Unity (Summer Edition)
In so many words, Jay Weatherill said, “We can’t get unity by ignoring the questions we must face.” It is easy for me to overlook the issues that I hate. I rather not deal with the hurt, pain and stress of trying to work through the difficulties. So, I find it easier to ignore and avoid the real issues with things I like. But here is the problem, if I desire unity or a flow of success in my life, I must address the tough questions of why and what’s really going on. Unity is essential to having success!
A healthy body is an example of true unity. Each organ and cell must know why they exist and carry out its designated function successfully every time. When something is off in our bodies we know it because we feel different and our bodies are unable to perform at its peak. In our lives we face a similar connection; we can't perform at our peak when we are not clearly united with our purposes and reasons for doing what we do. Ignoring and avoiding the issues is a kind of sickness that wants to bring chaos to the body. You and I can stop this sickness by confronting our issues and dealing with the consequences. It might take time and not feel good but what else do we have? What other choice do we have to improve? Clearing up issues to have unity throughout life is worth the effort.
I challenge you this week to analyze what’s being ignored in your life. What changes do you need to make about some real issues? The medicine of truth and love can do wonders to help unify.
Winston Churchill said, "The most valuable thing in the world is the truth; so valuable that it has often been barricaded by a bodyguard of lies." In my life I have found that I seem to operate more smoothly on lies in those tough areas in my life, at least for the current moment. Why is that?
The truth has power, like a surgeon's knife, it often hurts to meet it face to face. When truth is in my hands, I have the power to cut the lie and alter the cancerous situation. But when it is in another's hands I find that I often barricade myself with lies of comfort to protect myself from the anticipated hurt.
Valuing truth is a process that takes a lifetime of accepting its power to guide your responses in every situation, especially over the comfortable barricades of lies. Work to see the truth over opinions, trends, fads and fashions. Then implement its power carefully and calmly as a surgeon would cut away the bad from the good. Always keep in mind, true healing can only happen when truth is in full play first with yourself and then with others.
Success comes from playing the game of life truthfully!
Internalize (Summer Edition)
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
What's in you? Do you know? Whether you know it or not, you are being defined by it. The key to being more effective is to discover and maximize who you really are on the inside. Within you is your true purpose for existing; your underlining reason for what you do and say. Your internal development is a subtle process being feed daily by your five senses: what you hear, see, touch, taste, and smell. Your experiences connect your outside world to what's within you. The more you hang around positiveness, goodness, rightness and the like the more you might work towards being being positive, right, etc. It's the same for negativity, violence, hatred, resentment and other bad things. Your inner-self attaches to what you expose it to.
Make the choice to govern what is being put on the inside. Work today to develop your inner person to be wholesome and productive. Build it! Make it your first priority! Allow each moment to be inspired by the past and driven by the future of what you desire to be. Today is the only day you have to fulfill your ultimate purpose. Don't lose it!
A Mother's Push (Summer Edition)
Dorothy Fisher said, "A mother is not necessarily a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary." As we reflect on our mothers this week let's not forget the sacrifices they made back in the day so that we are able to stand tall today. They pushed us even when we hated it the most.
Be strong today and continue the legacy of what they taught. The next generation is counting on you to push them even if they scream and holler. A mother is any female that is willing to help another be independent and self reliant. Go impact your world with your life.
Happy Mother's Day!
Ending Seasons Wisely
I recall when my college season was coming to an end. I wanted to graduate and move to the next season of my life. But to my surprise, I was not wise in making my final choices. I did not apply what I knew at the right time or in the right way to get the desired result. My unwise choices caused me to miss my next season (graduating with my class and getting into grad school). I had to wait another year before I could get my diploma.
We all have seasons that come to an end and our choices will propel us forward or cause us to redo. Whatever the case, if we want success, we must be prepared to act wisely in achieving today's successes for our next season's success.
3 Keys to Ending Wisely
1. Staying Focus - Distractions are common when coming to the end of a season. There is great anticipation of what's next and the mental focus can be on what we want to do next. Our focus should be centered on completing the task at hand. Wisdom calls for each moment (good or bad) to be maximized to its full potential. Losing sight of today's moments can greatly affect tomorrow's plans.
A great writer said, "The race is given to the one that makes it to the end." Starting strong is good, staying strong is better, but ending strong is the best! How you end is key to your overall success. Daily work to make every moment count so that your efforts will leave an impact. Proper focus will keep your end in view while continuing to succeed at your current level.
2. Accepting Failure - Bad seasons are always something we desire to get out of quickly; however, if lessons are not learned the unwanted failures will show up in future seasons. We must first accept the failures of a bad season and learn what changes are needed to succeed next time. When farmers have a bad season they salvage what they can, count their losses and prepare to succeed in the next season. We must do the same with our failed seasons.
A past season can not be changed but an upcoming season needs the knowledge you have gained from your mess ups. Take your failures and make them your strengths by knowing what to avoid, what to do and not to do. Prepare yourself by applying your knowledge in each day you're in.
3. Handling Transition - The ending of one season means that another one is coming. Are you prepared for what’s next? Being in the proper position is key to moving successfully to our next seasons. In a relay race positioning and timing is very important for the giver and the receiver of the baton. In life, positioning and timing are also key to determining how well we are able to move forward.
Calculate your position and timing to continue executing your goals and tasks in your current season which will set you up to succeed in your future seasons. Don't rush or drag you feet with your transitioning, both can be detrimental. Wise precision is needed to apply the elements for success - honesty, teachable attitude, respect, diligent, self-control, and responsibility. Wisely execute your transition plans to successfully end your current seasons and effectively start your new.
Summary - Starting and ending seasons is inevitable for life. Keeping a good balance between staying focused, accepting failure, and handling transition. They are key elements to being wise in every season. Work to successfully conquer whatever seasons you’re in while continuing to keep your next season in view.