Six Months Later

June 23, 2011

I learned the following over the six months since I last wrote.

You’re everything at this moment that every other moment has brought you to–your attitudes and your choices while interacting with  the environment you’re in have contributed to the “you” you are today.

Be proud of where you are, and be thankful for who and what brought you there.

The world is a big place…and life is a big deal. It’s an adventure. “You get to choose your own adventure.”–Professor Dawn Pickard, Oakland University. You can choose and choose again. Each day can be its own adventure and contain as many adventures as you choose–it all depends on one thing. What do you see as an adventure? Is it what you’re doing, or how mindful you are of it, how much you cherish it, and the company you’re in?

Today is yesterday’s tomorrow, so for all the times we said “Tomorrow”, today is our day. We can’t wait any longer, because another tomorrow is waiting, and tomorrow deserves its own promises, not leftovers that we fear to fulfill.

There’s nothing wrong with dreaming of the future or putting dreams into action.

When it’s difficult…

  • Ask for help. Really.
  • It’s probably worthwhile.
  • Do it anyway.
  • Ask yourself why it’s difficult, then work on resolving the “why”.
  • Realize it could be worse.
  • Find the goodness in it.

It’s ok to relax. So do it.

Live in the moment. Don’t worry about the past or the future or the 300 “items of urgency” competing for your attention. No matter how good or bad the past or future is, or how much you enjoy the busy pace, there is such great joy or such great significance in some of the moments we experience that we let slip away because we are preoccupied. Enjoy THIS moment.

‎1 Corinthians 13:4-7 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

‎”Nothing worth anything ever goes down easy.” –Mat Kearney

You don’t need all the answers to be happy.–Success is a process and sometimes it isn’t cookie cutter–sometimes there’s trial and error involved. Success is going past the errors, pressing on, and learning from your mistakes. So, you might get the answers eventually, but not without a lot of hard work. If you can be happy without the answers and happy while you’re in the process of building success, you’re on a great track.

‎”Be something you love and understand.”–Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Simple Man”

I believe in me, and that doesn’t mean I have to be perfect. I believe in waking up and looking at myself in the mirror, but not because I think I’m right or flawless. It’s because I’m willing to be honest, to face my mistakes and to move on. I believe in me and the me I’ve become, and I believe I’m far from finished.

1 John 4:18–Perfect love drives out all fear.

“Love the life you live, live the life you love.” –Bob Marley


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