Monthly Archives: April 2021

Day 120: The Value of Resilence

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Resilience is “the core strength you use to lift the load of life.” – Amit Soot, MD

In life, we struggle, fail, and sometimes fall. Resilience helps us pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and start all over again. “Dr. Ginsburg, child pediatrician, and human development expert proposes that there are seven integral and interrelated components that makeup being resilent- competence, confidence, connection, character, contribution, coping and control.” * 1

Just because a person uses their resilience to get back up and move forward doesn’t mean they are beyond the trauma of their situation. When you learn to use the strength that resilience offers, you choose to empower yourself rather than being a victim of your circumstances.

“Resilience is not a trampoline, where you’re down one moment and up the next. It’s more like climbing a mountain without a trail map. It takes time, strength, and help from other people around you, and you’ll likely experience setbacks along the way. But eventually, you reach the top and look back at how far you’ve come.” *2

Reflection: The value of resilience and what it helps us learn about ourselves is priceless. It shows us what we are capable of doing, and it builds character and confidence, to name a few benefits. It’s our superpower, and it has helped me become the kind of woman who never gives up anymore.

*1 https://cbtprofessionals.com.au/the-7-cs-of-resilience/

*2 https://www.everydayhealth.com/wellness/resilience/

Day 119: The of Philosophy

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“Philosphy is the sum total of all you know and what you decide is valuable”

Jim Rohn

My thoughts have always taken on a philosophical way of thinking as I contemplate so much about lifes meaning. It takes me into such depths that I understand what it reveals to me, but I can’t explain it in a language that others can understand. So it made sense to me when I read Bertrand Russel explanation that, “Philosophy’s lack of practicality is its strength – it is intrinsically valuable and adds value to life.” from The Value of Philosophy, chap. 15

My philosophical thinking has helped me to find a clearer perspective on the things that are understood intuitively as well as through the teachings that nature has to offer. Such as the way a rose opens up into a beautiful blossom, becoming an expression of what it is created to be, so are we designed to blossom into who we are meant to be. There is also a spiritual aspect to my philosophical thinking so I wondered how that might be connected. The encyclopedia Britannica states that: “Spritalism embraces a vast array of highly diversified philosophical views accepting the notion of an infinite, personal God, and the immortality of the soul.” *

Reflection: I am grateful for the wisdom, enlightenment and faith that philosophy has added to my life. I hold it as one of the most valued attributes I have.

* https://www.britannica.com/editor/The-Editors-of-Encyclopaedia-Britannica/4419

Day 118: The Value of Self-Improvement

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“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” – Aldous Huxley

Sometimes I come across things and think wow, this could really help this person or that person improve their life. But its not up to me to improve someone else. The one thing I’ve learned for sure is the only person I can truly change is myself. I think the best thing we can do for others is be an example by the way we live our life. Self-improvement begins with me.

I wondered when I first started on this post if we are not okay just the way we are? There is often too much emphasis on making or reinventing ourselves instead of embracing the person we already are. But self-improvement, I realize, is about continued growth and mastering what we are capable of doing even better. In that respect, there is always room for self-improvement.

As I age, there is a constant tug of war as we get pulled into the backward draw of a slow sedentary life. Moving forward requires self-improvement tactics that never seem to end if I want to continue to create the quality of life I want to live. The key value of self-improvement comes with the desire to make the necessary changes.

Reflection: So, being who I am is great, but self-improvement helps me to be the best version of myself. I like how that sounds.

Day 117: The Value of Grace

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Letting go and letting God, I fall into the winds of Grace, and as my soul opens its sails, I let the compass of God’s spirit point the way.

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God grant me the grace to be kindhearted when others try my patience. To be accepting of our differences, to let go of my pride, put my complaining ego behind the person you created me to be so that my true self can shine through, and give me your sweet grace that I may always bring about the better good in all I do.

And God assures me, as I pray, that what I ask for is already given to me. That His grace is sufficient, especially in times of weakness, and He encourages me to let the light of Grace shine through me.

Reflection: The only thing more valued than Grace is God’s love for us. Grace is an expression of that love, a gift that opens us up to let God’s power shine through.

Day 116: The Value Inspiration

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Inspiration opens the door to your soul.

Allow yourself to be inspired

And watch your world open up!

G. Brian Benson

You know that feeling you get when someone tells you that you inspire them. For me, it’s a gift of confirmation that I am reflecting the inspiration I receive from God, but not just that, it also confirms that I am living out my truth. It’s one thing to write words of inspiration; it’s another thing to practice for myself. I believe we are most effective with what we inspire in others when we live it out in our life. It seems like a big responsibility, but it doesn’t feel like one when it falls in line with who you are. The value of inspiration can be found in all things because all things were created and inspired by God.

As I sit here writing, I look out my big bay window inspired by the colors of spring flowers, yet they are overshadowed by the smugges of dirt and dust accumulated over the winter months. That realization inspires me to get moving and clean them up, but also reminds me that it works the same way with our minds. “I cleanse the window of my mind, that it may become a mirror reflecting inspiration from the most High.” -Ernest Holmes “This Thing Called You”

Reflection: Today I walk in the pathway of inspiration. I know exactly what to do as the spirit of God guides me along the way, and I reflect what is inspired in my heart.

