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My name is william. My opening statement above is what I believe life to be about, but what constitutes making a difference? After several years of having this site, it occurred to me that some people might question what difference they could possibly make, given their circumstances. So, I would like to share a quote someone gave to me which hangs in the prayer and meditation room at the Teaching & Sharing Center of Grand Ledge.
"To laugh often and love much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give of oneself; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm & sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier: this is to have succeeded."
Every word we speak, every act we commit, contributes toward making this a better world in which to live, or a worse one. There are no exceptions. In fact, some of the great spiritual teachers of this world have added every thought we think to the list. Such an awareness is not meant to lead us into paranoia, but to help us realize our choices matter. They do make a difference, always. And, it holds true for every one of us.
I have never said
it is about making a huge discernable
difference. I think the
quote helps to keep things in perspective. I believe it was Mother Teresa
who said it is not about doing great things, it is about doing small things
with great love. Each of us has a piece of the puzzle to contribute. Whether what you can do, or offer, is big or small matters not. Your part
is just as important as any other. You are important.
Now here is a little
information and history about this site.
The name a touch of william originally encompassed all of the central "five heartbeats" which were on this site. It still refers to my photography & poetry, and combined personal missions. It and Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center, with a Cherokee and Native American focus, are the primary pieces of wsharing today. Unless specifically noted, all of the photography throughout this wsharing site are pictures I have taken. Historical images are most often pictures I took of old photos in an informational display. The over 150 pages (and new ones coming) on my site, invite you to explore, enjoy, and visit often.
If you are looking for the Teaching & Sharing Centers, we moved it to its own website (www.tscenters.org) some time ago. This blue T&SC link (above) will take you there. The tscenters site link is for the non-profit organization (an IRS approved 501c3 public charity), its branches like christian life programs and Michigan Living History Encounters; the poet's circle; and the T&SC Independent Affiliates. Even though william's works is now a branch of the non-profit, only basic information shows there. Almost all of my personal work remains on this wsharing site.
I started out as a sole-proprietor
(individual owner/operator) and for ten years (1994-2004) the T&SC and
all the other associated dynamics of a touch of william were legally just me. In 2005 when we incorporated
the T&SC as a non-profit public charity, those five original heartbeats (as
I called them) started being arranged a little differently as there was now
both a corporation and myself as a sole-proprietorship. Though there
was a legal and practical arms-length separateness between my teaching
and the board run corporation, the circle remained a harmonious whole, expanding
to include the visions and gifts of others. Things remained that way
for another decade. In 2015, as I entered my third decade, IRS
regulations, pertaining to my lack of profit, forced the merger of my
remaining sole-proprietorship endeavors into the non-profit, and a new
branch of the organization called "william's works" was established. In a way, it has all come back full circle into simply one. I hope you can in some way personally connect within this circle of teaching
and sharing the many gifts God gives to us all. In truth, I see myself
as simply the worker through whom God set everything up. I have
suspected for a while that this was supposed to outlast me, so I offer the
baton to each of you. This particular site remains my work (see
disclaimer). However, the
Teaching & Sharing Centers organization is structured with broad arms to
include all who wish it.
I truly believe the
quote with which I opened this page, and pray that this site reflects that belief.
I was not personally connected to the Internet when I started this website.
I try to keep my life as simple as I can. So when I became convinced the Holy
Spirit was moving me in this direction, I sought advice from friends who were.
Some of them were concerned about the "pirating" which they say is so common.
But, you cannot steal what I have already freely given. The william
sharing site is all about sharing myself and my work.
SHARING IN CHRIST
I have some recollections of occasionally visiting a church as a youngster. In high school, Mr. Jolly, my foreign language teacher, taught our entire class the Lord's Prayer in German. Later, facing life's struggles, I sought out and learned the prayer's English words. But nature provided most of my early exposure to God.
In early 1985, at age 34, I began an earnest search to bring some spiritual meaning into my life. Though I had not been brought up religiously, I had been exposed to the person Jesus, primarily through movies, and other media sources. The Christian religion held little attraction for me however, since I saw it as a place filled with hypocrisy. Yet this Jesus was incredibly different from any other historical persons with whom I was familiar.
In November 1985, at age 35, I placed my life into God's hands, and committed myself to a path of trying to emulate this "brother" Jesus. But, I still wanted little to do with his "Christian" religion or its churches. Though my petitions always went to God (the Father), I began suspecting I was somehow developing a relationship with the Son, Jesus. After battling it for three years, I was baptized in 1988. Today I refer to Jesus as the Christ. And it is because of Him that I share with you.
Billy Graham, a man I greatly respected, would have told you to turn from your sins and come by faith to Jesus Christ; saying, "Lord, I receive You into my heart." My poetry illustrates that turning from sin is not so easy. But, I too believe, you can make no better choice than a personal relationship with Jesus, the Christ.
see also: The Last Page
of sins and freedom from guilt are available through faith in Christ
- Life Application Bible (NIV)
The opening photo with the quote on this home page has always been the same. Below you will find the original graphic and text links which followed that photo when wsharing was first set up in October 2002. When the Teaching & Sharing Center(s) was incorporated on January 1, 2005, I redid each of the primary pages in this site and created a few history pages. In 2010, when we moved the corporate pages to the new tscenters.org site, I once again reviewed, changed, and eliminated some of what had previously been here. But, there remains much to explore and plenty of additions on my "to do" list for you to check back on. (The texts on the two circles no longer function as links; I deactivated them)
The opening photo without words is Glacier National Park Sunset #519-15.
visited my earliest site, you may have heard the music "Wind Voices" by
of me (william) was taken by my wife Donna
here for a description
of the Golgotha Cross I wear
"The objective is not
'winning' as our culture portrays it. The objective is to find the Truth.
That is the ultimate Win"