Rough Times

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When the storms of life are raging

“When it rains, it pours.” Lately I’ve been going through a lot of downers. I felt like I took a wrong turn and life was moving in the wrong direction. My mom was in the hospital, but thank God she recovered. Now dad just had a major procedure and is now recuperating. I thank God for his blessings through these difficult time.

Taking a Deep breath

When your parents are at a certain age, every time the phone rings, you breathe deeply and pray for good news. What makes it more difficult is their location in another country. At the same time I was experiencing some other personal crisis. Dear lord, what are you trying to teach me through all this pain?

Gaining strength in rough times

Why do we go through rough times? I am not quite sure of the answer. But my mom who is a prayer warrior believes through the tough times, we are being refined like silver. Having had many of these moments over the course of my life, I believe there is a lesson to be learned in everything we experience in our life.

When you get through the tough times, you realize you are stronger having gone through the fire. We are designed to go through our battles rather than going around it. As we are told in a popular song,” Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

I have just experienced several weeks of a living hell and I can tell you, I am a survivor. Thank God my parents are well. However, the other personal issues I alluded to is going to take time. I believe God will get me through it as he has helped me so many times in the past.

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I pray faithfully for God’s blessings, and I ask that he help you when your storms of life are raging. Be strong and believe, he will get you through it. Press on and go through the storms knowing their are sunny days ahead.

Nugget of Truth: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Romans 12:12

Prayer, patience and hope will help you through tough times.

When life is beating you down, how do you go about handling your situation?  Please leave a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

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High Heel Pumps

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From Merillon ave to Penn Station New York

A little bit of vanity can skew your thinking in order to conform to the trends in society. I remember walking to the train station in high heel pumps in order to catch an early train from Merillon ave to Penn Station New York. My feet were strong in those days, and I never stopped to consider the consequences.  I tried to look as cute as can be in my pointy toes high heels pumps which were a couple of inches off the ground. I worked in the Fashion Industry, and Seventh Avenue, was my destination.

Following the Crowd

I was following the crowd, rushing to and from work without contemplating the result and discomfort of walking in high heel pumps. At that time, it was about walking in style and being in fashion. Who would have thought I would trade in high heel pumps for a pair of sneakers.

A Rude Awakening

One morning as I was walking in those high heel pumps, crowds of people were walking in unison to work. As we were all ready to cross on 34th street,  down I went in the middle of the street. Ouch! I turned around and got up quickly to regain my composure. Of course, not one person turned around to help me. People were in a zombie like state and was following their own agenda.  Years later, I laugh about that experience and thank God I wasn’t seriously hurt. My pride was a little bruised and that was more than enough.  I had a rude awakening about following the trends set in society.

From High heel Pumps to Sneakers

After that day, I traded my high heel pumps, and I started wearing sneakers in order to go to and from work. I didn’t care about the trends, but walking and being in comfort. That was the day I did a complete round about. I started thinking differently about the life I was living and figured out what benefited my lifestyle.

High heel pumps is a metaphor for in this article in reference to how we respond to life happenings everyday. Are you comfortable in your own shoes? Or are you ready to trade in your pair for a pair that sets your own trend?

Lessons Learned

I learned several important lesson that day:

  • It doesn’t pay to look cute if your comfort is at stake.
  • You have to think for yourself and not be a crowd pleaser.
  • Trends come and go and just because it’s a trend, it doesn’t mean you have to follow society’s way of thinking.
  • Set your own trends, be yourself and find out what works for you in all aspects of life
  • Sometimes, you’re on your own, as you look around for a helping hand. Don’t despair, get up dust yourself off and keep moving forward.
  • It’s ok to trade in High Heel Pumps for sneakers even if its only to and from work.
  • It’s all about finding remedies for the choices we make in life otherwise “we will reap whatever we sow.”

 

                                                                                                             Pat Fagan

 

 

 

 

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Telling it like it is

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As I continue my writing on scattered thoughts in life this year, I hope to introduce new content which will provoke thought and inspire the mind. Speaking openly and honestly, I intend to tell it like it is which includes the good, bad and the ugly side of life. It is my hope you find value in what I have to say about my experiences living everyday, and lessons I’ve learned along the way.

We all have something we can learn from each other on our road to living our best life. I believe most people are really interested in the cakes, candies and sweets that life have to offer. However its through the ugly or sour side we learn what it truly means to be human.

We find out life is a balancing act and no one has cornered the market on perfection. It’s like an inexperienced juggler juggling several balls, and one may fall causing a temporary disruption. However, like the juggler, you slowly gather yourself and pick up the pieces of the ups and downs in life and put it back together again. That’s real life…

Everyday you turn on the news, you hear  stories of the good, bad and ugly side in our world. The stories hope to inspire you or make you cringe. Yet it can also provoke thought or encourage the next Bill Gates.

So, where am I going with this? My intention is to speak honestly without glossing over what I have to say to my readers. From the time I started this blog, that has always been my intention. I have been consistent in my thoughts and expressions about the life I am living. However when life is knocking me down, it hasn’t always been easy to write about.

This year I  intend to share the good, bad and ugly side of life. I am going to tell it like it is so others can learn through my experiences and the experiences of others. We are all on this planet to learn, grow and help each other in the process. Lets be a little more transparent as we talk the talk so others may learn as we begin a New Year.

 

 

 

 

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A New Year

Wishing you all the best for 2017 and the years to come

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Life can definitely be a challenge from year to year as different trials and tribulations make up the fabric of our lives. But there is always hope for better tomorrows. As we move towards a new year, I pray for blessings for you and your family. Thanks to all of those who supported me in the past and to all the new supporters who will read my blog in the future. May God bless you.

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Shifting your Focus

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Shift your focus and be thankful for what you have

rather than what you don’t have.

Practice Gratefulness,

Shift your focus and reflect on the spiritual

rather than the materialistic part of life.

Things are temporary and relationships more permanent.

Shift your focus from the “I can’t” to the “I can!”

Set new goals, become more socially driven

to the needs of others.

Shift your focus from the century of the self

and selfish gain, remembering, living this life is not always

about me myself and I.

Shift your focus to give and not always to get.

Blessings will follow,

Shift your focus on possibilities rather than impossibilities.

Take a chance,

Shift your focus by getting a Masters in life from lessons

learned along the way, which has lasting value.

Shift your focus on a purpose driven life using your gifts to serve

rather than to attain more stuff.

Live a life that is meaningful, not meaningless.

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