Focus On Your Skills

Cannot bluff skills

It doesn’t make sense to focus on skills we lack instead of focusing on skills we are naturally gifted with. Our skills are often taken for granted and overlooked, everyone tends to worry about the skills and abilities they do not possess. If we use the skills we have, we can acquire new skills. However, learning new skills won’t help if we don’t use what we already have. Success is doing our best with what we have. Learn from the success of your skills that naturally flow from the interaction with people, places, and situations. Don’t let your skills become mistakes, make them become a resource that brings new skills. No one bluffs their way to success with skills they do not have. Everyone who got where they are, had to begin with where they were.

Falls Mist

Winter arrives

The Fall mist quietly arrived, a veil of haze scattered tiny droplets upon the slumbering grass. The brown crumpled leaves nestled between each blade of grass, longing for their life force which let them go. All things in nature trying to hang on before finally acknowledging the cold winter air will put them to rest. Finally peace comes as the frigid winter casts its seasonal shadow upon the countryside. Rest easy o’ beautiful land, that your splendor may return yet again.

Rejuvenation and Restoration of our Soul and Spirit

Meditation, prayer, and faith

Throughout life we face challenges that test our resolve. Sometimes our soul and spirit needs a little jump start to power through the low points in our life.  We can rejuvenate and restore our soul and spirit to help us face challenges and make adjustments.

When we haven’t nourished our inner self with the right knowledge, we will radiate negativity and flounder in misery. If we accept darkness and gloom through the window of our soul, expect failure and negativity. Our soul is the window to our existence, if we allow the light to shine in through the power of meditation, prayer, and the word of God we can expect to function at an optimum level. Our spirit drives us to triumph and to carry on in spite of difficult circumstances.  If our spirit is broken, our desire to carry on is deeply affected. Our soul and our spirit should function in unison to receive nourishment and replenishment in conjunction with Gods word in order for us to flourish. Once that renewal occurs, we realize there is a power in charge greater than ourself.

Let me take a moment to briefly discuss meditation, prayer, and faith.  Deeper and more detailed discussions exists on meditation, prayer, and faith, but these are my condensed thoughts from my heart.

Meditation offers us the opportunity to find a quiet space to clear our mind of outside influences and to engage in heartfelt contemplation.  Meditation is to ponder deeply in a purposeful manner to bring about resolution or understanding.  We can often rejuvenate and restore our soul and spirit with a renewed purpose or a renewed outlook about a particular scenario through meditation.  Take a few minutes each day to clear your mind and let the free flowing energy of the universe enter into you. Contemplate balance in life, realize your connection to all things, ponder the possibilities that radiance and goodness can bring, acknowledge problems and let solutions come forth with resolution, feel the divine power of God flowing throughout your body as you inhale and exhale in a methodical manner. Finally, never give up on the idea of meditating. Rejuvenation and restoration of our soul and spirit takes time. Allow time to be your friend until you can come to terms with any circumstances that create anxiety, or any circumstances that need resolution or understanding in your life.

Prayer offers us the opportunity to send forth a devout request to God. The power of prayer cannot  be underestimated. Prayer is a personal relationship with God for each of us. The unseen energy of prayer sent forth to God in the name of Jesus Christ can bring forth miraculous results, comfort, healing, understanding, and a strong sense of connectivity to God.  If we are strolling in companionship with God and learning the word of God,  we will begin praying in concurrence to the will of God,  then we will begin to see our prayers being answered.  Rejuvenation and restoration begins and ends with prayer. Embrace prayer, pray often, be open and honest when praying, be patient and let God work his wonders. Give prayer a chance and the changes within yourself and others will be quite amazing. People will begin to notice something is very different about you. That something is the rejuvenation and restoration of your soul and spirit radiating to the outside.

Faith offers us the opportunity to have unwavering confidence and trust in something greater than ourself. Faith has the power to bring forth something we cannot physically prove but something we spiritually believe can happen.  Faith is the cornerstone to success in life. If we have faith in all we strive for, our chance for success increases substantially vs no faith.  Our unwavering faith in God sets in motion a spiritual energy that can propel us to many successes in life. A strong commitment to faith will rejuvenate and restore our soul and spirit.  Always allow faith to be your friend, never give up on something you want to accomplish. A strong effort to fortify our faith keeps us moving forward during our rejuvenation and reconstruction process.

