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  1. YOU are totally AWESOME Susan...xoxoxoooxoxCheri Greetings my darlings~! The Phantom Pheast is almost here and I know that you are all as excited as I am... I can hardly believe it is almost time to *celebrate* all that we love so much: Gerry, The Phantom Redux and Pheast and the wonderful friendships and love we have all shared for so many years. xoxoox ♥ There are a few people who are new to this wonderful *experience* and I know that everyone will make them feel very *welcome*. xoxoxo Important Note about the arrival time for the Pheast: Please Do NOT arrive any earlier than 8:00 p.m. at Kate Mantilini. There is very little space for people to gather while waiting to be seated for our Pheast and we want to have as much time as we need to decorate and create our *Phantom Magic". We will not begin our festivities until all our guests have been seated and there will be place cards so you will know exactly where you will be sitting. Thank you SO much for your help with this... we are soo looking forward to making this a magical evening for one and *all*. xoxoox Any questions or concerns, please feel free to send me a private message and I will do my best to help in any way I can. See you on Saturday... Much Love and Abundant *Phantom* Blessings to one and *all* xoxoxCheri
  2. Its has been a verrra long while since I have been here...just thinking of all my beloved *Gals* and wanted to let you know that I am sending ginormous hugs and so much *love* to each and every one of you. As always, I am keeping Gerry in my many prayers...I am filled with such gratitude for all the wonderful blessings of friendship, support and encouragement that have filled my heart and my life since Jan of 2005...*We are All Connected*, always...xoxoxoxCheri
  3. Thank you is not enough...but here goes...to Martha, Lori, Andy, Janis and anyone and everyone who worked to make the Vista Theater a wonderland of Phantom Happiness...Seeing this glorious film on the big screen is always as moving and gorgeous and amazing as it was the very first time we saw it on opening night in December of 2004...and every Redux since then has been an absolute *joy*. Martha, you never fail to amaze me and I love you and thank you with all my heart. To each and every person who attended the Phantom Pheast, to all who bought raffle tickets, to all the wonderful people who donated the goodies for our raffle, to Veronica who always blows our mind with her amazing goodie bags (and a Phabulous new hairdo for the evening as well :woot: ), to Sarahkitty and Mom, Sarah B,Cheryl and Sherrell for keeping me from losing my mind entirely (LOL) with all of your help in making our Pheast beautiful: You totally Rock~!!!!...to my sister Tamara for your magical touches on all of the raffle goodies (I missed you more than words could ever say) and last but certainly not least, to Susan...my best friend, my hero and the hardest working person who ever lived...the Phantom Pheast is what it is because of *YOU*. Thank you so much to *all* for sharing such a wonderful evening with all of us. The best thing of all is doing our utmost for the City of Hope and Trees for Life... and it all started with *Gerry* who inspired us to give as he gives and to remember always that We are All Connected. As I said, thank you is not enough...but, my heart is overflowing with gratitude and I wanted to share how much this amazing event has blessed my life. Much much love, xoxoxoxCheri
  4. Thank you is not enough...but here goes...to Martha, Lori, Andy, Janis and anyone and everyone who worked to make the Vista Theater a wonderland of Phantom Happiness...Seeing this glorious film on the big screen is always as moving and gorgeous and amazing as it was the very first time we saw it on opening night in December of 2004...and every Redux since then has been an absolute *joy*. Martha, you never fail to amaze me and I love you and thank you with all my heart. To each and every person who attended the Phantom Pheast, to all who bought raffle tickets, to all the wonderful people who donated the goodies for our raffle, to Veronica who always blows our mind with her amazing goodie bags (and a Phabulous new hairdo for the evening as well :woot: ), to Sarahkitty and Mom, Sarah B,Cheryl and Sherrell for keeping me from losing my mind entirely (LOL) with