A Better Way To Live~Day 5

We are what we think we are. What we think about most, usually comes to fruition. The type day we have is seen through our perception. You wanna have a bad day? Think negative thoughts. You wanna have a great day? Wake up grateful, and think pleasant thoughts. Expect a great outcome, and consider the active role we have in choosing our thoughts and what we experience.

Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider defeat again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life’s blueprint. Smile!

always-do-your-bestWe have all had the experience of seeing how what we dwell on becomes magnified in our lives.  Like a garden our lives will bear the fruit that we tend.  The garden, our lives, is going to produce something, there will be some net result to show as the sum total of the choices we have made.  Poor choices or no active choices made at all and the unattended garden will yield weeds.  Tended, cultivated and paid attention to the garden that is our life will produce in abundance.

A Better Way to Live~Day 4

I was sitting in my home office, gazing out of the window, contemplating my business for the day. My 15-year-old daughter being 5 at that time, came running around the corner and hurried out the front door. Reaching the sidewalk she started skipping toward her friend’s house next door. She spotted me at the window and stopped, turned around and raced back into the house. Bursting into my office, she ran up to me and said, “Mom? You’re my hero!” I have never forgotten that moment, or the seed she planted that day…..

Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.

a-heroI’ve had many home offices situated in beautiful homes. This started years ago when I thought, “Make money and be happy.” Many people work at a job they may not even like, because it pays well. The vision of a material world is not our topic today. This day is about being a hero.

My daughter has watched me overcome some monumental obstacles in life. Actually, she has watched God pull me out of poor choices, and be better because of them. It didn’t matter to her how much money was in my bank account. She was watching to see if I came out on the other side better than I began. Am I a good role model?

When I first noticed her watching me, she would emulate my actions. Putting things back in the proper place when finished, doing little things the same way as I would. Every child does this so pay attention!

ibelieveinyouToday, she is 15 and it’s amazing how the years have made her self-sufficient. She will cook dinner, set the table, and clear the table in a style of her own, but she would do so in a certain order. Sometimes we walk toward the door to leave, and look at one another only to find, we are dressed the same. We are similar in many ways, but twinsies we are not.

She has seen the Mom that makes a lot of money and drives a Mercedes, and is seeing the Mom doing what she loves and driving a truck. If you ask her about her childhood, she doesn’t remember much. She remembers the time I put her in timeout during a dinner party for wanting my attention.

While I was focused on making money to give her everything she needs, all she needed was a Mom that would be present. I encourage you today to spend time with your family! When you leave the office, leave everything there and be present. Be a hero and be worth watching.

 

 

 

 

Happiness Holiday’s

I cannot believe it’s November.  Strolling by the aisle of Halloween candy, admiring the 50% off sign, I was pondering, ‘Christmas  is right around the corner’. Unreal!

stevejobsThat prompted me to ponder outside my box, and wonder what other people’s holidays are going to be like. Long gone are the days when I was distraught because my florist hadn’t arrived on time to start decorating the staircases. That seems like a lifetime ago, and its hard to believe it was in my lifetime. Thank you Jesus for the simple life I have today.

How can I encourage others within this time of year that so many dread, or wish to ignore?

When I first started this Blog, I did an Og Mandino post, The Seeds of Success. Months later, readers still find it and view it, so that gave me a revelation. Another one of Og’s book is A Better Way to Live. Within that book are some rules to live by, so here we go.

Each week, now through Christmas, I will post a couple of rules a week. The posts will be brief, I hope, so tune in  here for some heartfelt encouragement! It’s time to enjoy, Thanksgiving, Christmas, friends and family and reflect over this past year. A new year is less than a couple of months away, so start believing now…it’s gonna be the best year ever! Believe.