Do you like good weather?

making good weather conditions for the life you live

making good weather conditions for the life you live

How do you get things to work out the way you want in your life? When I look at all the aspects of my life (my wife, children, career, my mission, different projects, etc) there are so many hopes that I have, environments to create, and atmospheres I would like to experience. Recently I have been reminded how much my life is determined by my spiritual condition and the condition of those around me.

I am aware, that there is an imbalance in my life between investing in to tangibles, (things that can satisfy my desire for a certain type of success and achievement) and the intangible (making space to reflect, study, and offer a sincere prayer). You can make your own guess about which side of the scales are light.

I am so grateful to those around me, whose lives have a good spiritual condition. I realised how I receive protection and blessing because of them. I benefit from their atmosphere. Then on a completely different level I am grateful to God for the incredible conditions he makes for my life, and the willingness he has to offer me so much insight and guidance in return for what I can only say are a meagre amount of study and prayer. God is the most generous.

this is not prayer....

this is not prayer....

Lastly, I realised that my desire to improve my life and also give others more opportunity to improve their lives really requires me to do much more to readdress the balance in my life. No amount of busyness, no number of meetings, or emails, etc, can replace those still and powerful moments when we can grab hold of God’s hand and take those steps into a clearer, brighter reality.

We sometimes see in ourselves and others a dryness, which results in a fading of our faith.

It is not obvious for most of us that in order to have good spiritual weather in our life we need to actually make that environment, and create the right conditions. Do something this weekend to remind yourself of this fact.

Let us be grateful to those friends and family whose spiritual condition protects our lives, and to God who is waiting for our personal conditions which allow him to pour down his blessing on us.

True Parents will be in Europe in two weeks, and though we do not know their plans yet, it is a great opportunity to prepare in our spiritual life, so that while they are in Europe we can feel in our bones that we are connected.

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4 Responses to Do you like good weather?

  1. markus thonett July 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm #

    Thank you Simon
    Your honesty and ‘realness’ always impresses me. What you just wrote there is more inspirational than many a service or lecture. It reminds me that ultimately we are the masters of our destiny. Through our way of thinking and feeling, through our actions and through our habits. In the end what we really believe will shape where we end up and how we feel about our lives, about the world and about Heavenly Father.
    What I am getting from this is that you are asking us what we really believe and if we are going to live according to those believes. What I find moving about the way you put it is that you are evidently concerned about us as you write, for our sake.
    Also it reminds me that we are all searching in some way; that is what brought us to DP and TP after all. I believe if the search ends there, so do we! I sincerely hope that you will find all that you are looking for. You a joy, an ispiration and a blessing to us all.
    Thanks again, with much love and respect,

  2. margaret Ali July 15, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    hi Simon,
    I saw this and agree with what you say..
    the people we most take for granted are the most precious to us husband wife children, friends and family- and in our journey they are the ones who helps us most when the need arises…
    In our life of faith we do not realise what amazing people are our co travelers… we must always remember that, honour them by leting them know how beautiful they are…
    a good insight let us be grateful for them

  3. Bryan Warner July 16, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    Your efforts to look for response from me make me feel very guilty. This is mt very first blog in history.
    My recipe for guidance is extremely simple and has been advocated before, by a puppet.“If you get into temptation, don’t know right from wrong. Give a little whistle and always let your conscience be your guide.”
    I have always found that, if a want is really a need,something will turn up. But, we have to be on the alert and ready to grasp the opportunity.
    Best regards.

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    Simon Cooper July 17, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    Thank you all for your comments: Marcus: I am v grateful for the patience, trust, and generosity of spirit that you give. God bless you and your family.

    Margaret: thank you for your points and for being a “pioneer commenter” for the familyfireplace 😉 What you say is so true. You are definitely one of my co travellers, ever since I spilt all that tea on your carpet all those years ago back in Colliers Wood.

    Bryan: congratulations! I hope you enjoyed your first online post. I pray that you will make many more as it is so good to meet you here, and please offer us more of your life experience that you express so succinctly. It reminds me that it is God’s blessing that we can meet here to talk.

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