all of your help in making our Pheast beautiful: You totally Rock~!!!!...to my sister Tamara for your magical touches on all of the raffle goodies (I missed you more than words could ever say) and last but certainly not least, to Susan...my best friend, my hero and the hardest working person who ever lived...the Phantom Pheast is what it is because of *YOU*. Thank you so much to *all* for sharing such a wonderful evening with all of us. The best thing of all is doing our utmost for the City of Hope and Trees for Life... and it all started with *Gerry* who inspired us to give as he gives and to remember always that We are All Connected. As I said, thank you is not enough...but, my heart is overflowing with gratitude and I wanted to share how much this amazing event has blessed my life. Much much love, xoxoxoxCheri
  5. Beloved Swannie...praying for your dear sister...soul-deep prayers for the peace which passes all understanding... will continue praying for her comfort, healing miracles, protection from all harm, immediate *divine* intervention... I know there is little more we can do...but know you are not alone and we are all praying with you, holding you close, collectively surrounding your sister with light and love...with all my heart and all my love...xoxoxoCheri
  6. Greetings to my beloved family and friends~~ In Memory of September 11, 2001 On this day, when so many lost so much, I remember... I remember the beautiful souls who sing an angel-song into my heart and who remind me never to forget them... and who beseech me to *always* fill my soul to overflowing with gratitude.... and as I pour my deepest thanksgiving into the River of Life... I can see it sparkle and shine and it reminds me of how very good it is to Live... without fear, without malice and with a Hope that never fails. May all those who seek to steal our joy never, ever win. On this day, when so much sorrow cast the darkest shadow upon our world.... may the Light of our deepest Love shine ever brighter, each and every moment... as we live our lives in tribute... to the healing miracle of all that connects usto one another. May we hold tightly to that Truth and never let it be erased from our hearts. On this day, I remember, all that was lost... and how it taught me to celebrate all that I have found... with a fierce and blazing passion to drink in every drop of Joy in every remaining day of my life. I promised... on that day, to try with all my might to live a fearless life... in spite of the rocks and ruts and detours along the path of Life. I promised, that I would remember the lives of the lost... and all who struggle on... speaking prayers for all that they gave and for who they loved and for how they lived.... and that I would try to set aside this day as a gift to them... and as a reminder to me... of this precious gift of Life that we all share. May we remember, together... the Blessing that We are *all* Connected... and may we pray.... in whatever way our spirits may speak... for the miracle of this Great and Enduring Love to encourage us, strengthen us and comfort us in our grief. May we find our way to Peace in this life, come what may. With all of the love in my heart~~ xoxoxoCheri Cheri Gray Pierce 9/11/2007
  7. Dearest Frannie...No words can possibly express the depth of my sorrow for you and your family...I was heartbroken to hear of this tragic news and I only wish there was something *more* that I could do to be of even the smallest help or comfort to you in this time of such pain...Please know that you and all your family are in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be...I am praying for abundant courage, peace, strength and *all you need*~ each and every step of the way. With all my love and hopes and heartfelt hugs...xoxoxoxCheri **We are All Connected** Also..Thank you with all my heart,Barbara, for letting us know...xoxoxoCheri
  8. Greetings...David has been working since the end of June, finally at a permanent job after 5 long years of searching...I have not been well, but I am staying strong in my spirit and keeping to the Light...with all my love xoxoox

