I love when inspiration bounces around from one person to the next. It’s how the world changes really. Today I got just that. My fellow blogger, Beth Ann shared her 2014 theme song and 3 words for the year. You can see her blog here: Beth Ann Chiles
And she was inspired by Chris Brogan and his words for the year. Here’s his blog: Chris Brogan
Based on what I’ve read from the two of them, I’m adding my 3 words to my already uplifting 2014 theme song of “Happy” that I posted yesterday. My words:
BELIEVE(in God’s promises, my gifts, my dreams, my possibilities, my success, my intuition, my heart …)
EXPAND(my reach, my mind, my influence, my knowledge, my offerings, my vision …)
ENJOY(the here and now, my path, my relationships, my special moments, the journey, myself …)
What 3 words and song inspire you my friends? Do tell … and be blessed!
This week I had a gentle reminder of something that’s been on my “bucket list” for a very long time. It’s a small thing really, but a desire that was planted in the wee early days of my career. The “what” is not important. What is important is that, with the courage to speak a desire, even one that seems frivolous or unimportant to others, I find power in my voice. And the resulting “yes” strengthens my resolve to continue to create the life I want.
It sometimes surprises me to remember, or is it realize, that I really do have the power to get the things I want. The obstacles are rarely real. Whether it be the fear to ask. The shyness of being judged. The assumption that our desires are not important enough. Or that others hold the key to achieving our goal. How many times does this lesson come around? And the answer is still the same – SPEAK into possibility the thing you want, and BELIEVE it into existence by ACTION. Well, that and persistence, sometimes.
I know from speaking to many wiser and more experienced people that it is the little commitments to ourselves that we keep which fuel our spirit. And in my own wisdom, which has been hard-won, I know that happiness is situational but joy is an enduring mindset. If I have to choose one – I choose joy. Because joy is not about the emotion in the moment but about an attitude of appreciation along the journey.
I wish for you a joyful “yes” for something on your bucket list. Go for it and be blessed!
Have you ever noticed how tightly the timing in life seems to be? I can’t tell you the number of times that a second, minute, hour, or day made all the difference. It reminds me of a phrase I often hear at work: “Just in time, just enough.” I think that the universe works inside that philosophy as well.
Whether we are in a pessimistic or optimistic frame of mind changes how we see this phenomenon of life. If we are experiencing life as a crisis, then we scramble desperately for the last-minute rescue. If we are in a place of calm and confidence (aka peace and faith) then we see it as the Divine timing in life. We can learn to count on it. I’ve written about that before in 11:59 God.
Where are you in the spectrum? Are you going with the flow? Are you accessing the perfect timing and relying upon it’s recurrence? Are you panicking and grasping at every straw to try to force what you need? When we resist and struggle we actually find ourselves tangled in the web of panic.
For just a couple of moments focus on the breath of life within you. Remember the times, over and over again, that things worked out in the most perfect precision. All the panic and worry came to nothing. Do it differently this time. Deliberately, with gusto and positive belief, speak your intention. And then let it go.
Once you set the intention, let God work out the timing. You can and should then focus on what your hands, heart, mind and body can do for someone else. Be their angel or helpful agent. I know, I know – it’s sounds to easy. I assure you – it isn’t EASY. But it does work. Just this once, trust. It will prove itself to be the best thing you can do.
When I was a little girl I remember watching a TV show and getting caught up in the plot. I don’t remember the exact show but I remember the conversation with my Mom about the possibility that there was truth in it. I’m still teased a little by my family for the words I used to say – “It could happen.” My parents would smile and shake their heads at my fanciful imagination and naive faith that all things were possible. The funny thing is, even though they tried to convince me of the shear fiction of the story, in my heart I still believed in the possibilities.
I think it’s just part of my nature. I am a true optimist when it comes to looking at people and life. I’m not really naive though. As a child when I uttered those words I wasn’t blind to that fact that life can be cruel, people can have evil in their hearts, and tragedies strike. I had actually experienced many things that proved those facts to be true in my life leading up to my time in the orphanage. But in spite of it all, I believed then, and still believe today that:
Most people can be trusted.
