All posts by Rainbow Johnson

What’s Your Story?

Seize the Narrative (Live or Die)!

I was reading Catherine Ponder this morning & came across a story of a woman given 3 months to live. Her husband told her she could accept the diagnosis & die or reject it & live. But if she wanted to live, she had to do two things: First, stop talking about her operations, hospital experience & illness. Forget it. It’s over. Second, think about life, affirm life & expect to live. He suggested that she affirm “Let Divine Health manifest for me & in me now.”

This reminded me that we all need to tell a new story when we want something different. We need to let go of the old story, & embrace the new one.

I know that I have often held on to the old story WAY PAST its Use By date!!! I have often said, I don’t have the answer. I don’t know. But the truth is that something inside me does know. God knows. So instead of moaning about how I don’t know, I try to remember to affirm that God knows & is showing me the path. All I need to know is the next step. And if that step isn’t clear to me, then the next step must be prayer.

We can choose to let go of the old story of poor health, or poverty, or indecision, or failure.

I’m choosing to write a New Story.
How About You?
Live or Die!
What’s Your Story?

Never Forget You are An Amazing, Powerful, Brilliant, Awesome, Unique Divine Creation!
Go Forth & Spread the Love.
Thank You God!

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Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
ADAAP Clergy Counselor

Determination Yields Transformation

If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark & negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.
Lao Tzo

Sobriety Ain’t For Sissies

We’ve all been there. We don’t like what someone else is doing & we want THEM to change. No matter how much we want THEM to be different, that doesn’t work.

I only have the power to change myself. When I do that, when I think differently, when I speak differently, when I act differently, THEY will change in reaction to my change. It was Mahatma Ghandi who said we should “Be the change we want to see.”

AFFIRMATION It isn’t one day at a time, it’s one heartbeat at a time! It starts with me, & when I am being the very best ME I can be, then I am not in judgment of how others act. The plan is simple, but I tell you it is not easy, because True Sobriety Ain’t For Sissies!
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Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
ADAAP Clergy Counselor

Enjoy the Moment

This Wonderful Moment

I recently ran across this quote, & was so touched, I thought I’d share it.

“Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment,
I know this is a wonderful moment.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

While relishing this thought, I notice there’s another index card, that’s separated from the small stack of quotations on my desk. Flipping it over, the contents come into focus, asking:
“What is the highest possibility in this moment?”

What if we believed that this is a wonderful moment? What if we KNEW it was full of possibilities? What if we then looked for those possibilities?

I suspect we would always have smiles on our faces!!!
Thank you God!

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Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
ADAAP Clergy Counselor

Make Your Holiday Merrier

Did You Have A Good Christmas?

snoopy

Gazing upon my Peanuts Calendar this Christmas Day, I see Linus & the forever forlorn Charlie Brown discussing their holiday.

Charlie Brown asks Linus,
“Did you have a good Christmas?”

To which, Linus answers ,
“Do you mean did I get a lot of presents?
OR do you mean did I give a lot of presents?
OR Are you referring to the weather or the Christmas Dinner we had?
OR Do you mean was my Christmas good in a spiritual sense?
OR Do you mean was my Christmas good in that I saw new meaning in old things?
OR do you mean…”

In response, Charlie Brown just sighs….

Which made me ponder this:
How often do we ask a question without being clear about exactly what we are asking?
How often do we answer a question without being clear about exactly what was asked?

Even then, it often depends upon our point of view.
Austin’s Christmas weather was sunny & clear. So, if you were dreaming of a White Christmas, you were out of luck.

As for for myself, all of Linus’ Christmas questions were answered affirmatively, but one.
How about you?
Did you have a good Christmas?

I had a great Christmas with good people, good food & good reflection.
Thank you God!

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Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
ADAAP Clergy Counselor

Patience, Grasshoppers…

This Too, Shall Pass

Yesterday, without warning, the city began “fixing” the street in front of the place where I work. It definitely needs to be fixed. The city blocked off the east bound lane entirely & are digging up the old concrete. I assume that once the east bound side is complete, they will work on the west bound side. It is definitely a mess, & you can imagine the semi’s delivering & picking up freight have a hard time with only one lane open. The good news is that when it is finished, the street will be great to drive on.

It occurs to me that so many times in life we get to “wait out” the yucky stuff for our good to manifest. Even dessert comes after the meal. After having a cold for a few days (or a sinus infection, or a broken bone, or a bruise…) we do eventually feel better. After a few anxious days at a new job, we begin to understand our tasks, & the job gets easier. After a few hours or days of a storm, the weather passes. After a time without a job, we find one.

I believe we have some tasks that are ours to do. One of these is to realize that “This, too, shall pass,” & that if we continue to focus on the outcome we desire, as if we already have it, it will come to be more quickly. If we spend our time grumping about how bad the situation is, it will seem like Life gives us more to grump about.

My tasks are:
To realize that this, too, shall pass,
To hold in mind the desired result – as if it were mine already
To catch myself when I’m complaining & stop & then go back to holding the result in mind.

With these ideas in mind, it is much easier to go through the yucky stuff that occurs in life.

Thank you God!

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Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
ADAAP Clergy Counselor