Archive for March, 2015
As a young girl, I grew up in a household with disabled parents. As I grew older, my parents got sicker. As a result of their sickness our entire household had to change their plans in order to give our attention to the new star of our home “sickness.” When sickness is in a household it selfishly and incessantly takes over the entire life of the household.
Sickness is not a friend, although it tries to be loyal. Sickness is not velcro, although it sticks close to you once it enters your life. Sickness is not loyal although it tries not to leave your side. If you should learn anything at all from this post, remember that sickness is a thief and a liar. It comes to steal, kill, and destroy the dreams and plans of your life and the lives of those that love you.
As we turn our hearts and minds to the new year and all of its possibilities, let us remember to do all that we can to preserve our health. Some of us need to lose weight, stop smoking, stop drinking, start exercising, learn to de-stress, get more sleep, learn to pray, obtain mental health assistance, or a host of other things. We all need to make changes in order to improve the quality and perhaps lengthen our lifespan.
Join our challenge today, don’t let sickness be the superstar of your home. Let’s be proactive!
As I sat in meditation, I got clarity about some things that I was troubled about. I was starting to let thoughts and feelings about the future overwhelm me. I had forgotten that I had won all of my past victories by living in the present moment and being grateful for all that I had in that moment. In the Bible (Matthew 6:25) Jesus said, “Take no thought for your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than meat, and the body more than clothes?” Wow! This scripture came ALIVE within me and I realized that I have to make a daily conscious effort to live in the NOW.
So, what does living in the now look like for me? I am glad that you asked (smiling). Please see my list below:
- I am not concerned about exactly when I will graduate from my doctoral program, I will just stay focused on doing well in the class that I am taking right now.
- I will not worry about how high gas prices will be tomorrow, next week, or next month. I am simply grateful that I have enough to put gas in my car today.
- I will not worry about all of the things that I lost, I will focus on how grateful I am for what I have right now in the moment.
For me, this simple paradigm shift of my thoughts is a lifesaver to me. I feel more calm and more centered knowing that my only job is to LIVE IN THE MOMENT.
Leave a comment if you will join me in this effort. How will you live in the now?