Motivational Monday- Find Stars

Small Things

We live in a crowded society and sometimes it clouds our minds, making it difficult to find stars. Recently, I’ve started to realize about life, which is sad because my mom has told me this for years, is that it’s all about the small things. Most people who are truly satisfied with their life say it’s all about the small things. Some find stars, rainbows, their family, a good deal at a thrift store, or whatever else there is. They find those stars and focus on it in the hard times.

Need some motivation to start of the week? Just remember When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars. -Unknown Follow the link for this week's encouraging message.

The past few months have been bumpy to say the least. I let those circumstances control me, make me feel less than and completely overwhelm me. The funny thing is that no matter how low I felt, it was always the small things that helped me keep going. I refer to them as breadcrumbs because I literally felt like I was starving in a dessert, dying but all along the way, I would find little pieces of hope to keep going.

How I Find Stars

At first the bread crumbs were so small and so far apart, they weren’t nearly enough to survive on, but enough to give me hope. I knew God was there. He had to be quiet because it was a test, but I knew He was there rooting for me. Just like always, it was my passion for upcycling that got me through. Almost any time I left the house, took a walk around the block, I would get a bread crumb.

One time I was having a particularly rough day, I went to the beautiful campus across the street from my house. I wasn’t really looking for anything, I just wanted to escape and get some fresh air. I went to one of my favorite buildings and climbed the stairs to get to the balcony to look over the campus. Out of no where a bag, not just any bag, but a decent sized bag, came floating from no where. Bags mostly get stuck in bushes, ditches, and other places on the ground. However, this one really had no way of getting there, since it was heavier and the only way to get up to the balcony was from the stairs.

Now, I might sound crazy. Only a crazy person can find hope in a stupid plastic bag, but that bag was everything. I just knew it was waiting for me. It would give me plenty of plarn for my homeless bags.

Eventually, as I went on the bread crumbs were getting bigger. I felt more than hope, eventually I could quit crawling across the desert and pick myself up.

How Will You Find Stars

The thing is the big picture is too much for anyone person. You can’t have all the answers and you can’t do it all at once. You have to find those little things that bring you back. It can be plastic bags, rainbows, stars, your kids, whatever, but hang on to it. Look for the stars and they will guide you home.

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Motivational Monday-The Right Time

Time…

It might be safe to say that time is our worst enemy- we’re always waiting for Mr. Right Time. Ohh yes, the waiting game. waiting for this or that, waiting for the…. right time.
Sorry folks, if you’re waiting for the right time, it’ll never come. There’s always something to go wrong, something else you have to get done. There will always be something that needs your attention.
Need some motivation to start your week off? Just remember: "Do not wait; the time will never be 'just right.' Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." -George Herbert

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Motivation Monday- Find Your Passion

Finding Your Purpose?

Find your passion. Sometimes it seems impossible. Why is it so hard to find your passion? I think a lot of people struggle with finding their purpose. I would like to know, if this is like an American concept or an international one. I feel like the American dream places a strong emphasis on individualism, being unique, knowing your purpose, etc. There is a lot of pressure to find the ‘one’ because finding these things are supposed to make us complete. I think Christianity also places an emphasis on fulfilling a purpose, living for other instead of yourself, etc.

Too Much Pressure

It’s a lot pressure for some. Can you find your passion any easier? I don’t think so. It just comes when it comes. There’s no rhyme or reason. There’s a lot of major decision to be made and most of the time they have to be made before our purpose is really clear. College, for instance, can be a lot of pressure because if you know you’re purpose then you can choose classes to help you get there. Sometimes those classes help you find your passion, but if not, there might be a lot of anxiety, What if you pick the wrong major??? Then what if you have an opportunity to get married, but they won’t support your vision. What if you eat steak instead of chicken then you have mad cow disease then you miss the only opportunity you have to interview for your dream job???

Need some motivation to start off your week? Just remember: "If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right to your purpose." - Bishop T.D. Jakes

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Motivation Monday- Land on Your Feet

Cats…

I’ve been inspired by the cat species lately and their ability to land on their feet. They also know how to say no and don’t feel bad about it, they are independent, they know the power of the nap, they’re never too old to still be curious and they don’t love just anyone- you have to earn it.

Need some motivation to start your week off? Just remember: "No man ever acheived worth-while success, who did not, at one time or another, find himself with at least one foot hanging well over the bring of failure." -Napoleon Hill

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Motivation Monday- Just Show Up

Is it Good Enough

Sometimes it seems like even if we show up, it’s not good enough. We should be doing something, helping in some way. But that’s not always possible. Maybe it seems like no one wants what you have to offer.  Maybe life has gotten the best of you and all you have left is a dream. That’s all it takes.

My shortcomings lately have been a little overwhelming. I can’t do this and I can’t do that, so what’s the point? It seems like the whole world, one person after the other, has told me I wasn’t good enough. Even when it comes to just volunteering my time and trying to help others, people are simply not interested in what I have to offer. It’s discouraging and lately, it has sucked dry every ounce of hope I had.

Need some motivation to start your week off? Just remember,"No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone not trying."

Just Show Up

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s not easy for me to let go. I dedicate a lot of time and energy to being the best I can be, so this constant beat down is a bit too much. Lately, God has given me a serious talking to. Sometimes, the discouragement is deafening and I can’t really hear or understand what he’s trying to tell me, but when He does, the message is always the same. My weaknesses don’t matter. He does not require perfection, He requires me to just show up. The rest is up to Him. People might or might not be interested in what I have to offer, but it’s not my job to make them see my worth. My own job is make myself available for what God has called me to do.

