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Dec 18,   Red Letter Days Mark Milestones
Dec 17,   Today Was a Red Letter Day
Dec 1,   the 2nd Year of My Voyage is Over
Nov 20,   I Find Family and Friends at Hallmark
Nov 5,   My Book From the Male Viewpoint
Oct 12,   Music & Movies Mark My Milestones
Sep 18,   My New Life Appears on the Horizon
Aug 23,   Life is a Pathway with Many Forks
Aug 21,   The Importance of Doing My Best
Aug 4,   Life Imitates Hello Myrmidon
Aug 1,   Writing a Book Has Changed My Life
Jun 13,   Plants are Amazing Creatures
May 25,   Will You Accept My Apology?
May 1,   A Journal is a Window on Your Life
Apr 30,   A Road Trip to Shangri La
Apr 25,   Movies as Matchmakers
Apr 23,   Me at Seventy-Three!!!
Apr 19,   Make Time for Your Friends
Apr 14,   Can One Make a Difference?
Apr 9,   a snipit from HELLO MYRMIDON
Apr 1,   What Price Glory, Sweat, Tears
Mar 30,   To Retrieve or Not Retrieve
Mar 29,   Discourse on Decisions
Mar 25,   Memory Retrieval
Mar 24,   I Join the World Community
Mar 22,   Website Lessons
Mar 3,   My Miracles, Part 2
Mar 2,   My Miracles, Part 1
Feb 9,   Phones of Old, Part 2
Feb 8,   Phones of Old, Part 1
Feb 7,   Twitterpated!!!
Jan 25,   Jacob and Esau, Part 2
Jan 10,   A New Goal?
Jan 9,   My Earliest Memories
Dec 31,   2016: Successes and Failures
Dec 30,   2016: My Self-Discovery
Dec 28,   I Finally Hear My Angels
Dec 27,   Angels and Me
Dec 26,   Angels Inspire Me
Dec 24,   the Littlest Angel
Dec 23,   Story of My Name Part 3
Dec 22,   Story of My Name Part 2
Dec 21,   Story of My Name Part 1
Dec 19,   Prior Challenges Part 2
Dec 17,   Prior Challenges Part 1
Dec 16,   My Website Challenge
Dec 15,   Astrological Review of 2016
Dec 14,   North Coast Winter
Dec 13,   an Angelic Intervention
Dec 12,   Birth of HELLO MYRMIDON
Dec 11,   Christmas Lights Fade
Dec 10,   Christmas Art Project
Dec 9,   Finding a Perfect Tree
Dec 7,   Christmas with KW
Dec 6,   Christmas around the World
Dec 4,   Mom’s Story Part 2
Dec 3,   Mom’s Christmas Story Part 1
Dec 2,   Ghosts of Christmas Past
Dec 1,   My First Blog

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Mar 24,   SusanDay on Being a Grandparent

24th Jan Jacob and Esau, Part 1

The launch of the new website is tentatively set for a week from today. Eek! I don’t know whether to be ecstatically happy, or frozen with fear and trepidation. All I know is that it has dominated my thoughts and my energy for weeks in preparing the content for it. But last week I submitted it and suddenly I had no project to do, and all that remained was the fear…that all will not be rosy with it….that it will be a miserable failure…..that my writing won’t be good enough…..and then today I watched a web lecture on how to deal with those irrational fears. My angels are so smart, they know just when to offer a kind word to ease my mind and keep me going on the right track.

In fact, everywhere I turn lately I hear discussions on decisions and what they mean for our lives. Of course, this is the primary focus of my website, so my angels know that any time I hear something on the subject it gets my attention. It can be in places like TV programs, webinars, and casual conversations with friends or even strangers. Everywhere I go, the subject follows me.

As an example, the other day I was clicking through the channel guide to see if there was anything interesting on TV when I came to one that said it was “music from Cape Town”. Because I lived there once and really enjoyed the local Bantu music, I thought it might be interesting, so I turned it on. It did appear to be a stage show in a large auditorium, but there was no music at the time. Rather, there was a guy in jeans and tee shirt, with shoulder-length stringy blonde hair. He was walking back and forth, and had a demeanor much like that of a stand-up comic. He was in the middle of a story, which I quickly deduced was part of some kind of sermon. I almost turned it off, but then I heard the name “Esau” and the word “decision”, so it instantly peaked my curiosity.

I hastily retrieved from my memory banks bits of some long forgotten Sunday school lessons from my childhood about the story of Jacob and Esau. I recalled that they were sons of Isaac, and as such it was their birth right to inherit the prestige and wealth of their father. I seemed to recall that Jacob was the favored son because he always chose the “right and responsible” path. But playboy Esau did only what pleased him at the moment, without any thought for “the greater good”. That hippy-looking preacher explained how Esau came home one day hungry and asked Jacob for something to eat. He was told he would have to wait until dinner with the family, but he didn’t want to wait. So Esau offered to trade his birthright for a bowl of lentil soup. He didn’t value himself or his birthright, so he casually chose to give it up to satisfy his hunger, and his life was forever changed.

The message of the sermon was that all people have value, and all decisions matter, regardless of their size or scope. And that if people do not recognize their own value, then spur-of-the-moment decisions can send them on a path far away from their purpose in this life. He told us to always remember that we each have value in the world, and we should make sure that all of our choices will enhance that value, not detract from it. I was astounded, because this is exactly the message that I also hope to deliver with my book HELLO MYRMIDON.

If I just stop here then this story is a very simple and straightforward example of this message. But because I had come in “in the middle of the movie”, so to speak, I knew there must be more to the story. And when I googled it I confirmed that the real story was far more complex. So tomorrow we will look closer into the story of choices made in the lives of Jacob and Esau, and see what more we can learn from them about decisions.


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