20 November 2019

Simple Gratitude ~ Unnecessary Kindness


Greetings Dear Reader,

At least once every day someone is kind to me without it being necessary.  It takes many forms and comes from differing sources.  We have a duty to kindness that is inherent in our duty to love others and show them grace and mercy.  One of the ways we demonstrate that love is through kindness.

I am not, however, talking about our duty to kindness.  I am speaking of my gratitude for acts of kindness that are spontaneous, unplanned, and almost instinctual.  Whether it is my young niece insisting that she open a door for me or a friend reaching out because he or she is praying for me, the act is encouraging and uplifting.  It fuels my heart to be kinder as well.,

Over the last year, as I have focused on cementing love as my hard deck for all operations, I have seen so much kindness in small things.  A friend brought me Nehi soda after he read my post about Nehi soda.  Another person gave me salad when they had no idea I had been talking to the Father about missing salads. 

The idea of kindness given when it is not necessary is at the core of dealing with all people in love.  It is a way to help people along the path so that for a moment the journey is easier.  It is the unnecessary kindness that sets us above the manners and social mores that we are supposed to observe.  When someone responds to my kindness with “you don’t have to do that”, my response is, “you are right, but I get to do it and that makes me happy.” 

As the Holy Days begin to build momentum, things will become harried and rushed.  If we look for and give out unnecessary kindness, we will find more peace, patience, and joy.  I am thankful for kindness when it is shown to me Dear Reader.  I am also thankful for the opportunities to show it.  It may be that this is one of the areas where it is truly better to give than to receive.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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19 November 2019

Simple Gratitude ~ Anticipation

Greetings Dear Reader,

I always get excited when I am about to travel.  In part, it is still that little-boy-excited that I feel when getting ready to embark on a journey.  I feel that excitement today as I plan for my journey north on Wednesday.

I love travel and am working slowly toward more of it for the sake of being available to others.  Today, however, I want to be sure that I am grateful for the anticipation.  Looking forward to this journey is a form of hope.  I look forward to the chance to see friends, celebrate my Grandson’s birthday, and the time to pray as I drive. 

That last part is something I truly treasure.  I spend the time driving in prayer for things related to my journey and my friends.  I promise that I pray with my eyes open whilst driving.  Still, even anticipation of the driving is something I value.  I pack and plan, thinking about the stops I will make for petrol and meals.  I have made this particular drive dozens of times over the last twenty years. 

As I have grown to know the route, I now think of things I anticipate seeing along the way.  Some of those things evoke memories of travel with Avalon and my Sons when they were younger.  There is a town where we have broken down twice and it is now a byword of care.  It is also a vast windfarm and I always marvel at the vanes turning with the wind that is always there but never visible.

I anticipate becoming more like that wind.  Jesus told Nicodemus.  “the wind blows where it will.  You hear the sound of it but cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  This is what I long for my life to become.  I am asking for it, seeking it, and anticipating it. 

This is anticipation that drives me to be careful and carefree about everything.  It pushes me to be wise in my use of resources.  I must be grateful for anticipation that motivates me to become more of what Christ wishes me to become so that I may follow him more closely.  It is this anticipation, without an expectation that forges the hope we need on the path home.

I long to be driven by the Spirit, Dear Reader.  I have seen how becoming this can put me in the right place at just the right time.  I am filled with anticipation of journeying through my days bourn of the Spirit.  You are always welcome to journey with me Dear Reader.  Today, I wish to express my gratitude for that anticipation.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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18 November 2019

Simple Gratitude ~ Work


Greetings Dear Reader,

On this day last year, I received a phone call.  It was a job offer after eighteen months without work.  It fit my needs in terms of income and location.  It was an easy insertion into work I knew well.  I have a good supervisor and do work that matters to those for whom I do it.

If you have read my posts you know my desire is to achieve my income through my writing.  That, however, is dependent on the Father ultimately.  I will work my sustenance job until I am able to eclipse my income with book sales.  What I wish to focus on, however, is my gratitude for work.