Day 115: The Value of Purpose

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“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”- Bishop T. D, Jakes

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”- Bishop T. D, Jakes

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The definition of a purpose is a goal or intention. That’s the basics behind a purpose driving goal to do something. Like saving your money for a vacation. But what about personal purpose, who I am, what I’m good at, why do I exist? What is my purpose, and how do I figure it out? I think we can go through a lifetime searching outside of ourselves for our purpose and never seeing what comes to us so naturally. What are we best at doing? Where do our passions lie? When we are working in the areas that we do best, there’s a kind of synchronicity of events that come about, leading us into the opportunities that express our purpose. Sometimes we don’t even see what is happening until we find ourselves smack in the middle of what feels like our place of belonging.

The value in purpose is what we learn about ourselves and how we put it into effect. Our purpose is our shared effort to bring the better good into the world. It is what we are created to do, and that makes each one of us pretty unique.

Reflection: I am grateful for my purposeful writing that has touched and made a difference in so many lives and for what it has taught me about myself as well.

Day 114: The Value of Honesty

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“Honestly is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

Thomas Jefferson

I hold honesty up as one of my most highly regarded values. I would rather hear the truth, even if it hurts, rather than find out it was a lie. So, as I hold high regard for honesty, I have to live up to it in my own life. “It’s not just about telling the truth. It’s about being real with yourself and others about who you are, what you want what you need to live your most authentic life. Honestly promotes openness, empowers us and enables us to develop consistency in how we present the facts.”-Christopher D. Connors *1

No matter how hard or embarrassing it might be to be forthright and honest, in the end, you feel better for living your truth. There are times when we want to pretend everything is alright when it isn’t and being honest about it sometimes helps others to know they are not alone in their feelings about life.

Reflection: As I enter into a discussion today with a nutritionist I’m working with, my honest is imperative to the success of my wanted to be healthier. I want to say, “sure, I followed everything you told me to do, ” because I’m embarrassed to admit I didn’t. How will I learn why I sabotage my efforts if I’m not honest enough to figure out why I do it?

*1 https://medium.com/the-mission/honesty-how-it-benefits-you-and-others-ecb3e7fabb9a

Day 113: The Value of Consciousness

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Conscious is an inward journey; the deeper you go, the more consciousness is released.

The value of consciousness is what defines us as individuals. It describes what a person ‘believes’ is right and how they ‘decide’ what is right. “More than just a ‘gut instinct,’ our conscience is a ‘moral muscle.’ A consciousness which is both well informed (shaped by education and experience) and well informed (aware of facts, evidence, and so on) enables us to know ourselves and our world and act accordingly.” *1

A. well-developed consciousness gets us further in life than those who lack consciously. It is the people who don’t think about the consequences of their actions or care who tend to break the law more often. The values are many as consciousness gives us the ability to be mindful of our physical health, our mental health, and our spiritual health. We can practice raising our consciousness by:

1. awakening- literally, the first thing in the morning realizing you are alive.

2. Act mindfully-pausing again to become in tune with what you are doing.

3. Set intention-this is more about who you want to be rather than what you want to do, aligning you with our purpose.

4. Act consciously-taking responsibility for your actions and acting respectfully. Be our true self.

Reflection: the way I practice raising my consciousness is through my morning ritual that involves daily inspirational readings, contemplation, journaling, meditation, gratitude, and prayer.

*1 https://ethics.org.au/ethics-explainer-conscience/

Day 112: The Value of Forgiveness

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“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” -Lewis B. Smedes

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” –

Lewis B Smedes

I remember one time when someone I cared very much about hurt me. This person accused me of doing the very thing I had worked so hard to prevent. It threw me for a loop, and I felt so unjustified. How does anyone have a right to judge us when they don’t know all the details in another person’s life? I couldn’t sleep for days as the scenario went round in my head. I felt like I was on a merry-go-round going so fast I couldn’t get off it. That’s what hurtful things do to us, causing our blood pressure to go up and the symptoms that come with stress. You cannot fight or reason with someone in your head, and the only way to stop the merry-go-round was to begin the process of forgiveness. It started with forgiving myself for not living up to my own expectations. Even though I felt like the victim of an unjust accusation, I realized it was about how hurt they felt too. I needed to be free of all the anxiety. The whole ordeal created so much stress I choose to put it all behind me by apologizing for my part and forgiving them for how they hurt me in turn. I felt like a huge burden was lifted off me. Still, it took a long time to build back up what the hurt had damaged between us. It always takes time for an injury to heal.

Reflection: When we cannot forgive, we not only hold the person bound, but we hold ourselves bound as well. It’s like cancer that grows inside, destroying us from the inside out. The power to free me was always in my hands. I could choose to keep picking the scab of pain or heal it with the sab of forgiveness.

Day 111: The Value of Logic

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“Water is two-part hydrogen and one part oxygen. What if someone says, “Well, that’s not how I choose to see water.”? All we can do is appeal to scientific values. And if he doesn’t share those values, then the conversation is over. If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical value could you provide to show the importance of logic.”?

Sam Harris

I cannot prove the manifestations that have enlightened me throughout my life with logical scientific proof. But it has created a peaceful, loving life for me, and this all the evidence I need. Therefore it is rational for me, and maybe that’s all that matters. Perhaps the study of logic could help me clarify my meaning in a better way, but as Harris points out in his quote above, you can’t make someone value what they can’t understand.

“When introduced at the wrong time or place, good logic may be the worst enemy of good teaching.” -George Polya

We have to be open and ready to analyze what logic has to teach us. That’s when we see the value it has to offer. The value of logic helps us evaluate the things we’ve come to believe. The foundational character of logic is what researchers call metacognition, i.e., the capacity to think about your thinking. It’s where philosophy and logic try to make sense of our thoughts.

Reflection: I like to remember how Einstein put logic into perspective. He said, “ Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”