Posts Tagged ‘positivity’

The Past: Your History Not Your Destiny

Have you ever worried about or tried to cover up your past?  Have you ever been embarrassed about being born to a poor family, having an incarcerated parent or spouse, having a physical or mental deformity, or been frustrated by your past failures?

If so, you are not alone.  None of us control our entrance into this world.  We did not decide when we would be made, when were born, or even we will die.  On the other hand, we do decide how we choose to live the lives that we have been given. We have to ask ourselves, will we be relentless in the face of adversity or hardships?  Will we continue to be kind and loving despite being treated in an unloving manner by others?  These are examples of various journeys in life.  In order to deter ourselves from the pain or difficulties of our past, we simply need to make new choices, even if those choices are scary.

I wrote this blog to remind my readers that the past should only be used as a learning tool.  The past does not predict your future performance unless you allow it to.  Difficult times may come in life, but go through those difficulties and do not stop to have a self-pity party.

You are destined for greatness and your destiny is waiting for your arrival.   Do you hear it?  Like the final boarding call for an airplane that is about to depart, “Last call for all of those headed toward destiny!”   Do yourself a favor and get on board even though you may not know where the “Flight to Destiny” may land or how long you will be in the air, but I can assure you that you will eventually enjoy the journey.




You have to start somewhere!

Last week I received many emails and comments on the JWJ Facebook Fanpage from people who loved the blog called, “Do it Afraid!” Thanks so much for your readership and the dialogue, I think communication strengthens our world-wide community (big smile).

This week’s blog is based on a conversation I had with a friend. A friend called me and said the following, “I wish I could start a business, but I’m not like you.” Starting a business is not that difficult. Neither I nor the other thousands of people who started a business have the patent on this novel idea. Lol.

In order to start your own business you simply have to decide what kind of business you want to have, do research, speak to other small business owners, seek expert advise, make a plan, follow the plan (even if you are only taking baby steps). Last step, realize your goal. This week’s blog message is simply,

“You have to start somewhere!”

So what are you waiting for?

Leave a comment and tell me when you intend to start realizing your goal.


Dear Young Ladies & Gentlemen:

I hope that you all are doing well this week. These days you and your parents may be facing difficult times, so I just wanted to encourage you in hopes that you can encourage your family.

I created an acronym just for you all, it is called P.U.S.H. PUSH stands for performing under strong hampering. In essence I am simply asking you to persevere through any hard times. You will be fine. Life sometimes changes, but all situations have a remedy.

Remember that I love you and I am always praying for you. Don’t forget to share the encouragement (smiling).

Be Encouraged!!!

Today, I just felt impressed to provide a little encouragement to my readers.  I know that three weeks ago we were all so excited about the possibilities of 2011.  Within the past three(3) weeks, I have received calls that my friends and family have been laid off from their jobs for no reason.  I know that financially, things may be rougher than ever.  You may be faced with divorce, may have lost a loved one, or may be fighting an illness.  I understand that you may feel alone and even in despair.  I even understand that you may not feel like living.  I just wanted to say, “DON’T GIVE UP!”  Problems are temporary but the plan that God has for each of our lives is eternal.  Let’s pray for one another and watch God continue to perform miracles in “seemingly” bleak times.

The Power of a Positive Attitude


Dear Young Ladies:

I hope that all is going well.  This week I want you to think positively.  No matter what happens please do not allow negative people or negative situations to change your positive attitude.  For example, when I was in college, I purchased a 1983 Honda Civic.  At the time it was 1994.  I was a student at U.C.L.A. and I lived in Palmdale, which was about 120 miles roundtrip per day.  The car would often breakdown as the route home was very mountainous and hard for an old car like mine.  When my car would break down I would become furious and say, “Really God, really!!  What do I have to do to get help?”  I said these things while enraged.  One day, after reading the Bible, the same incident occurred, this time I began to sing praises to God as I had no AAA roadside assistance and no one to call for help.  I sat by the side of the road and sang praises to God, then I prayed.  I spoke to the car and said, “No matter what, I am going home and you are going to get me there.”  The car started and the problem that was there disappeared allowing me to make it home.  This situation showed me that God does hear me but I have to maintain the right attitude. 

I hope that you all can gain some insight into your own lives from this post.  Life can be challenging but all situations that occur in life are simply temporary.  If you pray and keep a positive attitude you can make it through anything, believe me I have!

Please Be Honest


Dear Young Ladies,

I hope that you are having a great Memorial Day weekend.  I hope that you are enjoying family and friends.

I wanted to talk to you about being honest.  I want to encourage you all to be honest with God, yourself, and then with others.  When you can be honest in this way you will live a more fulfilling life.  You will be happy with your choices because you were honest about why you made them and how you felt about your decision.  In life, sometimes you will need to be honest about your friendships or relationships.  For example, if you have a friend who is never there for you, who always has a negative attitude or word to say to you, and who may constantly take from your energy, then you may have to evaluate that relationship.  Ask yourself, do I really need this friendship/relationship?  Does this friendship/relationship make my life better or worse?  In this case, you may have to speak to your friend about the dynamics of the friendship/relationship that you do not like.  If they do not listen to your viewpoints then you may have to decide to kindly end the friendship and tell the person why it does not work for you anymore.  On the other hand, if they listen and are willing to make changes, then the friendship has a chance to grow, but if they refuse to listen to you and hear your point of view you may have to break the ties to them.  If this ever happens please be courageous and trust yourself.  Sometimes we spend too much time trying to protect other people that we forget to sometimes protect ourselves from “toxic friendships/relationship.”  Now protecting yourself does not mean that you cut yourself off from other people and become intolerant of their shortcomings it means that you honestly present yourself (good and bad) and let your true friends do the same to you. 

When you have healthy relationships both you and your friends will grow to be better people but you must first start with being honest.  If you live honestly, you will be more likely to attract other people who will live honestly…….make those people your friends.

I love you and I am praying for you.

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