~ Thoughts About WAITING ~ and so we wait ~

We Are All Waiting ~

Waiting!

Fundamentally, we are all waiting, waiting for answers or someone we love to receive answers.

What are you waiting for today? Are you waiting for the end of a school day, five O’clock, the weekend, that sweet cup of coffee to brew?

Maybe you’re waiting for the cut to stop bleeding, the pain to stop hurting, the smile to start coming?

Regardless, of what you are waiting for, you continue to wait, for wisdom, feelings of hope, some form of guidance, something to go away, or something to show up!

We want the reason for our wait to be revealed, indeed, waiting remains mindlessly absolute, there’s a commonality in the process, and consequently we all wait for something.

Undoubtedly, patience comes with virtue, a virtue many of us lack. Thus, we tend to commit to prayer, seeking direction, furthering thought, all of which can bring a blossom to our spirit. However, we avoid the slowdown refusing these productive actions, thereby placing ourselves in a state of waiting until we do.

As a means of managing, we indirectly distract ourselves in our suspense. Our focus becomes purposeful. A composition of positive readiness begins to develop in our desperation. Forcing us to act within our interruptions.

Somewhat hypnotized we begin providing personal service to others; reaching out, opening to new concepts, and the action of simply being patient when there is no other option.

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Frustration can build

Frustration can build as we linger and yet with a moment’s peace, grace can swoop in, all within minutes. Okay, sometimes it takes longer than minutes!

The delay of wait can be tedious; nonetheless, it opens a perspective to looking outside of us, hoping for some sense of control in an uncontrollable current.

Naturally, we become cognizant of others struggles when trying to focus on our own, as we contemplate our transformation allowing for resolution.

The idea is to bask in the joys and successes that surround us, as we consider our season’s, hoping for answers. In addition to our bath of joy, we swirl together like particles in a dust bowl.

Supporting one another we consider a clearing in the storm, thereby pursuing the visionary path moving us collectively in the direction we should go.

While waiting, we have time for introspection allowing recognition of our own faults and shortcomings, making us want to improve upon those parts of our makeup.

In our waiting phases, our focus is unlikely on the deficiencies’ of others. Rather the focus moves from this act as we seek God’s grace. With grace and mercy, we come to know that misunderstandings and chaos prolong the wait.

Although, if we wait long enough, there is an occasion to encompass the message, the message that we are all defective stones and wisdom is applied to a point of actualizing the lustrous shine hidden beneath our surface.

Already gems in the making God’s impeccable hands are working to shine me up, I need plenty of polish. so I guess waiting isn't such a crummy state.

Self-righteousness, never my intent, as my life by no means exemplifies perfection. Painfully, I'm aware that each time I must wait I come to the realization of another lesson needed.

Something brand-new, something of myself, or something concerning the life of others, this something that makes me slap myself upside the head and say, “NO WONDER I AM STILL WAITING!”

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In conclusion, each day that God gives, I am waiting to get back to Him. Each day I wait, I receive His touch to become a little brighter for Him. There are days I need a little extra polish and I am thankful for friends and family that help me recognize the areas where my dust is forming.

Often, determined I have stuff figured out, then, the light brightens allowing me to recognize, I still have a pile of dust to work through. We all do, and it is okay to admit it!

Appreciate and help one another with diminishing the dust buildup. The best way, I know to do this is to remind each other who helps us dust off. Our Father in heaven has hands soft as cotton to wipe us clean. From dust we came and to dust, we shall return. Sparkling refined glorious dust; His gems that will get to see the magic. When placed at the feet of our King in heaven.

This is how I view it; our little dust particles are coming together in a bright and beautiful light, forming the most brilliant stones in the arms of Christ our Savior. As mere specs on His most precious hand’s we rest in the experience of this blessing. A blessing worth sharing, both in and with, everyone!

WAITING! Today I wanted to share a tidbit on waiting, the polishing by a Master Artisan is a process of making us perfect; therefore, waiting is a gift.

I wish you peace, as you WAIT!

