The Curse of the Goat

If you’ve ever read my blog before, I am sure you know I come from a household of Chicago Cubs fans.  All four of us enjoy the sport of baseball, but the love for the Chicago Cubs all originated from one person.  My husband.

As, we developed and morphed our two lives together, a part that I had to adopt was this love for a baseball team, that was cursed by a goat.  Yes, there was supposedly a curse put on the team by the owner of a tavern that was located near Wrigley Field.  He owned a goat named “Murphy” who wasn’t the nicest smelling animal.  When fans complained of this stench this proprietor was asked to leave Wrigley Field and that is when he told them that he put a curse on the ball team and they would never win again.  This lasted for 71 years from 1945-2016.  Crazy right?  Or is it?

So many of us let people tell us things, and we start to believe them.  How many of us let something that a teacher or a coach said about us shape our lives in a negative way?  Who is guilty of letting a bit of friendly razzing go to our hearts and we start believing that what people were teasing us about is really true?  What about someone telling us to be realistic?  We’ve all been guilty of letting others defeat our moral!  Just like this man did to the entire team.

Once you let this momentum build in your world, it is hard to stop.  You should let nobody persuade you to think that we are incapable of anything.  Reality is what you make it.  It is only a belief that you let solidify.  Realists are ruining the world by setting boundaries for themselves and others and with their negative outlook on life in general.  These people let their egos run their life and hate to be wrong because of it.  Who cares if the outcome isn’t exactly what you expected, at least you tried and you use this failure to help you get one step closer to your dream.

I love this video I saw on Facebook about Alexander Gram Bell.  He was homeschooled after his mother told him that the teachers felt that he was too brilliant for them to teach.  His mother then taught him at home and developed this man into a famous inventor of many things.  Later, Alexander finds the letter from his teachers to his mother stating that they couldn’t teach him because he was slow.

Alexander’s mom could have listened to these people, and label her child, but instead she stayed positive and didn’t let him know what was being said about him.  We all have great things inside of us.  Every one of us were created equal, just some of us let negativity defeat us, or we don’t tap into our true potential.  People cast curses on us, and they don’t even realize sometimes.

We were even created equally with the Son of God.  Jesus tells us this himself in John 14:12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”  Can you imagine?  We can actually do greater works than Jesus?  It tells us multiple times throughout the Bible that we can do the impossible, if only we believe.

We have to start believing in ourselves and not in the power others can have over us.  Like this crazy curse of a goat.  It sounds silly, but they aren’t the only people who let others belittle them and put them in a negative mindset.  You’re letting people sabotage you.  Start believing in yourself and the power that you have within you to do anything you dream of.

The curse of the goat is finally lifted from the Chicago Cubs, and hopefully they will continue to excel and not have to wait another 70 years to win their next World Series title.  Lift whatever curse you’ve been telling yourself.  Start believing that you are amazing.  You are a here in this world for a purpose!  World Series big.  Step up to the plate and hit that grand slam that you are more than capable of hitting!  Just believe!  Go Cubs Go!

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Model Teacher

Our summer vacation has officially started and as a teacher, I am ready to have some time to rejuvenate and relax.  My time as a teacher can be an exhausting one as we are really a glorified actresses on stage all day in front of an audience of 20 or more students hanging on our every word…or at least we hope and think that they are.

As teachers we are taught to model, model, model!  They want us to provide many different ways of teaching the same concept.  We are encouraged to scaffold, and then model some more.  The rules have changed tremendously since I was in school.  Our goal is to set them up for success, through a loving and caring environment.  Roaring and scaring children into learning in the classroom are a thing of the past.  Studies have proven that the old school way of frightening kids into learning doesn’t work at all.  Their brains actually shut down and can’t learn anything for 30 minutes after being scared or emotionally distressed.

The same is true about our lives.  Jesus was sent to us as the Son of God to model for us, how we should live, and he was all about fostering a loving and caring environment too.  Totally different from the Old Testament teachings.  He started the new age of teaching.  He wasn’t scaring people into loving God.  He didn’t make God out to be this horrible, scary being.  He showed us that God is only loving and good,  and can only see us with loving eyes, like a father sees his children.

Jesus wanted us to know that God is loving.  It tells us in A Course in Miracles that God is not commanding, because He is incapable of arrogance.  He doesn’t demand, because God doesn’t seek control.  God doesn’t overcome, because He doesn’t attack.  God just merely reminds us.  He is that quiet voice that speaks of peace and calm to us.

