What do you think about this statement? Are you on a journey to be ever-growing, learning and changing? Your core beliefs might remain the same, but there is something to be said for building wisdom around them.
Today I find myself thankful for the storms of life I have journeyed through. Yes, I said storms. It’s those rainy, cloudy and gloomy times that allow for great potential of patience, fortitude and faith to blossom. The hardest part of these storms is that there is no RADAR in which we can know how long they will last. We can be driven into a dark tunnel.
Every minute we are in the tunnel we have choices: to move forward and find the other end or to just sit down, never finding the joy and peace that lurk on the other side. Sometimes groping our way through the dark is uncomfortable and awkward. While we feel our way through, the rough edges leave us with a new roughness on the outside, but also leaves us different as we emerge. In the storm and the dark tunnel we find we are tougher than we thought, on the other side we learn how wonderful being changed can be.
Emerging on the brighter other side, we either move forward dragging the puddles of the storm with us, or we move forward standing tall having survived, but not without a few painless scars that only show when we choose for them too.
Today I am thankful for several storms I have overcome. They are long behind me, but today I was able to reach into the tunnel to shine a light for a friend in need of knowing the storm is only on one end of the tunnel. Today, I am grateful for being comfortable enough with the journey I have made, to be very real with my friend. I will gladly shine the light on her path until she emerges.
All the best,
Today I am thankful that there is balance in the universe. Call it what you like, yin/yang, chi, ebb/flow, what goes around comes around. Our brilliant Creator put order and balance in play with His first command to take that which was formless and give it form. With each act of creation He provided opposites to balance each other out. He gave us light and separated it from the darkness; land was divided by water, creatures of the water and the land, male and female – even good and evil.
Each end of the scale has its place and purpose. In life we have seasons of serving and seasons of being served. When those seasons get too out of balance one can find themselves either exhausted from pouring out and not being poured into, or they could be found wallowing in being needy. There will always be those among us in need, but even the least of these has the ability to do something for others. Time is free.
Yes, I believe what goes around, comes around; what you sow you will reap. However, it is not our role to be continually looking around the corner to reap quickly. Sometimes it takes a while to arrive on the other side of sowing. Just as you can’t rush the oceans movement from high tide to low tide, you can’t rush the laws of natural balance. The journey between the two is what forms our character. All we can be responsible for is our role, attitude or place in the great balance of life we live in.
All the best,
Anyone can do a top ten list, but a top 6 list, that’s original – and it’s not because I couldn’t come up with 10 things. For the next six days, there will be a post a day with something I’m grateful for. They are not in any priority; all are equal.
Today I am grateful for those days when I give it all and at the end of it I am completely spent. The activities for the day can be full of work, writing or volunteer projects. Those days have been plentiful recently and for that I’m grateful. There is something wonderfully fulfilling about working hard, giving my all with excellence. I can do a string of these days for a while, but when I start looking forward to time off that I know I’ve maxed out.
Slowing down recharges me for the next wave.
All the best,
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
There are those individuals who in their 20’s after graduating college are true go-getters. They work hard, get involved and are all about their upwardly mobile status. But somewhere along the way they slow down and begin to cruise; maybe they gain a little market knowledge and begin to think they know a little something. They get into their routines of life, work, family, children — all very important. But in doing so, they don’t get involved, they just fill their time being busy — or rather they let their time GET filled with stuff. But are they continuing to learn and expand their mind and life-experiences. Are they watching life go by on their television screens or are they engaging in interesting and meaningful activities? Are you an active participant in life? This quote from Benjamin Franklin made me wonder…
There is a line from the movie Shawshank Redemption, “You either get busy living or get busy dying.”
So, what are you doing today? Are you expanding your experiences and knowledge of life, love and all there is in this great big world? What are you doing?
How many times is the question asked, “What does it matter”? It’s just a drop in the bucket; meaningless. Every day we make thousands of declarations, I do, I don’t, I will, I can’t, yes, no, maybe. Each of these little words leads to an action or no action, but all of them move us forward. Put these declarations in a string and the results are decisions that pave the journey of life. Meaningless – no decision is completely meaningless and all lead to experiences that make and mold who we are. What impact will my decisions really have, I am one individual?
Recently, I was watching the Discovery Channel with my son. The show talked about water molecules. Water drops tend to reach and adhere to each other. So two drops of water close enough on a plate or counter will join and become a bigger drop. If you fill a cup to the rim the water molecules are clinging to each other and will sit on the very edge of the cup until some other action forces them over the edge.
Choices and decisions may seem like nothing, but they all lead to something. Where are you going?
All the best,