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The Words

This morning as I ran with the cool winter air around me, I knew exactly what I was going to write about… as I finished my run the words were gone. Those words that formed so easily in my mind as I made my way across the trail were no more. When it’s dark and still outside, being alone with my thoughts gives way to the flow of ideas, the words come so easily even though my plan is to share with the world falls apart. This happens more often than not.

As my day moved forward, I found myself perplexed with trying to recall the amazing story that had formed in the early morning hours. Where did all of those words go? Lost as the overwhelming deadlines, commitments, tasks to complete had entered my day. Oh to be back on the peaceful trail with only my thoughts to occupy my thoughts.

The day will come soon enough when all won’t be lost…

Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

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What if…

How many times do you find yourself saying… what if? Some say it’s second guessing, while others always wonder about the what if. I’m not talking about the “what if I would have cleaned the bathroom instead of watching my favorite show”, no I’m talking about the “what if I would have eaten an apple instead of a chocolate bar”… OK, I’m just kidding.

It’s human nature to wonder about the what if’s in life, something that starts at a young age. Think about the day you chose to walk by the high school musical tryout sign-up sheet without giving it a second thought only to learn later how disappointed the director was when your name wasn’t on the list. So what if you would have given the musical a chance or better yet, given yourself a chance?

When the lottery announces a winner, I always wonder what if I would have purchased a ticket or what if I would have chosen different numbers and my name was announced? Oh my, all of the debt I would pay off with my newly won riches!

How often do you wonder about your what if’s? I’ll be honest, I’m always wondering about my what if’s. Sometimes I find myself wondering about some of my past what if’s. Not that I have regrets, just the thought of what would be if I would have followed a different path.

For months now I find myself thinking about the what if’s such as what if I finally focus and finish my book, what if my friend and I finally launch our boutique business we continually plan for, what if I get back on track and write something everyday for my Next Chapter site, what if my daughter is recruited by her dream college so she can continue to play the sport she loves, what if I think more about how to move forward with a better life for not only myself but also for my family, what if I appreciate what I have…

That’s the most difficult what if… appreciate what we’ve been given – our health, the means to support ourselves financially, family and friends, opportunities to make a difference in someone else’s life, and so much more.

But, what if life hasn’t been easy; not so rosy?  What if your health or that of a loved one isn’t 100%, what if the financial struggle is constant or what if there are other things in your life that keep you from finding peace.

It’s difficult, let’s be honest, there are days that I feel like life punches left then right… while other days it’s all sunshine and roses. Oh what if I could learn from the daily lessons, the punches that knock me down, but also from all the good I experience. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.