January 20th 2017, Inauguration

So it has been a long time since I have posted, but today I rekindled a habit that I have not done for a long time. I took the day off, took Nicole to school and headed off to Starbucks with my laptop and notebook in tow. Had some breakfast and a coffee and have preceded to sit down and enjoy the start to my morning. I use to do this on a weekly basis but when my job changed I could not do it any longer. So it was very nice today to be able to have this opportunity to do it again. To boot the weather was sunny and slightly warm! Bonus! I think the start to a nice day.
An interesting day nevertheless. Today is the inauguration of a new President in the United States and I would think a monumental shift in policies and thinking in Washington. Time of course will tell what will happen, but against many peoples wishes it has happened and better or for worse we will now have to live with it.
Which, brings my thinking into where are we are going. Where are we as a collective human society heading? The human world today still has much turmoil and unstainable situations. It is a test of large proportions and one that we still have a quite a ways to go. I am reminded of Bahaullah's promise of the
Most Great Peace. Humankind must recognize the Oneness of Humanity and that we are all the same. Until this can be done, it makes many things difficult. The promising thing is that we see that in so many places today. Yes, it is not world wide, bigotry and racism is still out there but we have come a long way in a short time and this gives promise. Promise in that we can make it to the Most Great Peace. People need to look towards the Creator, whoever or however you choose that to be, but there is and must be a higher purpose than our basic existence as it is. If we choose to explore what that is, maybe, just maybe we will discover something that we did not know, something that will bring us together and bring us to realize that humankind has a great purpose and reason to be here.
In Abdul-Baha's words:
He said that man must recognize the oneness of humanity, for all in origin belong to the same household and all are servants of the same God.
From <http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/c/BWF/bwf-6.html>
Here is a link to a good article in the
Huffington Post about A Bahai Vision for World Peace.




Patience, is something that needs to be learnt and practiced. Not always so easy, and sometimes you have to stop yourself and seriously think about it and then reaffirm it and make yourself analyze the situation and then rethink and remind. Some of things I am trying to make myself do more of. I came to the realization that you need to be patient for various things, we cannot have everything right now. It just is not possible nor is it practicable. 

Things will come as they are needed. Sometimes you need that belief that it will come when it is ready and not until then. Maybe I am just not capable or equipped to handle something if it comes at the wrong time. We are part of a bigger picture and living in a world of energy. We have to interact with that energy and become in phase with it. Things will begin to happen then. 

Being patient is one of those, know when to pick your moments and when to take advantage of them. They will come and they will present themselves to you. You just have to be in tune and recognize them. That is being in that energy groove and watching for it to come. Somethings you cannot control and you will have to put it out there in the energy field and see what happens. Analyze your results and make changes to see what occurs next.

Patience, ahh what a virtue to have. When things are not going your way, you are failing at what you are trying to achieve, but you have to keep going, don't give up, don't walk away from it. Persevere, be PATIENT! It will come, just keep working on different approaches. Different tactics or however you would like to call it. But keep calm and stay in control. It really helps to write it down and to anaylze it. Patience teaches you control, knowing your own tendencies and how to handle these better.

He, verily, shall increase the reward of them that endure with patience. - Baha'u'llah

Tell me what your techniques are for handling patience. What do you do to stay focused?



I read an interesting article and comment on fear today. Actually it was an email that was sent to me my Ramit Sethi. It talked a lot about why fear stops us from doing things. It really resonated with me as I thought about my own circumstances and situation. Having just taken a leap of faith and deciding to start my own business. I really reflected on that and on my friends and their situations. I saw that maybe finally I had taken that leap and left behind the chains of my fear for not doing this for so long ago. I had a feeling like maybe I was finally in control and had taken that hardest first step and put myself out there. How liberating it is. And also how strangling that fear can be to hold you back and stop you from taking your dreams to the next level.

So what is that holds us back like that, what is it that paralyzes us and prevents us from doing these things? I think I have asked myself that for a long time. There just seems to be this thing and I can't quantify what it is and it is just always not that easy to release. You can sometimes read as many uplifting quotes, blogs, readings, emails etc but you still find yourself getting stuck. I guess what I am saying is that I understand what it is like. I feel great that I finally let this one event go for me, but I also understand that it will not be the last. I will have to face more fears and conquer them. That is part of life, having Faith and taking that next step to move to a higher level.

