🏃🏾‍♀️ The Great Escape


What do you do, or where do you go to get away from it all? We may feel overwhelmed by stuff, and much of the time that stuff is not something we created. I know what I do to escape the craziness that tries to hit every point of my sanity, but what do you do to escape the craziness that tries to creep into your spirit, take away your joy, and shut you down? Do you pray? Do you shop? Do you take a trip? Do you take a walk in nature? Do you drink a cup of tea or take a long bath? Do you read? Do you dance?

Behind me, in a sometimes rapid chase
dread tries to steal my joy
but it can’t if I don’t allow it
does it think it’s playing with a toy?

I know I’ll certainly face challenges
this I know to be true
but the outcome based on my attitude
victory lines up, depending on what I do.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Today Is a New Day to Be Grateful Anyway

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Open your arms wide, and embrace the gift of thanksgiving today. Allow the vibrance of light to permeate your spirit, blossoming into a burst of energy that floods your being.

Now look, everyone is going through something that is challenging their mind, spirit, or body, be it great or small. We hold on to an ounce of courage to get through the day or through our night, even when restlessness disrupts our sleep. Gratitude has a way of puncturing the net of challenges, that tries to drown us in a sea of dread. We are more than conquerors. We simply have to come to terms with accepting our victory. Nobody told us the road would be easy. Those who said it would be easy were sadly misled.

But, we didn’t come this far to give up now. Be grateful because there is always someone else who is worse off than you, and would rather be in your shoes.

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Serenity: C’est la vie (That’s Life)

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I know we are acquainted with The Serenity Prayer, and we’ve recited it several times when the crazy gets crazier. This prayer, written by American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr is commonly seen on the medallion for Alcoholics Anonymous. 

This morning, I personally applied my faculties to this prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
(This applies to the systemic behavior and attitudes of others, conditions and dysfunctions I cannot redirect or cure, and universal problems creating turmoil around the world that I am unable to stop and is above my paygrade)
courage to change the things I can,
(This pertains to things within my grasp and control, such as my character, conversation, and conduct, as I look my best, be my best, and do my best)
and wisdom to know the difference
(Through faith, hope and discernment, I must adjust my attitude to do what I can and leave the rest to someone else more qualified to do what I can’t).

For this moment of self-awareness, I focus on what I can do, and what I can’t, well, “c’est la vie.” That’s how things happen.

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Turning Anxiety into Anticipation and Assurance

The Little Things Of Life, Enjoy, Gratitude, Motivation
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Yesterday, I pulled out my “Year of Gratitude” journal in my closet from eleven years ago. I started reading an entry from this day during that year. I wanted to compare notes of my now versus my then.

Apparently, I was going through some moments of despair, which wasn’t an oddity, but of course, I can’t recall what it was because I didn’t include these crises in my journal. The purpose of my gratitude journal was not to whine but to express my gratitude despite my dilemmas. One particular day caught my attention as I flipped through these pages. I prayed, asking God for strength for whatever anxiety was troubling me at that time. Then I read where I wrote that God imparted into me a message. This message: “Turn your anxiety into anticipation and assurance.”

I was reminded of assurance by anticipating an answer to my anxiety was what I needed to do. While the answers I sought at that time didn’t happen in the form I’d hoped, it must have exceeded my expectation based on an entry noted a few days later. Since that time, I haven’t kept a separate gratitude journal from the journal I write in every day, but I include my gratitude in my every day entries. I am so glad that I didn’t give up when I gave out.