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Old Soul

I have strange random thoughts.  About anything.  And it varies from day-to-day.  In the past I have been called an “old soul” and can quickly identify others who share in this “special” thought pattern.  I have also come to realize that being an “old soul” lends itself to the bizarre and unusual – for no reason at all.

 

Thinking

Thinking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn_be_back_on_Jan_20th)

When students of mine ask penetrating questions – or ponder before answering and then have a brilliant and well thought out answer to a questions with a far away look in their eyes – I know they are also an “old soul”.  My own son began doing this when he was no older than 2 – and over the years we have had many outrageous and enlightening conversations from the universe to relationships and everything in between.  He is an “old soul”.  He has always asked meaningful questions and wondered at the mysteries of life – just like me.

 

I remember being very young and having questions that were well beyond my years.  I would wonder about things that could not always be answered.  The mystery of universe, salvation, the cross and just why God does things with us the way He chooses to.  My little mind tries to take it all in – but I end up having way more questions than answers.  I have talked Greg’s ear off more times than I care to admit, mostly at night when he’s trying to sleep.  He always has the same reply for me when things get too deep, “ask Dr. Braddy”  (a former college professor of ours)  It is also a way for him to get me to stop asking questions and let him go to sleep 🙂

 

Last night Greg and I were watching a movie on film editing.  There was a line in it that said, “if you are here now – your ancestors were tough”.  I can’t tell you how that one thought has been a thought of mine for SO LONG over the many years.  You mean, someone else has actually thought of that too?  How random – how great to hear that!

 

It is mind-blowing to think of all the things that has had to happen in the past, not only happen – but happen in a distinct and orderly fashion for those ancestors of mine to have survived  plagues, floods, disease, famine, hardship, voyages and other things throughout the many centuries in order for me to be here RIGHT NOW.

 

The only thing that makes any sense at all – is that somehow God ordained for me to be here.  He knew the journey through all the past centuries that my blood line would journey in order for me to come to this point in time.  How many ask the question, “why?” Not many.   Most  just blindly accept their presence on this earth as obvious and miss the wonder and miracle.

 

If you are one who asks the deep questions and are not completely satisfied until those questions are explored and dissected – you are probably an “old soul”.  And if you are like me – you wander around and look at everything with a question mark.  You do not easily accept the obvious or just the plain facts – you want an answer that makes sense.  And you do not like a ‘pat on the head’ or people telling you not to worry about it.

“Old souls” are special people.  We see color and feel levels of intensity in everything.  Music has meaning.  And history is especially interesting. Lingering longer over deep subjects does not tax our brains.  Life is the most interesting when involved in a debate about the universe, Christianity, music or life and death.  We have an understanding of things the more we experience them first hand and gain wisdom from others who have walked a similar journey.  We like to ask provocative questions and try to learn from those things around us.  The learning never ends.  I am so glad for this!

Remember – you are a miracle!  Life is a crazy exciting ride!  Ask questions – learn something new each day.  Never be satisfied by what others think or say – find out for yourself – dig deep and you will find a whole new universe open up to you.  I believe that God will show those that ask, wisdom, wonder and a way to succeed in this life.  I believe He wants us to ask those deep questions.  He can handle our questions, doubts, failures and attitudes.  If you talk with Him you will discover that He created you the way you are – and is not surprised when your questions and thoughts seem out of the ordinary – or something you can hide.  He is the original “old soul” and loves it when we have deep thoughts and come to Him.  He is the only one with the answers – when no one else knows.  And it is so comforting to know that.

God Bless

 

One More Time

These lyrics go so perfectly with my post the other day, “What is Your Door”?  And when I heard it today again, I just had to post it.  We all need to hear this – but there is especially one person who needs it more.  And for that one person, this is for you.