  9. Here is something I wrote for Gerry in 2006...and, it pretty much *pairrrrfectly* expresses what I still feel, even after almost 6 years...xoxooxCheri My dearest Gerry.... On your birthday, I will think of you often, and say a grateful prayer for the Ginormous Joy and the many incredible gifts of friendship which have blessed my life in the last "almost 2 years" since I first stumbled upon the wonderful world of Gerry Butler. I want to thank you for so many things, but mostly, for staying REAL and for being *you* and for sharing your heart with all of us through the stories which you have told (most especially the Phantom, the Stranger, and Johnnie Donne) and the insight you have given us into the "stories behind the story" through your thoughts and impressions and hopes and wishes for the characters you portray....and for the heart and soul and Life you bring to each of these unforgettable characers. I want to thank you for the gift of your time and your compassion toward those among us who are hurting....thank you Gerry, for caring enough to show such loving kindness in so many instances~~~It is so rare in this world to find that there are those who still care enough to try to give something back...and you have done so, a thousand times over. So, .... here are my birthday wishes for you, in the coming year and *always*... G is for giggles and goofiness and all that is *good*....and for the ability to remain the genuinely gracious gentleman you have been and may you be given a Gift of Grace, in your times of need...and may you always know how Grateful I am ~how Grateful we all are!~ that you are*here*, sharing this planet with all of us. E is for Everything, every dream you dream, every hope you cherish, every moment of every day, may you be Blessed and may you know how much you are Loved. R is for Rest...may you have the space and the time and the Rest you need to recharge, refill and re-energize so that you can continue to be all that you aspire to be. R is for Remembering.....may you find the time to *take it all in* and to reflect upon this wild roller coaster ride and to hold each remarkable experience close to your heart and keep it as a *souvenir* to Remind you of the road you have traveled and what it all means to you. Y is for YOU....may you never lose sight of who you *are*, may you **know** what your beautiful heart and joyous spirit and passionate gifts of creativity and Light have given to this world. May you be happy just being *Gerry*, just Gerry, a human being, not perfect, not someone untouchable ....but someone who has been where we have been, who has known sorrow and loss and pain and who cherishes Life all the more because of it. I wish you so much, and most of all, I wish you Love. Happiest Birthday Greetings and Abundant Blessings to you, always.. xoxoxoxoCheri (and Tamara too
  10. Just when I thought I could not possibly love and respect Gerry Butler more than I already do...he shows yet another beautiful color in his soul...In the midst of too much craziness in this world, it is so good to know there are things we can always count on...and I know that Gerry will stay *Gerry*, no matter what. On 4/14 it will be 5 years ago that I got a chance to say Thank You to Gerry for making my sister smile during a very painful time in her life...and he has never let me down, NOT ONCE, since that day. He is the soul of gracious kindness to people all around our planet...he is hilarious, gorgeous inside and out and the most amazing storyteller ...both through his films and in interviews. Every time he gives another interview, he manages to say something new...even when he is asked the same questions over and over...he still *cares* enough to give his best to every single thing he does. I know I am *preaching to the choir* and that we all share an undying and endless love for Gerry...I just couldn't help but want to share my JOY that he is *still* the same Gerry after all these years... What a blessing. Love youuu *all* and Gerry, of course.... xoxoxo Cheri
  11. Happppppiest of Birthday Blessings to our one and only Susan Sporrrrrrrrran A few of your favorrrrites wanted to help Celebrate your special day!!! We all love you sooooooo much!!! Take a peek over in the Birthday Thread for more Birthday Love for Susan~~~~ xoxoxoxoxoxCheri
  12. Sending abundant prayers and *love* to you honey...and a little inner Tawonda when needed...I love youuuu xoxoxo
  13. You SOOO Rock, my beautiful SiStar...your passionate spirit sparkles with joy and bliss and your incredible heart is overflowing with *Love Sweet Love*...Just a reminder...You Are Loved. So much.