While You Wait Be Inspired

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The Stages Of ME 16 months ago Author

B. Leekley ~

Yes, Sir, thank you, your observations are accurate. I have been blessed to suffer for my King. I've been saved on more than one occasion to stay here and serve my Lord. Each day is a gift and I am thankful to be used for the service of others. Life is a blessing I never want to take for granted.


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B. Leekley 16 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

The spiritual maxim "It's not what you've got; it's what you do with it" applies to waiting. For some, waiting for whatever is a time for fretting, worrying, impatiently complaining, wishing for now to be over and then to arrive. For others, waiting time is, like all moments, a time to be present in the present, to enjoy it, be thankful for it, and perhaps use it—e.g., to jot ideas for a hub. Some, like Brother Lawrence, are aware of God's presence in the present. I'm impressed that, for you, waiting is a time to focus on serving others, reaching out, learning patients, praying, practicing empathy, etc.


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The Stages Of ME 16 months ago Author

Dear Robert (Raw Spirit) Thank you for the beautiful comment. I am so blessed when the words reach across miles. God places things on my heart and I am always in awe of how they are used. ~Wishing you blessings today


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the rawspirit 16 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

I had to re-read it. this is one of the most amazing hubs I have ever read. your words are like honey. Your thoughts are the thoughts of the Creator. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Voting up.


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The Stages Of ME 18 months ago Author

Patricia PStraubie48 ~

I am glad we have found one another now :) I love the song Redeemed ~ it is by Big Daddy Weave, he came to our church this year. He is an awesome guy. I got to pray with him alongside him as he prayed for many who he invited to wait and he prayed with each one so beautifully. My hubby then got to take him back to his hotel and on the way they went through a sobriety checkpoint he hehe. He was awesome so humble and thankful. As for the other song "While I'm Waiting", by John Waller, he too came to our church this year. I got to meet him and work with him selling his merchandise. I told him one of the times I was in ICU a friend had placed this song on a repeat loop accidentally. I went through so many emotions as it played over and over, it is one of my favorites. Even a favorite can get overplayed. I got frustrated as I was unable to change it, on and on it played hundreds of times through the night. I loved it, then it annoyed a little, then I wanted to shut it off. However, eventually it brought me right back to loving it, as I was reminded God is with me, with us.

Prayers and blessings on your journey. No worries as we know where we're going!


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida

You nailed it...while we wait He is making us more in His image and teaching us patience and to redirect our energy. There is a song by a Christian group that has become one of MY songs. A line in goes something like this ...."you say to me son, stop fighting a fight that's already been won and I say to myself, 'you're not done with me yet. I am redeemed".. He is not done with us, any of us, even when we draw our last breath. After death, no doubt more polishing continues.

awesome awesome and awesome Hub...I do not know how I have missed your works...

Angels are winging their way to you. ps

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The Stages Of ME 18 months ago Author

Supuni Fernando ~

Thank you for your sweet comment, it was very kind of you.Wishing you many blessings :)


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Supuni Fernando 19 months ago from Colombo, Sri Lanka

I love this hub, and indeed I am waiting for many things in life. I hope you get what you are waiting for :)

Lovely pictures by the way.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

ocfireflies~

So glad you can see the joy in waiting ~ many blessing to you always :)


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

What a wonderful hub filled with truths and realizations. I often feel that all I do is wait. Your hub makes me feel that it can be a very positive thing to do. Thank You!

Kim


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Dear Lady Summerset ~

Thank you for the beautiful comments and for the sharing of part of your testimony. Such power, in the leaving of things at the foot of the cross. I pray for you much peace in your wait, already praising God for the provision in your situation. Many Blessings to you and God's blessings shine on you always as you remain in His beautiful grip.


