The Joy of being Content

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Are you living a life of contentment? The joy of being content means living in a state of acceptance, thankfulness and gratefulness right where you are today. Living in contentment, regardless of life’s arrows which seeks to destroy your joy. Life happens everyday and it may drift in different directions depending on the circumstances. Continue reading “The Joy of being Content”

The Sands of Time

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They say “age is but a number” but is it really? When I was in my youth, life seemed like it was going to last forever. I was not afraid of taking risks like many of todays teenagers. In the mind of a young person, the world is an adventure  waiting to be discovered. Some of them feel indestructible, willing to take chances in dangerous situations. Let’s face it, some of us were willing to step out on a limb, believing we were going to be young for a very long time. Continue reading “The Sands of Time”

Why Me?

why me 3I’ve asked myself this question many times throughout my life and I am perplexed at the answer. I believe God created us for specific reasons, and I know one of my spiritual gifts is to encourage those that God has placed in my path who needs uplifting in their time of need. However, I often wonder why me and why this particular spiritual gift? Continue reading “Why Me?”

HERO TO ZERO

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Life is beautiful when you are considered a hero in someone’s eyes. It could be a child, a boss, a girlfriend or boyfriend. A husband or wife, married or single, being a hero can relate to just about anyone in this world. One day life changes and that child becomes a teen, your boss has found another star, and friendships are broken. In a short period of time, you go from hero to zero.

What is a hero by society’s standard? It is someone who is admired for their courage, achievements,  or other qualities, like showing courage through life’s difficulties. A hero can also be an object of extreme admiration.

Do you remember when your kids were younger? Well I do, and they looked up to you like you were a king or queen? Well as most parents know, when they become teenagers, they believe they know everything and you know nothing. The glow in their eyes and admiration diminishes. They no longer feel like you’re their hero.  You’re just mom and dad, who are imperfect beings. In today’s world, kids have learned so much through the internet that they begin to correct you even before high school.

How about working for a company for years where  you are considered one of the best employees. Year after year, you are commended and given awards. Your associates look at you with admiration and intrigue. Then one day things begin to shift in another direction.  Age becomes a factor and there is a new challenger that is being admired. There is always someone younger with more energy who may run cartwheels around you. Then one day your best isn’t good enough as someone else have taken your place. In a short period of time, you go from a hero to zero.

Friendships come and go. You can have a best friend today and sometimes foolishness crushes those relationships. In their eyes whether it is a love relationships or friendships, you can go from a hero to a zero.

These experiences could be a real life changer impacting your life in many ways if you allow it to become a thorn in your side. When you dwell upon where you are instead of where you are going, it will take over your life.

What is required is a new way of thinking. Transforming yourself and your ability to see these experiences in a positive light, will allow you to grow and develop new skills and characteristics. This will promote positive changes in order to move ahead towards the future. Maybe you needed a shift or a prompt to move in another direction. It’s easy to get stuck in one’s world while not growing mentally or spiritually. Sometimes I believe God has to give us a little nudge in order to wake us up from our mindlessness.

Nuggets of Truth: “We sometimes need a shakeup in order to wake up.”

                                       Pat Fagan

 

 

 

NEVER BE PERFECT

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I found this quote by Bonnie P fiester, and I had a desire to share it with people who feel the need to live in perfection. Her blog is primarily devoted to working out the body, but she also talks about the mind. Sometimes we are paralyzed by fear and are reluctant to move forward if we don’t think we can achieve our goal perfectly. But the words in this quote makes you stop, think and allows you to breathe, and accept yourself with all your imperfections. Your new objective is to focus on improving, not perfection, taking one day at a time.

We are all imperfect beings striving to become better in every aspect of our lives. Perfection is not attainable and should never be your goal. Just try to do your best at whatever you are trying to accomplish. At work, at home and in your personal life, keep trying to improve the quality of your life. None of us are perfect and if you try to walk down that path, you will run into frustration and disappointment when things don’t live up to your expectation. Let your heart be your guide and walk in truth no matter what circumstances come your way. Live your life to the best of your ability and let God direct your path. Everything takes time so don’t give up and just feel free and keep moving forward.

Nugget of Truth: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive  an inheritance from the lord as reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23-24

 

 

 

 

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Opposites

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Have you ever met anyone who thinks they’re always right? In a conversation, you are like night and day or positive and negative. Sometimes you can’t get a word in edge wise as they choose to believe their opinion of the facts are correct and yours is wrong, thus dominating the conversation. You debate on various personal and impersonal topics and you never seem to have a real understanding. The older you get some things never change. Think before you speak and refuse to engage in these debates. Continuing to discus a topic with someone who is unwilling to listen, will only lead to frustration.

It can happen on your job with your boss, or an associate. Family, friendships, or personal relationships, can also lead to broken dialogue if both parties are unable to share their thoughts. We have all experienced this in life, and it’s lessons we learn how to deal with on our journey.

Beleiving you’re always right, and not giving others the opportunity to express themselves is dangerous. Healthy debates and a willingness to listen to another persons opinion will allow your mind to expand to other possibilities. We are all learning and growing and no one has cornered the market on truth or factual information.

If you encounter someone with this type of disposition, my advice is to listen and let go. Don’t engage in their negative behavior. What doesn’t serve you will only lead to exasperation. Focus on constructive thoughts rather than destructive attitudes.