Adventure, Life, Writing

Do You Really Think You Are In Control?

Lyrics from the song ‘There Was a Life’ from the TSO album Night Castle

As we face tightening restrictions due to COVID-19 all over the world, the US and the state in which I live, the lyric above got me to thinking about how much we really have no control over. We spend so much time and energy trying to control things in our lives. We schedule and plan out our tightly controlled days and when it does not go according to plan, what then?

So much is happening outside of our control:

  • There are waves crashing on beaches that no sees.
  • There are flowers blooming on high mountain tops of snow.
  • There are packs of wolves running across ridge lines in forests unseen.
  • There are trees bending from the force of the winds and weather.
  • There is birth, life and death happening all around us.

What is happening around you for which you have no control? #WickedQuestions

For the sake of our own sanity and mental health, we must learn to detach from that over which we have no control. To trust in a good outcome, to hope in a better tomorrow, and a better future for those who come behind us.

#JustBelieve #HopeLives

Adventure, Life, Writing

A Wicked Question…

Yes or No?

Are you proud of yourself? #JustAsking

A simple, fascinating, and thought-provoking question I was recently asked during my conversation with Ronit @RonitPlank while recording an episode for her podcast And Then Everything Changed.

It really got me to thinking. An interesting question that is so easy to quickly fire off a yes or a no with little thought to why. It is so easy to respond with just a gut reaction to the question.

  • If we say YES, what are we proud of? Is it those moments, those events, those things we did or did not do? Who we have become or not become despite our circumstances?
  • And if we say NO, why are we not proud of ourselves? Did we fail when we expected to succeed, did we cause harm intentionally or not? Did we fail someone else or go back on a promise?

All deep questions that require some soul-searching. When asked I answered in the affirmative. I am proud of myself for persevering and overcoming so much in my journey through life. I have done the best I could with what I had and who I was at the time. And I will continue to do just that.

What about you? Give yourself some grace, life is hard. The choices are hard and we are all doing the best we can.

#GraceChangesPeople

Adventure, Life, Writing

Inspiration and Motivation: Where do you find it?

Do we stumble upon inspiration and motivation it or does it find us?

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. ~Pablo Picasso #Quote #MondayMotivation #MondayInspiration

Does inspiration and motivation start in the heart or the head?

Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated. ~Lou Holtz #Quote #MondayMotivation #MondayInspiration

For me my inspiration and motivation comes from so many different places and at different times. Sometimes I search for it and sometimes it does seem to find me. 😉

Do you have a muse that inspires and encourages you?

Please share your thoughts, I would love to hear them and remember…

2 Quick Additional Notes:

  • Today is my daughter’s 16th birthday and she is one of my greatest inspirations!
  • Today is also day 2 of NaNoWriMo my 3rd year in a row, are you participating?
Adventure, God, Life

“Are you frightened?”

“Are you frightened? Not nearly frightened enough, I know what hunts you.”

Are you? Am I?

And should we be?

If so, are we frightened enough?

Do we believe that evil does hunt us?

Do we believe that the evil can be defeated?

Do we believe that evil does hunt us? Do we believe that the evil can be defeated? (Yes or No? You must choose a side.) #WickedQuestions #GoodvsEvil

Halloween seems an innocent time of fun, candy and make believe, but is it? There is an evil that lurks behind the masquerade of scary good times. For the evil has cloaked the darkness in light so our eyes are blinded to the true intent. For in the shadows evil plays out its sinister plots to bind the hearts of men and we are oblivious to the reality.

I pray for each soul that believes this day is only innocent fun.
I pray for all on this day, All Hollows Eve, where evil walks among us unknown.

I pray for all safety from the plans of those who reside only in darkness.

I pray that our eyes will be opened to the fact that dragons do exist.

I pray that we pick up the sword of the spirit and defeat the dragons in the name of Jesus Christ.

“Are you frightened? Not nearly frightened enough, I know what hunts you.” #LOTR #Aragorn #Dragons #Warriors

Adventure, Life, Writing

The REALITY is that…

Those who succeed are the ones who are willing to put in the work. The work, the practice, the showing up is often overwhelming and progress is slow. Yet, if we keep at it and as John Maxwell says pay the price and do it consistently, the final result can be

AMAZING!

If you pay the price and do it consistently, the final result can be AMAZING! ~John Maxwell ‘Leadershift’ @JohnCMaxwell @JohnMaxwellCo @JohnMaxwellTeam #MondayMotivation #LiveYourDreams #Success #MondayBlogs

What price are you willing to pay?