IN THE MIDST OF HARDSHIPS WE BECOME STRONG

In the midst of all the hardships we face in life —Be it personal loss that leaves usfeeling like we’ll never get over it,like we’ll never get rid of those darkclouds that keep hanging around;Be it separation that fills our lifewith emptiness and leaves us hurtingand grasping for meaning and purpose; Be it illness that takes a toll onour mind and body and eats awaya our hope for health and well-being;Be it conflict that creates painand heartache and crushes our spirit;Be it anything that tries to defeat us,wear us down, make us want to give up —It is in the … Continue reading IN THE MIDST OF HARDSHIPS WE BECOME STRONG

DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?

Do you ever have one of those dayswhen you want to give up?You want to throw in the toweland say, “Enough is enough. I give up.I just want the world to stopand I want to get off.I just don’t feel like fighting any more.I’ve had it. I give up.”I was having one of those dayswhen I happened to see a story aboutthe Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.Jimmy Valvano, basketball coachat North Carolina State University, was ina battle with adenocarcinoma (cancer).In a speech at the 1993 ESPY Awardsceremony and before a nationwidetelevision audience, he brought a howlingteary-eyed Madison Square Gardenaudience to … Continue reading DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE GIVING UP?

SOMETIMES I GET DISCOURAGED

Sometimes I get discouraged.It just happens.Things can seem to be very normal,when all of a sudden it hits.Discouragement…..without warning.It wraps its arms around me….gets a tight grip and squeezes….firmly.It holds me captive.My emotions start to swirl.I go from downheartednessto the depths of dismay…..and back again.I feel down. I want to give up…..give in.I see life through the dark glassesof gloom and despair.The dark nights get long…..and longer,like the dawn will never come.BUT…….the dawn DOES come.And the miracle of LIGHTmakes the darkness disappear.In the middle of the worddisCOURAGEmentis the word COURAGE.COURAGE is the LIGHTthat makes the darknessof discouragement disappear.It takes COURAGE … Continue reading SOMETIMES I GET DISCOURAGED

GIVE THIS DAY A CHANCE TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY OF YOUR LIFE

ARISE….as if you owned the dayIt’s yours.Give this day a chanceto be the most beautifulday of your life.Help today be betterthan it was yesterdayAllow YOURSELF to be betterthan you were yesterday.Search in your mind for themost positive thought you can findand focus on it.Let that one positive thoughtguide your day.Take time to look in the mirror.Don’t just look….study the person.Study until you see something positive.Form a smileand let that smile be a symbolof strength for the day.The day is yours.Don’t look for inspiration.BE the inspiration.Nurture yourself with positive nutrientsthroughout the day.Shower yourself with lots of love.Give this day a chanceto … Continue reading GIVE THIS DAY A CHANCE TO BE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY OF YOUR LIFE

EMPOWER YOUR POWER – TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

Mastering others is power.Mastering yourself is empowerment.It’s futile to try and master others.It’s fulfillment to master yourself.We’ve all made bad choices in life.We’ve all had struggles and pain.But you are NOT your mistakes.You are NOT your struggles and pain.Within you is the powerto shape your day and your future.Empower your power.Own your power.Never give your power away.Never allow others to steal your strength.It belongs to you and no one else.Within you is a wonderful story.It lies waiting to be empowered.Let go of any strings that hold you backand laugh triumphantlyat all the things and peopleyou will no longer allow to steal … Continue reading EMPOWER YOUR POWER – TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE

YOUR FLAWS CAN MAKE YOU MORE VALUABLE

Kintsugi is the wonderful centuries-oldJapanese art of fixing broken objectswith a special lacquer dusted withpowdered gold,thus adding value to the broken object.It’s based on the idea that inembracing flaws and imperfectionsinstead of hiding or disguising them,you can create an even stronger,more beautiful piece of art.Kintsugi is related to thewonderful Japanese philosophyof wabi-sabi,which calls for seeing beautyin flaws and imperfections.Every break in an object is uniqueand instead of repairing an itemto make it look new, the techniqueactually highlights the “scars.”In the process of repairing objectsthat have cracked or broken,something more unique, beautiful,and resilient is created,even more beautiful than the original.Metaphorically speaking,we … Continue reading YOUR FLAWS CAN MAKE YOU MORE VALUABLE

PERSEVERANCE LEADS TO SUCCESS

Perseveranceis a big word, a very important word,but what does it mean?When you persevereyou maintain a purposein spite of difficulties, obstacles,or discouragement.You continue onward, steadfastly.You don’t give up.You keep going.Perseverance is strength, it’s power.It’s one of the most important qualitiesof people who succeed in life.Now look at the fifth line above again.Look at the word PURPOSE.That’s the SECRET to perseverance.People who PERSEVERE and SUCCEEDare those who have a STRONG,WELL-DEFINED sense of PURPOSE.They are PASSIONATE about whatthey want to accomplish, their goal.That’s the bottom line.If you want to SUCCEED at somethingmake sure you are very clear about your PURPOSEand be PASSIONATE about … Continue reading PERSEVERANCE LEADS TO SUCCESS