Week 25 – The Journey Continues

If there is one take away that I could share from taking this course it would be that we are all on a journey. I’m on a journey. A journey of personal development. A journey of self acceptance. A journey to make a difference.

In the last six months I’ve learned a lot about myself… I’ve struggled, I’ve pushed myself, I’ve grown. This is something that is not going to stop. Life continues and my journey continues. This is beautiful. My life is a gift. I want to share it with others.

This past weeks webinar spoke to me in a way that is hard to put into words. When Mark J shared his story it touched me in a very personal way. I was inspired. I could relate. I was deeply touched.

It then hit me.

The reason why I have the individual experiences that I do is because its all part of my journey. I need to share these with others. Maybe not everyone will be inspired but someone will and my life will positively impact another life.

This makes it worth it. The pain, the hardship, the struggle, to reach the life that was intended for me from the beginning. I want to be able to encourage another in this journey and the best way to do that is to never stop experiencing my own.

Week 24 – Taking Responsibility

This week has been hard. Hard to even put into words. Things have felt off. Then I realized.. my routine, my Bible and Og readings have been off. Amazing how habits we form and complete with satisfaction can be so rewarding. In the same breath, when they aren’t completely in the ideal way.. something is missing and feels off. I could blame it on the time change, I even did a few days this week, or I can take responsibility. Full responsibility. That is what I’ve been learning about this week…

Law of Least Effort–Responsibility: Having accepted things as they are, I take responsibility for my situation and for all those events I see as problems. I know that taking responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for my situation (including myself). I also know that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this alterness to opportunities allows me to take this monument and transform it into greater benefit.

Thankful that today is a new day! Thankful that everyday is a new day! Thankful that I’m learning and growing and recognizing that although I may not yet be where I want to be… I am not where I use to be! I completely agree with the last sentence of the paragraph above.  I recognized that the “problems” that have my attention at the moment are what will drive me to success. For this I am grateful and I choose to allow myself to accept this as an opportunity to reach a higher ideal for myself.

Week 23 – Connecting the dots

This week in continuing to scroll VI I found myself thinking about a passage from scripture that also talks about different seasons of life similarly to the scroll.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

                                                                                                            Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13 ESV

What I found myself thinking of the value of mastering my emotions in all aspects of life. Because truly a person reveals their character most clearly in their most difficult challenges. This inspires me to be better!

This past week one of my dear friends lost a family member – my heart ached for her but everything I saw her share and say gave tribute to the beautiful blessing he had been during his life. This has been inspiring to me!

March 9th, 2002 my sister died, that was a very difficult time for our family – realizing that God has a purpose for everything under the sun even if we don’t always realized is such a beautiful gift that He’s given us. Knowing during a difficult time that God’s plan is bigger then my own and that He is in control from the end to the beginning is one of the ways that I’ve been able to master my emotions during difficult times in my life. Now, I’m thankful because if Esther had lived my parents might not have felt like something was missing and had my youngest sister who I love dearly.

In closing I want to share a promise that has been of great comfort to me over the last 15 years concerning my sister.

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

                                                                                                 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV

Week 22 – I will master my emotions

This week a got some devastating news that my guide had had a heart attack! I realized how grateful I am for the impact he has had in my life and I am grateful that his heart is still beating. You’ve been in my prayers. Know that you are appreciated and thought of daily. May continued healing be brought to you and may you remember that today is a new day.

This wee we also started a new scroll in Og, I always enjoy the change as I anticipate what the new scroll will be about. This scroll was specifically appropriate for me. I will master my emotions… one day from the next I made have different emotions but I have them for a reason. “And how will I master these emotions so that each day will be productive? for unless my mood is right that day will be a failure.” Today I choose joy and because each day is a new day I can choose the emotions I want for that day. Rather then focusing on sadness or despair and I can choose to joy and gladness to brighten the world around me.

If I feel depressed I will sing. 

If I feel sad I will laugh. 

If I feel ill I will double my labor. 

If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.

If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.

If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice. 

If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come. 

