Me in the Middle of Another Blessing Wave ~ #Blesstival

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The Indomitable Freedom Quest: Honoring America’s Sacred Trust

A friend recently asked me to help him create a website for a book that he’s been editing and promoting.  The book was recently released for Presidents Day and, when compared to the climate surrounding this campaign season 2016, it is a blessing.

Politics is a topic that I’ve decided to rarely comment on in this blog.  I recognize that at any given time in our lives the events occurring in the political world can have an influence on our personal lives ~ sometimes positive and sometimes negative.  I’ve come to believe that if we hold true to our individual values and convictions, in the end no matter what’s happening in the larger world of politics, we’ll make it through.  The same is true for our country ~ The United States of America.

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Even though the warring political parties differ on what this one sentence means, it’s the framework of what has helped our country endure.  It’s the greatest mission statement and centering force between these great divides that threaten to bring us down.

It all brings me full circle to the realization that the attitude of gratitude doesn’t just apply to each of us as individuals.  It applies to us collectively as conservative. liberal or moderate; democrat, republican or independent; left, right or Me in the Middle ;).

We are truly blessed!   ♥

(This post is a part of the Blesstival 2016.  The Blessing Wave was started by Sophia’s Children.  It’s a wonderful idea!)

Me In The Middle Of Thinking Out Loud

(c) Mary Lou Q

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The other day I received an email about a new book~ Turn Your Mate into Your Soulmateavailable on 12/29/15.  In the video the author says  50% of first marriages end in divorce, 67% of second marriages and 74% of third marriages end in divorce!   It takes an eternal optomist to keep working on enhancing marriage and remarriage with those statistics!

I was reminded of my last post “What Makes a Marriage Successful (And why Divorce Does Not Mean Failure”.  (If you haven’t seen it, check it out! https://meinthemiddlewrites.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/what-makes-a-marriage-successful-and-why-divorce-does-not-mean-failure/)

While I think it’s important to learn what makes a successful marriage and believe in the value of marriage in our society, such as marrying before you have kids and sticking around to parent the kids you conceive,  I also think a major shift needs to take place where married, divorced or single are all highly valued lifestyles.  I know we say that this is already so, but culturally we still idealize marriage as the ultimate ideal goal in relationship commitment even though there are clear signs of trouble.  There are many who are single and divorced who are living life in the fullest while recognizing and learning about themselves and others in different levels of committed relationships.  Isn’t it much better to support and build up all relationships regardless of whether married, divorced or single?  Besides, it’s fun ‘turning your partner into a soulmate’ no matter where the relationship lies.  It’s  much better than having a ‘cellmate’ in a marriage commitment. Continue reading