The other side of change…

Yesterday, I tried really hard to stay focused on being thankful and, for the most part, I was successful. One of the things that occurred was the realization that we focus on the negative so much, that we totally miss the positives on most things. When it comes to change, we already understand that it is hard. We already know that it is unwanted. We already know that sometimes change can be unbearable. I have a question for you… What about the other side of change?

The other side of change is recognizing that change is GOOD. In most cases, change is needed. And when we look back over our lives, change has given us great experiences.

One definition of change is to make a shift from one to another. THAT is what I want to focus on!!! I want to focus on the “another”. I’m not going to act like the current, or the former, doesn’t/didn’t exist, but I sure can start looking forward to what lies ahead. I remember when I was working at Walmart making five dollars an hour. I was very happy with my job. I went to work with a smile on my face everyday. But, I also remember when I applied for that job making eight dollars an hour. I was so nervous about whether, or not, I’d get the job and if I could handle the ‘pressure’ of fulfilling the job and making ‘that kind of money’. I have to laugh at that now because, that was quite a few years ago. Six years ago when we moved back to Ohio from Florida (a whole different story), I had no problem walking into an organization with a firm twenty plus dollars an hour minimum. The crazy part is that I didn’t mind walking right out the door when I was offered less. But, that’s because of change. I no longer felt the same way about five dollars an hour because I grew!!

How many of us have these stories? Better yet, how many stories like this do we all have? The stories of change happen to us every single day and I dare to say that most of these stories ARE positive. Think about it… getting that new job, catching the bus to work, that new relationship, driving home that new car, the birth of a child, a promotion on your job, getting a ride you’re your car was down, taking that day off of work, getting your car fixed… This list will go on and on. It’s all about our point of view, our perspective.

The secret to living a fulfilled life is all about perspective. We need to remember the Secret, the Law of Attraction. We create our own realities. If you focus on the negative then, that will be what you attract. But, if you focus on the good and positive then you will get just that!!! What it takes is a conscious decision and purposed determination.

So, how do we fix it? The fix is already residing between your ears. We need to focus intently on the good parts of change and remember that when God allows one door to be shut then, another door will open. We just can’t walk around with our heads hung down, sulking, reminiscing on times past and mourning the shutting door. We need keep our eyes on the one that is opening!!! Great times are ahead!!!

Today’s assignment is to Celebrate!!!! Find ways to celebrate ALL of the various areas of Change that are happening in your life, right now!!! Don’t put it off!! Do it TODAY!!!! You already know that I’m a little off but, how about throwing an actual Change Party!!! Invite your friends, family and ‘change partners’ over and CELEBRATE!!! A new season has arrived! It’s time for JUBILEE!!!!

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie

 

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The money doesn’t matter…

Letter from 2012-12-05

There is a saying, “money can’t buy happiness”. The Beatles say, “can’t buy me love”. Both of these are true. Money only seems to heighten, or magnify, who, or what, you already are.

There was a story this past weekend in Kansas City where a couple got into an argument and the guy kills his girlfriend, goes to work and kills himself in front of his boss and coworkers. What made this event newsworthy is that he was a football player. The sad part is that there is an infant child that has lost both of her parents.

Murder-Suicide is a weird crime. It plays against our emotions because in one way there is the mourning for the loss of life but how do you mourn for a person that killed someone then killed themselves. Why did you kill her? Was the situation that bad? What really happened that you felt that death was the only resolution? If you were going to kill yourself then… why didn’t you START with yourself?

When I see the news, it seems that money just consumes the headlines. Tax deductions, fiscal cliffs, employee strikes, the effect of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy on maternity clothes… We need to see past what’s written and see the truth. The truth is that people are hurting.

What does hurt encompass? Hurt is not only related to our hearts and feelings. People are hurting mentally, physically, socially, financially and spiritually. We are ALL reaching out for some sort of help. But, since we ALL are reaching out, WHO is reaching back? Where is our help?

The Bible tells us to look to the hills, look to our Creator. Our help comes from God. It doesn’t matter how much money that you have, how smart you are, your social status, or your spirituality. He is always there with His hand outstretched. He is ready, willing and able to help us…

I love you ALL!!!
Stay Blessed,
Jackie