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Lady Summerset 2 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

What a wonderful hub. I got to cygnetbrown's comment and it reminded me that waiting doesn't mean that you STOP doing. It's like a PAUSE, a COMMA, in a sentence, and a REST sign in music. Wait, for me, is that while I'm on the journey, I take time to minister unto the Lord. Psalms 27:14 -- Asking Him "if I'm going the right way?," "doing the right thing?, "in tune with His will?. It's being conscience that He must lead, and I must follow and if the instruction is to Be Still it is a confirmation that He's got me! I've been in a Workers' Comp lawsuit for over 4 years now. I met with my attorney the other day. At first, I was concerned about the delays, maneuverings, postponements and such! I had to step back, PAUSE! I said to myself God's got it! Whether it be settled in 2014, 2015, or 2016 He's in control. So, I wait but now I wait with purpose, peace, and power.

Enjoyed all the wonderful comments and another chance to share about the God we serve!

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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Dear Skye

I thank you so much for your heart and your words. Our beautiful Savior smiles when we lift one another up in this chaotic world we live in. thank you so much for going to His word and sharing those precious verses. I will cherish them. God Bless you this day and always.


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skye2day 2 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Thank you for such a heartfelt writing ME. I was over months ago and read your hub and again tonight I landed here I am blessed. My heart is touched with the holy spiritual food found in your words. It is not always easy to rest in the Lord but He says come. He really wants us too. He takes care of His children like not other Father. Amen. In His rest we can hear. When troubled tyring to run the show we can miss the whisper. In rest we can worship and lay everything at His feet. God is that intricate in caring about our lives. In these last days as times grow in evil and wickedness. May we all be patient and trust in God and rest in His wisdom and righteousness. He goes before us to prepare the way. We have nothing to fear. He tells us not to worry 365 times in His word. What a good God we serve. His timing perfect and He sits on the throne. He knows the tomorrows. He has gone before us to work all things for the good for those that love Him, Amen. We are assured He has overcome and we are victors in Him not victims but VICTORIOUS. You keep going girl. Let your light so shine for our Lord and Savior.

Out of curiosity after reading your lovely hub I looked up a few scriptures on waiting on the Lord. Lo and behold child of God there are dozens.

This is probably one of my favorite I came across tonight.' Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light Matthew 8:28

And it will be said in that day, "Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us Isaiah 12:2

This is the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation. Isaiah 25:9

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.(Psalm 27:14)

We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20

Love it. Love you in Christ. Shared and voted. Skye

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my trusty. (Psalm 130:5)


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Dear Jo

Thank you for the sweet comment, hope you are feeling the light of God's love all around you today. Praying for you as you go through this current trial, remember you are love beyond your own understanding. Many Blessings


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

So beautiful it is to read this poignant words and thoughts about waiting.

You are such a gift! And I am so glad of God's wonderful love and grateful of his mercy to continue to dust me off, make me clean and sparkle like the brightest star. A very beautiful read, your brightness makes me smile. :-) Shared, Up & tweet. Shalom


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

Thanks


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Dear cygnetbrown

Thanks for stopping in and for your honest comment. I suppose waiting is a sort of submisission, this form of waiting doesn't mean to imply the lack of doing. It's in the doing, the loving and the surrender where some of our greatest growth stems. Perhaps the title should be, " Submit in Faith as we live4Him." I have waited for things and others times I have just become still, and in retropsect I see how I'm never really waiting in the sense of the word, to wait, rather I live, laugh, and love as I experience this life journey. I have met many along the way and I have neared a peace beyond comprhension more than once. I live with a clarity for now I know what I am waiting for. So you're right I don't wait, in the true sense, but rather live with a greater purpose. Until my next journey which I know is coming. Soon and very soon.

Thank you for your comment :)


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

I don't know about all this. I think waiting is highly overrated. I spent my whole life up to this point waiting and I discovered that I should have been loving those around me rather than waiting for something to happen. I have waited on God before and I would have died if I didn't do for myself. No answers from God except stop waiting and DO.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Roderick thanks for the visit and the comment I see we have similar thoughts on our walk with Christ. I pray to be a better example of His grace each day. Blessings to you :)


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Roderick Evans 2 years ago from United States

Thanks for this post, waiting is such an important part of our walk with Christ, if we could only learn how to do it with more grace.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Thanks Manatita and Merry Christmas God Bless you in the New Year


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Interesting way of putting it, The Stages of Me.

