My Life as a Pivot

My Life as a Pivot

 

I am pivoted from one location, to another. I turn, and move suddenly to a new route. I change. 

May is the month of graduation ceremonies.  Nearly 3 decades ago, I walked down the aisle in my cap and gown to receive my third, and final, degree.  The formal procession marked the end of 9 years of diligent work in which I earned 3 university degrees at 2 different universities, in 2 different states.  Of course, I was happy to reach the lofty educational goals I set.  But, even so, I had a strange sense of loss because I was leaving the environment of being a student in the myriad of classrooms over those years. I loved being a student. When that final diploma was in my hand, I knew I stood at a fork in the road. This achievement meant that I had reached dividing point between my student-centered life of studies and my new academic life as a professional educator.

 

When students begin to pursue the academic goals that lead to a college degree, they decide to embrace a future-centered environment that will involve them in life-long learning.

I eventually understood that even as a first semester freshmen, a university student is already a professional. It is the decision to begin this journey that propels a student into a professional. It is the decision that marks the change and not the receipt of the final degree.  The final graduation ceremony was the turning point for me because it signified a momentous modification in direction. I mourned the loss of being in a classroom, as a student, for many years. Honestly, I wanted to be a student forever.

On reflection of those years, I can say I wrote more research papers than I can remember. Writing and researching various topics in my fields of fine arts and humanities motivated me and urged me onward in pursuit of wisdom.

I thrived on doing research at the library; searching through the pages of various periodicals or books was a passion.

In the process of writing papers, I discovered new research.  I felt like an archaeologist digging in a multi-layered excavation site. Every page I turned just might lead to a new discovery.  New discoveries revealed a new set of questions and new paths to pursue.

We often find hidden pathways and ancient passages in the debris and dust we gather as we write our papers. There is always something that compels us to explore.  Dig deeper. In the course of researching and writing papers, I experienced the unexpected or unknown.  It is in these pivots of our life that we encounter our true self as we continually ask:

“What if?”  “Now what?” “Where will this lead me?”  “What is this world view?”

Miriam Webster’s Dictionary reveals that a pivot can be a noun or a verb. Yes, I can see it both ways but when I think of this word, pivot, I feel like an action is taking place. This word indicates a movement, to me. Research brings me to new information. New conclusions.

 

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“Thanks for rejoicing with me today.  Isn’t God so wonderful!”

Romans 8:28

 

 

 

An Intentional Year! 2017

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2017 – INTENTIONAL

INSPIRATIONAL

SUCCESSFUL – 2017

CHANGE Our THOUGHT LIFE

Let’s agree to enjoy a tremendously successful 2017.

I’ve worked last week on setting my “intentions” for this year.
My list is finished now and I recorded my INTENTIONS for 2017  into a word document.
My list of intentions is on my computer in a FILE. where I can have a LOOK  at it periodically during the year.

SPEAK EACH INTENTION  OUT LOUD

Yes! Speak them out loud! I consider them as already manifest in my life. It is not a wish list or a list of resolutions and not even a goal plan. It is far more. Intentions have WINGS.
I consider them as already ACCOMPLISHED  in my life.

What it is NOT:

Your List of INTENTIONS  is not a wish list

Not a list of New Year’s resolutions

Not a goal plan

It is far more. Intentions have WINGS.

I’ll have a LOOK  at my  LIST  periodically during the year.  I speak them out loud and I consider them as already manifest in my life. It is not a wish list or a list of resolutions and not even a goal plan. It is far more. Intentions have WINGS.
I speak them out loud and I consider them as already accomplished.

Will YOU join me in 2017?

Have you considered setting your own intentions?

Just ONE MORE Thing

While you are setting your INTENTIONS, why not also give yourself ONE WORD for the year?

The “ONE WORD” you choose will become your reality in 2017.

My “one word” for the year is “INTENTIONAL.”

This is my 3rd year to embrace ONE WORD that will be for ME during the entire year.
(My word for 2015 was Exuberance 2016 was Extraordinary; 2017 is Intentional)
You can find more information on how to set your intentions & recognize your desires in a small book that I recommend.

Deepak Chopra’s book:

Seven Spiritual Laws for Success

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

In particular, Chapter 5:  “The Law of Intention & Desire.” In just over 100 pages, Chopra covers all bases and lays down a clear path to follow. I return to this book again and again. I find it to be useful for all areas of life.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT

Caution: Do NOT tell anyone about your intentions or what they are!
Keep them to yourself.
Next year at this time, you’ll be so happy to share them and let your friends & family know how you achieved the wonderful success you have.
Happy New Year to all! I hope to hear from you NEXT YEAR  to let me know how it is going for your own life!
Read MORE about Setting Intentions &
Choosing One Word: Just One Word, Please!
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    Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage (Kota Press)
    Walking by Inner Vision: Stories of Light and Dreams (to be released in early 2017)
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Goals or Intentions?

