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crossing paths that day…

February 22, 2015

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meant she was there to save my life and for it i’ll be forever thankful in my every thread of who i am in a way that’ll indelibly leave me changed for the far better for the rest of my hopefully very long life to come – it was saturday and it began with an unsettling in the abdomen that really didn’t seem all that unusual and then in an instant it went from a 2 to an 11 and i didn’t know what to do – and then it all changed in an instant once again when the inexplicable pain became so debilitating to the degree that this wonderful logic we men tend to be overflowing with told me to drive myself to the hospital – and that’s exactly what i did in an otherwise safe and uneventful 7 minutes that next found me at the stairs to the emergency room and up i went – up i went and in i went and on and on the pain began to level me like i was collapsing from within yet i still had zero idea of what it was that was happening – yet by the wonderful grace of God i arrived that morning to this major medical center with not one single patient waiting to be seen and right back in i went from one smiling and encouraging soul to the next to the doctor and back and with it all i continued to feel the pain yet i also began to feel an all encompassing sense of peace come over me in that i was in God’s hands and clearly with God’s good people and that i would indeed be alright – and then they told me – they told me the second scan in which they could actually see so clearly as to what was happening with an internal rupture meant i was going in immediately as time was vitally of the essence – and then i met her and by the further grace of God she had such a naturally warm and genuinely reassuring smile that said all in just the one look that she would take perfect care of me and that everything would be just fine – and then less than a minute later i was under only to find myself in recovery barely just 2 hours later already feeling far better than i had yet feeling like i’d been run over just the same –

in reflecting it’s a very recent episode in my life i never could’ve imagined yet it’s one that’s given me a newly found perspective of thankfulness in a way even greater that that of anything i’d ever felt before – and in many ways that just didn’t seem possible as i’d already been a typically and openly very thankful kind of soul for all to see in these past several years – yet when a moment arrives so unexpectedly as to what could be an end of what we know this life to be something happens in the heart deep from within the spirit that changes everything – it changes everything well beyond anything that previously only ever seemed something for the imagination – and that’s leading me to a place of inner peace i’ve never experienced before which has further given way to feeling a far greater compassion for everyone i’ve ever known as well as everyone i’m just coming to meet – and even further from there it’s given me an added strength in the faith that everything i’ve ever dreamed of is already well underway in happening – what’s further so wonderful is not having felt even a single flare of agitation about anything since waking back up that early evening of the 7th now 2 saturdays ago – in fact i came to learn later that evening that right at the very time i was being saved the rest of my family was at a surprise party many states away that we hadn’t even been invited to yet that’s God’s mysterious way and for it i’ll only say thank you – thank you God for having me right where i needed to be to get right to where i needed to get to that morning – and thank you God for stopping the rest of the world when i arrived in need of life-saving help in that i was the only one there – thank you God for surrounding me with so many wonderful souls as they expertly figured out what i needed and thank you God for saving my very life with the caring hands of the perfectly gifted and wonderfully friendly lady they call doctor agnes david – doctor david i imagine you have received many heartfelt thank yous all throughout your career that’ll last for a lifetime yet should you ever feel even slightly less than properly appreciated i hope that you’ll please return to these very words of my deepest gratitude that you were there for me, that you saved me and that you did it all with a such a beautiful smile – may God bless you good doctor and every one of you everything the same ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

