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PASSING ON THE VALUE OF: SHARING!

“Whatever we possess becomes of double value when we have the opportunity of sharing it with others.”

Jean-Nicolas Bouilly (1763-1842);

“Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on; ‘Twas not given for thee alone, Pass it on;

Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another’s tears, ‘Til in Heaven the deed appears – Pass it on. ”

Henry Burton (1840-1930);


 

I love, appreciate it and have a ball actively and creatively expressing my values and my belief systems on the website: Values.com, The Foundation for a Better Life. They have cleverly shared a myriad of values we hold deep in our hearts no matter our lineage. After visiting this website, I want to jump on the bandwagon and stretch my creative muscles. Their inspirational quotes, billboards, stories and photos cause me to ponder and wonder how I too will share important and enduring beliefs that sustain me and sometimes cause me to reflect with thanksgiving. Just like when I was a little girl, I believed everyone in the class should receive a Valentine’s Day card, cupcake or whatever my Mama provided me with to eagerly dole out.

I like to share and want others to play and participate in the game also. I am convinced that the creators of Values.com have the same mindset. Class can you say: In-clu-siv-ity? They have cleverly and thoughtfully provide a public invitation and a platform to tout the values we most treasure. Those treasured values our fore parents and life have instilled in us! And more importantly to pass them on! Values.com slogan is: “Values are worth more than when we pass them on!” And so my friends today that is the resounding theme, remembering the importance of stepping out and sharing. Yes, sharing in order to pass on the love, and not withhold encouragement! Join me in the fun of sharing, surprising yourselves and helping to make this world a better place and building a life of appreciation and delight in spite of _____________ ( you fill in the blank) and to just go on in faith and do the things which are a foundation for a better life!


Below are my “Value” creations of: excellence, inner vision, sharing, persistence and believe on Values.com. I am looking forward to seeing yours!


Values Sighting

http://www.values.com/pass-it-on-sightings/256-Atlanta


My plane landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport during the Easter Holiday to visit with my family. As I walked the concourse towards the Air Tran baggage claim, there I sighted the wonderful Values.com Excellence billboard with Jim Thorpe. At that moment I wished I had had my college aged son to take a photo of me smiling in front of the billboard and to chat with me about the many contributions Jim Thorpe (Native American) made as a stellar American football player, and as an outstanding Olympic athlete. I encourage others to learn more about Jim Thorpe, it will broaden your appreciation for this man’s character and his resolve in overcoming adversity.


 Inner Vision: Chappelle Letman: A remarkable sculptor with eyes of faith

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/3250-Chappelle-Letman-A-Remarkable-Sculptor-With-Eyes-Of-Faith-

Mr. Chappelle Letman is a 21st century master sculptor, a true renaissance artist. Prior to losing his vision permanently in 1992 he worked in construction to supplement his income, this artist loved painting with oils which depicted nature scenes, cityscapes and people. Eight years later transitioning into a new reality of being visually challenged wasn’t necessarily easy for him. Mr. Letman recalled his loving mother’s promptings to excel and live his best life. She instilled wisdom and a sound work ethic which he continually exhibits. His spirit conveyed, “Don’t panic, have faith.” This life lesson carries over when he humbly encourages young artists challenged visually and physically to express themselves and not live by other’s dictates. He echoes, “Stay alert and use your instincts.” He uses his own words of wisdom which have prepared him for independence and creative expression. He’s surely humble, but no shrinking violet. His life skills coupled with California’s Sight Center instrumental instructions regarding technology devices and visual aids helped Chappelle Letman live life with dignity. His heart is open to God’s leading and his hands become the instrument for his creative expression which have been captured by the photographer Don Snyder. Art and healing is a phenomenal partnership. Chappelle Letman’s life is evidence that healing can occur if we remain open to what God reveals in our inner visions. He receives support and is in partnership with organizations that promote independence for the visually impaired: the Ohio Arts Council, the Cleveland Sight Center and Kentucky‘s American Printing House.

Sharing: Promoting Literacy The Power of Sharing One Good Book at A Time!

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/2763-Promoting-Literacy-The-Power-Of-Sharing-One-Good-Book-At-A-Time-

Inspirational Author Linda M. Meadows and her mother, Clarinda Mose knows the enjoyment and inspiration that reading brings. They agree that reading is fundamental. Mrs. Mose is a retired English Teacher, Education Administrator and former Literacy Volunteer. This mother daughter team continues to encourage reading by passing along great books, writing heartfelt messages and promoting the value of journaling. It’s a domino effect. Friends, family and acquaintances are passing the baton spreading the same joy of promoting literacy. Have you shared a good book today?

 Persistence: It’s An Awesome Character Trait!

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/8389-It-s-An-Awesome-Character-Trait-

My husband, Richard is the apple of my eye, that’s no secret. But, I am particularly delighted to share with others that he is a recent Seminarian and now graduate. Friends and family applaud this wonderful accomplishment. His grade school teacher told my mother-in-law that my husband was stubborn and then recounted that that was a good thing! I’d like to instead call his stubborn determination, persistence! I am so very pleased that he’s continuing in his dream of not only achieving scholarly pursuits, but also actively serving others in ministry and living out his dreams! He’s not timid about life. Congratulations!

