Don’t Stop…

The most interesting and intriguing days of the year are the days after Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. There is soo much hype leading up to these particular holidays that it is crazy. What makes the day after these holidays special is that many times we return to ‘life as usual’ on these days. “What do you mean, Jackie?” Let me explain…

For Thanksgiving, we plan way in advance for our families to come together. We plan where dinner will be held, our menus, and seating arrangements. We send out invitations and make travel plans. We begin preparing the food up to a week prior. We even plan, how many places that we’ll hit today and count the plates that we’ll take home from each house.

For Christmas, some of us start shopping for that ‘perfect’ gift in January. We go all year in preparation for this special day. We hunt and search the ads looking for the right Black Friday special. We are willing to knock down and trample each other to death just to get that one toy that Johnny asked for. We paint the picture for our children about that jolly old elf, Santa coming down our chimney, even tho many don’t even have fireplaces. On Christmas Eve, we spend the first half of the night trying to find the gifts that we hid back in January and we spend the rest of the night wrapping gifts.

For Valentine’s, we stop everything to show each other how much we love each other. We buy that dozen roses (two dozen if you’ve been bad). We get the chocolate hearts and other confections to show how ‘sweet’ our love is. We make reservations at the most expensive restaurants that we can afford to show how important our love is. We come up with more and more creative ways to display our love for each other.

BUT, then there’s the day after…

All that I will say is this, “Don’t Stop!!!” We should live a life of continual Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine… Don’t allow the calendar to determine how much we express our love, affection, and thanks for each other.

Today’s assignment is simple. Keep doing what you did yesterday.

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

 

What is your WHY?

I was recently in a meeting where this question was asked of everyone. We all were told to write down our WHY. We were also told to keep asking why we chose our WHY and to write those down until we could no longer ask WHY. This may be a simple question but it’s true purpose is VERY DEEP.

You see, your WHY is your PURPOSE. Unfortunately, most of us don’t know what our purpose is. But, we can ask ourselves… WHY? And when we begin to break down our responses to the WHY then we will find our purpose. The reason that purpose is so illusive is that we don’t want to ask that next WHY because many times we are afraid of the answer or because we’ve never put enough thought to it to have an answer. Here’s an example…

When I was growing up, our church used to have a sunrise service on Christmas and Easter. This service consisted of everyone coming together at the crack of dawn to give honor to these holy days. Now, here’s the fun part… Easter, I understand. They went to the grave and it was empty because Jesus had risen. I get it. But, Christmas? They followed a STAR in the Christmas story. Every picture of the manger that I’ve seen was at night. So, why the sunrise service? Well, several years ago, I asked my dad  this same question. “Why did we have sunrise service on Christmas?” His first answer was classic… “Because that’s what we did.” But, being the persistent little snot that I am, I continued with the questions. You see, the part that you don’t know is since my parents went to Christmas Sunrise Service then we (my brother and I) couldn’t open our Christmas gifts until they returned. As a child, I hated this service!!! So, I asked him again and again and again (as any child would). Finally, he came out with the granddaddy of all answers… “That’s just the way you were raised and that’s it!!”

By no means am I throwing off on how we were raised. What I am pointing out is that my dad really didn’t have answer. He never pursued that WHY. So, when confronted with why he couldn’t respond. Since then, they’ve stopped having the Christmas sunrise service. But, this is only ONE example, ONE situation. It may have been insignificant to some but this really affected my view of certain holidays and the ‘traditions’ that we partake in.

One of THEE most irritating things in the world is a child that won’t stop asking WHY. The reason for it isn’t that they are trying to be irritating but that they are making the parent think because they really want to know.

Today’s assignment is this:
Just as a child will continue asking WHY until there is no more WHY to ask… Find YOUR WHYs. The reason that you need to find it is because it empowers you, it gives you wings, and when you are discouraged… your WHY gives you courage and strength!!!

Quick Note: This is NOT a shallow assignment and for many it may take not only today but tomorrow and the next day and the next week to truly find your various WHYs. Know this one simple truth… The simple truth is that MONEY is NEVER a WHY. It may be on the path TO the WHY but it is never the final destination.

Finally, I do have a special request. When you find your WHY for whatever scenario(s) you choose, can you share with me? You can post your WHYs as a comment or send me a personal message but I’d like to know what YOUR WHYs are.

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

Btw, one of my WHYs is this:
The reason that I work in the Health and Wellness industry is that I want to be a catalyst of change helping people to heal not only physically, but spiritually and mentally. You see, I’m tired of watching my family, friends and people kill themselves because of bad habits and decisions. I’m tired of seeing those that I love suffer especially when we know there’s a better way. I’m tired of burying people that could have been saved simply by making healthier decisions. I’m tired of seeing a million Likes on a picture of cheesecake but only a handful on an apple. I help people to live better and longer lives not just the sake of living but to be able to enjoy living!!!

The crazy part is that as I read my WHY… I still asked WHY. All of that and there are still more WHYs to answer!!!