Those eighteen months without work taught me a great deal about the gift that a job is.  Today is Monday.  There will be complaints and memes about how bad Monday is.  Were the job to evaporate like mine did some time ago, the complaints would have a very different timbre. 

We may or may not like our jobs.  We need income and have to make our way.  For those who have jobs they love, it is vital that we have gratitude.  For those who do not, gratitude can make the work easier.  We are all free to work toward deriving a living from something we love.  It may take work to get there but it is possible. 

I may not be able to change things instantly, but I am closer than I was a year ago.  I have simple gratitude for the work and the income.  I am thankful for the people with whom I work and those I serve by the work I accomplish.  We have the opportunity to change the atmosphere of Monday through simple gratitude if we choose it.  It is in the gratitude that joy can be found for this part of the journey.  So, I wish you a happy Monday, Dear Reader and I hope you find a way to do what you love.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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17 November 2019

Simple Gratitude ~ Time


Greetings Dear Reader,

I wonder sometimes if the transition from Daylight Savings to Standard Time is more difficult than others.  It occurs when the day is already experiencing less daylight in the Northern hemisphere.  I have heard more people complaining about it this year than I have in the past.

This is not a commentary on whether we need the time change or not.  I would point out that most of the complaints I have heard have gotten the change the wrong way ‘round.  This is our standard time.  Doing away with Daylight Savings would mean it was like this. 

I do wonder if we really appreciate time.  We are all given the same amount each day.  We determine how we use it.  Time is the currency we exchange for other things.  The job I work to pay my way is an exchange of time for money.  The time we have for leisure or other pursuits feels fleeting.  Time is a gift to teach us to value life.

The deeper simple gratitude is that time is what we use to follow Christ.  It is the moments invested in this which lead us along the path toward home.  We measure out things in hours and days.  Jesus wishes to encounter us in every single moment.  Each tick of the clock is one wherein he is telling us he loves us and wants to be with us.

Time is the crucible in which we burn.  We can be consumed or we can burn away the things that hinder our journey.  We can be devoured by it or we can cherish it and express our gratitude by seeking Christ in it.  I am grateful for time and wish to grow better at using it well.

At some point, the sand will run out.  I want each grain to be one in which I have loved Christ with all my heart.  I want it to be one in which I have followed and shown love to others.  The grains seem to flow faster as the year closes.  This is just an illusion.  That there are more behind than ahead is not an illusion.  For this alone, Dear Reader, we should express our gratitude in simple profound ways.

Time – Pink Floyd

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I'd something more to say.

Home
Home again
I like to be here
When I can
When I come home
Cold and tired
It's good to warm my bones
Beside the fire
Far away
Across the field
Tolling on the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spell

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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16 November 2019

Simple Gratitude ~ Music


Greetings Dear Reader,

I have written often about my love for music.  I have written occasionally about how in every situation there is a song playing in my head related to that situation.  Sometimes, when I have an earworm running the situational song will compete with the earworm for attention. 

Please do not think of it as a cacophonous clamor.  The songs are distinct and almost always clear as to why they are present.  I also realize that I have a vast catalog of music in my head.  It is this latter bit that causes me simple gratitude.  I am grateful that I am built with a song in my heart.  It is sometimes a dirge but it is still music.  It still is a melody to carry me through the moment with a little more clarity.

I am not going to pretend to understand how the Father and my psyche planned things in orchestrating this trait within me.  It does serve me well and occasionally those with whom I share it.  It reminds me that we are all part of a great song.  We are notes and movements within the universe of the Father’s symphony.  The idea is to live each note so that it is in harmony with the composer and the remainder of the players. 

The music in my heart and head often leads me into an understanding of the moment.  It helps me be more present with what is unfolding.  The emotion of the song can help me navigate the emotion of the events or interactions.  When I am alone the music plays me into better thinking and writing.  The journey through times when I am alone is easier. 