God Bless

There always seems to be a door that you can’t open
There always seems to be a mountain you can’t climb
But you keep on reaching
You just keep on reaching
When your destiny is out there in the distance
But the road ahead’s a mine field in disguise
And you keep on moving
You Just keep on moving
You will make it through this
Just give it time
You gotta give it time

This is what you’re made for
Standing in the downpour
Knowing that the sun will shine
Forget what lies behind you
Heaven walks beside you
You got to give it one more try
One more time (time)

You just keep on reaching
You just keep on, you keep on moving (hey)
When the shadows fall on everything you’re dreaming
When the promises turn out to be a lie
You just keep believing (yeah)
You just keep believing
Oh, don’t stop your dreaming
It’s gonna be alright
It’s gonna be alright

This is what you’re made for
Standing in the downpour
Knowing that the sun will shine
Forget what lies behind you
Heaven walks beside you
You got to give it one more try

This is what you’re made for
Standing in the downpour
Knowing that the sun will shine
Forget what lies behind you
Heaven walks beside you
You got to give it one more try

It’s gonna be alright
One more time
You got to keep on reaching
Keep believing (yeah)

It’s gonna be alright (oh, yeah)

From The Earth To The Moon

 

From the Earth to the Moon (TV miniseries)

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We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. John F. Kennedy

We are watching the mini series, produced and directed by Tom Hanks – “From the Earth to the Moon‘ – the wonderful reenactment of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights of the 60’s – in the effort of the ultimate goal – to land a man on the moon.

I love Kennedy’s speech in the intro – it is both moving and emotional every time I hear it.  And after he was assassinated – it became the goal of every one in government and at NASA to make sure that his wishes were carried out by the end of that decade – and they were.  In one sequence the man in charge asked another man – ‘Can we do this?”  That indeed was the question.  The reply, ‘Yes.  We have to’  – and they did.

It’s amazing to us to watch this drama unfold before our eyes – stories taken from things that really happened.  In a day and age before the internet – fancy state of the art equipment or the facilities that make them.  Technology that was decades before its time – all because they felt compelled – they had to do it.

‘Not because they are easy, but because they are hard’ became the battle cry of the sixties – for the space program and every astronaut and those working behind the scenes to make it happen.  It is fascinating.  It shows what can be accomplished when the human mind and heart is challenged and has the right leadership to make sure that it does.  It also shows what a little competition can do for the human spirit – and we wanted to BEAT RUSSIA to the moon – plain and simple.  And so we pressed on and had the most brilliant minds working on it – until finally in July, 1969 – we accomplished the task – a man on the moon.

This story is one we will tell our grandchildren about and they will tell theirs.  Even now it seems unlikely and impossible that we actually had the technology to do this – and yet – we did.  Unbelievable and Extraordinary.  It makes me SO proud to be an American.

Where were you when a man landed on the moon?  I was 8 years old – watching it on a TV in my parent’s home – although I must admit – looking back on the events I am a bit fuzzy on them.  It was years later that I learned that the actual ‘moon landing‘ happened in the summer – in my memory I was sitting in my classroom at school with my chair turned to face the back of the room where the ‘mobile’  TV was wheeled in.  We all watched in hushed wonder as the first man stepped onto the surface of the moon.  I don’t know why I remember that – it might have been a recording from the actual event – given to our school so the classes could watch it again – I’m not sure.  But that is where I will always remember the wonder of it.

I still look up into the sky at night and think to myself, “Wow – we really went there.”  It’s amazing to me.  Still.

Below is the intro for “The Earth to the Moon” – I double dog dare you NOT to get a little choked up when watching it.

God Bless

Harvest Moon

A harvest moon

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Last night was a very rare ‘harvest moon’ – which only appears once in several years – a full moon on the first day of fall.

We noticed coming home from dessert last night in downtown Renton – that the clouds seemed brighter – and then we saw – it was the full moon peeking out from beneath the clouds.  It was beautiful – and we marveled at the rare event that we were witnessing. Most of the Northwest missed this event due to the clouds – and we felt lucky to get a glimpse of it!

I feel that with each passing season – there are wonders and things that are around us that we need to pay attention to – and really see. We get so busy with our lives – our worries and stresses and everyday schedules – we simply forget to look around us.

There’s something magical about the moon.  Always breathtaking and mysterious – a blob of light in the sky – round and constant – sometimes hidden – sometimes fully seen – but always there.

I want to enjoy this season – the smells and wonders of fall.  The pumpkin spice lattes – the spicy candles in my home – the fireplace lit up with crackling wood – giving warmth and character to the room – and the chill in the air reminding me of other fall seasons – and that pumpkins and Halloween – will  soon be here.  I love watching the leaves turn – it’s my favorite part of fall.

Welcome Harvest Moon.  Come back again soon.

Below is a video of the beautiful song and pictures ‘When the last leaf falls’ by David Lanz.  It will warm your heart and help you usher in the new ‘season’ of beauty.

God Bless

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