On the eve of my Birth-Day, I find it hard to believe one year has come and gone just like that. When I look back to the last 364 days, my days were long, but my year was short.
To say this past year has changed me would be an understatement. The trials and difficulties I’ve experienced have all brought me to a new place. Now, as I sit here typing away on my laptop, I can tell you with all honesty I am NOT the same person I was this time last year. I’ve changed on so many levels and the shocking thing is, I’m happier for it.
So, being tomorrow is “my big day” and the 13th day of the month, if you would allow me to, I’d like to share 13 truths about life that I’ve embraced this past year. My hope is that these truths resonate with you in some small way.
- I learned that I don’t always have to fix things. Sometimes things can’t be entirely fixed, just mended.
- I no longer fear life’s storms for I understand they come and go, like the waves in the ocean.
- I am wonderfully AND fearfully made by God. And so are you!
- My deepest, truest joys come from within, not from external circumstances.
- I always begin my day focused on 3 things I am thankful for. And every morning I declare them out loud.
- I live with hope deep within my soul. It is what keeps me anchored.
- God has never asked me to do something he hasn’t already equipped me to do.
- I live in the moment. I live in today. I live in the now. This is the BEST way to conquer anxiety of the future and fear of the unknown.
- I have a purpose and a calling here on earth. We ALL do!
- I try to help others as much and as often as I can. This helps take the focus off of me.
- I surrender situations as much as I can, and when I can’t, I pray for God’s help.
- Sometimes I win and sometimes I learn.
- Even on the hardest days, I know God has a plan for my life.
“An arrow without a point is just a stick. Every fiery dart has a point.
Figure out the point the evil one is trying to make and you find the lie.”
In the 1994 movie, “Forest Gump” the lead character played by Tom Hanks sat on a park bench and says, “My momma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
I’ve received AND bought many boxes of assorted chocolates through the years. And if you’re like me, there are some chocolates you like, and others you don’t. You have preferences. You open your box of chocolates choosing to eat only the ones you like, while leaving the ones you don’t. Without even tasting all the options, you make up your mind they don’t taste good and so they sit in the box, untouched.
Where am I going with this you ask? Allow me to explain.
I believe that life is much like this. Many of us spend our lives in our own little box expecting things to go exactly the way we “like” them to go. Each season in our life we expect to like the way things turn out. We expect to go to the college of our choice, we expect to get the first job we apply for, we expect to meet “the one” person that will sweep us off our feet and make life great, and so on.
Like the box of assorted chocolates, we will encounter a variety of roads. Some we will like, while others we won’t. Some will come easy, while others will be long and difficult. Each road will be unique and unfamiliar having many twists and turns, ups and downs, and forks along the way. Each time we may strive to pick the one we like, the one that feels most comfortable, and “feels good.” All the while resisting and ignoring the ones we don’t like. Trust me, I’ve BEEN there and DONE that.
But would you believe me if I told you that some of my biggest blessings have come from the twists and turns my life took in which I resisted and pushed away? My greatest joys have come from that one road I thought I didn’t like, but found the courage to walk it anyways. I took the chance and made bold moves and although at first it didn’t necessarily feel good, I still kept going.
We might not like the road we are asked to walk, but try to walk it regardless.
Because sometimes what we believe is happening TO US, is actually happening FOR US!
“Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens,
every day can end beautifully”
For me, each sunset provides an opportunity to look back at the day. And in that moment, I get to decide what parts I want to carry over to tomorrow and what parts I choose to leave behind.
Once the last ray of light disappears and night falls, I remind myself how truly blessed I am in all that God has provided.
I then thank Him for the promise of a new day to come.
1 universe, 9 planets, 204 countries, 809 islands, 7 seas
and I had the privilege of meeting you!
“We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our path for a reason.”
So next time you meet someone,
inspire them with your words,
Show them YOUR personal best.
Because you will never know WHY that person crossed your path, or how they will change your life.
The long road ahead can make us feel weary and burdened.
Forget mile ten.
Just run what’s next!