Sometimes I get to add to the catalog by discovering new artists or unknown music from artists I already know.  Last night I found two entire albums from an artist I like but had not previously seen this part of her work.  Again, my simple gratitude flows from the idea that the Father puts new music in my path and in my head when I need it. 

It is the constant flow of the music that fills my heart and pushes me down the path toward home.  I have dithered over what song to share to finish this post.  It has taken longer to decide than to write the actual post.  I will give you two.  One is an instrumental that is my favorite piece of music in all the universe.  It is called The Inner Light, composed by Jerry Goldsmith.  Take the time to let it teach you about its beauty.  On nights when I am troubled, I have listened to it on repeat whilst sleeping.

The other song, Dear Reader is below.  It is the song that defines my journey and my constant wish for you to find your way.  It is the thought I have at every parting whether for a moment or until I reach the clearing at the end of the path.  My simple gratitude for music is summed up in these two beautiful creations.  Find joy in them, Dear Reader.  I love you enough to share that which is so precious to me.

Joy in the Journey – Michael Card

There is a joy in the journey,
There’s a light we can love on the way.
There is a wonder and wildness to life,
and freedom for those who obey.

And all those who seek it shall find it, a pardon for all who believe.
Hope for the hopeless and sight for the blind

To all who've been born of the Spirit
And who share incarnation with him;
Who belong to eternity, stranded in time,
And weary of struggling with sin.

Forget not the hope that's before you,
And never stop counting the cost.
Remember the hopelessness when you were lost?

There is a joy in the journey,
There’s a light we can love on the way.
There is a wonder and wildness to life,
And freedom for those who obey.
And freedom for those who obey.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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15 November 2019

The Twelve Tales of Christmas


Greetings Dear Reader,

My newest book is officially out and available.  I will not be offended if you need to stop reading this and go buy a copy.  Here is the LINK.  This collection is a lifetime in the making.  It contains twelve short stories about Christmas. 

My goal is to sell enough by Christmas to be able to complete project Tortoise Shell.  My richer goal, however, is to be a blessing to you at Christmas.  Included also are some of my Christmas poetry and songs.  There is also a preview of my full-length Christmas novel coming out next year.

Please consider buying copies as gifts for your friends and family.  If you want a signed personalized edition, email me at aramisthorn@aramisthorn.com .   I can only guarantee Christmas delivery in the continental US and only if your order PRIOR to December 1, 2019.  Order five or more directly from me and get free shipping to a single address.

I will have a live launch event in the near future.  Keep watching for more updates.
 
Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Simple Gratitude ~ Constant Conversation


Greetings Dear Reader,

Take a moment to consider the human that you know best.  That person that you can speak to about anything at any time is rare and precious.  That person also has to sleep, may have other obligations, or perhaps does not always have the resources to listen. 

If we pray, however, the Father is always there, never sleeping, and listens to every word no matter how foolish or mundane it might be.  This is simple and you may not need reminding of it.  In contrast, you may not believe that prayer has any value at all.  I have always, since I chose to follow Christ, prayed.  For too many years, however, I did not appreciate the value of this time.

For the last year, I have been spending extended time daily in prayer.  I have focused on spending time with the Father and learning that there is a depth to his attention to me that I cannot measure.  There is something about investing this time that is different than I imagined.  But, wait, there is more.

I want to express my simple gratitude that I can constantly converse with him.  I am completely able to speak to the one who created me and knows me most intimately.  I can do this at any time about any matter.  If I am impressed by nature or some small thing delights me he is there to share it with.  Something so simple has so much power.

Imagine trying to speak to a president or monarch at any time day or night about anything.  We cannot.  He is too busy and we are not as important to him or her as other matters.  The Father, however, never ceases to think about any of us.  He is always there.  He hears and he responds.

The journey is too long to make it alone without the company of a proper companion.  Jesus said he is with us always.  The Father is always listening.  He is always moving to draw us closer to him; closer to home.  He wishes for us to know him Dear Reader.  One cannot really know someone without speaking to them.  So today, perhaps we should express some simple gratitude to the Father for always listening to all of us.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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14 November 2019

Simple Gratitude ~ Tears


Greetings Dear Reader,

It may sound odd for me to have gratitude for tears.  They express so much about how we feel in so many ways.  There have been times when I knew I needed to weep but could not.  Now it seems that it is easier but I do not wish to take it for granted.  In pursuit of that determination, I have been trying to understand what causes us to weep and how the process works.

