As I walk down the hall of school I hear a first grader throwing a full-blown tantrum. It got me thinking...what if it were socially acceptable for adults to throw fits in public? Now, I understand that it is not really socially acceptable for toddlers to throw fits in public but sometimes I think they may have the right idea. If I were a toddler I would have thrown about three tantrums already today. I found this little video that made me laugh. I hope it makes you laugh too! Have a great day!
Have you ever noticed that when you are in a hurry everything seems to go wrong. You catch every traffic light, the person in front of you in line needs a price check, the shirt you want to wear is missing a button, and so on. It is in these hectic moments that I sometimes find myself thinking, I wonder if God is trying to tell me something. There is a saying that I have seen a lot of lately and it is a quote by Stephen Covey, "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply." As I was experiencing my variety of set-backs today this saying popped into my mind and I thought, I wonder what God is trying to tell me today. Perhaps I should be listening to all that is happening with the intent to understand what my purpose is for this day. Not racing around wondering why God is putting so many obstacles in my way. It is difficult to adapt to this way of thinking because it is not in my nature to slow down and think about the bigger picture. However, on the days that I do I find that I have a sense of peace and understanding that makes for less hectic moments.
When I realize I want to do something, I want that something to happen right away. It is not easy being patient for something to happen. I think about a goal I want to achieve and I want to achieve it immediately. I then spend so much time thinking about what I will do when I achieve that goal that I forget to enjoy the here and now. While it is important to have goals and work towards them, it is also important to enjoy the things life has to offer right now. I need to slow down while moving forward. I need to take time to appreciate where I am right now and not look past the amazing things happening in my life at this moment. I need to have patience with myself and allow for the transformations to take place. These are weaknesses that I know that I have, I guess the first step is recognizing that they exist with the second step being to make sure I take time each day to smell the roses. So, here I go off to enjoy the here and now and take time to smell the roses. I hope you do too!
Once again, I have been reminded just how short life can be. Too many young people are loosing their battles with cancer, heart disease, and random accidents. One day everything is fine, the next day loved ones are in shock over the loss of a young life. There is no rhyme or reason for this and there are truly no words to comfort the living.
This has left me pondering what we can do to honor the lives that have been taken too soon and I think that one way is to live while the living is good. Don't put off until tomorrow the things that can be enjoyed today! So often we get caught up in all the "have to's" that we don't get to our "want to's." We need to make sure that while we have this amazing gift of life that we live it to the fullest. We owe that much to all those who have left this Earth too early.
One final thought, while we are living while the living is good we need to remember to let those important people in our lives know just how much we love them and appreciate them.
(Today's message has been inspired by the sudden passing of a friend from high school and the passing of a fellow blogger. Once I can again locate the link to her last entry I will share it with you.)
Life is a precious gift. This is something that day-to-day living can cloud or even make us forget. My day started out quite hectic, I was feeling a little shaken up and just plain frustrated. Then as the day went on and I processed my feelings I began to think about my friend who teaches down the hall from me. Her one year old is going to have surgery next week to remove a mass from her torso. Just last year she was celebrating the birth of this precious perfect baby girl and now she is facing hearing one of the worst words a mother can hear. I don't even know how you begin to process something like that. Then there is the family of a fourteen year old girl who was stabbed to death a little over two years ago when she returned home from school and unknowingly walked into a robbery in progress. The trial began this week to prosecute the man alleged to be the murderer. How does one justify such a loss in their life? It is events like this that remind me that each day is truly special and just how what a precious gift life is. Please make sure to take time today to be thankful for the things that are happening in your life. You just never know when those things can suddenly be taken from you.
Living life with gratitude is not always easy. On a typical day there can be so many things that can go wrong and take away the joy of life. This weekend I had the incredible opportunity to go to church and hear our former pastor preach. His message was layered and pretty deep. I am actually still trying to digest it all. The one thing that I garnered from it so far is, in order to get fruit from the tree it needs to have strong roots. He told us about his roots and how he continues to grow in his faith and life with Christ. One of the points he made was that we need to give thanks to God for all things. I am generally a very grateful person. I do see the beauty in trying times because it makes me stronger. I am grateful for the small things in life because they remind me that I am alive. I am a work in progress. The scripture for his message came from Ecclesiastes 3:15, "Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account." This short scripture is layered with meaning. As I begin to digest this scripture I am finding many meanings in it. One aspect that I have gotten from it is that things that have happened in my past are reflected in the present. So, I really need to take the time to correct my past mistakes so that my present can be full of blessings. Part of this is embracing who I am and where I have come from. I am blessed to have come from an amazing family who feeds my growth and embraces and nurtures me. I believe that my foundation is strong, now I need to nourish my growth so that I can continue to grow and change into someone whose present will be magnified in the future. I am so grateful that I have an open heart and an open mind so that I can look at myself and grow. I am so grateful to all those people in my life who have brought me to be the person I am today. God is not finished with me yet and I am incredibly grateful for that.
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A bit about me:
I am who I am thanks to God, my parents, my family, and my friends. My life is driven by faith. Oh, and I am a cancer survivor.