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Gratitude: On Acceptance

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity…” Melody Beattie

Inspiration: Dig Deeper For Gratitude...

Inspiration: Dig Deeper For Gratitude…

A month ago, I signed up to join a group of bloggers eager to spend the month of May writing on the subject of gratitude. I was looking forward to it as a way to get back to my love for blogging. In case you haven’t noticed, my blogging has been sporadic at best … and silent for stretches of time. It would be easy to blame good old Writer’s Block but that would be untrue.

I’ve written daily in my silence and written drafts that remain unpublished. The culprit is health and life’s demands. When we are faced with such challenges, everything stops and what truly matters steps forward. For me, family, friends, faith, wellness are far more important than a laundry list of How to Blog… when/why/what. With this has come acceptance. We can’t move forward until we accept what is and make peace with it. How does acceptance play out in your life?

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Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry…

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

Starting Over:  Nature Does Not Hurry...

Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry… – “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

We spend time worrying…
Rushing here and there in pain
Wondering … what if?

Wondering … what if
The sky would fall if we stop
The sun and moon too…

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” Rachel Carson

Starting Over:  Nature Does Not Hurry...

Reflections: Nature Does Not Hurry – “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” John Muir

Sky, sun, moon won’t fall
‘Cos nature does not hurry
Pause and breathe… slowly

We prance round like deer
Heading straight to those headlights
Thinking… what happened?

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Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life?

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama

Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Serve  with your gifts

Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Serve with your special gifts

What Should I Do With My Life? Use Your Gifts to Serve Others: Why am I here? What is my life’s purpose? What motivates my actions? Most of us go through life unsure of where we stand or what we are supposed to do. One day, we are a dancer, the next a dealer. On and on, we go through life experimenting, but not quite sure what we should do. We forget that life is a dance and it requires specific movements from each of us. Even if we know what our purpose is, sometimes we find ourselves vacillating between choices; overwhelmed by our desire to do everything. It is not surprising that Rick Warren’s international best selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, gained much traction when it came out in 2002 and remains popular today.  Although we know intuitively that service to others is key to our collective survival, we still ask this seemingly challenging question: What Should I Do With My Life?

Why is this such a challenging question? Why do people feel challenged by this fundamental question about our life’s purpose?  Because we expect the answer to be complex and expansive.  While finding and focusing on our life’s purpose is an important raison d’être for most of us, we tend to forget that when we were born, we came with our own special brand of skills and gifts; what is often called the gifts of the spirit.

If we think back to our childhood days, we might get an inkling of what motivated our actions and kept our interests. I might fancy myself as a NASA Astronaut but I’ll never be one. What I can become is the best at my skill set – my gifts of the spirit. We are given gifts to be healers, teachers, servers, writers, leaders and the whole spectrum of skills/abilities because each of us has an important role to play on earth.  Until we tap into our OWN gifts and maximize them for the service of mankind – the upliftment of others – we will remain unsure.

“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Helen Keller

Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Focus on your unique apples

Motivation: What Should I Do With My Life? Focus on your unique Apple and stay motivated

What Should I Do With My Life? Focus on your Unique Apple and stay motivated: Unfortunately, many of us have interpreted the following line incorrectly: “You can Be Anything You Want to Become.” The line isn’t about becoming everything ; the classic Jack of all trade and master of none. It is more about becoming the best at your natural talents and abilities, and putting your best effort forward to achieve your dreams in those particular fields. I will use Apples as an analogy. Did you know that there are 7500 known cultivars or types of apples? Did you know that of all those varieties, each has a distinct flavor, look and cultivating needs? By the same token, we are like those apples, we are unique, in need of special cultivation,  and we can grow to our fullest if watered properly.  So why would you want to be a Honey Crisp, if you were already born, in great glory, to be a Golden Delicious?

If we look around us, we see people struggling to be something else. We look at successful people or our celebrities and wonder what they have that we don’t have. Guess what? NOTHING! They have focused their attention on their talents/skills/gifts,  and maximized their potential by doing what they know they do best. Most focus their energy on one specific skill and master everything around it. Once we gain mastery in something, other related doors open up for us. Think about it…

As a blogger, I get to read tons of blogs daily. Each blog tries to have its own flavor and each blogger her/his own voice. We write about subjects that interest us or that we believe our readers want to read, but our very essence and where we will shine best as bloggers is when we bring our  natural talents to our work.  When we feel encouraged to write about what excites us and, what we know, that is where our success lies. Doing something differently just for SEO purposes would be short-lived and an insult to our gifts and those we serve.
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