Nate's Monday Morning Message

Let's make his a great week, the ending of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Morning Message.

This week and every week we have the opportunity to be an optimist about our future and at the same time be knowledgeable about the past. This is the last week of the year and WOW what an amazing year it has been. Let us take with us into this New Year ahead all the lessons that we have learned from the past. Let us plan and put into action all of the things we must to make our future as bright as possible. Regardless of where you are now, decide that the future will be better for you and those around you. If YOU decide to do that - IT will happen!!! It is all up to you! This is the last week of the year so, let's make it the best week of the year!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...  

Another calendar year comes to an end as the world welcomes another new one. Strangely, I am reminded of Elton John's song in the movie The Lion King: "The Circle of Life" (Thank you, Mr. John and Mr. Rice, for letting me quote your masterpiece here):  

The Circle of Life (Music by Elton John, Lyrics by Tim Rice, From the soundtrack of "The Lion King”)

From the day we arrive on the planet 
And blinking, step into the sun 
There's more to be seen than can ever be seen 
More to do than can ever be done   Some say eat or be eaten 
Some say live and let live 
But all are agreed as they join the stampede 
You should never take more than you give  

In the circle of life 
It's the wheel of fortune 
It's the leap of faith 
It's the band of hope 
Till we find our place 
On the path unwinding 
In the circle, the circle of life

Some of us fall by the wayside 
And some of us soar to the stars 
And some of us sail through our troubles 
And some have to live with the scars 

There's far too much to take in here 

More to find than can ever be found 

But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky 
Keeps great and small on the endless round

I am particularly moved by the second stanza: "Some say eat or be eaten, some say live and let live; but all are agreed as they join the stampede, you should never take more than you give." The laws of nature say that every creature's role in the grand scheme of things is to take as well as give. Each of us is predator as well as prey. As a vital link in the food chain, we are allowed to acquire what we need to survive, but we are also required to provide what others need to live. Life's basic rule is that simple. 
Unfortunately, some of us are lured to excesses and extremes. We want to have more than the next person, often times killing one another in the process. We want to be bigger than our neighbors, often times depriving others of their means to survive. We take more than we give. This is how we disrupt the natural flow of existence. This is how we bring about evil, pain, and suffering. And this is why...  

"Some of us fall by the wayside 
And some of us soar to the stars 
And some of us sail through our troubles 
And some have to live with the scars"

As the song continues, it describes life as a wheel of fortune, a leap of faith, and a band of hope... until we find our place on the path that unwinds... in the endless round. Another ending, another beginning, yet nothing will be the same. The next twelve months will bring a new string of fortunes and misfortunes, new opportunities to take countless leaps of faith, and renewed hope in our struggle to build a more meaningful, more prosperous life for us all. Let's welcome the New Year by celebrating the circle... and miracle of life!

WORDS TO LIVE BY...  

“Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” ~ Mark Twain 

“If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.” ~ Oscar Wilde 

“I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.” ~ Abraham Lincoln 

“A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.” ~ Charles Gordy  

Take control of your life and charge towards your dreams! Happy New Year Everybody! Nate

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