“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”
― Chuck Palahniuk.
We’ve got to look forward and keep moving, not delving into the past. This is especially hard if you have fears about what the future holds. As a stroke survivor I found that even my worries had worries. It was that much harder to think of the future not only because of fear, but also because my heart was stuck in the past.We must not let our hearts be offended. Why? Because, taking offense(at someone or something) keeps us in a place of pain and inhibits our growth. If we choose to live in a place of unforgiveness we’ll become that much more cold, and hardened, the good things of life cannot grow or flourish in rocky soil! Therefore, we need to let go of the past and of those things that hold us back. For what seems like ages I’ve lived in my past. Because quite frankly, having my independence was far better than my current bleak reality. However, I am no longer the person that I was, in fact none of us are. To remain the same would be to stunt our growth and limit ourselves. No matter what happens to you remember that “ You are not a victim but a victor!” In trying times it’s easy to get stuck in the former “better,” situations of our past. However, you must continue swimming forward or even in some cases treading water. Because, if you stop to consider the past too deeply, the weight of it will not only tie you up but cause you to sink. By remaining in my past I missed the good things in my present. The good news is, it’s never too late to begin moving forward. Indeed the sooner the better, and making a habit of it isn’t a bad idea either. Therefore, do not stop to consider your past for too long or too often. Far greater things lie ahead!
“I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.”- Jacqueline Cochran
We all want control and have visions of what our future will hold. However, usually while we’re making plans life just happens. In these “derailments,” we find things we didn’t know were there. Such as strength, love, purpose, dreams, and new goals. Whatever your vision is, with perseverance, hope,faith and determination that life is definitely possible! Sometimes we fly above these visions to revisit what we thought our life would be, before coming back down to earth to what our lives actually are. When we’re looking down from above time will reveal it’s perfect timing in our life’s narrative. While some realities seem better than others, none are completely perfect. After all life really is what you make of it. We feel as if we let go of the steering wheel that we’ll crash;but sometimes the opposite is true. Oddly enough, it is when we let go that we’ll find ourselves going in exactly the right direction. While life can certainly be a cruel mistress, She also has the capacity for grace. A grace that lends itself when you feel undeserving, a grace that finds you in your most trying times, and a grace that never ceases to surprise you. In these surprises you may come to find that the fork in the road was a detour you needed to take, before reaching the final destination. I’d like to believe that my own detour of a massive stroke not only nearly killed me, but also gave me life. Because without it, I would not have discovered my true strength, seen the beauty of true love, and even more so learned what having faith can accomplish.
fly above and not below!
“With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.” -Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Each generation wants to think they’re better than the last. It’s at the point when you start seriously noticing the differences between your generation and subsequent ones that it makes you feel old. Well, my friends I guess I’m “old.” I’m considered part of the annoying millennial generation, which has been watched by the world most of our lives. However, as a millennial I have noticed some things about the yet to be officially named generation of current 20- somethings. Not to be confused with baby boomers, the millennial generation as well as current 20- somethings could easily fall under the same umbrella, the “Me Generation.” With the rise of social media, apps that do almost everything, and new technologies, self absorption has never been easier. Unfortunately, along with self absorption comes a lack of ambition, laziness, and a near complete disregard for other people. It’s far too easy to think(and talk, and Instagram, and Snapchat,and Facebook) about yourself all day, rather than more outwardly consider the rest of the world around you. Therefore, if you are an individual that hasn’t been brainwashed by social media, get out there, do something, and help someone other than yourself! I promise it feels really good to help someone else. This leads into the question of “ Would we be more fulfilled if we helped each other more?” Not only would a movement of selflessness make our lives more enriching, but collectively easier. If we were able to count on someone other than ourselves it would lead to a lot less stress and a lot more breathing room. Having less stress means less physical ailments and even many diseases! Everyone wins. We don’t have to imagine a world like this when we easily have the power to start a movement like this today. All it takes is one person and one act of selflessness , simply just do it , and help start a chain reaction of kindness, love, and helping.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.”
Everyday you’re free is cause for a celebration. We are so accustomed to our innate abilities to roam where We’d like and do what We want that it is completely taken for granted. Most of us have no knowledge of what it’s like to be limited. However, when you actually experience being limited, freedom becomes appreciated and tangible. Many of us don’t know what it actually feels like to be free, even though We are everyday. The first time I felt the true rush of freedom, I just stood there soaking it in and enjoyed the moment for as long as I could. For what has seemed like an eternity, I have not been alone or free to roam where I please. As it turns out there is nothing to fear in being alone, because We aren’t and it is refreshing to have a moment to yourself. How many times did I wander unrestrained, and be completely unaware of what a privilege it was? After enduring real limitations, you realize the value of freedom and why you need to break through those limitations. How many people place limitations on themselves that are not only invisible but also unnecessary? When you have complete freedom, of thought and in movement there is no reason or place for limitations. You have the freedom to travel, to choose, and to move(some do not. Choose the light over the dark,what you feed into is what grows. Delight in your blessings and abilites, and for God sake do not remain stagnant or still! If you asked a man who was wheelchair bound what He wants to do most, He’d likely tell you “run.” Therefore, run don’t walk past any limitations and certainly don’t place any on yourself!
run, don’t walk and cheers!
“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,but it is the source of how I became this way that deserves a mention. 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 us that we can’t accomplish anything, were not good enough,or that something will never happen that we desire. Unfortunately, for some people that small voice can seem much bigger than it is. 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 strong against it, and speak the opposite of what it tries to tell you, it will wither away with it’s tail between it’s legs. 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 a house that’s laid it’s foundation on a rock. So stand firm and move ever forward on your path to victory, whatever that may be for you. My strength comes from the knowledge of God. I have experienced a miracle, and seen too many small ones along the way, not to take notice that I have someone looking out for me(on Earth and 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’ve been committed to a psych ward by now(this almost happened, almost) Before I had a massive stroke, my Sundays 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 path of recovery. Even when the darkness seems to envelope you, there is always a small light that it cannot completely overcome. For example, imagine a windowless auditorium in 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, it can’t put out the light coming from it.
be that little bug!