I love that in two places in the Bible it says the same thing.  In both Mark 10:18 and in Luke 18:19 it says, “And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” He wants us to realize just how good God is.  Just how wonderful our loving Father is.  It isn’t Jesus that is good, it is God.  Jesus, is just the vessel that God used to deliver his messages through and he does it with a non-violent approach.

Being the model of love and kindness was Jesus’ job.  He set out to change the societal misunderstandings that had developed overtime.  Humans have egos that get in the way of their interpretations of the word of God, and Jesus came to set things straight.  He came to model, scaffold and set us up for success just like every teacher in the school system tries to do with their students.

As my school year comes to a close, I can relax for the summer with pride in my heart.  I honestly feel like I did do my best to help my students become all that they were created to be for the year that I had them.  Would Jesus be proud of his teaching experience with you?  Are you following his model and using the scaffolding that he supplied for you?  If you are reading this blog, then you are obviously on the right track.  Continue your learning and be a successful student of God’s teachings.  Make Jesus proud!

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Predetermined Cubs Fans

How about them Cubs?  Another baseball season is well underway, and my family is enjoying the entertainment of the Chicago Cubs.  We watch them on television, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, and even love listening to them live on Sirus XM Radio.  Our summer is filled with the lives of the Chicago Cubs.

Why the Cubs?  My husband fell in love with this team many years ago when he was a young baseball player himself.  He had dreams of being just like his favorite second baseman, Ryne Sandberg.  As he grew up, his love for the Cubs got deeper and deeper bread inside of him.  By them time I met him, and even many, many years later, if it came down to what he loved more, me or the Cubs, I honestly wouldn’t even want to know the answer to this question…because I think I already know.

In all honesty though, through his love and admiration for this ball team, he has preprogrammed all of the rest of us to love the Chicago Cubs as well.  Our first born was a boy, who we named Gehrig Ryne, after Lou Gehrig and Ryne Sandberg.  Do you think this kid wasn’t going to be brainwashed into loving baseball and the Chicago Cubs?  It was inevitable.  His destiny.  Genetically predisposed to being born a Cubs fan.

As I’ve witness this brainwashing in action, and this brainwashing happening in many other homes of my friends and family, it gets me thinking about our preprogrammed form of religion.  Our religion is predetermined for us.  Depending on our geographical location that we are born, as well as our genetic predisposition.  My husband and I were both born and raised United, and of course, so now are our children.

Every religion thinks that they are the only religion going to our coveted place in Heaven with the God that we believe in.  That is their selling point for why their religion exists.  Just like my family believes and desperately love the Chicago Cubs and think every summer they are winning the sought-after World Series Trophy.  Even though, only one team a year gets to brag about their accomplishments, once a Cubs fan, always a Cubs fan.

In all reality, this is just people’s Egos talking.  What you create with your ego, you love just like anything you create.  You love these things like your children, because they are yours that you brought into form.  You brought these to life in your own minds.  My husband loved the Chicago Cubs because of his adoration of one of their players, and then once this formed there was no getting rid of it.  Then he transferred his created beliefs to his children, and somehow me too.

The same is true with religion.  We are preprogrammed through many years of generational pride that OUR religion is the best religion.  Our egos are fed this way and we are created to believe this, but do you think God has an ego?  Do you think he sees what religion we are?  I think there should just be one religion, that being the Faith of Love!  Just love everyone, everything, every ball team.  Just love.  In 1 John 4:8, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

We have to let our egos go and just love.  Love all religions, and realize that just like my children, who didn’t stand a chance in loving any other ball team than the Chicago Cubs, that that was you probably brought up in a world of beliefs from your parents.  Preprogrammed.

Every ball team has its strengths and its weaknesses, as does every religion.  Let your ego go, and see what makes you feel love, not the need to think one religion is right or wrong.  Let go of the beliefs that have been preprogrammed into you from fundamental religions and reprogram it to what resonates in you.  Explore all the different aspects that are out there and let your heart lead you.  When you let your heart lead you, you will realize that it’s not what ball team is the best, but the love of the game that matters.  Love is all that really counts in an ego-free world.  Unleash yourself from the need to think you are right and realize that love is all you need.

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Lighten Up!

I love mornings!  I go to bed early just to make sure that I have my “alone” time in the mornings, because it is my favorite time of the day.  It’s funny how over time I’ve noticed that usually a marriage is made up of one person who is a morning person, and one who is a nighthawk.  I’ve always wondered why this is, but I have never come to a definite hypothesis, nor have I ever come up with a logical conclusion to this mystery.