Acknowledging those fears can be a major step forward and posting them publicly even more so. So for myself, it was I don't have time, or I don't have the knowledge to do this, or where do I start. I don't deserve it can be one of the biggest ones too. These are mine what are yours and what can we do to stop these and believe in ourselves and our hidden abilities.



Faith - My Word of the Year

A word, a word of the year. This year I have chosen "Faith". It has a lot to do with the Bahai Faith too. But it is much more than that as well. Faith to move forward, to find new things and to rejuvenate old things. Faith can be found
here. This is the description as per the dictionary. It resonates with me this year.

We all need faith I think, it is what can sometimes keep you going, when things get rough, it can sustain you and regenerate your inner being. Could it be one of the most important? I want to have faith in things to change and always bring you closer to what matters. This faith gives you a positive outlook and it gives you hope. Yes hope, there is another important concept, one that will help you to go on, forge forth, don't stop, don't give up. Have that faith in that it will all work out. It will if you have faith. Putting forward that positive vibration is what can make it happen. There are forces at work that we cannot see, but they are there, oh they are there. Putting your faith in these are important, in fact extremely important, it points to the fact that there is a higher power, something that is beyond us, something that is looking after us and watching over us. Call it what you will, I call it God, but it is all one and the same. Does it mean that the ulitimate is putting our faith in Him? This is probably the ultimate in faith. 

Faith can take many forms, faith in God and religion is one, but also faith in humanity to pull us through all the problems of the world that we have right now. Have faith in something, it might be one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. 

What do you have faith in? Post a response and let me know.


The Day of the Covenant

The Day of the Covenant.

November 26th, is the day that Bahai's the world over celebrate the Day of the Covenant and the appointment of Abdu'l-Baha as the center of that Covenant.

What is a Covenant you ask? A covenant is an agreement between two or more persons to do something specific. In the context of what we are talking about it is an agreement between God and humanity. This agreement says in exchange for us as individuals following the teachings of God as shared by the Manifestations of this time we will in exchange by God, be shared various bounties and not be left alone without guidance.

The really important point for this current dispensation is that never before has mankind had such a Covenant given to it. In previous times mankind was unable to grasp this important concept and it was not ready for what has been shared now. This is so exciting as it shows that we really are living in an amazing time where there is so much occurring and there is so much that we can achieve in the advancement of humankind, peace and unity. 

The following has been written by the Universal House of Justice:

A Covenant in the religious sense is a binding agreement between God and man, whereby God requires of man certain behavior in return for which He guarantees certain blessings, or whereby He gives man certain bounties in return for which He takes from those who accept them an undertaking to behave in a certain way. There is, for example, the Greater Covenant which every Manifestation of God makes with His followers, promising that in the fulness of time a new Manifestation will be sent, and taking from them the undertaking to accept Him when this occurs. There is also the Lesser Covenant that a Manifestation of God makes with His followers that they will accept His appointed successor after Him. If they do so, the Faith can remain united and pure. If not, the Faith becomes divided and its force spent. It is a Covenant of this kind that Baha’u’llah made with His followers regarding ‘‘Abdu’l-Bahá and that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá perpetuated through the Administrative Order…   From a letter written by The Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, 23 March 1975

The Covenant in the Bahai Faith is so strong it was designed to prevent it breaking into sects and factions. And to this end it has resisted all these attempts to date. This is an important factor that was not available in previous Dispensations where other religions have separated in to other sects and given different interpretations to the original teachings of the Manifestation. The Bahai Faith has this Covenant which is designed to prevent this from happening and so forth give unity and universal acceptance to its teachings and only through this way will mankind be able to progress to a society where we will see everyone working together in fellowship and true friendship.

Abdu'l-Baha is pure the exemplar of the Bahai way of life and is the only person who is the sole interpreter of Baha'u'llahs writings. He is referred to as the Most Mighty Branch and the one to "turn your faces toward Him Whom God hath purposed, Who hath branched from this Ancient Root." This is what Baha'u'llah has stated and is another way in which the writings cannot be changed or the Covenant modified. 

I would love your thoughts and any questions regarding this momentous Covenant. It is something that requires reviewing all the time and reminding ourselves of.