For some people, no matter how good they have it, they never seem to develop the ability to observe the overabundance of good that exists in their lives. That's unfortunate because many times they end up losing out on good things and people due to discontentment or the inability to be appreciative. Some of us have good wives or husbands, a great income, an above average job, a thriving business, exceptional health, healthy children, a loving family, a top of the line vehicle, a higher education, and a beautiful home and still have the audacity to take it all for granted. Unfortunately, many suffer from a woe is me, or victim mentality, and act like the world is totally against them, when it clearly isn't. While it is true that we'll all face hardships at times, if we look for the good even in the midst of our less appealing seasons or situations, we'll find that a measure of goodness still always exists.
Don't let your big mad get you in big trouble. At all times, it is imperative to keep your peace and have your emotions remain in check. Unfortunately, if you don't, there's a great possibility that you could end up doing something that you will regret and can't take back. Even worse, it could lead to a setback that won't be easily overcome. Don't do that to yourself.
Last year, I enrolled in an online course to get current on a certification that is necessary in my field of work. I had taken the course online years ago and remembered that the amount of work required was excessive and took forever to complete. Because I thought that I knew what was required to complete the course based on my prior experience, I delayed taking the course. As a result, to get an extension to do the certification course this year, I paid an additional $150.
For the past few weeks I have been doing some serious preparing and praying on how to go about executing some things in the next phase of my life. God has clearly put some things in my heart to do, but I felt like I needed more clarity on what to do first, second and so on. I was concerned about which pathways would be most effective and most successful in this new coronavirus era. And of course, which things needed to be abandoned.
You're The Only Expert
When it comes to you, you are the only person who is an expert on you. Everyone else just has bits and pieces of your story, and bases their conclusions of who they think you are on information that may be from the past and currently obsolete, incomplete, or altogether biased based on their personal perspectives. By all means, people can tell a tree by its fruit, but noone can see everything that the tree is composed of or what it has been through with the naked eye. Therefore, it's impossible to know more about the tree than the tree would know about itself from the outside looking in.
As Long As It Takes
Every good goal has a deadline. However, some deadlines will be unable to be met. At that point, the deadline becomes a guideline that should be used to create a new deadline. You don't get to abandon what you've started just because it's taking longer than expected to get the job done. And don't beat yourself up if you need more time to accomplish a set goal. Instead, keep working at it relentlessly. I promise you, you're not the only person in the world that the clock has run out on before. Get over it and put some more time on your clock and continue to work hard until you succeed. Quitting is never an option.
Train Your Mind
In the midst of much adversity, it is imperative to train your mind to seek out the positive in spite of the negative that seems to exist so prevalently. Otherwise, the world will be a cold, dark, place that gets colder and darker with every passing minute. Although things may not be optimal, you must optimize. Accentuate your strengths in spite of your weaknesses. See your blessings over your hardships. Know that all is well even when nothing looks well.
Try One More Time
I'll be the first to say that life is sometimes unfair. Sometimes you can give your all and fail or get nothing in return. But regardless of what has happened in the past, always be willing to try one more time. The next time could very well be the time that you experience a breakthrough and succeed. But how will you ever know if you don't try?
Be blessed and stay encouraged. I love you.
Let It Come
When it comes to writing posts for this blog, I intentionally don't write them in advance. That's because I want to be open to letting whatever's supposed to come to my mind in the moment, come. It allows my senses to be keen and my eyes, ears and heart to be open to receive messages or signs from inconspicuous subjects that would probably otherwise go unnoticed. Truthfully, many times I only get clarity as to what I am to write when I place my fingers on the keyboard. Then, all of a sudden, everything's clear and it just pours out like water. Amazingly, things start to reveal themselves in ways that they haven't before. Then, like magic, my fingers start to paint a picture in words on the screen, making the end result the posts that you get.
I say all of that to say, don't worry if everything's not clear to you before you start doing something. For many things, if you position yourself to get started, the details as to how to execute will come to you, seemingly out of nowhere and be crystal clear. Please don't think that you have to have everything all figured out, because you don't. You just have to be seeking to be obedient to what's to come, and let it come. And to those of us who do feel that we already have it all figured out, sometimes it's necessary for us to relax our plans that we made outside of this time to allow for what's appointed for this time to manifest. Think about it.
Be blessed and stay encouraged. I love you.
Waves Come And Go
As I looked at the opening scene in a movie I watched today, I noticed how the waves from the ocean hit the beach then retracted back into the ocean. It made me ponder on the thought that the point of the water going back was to assist in developing another wave, and not a finite end as it could easily be misinterpreted.
From the Author
Life is beautiful even when things aren't perfect, which they never are. Everyone will always have obstacles to overcome daily. However, the key to getting through them is to accentuate the positive. In The Key Of Positive does just that.