Week Seven of Life’s Master Key.

bigred-web-text-800x535-153kbYou may ask me “What does the Light House has to do with me?”

I never have been exactly sure of my intrigue with light houses. But as I reflect on my life I find that I have always been searching for a meaningful purpose so I can be a beacon for others and maybe myself. As I look at what I just wrote it sounds a bit confusing.

A light house is there to guide people through a journey of safety and security. To warn them of hazards and to be a landmark of navigation. The light house and its keeper are there though calm and distress to be a beacon for others. What would happen if the light were to darken? Would there be disaster? Would people be lost or injured? Possibly so, but what might happen to the lighthouse? Yes, it could be destroyed by its failure to warn of large ship from its hazardous post.

So, as I ponder how I might be a better beacon, I reflect on lessons I have been gifted to listen to. Be positive in my thoughts and actions. No negativity to be allowed to enter into my mind or actions. Wow! Thanks Mark!!! Really?? Election time with all the media and adds? People in panic over issues that may or may not exist. How to shut out even a little negativity would be a chore.

What I found myself doing was detaching from some of the world. My wife loves politics but I would not stand for one minute of hearing useless “debates” and bias media announcers. She respectfully listened to them with ear phones. I blocked or deleted many things on social media. I attempted to steer clear of discussions of such events and people.

I did not always succeed, but what I accomplished was more inner peace than I had been accustomed to at times like this. I had already been working on being less judgemental of others. Being more open to ideas that may have, in the past, been ignored by me. While I failed to lock out all negativity, I succeeded in finding ways to overcome much of darkness in issues and surround myself with peace and beauty.

We all are searching for things in our lives. We search for answers to our daily difficulties. Some small, some large, some overpowering. Sometimes a light shines on us and gives us hope of a direction not seen before. A beacon to guide us through troubled waters. It may come as a soft word from a friend. A touch of tenderness from a loved one. It may be as simple as a smile from a stranger.

Be a beacon of light and shine bright upon all, regardless of calm or storm. It just might be you that you wind up saving.

Steve Calcagno

A Unique Individual with Gifts from God still being explored..

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Week 6 of My Life’s Master Key

bigred-web-text-800x535-153kbAs i sit here in search of answers in life I find some peace in knowing we can touch the lives of many people. This has been an emotional week, even more so than the past month. A life form that changed so many persons life left his earthly being behind. I was never blessed with meeting this vibrant young man, yet he had touched my life through pictures, posts, stories, family and friend connections. He was, and is, proof that ONE person CAN change the world.

We are all here on borrowed time and yet we live as though there is time for us to make corrections for bad choices. Surely we can be better husbands, parents, neighbors, friends tomorrow??? Surely, there is plenty of time??? This young man, who was in a physically and mentally challenged condition, not expected to live to see his tenth birthday, could never be expected to contribute to anyone’s life??? Or was he given a purpose, by a much higher power, to be a blessing to so many for over 30 years.

Yes, Life is Fragile. We here this and we say “I know”. I have come to despise those two words. They have no purpose in life, as I am sure Og Mandino would agree that knowledge is useless unless actions are taken that aid in progression and not stagnation. We know life is fleeting, yet we live as though we have time to correct wrongs in our lives.

Since “I know” I have, so far, been blessed with 64 years of a very wonderful life I now live life with a positive and enthusiastic fervor for connection with those around me. My Italian heritage seem to be put in overdrive. I embrace those around me as I go about my day. I reach out to those who have impacted my life and helped me be the man I am today and laid the foundation for the man I will be tomorrow. I hug, kiss, and touch with a great and energetic passion enveloping family and friends a wonderful sense of joy.

Yes, my life must have meaning. I must live my life today as my legacy depends on it. For now, to all of those that may read my rambling, I tell you this lesson I have learned…

Live fully.. Laugh till you cry..(or pee).. Love with unselfish passion…

As one of those angels who touched so many lives would say.. “GOOD NIGHT, And GOD BLESS”. (Red Skelton)

Steve Calcagno, Living a life worth living. Living a life worth leaving.