Someone I once read, said that we are all doing time.

Waiting is good, I could dig this. Nice article. Happy Christmas and much peace.


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The Stages Of ME 3 years ago Author

Audrey ~

Thank you for stoping by, so true we are all waiting. Blessings to you while we wait.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

We all wait for something I suppose--using that time wisely--that helps--your hub gave me much to think about!


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The Stages Of ME 3 years ago Author

Wow Skye ~

Thanks for the beautiful comments, you made me smile, so thank you for that joy today. Hugs and blessings and looking forward to our reunion in heaven. hugs


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

kathy Beautiful, moving, precious, heartwarming, truth!

Love it girl. I can not wait to meet Jesus~~ Wow what a day that will be. Keep going precious sister. Awesome works.

Love you, Skye. Phil 4:13

LINKED OUT up and awesome sista.


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The Stages Of ME 3 years ago Author

Janshares ~

How sweet thanks for the lovely comment and for the read. I appreciate your time and kindness:) God Bless


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Looooooovvve this piece! uh!! It was very heart-warming and meditative. I love waiting because I know, in time, whatever I wait for soon come in a blessing. Your writing is beautiful, well presented, and thoughtful. Soooooo glad I stopped by, prompted by your celebration of me. That's how God works. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago Author

Thank you for reading and commenting ~ blessings to you and yours


Rachel Shalom 4 years ago

Nice..


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago Author

Thank you for stopping and reading and have a wonderful and beautiful time while we WAIT ~ Peace and Blessings :)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Powerful, The Stages of Me. Keep bearing your testimony.


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The Stages Of ME 5 years ago Author

Thank you World Traveler ~

I do love talking to youth . I am involved in our youth group and I teach Sunday School. If only they were able to understand what we know as we get older. I am sure that is what our teachers and parents said as well. Blessings to you and thank you again for your kind words ~


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World-Traveler 5 years ago from USA

Your lessons should be taught in high school to let young people know what is ahead of them. This knowledge would help to save a lot of hearts from being broken. Thanks. Voted UP and "Interesting".


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The Stages Of ME 5 years ago Author

Thank you for asking ~ I had a beautiful day today Starting with teaching a Sunday school class to 6th 7th 8th and 9th grade girls and boys. They are so hungry for the word of God. Their innocence and humble seeking of the answers of the Bible motivates me to learn more each and everyday. I feel guided to certain passages and readings and I am often inspired by the works of others. My day ended with a quick bite to eat and attendance at a movie with my hubby and children. The movie was COURAGEOUS ~ What a beautiful movie of complete faith and surrender to a life trusting in God and His provision. I then came home and was again inspired by those here on HUB pages. I feel truly blessed today. I am quite ill as of late (not to complain in anyway just a bit of my reality) so it is such a wonderful blessing to have such a wonderful day and to be blessed so many times in one day with little whispers from the Holy Spirit. I love to smile and laugh and have Joy especially in adversity. I have been given God's grace in so many ways in dealing with the trials of this earthly life. I am reminded daily how very close HE is to all of us. Guiding us and helping us. I try very hard not to have bad days as we never can say how many days any of us will have. Yet I find it funny that if I have a particularly rough day with say pain or surrendering to His plan that HE gives me just what I need. I also love that He knows right when I need it. so thank you again for being part of my beautiful day full of smiles and whispers of Hope ~ Have a blessed tomorrow :)


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somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

thanx for taking the time to write that for me . . .


