“… Instruments of darkness tell us truths…. While you live, tell the truth, and shame the devil!” (William Shakespeare). Intentional evil in the world is a direct result regarding improper utilization or underdevelopment of our thoughts and minds, which is often caused by ignorance, fear, greed, or neglect. Unhealthy environments, people, and experiences during a person’s early years can condition poor behavior patterns, whereas bad decisions become his or her norm. That poor behavioral acquisition can be reconditioned into greatness and unconditional love, via the potent power of choice.
“On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time” (George Orwell). Divine instruction embraced, combined with unwavering hope as a result from experiencing progressive light can tame humans and negate the savage within. Additional insight and enlightenment from teachings through the attitude of keeping an open, willing and cooperative mind allows empowering, gracefully brilliant light, to shine through crippling black, secluded, cold, damp utter darkness and merciless evil perils. Let your newly lit light shine on through to this side of ABLE.
Whatever comes forth from your mouth defines what is inside you. To change what comes out of you, first change what goes in and remains on the inside. Tensions arise, yet we can control ourselves, not everything in our external environment. Choose to be kind and loving toward someone offensive. Look at all people, things, and circumstances as blessings to learn from, appreciate, and grow. Choose love and gratitude, over judging and criticizing others. It is what we give which we get, are, and become more of, therefore be those things you want without beating yourself up for mistakes. Learn, forgive yourself, and move on with new choices regarding who you want to be and be that person. It’s a wonderful blessing being able to become who we choose.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 19:11 NIV). Education cannot be taken away or taxed upon. Never stop acquiring, developing, and strengthening the intangibles in your life. Persistently being truthful, kind, caring, loving, humble, accepting, and authentic, among many other intangible character traits are worthy of our time and deliberate efforts. Becoming the best version of ourselves opens gateways to greatness that no man, woman or child, or even heaven or hell can shut.
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain). Education is even more than learning, theory, and application, but hope and a future. Learning, discovery, training, and experience are lifelong voyages that very well may begin at the end of formal schooling. Develop a constant and never-ending improvement consciousness, coupled with action.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope” (Martin Luther King Jr.). While I breathe, I hope” (South Carolina license plate). Doing more for others gives hope, possibly changing an eternal trajectory of the heart toward greatness.
“What we do in life echoes for eternity” (Gladiator movie). Do the things that need to be done, courageously and humbly. Be so full of good that anything taken from you will not deplete your overflowing cup of goodness. Dare to be different, which is beautiful. You owe yourself and the world the best of you. Don’t strive to be ordinary, but extraordinary, reaching for your full potential.
“Courage is grace under pressure” (Ernest Hemingway). Do what you think you can’t do, because you can. No more excuses for past mistakes or current circumstances. Forgive yourself and others, while moving on prosperously with your life. Yes, pain and suffering are real, although you can rise above it all. This is your life, your future, your moment to shine. Be you—not someone else, while persisting at being and doing your best. Working hard on yourself pays massive dividends, creating an easier and fulfilling life most people only dream about. Embrace growing pains toward becoming a better you, today. The journey is well worth it.
“Choose the harder right, instead of the easier wrong” (Author unknown). Transition from dark to light. Stay standing strong, shining bright. Change environments and habits, being it’s easier to avoid temptation, than it is trying to beat temptation. Self-control only lasts so long in the midst of enticement. Cues create propensities toward behaving, acting, speaking, exercising, and eating in certain ways. Knowing what we desire and why, allows for clarity towards planning different measurable choices to implement at specific times, therefore manifesting a brand-new life. Frequent and consistent measurable goals set for specific times makes implementation likely and perpetual, eventually habitual. How we begin life is irrelevant and over, yet the rest of our story can be anything we choose.
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face” (Mike Tyson). Troubles and set-backs can and do happen, but without a plan in place, failing is the plan. Knowing God’s plan trumps mine grants me peace to keep on keeping on.
“It’s better to have a bruised ego, than a lifetime of regret” (Author unknown). Going against the grain, breaking the mold, creating a path when none exists, offering possible life-giving services, is courage at its best. Go for it—help others. Live out your dreams!
Sharing messages of hope only takes willingness. Being bold and brave entails showing up and doing something to help others, despite possible criticism or embarrassment. Why not share a story of direct or indirect triumph to encourage and inspire others through challenging times? Lighten the burden of others via your personal story of victory. Transformation occurs from the inside out, which can be activated by an inspiring true experience and a spark of encouragement. Stay humble, letting go of an over-sized ego. Don’t waste hurt, trials, and burdens overcome. Share them with the world so others can benefit, knowing they are not alone in their pain and heartache. Strive to be a better person.
“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish” (Michelangelo). Don’t’ limit God’s abilities based on your lack. Placing trust in God allows a person to know that God is greater than any fear. Rise above your emotions, intentionally investing in others. We must put our priorities in check, while respecting ourselves, so we can live grander, do better, and give more.
Reward healthy behaviors to reinforce specific actions that generate productive and effective results. The outcomes can be incentive in itself, therefore creating repetition, leading to habit formation. Ask yourself, “What can I do right now to better take care of myself and others?” Too many choices create confusion, complicating decisions, thus leading to paralysis by analysis. Focus on a need and fill it. Don’t think too much. Just do it!