The Universe Has Our Backs

“The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.” ~ Jim Hightower

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” ~ Steve Jobs

I am a true believer that The Universe, or The Divine, or whatever you want to call it, has our backs. Its on our side. It wants us to succeed, to grow, to leave fear, greed, and the lust for power behind so planet Earth is a more peaceful place to live. But in order to do that, we have to survive as a species. 

I’m not an expert on history, but I do know there have been crucial times when humanity could have been killed off. Most of those times occurred in the 20th and 21st Centuries. For some reason we have always been saved. Maybe it’s because someone could see the consequences of the path humanity was on, that we were going to destroy ourselves unless they took action. This has happened in so many ways too numerous to recount here. I want to share one that I recently discovered in a recent movie that Barry and I watched the other day on Amazon Prime Video. 

It’s The Courier, a Cold War drama based on actual events and people. In 1960, Oleg Penkovsky, a high ranking Soviet official is terrified by Khrushchev’s rhetoric of power and his desire to use his nuclear arsenal to prove it. At one point later in the movie, Penkovsky says to Emily Donovan, the CIA agent, “Khrushchev. Khrushchev frightens me. He is impulsive, chaotic – a man like that should not have nuclear commands.” He is so frightened, that he contacts officials at MI6, who then contact the CIA. They in turn recruit globe trotting British business man Grenville Wynne, to receive Penkovsky’s communiques and deliver them. This begins shortly after the first scenes in 1960 and eventually helps the U.S. get photographic proof of the nuclear arms build up on Cuba and helps President Kennedy avert a nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. 

During this crucial time, they were betrayed by a middle ranking official in the American or British Embassy and arrested. When Penkovsky comes home to get his wife and daughter so they can escape with the help of the CIA, the KGB officers are there waiting for him. The head KGB official orders Penkovsky to tell his wife why he’s being arrested. He says, “I’m a traitor.” And Barry said, “Yes, and saved the world.” Penkovsky and Wynne saved the world from nuclear destruction because they had the courage to try to save us. Wynne is reluctant at first, naturally. He’s a business man, not a spy. But Penkovsky says to him, “Grenville, we are only two people. But this is how things change.”

To me people like Penkovsky and Wynne were being guided by something higher than themselves. There are people like them blowing whistles on wrongs being committed all over the world. Most of them are not exposing situations as dire as nuclear war. But every time someone risks losing their job, or their reputation, or their life by speaking out, the trajectory of humanity is changed. It’s been changing a lot lately. Thank heavens!

Those of us who are awake have to stand up for each other, and stand up for what’s right where we live. I’m not going to save the world by making sure we don’t blow ourselves up. But I can be a cheerleader for my students. I can help them develop their talents and gain confidence in who they are. Every person who heals, heals the world and makes it a better place to live. I can also spread the word about the good work my podcast guests are doing. Every little bit of positive progress helps us.

After watching The Courier, I felt like I needed to thank Penkovsky and Wynne for saving my life, and the lives of everyone and everything on the planet. What they did was extremely important and I’m grateful to them for risking their lives for us.

I hope you watch The Courier. It depicts a very scary time in human history. I was in third grade at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. My parents, and almost every other adult I knew, were glued to the news. Fear was like a thick blanket of clouds darkening everything happening for those few terrifying days. 

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to understand that fear is our true enemy, not each other. If we can dispel fear, that’s one of the best things we can accomplish during our lifetimes.

Have a peaceful weekend. Thanks for reading and following my poor attempts to make sense out of what’s happening in the world.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

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Blessings, Blessings, Everywhere

“I just find myself happy with the simple things. Appreciating the blessings God gave me.” ~ DMX

“When you are grateful – when you can see what you have – you unlock blessings to flow in your life.” ~ Suze Orman

This has been a seemingly endlessly terrible year and a half with the pandemic. It’s difficult to be forced to change your life. I don’t know about you, but I resist it most of the time. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true. I resist certain kinds of change. Like, I really don’t like it when I have to give up my quiet life creating at home and must go out and do things related to teaching. Those two semesters of teaching via Zoom were heaven. And yet, I must admit that I love connecting with people. If I can draw them out so they tell their stories, I love that. That’s partly why I started Story~Power. I get to hear all kinds of wonderful personal stories and meet new people that I never would have met if not for my podcast.

There have been some other profound blessings that have come to our extended family with the pandemic. We have four new grandnieces, one new grandnephew and a new cousin, all born during this time of great fear and uncertainty. Some of the births, like the two that happened this week were fraught with additional complications, but I’m so grateful to the wonderful doctors and nurses who took care of our loved ones. Babies are one of the biggest blessings we have. They bring such hope and joy with them.

Barry and I don’t have children. I don’t regret that decision but it is a blessing to be able to watch a new generation of family members grow up. We get daily photos of one of our grandnieces. It’s wonderful to watch her grow. I love seeing videos when she’s laughing. That’s one thing I’ve noticed, most of the next generation in our family laugh a great deal. I hope that becomes a trend for lots of the next generation. I’ve always looked at life as an adventure, and even though sometimes that adventure is scary, there are always blessings to be had at the end of it and laughter is one of the best.

I’ve decide look for the blessings and lessons from this long pandemic rather than dwelling on the death and destruction. Our good friend John Berger used to say, “There are no victims, only volunteers.” It’s hard to acknowledge that we all volunteered to live during this difficult time. But if we’re honest with ourselves and look back at history, when has the human race not had difficult times? 

