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Poetry, creative writing and a desire to inspire….. Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.


Monday Thoughts: I ASSumed It Was…

“Assumptions are quick exits for lazy minds that like to graze out in the fields without bother.”- Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

My, my. How quick are we to assume things without knowing all the facts? We have a habit of jumping to conclusions based on minimal data. Our mind can actually see, hear or read something and draw a complete conclusion by assuming all is known that needs to be known. 

I have been guilty and sentenced myself after assuming I knew the reason why something was happening in a particular situation, when there were other factors involved. (Shame on you, Sylvester) I have learned to wait it out until the reason unfolds as to why this or that was taking place.

Although our view may be blurry, we still assume we know what’s ahead. We have to be careful about jumping head first into conclusions and about assuming we know before we get the whole story or reason. You’ll save yourself a lot of headaches and heartaches. Never assume the worst right out of the gate. Don’t let your thoughts plant worst case scenarios in your mind without getting all the information in. 

How many times have you said to yourself ” It wasn’t even what I thought it was.” or “It wasn’t about me.” Put assuming on hold and wait until you get the whole story..

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Thoughtful Thursday: Character

“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel 


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Monday Thoughts: Through The Desert 

On our journey of being, there are times the road leads to a desert. You find yourself in middle of nowhere, in the middle of living life. No one is around, yet people are around. There is the feeling of isolation while the world is still in motion.

“What can I do?” you ask yourself. Not much but deal with it as best as you can and keep on going. Hours will pass, days will pass and so on. Take each day as it comes and handle what rises in that particular day. No stressing, no anxiety or any of that other negative bullshit. You live, you get by, you get through and you keep living.

“Once again there was the desert, and that only”. – Stephen King, The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1)

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Monday Thoughts: The Consequences 

We make choices on a daily basis. What to wear? What to eat? Should I even get out of bed today? Our waking hours are filled with so many choices, some of which are done so naturally that it doesn’t even register in our minds.

What about the choices we make that affect not only our life, but the lives of those closest to or around us. These type of choices are made for numerous reasons. A new job, a change in location, illness, death,  change in relationships, etc. Regardless of what type of choice we make, there will be consequences, good or bad, beneficial and non beneficial.

We cannot steer away from the consequences of our actions, we have to face them eventually. You should not feel guilty about choices that will be beneficial to your life as long as you are not intentionally doing wrong or harming others. Life is constant change. Heck, from the moment we’re born our life is changing.  As we come into an awareness about who we are and begin that search for inner peace and joy, we begin to make the choices that will get us to that point.

Is there true overall contentment within? I haven’t the slightest idea, but we can hope, make choices and take actions that will bring a steady presence of contentment as the ever changing life cycle spins.

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Monday Thoughts: Mental Diuretic

If we are not willing to let go knotty and prickly issues in time, our mental frame can be wrecked before long. One must be prepared to get the monkey off the back, eventually. – Erik Pevernagie

We need to flush our minds at times because we have a tendency to carry to much in it at times. Holding on to every little thing that happens and finding ourselves with the heavy head syndrome. Our actual physical head feels so heavy we can hardly stand from being dizzy and disoriented thinking so much.

Have you ever gotten worked up over something that was out of your control? I mean really upset because in that moment you couldn’t do anything about what was happening, you could only sit/stand there and wait for the time to pass. Sometimes we allow preconceived notions to lead us to believe we know why a particular incident is taking place and from there we jump to conclusions and I mean jump into the deep end of conclusions. We think we know the answer when in fact we are in the dark until the reason of the matter comes to light. Sometimes we’re right and sometimes wrong. Either way, we get all worked up and upset because we just don’t know what is going on.

Then comes the hording of thoughts about everything and everybody. “Why is so and so this?” “Why me?” “Why can’t it be like this way or that way?” We build up so much in our minds that these thought bricks become heavier and heavier until “oh boy,” headache time, high blood pressure time, angry time, resentful, jealous, you name it! Just not a good time…ouch!

I do my best to let go of things out of my control. Like it or not, we cannot be in control of everything. I do my best not to let my mind get flooded overthinking. That only leads to a mental shutdown. Life is not perfect and life doesn’t always go exactly as we want and I’m not a behavioral specialist, so I can’t control someone else’s thoughts and actions. We just need to be careful and not allow ourselves to become heavy headed with so much.  What is going to happen is going to happen. Life will continue from one moment to the next. 
We can do our best to live, learn, grow and let go.