Archive for December, 2010

What in the World are You Creating


“Thoughts and words travel just as God’s life travels. They do not travel like an individual, but you breathe your spiritual life into the atmosphere as you do your breath, and someone else breathes it in. Those not present still receive it, for it permeates space, and all live in it and receive from it according to their unfoldment.”

Inscribed on a wall inside of Memorial Church, Stanford University 


During this holiday season, let’s all consider how:                                       

Energetically, we are connected to one another – having the same essential wants, needs, hopes and dreams of all other humans on the planet. No Matter where we live or under what conditions, in a palace or a mud hut, we all love our children, hurt when a loved one dies, long to be included and welcomed by others, can laugh at a good joke, and want our fears to go away. All people, no matter what age, race, religion or culture, yearn for the respect and acceptance of others. We want to know that we are special, that somehow, just because we are here on earth that we matter.                                                                                                                

Energetically, we impact and affect each other – through our facial expressions, thoughts, judgments, criticisms, comments, tone of voice, understanding, acceptance, acts of kindness, generosity and caring. A simple action, inaction or reaction enters the lives of all those around us, whether they are people we know well or complete strangers, physically close or far away. Energetically, our energy is a part of and therefore co-creates a global energy.                                                                                                                 

Energetically we can make each others’ lives easier and happier by doing the same with our own. As this is the time of year for reflection, let’s consider the incredible impact we have on all the people and environment around us and ask ourselves:

What is created when I think, act and speak?

From my heart to yours, I wish everyone a joyful and peaceful holiday season and a New Year that brings all of us throughout the world, increased “unfoldment” – enlightenment, awareness and a mutual understanding that creates connection and understanding between all people and recognizes that energetically, we are one.

Most of all, I wish you love ~


“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents
and listen.”

Bobby – age 7



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Billy’s Dream


“If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”

Bob Hope


The following is a true story . . .

In Phoenix , Arizona , a 26 year-old mother stared down  at her 6 year-old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia.  

Although her heart was filled with sadness,
She also had a strong feeling of determination.
Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams.

Now, that was no longer possible..

The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son’s dream to come true..

She took her son’ s hand and asked, ‘Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?’

Mommy, ‘I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up.’

Mom smiled back and said, ‘Let’s see if we can make your wish come true.’

Later that day she went to her local fire Department in Phoenix , Arizona , where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix !

She explained her son’s final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her 6 year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine..

Fireman Bob said, ‘Look, we can do better than that. If you’ll have your son ready at seven o’clock Wednesday morning, we’ll make him an honorary Fireman for the whole day..  He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards!

And if you’ll give us his sizes, we’ll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat – not a toy — one-with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots.’

‘They’re all manufactured right here in Phoenix ,  so we can get them fast.’ 

Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck.

Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station. He was in heaven.

There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls.

He rode in the different fire engines, the Paramedic’s’ van,
And even the fire chief’s car.

He was also videotaped for the local news program.

Having his dream come true,
With all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy, that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible..

One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept – that no one should die alone – began to call the family members to the hospital.

Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a Fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition..

The chief replied, ‘We can do better than that.  We’ll be there in five minutes. Will you please do me a favor?

When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire?’
‘It’s the department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room?’

About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy’s third floor open window——–
16 fire-fighters climbed up the ladder into Billy’s room.

With his mother’s permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they LOVED him.
With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said,

‘Chief, am I really a fireman now?’

‘Billy, you are’
With those words, Billy smiled and closed his eyes one last time.

Thank you to my good friend, Susan Power for this touching story.


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The Search

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson



Why do we seek great leaders in business, politics and in other areas of our lives and end up being disappointed time and again? Why do we build them up, invest all our hopes and dreams in them, expect them to have all the answers and then tear them down because they don’t fulfill our every expectation?

Please take four minutes to view the following video written by my Avista colleague, Keith Merron. It offers a new perspective on leadership and invites us to look within ourselves for the answers:

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