Now Is The Time

Lord, when we are feeble and frail, let us be able to reflect and know we did some good. Let us not look back and wish we did something when we did nothing.

Who doesn’t dream of living a long life, particularly after retirement? Everyone does, especially if that long life includes health and happiness. Unfortunately many people do not realize their dream due to physical maladies which wreak havoc on the body. They worked so hard for those they loved. Life is so very precious, each day we have the opportunity to make today a little better than yesterday whether we are still working or retired.

Retirement is embraced with great anticipation when we face challenging days on the job.  If we are fortunate to be retired, we recall the days which summoned all of our patience and skills to survive the drama surrounding working with others. We dream about how nice it would be to wake up each morning knowing we are the ones in charge of managing our time. What a wonderful feeling of freedom to rise at the break of day and realize this day is my day, I choose what I accomplish today. We survived, and we are retired.

Anytime is a good time, but retirement is a perfect time to call upon our strengths to make the world a better place for everyone. If there is some small deed we can do to resolve an issue or to make life better for others, now is the perfect time to step up to the plate. We are retired, we have time, we have resources, we have experience, we have what it takes to help others. Our time can be filled with good works and making ourself useful to others. What is the point of living through many decades if we can’t see that the world was made better because of something nice we did?

God knows we all long for freedom from a daily job. God knows we need his help. We should ask for his help to guide us in a direction that grants us the knowledge to spend our time wisely so that we are a blessing to others. Lord, when we are feeble and frail, let us be able to reflect and know we did some good. Let us not look back and wish we did something when we did nothing.

 

Overwhelming Obligations

When we are submerged with the weight of massive obligations, whether at home, at work, or with friends, or family, there is no other way to surface except to face our commitments courageously each day until we can find a way to live peacefully with our obligations and manage them. 

From time to time our obligations evolve into something so big and time consuming we cannot focus on our ability to think and function rationally. Our focus becomes disorganized and erratic. This emotional state leads to exasperation and we become very dejected. It becomes hard to eat, sleep, and maintain a sense of happiness around others.

Some people would say enormous obligations are the price we pay for being human and they are probably correct.  The price for being human is easily tossed around but that price is difficult to understand when we are struggling for existence in a world which requires prudent thought and actions. Many people face immense commitments due to work, family dilemmas, health issues, or personal issues.  Numerous people must face these obligations daily, they may not be equipped to handle them or to find a way that balances their life with their obligations. These tremendous responsibilities seek to drain every ounce of energy and they demand so much time our happiness suffers.

When we are submerged with the weight of massive obligations, whether at home, at work, or with friends, or family, there is no other way to surface except to face our commitments courageously each day until we can find a way to live peacefully with our obligations and manage them.

Each day can be a struggle, if we recognize this, we can overcome the burdens which seek to control our life. Some people are able to rise to the occasion and free them self from the grasp of obligations that control their life. Others desperately need our help to intervene with compassion and guide them to understand how some obligations are controlling their life. Facing our responsibilities head on can bring freedom and happiness.

May the overwhelming obligations that seek to conquer our happiness be lifted and may we share our happiness with those we love.  We all deserve happiness and balance in our life.

If I Had To Choose One Word It Would Be …………

Proof is in the word, anything we accomplish starts with “believe” and it shall be accomplished.

Life has a way of becoming bogged down with daily routines that are neither moving forward or backward, they merely mark time in the moments, hours, and days that consume our life. We are either unable or unwilling to take the initiative to be fulfilled in our daily life. If I had to choose one word which could inspire, motivate, and lead to fulfillment in life, it would be “believe”. The word itself creates actions which begin to fulfill dreams. Proof is in the word, anything we accomplish starts with “believe” and it shall be accomplished. Have an awesome day and “believe” with all your heart that you can accomplish anything you set out to do.

Confronting Our State of Mind

Our liabilities can stay with us and burrow into the deepest part of our mind. If we do not confront them, we are in danger of handing our life over to discouraging states which occupy our time and frame of mind

We might hold on to a grudge, be ill tempered, or feel dishonored from occurrences in the past? These emotional reactions along with many others are very real and in many instances become liabilities and anxieties. We may feel like they have been reconciled, yet they are in the background pushing through when we lack self control. When these emotions push to the surface, we have a chance to confront them head on.

Our liabilities can stay with us and burrow into the deepest part of our mind. If we do not confront them, we are in danger of being adversely affected by their harsh reality. We know that faith is belief in the unseen. There are times when we cannot see our liabilities, yet we know they are present. Our faith inspires us to ask for our shortcomings to be revealed and destroyed in a manner which cleanses, clears, and resets our body, mind, and spirit. If we do not manage and destroy our emotional liabilities, we will certainly struggle to exist as a highly functional being.

Spiritual responsibility is crucial to our overall well being and specifically to manage the nuances which causes us emotional duress. Our spirituality is personal, yet we can be open to friends who are in harmony with our faith. They can convey unbiased feedback about how we portray ourself in situations of stress and as well as situations of confidence. We must have faith that answers will come to provide direction, and to remove our emotional struggles which cling to us.

Our spirituality and faith are greater than anything which backs into the voids of our consciousness and causes us anxiety. We can overcome anything we set our mind to. Our liabilities rob us of the opportunity to keep positive energy moving toward our fulfillment of happiness in life. If we dedicate time to understand why we are embracing our liabilities and anxieties, we can persevere to overcome their emotional trigger points.

There is much to be said about being positive, and never surrendering to the emotional liabilities which casts a cloud over us. We desperately need to raise our existence to a level that brings out the best we have to offer. It is an easy commitment to suggest, but it is one which requires hard work to overcome. Are we up to the challenge?

Our Garden Of Life

Our gardens parallel our life. Both require the right ingredients in order to mature.

