You wake in the morning, and you do your morning routine. You get ready for your day and I'll bet you (like most people these days) log into a social media outlet and start to see what "cool" looks like today. The amazing body we should have, the house we should be living in, the style of clothes we are supposed be buying, the cars we should be driving, and what the perfect continual state of "being in love" looks like.
The take away from such a daily experience is: "Wow, look at how short I fall of what I (and my life) "should be".
Occasionally, however, we see things that knock some sense into the warped social media perception that resonate with reality, and allow us to wake up a bit. Such is what happened to me this morning as I had the exactly morning that I have just explained. It was someone (whom I have never met) that posted the following:
Now I don't think there is anything wrong with using these images to inspire or motivate ourselves... (kind of like a "vision board") However, when it's looked at in the light of exposing our own lack and the LACK thereof is what receives our energy? I believe that can be very unhealthy for our own mental and emotional state. If we focus on lack, then what will grow..? Lack! Yet, if these images are used to inspire us to climb higher, yet not forgetting the good that we ALREADY are and already HAVE... then it can be extremely healthy in that specific light. #perspective
The measuring sticks that we use these days (social media, and even religious demands on what "perfect" is supposed looks like) and the unbelievable ways that they cause us to feel "less than"..."unworthy"..."sinners"... I think this can certainly work in ways that cause more harm than good! How can we possibly measure ourselves with "perfection"?
Instead, why don't we just identify what we want, get excited about our own lives, then give it our best?! As we progress toward what WE want, then we can measure each day with our OWN measuring stick? Are we progressing from last month to this current month? Sometimes it's hard to see progress day by day (because bad days DO come along for us all)...but look back 6 moths, a year, a couple of years.
"Years know things that days never knew"
~ Gordon C. Peters
Are we generally working toward our personal goals and doing our best?
What's the overall trend of your life from a year ago? Doing better? Worse? The same? Are we so concerned with what we're not, that it's causing us to miss out on what actually "IS"and who we ARE...?!?!?! Who cares if you don't have the same life as others! You have YOURS'!... and you really can simply focus on what you are and what IS! Everyday just LIVE and be grateful, and life all of a sudden become pretty damn Awesome! The more one focuses on what they do have in their life, the more what they have does grow.
(Hmmmm... think on that one a bit ;)
You do YOU! Live and Let Live!! yet let's STOP comparing ourselves to people we don't even know!
Very interested in your thoughts which I do invite them all!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
A day that most across the country, experience the traditions of gathering with those they love. Breaking bread, bowing their heads and giving 'Thanks' to God, for the blessings of life. This originates back to the pilgrims in 1621 when their first corn harvest was successful. The first thing they wanted to do was gather in the spirit of thanksgiving, and celebration for the successful harvest.
President Lincoln was the president that officially designated "Thanksgiving Day" as a national holiday in 1862. At the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.”
I imagine that the "wounds of the nation" were quite significant! The nation was in full fledged war! Lives were being lost, families were divided in their allegiance to either The North or The South, and to have a leader (in the midst of a war) that was present enough to call on the nation and ask all to join in the spirit together in the spirit of prayer and giving thanks... To me, this is remarkably present and an absolute display of awakened awareness.
What energetically happens when we pause and give thanks? Is there truly an energetic shift? Image what would happen if we (as an entire nation) did this! The acknowledgment and thanksgiving for that which is good and abundant... and letting go of the woes, differences, and problems of life. Even if it's for only but a day. When you do this...does a seed of hope somehow find it's way into your heart and mind? As you think of your blessings, even the most basic of blessings (shelter, food, health, family, friends, and even your God given breath) do the emotional walls that we have begin to feel like they're coming down? Often times we don't see these walls and experience the "coming together" until someone is gone. How often do we hear (in those moments) that "I should have forgiven them while I had the chance"... "Why didn't I reach out to them before they were gone, to mend the fence between us?" ... Is it too late to bow our heads, and reach out to those we hold at a distance, and wave the olive branch of peace?
Love can only bring others together...
Ego is what creates the distance and emotional division...
I am not unaware of circumstances where it's best to walk away from others, in the light of not being in a toxic situation any longer... However, if you find yourself leaving others behind...think long and hard before you do...and if you still decide it's best to part ways...then do so with gratitude. Thanking them for the stepping stone that they were in your life. No doubt you were a stepping stone for them too,..so both could learn and grow and be able to move to their next personal level.
I don't think it's coincidence, that we are instructed in prayer, to give thanks first. It brings us to a knee in the light of humility. The more we thank and acknowledge the blessings granted to us, the more the ego dies and the seeds of hope and happiness begin to emerge from inside us. "The seeds of sorrow can not take root in a grateful heart"... Paul George.
May we truly give thanks (not just eat turkey) as we gather with loved ones today. May we all try to offer the olive branch to someone that has been estranged, yet we still love and would be devastated if they were gone for good. Make that attempt to decrease the distance with those that are estranged...
and may we relish in those that ARE with us and we hold dear on this special day of Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! God Bless us all :)