a second chance…

February 13, 2015

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at the first act in our lives for some of us is the entirely vital mindset that’ll lead us ever so closer to what very well may be the primrose path – and it’s on this primrose path where the true satisfaction in life happens as an air of appreciation for everything so wonderful we already have as well as for all of the best of what already happened comes together with a newly-found and often times neverending head of steam – and ever so joyfully it is this very head of steam that’ll surely take over in now fueling our moments and our minutes unlike at any other time ever before – that’s what so beautifully begins happening when we find we’re now truly living with a purpose, our purpose, our God-given purpose – and in arriving just there it’s simply a matter of finally and fully realizing that purpose and that happens when once and for all we truly listen to that inner voice we’ve always heard ever since we were a child, after all they are indeed the very words of God we’re hearing as we do – additionally we’re typically already well aware that no one else really ever needs to tell us who we are at our highest and best as we ourselves quite intrinsically very well already know that, and we always have – and right at the minute we take hold of these reigns, our reigns, of a now truly unbridled outlook and newly pristine perspective on everything that can become our life and the very world we’ve always dreamed of then right there and then we’ve already won – we’ve already won and we’ll keep winning this incredibly exciting game of life as long as we carry on living in the light of our vision, steadily moving forward on the path we now so completely know is ours feeling every wonderful outcome as if it’s already come to be all the while brimming with a faith nearly unimaginable to anyone else yet a faith we know God is always well more than good for - that’s the secret to writing the story of your life and as fortune shines within you it’ll surely arrive in the end as one that was vividly complete as an amazing narrative with high adventure, thrilling victory and a truly deep satisfaction in the soul that says i lived a wonderful life – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

it’s all a walk…

January 31, 2015

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that at times just seems to slip into a race and then when we let it we end up living this otherwise wonderful thing called life like nothing more than that of a rat – and that’s just never a path that any of us should ever travel upon – yet so many of us do day-in and day-out never even realizing that we’ve steadily given up our very own freedom to a life of caring so much about everything that just doesn’t matter taking complete precedent over the very precious and few moments between us that truly do – after all it’s in these precious and few moments where the lasting memories are made that’ll lift up the soul for a lifetime – and let it further be said that we can never overstate the immeasurable value of leading a life that’s open to truly living fully alive – yes of course there’ll be times and patterns that’ll happen that we would’ve rather not been a part of yet it’s in these times as well that with the right attitude in tact of finding the silver lining can lead us straight up into the enlightened state of gaining a far greater love within our heart there for us and indeed the whole wide world to become that much the better by – yet that only happens when we keep our thankfulness for everything we can think and even more importantly speak of even higher than that of what it was just the day before – and therein lies a most unnecessary end for far too many of us who instead in reality actually remain blind to all that we think we are seeing – in other words we’ve arrived in becoming all caught up in a self-styled and friend-supported illusion that in fact has actually descended into nothing more than that of a life of highly deceptive delusion – yet it just doesn’t have to be that way as an immeasurably heartfelt thankfulness in and for life itself is indeed the gateway to all and everything that we’ve ever dreamed of – however the many of us will only ever dream of this far greater life because we’ve already almost unconsciously decided long ago that we have a station in life that’s both well-defined and with self-suffocating limits which means we will go no further than right there – however when thankfulness is truly felt and given for all to see and thrive by just in witnessing how you lead your life from one minute to the next then an altogether much more wonderful life of unlimited possibilities becomes your very reality – and it’s in this loving place where the race is now only ever a delightful option purely for the fun of it and the walk to where you know you’ve always been meant for is simply a steady one with the light of the love of God guiding the way – and that’s the way of a life well-lived with our loved ones well-loved and our mission indeed already complete – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