My husband and I were blessed with two incredible children.  It turns out, one is a morning person and the other one—not so much.  Just like their parents.  My son is the morning person, who since birth really never slept much at all.  He just doesn’t need much sleep.  He blessed us with his presents bright and early every morning as a youngster and it was always me who got up with him because I was ready to get up, where my husband enjoyed his sleep.

Our daughter on the other hand is like her father and love, love, loves her sleep.  She is the most pleasant child with such a lovely disposition.  Smiling from the time her feet hit the floor until her head hits the pillow at night.  The only time she is unbearable grumpy is in the mornings when I try and wake her up.

Every night she creates her sleep haven.  She closes the blinds, put her pillows in a certain position, turns on her electric blanket and shuts her door.  This is what she refers to as, “making her room cozy.”  I have to laugh because it really makes it pitch black.

Now that it is bright and sunny early in the mornings, when I go in her room to wake her up and lift her blind, she starts to squint even with her eyes shut and starts to grunt with displeasure.  I get a kick out of her as her “cozy room” creates this unbearable light in the mornings.  If she left her blind up a little bit the new dawn light would enter her room gradually and this wouldn’t happen to her.

As I witness this adorable, grimacing face every morning, it made me think of so many people create their own “cozy room” in their lives.  Complete and utter darkness.  Not letting in any spiritual light into their lives.  They close themselves off to any belief that there is a higher power beyond themselves.

Then something horrible happens to their worlds.  Maybe their marriage hits rock bottom, or they are in financial ruin, they may have even lost a loved one.  Geeze, I’ve heard of some people experiencing all three of these horrifying situations all at once.  Their entire world is crumbling before their eyes.  They have this disturbing darkness surrounding them!  My heart breaks for them and I want to share the strength I get from my light.  I want them to know that they can find strength to survive in some sort of spiritual light.

Sadly, if we were to roll their blind up and shine the light of this universe directly on them, they would be like my child who is allergic to mornings.  They aren’t ready for the light.  They wouldn’t know what hit them, and they would probably grab the blind and pull it quickly back down, scared of the light.  They wouldn’t be ready for that much light all at once.  They have to have this light come in gently on their own terms.  A little light at a time.

As they adjust to having the light in their lives, they will gradually roll the blind up as they see what wonderful things are waiting for them on the other side of this window of light.  Miracles!  Miracles are waiting for all of us!  They are waiting for everyone, we just have to see the light!

John 8:12 reassures us, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  Jesus always keeps his promises.  If you look for his light, you will not walk in darkness.

It might feel like everything or everyone in your life is falling apart, but Jesus will never leave your side.  He is there.  Behind that blind that you have pulled down over your life, you just have to lighten up!  Try inching the blind up gradually as you find your comfort zone of spirituality.  If reading the Bible isn’t your thing, then search for other resources that will guide you.  The options are limitless out there.  As long as it brings light into your world, start reading, watching or listening to it.  Try meditating for 5 minutes a day and watch how your body will start to crave for more.  You just have to start with peeking out under the blind and you will see the benefits of letting light into your life.

Lighten up!  The Universe is full of miracles, you just have to roll that blind back and start basking in its light!

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Universe Take the Wheel!

I sometimes get teased by my friends and family members for not being a very good driver.  A girl backs into a telephone pole a few times and the newspaper man once, all coming out of her drive and she is then classified as a bad driver.  Honestly, I’m obviously a good driver, just poor at backing up!

When my family all get talking about this subject, expressing their terrifying accounts with my driving skills my daughter will also chime in that I’ve given her PTSD from going so many times with my gas tank reading, “Zero kilometers to empty.”  Maybe I like to test the reliability of my gas meter, but I avoid fueling up at all costs and scared my child in the meantime.

We all have our own experiences with bad drivers, but we also have had our fill of back seat drivers.  I’d have to say my mother is the worst.  She is such a nervous driver.  Even still, when I’m 43 years of age, she will throw her arm across my chest from the other seat if we have to come to an abrupt stop.  It’s her impulse she says.  When seatbelts weren’t mandatory she would do this to catch us when we were little and she was driving.

Even still, she growls constantly when my father is driving.  It’s just something that is in her.  She just doesn’t trust others that are driving.  She probably feels vulnerable when she doesn’t have control of the wheel…which I’m sure a lot of us suffer from as well.

