Today…

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Yesterday is now a memory and tomorrow isn’t promised. Many of us allow yesterday to use up too much of today and that isn’t fair for tomorrow. We live in a gift called the ‘present’. My question to you is how are you going to unwrap it?

I’m the guy that loves to rip open my gifts. I like to dive right in and enjoy every moment. I understand that today is the only time that we can possibly live in and I want to take full advantage of it. The Bible tells us that, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24. Well, I’m totally feeling that!!!

William Arthur Ward said, “God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you?” He was referring to a lifestyle of gratitude. I am truly grateful for everyone and everything that’s going on in my life. I am thankful for my family, my friends, my walk with God, my businesses, my good health… yes, even my good health. I heard it said that you don’t truly appreciate something until you don’t have it. As a life coach and former insurance agent, I recognize and appreciate good health because I have both experienced and seen the other.

There is something to be said about having a good and healthy life, especially, when we consider the alternative. We all know someone who doesn’t have the best of health right now and someone who isn’t living at their full potential. That isn’t the place that God wants any of us. So, I pray, “Dear Jesus, bless those of us, and our friends, who aren’t walking in the fullness of Your Divine plan for our lives. Help us to experience a real breakthrough and begin walking in our destinies, Amen.

Maria Robinson said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Let today be something special because it is… Charles Dederich said it best, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

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That extra push…

I was blown out of the water this weekend when two different people thanked me for believing in them. The crazy part was that, in my own eyes, I wasn’t doing anything special. There were things that these folks had done and I simply congratulated them and encouraged them to keep it up. I only did what I was taught as a child to do…

After I received the second thanks, I really pondered about why my actions were so abnormal, or extraordinary, and I came to this conclusion… People want to be praised but don’t praise each other. So, when someone does praise you, that praise catches you off guard.

Personally, I struggle daily with depression, feelings of inadequacy, and feelings of abandonment (just to name a few). As a resourceful person, I have been to a great many psychological websites, read more than my share of papers written on these issues, spoken with professionals and deduced a number of theories regarding these matters. I have also been very diligent in surrounding myself with positive people and people that I consider above me or at the level that I desire to be. You may be asking why and the simple answer is this… When I’m struggling the greatest, I want to know what I’m dealing with and I want to have people close by that their mere presence is a boost for me.

I’ve learned that whenever I have those down times, if I don’t get in the right place, I can spiral uncontrollably and the results aren’t pleasant. I become super withdrawn, lacking any desire except to ball up in the corner on the couch, and I’m not a nice person (understatement, of course). I understand the concept of “when it rains, it pours” also known as the Law of Attraction. I also know that life has a tendency of beating up on you. But, in all of that, we have to take a stand!!!

I’ve decided that I will follow a really easy, Biblical notion… “Do to others as you would have them do to you”, Luke 6:31 NIV. Another rule that I try to follow is one that my mother gave me, “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say nothing.” People need to feel special. I need to feel special. There are times when I don’t feel special and I wished for someone to tell me that I was… I know how it feels.

We get enough of the negative side of life. As human beings, we have a knack for magnifying the uncool stuff and throwing it in people’s faces. We have perfected that art but who wants to be known as a professional mudslinger? Funny thing about slinging mud is that as long as you’re slinging it, YOUR hands are dirty.

All I’m saying today is to make a concerted effort to do good to someone, anyone… everyone today. We never know how that kind word (seed) will blossom into in YOUR future… We all need that extra push!!!

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie