Listen up!

It seems to me, listening has become a lost art. One of the greatest annoyances I’ve found is people who cut me, or anyone else for the matter, off before we finish our sentence. Have we become so hurried as a society we no longer have time to listen to one another? I fear it to be true.

We seem to listen while formulating as response instead of paying attention to what’s being said. There are those who will “yeah-yeah” in the middle of a person’s sentence because they think they know what’s about to be said. Then we have some, as I said earlier, who will completely cut the talker off for the same reasons. The worst offender is the one who walks away because they feel the conversation doesn’t even merit their presence. I’ve learned in each case we can be 100% wrong.

Active listening is a virtue it would behove each of us to adopt. It takes practice because it’s easier to just interject. But I promise if we as a people take the time to quiet our minds and hear what’s being said, this world would be a better place. Thanks for listening!

Ciao!

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On Sunrises

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Every morning while at work, I have the opportunity to watch the sun rise. Each one is different and my reaction is always the same, I feel it’s the most beautiful yet. Well, a couple days ago, I watched a sunrise that I know beyond a shadow of doubt out did itself.

There are trees outside the window where I work.  On this particular morning, the sky behind the trees turned a brilliant red; it was as if the very sky itself was on fire. It stayed that way for at least twenty minutes  before the sun popped up over the trees.

Let me pause here and say, mornings are my favorite time of day. I see mornings as a new opportunity to begin again; a second chance, if you will to make things right. Morning brings with it a certain joy for me; a brand new day I’ve never seen before.

If you’ve not taken the opportunity to watch a sunrise or two, may I suggest you do so. And as you do remember every new day is a gift. Enjoy!

Ciao!

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Living Fearlessly

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One of my favorite cliches is “awwww live on the edge.” The interesting thing is although I  strongly suggested others live fearlessly, and proclaimed to do so myself,  I really wasn’t. I allowed fear to control many of my decisions and often dominate my life. However, I recently resolved to truly live life to the fullest. That includes tossing fear aside and living on the edge.

My decision came about following a recent awakening. The beautiful thing is, I’ve never felt so free in my entire life. I’m doing as many of the things I’ve always wanted to do as possible. With that, I’ve developed a longevity list. I don’t believe in Bucket lists for me because it conjures feelings of having to complete a list of things as quickly as possible. I prefer the term longevity  because I’ll need a long life to enjoy all the activities I have planned for myself.

I want to put my discomfort with heights aside and go zip lining with my family. I plan to audition to sing the National Anthem at a professional sports event. And that trip to Italy no long sounds like too much time in the air.

The amazing thing about living fearlessly is it brings a sense of joy along with the freedom.  Each time an item is crossed off my longevity list, I feel exhilarated and challenged to move onto the next item. As always, I share my stories to encourage others to join me in embracing life. So, toss caution to the wind, as they say and join me in living on the edge. In other words, Live Fearlessly!

 

Passing the Test

IMG_0172I recently read a short article on the silence of God. The author spoke about why God is silent and with his explanation used a great analogy which caught my attention. The writer reminded us that in the classroom during a test, the teacher is always quiet. As a matter of fact, everyone is quiet and the only sound heard is that of pencil against paper.

I’ve been through many silent times in my life, some causing me to wonder where God was, or if He even heard me. Following those situations, I’ve learned the author was right. God is silent because we are being tested. The outcome of the test isn’t that we receive what we’ve prayed for but that we trust God’s will for our lives.

God was silent when my heart yearned for many things, some inline with His will according to His word. Some of the things I prayed for I received, some I did not. Although I didn’t understand why the answer was no when I didn’t receive what I’d prayed for, in the long run, I received something far greater. I gained the peace of God; I gained contentment in the state I found myself in and I learned to trust God with my life.

There will be more tests in my lifetime, of that I’m sure. My prayer is, I Pass the Test. My prayer for those reading this is the same and that is, when God is silent, we remember the teacher is always quiet during the Test.

Ciao!

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Casting Pearls

 

PearlsMatthew 7:6  AMP says, “Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” It took me years to understand what that scripture meant. One day it dawned on me and I understood it for myself.

