#MondayThoughts: You Will Get Through It

“There is green grass ahead but sometimes you have to go some shit to get to it.”

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There are times we go through phases in life. The good, smooth times and then the rough, muddy patches. Sometimes it feels like you are getting hit from all angles and those rough times are suffocating you. You might think there is no way but there is. You might be led to believe there is no hope but there is. Sometimes things can get so heavy that you feel you are all alone but you are not.

So when things seems to be weighing you down do not give in and certainly do not give up. When you can see those greener pastures ahead, believe that you do not just see them but you will reach them. When you feel like nobody believes in you or supports you, allow faith to work within you. There is always a way to fulfill your dreams. There is always a way to change the course of your life if your direction is off course.

Never give up on what you believe in. Every day has its own experiences no matter how similar they may seem from the previous day. Never give up on you regardless of what circumstance, people an even your own self doubt might tell you. It can be hard, it can get really rough, it can be isolating. No matter what, if you wholeheartedly believe, then you will get through it.

Stay inspired and keep rising.

#MondayThoughts: The Chinese Bamboo Tree

Inspirational short Story 1: Patience – The Chinese Bamboo Tree

A Californian author and self-confessed amateur gardener, Rick Warren, once shared this great inspiring story on patience, persistence and hard work. Do not be amazed on what can be learned from planting Chinese bamboo.

Unlike most other plants, Chinese bamboo is quite unique on its own. When this bamboo is planted, watered, and nurtured for the whole growing season, it does not outwardly develop even just for an inch. Then, on the next growing season, the farmer must continue to irrigate, fertilize and care for the bamboo tree and yet nothing happens – it fails to sprout just the same.

And as the seasons go in and out, the farmer has to continue caring for the bamboo for four consecutive years. What could really be discouraging is the farmer has nothing substantial to demonstrate for all of his labor in caring and growing the tree. Four lonely years of hard work and caring and yet you have nothing!

And then on the fifth year…

the bamboo tree shoots up to more than 80 feet all in just one growing season! Now, that is a very astonishing demonstration of the power of nature!

Now, you might be thinking: Did the small tree loll inactive for four years and then just decides to grow dramatically on the fifth? I think the answer is quite clear for us to see. The little tree was actually developing itself underground by expanding its root system to make it tough enough to sustain its impending external growth in the fifth year and even beyond.

Now, had the tree failed to build up a strong and able underground foundation, it would be impossible for it to keep on growing when it is time to sprout outside into the outside world.

The same principle is true for people. People, who patiently toil towards worthwhile dreams and goals, building strong character while overcoming adversity and challenge, grow the strong internal foundation to handle success, while get-rich- quickers and lottery winners usually are unable to sustain unearned sudden wealth.

Had the Chinese bamboo farmer dug up his little seed every year to see if it was growing, he would have stunted the tree’s growth as surely as a caterpillar is doomed to a life on the ground if it is freed from its struggle inside a cocoon prematurely. The struggle in the cocoon is what gives the future butterfly the wing power to fly!

May this short story on the Chinese Bamboo inspire you to develop the patience and hard work to succeed in life!

Stay inspired and keep rising.

*source: https://encouragingonlineinspirations.weebly.com/inspiring-short-story-1—the-chinese-bamboo-tree.html

*photo credit: Chinasage

#MondayThought: Relentless

“It takes just one idea or act to connect the dots between hard work and success… Don’t relent until you find it” 
― Val Uchendu

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These four words should be on auto play each time you are faced with a moment of discouragement, when the world seems still and silent. There will be times when things are falling in line just as you hoped and working towards. Then there are the moments that test you,  the moments that question your seriousness about what you are working towards. In these moments you can feel disappointment, discouraged and doubtful (the three Ds).

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To get to where we want or desire to be, we must be relentless in our efforts. We can plan and strategize, then put this into action. When the three Ds present themselves, we must be relentless in our hope, faith and courage.  It can be hard to maintain sometimes because as I said, there will be moments when the world will appear to come to a standstill as you are waiting for the next course of action. As long as you are making an effort, everything will come together in alignment with your efforts.


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Stay inspired and keep rising.


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#MondayThoughts: Endurance Test

A man on a thousand mile walk has to forget his goal and say to himself every morning, ‘Today I’m going to cover twenty-five miles and then rest up and sleep.

– Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

The winter weather teaches us a valuable lesson. When we are in the tight grip of winter (consistently snowy and below average temp days) no amount of wishing or complaining (for those who are not fans of winter) can cause the winter to move out and let spring arrive early. We simply deal with it, endure and get through it.

In life we encounter situations that require us to endure for long stretches until the situation is resolved. It is definitely a character builder and strengthens us. It might look easier to throw in the towel but take that towel with you to wipe the sweat from your brow knowing you hung in there and made it through. Patience and endurance mirror each other at times and in the end you want your only reflection to be that you pulled yourself through it all and are standing on the new ground of the point of your achievement.

Stay inspired and keep rising.

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#MondayThoughts: Turning Point

When you are faced with a challenge you reach a turning point. Either you turn and run away or you turn in the direction the challenge and meet it head on. – Syl

The odds may be against you. What you must face seems formidable. Sure, you can go into the opposite direction but then you live with that “what could have been” thought lingering in your mind.

We are capable of achieving great things when we set our mind, heart and spirit in motion as one. What looks impossible or what looks like an insurmountable task can be made possible or overcome. Do not short change yourself. We never need to settle for the path of least resistance. Every new day is an opportunity to rise above it all.

Stay inspired, rise on.

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