Prepare For The Journey

Prepare for the journey.

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Preparing for our journey in life gets us safely to our destination. Our journey and our destination are determined by the amount of preparation we put into it. One cannot expect a smooth journey in life nor can one expect to arrive promptly at their destination without proper preparation.

Preparing for our journey in life entails taking time to ensure the steps for arriving at our destination are in place. This means taking time to acquire the knowledge of where we are going and paying attention to the detail which will deliver us to our intended destination. It means having a contingency plan if things go awry in route to our destination. With the proper knowledge, we can develop a plan that will contribute to a smooth journey and a safe arrival. A good plan puts in place a feeling of security as we move toward our destination.

If we do not take time to acquire the necessary knowledge and detail about how to arrive at our destination, we can expect many obstacles that throw us off course. Once we are off course without a plan, the outcome can take many turns which we are not prepared for. That unpreparedness can lead us to be lost, or meandering aimlessly, or even worse it may put us in jeopardy of great loss.

Our journey in life can always arrive at its intended destination with sound knowledge and a solid plan. Time is available for all of us to ensure everything is in place for fulfilling our journey in life and arriving at our intended destination. Don’t wait until the last minute to plan for your journey, for those plans are apt to be haphazardly prepared and cause great anxiety.

 

Discrete and Anonymous

Boasting.

Happy are the people who do good deeds for the sake of being discrete and anonymous. There is a big difference between carrying out good deeds while remaining anonymous and carrying out good deeds with the intent of drawing attention.

I have always felt good deeds and hard work are noticed, appreciated, and rewarded without tooting our horn. The rewards derived from being humble may not be realized right away, but they will be bestowed upon us in due time. I’ve found if a person chooses to draw attention for their good deeds, their rewards are usually materialistic and not everlasting. Tooting our own horn with the intent of getting attention eventually results in others becoming resentful of the way we advanced our personal agenda. Always try hard to do things the right way with little fanfare. Yes its true, people do get attention and promoted based on how outrageously they sell their agenda and toot their boastful horn to others. However, let me say with great certainty those people are usually the ones who present themselves to be someone they are not. Their rewards are likely to have strings attached which results in more attention to fuel their ego.

The ego on the outside cannot be allowed to over rule the sanctity of the inside. If we go about our business in a way that honors who we are, there is no need to draw attention to one’s self because the happiness gained from any good deed is always recognized in unspoken and unseen ways. The unspoken and unseen affirmations of our good deeds will be rewarded in ways we physically cannot understand. If we are honest with ourself and present ourself as we are, we are not tooting our horn, rather we are presenting the truth.  Let us be humble, full of joy, and glad for great rewards which await us.

Today is Not Every Other Day

The end is a beginning.

Today is a new day, let go of yesterday. Today is not like all the yesterdays regardless of how we perceive time. Each new day of our life is a day for a fresh start, a new beginning, a time to put new thoughts and ideas in motion. The excitement of waking up with a fresh start each day should propel us to initiate actions that fulfill our purpose for living. The opportunities in a day are endless, why waste one minute on boredom or self pity. Many folks suffer from circumstances they feel are out of their control. Never put off seeking help to overcome times of difficulty. Seek out friends or professionals who have the skills to help cope with difficult situations.  Strive hard to ignite the desire to overcome that which causes great pain and despair. It is never to late to pull ourselves up by the bootstrap and go about our day seeking to help others, to be kind, to gain one small slice of knowledge, and to keep in mind that in each minute of every day an opportunity is there for us. Every ending has a new beginning that sets in motion something new. The end is never the end unless we give up, even then there is a beginning.  Let nothing stop you from a new beginning today.

Things We Think We Need

Aquire that which doesn’t vanish.

Don’t worry about the earthly things in life which we think are needed. A person cannot add a one moment to their life by worrying. It is only natural to desire material things which we think will elevate us in happiness and self worth. But those desires are material and will  crumble and vanish in time, leaving us with a false sense of worth. External desires provide temporary happiness and cannot overpower the internal yearning for spiritual enlightenment if we are tuned into becoming a better person. Desire that which the eternal kingdom offers and desire the goodness which leads to happiness and self worth. Its worth putting forth the effort to acquire that which cannot vanish from within. For that which cannot vanish will be everlasting. Always wishing you the best.

Old Man Winter

Old Man Winter Poem.

Old Man Winter was never a beginner, he arrived like a pro and dropped a foot of snow. The stores were closed, everyone was hosed. The electric was out, my aching gout. I thought I must hustle to find the snow shovel. I dug and dug, but I got no hug. I was singing tenor, when I picked up a splinter. The Misses called with a very loud shout, I was thoroughly appalled when she  bawled me out. I threw down the shovel, I was in such a hustle. I went in the house, and sat by a mouse. I fell into a snooze, without any booze. When I awoke, I knew I was broke. The Misses was gone, it was almost dawn. The abode was bare, except for my chair. The house was cold, it would have to be sold. I knew it was over, then I saw Rover. I had some hope, I knew I could cope. I saw the light, everything was bright. I knew I could survive and not take a dive. I had to succeed cause I never would plead. Old Man Winter, he blew in the cold, not even a splinter could make me fold.

Barriers in Life

Age releases barriers.

As I mature in life, I find the barriers we put between ourselves and others whether perceived or real are less prevelant. I notice people are more willing to seek a common and meaningful connection with each other as they mature and disengage from the rigors and stress of maintaining a lifestyle. No longer is status, age, gender, race, degrees, rank, position, wealth, or lack thereof a hinderance to building great friendships or a hinderance to converse with people from all walks of life. Maturity brings forth the desire to pursue fellowship and a genuine interest in people regardless of their journey in life. We all share common interests of friendship, love, and a sense of belonging. I know as we mature, we truly realize that people we have known and people we have yet to meet offer wonderful blessings in our lives. The progression of life seems to lessen the notion of feeling socially inept. One’s ego becomes less important and a sincere focus emerges about sharing our journey of life, listening to others, acquiring new friends, and developing the desire to become a better all around person. Most barriers that keep us from accepting others were put in place by ourself.

Everyone Has a Special Talent

Realize your talent

Everyone is born with a special talent just waiting to flourish. Sometimes talent is recognized and developed at an early age. Other times talent takes time to recognize and develop which presents itself later in life. Either way, we all have something special to contribute to society, to friends, or to family. We are all offered many roads to travel throughout life, the road that brings forth your best asset is the road that reveals your special talent. How do you know when you have found the right road? It’s an instinctive feeling of realizing your flow of natural ability, it’s a feeling of ease for what you bring to the world, and a feeling of harmony that comes without a struggle. It’s a feeling of love for what you are doing and the realization of being self motivated for the talent you have found within yourself. If you’ve found your talent, great keep rolling. If you’re still searching, never give up because everyone has a talent that is special.