Right now I feel like I have a blessed life and I’m grateful for everything that has happened to me and my family over these last months. It has brought us closer together and that’s a wonderful thing to celebrate.

Thank you for following and reading these musings. I appreciate your likes and comments. I’m curious about what blessings you’re experiencing in your lives. I hope you share them with us.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Stop Wondering, KNOW

Amy is a status quo challenger who’s been intuitively reading energy since she saw a yogi floating outside her classroom window at age 7. She’s a public speaker, writer, and founder of the Wisdom Gathering, an event for the deep thinkers, the secretly sensitive, and those seeking to gain inspiration and clarity through self-discovery and intuition. 

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I speak frequently about Intuition, The Highly Sensitive personality-type or how the future looks. I bring all of this to a very human level and shy away from typical spiritual thinking sharing my unique way of seeing things. My ideas are conceived via watching patterns in my clients and our world. For over 20 years I’ve been tracking these patterns (complexity science) to bring a core message about the importance of following one’s own knowing. 

Lastly, I am a fun and energetic person and speaker. I was critiqued by the 2007 National Speaker Association President Mark Leblanc in 2019. His response to my speech snippet was “I want to sit in the front row. You are by nature a magnetizing speaker. You’re going to go all the way in speaking, Amy!” 

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Christine Caine, minister, musician, song writer, and author 

Abraham – Hicks Law of Attraction Publications

The No Pants Project, Mike Shreeve, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

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“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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The Ups and Downs of Being Busy

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This has been an extremely full week for me with college club meetings, teaching and podcast tasks. I’m of two minds about being busy. On the one hand, I like being with people. On the other hand, it’s emotionally and physically taxing to be in crowds. I find it exhausting. Which means I need down time in between to recharge. In all honesty, I don’t know how I worked full-time with little time for relaxation.

This is something I’ve struggled with my entire life, balancing being busy with the right amount of time to recharge. I haven’t figured it out yet. But these times of intense activity make me appreciate the lull times more. Next week might afford me some time to relax.

How do you balance your work/leisure life?

I wish I had time to write a longer post, but I’m off to another meeting this afternoon. 

Until next week …

I hope you get the proper balance of activity and rest this weekend.

Blessings,

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Time’s Up on Toxic Masculinity

Statue of Zeus in Greece

I don’t know about you but I’m so tired of toxic masculinity and I’m praying it’s on it’s last legs. There are hopeful signs that it is. The end of the Afghan War is just one of them. There are so many naysayers about ending the war but there are supporters as well. I won’t go into all the political ramifications of that one situation. But the fears that the Taliban will take revenge on the population did get me thinking about toxic masculinity.

There are too many other toxic groups and individuals to name here. You probably know some within your family, at work, or school in any case. 

Here’s my list of what a toxic person looks like, because women can display these traits as well. 

No matter what the endeavor, toxic people have to win at all costs. This can, and most likely do, involve the use of violence, physical and/or emotional. They thrive on conflict.

They employ a double standard when it comes to rules. One set for others, that they try to control, and one for themselves. 

They think they are meant to dominate over everyone and everything within their purview and they think this dominance is a God given right.

They cry that their freedoms are being taken away when their dominance over everything is challenged.

They have little regard for the plight of others. They want to end up with all the wealth, toys, etc. As long as they are comfortable that’s all that matters.

They expect everyone to adjust their behavior so that their sense of wellbeing is protected.

They can say any outrageous thing they want to anyone else, but if someone challenges their point of view, they end the discussion.

There are probably a lot more toxic traits I could name and that you can think of but you get the idea.

To me, at their core, toxic people are deeply afraid, and maybe even wounded. But their behavior can also just be part of their personality type.

Years ago I read a fascinating article about the difference between Alpha and Omega men. I think it was published in Psychology Today but you can type “Alpha vs Omega male” into your search engine and find lots of articles about the different male personality types with varying takes on which type is best. LovePanky.com is one that carries an article written by Dr. Carol Morgan. It closely resembles the article I read all those years ago.

The descriptions of Alpha males I wrote above were pretty close to the article I read. But as I recall the article was posing the idea that Omega males are much more powerful and more needed than their counterparts.

An Omega male has some similar traits to the Alpha. For example, they are confident, but they don’t need to be at the head of the pack. They can lead just as well from the back. Their confidence comes from some inner strength rather than accolades from outside.

They don’t go along with the crowd, but they don’t shout about it so everyone notices. They just do what they want and don’t care what anyone thinks about it. 

While most Alpha males are extroverts, Omegas are most likely introverts. Being alone to recharge helps them come up with creative and innovative ideas.

Omega’s are kind, compassionate, and empathetic. They prefer deep relationships rather than being the center of attention. They are genuinely interested in what other people think and feel.

They don’t have big egos which means they can pay attention to other people and their needs.

As I’ve written before, I’ve been blessed to know lots of Omega males within my family and among my friends. And I can say that being around them is relaxing and even nurturing. While Alpha males make me feel tired at the least extreme and angry at the most extreme, I don’t associate with them if I can help it. It’s too exhausting.

Maybe it’s the worship of the Alpha/toxic male type that I wish would die out. There are so many different types of people with different kinds of talents. We need to come out of being hypnotized into thinking that only one personality type is valuable and can make good leaders. 

My ultimate hope is that men and women can begin to honor each other and work together better, (and put Alpha males in their proper place).

It’s been a busy week for me. I’m glad to have a few days off to rest and recuperate before the next busy week begins.

Blessings to you all. Thanks for your support of this blog and my podcast. I appreciate it very much.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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