I don’t have that problem at all.  If someone else would rather drive, I’d rather them drive too.  My husband is my favorite driver of course.  I feel the most safe when he is behind the wheel.  He is cautious, but not too cautious.  He navigates through all different weather with ease and confidence.  Honestly, when he drives, I sleep.  It’s a great time for me to catch up on some well-deserved rest.  I don’t have a worry in the world when he is behind the wheel.

As I am on my spiritual journey, I am learning to also just let the Universe take the wheel of my life.  I’m finally cluing in that I don’t have control over my life…the Universe does!  I can try and control it, but in the end, what will be, will be.

It has taken me some time, but I’m learning to relax and stop trying to back seat drive.  I can’t steer things in the direction that I want them to go.  Things are out of my control, so why even waste my energy.  There are many other great things that I can put my energy towards instead of worrying and stressing over what is going to happen in my life.

One of my favorite Proverbs is from Proverbs 20:24, “A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.  How then can anyone understand their own way.”  This ignites my heart!  We can try and take the wheel of life and steer it in the direction that we want to go, but if it isn’t God’s grand plan for you, then all the steering and maneuvering you do isn’t going to get you to where you want to go.  You have to learn to just get in the passenger’s seat of life and enjoy the ride!

I’ve learned to develop the same attitude with life, as I have when my husband is driving.  Trust that I will be delivered safe and sound to my destination and sit back and enjoy the ride.  The road of life is much more enjoyable this way.

Start leaving your control issues behind and let the Universe take the wheel!  Trust me its a sweet ride!

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Questioning the Questionable

As teachers we are now promoted to call the children in our class, “students” and stop calling them “boys” or “girls”.  There are so many different kinds of sexually confused and gender confused students in the school system today, the school boards are trying to make their learning environment as comfortable as possible for them.  I think this is fantastic that they are providing this for the students, but there are many mixed opinions on this.

A symbol of solidarity with LGBTQ citizens of my city, recently painted rainbow stamps near our City Hall.  It was the beautiful striped rainbow flag depicting the colors that represent each of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexuals and Questionable.  Sadly it was defaced twice with tire skid marks and white paint since its unveiling three weeks ago. 

This really frustrates me that people would be filled with such hatred to take the time and effort to deface this piece of art that they very proudly placed at our City Hall to show our support of these individuals in our community.

That is what I love about the stories of the Bible, in the New Testament.  Jesus came and things started to change.  He started  breaking all the rules and made quite an uproar!  He started healing people on Sundays.  He called the religious rulers out for being hypocrites when they gave a tenth of their income but neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness.  He touch lepers even though the Jewish law said that would make him unclean.  The Old Testament law forbid that you would drink blood, but what did Jesus have his disciples do?  Yep, drink his blood.

These are just a few of the rules that he broke.  He also talked to strange women, even prostitutes and adulterers.  He overturning the money tables at the temple.  He would eat with “sinners” or people that were not respected in the fundamental religion circles.  Jesus would break the ritual of washing his hands before he ate.  He also took a stand on violence.  He did the unthinkable back then!

Why do you think this was?  He was making changes, and questioning the questionable.  He came to be a leader of a new age.  He knew his mission on earth was to show that the thoughts of the Old Testament was a thing of the past and it was time to move forward to evolve into a more loving and acceptable society.

He came to demonstrate that the Old Testament rules were impossible for us to keep, he also came to show us that religion and all their rules are hard for any humans to uphold.  He knew what it was like to be human.  He was getting the full experience, and was trying to show that things HAD to change.

I also think Jesus came to help us realize that when religious rules get in the way of kindness, compassion and integrity, we should break the rules and show that human beings matter more than rules.  Love and compassion should be our only rule!

I love Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  He wants us to realize that as a child of God, we should learn from the changes he made to the world for us when he was here in the earthly realm.  He didn’t care about the rules, he modelled love, kindness, compassion, sympathy, gentleness and tenderness.

If Jesus was here today, and saw the disgrace of how these people are being treated, how do you think he would act?  Do you think he would love these people like he loved the lepers, the prostitutes, the adulterers, the sinners?  Absolutely!  We are ALL sinners!  These people are created the exact same as you and I and treating them in this manner is unacceptable.  If it is for religious reasons, what do you think Jesus would have to say about these religious rules?  Do you think he would want you to love them like yourself?  No question about it!

Let’s take a stand for love, just like Jesus did, and stop being vessels of hatred.  Remember, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

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