In that investigation, I discovered something I did not know about tears.  This is not a biology lesson, but there is a part of the biology that has me a bit gob-smacked.  Depending on the emotion, our tears have different chemical compositions.  There is a great Gizmodo article about it that even has pictures.  It will also lead you to the seminal work that gives a deeper understanding.  I chased this rabbit for a bit and you should feel free to do the same.  Please come back if you do.  It was a pursuit worth the chase.

The idea that I am created to physically respond to how I feel when I allow my feelings to be genuine is amazing to me.  When we are honest with our hearts, then the tears come when they will.  It is our culture that tries to say when we can and cannot weep.  It is our society that is uncomfortable with our tears and never the Father.

As I think more deeply about this, I realize that tears are a limited option.  There will be a day that tears will no longer be used to express grief, sadness, pain, or even joy.  We have been promised that Jesus will wipe away every tear.  So, Dear Reader, I wish to express my simple gratitude for tears.  I am grateful because I have learned to allow them when needed.  Moreover, I have seen how they are structured to reflect what they are expressing.  The deepest source for that gratitude, however, is that they are flowing symbols of hope.  They are the reminder that at some point the one we follow will make it so they are no longer needed.  That is something for which we can all be grateful, even when we are weeping together.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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13 November 2019

Simple Gratitude ~ Connection


Greetings Dear Reader,

I had pondered writing about something different this morning but the course of events has unfolded in a way that has me quite thankful for connection.  I promise to get to the other simple gratitude in a day or two.  The type of connection I mean is when we are able to introduce one human to another for their mutual benefit.  Doing this really fills my heart with joy.

Sometimes I think that I have a knack for this.  I have looked back over the years at the connections I have been able to foster and most of them are very good.  This includes eighteen marriages where I suggested to one person or the other that they may enjoy each other’s company.  The social and business connections are delightful for me as well.

Yesterday, a friend living on the other side of the country asked me about a property for sale in this state.  I have another friend, Nidia who is a realtor.  She is not just a realtor, however; she is a person of integrity and kindness.  I was able to connect the two of them with confidence that they would be good to each other.  I am thankful for the simple gift of arranging connections.

It is in this same spirit that I seek to connect others with Jesus.  I do not need to force or pressure anyone to follow Christ.  Rather, I would like to live a life of such deep love and kindness to others that my reason for it is obvious.  I want everyone to connect with Christ in a way that enriches them.  I know he is dependable and able to be of benefit to everyone.  I know that when people choose to connect with him, there is always a richness in the knowing.

If we develop simple gratitude toward our connections and the ability to connect, then we can use our knowledge and understanding of others to build our community.  We can be of benefit to those in need.  We can enrich our ability to show love and kindness through service to others.  It turns a simple gratitude into something that can change lives.  That, Dear Reader, is no small thing.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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12 November 2019

Simple Gratitude ~ Information


Greetings Dear Reader,

Let us begin with a test.  Without searching the internet, identify this song.  “When it hit those dancing waters in an instant all eternity I knew.”  You would likely only get this if you knew the artist, his music, or regularly read my BLOG.   The answer is below for those who do not possess the information already.

There is a game I used to play with some of my friends when search engines were young.  We would find a short obscure phrase and search to find the fewest results.   The idea is that the shortest phrase with the fewest results wins.  As the availability of information on the internet grew, the game became nearly impossible to play.   Feel free to try it and enjoy the results.

When I was in school, research had to be done via libraries and books.  I even, at one time had my own microfiche and subscribed to a service that provided me dissertations on microfilm.  My book collection of research books numbered in the thousands.  Then I learned to use digital books and the vast resources of information available to me via my keyboard. 

