what boats are built for. Turning the clock back in time, the newly painted skiff is covered by silky, white paint. It looks new to the eyes of the beholder, but underneath it all is a worn ship, that has seen many stormy seas.

The past has not been gentle to this ocean dweller. No, the seas have been tough, it has weathered its fair share of dangerous waters. The stories it could tell are immense. Sailors have fallen from its decks and periled in the choppy waters. Drunken fights have occurred on board, with the men all trying to prove their honor and their valor. Their fear and their ego caused them to rise to extraordinary, imaginary lengths only to fall and feel ashamed once again.

There has been love made on board; births and deaths, stormy seas and calm waters. Even now the smooth ship waits. Although its exterior is painted anew, the interior knows that tough waters will be in its future. However, so will smooth waters and joy.

The sailboat has been built for a special purpose, to be able to withstand both the tough, stormy days and the days of smooth sailing. You and I are much the same. We are able to withstand some of the deepest and darkest trials and tribulations. We are able to experience the thrill and delight of adventurous days as well. We are both built for travel, the boat has a strong hull, we have a strong torso. Boats has rudders and sails to shift directions in tough times, we have feet and a mind that can redirect us no matter what the weather brings.

Better days will come, I promise you that. There will be celebrations and happiness yet again. Underneath it all lies a weathered ship. Fear not, ships are built for tough times and exciting adventures. It is true for humans alike. When you feel the wind on your face and sun on your shoulders remember, the voyage is all about gaining valuable experience.” -Sandra Champlain

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Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem

Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

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Daisies…

“Daisies bloom bright and magnificent. Their faces reach powerfully to the sun, aching to soak up every ounce of power that belongs rightfully to them. Their stems are long yet thin. They are that way so they can bend and sway. They can take the force of mighty winds and not be destroyed. They stand together with others, helping to keep the flock strong. From the surface they look delicate, but they are oh so strong. They have deep roots that are blended with their friends. They are not separate, they are attached and intertwined.

Know that you may feel separate and alone yet you are connected under the surface to so many, intertwined. Even if you may get broken off and taken away, petals plucked one by one, do not think it a misfortune…you may help someone else get their wish. You may be used for joy. You may be used to be the sunshine in someone’s day. You will always be connected to the flock, even if your stem is cut, there is always a connection. Always.” -Sandra Champlain

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DESIDERATA by Max Ehrmann

DESIDERATA by Max Ehrmann

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”

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The Weather

“What is there to be scared of my friend? Your mind wishes to distort reality, have you noticed? Oh yes, from the outer eye looking at the case you present, it shall see one thing. However, from your inner eyes you see and feel something quite different.

Have you noticed on a cool, damp day you feel uncomfortable and cold and dream of a warm day? You are making the day wrong and the weather wrong. However, to the day the mist is needed. It coats the flora with a dense dew necessary for the leaves and the brush. The cool temperatures too act as necessary agents in the journey of all. Do not make the day wrong, it is perfect. Rain is needed for growth just as is sunshine.

Your quest is to determine your inner weather. Did you know you can cause the weather within you? If you want rain simply think bad thoughts. If you want sunshine think happy thoughts. If you want thunder think of something you fear. If you want lightening think of something that angers you.

You see, we may not be able to control the outer world, but we can trust it is perfect and needed for life. All is well.

However, we most certainly can change our inner weather. You want power today? Think powerful thoughts. Look back on a time when you were powerful and relive that moment in your mind. You want a peaceful day? Think of a memory of a peaceful time to you and you will be there.

You always have the power and I understand it may be difficult at times, but it is within you. Think of the small kindling sticks. To the outside, there is no appearance of warmth or fire. But by being determined the user can ignite a blazing fire with the sticks. Be determined friend. Use everything you have and light the fire within you. You will be burn bright, be assured of that.” -Sandra Champlain

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The Tale in Our Minds

“Mightily you hang on to your woes and foes, dear friend. They repeat themselves as a play. Each day and night, the cast and characters appear, playing the same roles every time they are on your stage. They do not take a day off. They act out all of your worries and troubles, your misfortunes, your ill fated days. They do and they do and they do. The stage seems like reality. The stories seem authentic.

Enough time of being immersed in the production you feel that you are the production. The woes you take as your own. The troubles of the characters become your troubles. The story has been written by the fool called The Ego. The story isn’t entertaining. It is like an accident that all must stop to watch. Have you noticed it never considers any good days or happy times to come? It does not play the scenes of love and happiness.

Why would we pay so close attention and become addicted to this tale when it is only a show? You must remember that the world is but a stage and even more to the point, the thoughts that run through your mind are but characters in this play. They are not real.

You have the power to write a new script, but it is a difficult task. You may create new characters, heroes and heroines. You can have light prevail over dark, happiness over sadness, glad tidings over ill wishes. It is so possible.

Where does one start creating this masterpiece? First, remember that although you may feel trapped in a play where you cannot escape, know that it is all an illusion. The show you appear in is not one you wrote, but one that you adopted and were told it was your own. It is not.

You live in a time where anything is possible, yes, even miracles. Do not judge yourself, do not be hard on yourself or others. Forgiveness and Gratitude could be the name of your new production.

It is time now to write your own script. Write how your day will play out. Write how your week will play out. Write how your year and your life will play out. Write your cast of wonderful characters and allow them to appear in your life. Give your current cast new roles. Empower them. Feel gratitude for them. Everything is possible. You can and will overcome all that troubles you and I do mean ALL. Your personal battles to relationships, even the negative thoughts that take up your mind…all can be part of a positive, powerful and even fun journey.

Please, close the curtain on the play that has just ended. Send home the players. Your stage is now wide open and the script is not yet written. Have joy and an open heart and write your play with festivity and play!! Smile my friend, you are just at the beginning of some miracles. Have no fear. You are never alone.”

-Sandra Champlain

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