Love is real.
Forgiveness is a choice.
What goes around, comes around.
Time heals all wounds.
People change, especially when they believe in God.
Our attitude can make all the difference.
Words create reality.
Children are worth saving.
Life can get better.
Each day is a new opportunity, and …
Miracles still happen.
No matter what people tell you. I encourage you to look around in your life. Find the good that is in front of you. Count your blessings and with all your might, believe that “it could happen.” Believe and be blessed!
Have you ever noticed that God works on an “11th hour, 59th minute” time frame? It’s been my experience that during those times when things are at crisis mode and I’m about to give up or give in, that’s when He shows his hand.
I cannot tell you how often I’ve found myself with $1 left and a bill due the next day when a refund check I wasn’t expecting surprisingly shows up in the mail. Or another time when my son was a child and he had a mystery fever for 21 day. No doctor or hospital staff in the small town we lived in could find the cause or cure. We were driving the 2 hours back to the big city hospital for invasive tests when the fever broke and was gone before we arrived. No procedures, no painful tests were necessary.
I invite you to look for your own examples – has God been swooping in at the last moment for you as well? I have a theory as to why that is. I don’t know about you but I’m a “fixer”. That means when there’s a problem I will move heaven and earth to figure it out and find the solution. I will do research. I will pray and call on others to pray. I will call in favors or make critical calls to try to influence the people or the circumstances. I truly believe that God helps those who help themselves.
And I also believe that sometimes we have to come to the end of our physical solutions in order to fully and completely leave our problems at his feet. We have to exhaust our ego and our knowledge in order to move into a stance of faith and trust. It is from that position that we can fully appreciate that God is the only resort left. Time after time I have found myself in that postion of knowing that nothing else I can do will make a difference. And that’s when I pray at a deeper level. That’s when I muster the strength to do nothing more than believe and watch for God to move. And oh how deliciously glorious it is when He does indeed move!
So, while I hope that I have gone around this bush enough times to know I’ve learned my lesson, I am still humbly aknowledging that it is in the 11th hour and 59th minute that I see the full and glorious power of God in my life. He has never abandoned me and I believe He never will. His answers are not always what I wish for but they are each and every time, exactly what I need.
I pray that you see the glory of an 11th hour, 59th minute God in your life. Be blessed!
You have within you the greatest power of the universe! Do not kid yourself into believing that the limitations you view of yourself are real. If you gaze only at what you have accomplished in the past, you dishonor your ability to create in the here and now.
If inventors and scientists looked only at what they were able to do yesterday we would have nothing new in this world. It is because they tinker and try and stumble upon happy accidents that they bring new solutions into the world.
If children looked only at what they knew yesterday they would know nothing. It is because they listen and practice and question that they bring revelation to their minds. That revelation grows until they can achieve not just knowledge but also wisdom.
You were created in the image of THE Creator. With that privilege comes the ability to wonder, ponder, imagine and act. God’s spirit in you gives you the power to create too!
What is that one thing that you’ve had sitting in your heart for a long, long time (or even just since yesterday) that seems to spark your curiosity? Do you have “what if” statements that tickle your brain? Do you see a need and believe that it is larger than you, maybe even larger than life? The fact that you see it means you have the seed of possibility to affect it within you. You have the ability to whisper or scream that possibility into life by creating an action. One step toward the “what if” that can bring it one step closer to reality.
I believe that every human being has the power to change this world. YES – how deliciously wonderful is the prospect! We do it everyday even when we aren’t consciously aware we’re doing it. Your words create change in the realm of what’s possible. Your thoughts create change in the realm of your esteem and desires. Every action ripples through the world because what you say and do is seen by others, which begins the chain of reaction. It brings life to the story of possibility. Every great change or movement in this world was just an idea whispering around in someone’s mind that they didn’t dismiss. This truth is the greatest hope that exists.
I believe in you. God believes in you. What do you believe in?
“Where there is faith … there is hope. Where there is hope … there is possibility. Where there is possibility … there is victory. Never stop believing!” ~ Barbara Bernard Miller