 

Motivation Monday- Be a Diamond

Finding Your Inner Diamond

It seems like being a diamond is easy, right. I mean, they are the hardest substance in the world, but what did it take to get there. I don’t know about you but when I meet someone who has been through the fire and still comes out with a positive outlook on life, I just think they’re the most beautiful person in the world. While I talk with them, I try to soak up all that positive energy and find a way to be just like that. Do I always make it? Not even close. I take life way too seriously when I know good and well that I won’t make it out alive. But sometimes life just keeps hammering away at an unbearable rate. Lately, it seems like one thing after another, but I know it’s just the beginning of something good.

Need some motivation to start your week off? Just remember, "A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure." Henry Kissinger

Are You Being Buried?

Being a diamond is both a burden and an honor. When it feels like life is starting to bury you, just remember that someone is looking for you. When they find you, it will make their day, week, month, year and maybe even lifetime. Sometimes, it’s only for a reason, but then you’ll be able to help someone else. Our struggles that come through life’s dump, is what makes us strong. As I writing this, I was still struggling with the events of my life in past month. I always try to think positively about this kinds of experiences because I know I can help someone else, but then it seems like I’m failing to help people too. I still find it hard to look past my failures and be positive, but I was following this story from the Humans of New York. No matter what you’re facing, this can put a totally different perspective on your life. Their most recent one was a couple, who lost one son from suicide and the other in the war not much later. They had one daughter, but the loss of two sons would be enough to crush anyone. The posts tell a little piece of the story each time, and you think that they’re going to be crushed and let it stop them. Instead they use that to help others. I’ve embedded the posts below, so you can read it for yourself.

The Perspective of a Diamond

These stories have a way of putting life into perspective. I don’t see what happened to them as weaknesses or failures, but it wouldn’t be considered a strength either. They could have been crushed by life, but they decided to rise above and use those experiences to help others.

It seems like senseless tragedies happen everyday, but then comes along a story posted above. Some bad things just can’t be helped, but there are people like those above who have to suffer things that just don’t make any sense. They could have wasted away, very easily and would have never been judged. But like didn’t let life bury them. They became diamonds. They became strong and made the most sense in their situation.

Please, we have the same opportunity to use our tragedy, however big or small it seems compared to this story, to do good for the world. Don’t waste it. Be the diamond someone else is looking for.

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Motivation Monday- Find Your Uniqueness

What Makes You Unique

How do you find your uniqueness? The problem with the world is that no one wants to celebrate differences. We’re all afraid that if we’re too different then we won’t be accepted. We create a domino effect because those around us are afraid to show their unique qualities around us.  Some people spend their whole life trying to fit into a box, so they can be accepted, instead of stepping up and solve problems others can’t. That’s such a sad thought.

Need some motivation to start your week off? Just remember, "If everyone would look for that uniqueness then we would have a very wonderful world. " -Michael Schenker

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Motivation Monday- Lighten Up!

Lighten Up?

Do I know how to lighten up? It’s a fact, no one has ever accused me of being too fun or too light. Unfortunately, even my humor, which people laugh at because it’s completely ridiculous, is usually completely serious.

Need some motivation to start your week off? Just remember: "Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up." Allen Klein

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Motivation Monday- Remember How to Play

Learn How to Play Again?

As adults have we forgotten how to play? I know I have, but I think God gave us children, so we could be reminded how to play or just stop and play. I don’t have children of my own, but lately, I’ve been trying to socialize more in group activities. Many of these participants have children, and they simply bring toys and their kids run around with each other and just…play. It used to overwhelm me. They’re load screams gave me a headache and I was always afraid they would be hurt or mess something up. But along the way, I’ve learned childhood play is essential for brain development. It helps teach our kids about empathy, how to communicate with others and how to roll with the punches, Unfortunately, there is less play and more starring at screens or studying for test these days. Not only are we failing our children, but we’re failing ourselves. Remembering how to play helps our social well-being and helps us connect with ourselves and other adults.

Need some motivation to start your week off? Just remember: ""You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." - Plato

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Motivation Monday- Change Your Color

Need some motivation to start your week off? "Just remember, if you're feeling blue, try painting yourself in a different color." - Hannah Cheatem

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What’s Your Color?

Often times we view ourselves in a more negative light than others see us, but we have to change our color. Rather than feed into this negativity it is often useful to view ourselves in a different perspective. We are artists of our own life. We have to take the ugly and mix with the beautiful to make something unique and useful to the world. Often I find, when I alter my color and have a different perspective  I have a more uplifting, up more realistic view of myself.

However, it’s also easy to get an overly optimistic or inflated view of self, too. When this happens, we can send a cascade reaction of negative appraisals from others. This aforementioned response from others is often our own self-fulfilling prophecy and can be just as easily avoided as our own negative self-appraisal.

Change the Color

Try something new. On the one hand, self-esteem is important.  On the other, acting superior to others can alienate us from the direct people we need to be in contact with. Changing our color, without changing the base of our canvas, can help us relate with others in a new way.  Often they add to what we already have making a more colorful pictures.

So if I’m feeling blue, I should try yellow and if I’m green with envy I should try red. I find that the color I paint myself often offsets the unrealistic thinking I have, to reconnect with myself, to restore a healthy self-image and of course, to reconnect with humanity.

Sometimes, it’s easy to feel blue, but it’s important to remember that it’s up to us to paint our own canvases. Sometimes, it’s easy to use up all the other colors and then have to use up the blue before buying a new set, but it’s OK. Don’t let every day be ruined with the blues.

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