You never know the impact you may have on the life of a child. A rightly spoken word or a timely action, could literally, alter a child’s life. As we shift from adolescent to adult, as the years go by, most of us tend to lose the innocence, the beauty, and the purity of childhood. We tend to lose sight of the most important things, the most valuable things in life. A lot of us, lose sight of reality, the older we get. We forget childhood. We forget innocence. We forget the beauty. We forget the purity, of youth. We forget the dreams of yesteryear. We become negative, hurried, busied, stressed, and frustrated adults. People who live life going through the motions, because that’s what we “have” to do. Take a step back with me. Take a look back with me. Remember. Reflect. Step back to your younger years. Look back to who you were. Remember the excitement, the anticipation, the joy, of a life as a child. Reflect on your childhood dreams. So innocent. So beautiful. So pure. AMAZING. You are still that child. The innocence, beauty, and purity still exist, no matter what you have gone through, no matter how hurt you have been, no matter what you have suffered. You are still a child. There is still excitement. Still anticipation. There is still joy deep within your soul. Your dreams are still available. Attainable. You never know, until you try. You never know, until you take that step of faith. You never know, who you could be. You never know, how much you matter to the children around you. YOU MATTER. God has bestowed gifts, talents, and abilities to you. You are loved! The kids, the youth, the children in your life, they want you. They need you. They are starving for your love, affection, and attention. YOU MATTER. THEY MATTER. Let love flow. Let kindness flow. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Accessible. Real. Allow yourself to dream, once again. Allow yourself to feel, once again. Allow yourself to matter, once again. Allow yourself to be a child, once again. Extend your hand to the hurting. The hurting child, children, in your life. Be a servant. A servant to the least of these. Boldly. Relentlessly. Fearlessly. Allow your life to be transformed by a child. Allow your life to transform a child. Be strong. Be open. Be an example. Be someone to follow. Today, tomorrow, and until you have breathed your last. Live life fully. Live life for the children. For the next generation. Be the reason. The reason a child has hope for a brighter tomorrow. You never know…….
Life can have intense times of loneliness. I personally have spent the majority of my life alone, fighting with loneliness. Some of this has been by choice. Other times, not by choice. Even for those who are constantly surrounded by other people, loneliness can have a strong presence within your life. A lot of the time, people allow loneliness to destroy them. They allow the loneliness to eat at them from the inside out. They allow loneliness to be a dark, depressing, and happiness-destroying presence. People allow loneliness to control their life. But what if you take loneliness and embrace it? What if you choose to learn from it? What if you use loneliness as a positive, rather than a negative? This is a new concept for me, personally. Because I am alone and deal with loneliness a lot, I have come to the realization that being alone can have its benefits, and can indeed be a positive thing. I am learning to embrace the loneliness. The alone time within my life. I am taking the loneliness and using it to drive me. I am using it as preparation, I am using it to teach me. I have big dreams. Big aspirations. Big goals. I want to live life fully. I want to be the man I was created to be. I am using the loneliness to drive me towards my dreams, aspirations, and goals. I am using loneliness to prepare me for my future spouse. I want to do everything the way I would do it, as if I was married, and had someone else to consider and serve. I am also using loneliness to teach me more about myself. Who am I? What do I want out of life? Where am I going? Am I being an example? A leader? Am I practicing what I am preaching? There are days that suck. Days that are difficult, frustrating, overwhelming. I will never deny that. The loneliness sucks. It really sucks at times. But I have accepted it. I am learning to accept the loneliness, I am learning to learn from the loneliness. I will not allow the loneliness within my life to distract me, deter me, or effect who I know I can become. Everyone deals with loneliness at some point in life. Some of us deal with it daily, others, sparingly, but loneliness is a reality for all. It is how we choose to look at loneliness and react to it that defines us and will continue to define us as individuals. Life is not perfect. It never will be. Life will always be imperfect. There will always be highs and lows. Twists and turns. Ups and downs. Times of peace, times of turmoil, and times of intensity. We as humans, have to learn to remain steadfast. We have to learn to remain steady. We have to learn to overcome. That we may grow, mature, and become individuals who shine brightly in the midst of the darkness. Embrace your life. Embrace the good, the bad, and the in-between. Embrace, learn, grow, and become.
One of the most difficult endeavors in life is change. Naturally, none of us likes change. Our mind wants to live life on auto-pilot. Our mind will fight to keep us on cruise-control. Doing the same things, the same way, over and over again, day in and day out. Our mind will fight for routine, ritual, and the known. But, if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got. We have to change. We must change. We must learn the necessity for change within our lives. Although most of us hate change, and we have a mind that will fight to keep us from change, we must fight to allow change to unfold in our lives. If we neglect change, we neglect growth. If we neglect growth, we are choosing to live a life of waste. A life of wasted opportunity, potential, and reward. Change is a catalyst for growth. We need to grow. We need to learn, apply, and grow. We must continue onward, forward, upward. We have been given so much. We must fulfill our destiny. We must be good stewards of that which has been entrusted to us. Do not fear change. Do not allow change to distract you, frustrate you, or fluster you. Allow change to challenge you, motivate you, and transform you. Change WILL occur in life. Accept it. Be open to it. Embrace it.
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Listen. Learn. Love. Live. This life is meant to be lived. Fully. Passionately. Extremely. We only have one opportunity, one shot at this life. In order to live a full life, one must embrace the need to listen. Learning to listen, knowing how to listen, is the key that unlocks the door to a full, passionate, and extreme life that is worth living. When you listen, you provide yourself with the opportunity to learn. When you learn, when you begin to learn, and continue to learn, you understand, love, is the greatest lesson. Love is the greatest gain. Love is the greatest gift one can give, and receive. Love never fails. You listen. You learn. You begin to love. You truly, begin to live. Fully. Passionately. Extremely, a life worth living.
I want to live in a routine. I naturally want to live a life of comfort. Knowing always what is next. My mind wants routine. My mind fights to remain comfortable. The natural mind will do everything in its power to protect you, protect itself. To preserve. The natural mind will lead you astray. The natural mind will lead you to a dead-end. The natural mind will eventually destroy you. You control your mind. You fight your mind. If so, you WILL win.
What do I need, not, what do I want. What do others need, not, what do they want. This is all the difference. You live for needs, not wants. You live a life of delayed-gratification. You put the needs of others ahead of your own, sometimes, not all the time. You learn the art and beauty of self-discipline. You grow, mature, and become better. Doors of opportunity open. You are prepared, ready to walk through these doors, the open doors. You walk through, life unfolds, happenings occur. As it will, as it should. You are stepping into your calling, your destiny, the dreams planted deep within. You are becoming the individual you were created to become.