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The Stages Of ME 5 years ago Author

Somethgblue ~

I am no authority on the subject but I can answer from my on points of view and my heart. I believe Baptism is for everyone regular churchgoer or not. I believe Christ is present in our hearts when we accept and receive Him. Baptism is a means of washing us clean and surrendering to Christ our life as a purposeful Christian. Mind you I did not say perfect Christian. So on your thoughts of asking Christ into our lives one time vs. repeatedly. Well I suppose once we receive Christ we are truly stating we believe in the Cross and His sacrifice and acceptance of punishment for all of our sins. I do believe we can at anytime re-dedicate our lives to Christ especially if we have fallen or slipped off the designed path Christ has for us. The only things that can be stated in truth is that to be apart from God is to be lost. So in knowing this if one feels a need to re-dedicate their life it is an opportunity to rebuild your relationship with God. We know God is constant and always present. He never closes a door. He always allows for a way to come back home to Him in our hearts. I do not believe He is taking inventory of the buildings we worship in to refuel so as to better be a warrior for Him. He will rather look to see what is written on our hearts. He may look at anytime and only through Him can we break free from the wrath of sin. Sadly once we accept Him we remain in the flesh and continue to struggle with the war of right and wrong. Romans chapter 7 explains this so beautifully. God loves you regardless of denomination, building, Religion. He loves you if spirited or outspoken, shy or timid. He is a forgiving and all loving God. One day I hope to see Him and rest at His feet and watch Him in awe. ~ hope we are all there together ~ hugs and blessings to you


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somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

I also give away more of my art than I sell and feel that it should be shared with the World, it's nice to know others feel the same way!


"Quill Again" 5 years ago

Morning Stages... love this hub. A good reminder of just how we wait for near everything in life. Your hub has connected a few dots in all our lives.

Is it any wonder we have been taught in Scripture "Be still and know I'm God"

Thank you for writing this

Blessings from Canada


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somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Wow again, you are really good and have a very beautiful way of expressing yourself as my words tend to be crude and tinted with frustration.

I'm interested in any thoughts you may have on the ceremony of baptism, what it means to you if that is something that can be done without being a regular church goer.

Is asking Jesus to be your savior a one time ceremony or is this something that should be included in every prayer you make. I don't feel a need to be affiliated with any denomination and just believe the kingdom of heaven is in ones heart.

Your thoughts on the subject would be appreciated, I also feel that constructive criticism is the key to understanding and appreciating all points of view, after all we don't learn from our victories as much as we learn from our mistakes.

My purpose is to continue to learn as long as I breath and to learn to give of myself, without being taken advantage, but perhaps a little of that is all right.


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The Stages Of ME 5 years ago Author

Oh Somethgblue ~

Feel free to link any of mine to yours I would be honored. I write as a means of a ministry ~ to share is my goal. I have even published a book and given away so many more than I sell. I feel if it will help one person then I should share. I realize my words are Directed ~ I pray I am always open to the direction of God and not the bad stuff. Have a wonderful tomorrow :)


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The Stages Of ME 5 years ago Author

Thank you Somethgblue ~

I did check out your hubs and will again I enjoyed very much the first one I read. I too feel we must live life straight from the hip. I also am the first to admit when I slip. It has not always been my feeling. I have been blessed to suffer just enough to be more appreciative of Grace. I live each day trying to be a vessel for that good that once was. I try to raise my children with a healthy respect for how easy it is to fall for those seven deadly sins. We know our true rewards are not to be here and I want to see everyone when we get out of prison :)


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somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

WOW!,

I'm currently writing an article about how we can change from our self imposed 'waiting' or the conditioning we have allowed to happen that controls our daily lives. I decided to take a break and 'wait' for inspiration to continue writing.

Hopefully we won't have to wait for a hub a month and that my words will help inspire you to give us more of your insight. This was a really good Hub.

Waiting helps to practice patience and tolerance of our fellow human, but also inspires us to do more giving to others.

I personally will Wait No More Forever and wish to use what little time I have left to give to my fellow human.

This Hub should be read by all but how to get more readers, perhaps a link is in order, read some of my Hubs and then let me know if I have permission to link it to one of my own. I have a tendency to shoot from the hip like Barnaby Jones (dating myself) so one may need to read them with an open mind, however I have more than my share of readers and am willing to share, with the expectation of nothing given in return!

Hub Forth Stages of Me, I deem you worthy!

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