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I came across this poem that illustrates that taking action is essential to living a soul-prospering life.
Forever stars are winging
Their swift and endless race;
Forever suns are swinging
Their mighty globes through space.
Since by his law required
To join God’s spheres inspired,
The earth has never tired,
But whirled and whirled and whirled.
Forever streams are flowing,
Forever seeds are growing,
Alway is Nature showing
That Action rules the world.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
When we’re unsure what to do, all we need to do is look to Mother Nature. As this poem so eloquently tells us, movement, stepping out, and taking action are what makes the world go ’round–it’s the name of the game. There’s always a little something each of us can do, a small something that will move us forward, even just a smidgen. Follow Mother Nature’s cue and do it!
Something good–helpful–will happen; it always does.
Oftentimes we want the solution to our problems RIGHT NOW!!It doesn’t always happen this way.Usually, we have to be inventive, do our homework, and search for additional help and support–with some hand-wringing and nail biting thrown in–before we figure it out.
Remember, too, that it isn’t unusual that resources come our way just in the nick of time. The good news is that “just in the nick of time” is all we need!
In the meantime, help the “something good” come to you by:
~Staying positive – keep telling yourself “I can do this.” “All is well” “Everything is working out for my best.” “I am capable, I am competent, I am strong. I am smart.”
~Staying productive, not just busy. Finish task, work on projects that will take you farther down your path, that will help you get ahead.
~Staying alert to opportunities and remembering that they often come to you disguised as hard work. Eagerly roll up your sleeves and get to work because this hard work will probably thrust you into your breakthrough!
Here are pep statements to say over and over and over to yourself:
This setback is actually a set-up for something fantastic for me!
You can do it; you CAN figure it out!
No matter what Life throws at you and no matter what obstacles are in your path, you have the intelligence, creativity, and inventiveness to figure it out. It may not be easy, but you can do it; you have what it takes.
Setbacks can be very disheartening but you’ll also find that they may point you in another, better, direction. They’ll also challenge you to find the sleeping giant within. Brush off your skills of resourcefulness and ingenuity and use them to help yourself figure “it” out.
Remember that you don’t have to go the whole way alone. You can do research on the Internet and in your local library; you can talk to others who have experienced something similar to what you’re going through; you can bounce ideas off a trusted friend or loved one; you can take classes online or at a school; you can read books or magazines…. There are plenty of resources out there that’ll support you in figuring it out.
Trust in yourself–your know-how, your curiosity, the gifts inside of you, and your determination–and you WILL figure it out!
In other words, you WILL figure it out by::
~Putting on your thinking cap;
~Roll up your sleeves;
~Every moment strengthening your spirit and your resolve with pep statements;
~Pressing onward no matter what!
You CAN do it, you WILL do it, and you ARE doing it!
You are fully loaded with all the raw materials–the talents, abilities, gifts, native intelligence–you’ll need to achieve the soul-prospering life you dream of.
Like all of us, there are some things you’re naturally good at. You may not need to practice that much in order to have above average skills and performance. But, like all of us, there are other things you aren’t very good at. Although you’re interested in the activity, you have to work at it. That’s okay! Roll up your sleeves and develop your skills and abilities in the area of this particular interest.
Just because you aren’t immediately and naturally good at a task or activity does not mean you don’t have a talent or ability in this area. If you have an interest, then there is a skill or talent inside you that corresponds to this interest.
Sure, others may be naturally talented and “better than” you, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t or aren’t allowed to pursue your interest to the fullest that you can. Think of Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd, both Hall of Fame basketball players. It’s clear that Michael Jordan is more naturally talented than Larry Byrd but because of Larry’s unrelenting dedication and his incredible practice ethic, he, too, was a top player in the NBA–right alongside Michael Jordan–and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Whether or not you become the equivalent of a Hall of Famer as have Larry Byrd and Michael Jordan, you can still develop your latent abilities and talents as much as you can and all the while enjoy them to the fullest extent.
It’s all about the enjoyment you give yourself, your loved ones, and others around you. It isn’t about being famous, it’s about enjoying who you are and sharing that with others.
You CAN do this because you DO have what it takes!
…as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!
~Scarlet O”Hara in Gone with the Wind
Stop worrying and fretting about the fact that you may have absolutely no clue about the future you’re headed toward. Worrying and trying to force a vision may be the reason you’ve been stuck for years.
When you read the quote above from Scarlet O’Hara, you can feel her rock-solid conviction. You would probably bet your last dollar on her and the fact that she made more than good on this oath she swore.
It’s just as powerful to know where you don’t want to go and what you don’t want to have/be/do as it is to know where you do want to go and what you do want to have/be/do.