I’m one who enjoys a good laugh and I love to smile. I smile when I’m at home, I smile when I’m out and about, I smile because it feels great. I enjoy joking around and one of my favorite things is a good belly laugh. The kind of belly laugh that makes you beg for mercy because your stomach muscles are cramping up.

While out and about I tend to smile at strangers and if they’ll let me, I’ll strike up a conversation in the grocery line. I noticed over the past years that some people just refuse to smile. It didn’t matter how friendly I tried to be or how brightly my face glowed. They just weren’t going to return my gesture.

Recently it dawned on me. The pearls spoken of in the above scripture are things precious to us and God. I came to realize my smile and friendly manner were precious. And so, I continue to smile, but I understand my gesture isn’t for everyone. Please don’t get me wrong. I’m aware some people maybe going through something and have a heavy heart; others may be shy or introverted. In other words, everyone has their reasons for not smiling. I, however, will continue to be me.

Is there something precious in your life? Be careful who you share that precious thing with, not everyone is able to receive. Guard it and your heart. You’ll be thankful you did.

Ciao!

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A little bird singing in the rain.

8352_A-sweet-little-bird-on-a-rock-in-the-rain“Baby, you’re like a little bird singing in the rain.” Those were my late mother’s words to me on more than one occasion. She based those words on my tenacity; my ability to never give up. What my mother was telling me in essence was, she saw me as a worshiper.

Have you ever had your attention drawn to a window because you heard a bird singing it’s heart out in the pouring rain? Most birds will seek shelter when it storms but every now and again, one will stay and sing; that was my mother’s definition of a worshiper. A worshiper will sing in spite of. In spite of their circumstances, their feelings, or their health to name a few. Like that little bird who raises it’s voice in song to our Creator in the storm, a worshiper will raise their voice with tears streaming down their face.

I, like most people have had my share of hardships. When things become unbearable, I do what comes naturally. I close my eyes, throw my head back and I worship God. And above all, I trust and believe that in my brokenness like that little bird singing in the rain, my prayers are heard.

Quite often, life throws us curve balls, it’s what we do with those curve balls that matter. The next time you find yourself caught in one of life’s storms, close your eyes and throw your head back. And then like the bird in the rain, sing.

Ciao!

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Beyond Cancer

Still waters from South CarolinaWell, this may be one of the most emotional blogs I’ve been led to write so far. This morning, I attended a breakfast in honor of a co-worker who’s in the process of defeating cancer. She looked radiant, full of life and beautiful; as she should. It blessed my heart to see employees coming from all over the building to grab a bite to eat and place a donation in the jar to help out with her expenses.

My co-worker was humble and gracious as person after person stepped forward to hug her and offer continued support. She quietly answered our questions, providing a small glimpse into her world. None of her actions evoked pitiful stares or comments but demonstrated a woman strong in her faith.

Cancer is an awful beast. It has stolen time from a number of my family members including, my oldest sister. My sister was a remarkable woman and artist. She was intelligent, beautiful, talented, wise, kind, giving and all around incredible. For three years she fought a valiant fight but one day her body grew tired and she closed her eyes for the last time. Here in lies the beyond.

When my sister died, we had to make a decision. Do we allow grief to consume us or do we move beyond cancer and keep living. We chose to move beyond. I believe that’s what everyone must do, especially those receiving the diagnosis. We must dig deep and find the tenacity to stare cancer in the face and say, you may not have my future.

Although my sister died, her belief in God and assurance of an eternal home saw her move beyond cancer. She knew that on the other side of the door she walked through, God and the angels were waiting to greet her. Those who receive a cancer-free diagnosis after treatment have purposed in their hearts long before their first therapy to move beyond.

It takes tenacity, obstinacy, and resolution to look challenges in the eye and say, I will move beyond this. Cancer is a challenge. I agree with Henry Ford when he said, “whether you think you can, or think you can’t— you’re right.” The challenges you face may be different from those faced by me and others. Regardless of the situation, make a decision today to move beyond. Your future awaits.

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