    xoxoxCheri

  14. Just gotta love our Gerry ...he brings Amazing Grace and endless JOY to the world...I am so thankful for him...and regardless of the package, he is the gift that keeps on giving!!! Yes, YOU, Gerry!!! xoxoxo Abundant Love to *all* xooxoxoxoxooxCheri
  15. Just peeking in to the Support Center with lots of Love and Hugs to my much-missed GALS...Wishing you all peace on earth and a holly jolly holiday season...Wherever you are, always know I am thinking of you all with Love Galore!!! xoxoxoCheri
  16. Hey girlie...long time no see/hear/etc....xoxo I guess I just really believe that it takes some effort to try to see the best in people even when they are not at their best...I certainly know that everyone is different...but it just takes a little effort to try to see from other points of view and not just my own. I keep trying with the people in my life until they make it clear that they have no interest in even attempting the most basic levels of common courtesy and respect. There are very few people who have ever jumped over my "line" of what I can handle and what I shouldn't have to handle, ever. It takes a very long time for me to give up on anyone completely...and I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt that they might be experiencing something painful in their lives and are not aware that they are verbally taking the skin off of others without even knowing they are doing it. I am talking about simply extending Gerry's own example of seeing the best in people...in his fans, in the interviewers he meets, etc...and it seems to me that he is very gracious and generous in that way until and when it becomes obvious that someone is only thinking of themselves and doesn't care who they hurt. This applies to everyone...and no one should be exempt from at least applying the most fundamental rules of fair play and common courtesy and respect. Even when we differ from one another in our beliefs, our cultural background, our level of "fandom", our place in that world (whether we are a fan, a part of a website, someone who participates in putting on events, someone who writes about music or art or film, someone who is an artist themselves but on different levels of the ladder to the top (wherever that top may be...for some it is the pinnacle of success, for others it turns out to be a road to disillusionment and heartbreak). Whoever we are in the mix, it is still not and never okay to kick and shove people out of the way in order to get what you want. It is just a matter of simple respect...or at least that is the way I see it. I have been on many sides of these issues...my ex is a singer who is still in the biz after 28 years, my best friends are in a band trying to make it in that dog-eat-dog world, I have worked at charity events, conventions and have attended both...I have been to premieres, meet and greets, talk shows, lunches, dinners, and everything from soup to nuts (heavy on the NUTS sometimes, I must confess!) and I have found that one overriding principle guides me through the minefields that can sometimes surprise and shock us along the way ... I try to be kind: remembering that someone acting out might just be a person who is in terrible pain in their lives in some kind of way...sometimes, and not always, I find that there are some people who are just not happy unless they are taking a virtual flamethrower to others ... it is those people who are the hardest for me to deal with. I have seen critics, interviewers, photographers, artists, musicians and fans of all of the above who are fabulous and amazing people I am proud to support and to know...people who enlighten and enrich this world. I am happy and grateful when I meet people like this! The small minority of people who are truly out to hurt others in any of those "categories" are the ones I have to keep far away from me...and I have taken some steps to turn the Lights on in my world...to celebrate the peacemakers and the people who champion worthy causes and who teach me every single day to be a better person. Those are the people who make any of this worthwhile. Gerry. Alex. Susan. Tamara. My SiStars in Gerryland and the many kindred spirits I have met along the way. I am grateful, mostly....and when I feel beat up by the psychotic circus that some want to create, I just put up boundaries and pray for them...that they will heal and find peace and learn that not everything is about beating the crap out of others in order to get what it is they want...or think they want. Mostly, we are all part of the *human community* (thanks to Adam Lambert for saying it and Susan for living it...) and as part of that FANmily, I always want to do my best to show love and to keep on praying for us to find a way to all live together in some peaceful sort of fashion. I know it isn't perfect and never will be...but I want to keep on trying, come what may. Love you honey! xoxoxoCheri
  17. Wishing you Abundant Bliss in the fairytale land of Scotland...Missing you so much honey...I love you xoxoxoCheri

