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2017 JOYful Musings

Issue 5: May 31, 2017
What's Next

Issue 4: April 28, 2017
The Winds of Change

Issue 3: March 30, 2017
You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

Issue 2: February 28, 2017
The Way of the Lightworker - Anchoring in the Light

Issue 1: January 30, 2017
The Path of Harmony and Peaceful Existence

2016 JOYful Musings

Issue 12: December 31, 2016
Gather Wisdom

Issue 11: November 30, 2016
The Gifts of My Father

Issue 10: October 28, 2016
Pain is Inevitable - Suffering is Optional

Issue 9: September 30, 2016
Whatever It Takes ... No Matter What!

Issue 8: August 30, 2016
Throw Your Hat in the Ring!

Issue 7: July 29, 2016
Be "On TIME" with Your Life

Issue 6: June 30, 2016
Summertime

Issue 5: May 31, 2016
Let It Be...Find the Time

Issue 4: April 30, 2016
The Journey Continues...

Issue 3: March 31, 2016
Embracing the Unexpected - Part Deux

Issue 2: February 26, 2016
Embrace the Unexpected!

Issue 1: January 29, 2016
Supporting Your Best Life

2015 JOYful Musings

Issue 12: December 31, 2015
JOYful Reflection

Issue 11: November 30, 2015
Whatever Makes You Come Alive

Issue 10: October 30, 2015
Ask * Align * Allow

Issue 9: September 29, 2015
Who Are You Being?

Issue 8: August 28, 2015
Vibrant Health ~ Ageless Living

Issue 7: July 30, 2015
The Power of Loving, Approving and Forgiving

Issue 6: June 30, 2015
A JOYful Impact

Issue 5: May 29, 2015
Joie de Vivre

Issue 4: April 30, 2015
The Best Version of You!

Issue 3: March 31, 2015
Align Your Feelings with Your Desires

Issue 2: February 26, 2015
Claim Your Power

Issue 1: January 30, 2015
The Gift of Release

2014 JOYful Musings

Issue 12: December 31, 2014
Profound Life Lessons from 2014

Issue 11: November 26, 2014
The Power of GRATITUDE

Issue 10: October 31, 2014
Resilience with a Capital "R"

Issue 9: September 26, 2014
It's All About Perspective

Issue 8: August 28, 2014
Always Follow the Energy

Issue 7: July 30, 2014
Ways of the Spiritual Explorer

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Issue 6: June 29, 2014
Keeping It Simple

Issue 5: May 28, 2014
Decide to Live!

Issue 4: April 30, 2014
The Next Step ~ The Newest Chapter Unfolds

Issue 3: March 28, 2014
The Art of Discernment ~ Cultivating Your Authentic Self

Issue 2: February 26, 2014
Connecting to JOY

Issue 1: January 31, 2014
The Art of Mindfulness

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Be "On TIME" with Your Life

July 29, 2016

Hello JOYful Souls! In last month's JOYful Musings, I wrote about my decision to slow down and take a little break. The plan was to take some much needed time for a bit of pampering and self-care in order to revive and recharge my spirit along with a renewal and replenishing of my worn out physical being. I've been doing my best to realize that objective in several ways, including taking care of some deep emotional healing as well.

Things have actually been quite a roller coaster ride which is often the case when you're doing any kind of restorative work, but I'm finally seeing and feeling that I'm making progress, giant strides in many ways on my path of restoration and healing. Many "Aha" moments and powerful insights have come to me just when I needed them and I am beyond thankful for all my earth angel friends and the numerous non-physical supporters who have been traveling beside me every step of the way. I now have a richer understanding and appreciation for the expression "it takes a village".




I have developed a daily practice over the years of tuning in each morning in various ways for a bit of reflection and guidance. Sometimes it's meditation, prayer, quiet time listening to my favorite music or perhaps a little inspirational reading. It's my time to plug in and connect with my soul, my inner guidance, the Divine. A few years ago I was actually given my own personal nickname for All That Is to use as I begin my daily ritual. It's GUS. It stands for God, the Universe and Source all rolled into one short but sweet acronym. Somehow, it makes me feel more comfortable and at ease when I use that particular title. It was given to me when I asked one day if there was a special word I could have for myself that would reflect my personal spiritual views and feelings about what the Divine means to me. GUS fits me perfectly!

I grew up going to a private parochial school until the age of 14 where the explanation of God was presented to us in catechism class as being a very judgmental God, vengeful and punishing, and One to be greatly feared. I don't ever remember being told that God could be loving, kind, inspiring, etc. Not surprisingly, the word God was one which I did not feel at all comfortable using for a very long time. My intuitive sense and inner knowing have always subscribed to the notion that love and only unconditional love is what GUS is really all about.