Goals or Intentions?

What’s the DIFFERENCE?

Goals are NOT Intentions. 

Intentions are NOT Goals!

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

What’s the BIG DEAL?   Well, it is a very big deal and can make all the difference in the world as to How you ENVISION  your life: what you DO;  Who you ARE;  What you will BE,

I will be important to know the differences between two words that many people misunderstand. 

The two words are not  interchangeable.

Knowing the difference can make a remarkable change in your life this year.

 

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What is a TRIGGER for Transformation?

 

I would like to explore this idea with you today!

 

 

 

 

 

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Lynda  McKinney Lambert 

I feel like a star  and I love to sparkle.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Bob Lambert, 2015

Lynda’s Bio

Lynda McKinney Lambert – author of “Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage” published by  Kota Press. To order, click here:  Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
Lynda  authors two blogs on writing, the humanities, arts, and faith.
She is a freelance writer and her poetry and essays appear in numerous books and literary journals.  She is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities and she exhibits her fiber arts in exhibitions worldwide.
Currently, Lynda  has two books in development for publication in late 2016.

If you would like a signed copy of my book, contact me for information.

On When the Bear Goes Over the Mountain…

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The Bear Goes Over the Mountains, to see what she can see…

Can you SING along with me?  

OH, the bear goes over the mountain

the bear goes over the mountain,

The bear goes over the mountain, to see what she can see…

Did YOU ever sing this little song when you were a kid? I sure did!

Click on this link to hear the song and sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGJuoodm_BM

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Well, OK, I hope you took the little side trip and saw the video and now you have a happy heart and a joyful spirit after singing along. It’s good for my spirit to be a child again this morning and spend some time just singing along and watching a video that is so cheerful and happy. Isn’t it?

Take a deep breath now, and RELAX.  Go ahead, and do it a few more times. Let your hands go limp, relax your feet and legs, breathe in and HOLD IT, and then slowly EXHALE.  OH, it feels so good!

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This morning, Mama Bear  (that would be me, of course) climbed  back  over the MOUNTAIN and ARRIVED at  January 6, 2014. The climb up that mountain is treacherous and at times I thought I might not make it all the way up. I slipped backwards a few times, made mistakes, stumbled, fell, and got discouraged. But then, I decided to pick me up and keep on going UP. I INTENDED to reach the top of the mountain, and so I did. Now, what do I see from here?

  On my other  blog, Walking by Inner Vision, I saw  what I could see.   I saw dreams and goals at the top of the mountain and I saw me as I sat at my computer writing my first  blog article for 2014, just one year ago.  Today,  Mama Bear stands  at the beginning of 2015.  I can see over that mountain through all the months that brought me here to where I stand today.

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 There was only ONE THING I planned to concentrate on for the entire year –

The Essence of Intentions.  Today, my intentions are stronger and wiser than they were a year ago. I have grown. 

 May I suggest that we spend a few days, right now, to map out the journey YOU will be taking in 2015? If you have not yet done it – this might be the day.

 INTENTION  begins the moment when we decide to take the action of thinking about what we want to do, where we want to go, and what we might become in the future.

Oh, I know, it is so easy to make excuses for our failures, but please don’t bother to even think of failures or short comings, any  inability to deal with your life! Please don’t be so hard on yourself.  When I am walking the dogs and they sniff into things that are not good for them, I say, “Leave  It”  and that means – move on!

A long time ago the brilliant  author and Nazi death camp survivor, Corrie ten Boom, was thinking about her mistakes  and failures, and then she remembered what the Bible teaches us. Corrie  said that -after we recognize we have sinned, we can ask God  for forgiveness –  and then she said “God has buried our sins in the deepest sea and he has put up a sign  that says, “NO FISHING.”  My dear friends, please think of that and don’t go fishing for what has already been forgotten. Your mistakes are buried, never to be revealed again so the next time you try to dredge them up, say to yourself, “leave it.”

The only person who can CONTROL each of your DAYS, and how you think of them,  is YOU! Your day is your choice, so choose what makes you delighted.

Don’t be afraid of failure. Write your INTENTIONS out and keep them on your mind for the following year and a year from now, you can climb the mountain and see what you can see. I think you will like the view from the TOP of the MOUNTAIN!

 Be GOOD to yourself!

  How can we determine what our INTENTIONS will be?

 We begin by asking ONLY ONE question:

 “What will I GIVE?” 

 What is it that you want to GIVE to OTHERS  this year?

 The only thing we know for sure is that we have this moment, today. We have no assurance that we will see another day, as we consider our intentions for the unknown future we imagine we may have.

