I was channel surfing, checking the guide when I noticed that Joel Osteen’s show was on and for some reason I felt compelled to watch and I am so glad I did. His message for today was “Redeeming the Time.” I didn’t see the entire broadcast but the portion I did see made me go a ha several times. He spoke about not letting the sun go down on your anger and cherishing the time that we have left and that really struck a chord with me. I have always been a person that values my alone time sometimes a little too much.
Recently my younger sister passed away and more than anything I wished that she and I had spent more time together. We have different mothers so growing up much of the time I spent with my little sisters were over the holidays or if I came to town to see my Dad so needless to say she and I were not as close as she was to our other little sister. In the last few years she and I had started to talk on the phone more and she would ask for my advice which really meant a lot to know she valued my opinion. It was pretty devastating when she passed away and also a huge reminder of how much time slipped away from us. I am appreciative of the time we did have and I know I must focus on that, but this situation and Rev Osteen’s message has shown me that tomorrow is not promised and like he said we must make the most of the present.
Although I am a homebody to the depths of my soul I must absolutely make an effort to spend more time with my friends and family as to not spend the rest of my life regretting that I didn’t.
If you’re having trouble taking action, it’s probably because you haven’t fully convinced yourself that it must be done. Once you truly convince yourself, you’ll most certainly make it happen. Perhaps you think it’s something that is important. Yet there’s a big difference between thinking it’s important and knowing, without the least bit of doubt, that it must be done. So if you’re hesitant to take action, look within yourself for the reason why. Have the courage, and make the effort, to answer your own objections. You may discover that you’re not sincerely committed to achieving the results your actions would bring. And if that’s the case, you can choose to either find that commitment or to move on to something else. Your thoughts and actions are incredibly powerful. And to focus them in a particular direction, you must be absolutely convinced. Convincing yourself is indeed a challenge, and that’s as it should be. For when you truly convince yourself to do it, you have the power to make it so.
— Ralph Marston
Monday, March 17, 2008
A burden you don’t deserve
It’s easy to blame someone else for your troubles. Yet when you’re truly honest with yourself, it’s clear that blaming someone else will not add the slightest bit of value to your life.
It seems fair and reasonable to expect your problems to be solved by the people who caused them, but stop and think about it. Do you really wish to give those people who caused your problems any additional control over your life and your future?
To move your life in the direction you choose to go, you must be willing to take full responsibility for it. That means moving past what’s easy and accepting that things are not always going to be fair.
Perhaps life has given you a burden you don’t deserve. Instead of seeing that as an excuse to give up, see it as an opportunity to give more.
Though you may not have brought the troubles upon yourself, you can nevertheless make positive use of them. Choose to take full responsibility for your own situation, and you’ll begin to see how you can rise from it to a level that’s higher than ever before.
Real success does not result from everything going perfectly. Real success comes when you’re willing to move forward no matter what may happen.
— Ralph Marston