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In The Still Of The Night

The stars are the street lights of eternity. ~Author Unknown

The Night Sky

The Night Season, a great time to stop, ponder and reflect.   To take an inward look at WHO you are, who you were and WHO you are becoming, or want to become.   

I enjoy the night season at times, especially when the kids are in bed and fast asleep.  Here is a perfect picture.

The boys, they are upstairs, in bed and asleep, my wife is alseep in our room, with our cat, also asleep at her feet.   The house is in complete silence and all that can be heard are the words flowing in your heart and mind.  Yes, the peace and quiet is a great sanctuary to stop and reflect and one of my favorites is to either journal, or write to my blog.

A time to write

The night season, can be a deep time to reflect on your own heart, silence your soul and listen to your Creator speak life back into your life and Destiny!   At times, which is what was experienced by my heart recently, while writing, came across a SERIES of emotions, most of which need to be attended to and taken care of, or gotten rid of, one of the many great lessons learned in life is that we are not designed to carry some things that we are trying so desperately to carry.   Well, light was being shed on such things in my heart and it was house cleaning time.

Like a spot light in the darkest place in the heart, being illuminated

And as this was happening, it was quite painful.   There were things that I just did not want to deal with, but know that it has to be done, the light was being shed on it all for a reason, and the reason is designed to bring me freedom and move me in the correct path to meet my destiny.  Easy project, no, painful, but in the end, good!  Am I there yet, not quite, but do know that the path and trail that is being taken is the correct one.   There is a whole new level of freedom for me to walk in.  

There is a passage that I like in the bible that relates to this part my night season:

Psalm 30:5

“Weeping may endure for a night, But JOY comes in the morning.”

And, yes, there is morning.   A new day.   Like Anne’s Teacher once told her on Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is a Brand New Day, with No Mistakes in it yet!”

Yes, I love the night season, the quiet, the peace, there really is nothing like it.  

What about you, is there a quiet time that you enjoy?  Is there a place you like to silence your soul and reflect?   If so, what does that look like?

**DISTRACTIONS!

Distraction(s)Sitting here pondering a great many things today.

There is something that has become abundantly clear.

We currently live in a Western Culture that is FULL of distraction(s).As we travel and move forward on this journey we call LIFE!

And we discover why we are here and why we were born, we begin to move towards that, only to discover there are forces and things in this world designed to keep you from achieving that dream and or that goal.

The dictionary says this of distraction(s):

1 : the act of distracting or the state of being distracted; especially : mental confusion <driven to distraction by their endless chatter>

2 : something that distracts : an object that directs one’s attention away from something else <turned off her phone to limit distractions>

<One created a distraction while the other grabbed the money.>; especially : amusement <a harmless distraction>

<a book of word puzzles and other distractions>Definition of distraction for English Language Learners

  • : something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention
  • : something that amuses or entertains you so that you do not think about problems, work, etc.
  • : a state in which you are very annoyed or upset

Have you discovered your purpose in life?

I really like this quote:I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us.

When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.

~Joel Osteen

As you continue to move forward on YOUR Journey, work to keep your focus and work to not get distracted by the noise of this world.

Rather, be a person that can be a change agent in this world, one who can be considered a light house in the storms of life, one that will be there to help guide his fellow man as they discover their purpose in life.

Just some points to ponder.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

The phone won’t stop ringing and everyone singing Same one way rate as last year It’s the most wonderful time of the yearIt’s the hap-happiest season of all

Your planes AOG Please don’t be mad at me I am just the dispatcher on-call It’s the hap-happiest season of all

Outside it is freezing

My Captain is sneezing

Please don’t be sick today

The lead Pax just called

His passport is lost

Tell the crew he’s on his way.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Does Santa pass ARGUS

The forecast is horrid

We will deice his sleigh have no fear

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Your plane has diverted

Crisis averted

Flightaware has a glitch after all

But your catering is missing

The passenger hissing

Don’t worry we stock alcohol

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

TEB delays are mounting

Clients ask for discounting

We just departed, your passengers cheer

It’s the most wonderful time

Yes the most wonderful time

Oh the most wonderful time OF THE YEAR!!!!!

Wishing you ALL THE HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS!

Note: a Fellow Aviator Posted this today. I thought it was great!

Christmas This Year (2018)

Hello All,sitting here pondering all the people that I have spoken to this year about Christmas. So many, including myself, just *NOT* that excited about the Christmas Season this year.