If I feel incompetent I will remember past successes. 

If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals. 

Today I will master my emotions. 

                                                             Scroll VI

I love how this scroll also talks about knowing that understanding that other people have emotions too and from one day to the next how they may be feeling can change completely. Knowing this allows me to know that one response one day could be very different from the next. This is encouraging to me as I continue keeping the MTMTMT.

Week 21 – learning to give

It’s amazing how much value I can contribute to someone else’s life when I take the time to learn and develop who I am for myself. It seems selfish sometimes to pour so much time and energy into yourself.. but really it is one of the least selfish things and individual can do for others.

Taking the time to become sure of yourself, taking the time to grow, taking the time to read… all of things add value to your own life. Adding value to your personal life increasing what you have to share and give to others.

It’s beautiful really to think about. I read about this before in an incredible book called “The Ministry of Healing” in the Chapter “Asking to Give.” I remember recognizing this paradigm shift for the first time and being amazed at the value I saw in the concept. Asking for what you know you need for yourself so that you know that you’re capable of giving to others. Not draining yourself emotionally or physically to meet the expectations of others but rather learning to say no.

Growing up I remember giving too much to meet the expectations of others, not knowing how to say no or recognize the value of meeting my own needs, I would be left feeling empty and depressed. I love how we have learn about the law of reciprocity – give more get more is a beautiful concept… I’ve found myself also connecting the dots between personal growth and development and how when you truly invest in yourself you really do have more to give.

I see more and more now that truly love to give when I have taken the time that I need for myself. I see that I have something to give because I have given a gift to myself of becoming a better person for myself and others.

Week 20 – Life is a Gift

This week I’ve been continually reminded that life is a gift. It is a gift to love and be loved. It is a gift to know and be known. The people who come into our lives are their for a reason. It’s not chance or fate that we connect with another individual.. there is a purpose, a reason, for the connections we make.

I love how in this course because of the repetition, what we read really becomes part of our active memory. I find myself thinking back to sentences from Og that spoke to me when I am faced with different circumstances throughout the week. I remind myself to great each person I meet with love in my heart.

I love that I am Whole, Perfect, Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious, Happy, and Healthy! What beautiful words to fill my mind with and to think towards others.

This week I see clarity in my life, clarity of direction, clarity of purpose… and it is beautiful. Each day is a gift and I will live it as it were my last. Today is a new day. Today is a new day to be a positive impact in the lives of others. Today is a new day to appreciate those who make my world a brighter place. Today is a new day to bring hope to a lost soul. Today is a new day to start fresh. Today is a new day to be grateful for life.

Week 19 – the world’s greatest salesman

I believe that no one really wants to be a sales person… because everyone hates sales people! We want to make the purchase we choose to want to make, if we want assistants or have a question that is totally different then someone coming up to you and trying to convince you to buy something.

Thus the value of our journey, the journey we want for ourselves, once we sell ourselves on our value and our DMP… we are basically unstoppable. Here’s why, its something we have chosen to want for ourselves.

Inviting people to find and take their journey is a beautiful thing. It inspires me to believe more in myself and my ability to not only reach my goal but help others see that their life is a journey and that they should see themselves for what they are worth and capable.

So many people settle, they settle with life as the way that it is because its all that they know. Life becomes boring, there isn’t the same motivation, or joy in there step. Everyday is a repeat of the day before… and why? because they haven’t been invited to something better. They haven’t seen that there is another option, a way out.

There have been times in my life, when I’ve thought of myself as second rate, under appreciated who I was and what I could bring to the world… taking the journey of discovering my DMP has been interesting because I never really gave much thought to my purpose.. but wow, its incredible to really place a value on what you desire and feel called to do in life. It has been so fulfilling to me personally!

I love how in last weeks webinar Mark talked about selling yourself to yourself. What a beautiful picture. Convince yourself that you really need you to be the best you there can possible be. The world needs you! The world needs me! What a beautiful thought.

So I’ve decided to be the world’s greatest salesman… and sell myself on myself!