  18. I am passionately in love with Inspirational and Illuminating words... and these particular quotes speak gently and yet powerfully to my heart. In my own writing, sometimes I need to **fill the well** with *Enlightenment* in order to refresh my heart and soul...and I am then much more encouraged to pour forth my own offerings...I hope you enjoy these magical gifts from artists and poets and great thinkers all across time... xoxoxoxCheri "We have so much time and so little to do! Strike that. Reverse it." Willy Wonka Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. ~Rabindranath Tagore "Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door." Emily Dickinson There are things that are known, and things that are unknown. In between there are doors ~ William Blake Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again. Sarah Ban Breathnach Hath not the sunset shown across the sea A way majestical enough for thee? -Algernon Charles Swinburne, In the Bay, 1878 Some of the shells that wash up on the beach were once very beautiful. We don't know what kind of journey they had to take to get them in their fragile condition. The same is true for people. Be kind. Linda Gifford 'Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend', replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.' From 'Charlotte's Web' Written by E. B. White If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth. Anthony de Mello We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder Spirituality is like a bird: If you hold it too closely, it chokes, And if you hold it too loosely, it escapes. - Israel Salanter Lipkin There is a little plant called reverence in the corner of my soul's garden, which I love to have watered once a week. - Oliver Wendell Holmes The sky and the strong wind have moved the spirit inside me till I am carried away trembling with joy. - Uvavnuk The simple act of stopping and looking at the beauty around us can be prayer. - Patricia R. Barrett, The Sacred Garden We are the stars which sing, We sing with our light; We are the birds of fire, We fly over the sky. Our light is a voice: We make a road For the spirit to pass over. - Algonquin Song of the Stars To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. - William Blake, Auguries of Innocence, 1863 Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. ~Charles Simic Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in. ~Alan Alda An age is called "dark," not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it. ~James Michener "No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit." Helen Keller "The man who has no imagination has no wings." Muhammad Ali What would the world be, once bereft Of wet and wildness? Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet, Long live the weeds and the wildness yet. ~Gerard Manley Hopkins, Inversnaid Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light. ~Norman B. Rice We are all different expressions of one reality, different songs of one singer, different dances of one dancer, different paintings - but the painter is one. Osho, 1931-1990 One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~William Shakespeare I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. ~e.e. cummings The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~John Keats The windows of my soul I throw Wide open to the sun. ~John Greenleaf Whittier Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Hamatreya" The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. ~Tennessee Williams I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. ~Claude Monet Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul. ~The Koran Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light. ~N.P. Willis Moonlight is sculpture. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne Nature is man's teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence. ~Alfred Billings Street Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. ~Chinese Proverb Nature chose for a tool, not the earthquake or lightning to rend and split asunder, not the stormy torrent or eroding rain, but the tender snow-flowers noiselessly falling through unnumbered centuries. ~John Muir In the sky an infinitude of hope, a canvas of glory all possibilities mine. ~Neroli Lambent "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Roald Dahl Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher. William Wordsworth Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. ~Newton One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. Helen Keller Live in rooms full of light. ~Cornelius Celsus Any man that walks the mead In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find A meaning suited to his mind. ~Alfred Tennyson We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. ~Mary Dunbar The shell must break before the bird can fly. - Alfred Tennyson People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Rainbows apologize for angry skies. - Sylvia Voirol When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of the place then strike you with the presence of a deity? - Seneca Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. ~St. Bernard I hear the wind among the trees Playing the celestial symphonies; I see the branches downward bent, Like keys of some great instrument. