The world is blanketed in six inches of ice around the house. For many across the nation this is true. This winter has been crazy to say the least.
There is something about that first fresh snow when you wake up, no tracks or dirt on anything. It’s like the world is a blank canvas.
What if we treated every day like this. Like a blank canvas just waiting for us to paint our life on it.
We have the opportunity everyday to blaze a new trail. To start something fresh. The world is waiting for us to make our own tracks. So go out there and blaze a new trail.
Why do we feel we have to be like other people? Or worse yet, why do we feel we have to please other people and ignore what is actually in us to do? I am speaking to myself as much as anyone else. We seem to think that we have to please other people while at the same time ignoring what we truly believe.
I don’t fully understand myself why we fall into this thinking. Why do we fall into this trap of thinking that we have to stuff down who we are and who know we are so that we won’t offend or displease someone else?
We were each given a purpose to fulfill, and by ignoring it we are hurting ourselves as well as others by not sharing the real us.
So stop trying to live your life through someone else. You need to be you, and so does the world.
From time to time life throws all kinds of questions. Some are big some are not. One question that pops up a lot at least for me is what is the purpose of my life and am I fulfilling it?
I think it’s good to ask this question from time to time as it helps keep us on track. It’s so easy to get side-tracked or blindsided in this life that we forget we have a purpose to fulfill. Things get hard and we tend to lose sight of the goal But when things get hard, we have to work harder. It isn’t easy, we don’t want to work harder when things are hard already, but if we don’t, we won’t actually hit our purpose.
The worst of it is, that harsh word “impossible”. It’s so easy to let the humdrum of life or the hard day to day things make us think that our goals, dreams, or purposes are impossible. But they aren’t impossible. Work hard, and the impossible becomes within your reach.
I’ve been working out for about seven years, with it being more serious the last two years. I wish I could say it is easy to go to the gym, but it’s still hard. I have to constantly remind myself of why I am there, and stay focused on my goals.
It’s important to set goals in anything, especially workouts. Have a goal for where you want to be in a month, 6 months, and a year. If you have a goal you can remind yourself on those days when you feel like skipping the gym of why you are doing this.
Commit, work hard, and stay focused no matter what your goal is, and you will succeed. Lose focus, and stop working hard, and you will end up short of your goal.
Just as 2 + 2 = 4, work and focus equals success.
I’ll be the first to admit, it’s easy to go half-heartedly into things. I put forth only the bare minimum to get whatever it is I’m working on done. But if after doing this I then wonder why I’m not getting the results I want then that is my bad.
If I want all the results I have to put everything in, not half, not two-thirds, all. I have to commit (scary word sometimes I know), and not look back.
Commitment for me is the easy part, I decide to do something and I do it. The problem is usually along the way the doubts start to hit in, and I wonder if I could have gone about it a different way, I questions whether I’m losing steam and only putting in half power. But regardless of the doubts or questions, the only way through is to keep moving forward, keep my eye on the goal, and give it everything I have. It’s only then I get the results I want.
So give it all you have and kick butt today.
Have you ever come across things that make you sick. I don’t mean the sick in bed type of sick, I mean the things that people do that make you sick because you in a way envy them or wish you had whatever it was that they had?
We live in a society filled with a wanderlust over things that are portrayed to us by Hollywood. It is scary how much Hollywood determines the kind of people we are attracted to, the way we should look. the kind of clothes to wear, cars to drive, or music to listen to.
Do I dare interject that who are they to determine this?
Here’s the deal, you can be way better than anything that Hollywood or anyone else for that matter throws out there. The truth is they have all the resources, and unless you are Bill Gate’s relative, you probably don’t. But that’s what makes you unique.
If you want something go after it, do whatever it takes. We have the ability to be so much more than we think we can be. The Bible says we were created just a little lower than angels. No not the pansy-butt harp playing cupids, the I’m ten feet tall and have a lot of power type of angel.
You have the ability, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, and don’t settle for being the plastic Hollywood imitation, you can be way better than that. When you feel envy towards something don’t let it eat at you, but use it to push you harder, to become your full potential. Don’t ever give up.
The other night my wife and I watched the move “Captain Phillips” with Tom Hanks. This was the movie made after Somalia pirates overtook a US cargo ship, and kidnapped the ship’s captain.
If you haven’t seen it, it is great movie, very clean, just with some intense dramatic scenes, and some violence.
To make a long story short the pirates capture the boat and kidnap the captain as ransom. Mr. Phillips is exposed to a very traumatic situation.
One year later after this experience what was Phillips doing? Back on the seas as captain. My wife commented, “you must really have a passion for something to keep doing it after something like that”.
And that is true. When we think about how far we would be willing to go to do something it helps us understand how much passion we have for it.
I believe we all have something deep inside us that makes us come alive. Find what it is, and don’t stop until you’ve achieved it. Nothing can beat that experience.
I’m sitting here eating some jelly beans that my wife got me for valentines day. I know, I know, how do jelly beans go with v-day? Well that’s what happens when you say stupid things like I did one year when I announced proudly, “hey v-day is coming up that means stores will have jelly beans”. Ever since then she buys me jelly beans on v-day.
Well, I am sitting here eating some as I type and got to thinking of why they make all the flavors they do. I don’t know anyone who enjoys the oranges and yellows. Rather the greens, pinks, and reds, those are the sought after jelly beans.
Not to sound cliche but maybe life is sort of like the jelly bean bag. Okay, I know,this is starting to sound corny, but think about it. We want life to hold only the good and great moments, we don’t want the sad or hard times. But don’t those times make the good and great stand out.
If life only consisted of great moments would we even recognize them as great anymore?
At one time or another I’m sure we’ve all heard it said (or have said it ourselves),”I didn’t do it on purpose.” Usually this line comes after making a mistake, we are trying to defend ourselves, or convince someone we did not intend for what actually happened to happen.
This mentality is prevalent in our day to day lives too though. I am at fault for this. I live much of my life without purpose. I go to work, go through the routines I have to, but either choose not to find any purpose in it, or just ignore the purpose.
Truth is, if I try, I can find purpose in anything, or I can be lazy and try to just get through my days then wake up one day and rightly so think that everything was all for nothing. Because if I’m not living out my God-intended purpose. Then, well, my life would be for nothing.
Find your purpose, and walk it out.