In fact, dissatisfaction with the way things are is the basis of most great achievements. Those who are dissatisfied don’t necessarily know what they do want but they definitely and absolutely know what they don’t want!
What is it about your life that you really don’t like and don’t want anymore? Perhaps it’s that you’re finally done with being passed over for promotions at work or you’re fed up with your home always being messy and disheveled. Or maybe you’re like Scarlet O’Hara and you’re sooooo done with Life kicking you around.
Up to now, you may have forced yourself to accept the fact that this is the way it will always be.
But you can use to your advantage the energy of drawing the line and saying once and for all that this most definitely is NOT what you want and you’ll NOT have any more of it!!
Tap into this energy and use it to firm up and strengthen your resolve that, from now on, you refuse to live your life this way.
This is the first part of crafting a soul-prospering life. The second part is including activities you enjoy: playing.
Don’t worry if the things you enjoy seem silly or frivolous or that there isn’t any point to them. Just the mere fact that you enjoy them is reason enough to do them. You don’t need to have any idea where they’ll lead so forget-about-it and enjoy the activities in the moment.
Keep at it! Keep playing! You’ll begin to see a pattern or a thread of interest that gets your juices flowing; you’ll have a more positive open-minded attitude that will allow you to see opportunities that you didn’t notice before; you’ll feel better about yourself and your life and this will enhance your creativity.
As you keep at this, moving away from what you don’t enjoy and moving toward what you do enjoy, you WILL craft a soul-prospering life!
Ever feel like you have barely enough wherewithal to make it through the day?
Do you ever feel emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually drained at the beginning of the day, much less at the end of the day?
Look to your environment, your living and working spaces.
Without an orderly environment–whether at work or at home–it’s very difficult to sustain the clear thinking, focused energy, and creativity that’s needed to craft the soul-prospering life of your dreams.
But, wait a minute, you say. I’m a neat and tidy person: a-place-for-everything-and-everything-in-its-place is the mantra I live by. This doesn’t apply to me!
Not necessarily true.
While your space may be neat, tidy, and orderly, is it truly serving you?
You think yes! but I encourage you to take a picture of your spaces. I’ve found it eye-opening to see what the camera sees because it’s different than what my eyes see.
When we look at something, we’re not really seeing the true thing. We’re seeing our interpretation of that thing. This is why people, even those from the same backgrounds and same family with the same parents, can look at objects, art, movies, etc., and have totally different experiences.
The camera strips away all of the illusions, perceptions, memories, thoughts, feelings, and emotions that we’ve imbued our possessions with.
You may have a really cute apartment or home, or a totally awesome corner office but, when you look at it through a camera lens, what you see may surprise you. You may not have noticed that the furnishings are becoming tattered. To you they looked lived-in and comfortable, but really they are getting worn and showing their age.
You may notice that what you thought was an awesome work space that you were lucky enough to score at your job is actually a cold, austere, unwelcoming work environment.
When you look at the pictures of your living and work spaces you may see areas piled high with clutter and stuff. You thought it was comfy and cozy with reminders of pleasant experiences and happy times but the pictures show you something stuffy and stifling instead.
No worries! Don’t despair! You can make changes that will enhance the soul-prospering life that you’re crafting!
There are many books, sites, blogs, social media channels about de-cluttering and streamlining your spaces so I won’t go into the various techniques here. I encourage you to check them out, though.
It’s critical and essential to keep in mind the soul-prospering life you’re crafting. Looking closely at your living and work environments is an aligning process.
Keep the objects and things that continue to align with the soul-prospering life you’re creating. Weigh each object and thing against this standard to help you decide whether possessions stay or go.
For instance, you may have a prized chair that you’ve had since college days. It reminds you of that exciting time when the world was fresh and new and achieving your dreams seemed to be at your fingertips. The chair you see is colored by these memories and the emotions they evoke, however, the picture you took shows a sagging chair, perhaps with the upholstery worn tissue-thin in places.
Will this chair support you as you craft the soul-prospering life of your dreams?
Perhaps you answer yes because there’s something about that chair that helps you think and be creative.
On the other hand, you may realize that your college days are over and as wonderful and exciting as they were, your best days are still out in front of you.
Remember that this is an ongoing aligning process because your growth and development is never ending.
Remember, too, that as you step more fully into your soul-prospering life, take good care of what you have and of where you find yourself. Keep all of your environment neat and clean and in good repair. It shows honor and respect to the whole of yourself and your life, and it invites more and better into your life.
I was looking around Youtube and came across this video about how to know when to quit being around a person, not only personally but professionally as well. The video had some interesting ideas and I thought you might find it helpful.
Let me know what you think about the video. Thanks!