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Day of Sunshine As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~Adabella Radici I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to. - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  19. Abundant Thanks to you and Frannie...I appreciate your kind words so much. Here is a Phantom Poem I wrote a few years ago... No one would listen.... his broken heart, so long hidden from the world~~ only revealed through his precious music... every beat of his heart in every note that she sings.... Is there anyone who ever will hear him....? could it be.... Christine? He wonders.... in the most secret dreams of his lonely hours... Imagining himself *safe*, at long last, in the loving embrace of the one who can finally truly *see* beyond his mask... Where is that one who will hear, at last, every anguished cry in the deep, still darkness~~ of one who has been so long denied even the simplest moments of human kindness? No one would listen... and he trembles in memory of each vicious blow and every cruel word is branded forever upon his memory.... searing and burning and scarring his very soul~ and there is no mask which can hide these wounds.... no mask which protects him from the pain of losing her. No would listen... as he tenderly ties the blackest of ribbon upon that rose so red... pouring out the aching of his endless longing into the Music of the Night... beseeching her... hear me!! Hear my heart, hear this love which longs to be revealed. See me!! See the man who dwells in infinite sorrow... yearning to be blessed with one moment of compassion, of tenderness, of acceptance, of Love. No one would listen... and still his broken heart sings the songs of the angels... whispering a prayer to be free, at last, from the prison of a lifetime alone. ~~~Cheri Gray Pierce July 2006
  20. Greetings...I don't know why, but I haven't posted here very much...sometimes, I still feel shy of the "Poetry" category...could be a lot of years of having "What is Poetry" (a la Dead Poets Society) grabbing me in a stranglehold...or beating myself up with this, that and the other thing. Enough is Enough, already. I have been writing since I was about 11 years old...with passion, with a mad compulsion at times...feeling near to bursting with *words*... I have an idea for a novel and have been plotting and planning...and dreaming of one day finishing it. I believe that one day, I will. So, I will post here occasionally and share my heart with *you* and hope that somehow, the dearest message in my heart...that we are All Connected... will resonate and bind our hearts together in common purpose, seeking always to live an authentic and genuine Life. The Sound of Hope Speaking And, today I wonder... what is Hope? Is it quicksilver... impossible to hold any longer than a heartbeat...? Is it the shiny silver-lining on those dark clouds threatening to storm? What is it that causes a life to change? And, what is it that keeps us from leaping when we should stand still? What is it that keeps us from remaining frozen in time when we really need to get ourselves moving?? away from danger away from darkness this very minute this very second right NOW? Will I hear the Voice of Spirit speaking? or will all the sounds of sorrow begin to drown it out...? In the noise and the chaos and the hurryhurryhurry frantic chase from one day to the next year will I ever learn... to just stop long enough to hear it? Too long I have spent my precious time gazing at the pieces of too many broken dreams... wondering... how can I piece them together again? And should I? What if those particular dreams were just detours along the Path to where I am truly meant to be...? or, what if there was an answer and it was No Not Now or Not ever? How can I ever know? The only way I have found to make a choice one way or the other is to listen to the sound of my own heart speaking... upon hearing quite plainly the Voice of Spirit guiding me with infinite Love... Lighting the way. How do I know that Voice? It is in the wind... It is in the sound of the sea... It is in a song, a poem, a story... If I just Stop and Listen with my spirit and tune in to the Source of all Peace, all Grace and all Mercy. If I can just choose to Believe... perhaps, only then am I ready to hear it... There is a tender whispering of Truth... simple words heard at just the right moment... if I am paying attention... If I am listening closely... If I am willing to hear it... there are signs and wonders and miracles Everywhere. Let our fragile Hopes be encouraged in knowing that we are not alone. We are One. We stand at the crossroads our own destiny... Everything possible... It is all in our own hands... will we shut our eyes tight? Refusing to see the Beauty hiding inside of us... too frightened by too many trips to the edge of the abyss...? Will we beat ourselves mercilessly with weapons not of our own making... with the cruel words of others will we brand ourselves Unworthy? for what we have done or not done... and for what we have not been? Will we gaze behind us mourning what was while what IS slips forever away from us? Let it not be, let it never be, too late for me. Let me drink from the Wellspring of Inspiration, Illumination and Wisdom. There are so many Teachers, all around me. May I hear them speaking. There is so much Love, May I embrace it. There is so much Joy... May the echoes of our laughter ring out across the Universe. There is so much Truth... let the lies and bitterness and cynicism of all the world be Silenced by the Voice of Hope. I am listening... let me hear Hope Speak. Cheri Gray Pierce January 2009
