Have Confidence in That

challenges_aheadEvery person in the world in the history of mankind has been faced with the fact that life at times is going to be difficult or challenging. It doesn’t matter what skills and tools you possess, Einstein intelligence, classic beauty, superior physical strength, or massive understanding, you are going to at some time find that life is kicking you around like a rag doll. It is natural that your confidence will be shaken. These times are not meant to break you but to strengthen you. The challenge is thing that will cement your confidence in yourself.

 

Challenges and Choices

challenges-make-life-interestingThe 50 Experience #1-

Age is just a number, however, there are some numbers that are much more intimidating and thought provoking than others and turning 50 is one of these. To me, as this milestone approaches, I have conflicting feelings, I assume all people are the same.  I have fears and insecurities about life, just as I did when I was turning 40, 30, 20 or even 10.  Hopefully, I have developed tools and learned lessons that have helped me navigate turning 50 in a positive manner and embrace the experience. Of course, reflection is one of the tools that I use often to understand the value of an experience and to take that lesson into living my life every day.  Challenges and choices are the first essay in a series about this experience.

Some Of My Core Beliefs

my mind works overtime, sometimes
my mind works overtime, sometimes

All People live by a code of beliefs, that are accepted over the course of their lives, based on their accepted moral code. What has worked and what has not worked in my life has led to a list of core beliefs that generally guide my day to day actions. There are days I lose my focus but I have found that getting back to the core of beliefs is a step in the right direction.

These are ever evolving and I am editing completely but at that time this is what they were, in no particular order.

Comeback

“Every setback leaves behind a path to make your comeback” ~ Unknown~ Comeback Stories

comeback storiesEvery person who has lived a life has experienced the need to come back from adversity. We all face challenges and how we respond to them goes a long way in defining our lives and the character we possess. Do we shrink in the face of adversity or do we beat it back as best we can and move forward? How have you fared in your comeback stories from adversity?

French Fries and a Chocolate Shake

by Jonathan Hilton

ffandshakeI can remember that day very clearly. I was sitting at the restaurant with french fries and a chocolate shake on the table in front of me, talking with my grandparents about my upcoming graduation from high school.

The reason I recall this day is not because of anything that was said, it was the feeling I had of becoming an adult and that my grandparents approved of the young man I was turning into and that made me feel good.

How did I know they approved? I suppose I didn’t for sure at that moment, but there are many other forms of communication that can’t be ignored.

30 Questions that Changed the Way I Think About the World

30 day challenges
The First of Many I Hope

by Jonathan Hilton

Have you ever seen the focus of your life change in thirty days? This is the experience that I have had over the last month as I have looked to improve my writing skill and myself, as a person as well.

This is an evaluation of my project to answer one question each day for thirty days, and to work on putting more of myself into my writing for the purpose of being more honest and open about the things I write about.

The beginning of this project