there’s a secret to life…

January 14, 2015

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is what he said to me just a few nights ago and just several days after his 91st birthday – there’s a secret to life in that you never take any s*** from anyone and you always do your best to be nice to people, that’s the secret to life he said – and as those words arrived from my esteemed and well-loved world war 2 veteran friend who is in picture-perfect health in every way i have to say i entirely agree – i mean at 91 he walks daily at least a couple of miles at a clip at the same speed anyone a third of his age in taking a brisk walk would do – at 91 there’s not one single slip in his mental acuity as he’s every bit as sharp as a recent phd grad a third of his age yet he comes equipped with nearly a century of well-earned wisdom – i dare say if my friend was the one behind the desk at 1600 pennsylvania avenue this good old country of ours would be quite better off than where it’s at at the present – it’s further right on the mark in saying he’s everything as conversationally gifted as he is a wonderfully compassionate friend to us all in the highly spirited and completely genuine way in which he lives out his every day within our wonderful little community – and for it all we are indeed very blessed to have him in our lives – it’s been my great fortune that he’s been a very nearby neighbor for quite unbelievably nearly a decade now and to say i’ve become that much the better of a person just in knowing him is altogether an understatement – in fact over anyone i’ve ever known in my entire life he’s been the one i’ve most steadily gone to for advice or just a really good talk as i’ve never known anyone with such a deep level of truly engaging wisdom as coming from so many successfully well-lived years throughout such an extensive lifetime – that’s what it is and that’s what so satisfyingly happens every time i talk with him – and then what makes him even better than anything i’ve already said is his brilliantly comedic wit that we very thoroughly battle back and forth with just to see how long we can keep the perfect fun of an entirely nonsensical conversation going just because we wanted to, ha! – and then there’s the fact that he’s a fellow bird of the fearther in loving music above all else which led to his very long ago becoming quite the talented piano player – if you could only be so lucky to have him play a few melodies for you you’d always remember the smile you felt in seeing someone so happy in simply playing a song for his friends –

anyway that’s some of what it is in having one louis grouber or lou as everyone so fondly calls him as your neighbor and your friend – in a lifetime we have very few true friends let alone neighbors that become friends yet for me i have both and God-willing he will be a great friend for many more years to come – in closing this introduction i say to you lou thank you for setting me straight every time i’ve ever needed it and especially when i didn’t even realize i needed it – thank you as well for always leaving me feeling even better than i did before we had a chat whether it was for a minute or the better part of an entire afternoon – and lastly thank you above all else for simply being such a beautiful inspiration to all those ever so fortunate to cross your pathyou my friend are one-of-a-kind and we all love you! – wishing you all God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

life in an instant…

January 9, 2015

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truly can be everything so wonderful we can ever imagine yet there’re still moments that arrive that we’d never wish for in all of eternity – and that’s what it is when someone so exceptional comes to what the doctors believe very well may be an end from a most tragic and entirely inexplicable accident – as to why a young man like adam as well-adored and well-loved as a husband and a father and a friend as well as a highly-respected artist throughout the southern reaches of america would so suddenly and undeservedly meet such a pending fate is a question only for God that an entire lifetime of asking may never be met with a reply in the way of anything we can ever understand – and that’s just how it is – yet i for one have ever so thankfully come to discover in the recent years of my life that we can never underestimate the power of prayer and the collectively immeasurable strength of the prayer of many in so many times having such a beautifully supernatural affect on what may seem to most impossible yet prayer as the light of God proves otherwise – to many this is what’s called a miracle and they definitely do happen – and even though i may personally know only a very few of you so generous to me in reading these inspired words i nonetheless am asking you with all of my heart to open yours just the same in saying a prayer for a miracle for our dear friend adam newman in atlanta – further from there to share this request in every way that you can is a great blessing everything the same – Adam is a very good man with such a perfect heart and he and his wife and little daughter all need us now more than ever – thank you, godspeed to you and may God bless you in every way ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

there’s a way…

January 4, 2015

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about the beginning of a new year that’s just entirely engaging yet at times for some of us it may seem somewhat frightening – and even though there may be a seemingly insurmountable array of well-founded reasons in so-called reality as to giving in to the fear, it’s the part about it all that’s in our mind and what we make of it that’s always far more critically important – in fact it’s always the part that’s in our mind that makes every difference in the way of how we’re getting there and just how potentially memorable of a journey it’ll be along the way – after all even though it’s really all about the journey it’s also imperative in realizing that it’s every bit as wonderful and vitally necessary in reaching the righter of the goals we set in life as well – and to me that’s where a newly determined resolve can tend to be just what the doctor ordered – in other words it’s truly invaluable in committing to a new year’s resolution not betweeen you and the world and not between you and yourself yet rather a resolution in the far greater spirit of a steadfast declaration between you and God – it’s in this highly elevated light of knowing and then declaring out loud what it is you’re set upon in having your life be as to where real progress begins and then continues happening in such a loving fashion that’s entirely unattainable in any other way – that’s the serendipity of thriving in the holy spirit – after all success in the way of notoriety and the monetary is ultimately rather difficult, empty and highly self-defeating when it’s free of any greater enlightened meaning as it is when it’s missing the one that made us – and a greater folly in life there can never be than that of what it is to be missing God –

