Wake up!

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Wake up!  It’s more than time to give thanks and praise

to our God who helps us in all our ways.

The season of giving and receiving unfolds,

so let us relax, go forth and be bold.

This holiday comes at the end of each year

So let us shout for joy and be clear

Wake up

Remember it’s all about our Lord and those

really in need,

so let’s forget about ourselves, there’s

no time for greed.

We keep giving to people who have more

than enough, come on look around

do you really need all that stuff?

Shopping for presents is a yearly tradition

Wake up

It’s time to change this compulsive condition

Stressing and frustrated from all the rush

Spending money we don’t have

until we’re crushed

Wake up

Living paycheck to paycheck to pay all the bills,

believe me when I tell you this is no thrill.

At the end of the year when you think

you’re ahead, the Santa syndrome

Hits you hard on the head

Christmas music entices you to

shop till you drop

As you shop for the season and you

Just want to stop.

Our lives are not defined by how much

we have, but how much one gives to those

who are sad.

Wake up

It’s time to change our obvious response

to a life filled with desires and wants

time to change our conclusion

Get out of this illusion

Place a limit on your family and friend giving

So you can really start living

Stay alert find the charities who are truly

Reaching out

Make a switch, change your life

Remember what life is really about.

 

Pat Fagan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left behind

 

FB_IMG_1506479935696Why should I be concerned with those left behind in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria?

Some people were fortunate enough to get their family members out of the Island of Dominica after the hurricane. Those who had the means to travel overseas left in droves by ferry, helicopter, and chartered planes.  I am very thankful because my parents at such a ripe old age arrived safely after enduring weeks with no communication, electricity or running water.

For those left behind, it’s pure torture as the Government scrambles for food water shelter and clothing. Basic amenities are trickling in slowly. Towns have to be relocated due to the  major damage of  homes in many locations.

Don’t forget the children who lost homes and experienced such a tragedy. The schools are unable to give them a sense of normalcy due to the severe conditions of the buildings. Can you imagine living in a place that looks like a war zone?

There are many people living in shelters who has lost everything they own.  I stopped to consider their plight and I couldn’t help but think about the pieces of their life they will have to rebuild all over again.

No one is coming to their rescue in order to get them off the Island. This is their home, and for those who have businesses and work in government positions, the task of rebuilding their country will be daunting.

For others left behind in broken wind-swept roofs, damaged and sunken homes, it was like living in a nightmare which will continue for years to come.

I am deeply concerned with those who are left behind because they are left with  a country that will be impacted in so many ways as they pick up the pieces of their broken lives. We got our parents out but there are friends and relatives trying to deal with this new reality.

We have to thank God everyday for our blessings. Today is given, tomorrow is never promised. The people living in Dominica have a long road ahead in order to conquer the impact of this storm.

They will rebuild their Garden of Eden which is now littered with Debris. It is an opportunity for renewal and rebirth. Let us pray for those who are left behind so they can pick up the broken pieces of their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zest for Life

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Having zest for life means you live with great enthusiasm and energy. For the majority of my life, that rings true. Most people who know me will probably describe me as a person who always has a smile on her face. Another attribute is I am generally enthusiastic about life. But we all have our moments when life is not always what it seems.

I remember when I was in college and life was beautiful. On my 23rd birthday, I broke into tears because I was older than some of the other students. I laugh about it today because next month, I will be a couple of decades older. Now I’m beginning to reflect on my future goals. What can I to do to live a more productive life?  I’ve been told, “I have more yesterdays than tomorrows.”

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We all can become worn out by a world which dictates the roll we play everyday. Why are we so concerned and distraught about all the other issues which sometimes shows up along the way? Life can become very challenging and plain old complicated. Your zest for life can be gone in a flash. Look out, be aware and hold every thought captive which drags you down.

There is always a glimmer of hope. In God we trust to help us through the tough times. Believe God will guide you back to having that zest for life. We’ve all been there many times and thank God, it doesn’t last forever.