I will cop to the possibility of having a selective memory in this particular instance, as all the negative views that the teachers tried to impress upon my young and tender heart scared the bejesus out of me. They also didn't make any sense to me at all. I can vividly recall saying to myself one day in the third grade during Religion class that I did not believe what the teacher was trying to convey to us and I vowed in that moment to make it my quest to find my own answers when it came to the subject of all things Divine. And I was somehow confident that I undoubtedly would. It has actually been a driving force in my life in my search for Truth with a capital "T".




One day not long ago as I was in the midst of communing with GUS, I was given a message, "Be 'On TIME' with your life". The words promptly came rushing in to my mind on a giant whiteboard, spelled out in bold letters just as I've typed them here, with the word TIME in all caps. I usually ask every day, "What do I most need to know today?" But on that particular morning I had asked for some advice about going forward on my journey of taking time out for me and the task of reclaiming my life and the healing that was needed as a result of all that had gone on during the past several months. And in retrospect, it's been years in the making of coming to this point in time where I needed to stop and take care of some soul sculpting, some remodeling and tweaking of sorts. The time was ripe. I wanted to take care of business and I wanted to get 'er done now! It was absolutely the right time.

You always know that it is because you can feel a genuine willingness in your being, an urgency and a firm resolve to just do it! It happens when you are in tune and totally in sync with your intuitive promptings. You can feel it in every fiber of your being because you are living in a state of total trust. Besides, this was a message that came down the pipeline directly from the Big Kahuna, GUS. I've never, ever had an experience where following any and all heavenly advice has led me astray. Cross my heart!

So just what exactly was this heavenly communication telling me? After some contemplation and a little help from a few of my earth angel friends, I knew precisely what it meant. To be 'On TIME' with your life for me means to stay in alignment, to be present with what's going on, whatever life has presented just for me to attend to each day, in every moment. It also means not getting caught up or obsessed with what happened yesterday, last week, last month or a lifetime ago. To let that go, let it be and also not to get ahead of myself being overly concerned or consumed with the future and all the 'what ifs' that may or may not come up.




As I mentioned before, I've received many powerful insights and "aha" moments just when I needed them and I realized that although this has happened for me over and over again throughout the many years I have been on this spiritual quest to discover my own answers regarding all things Divine, I am even more excited and profoundly grateful for all the love, guidance and support I've received recently.

I am more mindful and aligned with the belief that life just keeps on getting better and better if we choose to keep moving forward, onward and upward. And not in spite of all the challenges or perceived problems along the way, but precisely because it is the challenges and supposed difficulties that push us to grow, that make us become more when we rise to the occasion and take responsibility for our part in all that is happening in our reality. We are continually drawing to us opportunities which allow us to stand up and declare, express and demonstrate who we really are.

Truthfully, we need these experiences to fully realize, uncover and discover our true essence at the very core of our precious being. Life is not happening to us but for us and is always conspiring on our behalf. I love how that realization makes me feel - comforted, supported, guided and so very much loved in every way. I stand in total trust that all is unfolding exactly as it needs to for the greatest and grandest expansion and growth of my soul.




And I have GUS to thank for all the amazing and insightful guidance that comes my way in many entertaining and varied forms. The messages arrive most clearly when I'm in alignment with receiving what I most need to know and heeding that whiteboard memo: "Be 'On TIME' with your life" ... woo-hoo!




Be "On TIME" with Your Life

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

5:30 PM (Pacific)
8:30 PM (Eastern)


FREE one hour teleseminar

Let's get together with an informal evening of a short guided meditation and then on to mini-readings for those who wish to explore what they most need to know in regard to being "On TIME with your life!

You always have the option of stepping up and asking a question, sharing or just participating as an interested and supportive audience member. I hope you'll decide to join us on the call ... we always end up bringing in some wisdom for each of us and have a great time in the process!


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Quotes to Ponder


The difficulties of life are intended to make us better - not bitter.
~John C. Maxwell

Every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
~Brian Tracy

Your soul has great plans for you. Trust it (and GUS) to show you the way!
~Sherri Bishop

We do not heal the past by dwelling there; we heal the past by fully living in the present.
~Marianne Williamson

Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.
~Gary Zukav





So Remember...


... once we align with life in the present, face the challenges and problems we encounter and take responsibility for where we are - we can then move forward in miraculous ways as we grow and expand our souls ... whoopee!

Mark your calendar for my next teleseminar, Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 5:30 PM (PST) and join me for a JOYful evening filled with inspiration, information and more!



May each day bring you more JOY, unexpected and happy surprises and...
...the next step for Livin' in the FUN Zone!


In JOY,

Sherri