Believe: Everything Is Possible to those who believe!

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/11149-Everything-Is-Possible-To-Those-Who-Believe-

Our beloved little Courtney demonstrates by his act of sheer determination that great outcomes result from perseverance and a heart dedicated to the cause. Believing is trans-formative my friends. Be encouraged put your faith into action.

 

Oops, I almost forgot all about this very important billboard tribute to my friend, Dr. Saundra Cherry and the historic James A. Fields House!  This was one of my first billboard attempts!

 

Passionate: He Captured her heart and she continued building a legacy!

http://www.values.com/your-billboards/3071-He-Captured-Her-Heart-And-She-Continued-Building-A-Historic-Legacy-

Dr. Saundra Cherry has gracefully embraced her late husband’s (Elder Greg Cherry) passion and dedication of preserving the noble legacy of James Apostle Fields (an ex-slave, educator, graduate of Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute, legislator, attorney, and home owner where the first African American Hospital in Newport News existed). There is a continued need for the greater community to support this historic landmark. Dr. Cherry remains faithful and dedicated to the vision of preserving this historic landmark and museum located in Newport News, VA. Dr. Cherry believes that this mission is important to continue so that future generations can appreciate and celebrate the amazing life of James Apostle Fields. We’re extremely grateful for Elder Greg Cherry’s zeal and love for life, history, culture and the arts. We salute Dr. Saundra Cherry for continuing to build upon the legacy of a noble man. The James A. Fields House remains listed on the Virginia Landmark Register, the National Register of Historic Places, and the Virginia Civil War Trails. Museum visitors have a unique opportunity to experience firsthand what the turn of the century life resembled for African Americans living in in Newport News. We hope many more will follow Virginia’s trails leading to the James A. Fields House, embrace this passionate mission and support the vision!

 

Sharing With Great Joy,

Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly Columnist and Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine

http://blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/

https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/

http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/

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EXPLORING THE MEASURE OF THE MAN

“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.”

 Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20th didn’t seem to arrive fast enough. We had marked our work calendars weeks before in eager anticipation of seeing Michael Eric Dyson. This was a great way of our honoring Dr. King and being able to attend a worthy and inspiring commemorative celebration in his honor. I couldn’t believe that we’d have the opportunity to see and hear Doctor Brother Preacher Teacher Michael Eric Dyson right in our own backyard! Right here at historic William and Mary College-literally down the street from work. This noted college campus is only a stone’s throw from work. We’d first have to return home to scoop up our son and mother in law-that evening, it was a family affair and we knew it would be robbery to leave them out.

 Later on I would observe that the audience was a wonderful cross section of people all ages and ethnicities. The young, the elderly and the in between -their attendance was a sure sign that others felt the importance of bringing along their loved ones as well to witness and partake. Here stood this intellectual giant right in our midst and he was honestly frank and funny, just really real! Thank God for candor! Laughtern is not a bad thing either.

We were insured perfect seating because our arrival on campus planted us at the Sandler Center’s Auditorium before the ushers pushed open the locked entrances. I am pleased to share that we were not disappointed as I shared on face book! No shortchanging the attendees! This was without a doubt mentally exhilarating! For a moment I wondered, what must it be like to sit in this intellectual dynamo’s class room?

I was a student all over again and listened intently to Michael Eric Dyson, the prolific commentator, the brilliant theologian, the insightful Sociology professor, the astute NPR correspondent and the best selling author who imparted his wisdom and easy humor as he poured out his heart about Dr. King. The word magnanimous comes to mind regarding my perception of the whole evening. Noteworthy is what the evening was! Dr. Dyson’s arguments and delivery regarding Dr. King were engaging. It was as though we too were drawn in dialogue about the measure of the man: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click on excerpt which will give you a glimpse of the magnitude of our evening.

Friends, I wish you had been there! It was a no holds barred evening-a well balanced intellectual assortment! Dr. Dyson shone a bold flood light on the social and historic realities for a nation in the midst of radical social, civil and economic change. The food for thought shared by Dyson brought a revealing panoramic view of who Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was for America in his life and after his untimely death. I thank God for planting Dr. King on this earth!

Author of: “April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America.” is especially significant during this 40th anniversary of the life of our civil rights leader. As a result of Dr. Dyson’s presentation I am compelled to encourage you to read his website, listen to his telling interviews, acquire his recent book(s) and let’s agree to engage in relevant and yes, difficult discussions that stretch us and most certaintly celebrate and honor the rich legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll certainly be all the better for it as we explore the measure of the man!

Peace and God’s Abundant Blessings To You,
Linda Mose Meadows, author of:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s and God’s Promises
http://www.blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/ https://blessedauthorlm.wordpress.com/
http://eyesoffaithmagazine.blogspot.com/ 

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