And I have found that to be strange. Some thoughts on this Season:“It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas?

Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?

For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons.

Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength.

You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event.

They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.For me, Christmas is the Greatest Love Story ever told. Why was Jesus Born? Why did God send his only Son to this Earth? Christmas is an expression of our Creators love for us, for you and for me.

It is about Loving on family and friends. It’s not the gifts or the dinners or the parties, it is all about sharing the Love that our Creator has placed into our hearts. We are like rooms. Our lives contain moments of happiness and joy blended with a mix of sorrow and loneliness.

Do you feel broken and alone this Christmas? Jesus came to restore our broken world. He loves you, and freely offers hope and love to you this holiday season.

“So, it is my Hope, that you have a Very Merry Christmas!

In the waiting room

One of my least favorite things to do is sit in a waiting room. Does not really matter what kind of Doctors office, however, there is a very real truth that the Doctors and Nurses are trained in the field of the human body, and how to take care of the human physical body.

There are areas of trust that I have and areas that I simply don’t have faith in.

Currently visiting the Neurologist for our oldest son. Our son has non verbal autism.

Neurology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Neurology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of conditions and disease involving the central and peripheral nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue, such as muscle.

Study of the brain. A very specialized field. We are hoping and praying for a great visit and hopes of a solution with his autism.

So, over the past few months, I have been learning more and more what Autism is, and the Spectrum that it is…

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.*

We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges.

A combination of genetic and environmental factors influence the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as:

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disturbances

Autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children.

Many people with autism also have sensory issues. These can include aversions to certain sights, sounds and other sensations.

Autism’s hallmark signs usually appear by age 2 to 3. Often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier.

If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.

– DR. STEPHEN SHORE

 

Learn the Signs

One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching.

What are the signs of autism?

The timing and severity of autism’s early signs vary widely. Some infants show hints in their first months. In others, symptoms become obvious as late as age 2 or 3.

Not all children with autism show all the signs. Many children who don’t have autism show a few. That’s why professional evaluation is crucial.

The following “red flags” may indicate your child is at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. If your child exhibits any of the following, please don’t delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation:

By 6 months

  • Few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions.
  • Limited or no eye contact.

By 9 months

  • Little or no back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions

By 12 months

  • Little or no babbling
  • Little or no back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving
  • Little or no response to name.

By 16 months

  • Very few or no words.

By 24 months

  • Very few or no meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating)

At any age

  • Loss of previously acquired speech, babbling or social skills
  • Avoidance of eye contact
  • Persistent preference for solitude
  • Difficulty understanding other people’s feelings
  • Delayed language development
  • Persistent repetition of words or phrases (echolalia)
  • Resistance to minor changes in routine or surroundings
  • Restricted interests
  • Repetitive behaviors (flapping, rocking, spinning, etc.)
  • Unusual and intense reactions to sounds, smells, tastes, textures, lights and/or colors

There is much for me to learn, but am on the basics of this all right now.   Our Son is an amazing young man, one whom I Love Dearly.   He is a 10 year old, who acts anywhere from 3-5 years old.  He is full of love, compassion and has a very sensitive heart, and it shows.  An amazing young man.  And one day, we are believing for a Miracle of healing, as we continue to help along this journey.  I have discovered a whole new community on this journey and find it quite amazing and awesome!  

More to come on this new Journey.  

Pondering

Hello All,

currently pondering a great many things.  One of which has to do with this idea of writing!   It is time to write, time to document, a time to share.   My goal is to learn to become a better writer.  An easy task, sure, but, NO!!!  LOL!

To write, to share, to discover together.  To capture your attention with the very words that are written, has always held a certain fascination for me, and am excited about this new adventure that is being embarked upon.

More to come on the writing front!!

You were born in South East Alaska if…

you know you were born in South East Alaska if:

You NEVER use an umbrella.

You wore fleece, wool and down all year around:

People get married in Carharts:

You consider 60 degrees out, “Hot!”

My favorite, “You know what Pilot Bread is.”  All too well.

We call the lower 48, “Down South”

And the people from, “Down South”  Would ask if I grew up in an Igloo?   Which I would tell them I did, a two story igloo, ate whale blubber ice cream and had penguins for pets.

LOL – the last three I did tell my friends in the South, and the last three just simply were not true.   But it was worth the reaction on their faces when that story was told.  Oh also, Penguins don’t grow up in Alaska.