Usually, I love to get the last word, but today it is with some sadness. According to plan, my year of blogging has come to the end.
Thanks so much for being a part of this wonderful experience with me. I have treasured your comments and support each week.
2008 offered its challenges to us all, as individuals and a nation.
My prayer is that 2009 will bring you spiritual depth, financial security, true friends, good health, and exciting surprises.
As we close the book on “I was just thinking….” By Terri King, I leave you with one final thought by guess who?
Me, of course!
“My best is good enough, and my best will get better the more I exercise my best.”-Terri King
Say these words to yourself anytime you need encouragement and know that I believe them for you.
May God bless you all.
And a Merry Christmas to you all. See you next week.
How do we define ourselves? Who we are? What we are about?
The word define means; “ to give precise value or meaning.”
Sometimes we have defining moments, like childbirth, or monumental spiritual experiences, and the like, that we embrace in defining ourselves.
Any number of wonderful things can be used to help define us as individuals and I don’t know what all they are.
But this I do know, and listen carefully, we are not defined by our circumstances.
Maybe things are tight and you’ve had to scale back Christmas this year, or you made a bad decision and now you must live with the consequences, or you grieve the loss of a cherished relationship that you didn’t handle just right.
Any of these are unfortunate situations but, albeit painful, they don’t have to define the people that we are.
Your value lies in the core of your beliefs, your convictions, and the sincere desires of your heart.
Anything that happens to us outside of this is merely a circumstance that has the opportunity to make us better in the end if we want it to, but not define us.
In case you were having trouble defining yourself, let me help you;
you are priceless, your value is far above rubies and diamonds.
If you’re not feeling it, let’s talk, I’ll tell you why.
Yeah, it’s Christmastime, and times are tough all over.
So in this time of giving, if you’re looking for the perfect gift there’s a good chance it might be a word of encouragement.
Be sensitive to other people’s situation. And if you’ve got a minute, lend an ear.
Material things come and go but emotional and spiritual gifts can last a lifetime.
If you’re like me and during these challenging times it’s been hard to find a place to give praise, remember this;
it’s the hard times that knit our hearts together and strengthen our bonds. And for that we can be thankful.
By the standards of raw strength and power, the body is a slave to the mind.
It moves, breathes, acts and reacts on command; be it consciously or subconsciously.
In what fashion and to what degree is all a direct result of the thoughts that dominate our mind.
But, what happens when we allow the slave to rule the master?
There’s a hierarchical breakdown. The chain of command is broken, ultimately resulting in insubordination.
Maybe you’re saying, “Hey, this is like the fall of the Roman Empire. How does this happen to a powerhouse like the mind?”
I suggest, like the fall of the Roman Empire, it happens gradually over time.
If you and I belly up to the world’s table day after day we find a feast catered to the body, complete with unwholesome foods, destructive conversation, impulse buying, and instant gratification to name a few.
If we are to keep the power of our lives in competent hands we must first feed the mind/spirit all that is just, healthy and beautiful and let the mind/spirit feed the body.
Holidays already? This year has been challenging for most of us. But still, where did it go?
Life truly is just a vapor that appears for a while and is gone.
It’s so easy to fill the space of time in our lives with minutiae.
Time seems to be like money in that if it doesn’t have a specific purpose it just goes away.
Let’s seek out the good things in life and give them more room to make great memories for us.
Time is never wasted when you’re in search of a good thing.
After all, it is the limiting factor in life, and the most unforgiving.
There’s only so much of it and when it’s gone there’s no getting it back.
No matter how long you live it’s really just a short trip.
I’m not going to tell you how to live, just to live and live fully.
By now we all know to get what you want you gotta know what you want. And it’s true.
Really hashing that out for every aspect of your life can be a challenge, but worth it.
Okay, let’s say you do. You got all worked out , for today, because plans do change.
If you don’t write it down somewhere, that’s the worst. If you write it down but you never look at it again, well, that’s a little better but not much. You gotta write it down and refer to it often.
I have recently arranged the statement of my major purpose into a prayer.
I find it exponentially more powerful and I get the added bonus of the opportunity to be thankful for all that I already have.
That makes me feel hopeful and elevates my spirit.
Give it a try and don’t forget to say your prayers.
Veteran’s Day is a time to honor those who have given of themselves for the sake of others, for their country, for freedom’s glory.
It reminds me that in these times of trouble, a great way to curb negativity and despair is to take the focus off you and give something to someone else.
It’s natural when we get in trouble to withdraw into ourselves. I must say, that’s exactly what I have done. Just ask my friends and family.
Not that this is so bad, but I was talking to another business owner earlier today and I realized giving her an ear and trying to encourage her gave me a good feeling.
We really do need each other and I appreciate all of you.
Thank a veteran today and ask that person next to you how they are and if you can do anything to help them. The reward may be yours.
So, America votes for change. I couldn’t be happier if it’s for the right kind of change that originates in the right place.
What do you mean, you say. I know our country is in a mess with 2 wars, economic woes, a national deficit of nearly $1 trillion, and international relationships that are fragile at best.
Do we need change? Absolutely. But let me encourage you to protect and defend your individuality, your freedoms, and your independence by committing yourself to the change that is necessary to move the world into a better place.
The “arc of history” and the “hope of a better day” appropriately lies in each one of us and it is ours to claim as citizens of a free country for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.
Free men and women, do not look to a single figure in a powerful position to right the wrongs, to cure the ills, to “get you there”. The power for enduring change of the people and for the people must be by the people.
I’ll start with me. You start with you. And together we will revive the pride of the American spirit and keep our country free.
I have no party affiliation. I love America. I love to live my life to the dictates of my own heart. To keep doing that, we, as individuals, must take responsibility for the change that needs to come.
America does not need a King. America needs its people.
May God bless the new administration for the sake of the people.
I’ve heard it said, there’s opportunity in every market, when it’s up and when it’s down.
Well, I don’t have to tell you it’s down.
But where’s the opportunity in this market? I don’t know.
Nevertheless, allow me to raise your awareness that it’s said there is some, somewhere out there.
If we keep our minds open and clear per chance it will reveal itself to us.
I don’t know about you, but a good opportunity in a bad market would be just what I need to lift my spirits.