Where am I?

Lost, Where Am I, Reflections, Meditation, Encouragement

Do you have those fabulous days when you feel on top of the world and everything is going your way? Then do you frown on other days when it feels like the world pushed you off the planet, leaving you bewildered, weak, abandoned, lost and defeated? At some point in everyone’s life, we may try our very best to do the right thing, but sometimes it feels like things just aren’t jelling as you planned or would like for them to. The thing to avoid is giving up, even when you may feel like you don’t have the strength or one ounce of fight left inside to do anything worthwhile.

Keeping the faith and hope is hard, but it is very possible, especially in the midst of some ferocious storms (and I don’t mean weather related either). In such moments, I have to pause, and just be still, to meditate and reflect. I know I need to make certain decisions, but if I try to be the “Fixer” when I am stepping out of order, and not listening to Divine guidance, then I could be headed over a cliff with failed brakes and no parachute.

Where am I? Sometimes I know, and at other times it seems like a great big blur. We have every right to have those downer days, when we feel off balance and can’t seem to get a grip on things. We can go there, but we can’t stay there, or it is quite possible we will never survive.

As we look out into the dense fog that mars clarity of vision and awareness, then we should close our eyes, take a deep breath and exhale slowly, deliberately and peacefully. It is then that we can possibly lower the temperature on our internal pressure cooker and some things just may eventually straighten themselves out.

Good Night, Sleep Tight

Sleeping, From Behind the Pen, napping

All too often, I get excited about a project I’m working on and when it’s time to call it a night, I keep going because I am on a roll. While that may not be a problem if it occurs once in a while, I find that I allow myself to indulge in stretching my awake time far too often than I should. I am an early riser, and while that is a good thing I tend to also be a late retirer. Besides my occasional fatigue, I really did not give a whole lot of credence to the health and wellness implications due to my insufficient and erratic sleep patterns. 

Somehow, many of us have come to the conclusion that in our daily 24-hour span, we must somehow be compelled to use all 24 hours with activity. Where does that leave time for sleep and relaxation? Oh, you don’t think you have the luxury for that kind of time? Well, think again. If you don’t make the time, not find the time, but intentionally carve out a portion of the time you have to rest and relax, then you may be forced to do so.

What exactly do I mean? Well, since this is Better Sleep Month, I wanted to examine my sleep habits and how my lack of rest affects every facet of my being. Our bodies aren’t robotic, and rest and sleep are part of the natural course of life. It behooves you to relax, meditate and bask in overall daily gratitude. Learn how to breathe and not just suck in breaths. If we fail to sufficiently rest our bodies, then we may suffer the consequences of a complete shutdown where you can’t move no matter how hard you try.

Medical studies show that getting a good night’s sleep is quite beneficial to better health. Research has found a link between insufficient or the lack of sleep and how these elements are connected to serious health issues such as heart disease, obesity, weight gain, extreme fatigue, outright crankiness, and diabetes. Why put others at risk for your carelessness caused by the lack of adequate rest?

Sleep is vital for memory, learning and retaining information. Sleep can also be a natural supplement to medication and increasing metabolism. You will be amazed by what a little sleep will do. So, good night, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…Happy #BetterSleepMonth!

I Love the Night Lights

Parliament, City Lights, Night Reflections

Parliament Building At Night

There is something mystical and magical about the aura of city lights at night that takes your breath away.

Seattle, Night Lights, City Lights

Seattle Skyline

A city skyline shows the brilliance of a vibrant nightlife!

Night Lights, City Lights, Nantong

Nantong Night Lights

Mirrored reflections in the water bring out an exquisite architectural montage.

New York, City Lights, Night Reflections

Manhattan

Skyscrapers tower stoically over the river below.

City Lights, Hungarian Parliament

Hungarian Parliament

The subtlety of oceanic hues brings out the tranquility of night glows.

City Lights, Chicago, Night Reflections

Chicago Skyline

Lake views give a majestic portrait in the Windy City.

Eiffle Tower, Night Lights

Eiffel Tower

Powerful, erect and regal.

Night Lights, City Lights, Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The lifeline of a bridge against a wall of buildings.

Prague Castle, Night Lights, City Lights

Prague Castle

Pristine glows in a wintry backdrop.

New York, City Lights, Times Square

Times Square

The lights are bright on Broadway!

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Las Vegas Strip (Image Credit: www.foxtravel.ca)

The poetry of the brightest show on earth in Nevada!

Our Hidden Greatness

Potential, Growing, Survival

Potential: /pəˈten(t)SHəl/ Latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.

Years ago, I read the book “Understanding Your Potential: Discovering the Hidden You” written by Dr. Myles Munroe. The objective of Dr. Munroe’s message makes you discover the untapped wealth of your potential ability, and rise above your past experiences to unearth hidden treasures within.

Whether or not you’ve read this book or are familiar with any of Dr. Munroe’s work, this book started out with the following explosive epiphany: Where is the wealthiest spot on this planet? In the oil fields of Kuwait, Iraq or Saudi Arabia, or perhaps in the gold and diamond mines in South Africa? Nah! The richest deposits on our planet tragically lie in our cemeteries and graveyards. They contain potential that remained potential.

The wealth of dreams has been dashed into the poverty of discouragement. –Dr. Myles Munroe

If I coulda, woulda, shoulda! So this got me to thinking about whether or not I am truly exercising my right to live my best life, not the wealthiest life, but my best. What spiritual gifts and physical talents has God blessed me with to use and enrich the lives of those who need encouragement to help them pass it on and to encourage others? How will we emerge from the ashes of hopelessness into the inferno of hope?

How do we successfully plant the seeds of potential that grow into trees of plenty? How do we leave our footprints in the rich sands of history and not buried in the dirt of a cemetery? Focus on what you have and then build from there. Start this minute if you haven’t begun already. We can’t allow disappointments to disarm our determination. If we allow adversity and discouragement to win, then we’ve already lost the fight before we even got started.

Your Attitude, Your Character…YOU

Attitude, Character, Mindset, Relationships

What does your attitude speak about you?

The most destructive habit: WORRY
The greatest joy: GIVING
The greatest loss: SELF-RESPECT
The most satisfying work: HELPING OTHERS
The ugliest personality trait: SELFISHNESS
Our greatest natural resource: OUR YOUTH
The greatest ‘shot in the arm’: ENCOURAGEMENT
The greatest problem to overcome: FEAR
The most effective sleeping pill: PEACE OF MIND
The most crippling failure disease: EXCUSES
The most powerful force in life: LOVE
The most dangerous pariah: A GOSSIPER
The world’s most incredible computer: THE BRAIN
The worst thing to be without: HOPE
The deadliest weapon: THE TONGUE
The two most power-filled words: I CAN
The greatest asset: FAITH
The most worthless emotion: SELF-PITY
The most beautiful attire: YOUR SMILE
The most prized possession: SELF ESTEEM
The most powerful channel of communication: PRAYER
The most contagious spirit: ENTHUSIASM
~ Unknown Author