#MondayThoughts: Faith Defies The Odds

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
– J.R.R. Tolkien

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It is tough to see when you cannot see. This is not just physically but mentally too. When you cannot see what is ahead or picture what is ahead, it gives you that feeling of uncertainty because you do not know what is going to happen next.

Life is filled with surprises (good and bad). It also has a certain routiness to it (good and bad). We mention tomorrow but we don’t know if tomorrow exist, it is a preconditioned assumption that we will exist tomorrow, a naturally human thought. When life presents us with something outside the routine, we begin to question ourselves as to what we will do. We confront the situation and we make the best choice possible within our reasoning, either out of confidence or fear, hoping for the best end result pertaining to our life’s journey.

When we decide to place certain goals in our lives or a dream which we would like to live out, life doesn’t always cooperate to make those goals and dreams attainable or realized, so it begins to stack the odds against us by way of obstacles, challenges, negative opinions and believe it or not, life will give you fact based evidence as to why you cannot achieve your goal or realize your dream. So, what do you do?

We often talk about hope and having hope and keeping hope alive. Hope is like a match that is constantly burning and making sure you do not give up completely. We all have given up at one point or another ( the “oh well, I guess it wasn’t meant to be). You know that is the most bullshit filled statement that was thought of. Hope is a catalyst for faith.

When I talk about faith I am not referring to religious practices or denomination. I am talking about the supernatural tool that defies human logic, reasoning and nature. Faith moves mountains and those mountains are in the form of what stands between us and our hopes, goals and dreams. Faith takes what we see and perceive naturally and gives us access to a power that creates out of what we cannot see. Faith pulls a rabbit out of a hat with there being no hat visible. Faith tells you that water is as solid as the ground and that you can walk on it.

When life changes the odds, it is basically telling us either you really want it or you don’t. The odds make us question ourselves in our confidence, abilities, capabilities and motive. How many times have we heard “the odds are against you.” “The odds aren’t in your favor.” When we hear this, we either agree or disagree, purge ahead or give up (sometimes before we even get started). Sometimes the odds are easy to overcome and we are homefree in the direction of our goals. Then there are the times when the odds seem to not just be against us but weigh heavily on us so as to not allow us to even take a step in the direction we want to go. Odds be damned,we can do it, we can achieve it, we can make it, we can realize it.

He knows that as long as a man keeps his faith in God and in himself nothing can permanently defeat him.

– Wilferd Peterson

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

Faith is one of the most powerful spiritual weapons we have access to with Love being the most powerful. We can live a nondefeated life, sure we will experience ups and downs but with the powerful combination of Faith and Love, we can accomplish anything.

*stay inspired and keep rising

#MondayThoughts: Pondering

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”

– Sydney Harris

“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.”

– W.H. Auden

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To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.

– Oscar Wilde

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“Life inevitably throws us curve balls, unexpected circumstances that remind us to expect the unexpected. I’ve come to understand that these curve balls are the beautiful unfolding of both karma and current.

– Carre Otis

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STAY INSPIRED AND KEEP RISING

#MondayThoughts: Imprint

The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.

– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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At the edge of the mind

Crossing the border devoid of time and space

No traces of negative chatter

Or dark images splattered

Rowing out to where the mind is at peace

Where thoughts breed tranquility

No filtering or screening necessary

Mind and soul totally at ease

Sailing on a plateau just above all dreams

With the imprinted believe and hope of greater things

#MondayThoughts: Everyday

Our lives begin in the everyday and stay in the everyday. Only in the everyday can we begin to create truly great worlds.

– Michael Puett, The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

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Everyday is a day

Where the mind roams

And the heart plays

Moment by moment connecting together

To fill in the blank pages of your unwritten diary

We do what we must and what we have to

No one can live the life we live in our own shoes

Everyday is each day we are awake

Constructing, deconstructing, organizing, arranging

Living out a sequence of events

Everyday is life with all of its additives and ingredients

What we create is solely up to us

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Stay inspired and keep rising

#MondayThoughts: Your Tongue of Choice

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Bitter tongues

Spit misguided words

A poison mashup of syllables

Gentle tongues

Can turn a hardened heart soft

And protect your own from turning to stone

Loving tongues

Leave impressionable marks

Soft touches that lighten the soul

Increasing the splendor of life

Guard your tongue

Guard your heart

Be quick to hear, slow to speak

And slow to be angered

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Stay inspired and keep rising

#MondayThoughts: Energy Consumption

I don’t have time, energy, or interest in hating the haters; I’m too busy loving the lovers.

– Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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Do you ever take a look at where you place or send your energy? Is it work, home life, kids, other people?

How about worrying, complaining, fear, anger, doubting, and a host of negative emotions and feelings?

Let he who is perfect cast the first judgement!

Life can leave you world weary but it can also be exhilarating. You have to decide how you choose to spend your energy each day. This is more than just positive thinking, this is having your spirit, heart and mind constantly charged to deal with life in the moment and throughout your day.

Don’t allow other people to sap your energy with their negative/dark energy. There are some who cannot understand your upbeat, optimistic, faith driven viewpoint. So, they attempt to bring your level of energy down to their low current. Literally sapping the life out of you.

We all feel and experienced different emotions depending on the experience. When we linger in or hold on to anger, frustration, bitterness, worry, fear, etc., you can only imagine how quickly our energy is depleted. Situations and people will fustrate us but we have to be mindful of not getting stuck in that energy for too long. We have to learn how to release it and let go. It doesn’t mean that we will not think about it at all, no one is truly made of teflon. I’m simply saying don’t get stuck in anything that takes away from your well-being. You are worth more than that!

Keep the flow of your spiritual energy free of debris. Read, meditate, pray, listen to music, dance, sing, write and do whatever you believe is beneficial to your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. The tools are available to keep your energy strong and vibrant. I believe that you can do it!

Stay inspired and keep rising.

#MondayThoughts: Setting The Stage

Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.”
~ Aaron Lauritsen, ‘100 Days Drive

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You’re in dreamland and you start to wake up slowly. You have the heavy eyelids that sometimes feel like you need to pry them open. You might yawn and stretch or you might just lay there for a while before you even attempt to get out of bed.

Before we can even get out of bed, our reality of the day sieges us. When think of what we have to do in the moment and the endless list of things during the day. Without even taking one step we have set our day in motion.

Think about every good thing in your life right now. Free yourself of worrying. Let go of the anxiety, breathe. Stay positive, all is well.

Germany Kent

Before we step out of bed and into our world, we need to be mindful of our state of being. Do you look forward to your day with enthusiasm and zest or do you dread what you believe awaits you as you go about your day? Remember, although we may do some of the same things day after day, who truly knows what each day holds in store. Do not doom your day before it fully gets going.

I’m going to worry less about the little things and, most importantly, I will allow myself to be happy.

Flequr Ferris, Risk

Allow your mind to be free. Free from stress, free from worry, free from anxiety, free to be receptive to inspiration, positive thoughts, divine intervention, creative thoughts. Give yourself a boost first thing in the morning. Claim your victory over the day no matter what comes or what you believe will come (any negativity). Take some deep breaths, meditate for a moment, truly set the stage for a very good day. No day is perfect but no day is all completely bad either.

So, first thing every morning, let’s tune up our mind to be in tune with all good possibilities for the day. Mental nutrition is just as important as physical and and spiritual nutrition. Take good care overall.

Stay inspired and keep rising.

#MondayThoughts: One Up

Even if no one believes in you, as long as you believe in you, you will always be one up.”

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The dream, the goal, the vision is set in your heart and mind. It something that you want, that you desire to achieve. You and you alone know the depth of the sincerity in your heart about reaching your goal. Sometimes your efforts cannot be physically seen and it may cause others to see you as lackadaisical, lethargic or not really wanting it as much as you say…to them I say “fuck you,” you don’t know my heart.

When you believe in something so much that at times your soul hurts because you can envision it as clear as day, you know it’s bound to come life. You will hear from the naysayers, the doubt spreaders, those that think you’re in over your head. Don’t let them get you down or pull your dreams out from under you.

If you know your heart, you know what you want and if you believe, then you know that you will get there.

Stay inspired and keep rising.

#MondayThoughts: Trial By Fire

There are times when you are thrown into a situation and you learn as you go.

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I can’t unfold tomorrow

Because I have to focus on today

In the middle of a pressure situation

I maintain my center of grace

Doing what I can with what I have

Little help at hand so my hands carry double

Thrown in unexpected situations

We must get in the trenches and fight through

No resentment, no anger, no bitterness

Just pump the heart with faith, hope and love

And do what needs to be done

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