Only Believe

Another year approaches.  The last one zipped past me…like a thief in the night!  We humans are very conscious of our years…since there are not an abundance of them…even if you live to be 101!

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There are many things that happen to us that we have no control over.  Yet, there is also much of our life that we can change…if we only believe.  Each morning brings each of us a renewed list of choices, that can either benefit us or hurt us.  Many of our hurtful choices are little more than bad habits.  The remedy for the bad habits is to develop good habits.  Sounds easy, dose it not?  Not so much…unless you believe that you can!

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I remember wanting to engage in writing, for most of my life.  I purchased a word processor in the late 1980s and simply knew that the magic of having the, very modern and very hip, word processor in my humble abode…would inspire me to write….

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I recall deciding in the early part of the last decade that I was tired of being overweight and vowing that I was going to lose the excess pounds.  Just under 100 pounds later…I felt like a new man!

I, vividly, am transported back to being 12 years old and deciding that I wanted to be a christian and now I am 62 and have never given up on my journey back to Jerusalem.

When I was hired as a Building Service Worker I at Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale, I  determined that I was going to be a professional and excel in the field that I had been hired into.  

Much of the battle in realizing our dreams and visions and hopes for a better tomorrow…is between our ears!  We know that there are concrete barriers that prevent us from the success of attaining our goals.  We are satisfied that our lot in life is much harder than our neighbor and our friend…and even other members of our family.  Sometimes we see the dark cloud that is hovering over our head…

Success is repetition.  If you can eat less food for one day…it is little more than the popular shampoo commercial that admonishes us to; ‘Wash…Rinse…Repeat.’  The greater gift that we all share is…life.  It is full of opportunities and excitement and interesting challenges…that can enrich and enliven and energize each of us!

As we age we tend to think that we have done it all and seen it all and that life has no mystery and adventures ahead for us.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Winston Churchill became Prime Minster of the United Kingdom when he was 65 years old.  

You may think that you are in your 60’s…and that life’s pinnacles have all been climbed.  At First Presbyterian Church, where I and my family attend, there are several people in their 80’s and 90’s who are still climbing the mountains of life…and doing so with determination and gusto!

Do you want to write a book…then begin writing, with the goal of completing your treatise during the first year of our new decade!  

Do you want to lose weight?  Stop eating for entertainment.  Small meals throughout the day…stay away from, excess, carbohydrates and sugars.   Eat a lot of vegetables and fruit.  

Do you remember the feeling of being excited about each day and what it would bring?  Help someone everyday…and your excitement and anticipation and joy of life will renew daily!

‘For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as I also am known.’    I Corinthians 13:22     KJV

Often it is difficult to see the forest for the trees.  Our Screens our crying out to us…all the day long!  Whether it its our IPad or our IPbone or our IMac or our, multiple, flat screen televisions…we see the good life, as defined by our capitalist and consumer orientated society…is just beyond our grasp.

We hear our politicians tell us what they are going to do for us…we know that they are lying…and they know that they are lying.

As a high school student, I believed that, one day I would be a leader in a company.  I had nothing to base it on and little to no encouragement .  

I believed that I could be thin…and I attained my goals in under 6 months…soon to be so again!

I believed that I could write…and I do so, almost, daily.

I know that challenges and opportunities are, just, ahead for each of us in 2020…our new decade.  Shall we greet them with vigor and happiness and the strength of understanding, that we are part of a massive Play that God is both the writer and director of…and that we must play our part…well!

 

2 responses

  1. Your grit and determination shows and you achieved your target weight as well as your writing goals. Keep it up BJ.

    1. Thank you, my friend. 😀

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