Monday, February 15, 2010
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
~ Henry David Thoreau~
What are your goals and wildest dreams? Have you built castles in the air? If your answer is yes, good for you! That's where dreams must begin.
After building our dreams, we must put the foundation beneath them.
How is your foundation coming along? Are you taking practical, daily steps forward (no matter how small)? We can't get to our goal when we are not moving. Are you moving toward success? If not, what little step can you take today to re-commit and get yourself back on track?
Each day I take a step toward success. I know there is no such thing as a "small step," every step is important.
P90X "BRING IT" TEAM, the start of your foundation is making a commitment to yourself that you are going to show up and press "PLAY"
Sunday, February 14, 2010
John 16:22 says: "And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. " KJV
You may be familiar with the list of seven deadly sins that was formulated
during the sixth century: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, vengeance, envy, and pride.
But you may not know that the original list compiled during the fourth
century also included the sin of sadness. Over the years that emotion was
omitted from the inventory.
Some people are blessed with a cheerful disposition. They always seem
to be happy. They wear a perpetual smile almost as if they were advertising
toothpaste. But then there are others who seem to be chronically sad.
They continually complain about life and its burdens. And who can deny that
afflictions are discouraging?
While we acknowledge that not everybody is blessed with a bright outlook
on life, we need to remember that joy is one of the gifts Jesus promised to
His followers. We need to resist any tendency to let sadness dominate us.
Jesus promised His disciples on the night Judas betrayed Him, "Your joy
no one will take from you" (John 16:22). Remember that joy is the fruit of
the indwelling Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Let's ask the Lord to help us look
beyond our circumstances and encourage our heart hearts by the vision
of joy that awaits us (Heb. 12:2). ---- Vernon Grounds
You alone , Lord Jesus, can true joy impart,
For You know the sorrow of the human heart;
You came here from glory many hearts to win
And in love for sinners suffered once for sin. ----Anon.
Joy is a fruit of the spirit
that's always in season.
Monday, February 08, 2010
"When we do face difficult times, we need to remember that circumstances don't make a person, they reveal a person."
~ Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
How easy it can be to throw our hands up when faced with difficult or trying times. It can be easy to put on that "poor me" hat and figure we are another victim of circumstance.
While we may feel those emotions temporarily - we cannot hold onto them or they will make us a victim.
Instead, follow Richard's words. Let the difficult times reveal who you are, the talents you possess, your strength, your courage.
Have you felt you are a victim of circumstance in an area of your life? Choose not to be the victim. Choose to let this trying time reveal a step that you can take toward the stronger, courageous, true you.
Each difficult time is a step that I take to build my true self.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine... [your] values and goals...Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want." ~ Marsha Sinetar
If you take a moment and really think about this statement, it provides a fresh perspective. What one person perceives as a challenge or "down" might be perceived as an opportunity or "up" by another person. That doesn't make one person right or the other person wrong, but it demonstrates that we are each unique individuals with unique values and goals. What makes me happy may be quite different from what makes you happy. Each "up and down" provides us "the window to determine our values and goals" and discover what we desire in our life.
One approach that is very helpful in building the ideal life (and self-discovery in general) is the process of elimination. It isn't always easy to uncover what would make us happy. We might think we know, but often we get to that place and discover what we thought we needed, isn't really the "key" to our happiness. Sometimes it is easier to observe what doesn't make us happy. By keeping a list of what answers "don't work" for us, we become like an inventor for our life. Each combination that doesn't work, lead us closer to finding the combination that will.
Instead of allowing your moods and energy to flow with "ups and downs," take a step back and observe each up and down as an opportunity to learn more about inventing the life you desire.
Each day is filled with opportunities to expand, refine and improve my life direction.
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