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Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Someone Else's Holiday

This morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) called, "Shadowboxer" by Fiona Apple is one of my favorites in my playlist folder of straighten-up-and-fly-right songs. You know how you have a list of favorite Love songs or workout songs or coffee shop songs. I have the same thing all organized in various categories in my play list. Today's song just so happens to be in the straighten-up-and-fly-right folder of my play list.

This song speaks volumes to whatever or whoever you choose to be in a relationship with at the time and how that thing or person (by your own choice) has the ability to overtake you and possibly become your ruination. It doesn't matter if you are having an unhealthy relationship with food, alcohol, cigarettes, work, friends, drugs, a spouse, a romance or a family member, this song is speaking about you allowing its influence on you. In other words, you chose it!

Once my Lover, now my friend,
What a cruel thing to pretend
If I let you get too close,
you'll set your spell on me

Remember when Carrie Bradshaw from 'Sex and the City' fame looked in the store window and saw a pair of shoes and said, "Hello Lover." Carrie had a shoe obsession. Her shoes were her Lover, she thought they became her friend but in the end weren't either because she couldn't pay the damn rent. I think those of you who visit my website regularly know by now that I am a massively spiritually motivated gal. I just dig on that stuff. BRING IT! More than just diggin' on spirituality and giving it lip service, I actually enjoy applying it to my Life and living it outloud with my eyes wide open even when I flub up. When you think of all the areas of your Life where you have to be on your game, it is quite the challenge for any of us at any given time to stay clear. Come on', be honest, think about all of this stuff you are juggling. Just one second, one tiny little second off your game and here come the spiritual infiltrators seeping in to tempt you to do or say downright stupid stuff. This is why 'you' have to be the shadowboxer and be ready for whatever YOU might do. You don't have to be ready for what others do as much as you have to be ready for what you might do. Shoes, booze and chocolate cake don't give a damn about you, it's you that gives a damn about them. Turn this song on yourself and point it back at you to see what I am talking about. Do you know how easy it would be to listen to this song and just think about a former Lover and what he or she did to you? No, no, no folks, you're better than that . . take it further and go deeper. Think about it . . be ready for what you might choose.

by Fiona Apple

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

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Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Change of Pace

I'm going to back track a day and write about yesterday morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) called, "Sweeter" by Gavin DeGraw. At the time I woke up to this song I had not fully wrapped my brain around what message this song contained for me. A few hours later I was in the isle of a craft store saying to a woman standing next to me, "They really need to turn down that music. I can hardly hear myself think." The woman replied, "What music?" That's when I realized that I was hearing the same Musical DLG ™  that I heard upon waking. It was the exact same song. That was odd. The feeling was similar to someone hearing a song play over and over again in their head all day long except I was hearing this song audibly, as if it were playing on overhead speakers. It was so crystal clear it was a bit odd that no one else could hear it. The song was inaudible to everyone except me. My DLGs ™  are mostly outside of my head, not inside my head. I know this particular song well and have always really enjoyed the riff and Gavin's gritty voice but had not realized at the time what a connection this song had to the events that were unfolding at the exact moment when I was standing in the aisle.

I still knew nothing about the events in Newtown, CT until I arrived home in the afternoon because when I drive I only listen to myself. In other words, I don't crowd my brain with the radio. I have a tall order just trying to make out my own thoughts, ideas and incoming DLGs ™ . As I watched the horrifying news, I immediately prayed for not only the victims and their families but for everyone else watching it unfold on TV. You see folks, once upon a time, there were a couple of tragic back-to-back news stories that completely rocked my world and shook my Faith to the core. Just like the Oregon mall shootings so close to Newtown, CT and both of those so close to the Aurora, CO shootings. This reminded me of December 21, 1988 and January 1989, two back-to-back horrifying events that shook my Faith to the core. I was so distraught over these stories that I stopped going to church (even though at the time I taught 3rd grade Sunday school), screamed at my pastor and tried to convince everyone that God did not exist. I was more than just pissed off. I was angry about the events for 10 long years. I blamed God for what happened on December 21, 1988 and January 1989 and held Him solely responsible. I had not considered that He gave us all the gift of Free Will and we can do as we please. Heck, we don't even have to Love Him.

Here is the excerpt from my book, "And Who Are You? - A Daily Regimen for the Soul" on the events that changed my Life and brought me to the point where here I am, writing to you. This was when my Life changed forever as I knew it.

It was December 21, 1988 when Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York City exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. There were 270 people killed.

One month later in January 1989, five school children were killed and twenty-nine wounded when a man jumped out of his car in Stockton, California and sprayed a crowded playground with gunfire.

The Lockerbie plane crash had already rattled me, and when the children in California were shot, I cried for days for the innocent victims. While mourning their deaths without having known one of them, I questioned the existence of God and my life purpose. Who was I and why was I here? I was fed up with all the death, destruction and negativity.

