#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: Stressors

If you really want to escape the things that harass you, what you’re needing is not to be in a different place but to be a different person.

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

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Life is filled with stressors and they can be laid out like landmines. The question is not knowing if we will react but how we choose to react.

At the workplace, at home, out in the general public, at school, the stressors are all around. They can send us in a tailspin emotionally if triggered. We do our best to maintain our stability but as we know we are all human and as strong as we believe we are, we can be just as vulnerable.

We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.

– David Mamet

Find what helps you best cope with and overcome stress. Prayer, meditation, exercise, music, writing, reading, singing and the countless number of ways to handle stress. Most importantly, pause before you react (if possible) because that small delay might help you from derailing emotionally.

Oh, have a slice of pie, my treat.

*Stay inspired and keep rising

#MomentsOfJoy

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Turn It Up

The darker the times

The brighter you shine

Illuminate intensely

Illuminate immensely

God made stars to shine

Don’t shut your light down

Turn it up

And get your shine on!

#MondayThoughts: Through The Fog

It matters not whether the life is foggy or not as long as your mind’s vision is clear!

– Mehmet Murat ildan

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Talk about hitting the nail directly on the head! The day to day experiences of life can become so overwhelming at times or they can become so programmed that life can get foggy. Either things get to a point where you can’t see a way out or you become so conditioned to a situation that you are basically living the program.

One of the most important thing in either case is to not lose focus of your vision for what you want to accomplish in your life. I have lived in this intense fog and lived with an intense desperation that would not seem to let up at anytime soon. Each day was filled with stress, concern, worry, etc. I never lost hope and I never stopped praying. Eventually the fog lifted and the days became more brighter. I never lost hope for what I wanted and I never stopped believing the situation would change for the better.

When the fog begins to settles on your life, try to maintain your focus and perspective. The days will feel long and your body, mind and spirit will feel exhausted, but as long as you have unwavering faith, hope and confidence, you will make it through and the fog will be behind you.

The valleys are covered with fog; mountains are covered with fog; everywhere is covered with fog! What to do? Don’t worry, if your mind is not covered with fog, you will find your path! When mind’s vision is clear, you can always see everywhere!

– Mehmet Murat ildan

*Stay inspired and keep rising