  Sit down today and begin to write YOUR INTENTIONS down. 

Sit down today and think about your lifestyle, your gifts, your talents,  and write down how  to  make a difference in your own life and GIVE from your HEART to others.  What do YOU have to share?  Everyone already has things to give. What will be your gifts for others this year?

 I  have created  a list of my own intentions for this year.  I’ll be walking on the HIGH ROAD, and it will be STEEP at times, and sometimes even frightening, but I will keep on going. How about YOU?

What path will you CHOOSE to be walking on this year?  I choose the mountain path…to see what I can see. BLOG_2015_Road_Mountains_PHOTO

 I’ll share a few of my intentions with you, and others are mine alone to keep in my heart – between me and God.  All of my intentions are based on my love of art, music, philosophy, and faith.  My faith in Jesus Christ and His guidance form my life is the core of my world view.

Each of my intentions recognizes the gifts I was given by God, and my desire to follow the path He has for my life. that

1.) I INTEND to spend some time in silence and prayer each day. If only for short periods of time – maybe I’ll begin by sitting quietly in a secluded place where I can be alone for awhile. Silence is where we can be open to the leading of God in our life.  I can begin by just sitting alone for 15 minutes, twice a day.

2.) I INTEND  to nurture my own creative spirit  through art and writing time. When we get quiet and begin to do creative work, we find we pass into a place that is “timelessness.”  There is nothing else in our life that is as important as spending some time alone to experience what creativity can do for our spirit and in our life.

For me, that means I’ll be working on art projects in my studio; reading GREAT books in my library; writing my TWO BLOGS; getting my work PUBLISHED in books and periodicals; displaying my ART in galleries and museums, and whatever else may come Up that will be a nice surprise for me this year.  (God has great surprises and HE is always right on time.)

3.) I intend to REST each day, to restore and refresh  my inner being.  Life is not about what we DO as much as  who we ARE inside, in our thoughts and our intentions;  I’ll stay focused on BEing  rather than DOing this year.

4.) I INTEND to surround myself with friends who are like-minded, those who  love the Arts and Faith –  those who sow seeds of Faith,  encouragement and  life.  That means I won’t be reading or watching  things that tear down, demean, or dishonor people of good will.  Life or death is in our tongue and in the words we say.  I’ll choose life!

5.) I INTEND  to read rigorous texts and follow the trail of ideas that have come to us from centuries before we lived.  There is nothing that exists today that does not have an historical context.  I have set a goal and made a list of the books I will read this year.

6.) I INTEND, THIS YEAR,   to financially and physically  support  ONLY charities in my own locale –  people in my own community and state are worthy to receive our help and it’s part of being  a good citizen to help them as we can.  My focus for gifting will be on

1.) animal protection and rescue in our county

2.) regional art organizations

3.) institutions of higher learning in our area.

Bob and I believe  in building strong communities and it begins at HOME as we all pitch in to make our HOME a better place to BE.  We will be buying all we can locally. We want to support local people. We love our village, our small western Pennsylvania city, our state and this is where we chose to spend our lives so of course, we want to make it better.  We are proud to live in Ellwood City, PA and we are committed to bringing honor to our own community organizations.  We love our neighbors and we love our community and our state. We have a grateful and thankful heart for them all.

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If you want to see what my INTENTIONS were for last year you can go here and read them:

http://lyndalambert.com/the-essence-of-our-intentions/

The Candle of Preparation

Advent – Week 2

GET READY!

So, yes, this day begins the SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT and now the second Advent candle will be lit!  A miraculous world changing event will   take place..

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The second Advent candle represents how God prepared to send a Savior into the world and how God kept his promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem.  Yet, before a promise can be realized, special and careful preparations must be laid in advance. We can find the announcement of what God had in mind long before the actual birth of Christ.

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As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘ (Luke 3:4-6)

As a vital part of keeping the promise, preparations were made by God in advance. Three kings were summoned to take a journey that would end up in Bethlehem, in a stable, where they would see the promised child.

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Three Kings  prepared for their journey by selecting precious, costly gifts;  they intended to offer the gifts to this child-king. The gifts were selected, and their long journey by night began as they traveled  towards Bethlehem. The traveling kings  had  the best GPS system of all –  the bright, enormous star  in the heavens!

“An old idea must die.  The three wise men had to give up the present world view when they embraced Christianity,”  T.S. Eliot said.

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Currently, I’ve been  reading The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck, MD. I read the book when it was first  published in the late 1970’s.  The book is  so successful that he  revised it in honor of the 25th year of the first publication.   I read the revised  book two more times, this month.