Gardening is a matter of passion with cycles of misfortune and success just like life. Our garden and our life are synced with the sun and earth which dances with grace, revolving and tilting with gentle movements. Our seasons, days, and nights march onward with the precision of the Great Conductor who has orchestrated the rhythm of our universe. There is a time for rest and a time for growth. Our gardens flourish with a cycle of life in tune with the seasons, sprouting forth and maturing with the help of nature and divine guidance. Seasons begin with spring, we prepare our garden for seeds, enrich the soil, and diligently nurse the plants. During the summer we rid the weeds which choke the plants. We must water the bounty so it can thrive and be harvested. In the fall, we must clean up our garden and get rid of old plant debris which can harbor pests that will infest our garden in the spring. When winter comes, the soil slumbers during the short blustery days of winter only to awaken in time for spring. Gardening, like our life, is always an ongoing process of cultivation that must continue in order to reap the rewards.

Our garden and our lives are intertwined, each requiring prudent care, faith in our efforts, and patience to reach maturity. A garden cannot thrive on its own accord just as we cannot thrive on our own accord. Any yield is based on the effort we put into it. Without the divine foundation of building blocks for all life and the maintenance of that foundation and building blocks, we wither just as our garden will. As humans we have immense responsibilities to ensure our efforts are always moving forward in a manner which enriches our life and the life of others. If we cultivate our life with goodness and diligent faith in God throughout our life cycle, we cannot be overcome by forces which cast us by the wayside.

Life is impossible to be on the upswing all the time, we will have ups and downs. It is worthwhile to recognize the downs, but it is not productive to dwell on them. If we truly want to live to the fullest, we must put forth the effort to responsibly cultivate our lives with Gods nourishment. Think of thriving, if we introduce the right amount of care, nutrients, and information into our bodies, we give our self the best chance to succeed in life. We always have the opportunity to reset our garden as well as our life if we neglect the work needed to maintain it. Throughout our life we make adjustments for our course to coincide with actions needed to thrive.

We have two choices for our garden and our life. We can cultivate our garden and our life throughout its cycle by nourishing it, taking care of it, and respecting it, or we can give up and let the weeds of neglect have their way. No one desires to be overtaken by neglect, depleted of the life force needed to prosper. A life cultivated with unwavering faith in our Almighty, with love, and with determination to put forth the best we have to offer is a life which reaches maturity. With that maturity, we have gained the wisdom and knowledge to deliver us to a higher level of existence.

Let me conclude this by stating, “I am not perfect by far”. Much cultivation needs to be initiated in my own life. I have ups and downs like everyone and in no way am I an expert on how to live life, nor am I anywhere close to having the knowledge of a theologian, or any other highly educated professional. My words come straight from my heart and my hope is that we can all grow and learn from our own intuition and from the knowledge others have shared with us. As always, my greatest wish is for the best to come your way.

Life Doesn’t Have To Be For Naught

No one has to live life for naught. Don’t embrace agony and disgust, acknowledge it and strive for responsible happiness and fulfillment in life.

There is no way life was created to be lived for naught. Happiness enters our life every moment and deserves to be at the forefront of our endeavors.

Unfortunately there is a lot of agony and disgust in our world. If we allow ourselves to accept the miserable elements of life, we should also seize the moments in life that give us delight. In our realm, life is guaranteed to throw good and bad at us. Balance, recognition, and reconciliation of ups and downs are key to a happy life.

When things are bad, step back and realize they will not last forever. When things are good, also realize they will not last forever. Every upward cycle is followed by a downward cycle and vice versa. We need to understand that conditions do not last forever. Eventually a correction or a balance occurs to reset things to the norm. When that reset occurs, happiness should be the standard.

Why lead a life focused on the dread in our world? Acknowledge it but don’t dwell on it, allow happiness to dominate all negativity and allow cheerfulness to surface. Our reaction to good or bad will determine how we are perceived by others. Goodness and happiness can always overcome darkness and dread by consciously making an effort to bring calmness to the surface, by getting rid of the storm and the rough seas, and by seeking spiritual guidance to steer a path to happiness. We should understand life must be lived with the realization that we all have a mission to accomplish. That mission is to lead a responsible life of happiness and fulfillment.

Life is not lived for naught unless we embrace and fully ingest the negativity which is spewed upon us from various sources. No one wants to be around a person who thrives on negativity, agony, and disgust. Life can be full of happiness if our mindset is focused on creating it. Happiness is the motivation which brings fulfillment and inspiration to our existence. Our life is not a solitary life lived for ourselves. Our life is full of diverse qualities which shouts for happiness and is full of actions which must imprint desirable traits for others to embrace.

Acknowledge the bad and be aware of its presence, but more importantly, seek and live to embrace goodness and happiness. In doing so, life is never lived for naught.

Blaming and Low Self Esteem

Blaming will not solve our problems and low self esteem must be overcome to find the magnificent core within us.

Developing the habit of blaming others seems to come natural. It is a weakness we all share occasionally. The patsies we use for our agonies can be ingenious and never ending. We have no problem blaming everyone when we encounter issues. If problems are created externally, they must be confronted in a way which brings resolution and progress without blame. If problems are created internally, the solution must come within, there can be no blame. Either way, we are in charge of determining how we ultimately deal with calamities. Blaming others will not resolve our problems.

Cultivating a habit to find excuses for low self esteem generates ineptness, perhaps because of faults we have adopted. Looking at our weaknesses and taking steps to eliminate them should be viewed as a project which cannot be taken personally. No one is worthless because they have taken steps to rise above their imperfections. Worthless is a term relegated to those who do nothing to perfect themselves. We all have a magnificent core, a special inside where purity is holy.

We are all born to find the magnificent core within us, when we reach for the holy spirit within our core, there should be no fault or no blame for others.