This is the perfect time to regroup, reassess, and recapture your zest for life.  Redefine what makes you tick. What motivates you and brings you joy? Discard the thoughts which don’t serve you at this point of your life. Fight and replace negative paralyzing thoughts for positive affirmations. Get back that enthusiasm and energy that made you ecstatic.

Nugget of truth: Your personal success in life no matter where you are depends on you.

Broken Promises

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 Promises are meant to be kept, yet without thinking, we hurt others by breaking those promises, and destroying them in the process.

We live in a world of broken promises and shattered dreams. While we search for a better life and a brighter tomorrow, sometimes we look towards others for help, who then make commitments they can not keep. They are story tellers expressing themselves in colorful words.

 Look at our political system, past and present. Many candidates continue to make many promises and when elected into public office, all bets are off the table. Prior agreements are no longer valid and dismissed like it never happened. Unfortunately nothing changes and life goes on as usual. A series of disappointments year after year as we continue to vote for the same candidates making promises they can’t keep.

Why do we keep believing the hype? Why are we so gullible and willing to believe others, when they don’t have our best interest at heart? I believe it’s because we genuinely want to believe they are speaking the truth and they care about the end results. What is the end result? Maintaining a working relationship based on truth and honesty.

When you speak from your heart and promise to do this or that, it is taken for granted, you will keep that promise. In our political system and our Major Corporations, promises are espoused and people are willing to follow these leaders until promises are broken.

We are better than what or whom we choose to believe no matter what the situation. Whether in relationships on the job, friendships, or family situations. Don’t lose heart!

What does a promise mean and what does a broken promise look like? Making a promise is the ability to keep your word and follow through on whatever one said they were going to do.  A BROKEN promise will destroy trust and break hearts. The bible clearly tells us in the book of James the following;

“But above all my brother, do not swear, either by heaven or earth, or by any other oath. But let your ” yes” be yes and your “no” be  no.”

A promise was meant to be kept resulting in trust of another person. If you promise to do something, follow through.

Examining some absurdities in life helps keep things in perspective. If you don’t want to be disappointed by others, don’t look for them to keep a promise which was never their intention. Their words are in the right place but their heart is misplaced and their thoughts changed in the wrong direction.

In conclusion, if you decide to make a promise to do something, or to help someone in whatever state they are in, keep it or don’t promise to do anything at all.

Time Out in Everyday Life

Taking a break in between life stresses

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Taking time out of your busy day is beneficial to your physical and spiritual well-being. If you make it habitual, you will be able to think more clearly and creatively. Life will be more enjoyable if you tap into that alone time.

My time out is early in the morning, reflecting and reading the word of God. If I miss that time connecting and praying, I feel stressed out throughout the day.  For example, I woke up a few days ago, and instead of reaching for my bible, I took the television remote in hand and flipped through the channels. Intrigued by the medias political assessment of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, I was trapped, trying to listen to different viewpoints of our Presidential candidates.

When I realized I hadn’t taken the time to pray, to be honest I was so caught up with the program, I tried to squeeze my reading into a commercial. Guilt started to take a hold of me and I said to myself, “God is more than a commercial and deserves quality time.”

Now before you judge me, this is not my usual behavior. However I recognized what I was doing, turned off the television and proceeded with my time out to meditate. I felt relieved and was ready to start my day. My time alone gives me peace of mind and is one of the best parts of my day.

This is one of my ways of having time out and setting my day. I also go to the movies alone, spend time with friends, spa, sit by a lake observing nature, and long walks. How about the rest of us? What can you implement in your life to take time out? I am talking about everyday life, not the time we are given for vacation.

We are all so busy with work and family, that we scurry throughout the day, failing to recognize we all need to stop, think, relax and just breathe. Even for a moment, learn to be still, clear your thoughts, take time out from the busyness of life. I can honestly say I enjoy my time out. It puts me in a better frame of mind, mentally and spiritually while giving me the ability to write more creatively.

Success in life is about being the best you can be inspite of your journey.

Do you have any creative ideas for time out?