As I work on this series of essays on ADVENT, I find Peck’s  thoughts on  miracles timely. I am certain we must have a consciousness of miracles to understand the Christmas story. And, where do we find this kind of belief in the twenty-first century world view?

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Peck  wrote:

“I am certain that miracle abound.

We are assisted in miraculous ways.

If we remain open, then we will see miracles.

If we routinely look at ordinary experiences, we will begin to see the miraculous.”

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Sometimes, I am making art all night long in my dreams. There have been nights when,  in my dreams, I was shown how to do a new technique I had never seen before, or, I was  given exciting ideas for a work of art. At times, I saw myself from a vantage point above, apart from my artist self who was creating a painting. It was as though  I was given lessons and shown how to do it by my dreaming self.  M. Scott Peck, MD.  wrote of such dreams  and dream-instructions that originate from deep within our subconscious mind.  The subconscious part of our mind, he contends,  is over 90 percent of our brain. That leaves only 10 percent of our brain for the conscious level that we use and are aware of continuously.

I have a hunch that it was through the subconscious mind  (Peck says it is  where the SPIRIT dwells in humans)  that the three kings were inspired to start out on this most unusual journey.  Were they shown images of what they would discover when they arrived? I think, maybe so! They definitely had Divine guidance and perfect timing.    Was this the place from which the wise men were guided as they looked into the miraculous night sky with the star that was there as a visual landmark for them to follow?  Miracles are found when we are open to the ordinary and everyday. From the beginning o9f the Bible, In Genesis, we are told repeatedly to look towards the heavens for miraculous events in the Sun, Moon, and Stars.  I intend to keep looking!

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Preparation means to “get ready.”  God takes our passions and our desires and He makes a way for us to live the life we were meant to have from the beginning.   The   Three KINGS had no “Plan B” – no “back-up plan.” I am sure of it!  They were on a mission and it was “Plan A” all the way! What are your plans? What have you been preparing for? What are your dreams?  Bring them to the one who has a PLAN A for you life.

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Far away from Bethlehem, on  an island in the Atlantic Ocean, Christians celebrate Christmas and Epiphany in Puerto Rico.  They commemorate the ancient journey to Bethlehem.

One of the most exciting courses I had the privilege of teaching at Geneva College, in Pennsylvania, was a team –taught course. This travel/study course  focused on Puerto Rico  culture. Our teaching team consisted of a  variety of colleagues from numerous disciplines in Humanities and the sciences. We  offered the course every spring semester. As part of that course, students traveled with us to Puerto Rico.  Once we arrived, we spent ten days working in various cities and locations on the island.

One of the  traditions that thrilled me is the making of SANTOS by Puerto Rican artisans. I  came  back home every year with some new ones I purchased on the trip.  One of the themes that is very popular for SANTOS is the THREE KINGS.  I bought the SANTOS in local stores and in museum gift shops on the island  and they have a prominent place in my home.

GE DIGITAL CAMERASANTOS  are  hand carved  religious sculptures, of saints. Most are  painted wood statues. They are traditionally twelve  inches or less in height.  Each is signed by the artist who made it, and each is one-of-a-kind art.

For the theme of Advent this week, I thought about the many steps of PREPARATION that an artist takes when she decides  to make a painting. Decisions must be made about what to paint it picture on?  What kind of paints to use?  What colors will be best to create a mood?  What utensils will  do the best effect?  What size should it be? Preparations lead the way to what will become a work of art, eventually.  The artist begins the journey after the plans are set for the painting.

Blog_2014_Advent2_TheThreeKingsPhotoThe final thing I want to share with you today is  music that celebrates the Preparation and Hope of the two Advent candles we have lit. You can continue, below, and find some links to music and art.

Light  the 2nd candle and think about the meaning of it this week.

Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xtpJ4Q_Q-444

This link will take you to a performance of the same Christmas Carol and there are images of Medieval stained glass windows. Be sure to watch the images with the music and you will see many ways a rose has been depicted in them. We discovered the meaing of the Rose in my previous essay for the Fist Week of Advent – symbolic of Hope.

Roses appear  in the hair and halo of women;  in bouquets; and clothing ornaments  in the colorful mosaic  pictures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q6iesplJRM

You may love to visit another blog and see more about Puerto Rico and how Christmas is celebrated on that island. If so, you can visit, “Day by Day with Maria.”  It’s  a blog by  María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda

http://daybydaywithmaria.blogspot.com/2013/01/los-tres-santos-reyes.html

On January 6, in Puerto Rico, the Christians will celebrate the arrival of the THREE KINGS who reached their travel’s end in Bethlehem.

Here is a song of celebration that the Christians in Puerto Rico sing on January 6th

http://daybydaywithmaria.blogspot.com/2013/01/los-tres-santos-reyes.html