Happy Soul Food Friday! – Friday, September 23, 2011.

The Autumnal Equinox is today Friday, September 23, 2011.

It’s one of only two times in a year that the day and night are of equal length. (Light and Dark in Balance)
The Equinox reminds us about the passage of time-change, the motion of the Earth-change, and the different seasons-change. (Change is certain, Growth is optional)

Along with the Winter and Summer Solstices they demarcate the four seasons.
Today marks the start of Autumn (Fall)  for us in the Northern Hemisphere.

For the Southern Hemisphere, it’s reversed. Spring has just begun… (North and South in Balance)
Today the Sun will begin to rise at the South Pole after six months of darkness (Keep moving into the Light)

Today when the Sun passes straight overhead, at the “zenith” for people on the equator, like in Kenya or Ecuador, there simply aren’t any shadows. (An opposite of Emerson’s Quote: “When it’s dark enough you can see the stars”, “When it’s fully light there ARE no shadows!”)
On this day, the Sun rises directly in the East, and sets directly in the West. (the Rest of the year this varies slightly…)
So on this naturally balanced day may you find your balance and center, in tune and in harmony with mother nature.
Note: Thanks Billy for your inspiration…

Here are some tender vittles to warm the cockles of your heart and inspire mastery in all of us.

The main course is a feel good story captures the importance of manifesting your dreams and achieving your success. ( A goal is a dream with a deadline)

It is never too late…

The  first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged  us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look  around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned  around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a  smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, ‘Hi  handsome. My name is Rose. I’m eighty-seven years old. Can I give  you a hug?’
I laughed and enthusiastically responded,  ‘Of course you may!’ and she gave me a giant  squeeze.. 

‘Why are you in college at such a young,  innocent age?’ I asked.
She jokingly replied, ‘I’m here  to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of  kids…’
‘No seriously,’ I asked. I was curious what  may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her  age.
‘I always dreamed of having a college education  and now I’m getting one!’ she told me. 

After class we  walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate  milkshake.
We became instant friends. Every day for the  next three months we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I  was always mesmerized listening to this ‘time machine’ as she shared  her wisdom and experience with me..
Over the course of  the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends  wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the  attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living  it up. 

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to  speak at our football banquet. I’ll never forget what she taught us.  She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to  deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on  the floor.
Frustrated  and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply  said, ‘I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this  whiskey is killing me! I’ll never get my speech back in order so let  me just tell you what I know.’ 

As we laughed she  cleared her throat and began, ‘ We do not stop playing because we  are old; we grow old because we stop playing.
There are  only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving  success. You have tolaugh and find humor every day. You’ve got to  have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die.
We  have so many people walking around who are dead and don’t even know  it!
There is a huge difference between growing older  and growing up.
If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don’t do one productive thing, you will  turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in  bed for a year and never do anything I will turn  eighty-eight.
Anybody! Can grow older. That doesn’t  take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding  opportunity in change.

Have no regrets.
The elderly  usually don’t have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we  did not do. The only people who fear death are those with  regrets..’
She concluded her speech by courageously  singing ‘The Rose.’
She challenged each of us to study  the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year’s end  Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months  ago.
One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in  her sleep.
Over two thousand college students attended  her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example  that it’s never too late to be all you can possibly  be.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.  GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. We make a Living by what we get. We make a  Life by what we give.

The second dish is a musical interlude with the Andre Rieu Orchestra from Holland and a thirteen year old virtuoso Melissa Venema playing Taps in its entirety.

The Original version of Taps was called Last Post , and was written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801as you will hear in this clip. In 1862 it was shortened to 24 notes and re-named Taps.


Finally, to see “be the ball” move from a mental concept of being in the flow experience to really happening, check out this video.

Note: Thanks Larry for sending this around…

May you be one with all that brings meaning, purpose, love and laughter to your life and keep the change!

Pay it forward…


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