  21. Hey darlin'...since you quoted my post, I thought I would try to give an answer that won't stir up a whole hornets nest all over again...basically, I was referring to stories about Gerry in the "media" ( I won't even call it news since it is basically gossip posing as facts) about issues with the press, stories about who he is dating, etc...and when I mentioned "soundbytes" I was referring to the few words he ever says on the subject which cannot possibly give the entire story of what happened (or didn't as the case may be). My entire point is that Gerry is not perfect, he is not infallible, he is bound to have days which make him wish he could get a "do over" and he is undoubtedly going to makes choices which not everyone will like...simply read back through the thread and you will realize that there are as many passionate opinions about all of this as there are stars in the sky (seems like it anyways)...and everyone is entitled to have an opinion and to express it. I was just praying for an atmosphere of goodwill, acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness to shine into this thread and into the hearts of all who share their opinions here. I am hoping that even when any of us have to "agree to disagree", I pray we will try to see the other person's motivation and intention before we take offence to what they have to say. I pray that we will begin to take Gerry down off of his pedestal...he cannot possibly remain there...and it will only lead to heartache and pain when he ultimately cannot live up to the expectations of anyone who wants him to be *perfect*...*especially when "perfect" can mean so many different things to so many different people as well. It is so easy in times of stress and painful goings-on in the world for us to allow that climate of unease and dismay to color so much of what we are thinking and saying and how we might react to something that someone says which presses a sensitive button and they don't even know they are hurting us. I guess I really am the epitome of the Pollyanna character...I try to shine light when there is darkness, I try to find common ground and connections to counteract the division and feelings of disconnection that we can sometimes feel. Most of the time, I fear I am fighting a losing battle...but, I soldier on, throwing glitter and sticking my smiley faces all over the place! LOL This place has been a haven for so many of us...and Gerry is the one who led me here, ultimately...he is the one who brought the best of friends into my life...and he is blissfully unaware of the part he has played in so many of our lives. I know that I am sentimental and emotional about him...I know I tend to see him through a lens of tolerance and empathy...mostly because his life in the fishbowl of "popularity" is one which I shudder to even imagine. I realize that so much of the negative stuff is expected to be part of the package of being a "celebrity"...Maybe that is why I pray so hard and so often for him...I cannot imagine how hard it must be to have so many people holding you up to impossible standards...there is just no way for ANYONE to be able to stand up to those kinds of expectations. I don't know if this answers your question...but, reading back through the thread would probably give you all the answers you want (and maybe didn't even want...) to know. With much love and respect to all xoxoxoCheri
  22. I could probably write a *novel* about this topic ...but wanted to start off the thread so that any who would like to can share about Gerry's Soulful Storytelling. Thanks and I will be back with my thoughts as well... xoxoxoCheri
  23. Greetings...this time of the year always makes me nostalgic...and reminds me of the many blessings in my life...and, of course, this always leads me to thoughts of Gerry and the many moments of *synchronicity* in our lives which may never have happened if we hadn't first noticed him...which led us here, there and everywhere in Gerryland. I want to write more about this...but wanted to start this thread so maybe some of you can be thinking about this and hopefully you will want to share your own stories...as a way of celebrating the many blessings we share... Just trying to find ways to let the Light of Love shine... especially during a time when there is so much all around us (in the world, in our own lives, etc) which has been difficult and distressing. I am thankful to Gerry for the SiStars who shine so brightly in my world. I am thankful for *you*...and for all the insight and inspiration you have so genrously shared with me. With much love and abundant blessings to all xoxoxoxoxoCheri
  24. Warning Will Robinson...Danger Danger...woman venting her guts out ahead...(for those not old enough to get my reference...I am quoting from Lost in Space...which makes sense since I am really not even from this planet...LOL!) I promise you, I am trying very hard to think, think, think before I write in response to this discussion. I am filled with pain in my deepest heart and soul...because the biggest hurt for me is Merciless Judgement...regardless of whether it is of eachother, of Gerry and or of ourselves. So, given that, who am I to judge even those who act in ways I find impossible to understand? I am trying very hard not to talk specifics here...so, if anyone decides to take offense at my ramblings...please know that I am praying very hard to understand what makes anyone do the things they do...even when I don't understand the choices that other people make, it is still not my place to beat the crap out of them for doing it. So, I am not casting blame here...I am simply trying to wrap my brain around so much of what I have seen over the past almost 4 years of reading the opinions of others (whether it is critics of every stripe in the media or "fans" on the message boards) about