Life is always about the choices we make which determines our success and happiness in life. It is impossible to always make the right choice, sometimes we make several bad choices before we are awakened to the fact we are headed toward a big mistake or self destruction.  Our saving grace is when we realize we must rejuvenate and restore our soul and our spirit in order to function as an honorable, responsible, and productive person.

Our life is always under construction, we are on a journey that changes course frequently. Never give up on life in spite of difficult circumstances. Embrace life and its challenges, put forth your best effort, and take time to meditate, pray, and have faith. Our life has the opportunity to rebound from dire circumstances and move forward with a benevolent purpose. All we have to do is realize our inner self needs nourished.

The Morning Awakens

wake with a plan

Our morning begins with the anticipation of a new start, a clean slate, and a new day. The moment we wake up, the process of getting ready for the day should shift into action.  

Always have a plan for each day by creating a strategy for success the night before. It only takes a few minutes each night to think about what must be accomplished the next day, whether it be a small step or a giant leap. Implementing your plan when you wake up gives one a purpose in life and a sense of accomplishment.  If you were to wake up with no plan, little would be accomplished and a person would not be prepared for the days events. No one feels great wandering aimlessly through the day accomplishing little and feeling depressed, life can follow a downward spiral without a plan for each day.

How unfulfilling it would be waking up to a new day tuned out. Nothing is accomplished wasting time while others reap rewards, find happiness and determine events that impact your life. We were created to accomplish great things, and to help others.

Make a commitment each evening to have a plan for the next day.  Take a few minutes to formulate a strategy for tomorrow and wake up with enthusiasm to carry out that strategy.  It is not hard to make a commitment that takes only a few minutes to enrich your life each day. Happiness and accomplishments do not happen without a plan. In fact, nothing happens if without a plan.

3 Suggestions For Patience

Patience 3 steps.

Patience means showing restraint and diligence when engaged in activities or stressful situations. There are times when patience needs to be put aside for a more direct approach. Usually stress occurs when another person tries to forcefully impose their will on us in a way that disrespects who we are. That’s when our patience usually runs out. Let me suggest three things I use to help with my patience.

First. Take a second to collect your thoughts before reacting.  Resist the temptation to spout off or act impulsively. Think where you’re going with what you are about to say and how the outcome of what you say will develop. If you spout off without thinking, the battle is on. If you take time to think about how to diffuse a stressful situation and tone the aggressiveness down, it becomes a win for both parties involved.

Second. Tone of voice and sarcasm can escalate any situation into a heated exchange. Don’t be baited into an exchange that will escalate in yelling, cussing or disrespecting someone or yourself. Try to keep your voice steady, methodical, and at a conversational tone. Slow down, ponder if a situation warrants a heated exchange or if the situation in reality means very little concerning who is right and who is wrong. I find most of the time a heated exchange is not worth the outcome.

Third. Think of yourself as a good person, always take the high road. Think of those who are watching to see how you handle yourself in stressful situations. Remember your actions can potentially influence family, friends, children, or others how to react when presented with a stressful situation, whether it is real or perceived.

All three of the above suggestions happen quickly and efficiently with a little practice. Patience is a thought process that is developed over time with the desire to achieve the best possible outcome.

Sunday Greetings

start with a clean slate

Sunday greetings my friends, another marvelous week is upon us. Let this be the week we wipe the slate clean with a fresh start from negativity, from holding onto things we need to let go of, from denying personal responsibility, from giving up on difficult things, from not facing our fears and from not pursuing our dreams. May the excitement of this new week greet us with renewed enthusiasm for life. Lets rev up our motors and enjoy this week as we race into the excitement of feeling alive and useful. Stay awesome this week, let your light shine, your zest for life be contagious and your helpful, loving attitude be welcomed.

Beginnings

celebrate the journey

When we look back at our beginning, the day we were born. We could not have imagined our destination today. Our journey was focused on moving forward with a purpose and an untuned ear toward distractions that can derail the best of intentions.

The challenges along the way became rallying points to push onward with a determination that could not be extinguished. The years went fast, the years were a blast, we laughed, we cried, and we survived.  We could never let doubt or weakness rule the day, that was never an option.

We can celebrate today because new beginnings brought us hope, success, renewal and love. I believe we agree new beginnings can bring excitement, anxiety, failure or success. New beginnings are bound to come, let us celebrate the chance to reignite our zest for life.  We have much to accomplish, for new beginnings will never fail to present viable options to make the right choices for our life. A new beginning can either be viewed as an opportunity or a setback. Either way it’s a new beginning. Choose wisely because your choices will have consequences that impact your life in a way that determines your happiness.