Monthly Archives: February 2016

Let Life Take You

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Edward Morgan Forster …

How much of the life we are currently leading is a result of our efforts to create the life we want or feel that we need? For many of us, the need to fight the currents of life seems almost natural. And because of this, we often times find ourselves going upstream even though our destination may lie in the opposite direction. Yet in spite of our best efforts to swim against the currents, life will continue to push us in the directions that we must travel. The beauty of this realization, though, is that we do not have to fight against life, for life is bringing to us everything that we need–emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically. Continue reading

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Being Who You Are

“I’ve come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way. The challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul’s growth.” ~ Marianne Williamson …

We might not always see it at first, but things eventually pan out exactly as they need to. Many times throughout our lives, we lose trust–in God, in life, and in the path that lies before. But the truth is that we are not going to fall down, give up, or go astray in those places where we do not quite fit yet, we simply need not lose hope; for our destiny will unfold exactly as we want it to when the time is right and we are ready to grow into our ourselves. Continue reading

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Our Unique Paths

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they are not on your road does not mean they have gotten lost.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. …

Happiness and fulfillment in life is within you and me. It is distinctly our own, and the path is unique for each of us. Still, as humans, we have a tendency to enjoy the company of others and to try to help those we care about. And while we may have good intentions for trying to direct them onto our path in life, when we fail to take into account their individuality, we quite possibly do more damage than good. Continue reading

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Visualize Yourself Soaring

“People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh, and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under.” ~ Charles Swindoll …

If we do not soar, we plod and we wade through the mud, the grime, and the swamps of the world. And while it may be tempting to believe that down there in the mud is where we will find those who really need our help, we have to ask ourselves: “Can I help more people by providing a role model of someone who soars through life, or by trying to pull them out of the mud that they have mostly chosen for themselves, especially if they are neither ready nor willing to leave the mud?” Continue reading

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Not A Stratagem!

“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” ~ Khalil Gibran …

Is prayer a life jacket for you, or a light that you put out for the world to see? How are we to experience the true power of prayer if we hide it away? Prayer is perhaps the most misunderstood force in our lives. Many of us use it solely as a refuge in times of trouble, as if we keep it in reserve for when things go bad. But prayer during the good times can be one of the most important elements of our lives. Think of it in physical terms. When are we the most effective physically… when we are down and out or when we are feeling very good and things are going well? When do we have our peak strength and endurance? When are we most capable to help others? In the same way, prayer can be strongest and most effective when our reserves are full and we are at our peak. Yet that is the precise time when many of us neglect prayer because we think of it as something that is only useful in our times of need. Continue reading

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Seek The Truth

“Facts are many, but the truth is one.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore …

Because I tend to have a very analytical personality, I constantly strive to obtain all the facts and make sense of them. This behavior tends to result in me being told that I am stubborn and wrong in an argument. Generally, it is not that I am refuting the other person or saying that they are wrong, I am simply trying to make sense of all the facts in my own head. But somewhere in my search for truth, I tend to end up fairly convinced by the facts that my perspective is true and valid, even though there is typically more to the picture than I can actually see. And when I reflect on this truth, I begin to become aware that my judgment of the situation is necessarily flawed, and that my feeling of being right about something could quite possibly be based on incomplete information. Continue reading

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Anger Management

“Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.” ~ Cherie Carter-Scott …

As Cherie mentions here, anger makes us smaller–it holds us back from growing into something greater than we are now, something that we were specifically created to become. And when looking at my own life, those times in which I have experienced and embraced anger have certainly lessened me–both as a human and a spiritual being. In addition, they were unhappy times filled with stress, grudges, and resentment. And although expressing our anger, to a certain extent, can be very important in life. If not done properly–in a positive and healthy way–it can also have very damaging effects on us and on those we love (just as holding onto it and not expressing it can). Continue reading

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