I am so thankful for the ease of research and the vast knowledge available to me.  I love to learn new things and this particular tool is one we take for granted now.  If we go back to my opening challenge, it would be nearly impossible without the internet.  We need to consider then what this does for us and also to us.  Having been given this vast resource, we must ponder our accountability for it.  If we are given much then much is expected from us. 

The beginning of that accountability is gratitude.  Simply being grateful for the ease with which we can learn anything is a wise choice.  Every instance where we find out what we need to know without expending more effort than a few keystrokes is a blessing.  Think about those times when you have no signal or internet connection and need to find out something.  Again, our first response should be to express gratitude for when we do have it.

I must remain grateful for the information that gets me to where I need to go.  I need to never take it for granted.  Knowledge can lead to understanding and then application if we allow it.  It is in this vast sea of knowledge that I find what I need to pursue the history of my novels.  It is in the obscure tidbits in backwater web pages that I discover the small things that intrigue and grab attention.  It is in these discoveries that I am determined to express more simple gratitude.  In them, if my heart is focused on the right things, I can find a little magic.

Magic Every Moment – Dan Fogelberg

I awoke this morning to a shattering sound
And I went downstairs and found these shards of glass strewn all around
There upon the floor, I found this poor broken dove
And it made me realize how very fragile is this life that we so love

I came back up to bed and I held you so tight
And I prayed up to the Father, oh I prayed with all my might
That He'd always keep you with me, that He'd always keep you safe
And when I went downstairs, I found that dove had somehow up and flown away

There's a magic every moment
There's a miracle each day
There's a magic every moment
Oh, won't you let the music play
Oh, won't you let the music play

On a high and windy island, I was gazing out to sea
When a long-forgotten feeling came and took control of me
It was then the clouds burst open and the sun came pouring through
When it hit those dancing waters in an instant all eternity I knew

There's so much we take for granted--there's so much we never say
We get caught up in the motion of just a living day-to-day
We are fettered to the future, we are prisoners of the past
And we never seem to notice 'til our lives have finally
Slipped right through our grasp

There's a magic every moment
There's a miracle each day
There's a magic every moment
Oh, won't you let the music play
Oh, won't you let the music play

You can see forever in a single drop of dew
You can see that same forever if you look down deep inside of you
There's a spark of the creator in every living thing
He respects me when I work but He so loves me when I sing

There's a magic every moment
There's a miracle each day
There's a magic every moment
Oh, won't you let the music play
Oh, won't you let the music play

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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11 November 2019

Simple Gratitude ~ Smiles


Greetings Dear Reader,

One of the things we do not really appreciate enough is a smile.  They are a gift, given from one person to another.  They may or may not be reciprocated.  Sometimes they are forced.

What I am grateful for is their amazing power.  They can change a room, a situation, or a life.  They cannot be prevented or called back once engaged.  Smiles are always an option.  When I see those of my children, my soul lightens.  When I receive one from a friend, my day is better for it. 

Smiles, however, significantly fall under the banner of it is better to give than to receive.  It is great joy to me to give a smile to someone who seems to be busy, taxed, or burdened.  I like catching an eye, engaging in a look, and giving a heartfelt smile.  It is part of my discipline to be aware of the person over whatever is taking place.  I find it always keeps me aware of the needs of others as opposed to my own needs.

The entire idea of smiles is one where I dream of humans engaging in a constant exchange of them.  I also find great joy in drawing one out of someone who seems to be having a difficult day.  I do not want to force it or demand it.  Rather, I want to be kind enough that it comes from a heart that has been warmed by my attention to the soul behind the burden. 

We can create a better space to show our love to others Dear Reader.  This can be done if we are careful to attend to the hearts and minds of others.  We can engage in smiles that are genuine.  We can reach out to others with kind hearts.  It is my obligation to be aware of the needs of others for this kindness.  It is my heart to find a way to lighten the life of everyone.  Valuing smiles begins with the simple gratitude of seeing their worth.  I have a smile for you whenever you need it.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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