“Those with the strength to succeed in the long run are the ones who lay a firm foundation of growth with the bricks that life has thrown at them.” -Marc and Angel Hack Life.
Let’s face it, growing can be painful.Not just physical growth but emotionalgrowth as well.Your bones stretch,sometimes you even break them, hormones change, and your feelings get hurt. All throughout life we continue to grow, and it seems it never stops hurting does it? Just when you think you’re invincible your armor gets pierced by that big bullynamed life. However, even thoughsome of us learn to dodge or withstand the attacks sometimes itlooks as though the bully has won the fight. Except,here’s the thing, you’re not allowed to give up mid battle. Because if you do that, how will you everlive to see the other side to your victory? As tiresome as it feels, with determinationyou still manage the energy to carry on. It’s no secret that we all have wanted to give up but look,it is then you found that little piece of coal to keep the fire going.This is why we need stories and inspiration, to stoke the fire and bring it to an appropriate roar. There is no way we’re going to let Goliath win the fight! I don’t care how small I may seem, my spirit can rise up togiant heights, and so can yours. So big in fact, that you tower over Goliath. It was when I looked to be at my weakest that I found my strength. How? Because, giving up or giving in is not an option. Even though a rock would be lovely to crawl under sometimes, we must overturnthe rocks. Because,if you hide underneath a rock you’ll suffocate. No matter how you feel, there’s something to be said for being seen regardless. It will do you good to carry onward and upward. Hold your head high no matter what! A ship reaches its destination when the sails are full(winds of inspiration?) and the rudder is facing the direction in which it wants to go. The same can be said for which way your head is facing and the direction of your eyes.
“Faith. It does not make things easy, it makes them possible.” -unknown.
From time to time people tell me I’m amazing or very strong,butit is the source of how I became this way that deserves amention. If I was unaware of how loved I am, my confidence could falter, and I might actually buy into that little voice in my head that attempts to negate me. Many of us have that small voice that likes to tell usthatwe can’t accomplish anything, were not good enough,or that something will never happen that we desire. Unfortunately, for some people thatsmall voice canseem muchbigger than itis. I’ve learned that the negative voice is just a like a lion walking around roaring seeking whom He may devour(Peter 5:8). If you stand strongagainst it, and speak the opposite of what it tries to tell you, it will wither away with it’s tail between it’slegs. You can only be devoured if you do nothing and accept it. Therefore, stand strong on the knowledge that you’re worthy and loved. It’s much more difficult to push over ahouse that’slaid it’s foundation on a rock. So stand firm andmove ever forward on your path to victory, whatever that may be for you.My strength comes fromthe knowledge of God. I have experienceda miracle, and seentoo many small ones along the way, not to take notice that I havesomeone looking out for me(on Earthand in the sky!) In that I have found continual strength to face the day and persevere.If I was completely unbelieving or unaware, I don’t think I would be as far along as I am. In fact I would’vebeen committed toa psych ward by now(this almost happened, almost) Before I had a massive stroke, mySundays were reserved for sleeping in, or whatever else I wanted to do. However, armed with the knowledge of the light of the universe(God,love) I’ve stayed strong on my pathof recovery.Even when the darkness seems to envelope you, there is always a small light that it cannot completely overcome. For example, imaginea windowlessauditoriumin which there is a single lightning bug(see here) flying around. Every eye in attendance would drift to that little bug, and no matter how dark the darkness is, itcan’t put out the light coming from it.
“What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.”-Harry Houdini.
How many of us chase an illusion?We try to emulate the pictures We see in beauty magazines,the lifestyles We see(or think We see)in media,and generally listen to what were subconsciously being told through popular culture. We are inundated with these fairy tale suggestions. The things you aren’t told upfront is that much of it issmoke and mirrors(or photoshop) so this means were essentially spectators at a giant magic show. Once it becomes clear that the pictureisn’t authentic, you’ll find thatwhat you already possess is just as good if not better, then what’s in the elusive fairy tale images being paraded on every available space.(i.e television,magazines,billboards,and in retail spaces)I’m not sure how it is in other countries, but in America the media is over saturated into daily living. This has caused some negative effects. Such asunnecessary fear,dieting,and misrepresentation. The fact is, that just like at a magic show,it’s helpful to realize it’s not all realistic. Many people realize this(I hope)but what about those that do not? It takes a certain amount of confidence and experience to not fall prey to these tactics. It’s important to be comfortable in your own skin and not care so much about what other people think. When you possess these things,you’ll find that you’ll be more successful in life. With confidence comes success,and there aren’t too many things better then marching to the beat of your own drum. True beautyis not contained inside the pages ofa beauty magazine. However, there is beauty abound inyour own brand of unique. Ahomogenized World full ofmodels wouldbe terribly boring,so do your best notto look like one. It’s in the perceived “imperfections,” that Wecan find perfection. When you truly see theunique beauty that you possess(i.e like yourself!) themediachatter begins to die down to a barely audible whisper. In other words you’ll be much happier andyour corner of theuniverse will be muchnicer!
It’s amazing what happinesswill generate in your life. I have found that happiness attracts positivesituations,good people,more confidence,and success!Once your able to tune out(the media junk) and get on your own wavelength, happiness becomes a renewable resource.
When my 30th birthday was approaching,like most I was dreading it because I was not where I wanted to be or should be in life,-BUT -on a day I awoke quite cranky my mood was soon to be foiled,my family and friends threw me a surprise party that was Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed and just as pretty as a bridal shower.
My mood went from cranky to shocked pretty quick and you know what else?
Even though 30 is relatively young I feel better than ever because not only am I more comfortable with myself,I’m smarter and know what I want too.
If its wrinkles your dreading…fear not!
There is still plenty of time for that,not only do I not have any but weigh less than I ever did too,so 30 isn’t so bad really and as for where I want to be in life, it’s just a matter of time…….