At the same time, I was teaching Sunday school and had a Bible study group for elementary school children. The news on television was twisting my mind out of control and I could not get the fear of those children out of my mind. I pictured over and over again the fear in their eyes and their pained cries for their mommies.

The conflicts running through my mind were so overwhelming that I decided to call my pastor, Tom Sale. When I called Tom, my anger had already manifested into rage. I was yelling and crying because I did not understand how this could happen to innocent people. I could not comprehend, if there was a God, how could this be happening. And if Tom was a man of God, how could he support a God that would let this happen to innocent people, especially the children!

Tom was patient and composed while I went into an emotional meltdown. Then he asked me to come out to the church so we could discuss the matter further. I slammed the phone down and sped off to his office.

I pulled into the church parking lot, tossing dust and gravel everywhere as I parked my car sideways. Slinging open the car door, I threw it shut to show God my rage and marched into the church fully prepared to blame Tom, God and anyone else that dared to walk in my path.

Mascara was running down my scarlet red face and I was sweating with anger. When Tom saw me, he stretched out his arms to hold me, and comforted me just like a father. He invited me into his office and asked me to sit down. I shouted back, "No!" But he persisted, "Loretta, SIT!"

He gave me a box of tissues and began, "Loretta, you know I like to jog." He initiated most of his sermons this way. With a tired voice I said, "Tom, please don't start with me!" Looking so peaceful and calm he said, "Loretta! You know I like to jog. And sometimes when I leave the house to jog, it's after a rain. And after a rain there are earthworms spread all over the pavement. As I look in the distance I can see the sun will be out soon. I know that when the sun comes out it will dry up the pavement and the earthworms will die. So as I'm jogging along, I stop and pick one up and throw it into the grass. And I jog some more. Then I stop, pick up another, and throw it into the grass."

I interrupted him and said, "Tom, I think I know what you are trying to tell me. You are trying to tell me that I can't save the world. I can only do what I can do." He smiled, nodded and said, "That's right."

Folks, my anger over these events lasted ten long years. The only thing that snapped me out of it was a really bad weekend that showed me just how much my anger was not working for me. I reached out to God in desperation and asked Him to take all of those feelings away because quite frankly, the angry feelings weren't working for me and were just plain wearing me out! I told Him that if He would remove these feelings from my spirit, I would return to His Spirit. And He did! And I did!

Before the Newtown, CT shooting this Musical DLG ™  'was' just another song that I enjoyed with a great riff and a gritty sound but now it serves to remind me how covetess, craving, wanting, jealous and insecure we humans can be when we are not fulfilled with the Right Stuff (spirituality). God did not do this, one individual did with his free will. It's amazing how one person can steal someone's joy, their holiday and their Life in an instant because their grass isn't as green as the next guy. As individuals, as a society, as people who Love and are Loved, we must resolve never to lose Faith or Heart. We must press on and stand firm in our Goodness. We must Love those whom we Love loudly, proudly, openly, passionately, silly, child-like and always.

by Gavin DeGraw

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

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Audio'Siyo or Osiyo [Hello in Cherokee]

Read the last Daily Message titled, Spiritual Ecstasy

This morning's Musical DLG ™  (Download from God ™ ) called, "New Shoes" by Paolo Nutini is a song that reminds me of how much I enjoy experiencing a shift in energy or a change of pace. It's a rhythm thing. Sometimes I want to shake it all up and see what falls out just for the heck of it. We Gemini's have a way of rocking the boat just to experience motion. I really don't feel like I'm in a rut, it's more like I'm super excited about the change that is to come because I know it's going to be Good. Why would I know that? Because I set myself up and laid the groundwork in preparation for something Good and wonderful to occur in my Life. I think that is why this song came to me this morning. I am productive with purpose!

If you are ready for a change pace there are several things you can do around your house to get your energy movin' without having to go out and buy a new pair of shoes. (winky wink) One of the easiest ways to get your energy moving is to literally move the furniture around. Now that is productivity with purpose! Even if you can only fit your furniture one way in your house, you need to put some hip action into the furniture and move it at least one inch. Unstick it! You can move it and then move it back. Just move it! You will see real quick just how stuck your energy is when you arouse it from its current sleeping position. Walk around the house and push all of the smaller things with your finger and unstick it. Put your finger underneath every single picture on the wall and unstick them. Raise up the blinds and then put them down again. Open the blinds and then close them again. Make certain that all of your doors open all the way without squeaking or sticking and they are not blocked by anything behind them. Doors must be able to open all the way because doors are where opportunities enter and where our Loved ones come home to us. Tighten the doorknobs and drawer handles. WD40 and a screwdriver are your best friends when you are moving your energy. You don't want a screw lose do you?

Folks, this is nothing but a bit of quick-fix Feng Shui in action and it won't even take you that long. Put on your favorite shoes, crank up this song and change your pace with purpose. NOW GO!~

by Paolo Nutini

AudioDenadagohvyu ['Until we meet again' in Cherokee]

"Now get out there, go place yourself UP!
and practice being you."
-- Dr. Loretta Standley

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