Oh, the Political Journey of 2016

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This is not a political comment, but only a ‘let’s give each other some respect’ comment.

So many times do I listen on the radio, the TV, and in conversation on people’s ‘right of speech’ and ‘right of belief.’ However, on a daily basis these very same people (and many others) who are posting on social media and commenting in the news about this are the very ones ‘judging’ one’s right of whom to vote for, and how to think. Isn’t the hot debate right now about freedom of speech/belief because of the amazing freedom our country has because of the many who fought and died for that right? Well then, why is there harassment on social media and on TV about whom we each are individually free to vote for, and free to feel politically and spiritually however we want based upon our Constitution of the United States of America?
We are so quick to ‘judge’ those who violated someone else’s rights (whether it is politically, spiritually, or ethnically), however, on any social media platform I constantly read that ‘you are not my friend if you vote for, or believe in….” Isn’t that just as prejudice or unethical?

“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things…. Do not judge. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged…. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your bother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye….” (from book of Matthew and Romans)

Let’s all take a minute before we post or speak, and acknowledge that not everyone is going to agree with you or your beliefs. Let’s just all get along for the better good of our country. #nojudgement

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Finding Joy in the Moment….

I know that every mother has a day, occasion, or circumstance when they experience ‘pure joy’ from their child. That moment their child takes the first steps, to just laughing at the sound of paper tearing, to when they watch them ‘pay it forward’ to another child.

I do not have a ‘human child’ of my own, but I do have a 9 month old Bernedoodle puppy- Enzo. He has brought me joy since I received him at 7 weeks old.  It probably drives certain parents crazy watching/listening to us communicate. To please me, my parents refer to themselves as his grandparents – how do they begin to compare my puppy to their human grand kids? However, they do. They care. They know and understand this little furry monster is my baby. He reminds me daily that there is always a reason to have a bounce in my step, and to smile.

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Somedays when we are on a hike and I am ‘wondering and pondering’ about my troubles, all I have to do is watch him grin (yes, dogs grin), and enjoy every moment. He will bound to a flower, a butterfly, and then back to some odd scent on the trail. All the time, he is grinning along this little journey we are on for the day. He is living in the moment. Too many times we think and worry about the past, or what we will do in the future instead of taking in and living today! Enzo is teaching me to live and enjoy the moment. He is reminding me that “all my worries cannot add a single moment back into my life…” We get one chance to live this amazing journey called LIFE. Don’t forget to LIVE it and enjoy the journey!

“Here’s what you need to keep in mind. You no longer have yesterday. You do not yet have tomorrow. You have only today. This is the day the Lord has made. Live in it.” – Max Lucado

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Change…. Is Scary, but Exhilerating

I would like to assume almost everyone has heard the saying (or something similar to) that “Change is good….” Change is and can be scary, but it is our character that decides how we move forward.

When change is about to happen, do we have a forward thinking mind and believe something good is about to happen? Or in the midst of change, do we clamp up and fear anything different from the ordinary?

I have been that person that fought the idea of change. And then, I was that person who accepted and ran with it! However, I ran without being cautious. As I have learned from my favorite author, John Maxwell, accepting and moving forward with change is important, but one should still move with caution and intention. The Law of Intentionality talks about growth (change)…. Growth (change) doesn’t ‘just’ happen.’ We need to have a plan for our personal growth and a mindset to accept mistakes along the way. When we decide to be intentional about growing, expect to make mistakes and welcome them.   “A mistake is simply another way of doing things.” (Warren Bennis) We learn from mistakes, that is the process of growing, right? After the mistake(s), it is time to lift our chin, and motivate ourselves to Just do it.’ (Nike) 

My struggles in growing/changing to be the woman I have the potential to be have been FEAR based. Fear of failing. Fear of letting others and myself down. My expectations and perfectionist mentality did not line up with my growth plan (or should I say, lack of plan). I was afraid to officially start anything new because I knew I could not or would not finish it. I did not prepare my mind and attitude. I was not patient. I was not intentional.

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can
change your direction overnight.”
(Jim Rohn) 

Change to me today is ‘exhilarating!’ I have decided that in order for change to happen in my life, I have to actively pursue it, and not be a slave to my circumstances (fears). Everyday is a new day, and we are to have joy in the midst of the ordinary life. Stop worrying and thinking about those circumstances that are holding you down. What are you afraid of? “Just Do It!”

“Can all your worries and fears add a single moment to your life?”

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One Word for 2016

Every January, just like everyone else, I think about what ‘Resolutions’ I am going to make for the New Year. And, just like everyone else (at least most of everyone) I end the year looking back disgusted that I did not live by, nor succeed any of the resolutions I made. What happened, again?

It has become apparent to me that I just might need to change my approach to life…. out of necessity. For 2016, I am going to steer clear of the ‘Resolutions.’ I am going to live by ‘One Word’ that will serve as my theme for the year. This just might ignite that get-it-done mindset I know I have in me.

This is ‘One’ word. It is not a statement, not two words, but just a single word that I feel will help me find clarity, passion, and purpose. This year will be a journey of learning, not a task to accomplish.

My One Word for 2016! Discipline to get ‘shit done!’

My heart is filled with hope for this New Year. I have been wondering about my destiny for way too long. I have just been ‘dreaming’ about my dreams instead of living in a way to accomplish them. Sometimes my dreams seemed impossible, and so fear would settle in. However, in 2016 I will have my One Word to focus on – Discipline. I will work on my discipline to overcome, and to never give up on my dreams. I will have the discipline to take chances and persevere.

“It was about no longer being the kind of woman who takes what she can get, and finally becoming the kind of woman who creates exactly what she wants.” 

Most of my blog posts going forward will in someway share how I am working on my One Word – Discipline. It will be the discipline that will help me stay focused on the dream and desire to find “Grace Among Chaos.” 

If you are dabbling with this mind-set, I encourage you to visit the website: GetOneWord.com. It just might change you too!

Finding Grace….

Grace, or in Greek translation, “Charis.” It is the exercise of love, kindness, compassion, mercy, and favor. One with grace has the favor to serve one another for the greater good.

Welcome to my journey… Finding grace in the day to day chaos. Everyone has their own circumstances – problems, heartache, failures, etc – but we all have a choice on how we behave and react to overcome and find
joy and purpose.

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