How Many Times?

We all want to achieve our visions in life but how many times are we willing to fail before we do?

The people who realize their visions and dreams are the ones who are willing to fall down the most on their journey to success. They fall down often, but they keep on getting up and trying again with an adjustment each time.

It doesn’t matter what others may say or think about them, because their vision or dream is their magnificent obsession. They’ve set themselves on fire with their desire to achieve it and nothing short of death will stop them.

When they fall down, they just forgive themselves for not knowing what they have now learned from their last experience and they keep on evolving.

Eventually, they hit the mark!

That’s when all those folks who didn’t believe in them anymore were the very one’s patting them on the back and saying how much they did…ha ha.

Don’t worry about how many times you’ve fallen down. Forget that! Just know that you are getting closer and closer to your victory. Pick yourself up, learn from your experience, keep on believing in yourself and the vision God has given you and move ever forward with your “eyes on the prize.”

There is an old African proverb that says, “When you pray, move your feet.”

Do this and one day, beyond any doubt, you will…

Manifest Your Vision!

She’s Still There!

I hear the Katydids singing so loudly and it takes me back to my childhood days in the hills of West Virginia. Right now it is a time between dusk and dark. There is a beautiful sunset of orange, blue and grey that I can see out of my window, and I am glad to still be alive. I feel blessed.

As I sit here listening and looking, my mind goes back to my childhood days when the neighborhood kids and I played “Hide and Seek,” around this time of evening before our parents called us in.

“Five, ten, fifteen, twenty…last night, night before twenty-four robbers at my door. Opened the door and let them in, hit em’ over the head with a rollin’ pen. Ready or not, here I come!”

It was one of my favorite games and I remember how excited I was to find and tag one of the kids. Not sure why I’m reminiscing tonight, but when I heard those Katydids, it took me way back.

Time has flown by so swiftly, I can hardly believe it.

I was a kid then, with a whole life to look forward to. Now, that which was before me, is behind and I am closer to my ending than my beginning.

The funny thing is that, inside, I am still that little girl playing “Hide and Seek” that I was so long ago. She’s still there!

No matter how old I get, that happy child on the inside still has that irrepressible joy. She just keeps on running, jumping, singing, and twirling with glee.

I am so thankful that she never lost that zest for loving and living! With all of the trials and tribulations of this life, she could have so easily taken the wrong path.

However, it was only through the Grace of God, that she kept her feet, mostly, on the path with a heart. The path with the light. A path that kept her spirit and soul intact.

As our former first lady said, “When they go low, we go high.”

This is what has made all the difference in who she is today!

My loving, childlike spirit still sees the wonder and beauty of life. She is still excited, and happy about the adventures she will be embarking upon.

In fact, she comforts me in my old age with these wonderful, peaceful thoughts of love – “Don’t worry, be happy. The best is yet to come.”

How blessed I am to know that she’s still there after all these years and, most of all, that she is my greater self and…the real me.

Yippee!

What is the Meaning of Life?

Just thinking about how time passes and we grow up, grow older and grow old. As I look at my picture today, I realize that I have grown old and am now an elder. I think about the meaning of life. I think in the end analysis it is all about what we did to serve others. Who did we help in our life? Did we make a difference in the path that someone else may have taken? Did we try to cheer somebody with a word or a song? Were we faithful until the end?

I know we have all fallen short of the glory of God. We have all faltered and failed, but have we gotten up and tried again? Have we done our best to forgive others and to forgive ourselves? So many unanswered questions in this life, but if we have done our best to be true to the values and spiritual principles that we’ve been taught, if we’ve been as faithful as we could be with all our human frailties and shortcomings, when our time comes to go home, we can rest easy knowing that it is not an ending but, rather, a new and beautiful beginning…

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not upon thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path. Prov. 3:5