who Gerry is, what he has done or not done, etc. I am just trying to understand what makes anyone, myself included, decide to put their cruel boots on and commence with the buttkicking. It seems that it is heartbreakingly easy to turn a critical eye toward our fellow human beings...and I am sure there have been many times when I have done it myself. Why do we do it? Why do we inspect and dissect and scrutinize with the most powerful of microscopes...when it could so easily be us in the next heartbeat...feeling the glare of that merciless spotlight turned in our direction. I am just so thankful, to the depths of my soul, that I do not have my entire life torn asunder for the viewing pleasure of the masses...it would be such misery to have to explain and defend and justify myself...and I would Never, ever, ever be able to stand up to such a test. I guess it is always my policy to give others the benefit of the doubt whenever possible...especially when I have so little in the way of hard, cold facts to base my opinions on. That goes for Gerry and everyone else as well. I am just imagining what Life would be like if I was in Gerry's shoes (shudder...too often, it seems like my worst nightmare come to life!) ...and yes, I can certainly be Tawonda the freaking Warrior Goddess...so, I really do wonder how I would handle some of the "challenging" situations Gerry has found himself in...and I guess I am just glad not to have to find out. and I am sure glad no one else has to find out either. Far from perfect I am . All of a sudden, I sound like a bad version of Yoda. LOL. Sooooooo.... How do I feel? Usual Disclaimer...These are just my opinions, not absolute fact, please, I beg of you, don't kick my arse for saying how I feel. I am not asking anyone else to agree. I am not forcing you to even read what I have to say. I am just trying to reach out with my whole heart to try to understand what is happening in the world around me. I feel Sad. There is so much Good which has come into my life "through" Gerry. So many blessings. So much Love. So many friendships. How does it feel when I hear the kinds of things some people are saying about him? It makes me feel like I want to wash away the muck and the mud slinging...it makes me wish that I could "unhear" and "unread" so much of what I have heard and read. It makes me get on my knees in prayer for Gerry and for all of us... there is just so much that is pure speculation and supposition based on gossip and by a few sound bytes in interviews...so much can be taken out of context...none of us can Know what has taken place unless we were right there to witness it...and until Gerry feels like baring his soul to us and telling us why he has said and done this or that, I refuse to automatically think the worst of him. I know that I have made mistakes in my life that I would never want to come back to haunt me...and no one knows what my rationale was for the choices I made except for me and the One who made me. I feel the same is true for Gerry. The same is true for Any of us. As much as it hurts me to see the choices others have made to withdraw their support from Gerry...I cannot know the intent of their heart and therefore, I cannot judge them for making that choice. I am simply saying that I wish that we could ALL allow our better natures to come forth whenever we decide to air our opinions in a public forum. I wish that we could Let all we do be done in Love...I wish that we could give one another (and Gerry) every chance and every ounce of our compassion and empathy...I wish that we could Stop being so hard on him, on ourselves and on one another. I realize that I am a contradictory mess here...and I keep circling back around to the fact that if I say how this kind of stuff makes me feel, I am casting my own judgement out into the fray. Where do I stand? I stand with Gerry. I support him, I believe in him and I am more than willing to allow for whatever misbehavior and mistakes and boneheaded choices he might have made and will undoubtedly make in the future. Does this make me a starstruck eejit fangirl with not a brain in her head? Maybe in some people's estimation. But, I am only using the Golden Rule as my standard. Do unto others as you would have done to you. I can only pray that I will be shown mercy and forgiveness and tolerance and acceptance when I hurt the ones I love, speak without thinking, act like a crazy person, etc etc etc, ad nauseum. I just want to give others the same respect and common courtesy I hope to receive myself. Does this make sense, or am I the biggest and most deluded Pollyanna ever to walk the planet? I guess you will just have to judge for yourselves. In the meanwhile, I am praying for Grace and Mercy and Forgiveness to reign supreme in our beloved sphere of existance...May we speak blessings more often than harsh words, may we cherish our Connections...to Gerry, to one another and to this world we live in. May we remember that Time is precious, short and much too valuable to waste in anger and intolerance. May we accept one another, flaws and all...even when we fall flat on our faces, may we find many hands outstretched to help us back onto our feet again. May we share our love, our joy and our kindness as often as we possibly can...remembering that the hands of the Divine are our hands...we may bless or we may curse, it is always our choice. I love you all... xoxoxoxoCheri
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