Struggle

Word of the Day

Struggle- make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction.

Life will never be easy all the time. If it was people would never develop the skills they need to provide their skill to the world.  We will struggle in all facets of our lives both personally and professionally.  It is human nature to want to avoid these obstacles because it would be easier without them. But easy is not always good and it is important to be thankful for the struggles we face because all of them bring with them an opportunity to become a better version of ourselves. We are always given a choice to let the struggle we face dictate the action of our lives or to let our lives dictate how we defeat the struggle.  It begins with being conscious of your struggles and the opportunity they are providing to you.  This begins with the thoughts, words, and actions you take to overcome these barriers, grow and develop.

Creating Space for Possibility

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quote-Jonathan-Sacks-make-space-in-your-life-for-the-213035Change is an inevitable and vital part of life. Change is happening to everyone each day. Some of the differences are so imperceptible as to be invisible but they are there none the less. It is human nature to hold tightly to the past and the things we are comfortable with, like a child with a blanket, these ideas, and possessions present a form of comfort, even if they no longer serve us in any meaningful way.

Embrace The Unknown

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Be grateful for What is Currently Unknown

All of us have a deep desire inside to know what is going to happen next.  Where are we going? What is the next step? What should I do now?

Sometimes it seems like it would be much easier if our lives were scripted in a book that we could read before hand, like a play.  Follow the script and you will eventually come to your happy ending and everything will be alright.  A happy ending for all situations.  That is just not the way that life works and I, for one, am grateful for it. Face the new experiences of life and bravely embrace the unknown. You really don’t have any other choice.

Time

Word of the day 

Time~    the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.

Life is nothing but the rolling of time and the experiences that each person collects along the way. We choose if we spend our time wisely or foolishly. Time is irrefutable, non-negotiable and inevitable.  We only get a finite amount of it and our consciousness should be spent considering the ways in which we spend this most valuable of commodities.  Evaluate your life and the people you spend time with, the thoughts you entertain and the activities you participate on a daily basis.  Are these things a valuable use of your time?  Be conscious of the things you love doing, that make you feel alive and the people who add value to your life.  Then spend more time with them doing things you value.  It all begins with a conscious awareness of time in your thoughts, words, and actions.

What is Normal?

no-normalThere is no such thing as normal.  Normal is a word that will bring a different vision to everyone’s mind, but to me each vision is biased by the experiences of the thinker.  My normal may seem ludicrous to you and what you do each day as a matter of life, may seem out of this world. The point to me is that there is no need to appoint a value of “normal” to anybody or anybody’s life.

What If?

What If?

what-ifThere are questions we ask ourselves all of our lives that can haunt us if we let them. What if that decision was wrong? What if I shouldn’t have done that? What if I had tried out for the chess team in high school? What if I said yes?

There are a million of these questions that you can consume your time with, but they don’t add up to anything in the end because the fact is whatever you are “what if-ing” about didn’t happen, will never happen and so should concern you about as much as what the weather was in Borneo in the year 1656.

Limit

Word of the Day

Limit- a point or level beyond which something does not or may not extend or pass.

Gratitude and Appreciation

gratitude-logoOne of the simple things in life that we all know we should do is practice gratitude for the things we have in our lives that bring happiness.

It is easy to look at the struggles and challenges of life and forget to see all of the things that make each day a positive experience.  One of the best practices is to set aside a time of day to look at the past day and decide what it is that you are grateful for.

Appreciate The Flip Side

the flip side of lifeOnce I looked at life and only wanted the good things in my experience.  I think everyone would feel the same way, no sadness, no loss or grief, just happy things that are easy to deal with, yet we all know that life is not going to come as easily as that.  We all must go through some difficult times and I think that is OK because you will never appreciate the good in life unless there is the opposite aspect to compare it to. There is always a flip side.

Mindset

Word of the Day

Mindset      ~ the established set of attitudes held by someone.

mindsetTo fully take advantage of our talents, time and actions it is important to know that our mindset is the attitude that leads to the results of our life. Once something is set in your mind you have no choice but to make that thing happen. So look at what your mindset is when it comes to finances, relationships, or life in general. This evaluation will reveal to you why your life is the way it is. The way you think about yourself and your abilities is the biggest boost or barrier to accomplishing anything.  It all begins with a conscious awareness of your thoughts, words, and actions based on your current mindset.

Books to Grow Your Mind

There is nothing that has allowed me to grow and understand life on a new level more than the books I read. They are a portal into knowledge and understanding that I can only hope to comprehend adequately. I know that my personal growth has stemmed directly from my experience with books and I wanted to share a few of the most recently read that I can highly recommend to all interested parties.