many so blessed are already ever so thankfully well along this wonderful path from within and to lead and be led in any other way would quite rightfully never be given as much as even a blink of consideration – and then there’re so many already believing in God yet never truly realizing that he has been at their side all along as they instead repetitively give way to the self-blinding pattern of a life of free will as met with a lack of faith – and then there’re the far too many in the world effectively dying as they live finding words such as these with a complete and utter disdain for such a belief as well as the ones believing so, and that’s an exceptionally sad place to be – and if that is you then once and for all you must know that when you finally speak to God for the very first time with a faith unlike you’ve ever given way to before that he will indeed hear you and in the most beautifully overwhelming fashion you will indeed hear him in return – and further from there from you will truly feel him so very much alive in your heart as that is the one and only way of the holy spirit, that is the love of God and that is the way to your destinyand it all happens when you just have faith – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

feeling the hurt…

December 26, 2014

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at this time of the year is absolutely crushing in every way as long as you let it and then there’s the idea that you just don’t have to stand for it – we all seem to have sorrows and for some very new and incredibly upsetting losses that lead the way to an excrutiating heartache that none of us would ever actively choose yet at times that’s life isn’t it? – and when these sorrows and upsetting losses find their way into the christmas season as they have for me with the very recent and highly unexpected passing of both my dear mother and her wonderful brother it can feel that much the worse than it would otherwise – yet as it is in virtually anything we ever do in this life as we know it it’s entirely up to us as to what it is that we initially decide we’re going to feel which is always the path to what it is that’s then very likely to happen for us – it sounds so simple and it seems just so easy to call shenanigans on something so elementary yet that’s the beauty of it that for so many of us we just never see as we sadly buy into lie after lie as to what it is that life is really all about and further from there how it all works – you see there’s a faith that underlies it all and it’s in that very faith where the mark is set – and likewise in keeping that faith it’s typically right there at that very mark that you’ll likely arrive – however and quite unfortunately so many of us bandy about saying so much against this that and the other thing and even more so against ourselves to the degree that we effectively keep on hammering one nail after the other into our very own coffin – that’s the way of what it is when we’re negative

and then there’s the other way that the devil just cannot stand and that’s the way of happiness – at nearly every turn when we’re happy and especially when we find a way to be happy when everything else says we shouldn’t be that’s when the amazingly-timed and always perfectly-received grace of God touches our life just when we need it the very most – we’ve all heard the approximate words of one henry ford with respect to whether we think we can or whether we think we cannot and how we’re nonetheless right yet old henry was just passing on the good word as that’s exactly how God has it all set up – after all he’s not going to lift you away from the couch and make everything just brilliant without your lifting as much as a finger is he? – and just the same if all you see and all you can say out of empty faith is nothing more than so-called critical wit than that is what you will get back in this life – to the contrary when you’re all lit up with a love in your heart as can only ever come in the way of the holy spirit through God your words are ones of the deepest faith as well as the grandest vision as created within a neverending spirit of thankfulness – and when it’s this wonderful place from where you constantly aspire you’ll see your dreams and desires as originally written in your heart from the very beginning all come to beand that’s how he does it – it’s how it’s always been and it’s how it’ll always be and for this revelation that i only came to discover through such a sad and disparate sorrow in recent years i am completely grateful – it’s a decision, i made it and i’ll never look back and you can too – wishing you one in the very same and God’s every blessing ~rettingerrockfiles/RRF~

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