Tag: Christianity

Mistake or Lesson?

Mistake or Lesson?

I just spent 35 minutes writing a blog that I erased in 2 seconds by mistake, I mean by lesson. Rats!

What lesson did I learn? Maybe that it was the wrong blog, the wrong words, I needed to dig deeper? I’m not sure. But here I am again trying to express what I just expressed seconds ago before my first client, typing 160 words a minutes. Go, Bo, Go!

The hardest lessons in life come from mistakes. So, are they really mistakes, if what we learn makes us better people? If you spent the last year doing something you thought was your dream and ended up feeling like it was more like living in hell, is that a mistake or a realization?

I’m an eternal optimist. I don’t like to look at life with negativity.  We get kicked and mauled by life as it is. Why do beat up ourselves? If you just lived in hell for a year, get out and find a new dream—one that will actually bring you happiness.

I had an aunt when I was young who seemed to hate her mean husband. I mean she would cry in church every Sunday. I knew she was crying because she had made the wrong choice. But she made her choice and had to live with it the rest of her life, or until God chose to throw him from the roof of his house to his death. I have little compassion for him, because I think he used to hit her. Sorry.

And, to tell you the truth, I have little compassion for her, too. Why would anyone live 40 years with someone she hated? That is simply not God.

God does not expect you to be a martyr for the sake of religion. You are God’s child, by metaphor. And what parent doesn’t expect his/her kid to make mistakes? We want our children to learn from mistakes, but no good parent is mean enough to keep a child locked in prison for one small decision he or she made in youth.

This week, I want you to look at your life and see where you have been avoiding change, because you are afraid of admitting mistake or error in decision-making. No one will fault you for stepping up to the plate and saying, “I really don’t like this choice, and I want a do-over.”

Then think hard about what it is you really want. Give it all you have. Imagine a loving God encouraging you to find happiness—true, authentic joy. Because, really that is all a good parent wants for a child. Happiness and peace!

 

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Where Is Your Priority?

Where Is Your Priority?

When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you think about?

When you think about where you will invest your time, what is the first thing you think about?

When you think about where you will vacation, what do you imagine?

I’m sure as you answer these questions, a wide variety of answers come for a wide variety of reasons. But I wonder how many people consider one thing: What is the best place for me to be. In other words, where will my presence best serve me and the universe?

There is a Buddhist prayer that is something like this: Spirit, let me NOT seek to fulfill my own needs, but let me seek to be of use to those around me and the universe.

I had a client yesterday who was listless with life and on the verge of depression, if he wasn’t there already there. I suggested that he try the aforementioned prayer. He told me everything seemed to be the same in life. Nothing seemed to matter anymore.

I asked him what he intended to get out of life.

He said, “That’s just it. I don’t think life has much to offer.”

I asked him to start taking a different path. Start with simple things, like a different drive home everyday. Pick different streets you never drove down before. Wear different clothing. Talk to the cashier at the super market and tell him he’s doing a good job. Do things you don’t do. Step out of your comfort zone and begin to interact with people you don’t normally talk to by encouraging them. Come back in a week and tell me how you’re doing.

My entire life changed when I began doing this practice and reciting this prayer every morning. I laugh more. I smile more. I get in my car sometimes and just beam thinking about how the person I just spoke to probably hadn’t had a nice word spoken to him/her the entire day. Maybe I just made a day a little more tolerable.

It’s nice to get out of yourself and be in the world of doing good for the rest of existence. It’s worth a try if you have never done it before.

 

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New Growth

New Growth

I keep watching everyday for something new to bloom in my garden. Today it is a Rose of Sharon and a few new day lilies. I see new flowers perking out from the ground: tomatoes getting ready to become fruit, the smell basil and rosemary and oregano are fragrantly lilting through the air.

I think of how something new is blooming in my life everyday if I watch closely, as well. And there is probably something new germinating, carefully taking root and popping out from the ground to show me it has found new life. We have to keep a watchful eye on the things we are wishing for, sowing seeds for, in our lives. There is no reason why prosperity shouldn’t be germinating right before our very eyes. “Plant a radish, get a radish. Never any doubt.”

I think that is why Jesus loved to use parables about seeds so much. The miracle of something growing is so important for us to see the wonder of a thought magically growing into reality.

I had a client yesterday tell me a story about how she let a small thought about making money turn into the greatest gift of prosperity in her life thus far. She said it was almost like magic, but the key ingredient was faith. She said, she had $1000 left in her bank account when she told God that she would use it if she had to get what she needed to let the dream manifest. Today, she still has the $1000 in that account, and never had to touch it. Faith got her to her dream without ever having to sacrifice hunger and insecurity.

I love the story, especially, because I know she can bring that same magic to other areas of her life, if she could just reinitiate the process of faith in relationships, art, home life, other business projects, etc.

And so can you. What creation takes is:

1. An Idea (thought in action)

2. Believing that you and God can begin to act on the project together…

3. Calling upon that power within you and in the universe.

4. Envisioning it and continuing to have faith in it.

5. Holding fast to the vision no matter what you see in front of you.

These are the key factors to bringing forth new life. Now go forth and manifest…

 

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