Do You Really Think So?

thouths matterAre you aware that everything we think and do matters?  This is not something that I knew all my life and it is a concept that I think everyone should contemplate at least a little each day.  When you are looking at your life experiences and wondering why you are where you are, look back at your thoughts, choices, and actions of the past and there will be a direct connection to the path that you are on right now.

When you are looking at your life experiences and wondering why you are where you are, look back at your thoughts, choices, and actions of the past and there will be a direct connection to the path that you are on right now.

Read

Word of the Day
Read~           look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by mentally interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed.

readAll of us are given a mind and it is up to us the choices we make in order expand the abilities of this tool or we let it wilt away over time.  It is amazing what the mind is capable of. In fact, the ability to read is probably the most powerful skill a person can master. Not only does it improve your imagination and comprehension you have the ability to learn anything at all a book can provide to you.  This relationship to information is far more personal than learning through listening or watching. Reading is an all-encompassing experience with the knowledge that you are dealing with.  To take advantage of this all you have to do is make an effort to find sources with the information you are interested in and read it.  It all begins with a conscious awareness of making an effort to read each day. It becomes a focus in your thoughts, words, and actions and that will change your life for the better.

Your Greatness

What I would change about the World

If there was one thing that I could change about the world it would be to

you're not good enough
Messages people receive every day

remove the thought, “I’m not good enough” , from the thought process of everyone in the world.

This single thought has managed to cause more damage than any other in the history of mankind and if people are honest, every person has entertained this thought at one time or another.

Inspiration

What inspires YOU?

Inspiration can be hard to find. Sometimes writing is as easy to create.  Much like a raindrop falling to the Earth, the 181129216233675879_jrZJ8Ysk_cwords seem to have no choice but to be written. There is little struggle and those are the topics, projects, articles and posts that make publishing your thoughts fun and exciting!

Unfortunately, there are going to be some days where finding the words is like driving down the road and having it turn into a dead-end right in front of your eyes. You begin with a promising thought but it quickly plays out and you have no choice but to turn your mind around and start over again.

Play

Word of the Day
Play- engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose.

playLife often seems to be a very serious and practical experience and that makes people miss the truth behind it. Life is a game and once you accept that and learn how to play it, it will become a much more enjoyable and recreational experience.  Like any game, there are challenges to overcome and strategy to implement.  Most people never realize this is the case. They spend their life soberly moving from one square to the next,  regretting moves they made in the past or fretting over challenges that may come tomorrow.  Life is a game that is played in the now because that is all you are guaranteed.  Never forget to play as you move through life and it starts with an awareness of this game happening right under your nose, with your thoughts, words, and actions.

Avoid the Negative Noise

Keeping it All Positive

challengesNo matter how confident and successful you are, life has a way of throwing challenges your way that will push you to make decisions every day which redefines who you are.  In everyone’s life, there are going to be events that force a constant expression of this experience.

In the end, even after facing a challenge I like to think that we have become a more galvanized feeling of who we are, and we hold on to beliefs with a more critical and realistic passion.

GO FOR IT

All the possibilities in the world are open to you today. There are dreams to pursue and make come true. Go for it!

why not

I have encountered  a lot of people who spend their time loudly and definitively  telling themselves and all who will listen,  why someone should not be attempting to chase a dream. Why they shouldn’t follow their innermost desire or pursue a goal that seems to be an integral part of themselves and their destiny.

Belief

Word of the Day

Belief- an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.

It is important to understand what a belief is and how it affects our lives.  A belief is just a thought that we supply an attachment to and accept as true and real in our lives. What you choose to believe is going to determine the foundation of your life and that is a very important thing. If you have an attachment to a belief limiting your potential, you may never be able to create all you are capable of. So let’s be aware today of all of the beliefs we have chosen to accept and have influence our lives.  Analyze where they come from and what evidence is there to back them up.  This begins with a focus on your thoughts, words, and actions around your beliefs and how they influence your behavior and accomplishments.

Look At The Time

Time is On Your Side, Even if it doesn’t Seem It

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We should all find activities in life that cause us to lose track of time and more importantly to not worry about what you “should” be doing with those precious moments.

 In our daily lives, we are controlled by the clock.  From the time we have to go to work to the time we are allowed to eat and the time we are able to rejoin the freedom of life yet again.  Time can be an all-controlling factor if you let it, but it does not have to be. You can live your life on your own time.