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Joe Gallagher Jr.

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  2. 2 Allyson 05:02
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Working Through Ego 

I’m receiving gifts and blessings everyday and it’s overwhelming.  I’m not complaining but there’s just been a lot to process.  It’s gonna sound strange but I’ve had a fear of success.  The unknown territory, the promised land, for a long time, has just been a theory, hope or wish.   What is my life going to be like when I accomplish my professional goals?  How are people going to treat me?  I have to remember to stay grounded and not get swept away by compliments.  Trust me, my ego is alive and well and it wants to tell me that my success was all my doing but it wasn’t.  I had lots of help.  I guess keeping an attitude of gratitude is the principle I must try my hardest to practice.    Sure, it feels good hearing from other people how well I’m doing but it actually makes me uncomfortable.  Humility is not something that comes natural to me.  Being cocky and arrogant is my default setting, being humble is not, but I have to stay humble in order to keep the gifts that are being given.  There’s so much to learn on this journey called life.  I’m not going to be perfect at it so I have to accept my humanity and try my best to be a better person everyday.  I have to do the next right thing for the people around me to show how grateful I am.

One Day at a Time 

Living one day, one hour, one minute at a time is the only way I can stay grounded.  If I start projecting into the future and worrying about things to come, I get lost in space somewhere.  Planning or mapping out a path to success and visualizing what the future will look like are all fine and well but I can’t get stuck on living in the future.  It’s not here yet.  Being present, in the here and now, is key to my serenity.  Like future tripping, morbidly reflecting on the past can be overwhelming as well.  Sure, I can go back into the past and hit my head against the wall wondering what could’ve been but where does that get me?  I think I can use the past as a tool to change my present but outside of that, it does me no good to dwell.  Experiences are an important factor when considering the current state of my affairs and they can help other people avoid pitfalls, there are some benefits to recalling those things.  For me, I have to constantly observe how I’m being of maximum service to my Creator and fellow human being.  Am I doing all I can to be honest, humble and grateful?  Am I believing and being what the Universe wants me to be?  Am I acting upon a calling that enlightens other humans?  If I answer ‘yes’ to all these questions, I am aware of a presence.  And the present is the gift.  Past and future can circle about overhead while I stand straight and take steps towards my higher self.  Acceptance is the answer to all my problems.

Independence Day 

Even warriors get bogged down.  The fluidity of life is sometimes gradual and sometimes abrupt.  This week has kicked my ass.  Without any notice, I got thrown off my routine and I’ve been trying to get back on it like a desperate swimmer, drowning and reaching for the life ring.  Maybe I was thinking too highly of myself and my achievements.  Perhaps my ego was in full swing and I needed a reality check.  Yes, even I can falter.  It’s ok.  No matter what happens, I have to continue to accept the turbulence, trust the process and try to realize where I may have gone wrong.  For me, self confidence can be a booby trap in disguise.  I can have a succession of victories and start taking all the credit when the credit due is more His (my higher power) than mine.  Is it necessary to believe in oneself?  Absolutely!  Is it wrong to believe in oneself so much that you forget who gave you the ability to do so?  Let’s just say it becomes apparent when narcissism overrides what little humility I have acquired.  Staying humble is a tall order especially when successes seem like it was all my doing.  To be honest, I’ve had little to do with any of my successes.  It’s all been grace.  I have to remember to be grateful that I got mercy instead of justice.  I’m blessed to be able to do what I do.  However, I can lose all the blessings just as quick as I got them if I forget to be grateful.  I don’t mean to sound like a religious zealot because I’m not one at all.   I’ve decided to live my life by spiritual principles of action and part of that practice is to admit when I’m backsliding into old behaviors.  The bottom line is to recognize where the problem is and resume living with purpose by His standards as soon as possible.   

Furthermore, today marks a day in history when perseverance, determination and purpose defied the unthinkable.  Bloodshed and tears painted the land in hopes of a promise to freedom.  Freedom didn’t come at once and it certainly wasn’t free.  First, to those who serve or have served in the military, my appreciation couldn’t be correctly captured in words.  I honor you by living a free and purposeful life regardless of what others might think.  Second, to the families who have lost their loved ones to war, your grace and dignity inspire me.  Happy 4th everyone and God Bless

Family by Joe Gallagher Sr. 

Family... 

Let's start with the definition.  The basic unit in society, traditionally consisting of two parents raising their children.  It's a group of individuals living under one roof.  There are many more versions, but this was not our goal to identify types of families.  This is just to get a better understanding of what a family consists of.   

The purpose for my blog post today was to describe what it meant to me to be a part of a family.  As a child, family meant a safe place where people cared for you.  Everything was provided.  All you had to concentrate on was exploring and having fun.   As I aged, there were more lessons to learn, that were not all fun.  Responsibility, respect, and integrity as well as identifying dangers. 

As time goes on, I spread my wings a little and realize I'm not the only one in this house.  Getting along with other family members is big deal.  We may need to sacrifice and then it starts to be clear-what's important is the common welfare of the whole family.  This may lead to looking for other places or situations where we can feel important again.  It may be achieving high levels in academics or sports, or even the streets.  It could also be a combination of things that we can all add to the list. 

One thing I learned is no one will love you like your own family.  Even the very nice, good hearted people we come across can't match the love from family.  In your family's quest to keep you safe and love you unconditionally, they will make mistakes-may even hurt you.  The hurt caused by parents is highly unlikely to be premeditated but sometimes, it can come from a sibling.  Sibling are vying for the same resources and are at a different point of their development.  They may see you as competition, but this will usually pass. 

At one point you will realize your family is always there to help, regardless of what you have done.  It is common not to appreciate the help that is offered. 

In the end, it will come full circle and you will understand that you're in a safe place.  You can allow yourself to be vulnerable and not worry about being hurt intentionally. 

Many of us concentrate on what we did not get by being part of a family.  What we forget is that the things we did, we can get help amd shape us into what we are today.  It is only when you start to raise your own family that you can grasp the dynamics.  One of the greatest tragedies is to grow up without a family because it's an incredible source of love to be a part of one. 

This blog post was not meant to cover all the examples of family life and the intention was not to leave any example out so I'll be adding to this blog on thursdays because there is plenty more we can talk about with this subject.  Thank you.  -Joseph P. Gallagher Sr.

Gifts 

Do I really deserve this?  After completely surrendering to source of power that I don’t understand in the slightest, blessings have been pouring in.  I ask this mysterious power every day to please forgive me of all my terrible mistakes (there have been hundreds) and to reveal its will for me and my life.  That’s all I’ve done and little things have been popping up left and right.  It’s like I’m following a bread crumb trail.  To where?  I don’t know.  I don’t even have to know.  I’ve given up in the fortune telling business.  Apparently I’m terrible at it.  I do know that all my dreams of freedom, the ability to live life to the fullest have come to fruition and to be honest, a part of me feels like I don’t deserve it.  But that’s not for me to decide.  This freedom and these blessings do come with a price though and it’s a price I’ll gladly pay.  Be a Good Samaritan and pass on what I’ve learned to someone else so they can enjoy the blessings too.  There’s many ways to pass this on and I just try my best daily to do that.  I take fairly good care of myself and others witness what I do.  Maybe they will adopt some of my practices.  Maybe they won’t.  Again not for me to decide.  As long as I do my part, I’m becoming a better me and that can be contagious.

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