Relax and Trust

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 I came across this lovely writing below, and wanted to pass it along as an encouraging reminder to relax, let go, and trust.

Enjoy!

Detach and Depend

No matter where we are right now

Or what we are doing,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Presence fills us. 

No matter how hard the struggle

Or how hopeless life can seem,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Light shows us a new way. 

No matter how low we may feel

Or how wrong we think we have been,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Love heals us. 

No matter how lost, how scared,

Or how angry we are,

We can detach from it for a moment

And depend on God.

Peace lifts us.

Life may seem so confusing, so complicated, so

frustrating,

Or life can be joyous, so nurturing, so exciting.

Gratitude can be our reality,

and Faith our guiding star,

If we remember to Detach and Depend on God.

― By Rev. Claudell County

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Let Your Guard Down

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I was watching a program the other day that was honoring the musical talents of Billy Joel. Many of his popular hits were showcased, and several of them were from the album, The Stranger which was introduced in 1977.

His external changes were a stark reminder of how long ago that recording came out, and how fast time has gone since then. Still, the words of his songs are timeless.

As some of his lyrics to ‘The Stranger’ below suggests, we can all probably relate to having a social identity that is different from what we feel deep down within us. Our insecurities can keep us from showing our true self, and accepting all parts of who we are.

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“Well we all have a face
That we hide away forever
And we take them out and show ourselves
When everyone has gone.”

Therefore, it is tempting to present a more polished version of ourselves in order to have people view us in a certain way. Many of us are afraid of rejection, and this can stop us from being authentic in our sharing, and connecting our vulnerabilities with others.

However, the more we lower our social mask, and open up with trusted others, the more our fears diminish, and the more that playing a part becomes a hindrance instead of a protection.

Do you find it easy to let your guard down?

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Say a Prayer Today

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Often, we don’t know what someone is going through, and even when we do, we can feel helpless to help.

A few days ago, I learned that one of my siblings received some devastating health news, and the prognosis does not look good. There has definitely been a feeling of helplessness, as the unfavorable information, and projected outcomes continue to be assessed.

However, in speaking about the situation on the phone yesterday, we did begin to speak about the power of prayer, and the miracles that can come from that.

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It seemed to bring great comfort that vast amounts of prayers would be requested on their behalf, through prayer chains in churches, and more private requests as well.

What positive ways do you find comfort?

Claim Your Prize

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Every so often, I receive a forwarded group email message that inspires me to pass it on to others. I received the one shown below this morning, and thought it was a great reminder of how to spend each day.

Enjoy!

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. 

However, this prize has rules:  

  1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.
  2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
  3. You may only spend it.    
  4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
  5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “Game Over!” It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning.

Each of us is already a winner, and the Prize is *Time*

  1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
  2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is Not credited to us. 
  3. What we haven’t used up that day is forever lost.
  4. Yesterday is forever gone.
  5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING.

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life! Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start “spending!”

What will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

 

Clean Your Mental Filters

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Spring is a great time to spruce up our external environments, and our internal ones as well. It is a time to wash away the accumulation of the old, and get a fresh perspective.

Much like dirty air filters can block good circulation in our homes, our negative mental filters or thought patterns, can block the circulation of good feelings within us as well.

By focusing only on the negative aspects of a given situation, and filtering out all of the positive aspects about it, we miss the blessing within them.

For instance, sometimes our seemingly ‘bad’ feelings are alerting us that something or someone in our life is not in our best interest, and to pay attention to that.

Without the discomfort, we might not otherwise investigate a potentially harmful situation, speak up or explore healthier environments. In that way, our unhappiness can be a blessing that leads us to more personal awareness, and better choices.

Additionally, our life challenges, and the way we handle them, can be an inspiration and catalyst for others to expand their vantage point as well. There are endless examples of people who defy restrictive thoughts, and go on to show us other ways to handle disappointment or misfortune.

For example, I have been watching Dancing with the Stars, and it is an amazing experience to watch one of the contestants on the show this season, Iraq War Veteran Noah Galloway.

He is missing parts of his limbs, but is not missing on strength or determination. In spite of his circumstances, he rose above defeated thinking, and is showing us anything is possible.

Watching people like him is a good reminder of how positive and courageous thinking can wash away limitations, and that there are many ways to handle challenges beyond what we believe is possible.

It all depends on what lens or filter we are looking through, and how we decide to face any challenges that come along.

Action Step:

Ask yourself what your discomfort is telling you today? Is there a positive side to the experience?

 

Awaken the Kid at Heart

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As a child, I remember being at parties where we were instructed to make words out of other words, and whoever came up with the most would win a prize.

For example, if the party was for someone’s birthday, we would use their name or take the word birthday, and make other words from it such as:

  1. Birth
  2. Day
  3. Rib
  4. Rat

It was fun because it kept us entertained while waiting for our pizza or whatever food was being prepared.

Plus, the anticipation of a prize was fun too!

So, for the holiday, I thought we could use the word Easter in the same way as described above, for the kids, and the kid at heart.

Additionally, the word can be used to express what this holiday means to you or for identifying positive words that you associate with a contented life, or that simply make you feel good.

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                                                             Below is a sample.

                                                                             E = Enjoyment

                                                                             A = Acceptance

                                                                             S = Serenity

                                                                             T =Transformation

                                                                             E= Enthusiasm

                                                                             R= Rejuvenation

What positive words would you use?

Happy Easter to all!

Enjoy!

Write It Down

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There is something powerful about writing down on our thoughts, goals, dreams, and intentions, accompanied by visual aids such as pictures or drawings.

Putting it all down on paper is a very effective tool for attaining our desires by seeing a physical representation or blueprint of our objectives. It helps to solidify their arrival by motivating us to take the daily action steps needed to make them come true.

Many of us prefer to use our electronic devices for all our correspondence but in this case, it is fun to see our goals come alive in the form of a book which really gives a power boost to their fulfillment.

To that end, I recently bought a scrapbook at a local craft store and put the words goal book on the outside.

On the blank pages inside, I am creating a goal on each page using stickers, affirmations, and drawings with markers to indicate personal goals in all areas.

For example, one group of stickers is of the beach for more immediate vacation goals, as well as, longer range plans to live near the ocean one day. For my husband we bought graduation stickers for use in his education goal of finishing his Master’s degree.

It is a creative way to get excited about what we would like to see come to fruition, along with an action plan, and specific time frames. This makes it more attainable and not just a mere wishing for what we want.

It is not about living in the future, and waiting for achievement of our goals in order to be happy. Conversely, it is about giving power and exuberant energy to each day by the empowering steps we take, and joyfully experiencing new ideas on our journey.

For instance, I recently felt inspired by the use of my goal book to change the format of my ‘Find Your Place of Serenity Series.’ 

I wanted to create a more intimate atmosphere that offered a safe and comfortable space for sharing more personally about what matters most to the participants in their life.

Therefore, I changed the series from a teaching course, that involved poster boards and reading out of an assigned book, to a candlelit room with empowering discussion about anything a participant feels inspired to talk about. This adjustment has made a tremendous difference in the group sharing.

This demonstrates how making a few small alterations can have an enormous impact on the results we receive, and how we ultimately feel.

Seeing our intentions written out can help us to find better ways to revitalize our daily habits and routines toward a more contented way of life, not only for today but for the future as well.

Action Step:

Write down an aspiration you have, and compliment it with a relevant picture, affirmation or drawing for an added energy boost.