Rise Above…

Rise Above post 2   Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

                                                                                                                                 Mother Teresa

It used to bother me as a little girl when someone was angry with me or if someone in school did not like me. I would approach the person whenever I could, determined to make them like me or try to figure out what I had done. It was as if I could not be at peace until I figured it out. But greater still, was the feeling of overwhelming love that canceled out any fear or awkwardness to approach them. As a child, I did not wonder if my actions were appropriate or if I may be crossing over a line. It just felt right, and it felt wrong not to do something about it.

Over the years, the scales that cover the eyes, the wounds that callous the heart, and the mind that is preoccupied with judgments, opinions, and a myriad of other cloaks that supposedly self preserve unknowingly create a chasm between the innocent child and the overanalyzing adult.  Time wears down the bridge between the two a pebble at a time, and a hurt at a time, until the love, still there, ebbs and flows rather than the bright light that once burned in our hearts towards actions we need not have thought twice about. Fortunately, surrounding us in every moment, there are the reminders that the two are still connected.

It is not easy when someone’s words have hurt us, or actions have angered us to the point that we “cut them off” or immediately begin to question the “agendas” of everyone around us. Needless to say, we can find ourselves gradually and eventually behind these bars of suspicion or worse yet, walking a barren land devoid of relationships, no longer willing to try. This is when we must realize we have a choice, to continue to walk through the repetitive and energy draining bitterness or to rise above the sea of life and all that flows within it from a perspective of love.

When I would come home from school crying from an unkind word, or even in later years angry over a situation, my mother would always tell me, “You have to rise above.” The words fell on deaf ears for many years, until finally the meaning took root. It doesn’t matter what the other person is doing or what the circumstance is, it is the power in our hearts to overcome that is important. We always have that choice. While not always easy, the light that we find, and continue to hold out in front of us becomes brighter and brighter the more we let it burn.  Eventually, the scales fall, the wounds heal, the mind rests, and we find our way back over the bridge with a childlike joy and an eagerness to love.

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53 Responses to Rise Above…

  1. shoe1000 says:

    Thank you dear friend. Your love light shines so strong into my world.

  2. shoe1000 says:

    When my wonderful friend Ajaytao, nominated ME for THIS award, at first I thought he is crazy. Doesnt he read what I/we write? Then I thought of three people who help give me peace when I read their words. You, Aka Teraka and busymindthinking do that for me. Please accept this as sign of gratitude for what you bring to me, and I am sure so, so many others.
    I Nominate you for a Special Award . If you would be so kind as to please accept it with no conditions whatsoever.
    there are no linkbacks or requirements for this award, so do with it as you deem necessary

  3. Ajaytao2010 says:

    I Nominate you for a Special Bouquet of Awards – 3 Nominations

    please accept it and oblige

    there are no linkbacks for this award


  4. So true if we only allow ourselves to open our hearts and minds.

  5. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Oh dear Ginny such a beautiful write up as well the most beautiful video

  6. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Reblogged this on Ajaytao 2010 and commented:
    this is a most beautiful video please watch it

  7. prayingforoneday says:

    Reblogged this on Looking for reasoning to a complicated world and commented:
    A touching post. Please read it, and also watch the video at the bottom.. The video has made me cry happy tears. Happy that in our World that these acts of kindness are around us. What you will see in this video will bring you to tears, good tears. Don’t be afraid to cry, don’t be ashamed to show emotion. This emotion is but a part of our condition, to deny it is to deny ourselves love. Thank you for posting this to me. On a night where I am in “Deep thinking “mode, this video made me cry happy tears. Thank you xx

  8. prayingforoneday says:

    I reblogged this.
    You just brought a Scotsman to tears. But happy tears.
    Thank you soo much for sharing this. This give me hope, it should give us all hope.
    It was just beautiful to read and that video. WOW..Is that not something..

    X Thank you x

  9. inavukic says:

    Just wonderful. Thank you

  10. mkesling63 says:

    If somebody is offended it is up to them to say so not you to worry whether or not you have. That inablity to speak up is their problem not yours.

  11. Beautiful heartfelt, my father use to say that the bully is suffering and must be having a tough time at home, all they need is love and understanding. I still sense when someone does not like me. As a child it upset me, but now I realise no matter what, we all come from the same beam of energy, we are all one pure light. Hopefully one day we will treat our fellow human beings with more compassion, love and understanding. Thanks for a lovely post.

  12. Steven Sawyer says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am just finding your blog and I look forward to being blessed as some of your other readers have already commented. God bless.

    • Thank you Steven. I’ve enjoyed yours as well.

      • Steven Sawyer says:

        Thanks, I look forward to reading more of your stuff. I’d like to swap emails and stay in touch. I am very impressed with your awesome credentials. Your life and experience sounds very interesting. Are you on LinkedIn? I did not check that out. Here’s my email if you are interested in corresponding. I can’t wait to read more of your blog. Frankly, I don’t see how you have the time to do all you do. I’m retired and my wife and I keep our granddaughter two days a week and I barely have time for anything else besides that and choir and teaching 4th and 5th graders at church. Then, when I read all the things you do and your credentials I was awed. I look forward to more correspondence with you. God bless.

      • Hi Steven,
        No I am not on linked in yet, but will be soon. I am on Twitter and Facebook however. I look forward to exchanging information and thoughts. I try to post and delve in the “blogosphere” as often as I can, but unfortunately am not able to as much as I’d like. There are so many wonderful people blogging, talented in so many ways. It’s a pleasure to interact with them. God Bless you and I look forward to more conversations. 🙂

      • Steven Sawyer says:

        Thank you. I’m on twitter at stevesaw3, Facebook at Steven Tom Sawyer and my email is: stevesawforhim@gmail.com. I’m on LinkedIn @ steven sawyer. I look forward to conversing further, although I am not surprised that your time is limited. That’s okay. Any time you can chat, I’m usually available. I don’t work now and my wife and I are usually home days except Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Sundays until after church.

      • Steven Sawyer says:

        I also have Skype at stevesaw3
        And I have been using the video chat on Facebook lately. I’ve found that to be a great way to talk face-to-face. I like it better than texting or email.

  13. meiro says:

    Though heartbreaking but it’s so lovely.
    Thank you my friend, a wonderful piece.

    With regards,

  14. Terry says:

    Once again you have proven life is truly not a piece of cake. We grow, we hurt, and we learn to rise above. An excellent post my friend

  15. Sot wonderfully beautiful and inspiring. 🙂

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  17. Jamie Dedes says:

    My mom used to say “rise above” too. It was good advice. Still is.

    FYI: That’s one of my favorite YouTube videos. Lovely.

  18. Jill London says:

    Beautiful post. I always felt the same way as a child so I understand where you’re coming from. Loved the video, that dog has been a loving parent at some point in one of its lives 🙂

  19. Ajaytao2010 says:

    I Nominate you for Bouquet of Super Awards – 27 Nominations

    please choose any 3 awards out of the 27
    accept it and oblige

    there are no linkbacks for this award


    • Thank you Ajay. I really appreciate it. I will be adding on the awards this weekend. I love blogging-just not enough hours in the day! Thank you for thinking of me once again my friend. I wish India were a little closer. 🙂 Nonetheless, I’m having a cup of coffee with you right now. Of course, you’re sleeping..tee hee. 🙂

      • Ajaytao2010 says:

        oh dear Ginny you are a absolutely wonderful soul
        thank you so much dear, sisters like you make ny life wonderful

        Love Ajay

  20. eternalcadence says:

    so true…beautifully written.. i really enjoyed reading it 🙂

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