Life Works…When You Work

It’s an expression that bears repeating again and again and again…

“Life works…when you work.”

Don’t be a quitter. Read some of the previous posts. Get a journal. Document your feelings. Set goals and review your previous journal entries.

Life really doesn’t have to be hard. Yes, there are setbacks. Those of us who work on this blog have experienced the death of a child, the repeated loss of jobs, betrayal of friends, tight budgets.

But none of that means we need nor should give up our dreams. In fact, it’s like writing exquisite poetry. Talk to any professional poet. Often they will tell you it is when they are writing to the tightest forms of poetry that their work shines the truest.

So no matter what you’ve faced in the past, you mustn’t give up. You can’t! The world needs you. We need you: your perspective, your creative works, your gifts, your talents.

When faced with despair or difficulty of the largest kind, please do remember this: life works when you work. And when you show up each day ready to at least try, THAT, my friend, is when the pain will ease and when you can find love and hope and balance once again.

Along Those Lines

Along the lines of our last blog post (singing and swinging into your perfectly fitting “slippers”), remember this: Imitation is death.

Why is that? Well, many reasons…some thoughts of which you could share that would be better than the ones we might have. But when you are trying to imitate the life or the talents or the style of another individual, you are starving that which was meant to be born from within you!

Have you heard of the concept of “turgidity”? When a plant’s turgidity is high, it means it has ample fluid hydrating its cells. When the turgidity is low, it simply means the plant is desperately thirsting for water.

Have you been starving your life’s cells pining for the mission, life call, or talents of another? We submit that when you take time to journal each day about your life, about the abundances you choose to notice, and about the good things you do, you will begin to water and feed your own “plant.” Your emotional, social, spiritual, and physical turgidity will increase.

And that, my friend, is a very good place to be. So go get happenin’ with that plant water for your soul!

You Have Your Own Path

You have your own path. Not that of another.

Think about the ugly stepsisters. Perhaps if they had been less interested in trying to squish their feet into Cinderella’s slipper they might have found a pair of their own.

Are you trying to squish your feet into the slipper of another? Why not take some time this week to journal on that thought?

Are you trying to live a life that someone else is called to live? Do you have talents that need to “sing” or “swing” in their own way? What are they? Take some time to journal about these thoughts. You may be surprised at what comes to you!

Teamwork Succeeds. Renegade Burns Out.

It’s a funny thing about life. When we shut loved ones out of our heart–whether from being hurt or from being angry–we close the door on some of the most important aid we can receive in this life.
As 2010 begins, it would be an important activity for you to find a quiet place and ponder the relationships in your life…and which ones you want to build during this coming year.

We’re not talking about toxic relationships. No, we want you to ponder on who the three most valued people are in your life, and then analyze the health of the relationship. Is there something you can do to improve it?

Remember: teamwork for anything will succeed when people are “on the job” looking out for others’ successes, in addition to his or her own. Being a renegade–someone who insists on going it alone–leads to burn out and loneliness.

Now that January is here, here’s a simple suggestion. Pull out your journal and write down the names of three people who matter most to you. As you work through 2010 toward your dreams, make sure you are building relationships long with your success goals and dreams acquisitions.

For, don’t you want to share your future “having arrived” with someone?

Merry Christmas

Those of us working here behind the scenes love the Savior of the world. It is He, Jesus Christ, who has atoned for our sins and through His grace we are healed and redeemed.

As you finish out the year 2009, we pray it has brought you increased understanding and hope. If not, the scriptures can help you find peace. You may want to obtain your own set if you do not yet personal scriptures. But in the interim, here is a link to online scriptures. Enjoy browsing the link. Find your favorites. Transfer them to your journal. The peace that can come from pondering this way is truly restorative.

Merry Christmas!

For the Thing You Desire

The last post is so important that we felt to reiterate it here. You have to make a place in your heart for the thing you desire, for it to be willing to come and grace your life.

Go back and re-read last week’s post. Ponder on it. Journal about it. What does it mean to you? Then write us and let us know. We’d love to hear from you!

Believe in the Flashes

Ever have flashes of insights? You know, those tiny “ah ha” moments that stroke your mind and then are gone?

To succeed in your goals, your dreams, your visions of life, you must (we repeat, must) pay attention to those fleeting insights.

Do you have a journal? Good (if not, go get one today). Keep your journal close by. Record each evening any flash of understanding, insight, or idea that came to you during the day. Better yet, keep an index card in your wallet for such recordings–so you can do them in the moment.

Trust us. Recording those flashes of understanding, insights or ideas will bring you more. And more is what you need if you are to succeed.

We’ll talk in the future about following through with these insights to greatness and success–which usually take the shape of hard work and effort. Your pathway to your dreams will be lined with these. Get them down. Record them in your journal (or an index card). Trust us. It will make all the difference.